More Basic Sketchup Construction Tips and Tools

More Basic Sketchup Construction Tips and Tools

Looking for more tips regarding Sketchup Make software? Here are a few more tools to make better models. We cover using guides, snapping cursors, reference points and more.

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Raspberry Pi 3 – Review and Comparison

Raspberry Pi 3 – Review and Comparison

Hot on the heels of the Raspberry Pi Zero came a new top-of-the-line RasPi, the Raspberry Pi 3. Let’s look at the new Pi’s features and performance.

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How to Use Retropie Shaders to Emulate CRT Displays

How to Use Retropie Shaders to Emulate CRT Displays

Want to get the full retro gaming experience that you once had on a CRT display? In this article we’ll help you do that using Retropie via the careful application of the built-in shaders.

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Emulating the Sega Dreamcast on the Mac

Emulating the Sega Dreamcast on the Mac

Feeling a little nostalgic and looking to play Sega Dreamcast games on your Mac? This article shares different ways to emulate this retro system on the Mac.

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Raspberry Pi Zero Review

Raspberry Pi Zero Review

The Raspberry Pi Zero is one of the smallest full computers you can buy, but how does it stand up against its brothers in the Pi family? Let’s find out.

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Mastering Blender 3D for Lathed Objects

Mastering Blender 3D for Lathed Objects

The spin tool in Blender 3D is a powerful tool for making lathed objects and radial arrays of objects. In this article we prove this by making a model of a toy rocket.

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Blender 3D Building Virtual Video Screens

Blender 3D Building Virtual Video Screens

Did you know that you can add video files to a plane in Blender to create a wall, floor tile, carpet, etc.? In this article, we show you how to make virtual video screens.

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Mastering Blender 3D Digital Cinematography

Mastering Blender 3D Digital Cinematography

Using a camera in Blender 3D is the same as using a real camera; to get the best out of your shots you need to be a cinematographer. Here are some basic techniques you should know.

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Building a Custom Ring in Blender for 3D Printing

Building a Custom Ring in Blender for 3D Printing

Want to create a custom ring for 3D printing? In this article we discuss how to design a ring object in Blender and output it to print so you can actually wear it on your finger.

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Mastering Depth of Focus in Blender 3D for Realism

Mastering Depth of Focus in Blender 3D for Realism

Getting realistic renders in Blender 3D software is about more than textures and lighting. It’s about how you use a camera. In this article we will show you how to use Depth of Focus in your own Blender shots to add realism.

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Mastering Blender 3D Textures with UV Mapping

Mastering Blender 3D Textures with UV Mapping

Texture mapping is the art of sticking a graphic to the outside of a 3D shape to provide colour and texture. In this article we explain how to do UV mapping in Blender 3D to make your objects look realistic.

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Using EasyCAP to Grab VHS and Consoles on the Mac

Using EasyCAP to Grab VHS and Consoles on the Mac

The EasyCAP DC60 is a cheap old school video capture device. If you have a ton of old VHS or video game consoles, this is one of the very best cost-effective ways to grab walkthrough videos.

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Stellar Speedup Mac Review

Stellar Speedup Mac Review

Stellar Speedup Mac is a powerful cleanup software that helps you improve the performance of your slow Mac by removing unwanted files and applications. Here’s a closer look.

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Master HDR Environment Lighting in Blender 3D

Master HDR Environment Lighting in Blender 3D

HDR has come to mean those brightly coloured tone-mapped landscape images people post on the Internet. But that’s not what HDR is. This tutorial will explain what HDR environment lighting is and how to get the effects in Blender 3D.

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Mastering 3D Lighting in Blender

Mastering 3D Lighting in Blender

To get good lighting in 3D graphics images, you need to have a grasp of lighting in the real world. This tutorial will help you master 3D lighting in Blender.

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Mastering 3D Rendering in Blender

Mastering 3D Rendering in Blender

In this article we cover rendering engines, settings for rendering, quality levels & more for taking Blender scenes & turning them into still images & video sequences.

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Blender 3D Animation Basics

Blender 3D Animation Basics

In this article we cover the basics of animation – keyframes and motion. We also give a quick-start intro to rendering your finished work as a video which will lead into a forthcoming article covering rendering in depth.

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How to Capture the Sound of a Cave

How to Capture the Sound of a Cave

In this article we explain how to steal the sound of a real world space like a cave or tunnel, and use it in your music and sound design. All this is made possible by the magic of convolution reverbs.

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Mastering the Raspberry Pi Camera

Mastering the Raspberry Pi Camera

The RasPi has a cheap camera module you can just plug right into the board, and you turn it into a surveillance camera. In this article you’ll learn to fit and set up the Raspberry Pi camera and adjust the basic settings to take stills or video.

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Blender 3D Advanced Modelling

Blender 3D Advanced Modelling

Continuing from our previous article on Blender 3D modelling basics, this article discusses advanced modelling techniques using subdivisions and loop cuts.

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How to Create Pop Art Retro Screen Prints Using Pixlr

How to Create Pop Art Retro Screen Prints Using Pixlr

If you are looking for a new graphics technique using layers, you may want to try this great retro 1960s pop art screen print effect. We’ll show you how to get this cool effect using Pixlr.

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Blender 3D Lighting and Rendering Basics

Blender 3D Lighting and Rendering Basics

In this article we will teach you to light your scenes using virtual lights inside Blender 3D and render your scenes as a still, a cross-platform software.

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Create Cool Sound Effects with Reaper

Create Cool Sound Effects with Reaper

There are a lot of effects that come with the DAW software Reaper. In this article we show how to create sounds and provide fun presets to get you started.

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Introduction to Camera Tracking in Blender

Introduction to Camera Tracking in Blender

Blender is a wonderful 3D program. In this article we show the facility for camera tracking in Blender and suggest ways to use it for visual effects.

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Music Production on the Cheap with Reaper

Music Production on the Cheap with Reaper

Reaper is an affordable fully-featured DAW for Windows and Mac. If you’re looking to get into music production, here’s how to use Reaper to do the job.

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Understanding Video Aspect Ratios

Understanding Video Aspect Ratios

Know the difference between 16:9 & 4:3 and 1.85:1 & 1.33:1? Here, we define video aspect ratios with examples so you know what size your screen should be.

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Making Multi-Track Music with Audacity

Making Multi-Track Music with Audacity

In this article we will talk about how to use Audacity as a multitrack studio and making finished tracks using all the little tricks which make it easy.

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What You Need to Know About Video Encoding

What You Need to Know About Video Encoding

Video encoding is sometimes hard to figure out. This article helps to demystify some of the settings you might come across in your encoding travels.

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