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WP-BASICS: How To Update Plugins In WordPress


This short tutorial shows you how easy it is to keep your WordPress plugins and core files updated using the automated update feature.
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Waipoua Post Formats (en)


In the video tutorial you can see how you can use the WordPress post formats in the Waipoua theme.
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Thesis as a CMS – Upcoming Tutorial Series


A member asks about the content of the upcoming tutorial series that will be entitled something like “Use WordPress and Thesis as a Content Management System.” I discuss the general outline of new course that will be coming online this Spring. It will start out as a very basic “static” site and will develop into a membership site and community news site.
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Thesis Navigation Menu Part 12


Add Different Icons to Each Menu Item

http://thesistoolbox.com
Video Transcript
Now I’m going to show you how to use this plugin to style the Thesis navigation menu so that it has a you know, a little icon that sits before the text. And in fact, that icon is going to change color or change state as a link state changes. And we’re also going to use an image sprite to accomplish this rather than using a whole bunch of different images. So that’s the next thing that we’re going to do here. And in order for us to do that, the first thing we want to look at is our image itself.

So this is our image that we’re going to use as our sprite. It has 4 different icons, the light bulb, the beaker, the planet, and the spaceship. And then it’s got 3 different states for each of those. It’s got the solid bright color. It’s got the semi-transparent color and it’s got the gray color. And the one I’m going to do is use this color for the current state, this for hover, and this for link so that the default color will be this gray color. And what we’ll be doing is we’ll be telling each menu item which piece of this image to use given its specific condition, using the position property inside of that plugin. And we will be setting the position from the top left hand corner. And so by specifying its height and its width, now each one of these icons sits in a rectangle that is 50 pixels by 50 pixels. So each of these 4, that’s 200 pixels and then 400 pixels and then 600 pixels. So this image is 600 pixels tall and 50 pixels wide. So we’ve got that little grid working here and it’s that little grid that we’re going to use for determining the position of the sprite in each of our menu items.

So the first thing we need to do is upload this menu and we’re going to come in here and go to the dashboard. Okay and then from the dashboard, we’ll go to the nav menu. Then this nav menu’s already sitting in the location here inside the Thesis Simple Header Widgets plugin. So when using this plugin with the Header Widgets plugin, of course, we’re going to set it so that it doesn’t display and then we’ll use the Header Widgets plugin to display it. So the position is set not to display, the menu visibility is set for everyone, the alignment is aligning the menu to the right, and at the moment, we’re not going to turn our layout guides on.

So in terms of our overall menu customization options, we are going to set overall menu margin in order to move this thing down. But I think otherwise, we’re going to not set anything else for our overall menu styles. And then for our typical menu styles, we will customize the typical item margin, typical item padding, typical item background. And then we are going to customize each menu item separately. The other thing I want to is just change up my text a little bit or we’re not going to do anything with submenus but change up my text. And so I’m going to use normal spacing for the text and when I remove all caps and then we’re going to say save to this. Okay now that will have created this progressive refinement whereby we have a new set of choices now that we’ve made these choices.

And let’s see, let’s just go over here and take a look at what it looks like now. Okay, there we go. So the first thing we’re going to do is go over to Design Options and get rid of the border around this thing. So we’ll go to Thesis Design Options and we’re going to go down to the nav menu and then we’ll get rid of the border. Remembering that the first thing we do is everything we can do using the Thesis Nav menu and then we refine that using the plugin. So we got rid of that border and if we refresh it, we’ll see that the border is gone.

Okay so now what we’re going to do is work on our typical menu item styles. And so the first place I think I want to give ourselves a left margin of 10 pixels. I want to separate those menu items themselves and I’m going to give the overall margin, a top margin say of 100 pixels. And then while we’re at it, in terms of background style, we are going to customize the background color and use the background image for each of these. Oh we haven’t… and we also need to set the number of tabs we’re going to do. We said we’re going to customize each menu item separately. We have 4 menu items so we’re going to say 4 menu tabs. And let’s see, customize background color… actually, in this case, we’re just going to customize background color and all of them but not use background image because this is the typical, not the menu item itself.

Okay so now we have tab 1, tab 2, tab 3, and tab 4 styles and then we have option to set colors. And what we’re going to do with the color is essentially, make these colors transparent. That’s why we said customize the background color because we want to get rid of all the background colors in the typical menu items because we’re not going to use any background color here. So we just make all those things transparent.

And then what we’re going to do is say to each of these tabs, we’re going to customize the background. Now, in order to understand these tabs, let’s go ahead and save it first. In order to understand how these tabs work, WordPress or Thesis automatically adds the class tab hyphen and then essentially tab number which is the position left to right in the menu. So this is tab-1, tab-2, tab-3, and tab-4. And so what we are doing here is we are doing the same thing. We’re creating a style for tab-1 and that style will apply to the first menu item.

Okay so now under our styles here, we are going to say use background image for the link background style, use background image for the hover style, use the background image and use the background image. And we have to make that choice again for all of these. You can see how many choices you would have to make if we didn’t have this progressive refinement system. You would have to wade through hundreds of irrelevant choices and it would just be confusing. So what we do instead is we progressively add choices as you make decisions.

Okay so anyway, we’re going to use background images on all of those states for each of those tabs. And now let’s go ahead and upload that image. We haven’t done that yet so we’re going to say add new. I’m just going to add this to our media library. Actually, we’re going to see our new drag and drop feature here in action because what I’m going to do is open this up, websites, BYOB Website, tutorial sites, and… I don’t know, Thesis BYOB tutorial graphics. And I believe I’m working with nav3.png. So all I do is just drag that here. Drag it, drop it, and now it’s been uploaded.

Okay and so let’s see, it says it’s uploaded so… okay, there it is. Now it is actually uploaded. So here’s our image here and so we’ll go ahead and copy that URL. Come back over to our plugin and then we’re going to just paste that URL everywhere. Let’s see, under tab 1 styles, we’ve got our link background image with no repeat and we’ll leave it at top left for the moment. And we’ll have our hover background image with no repeat and our current background image with no repeat and our current parent with no repeat. And then we’ll do the same thing with each of these because we’re not going to have these things repeat. It’s the icons that are only going to show up once.

Now you may wonder why we have to say this so many times but what I want you to have is some maximum flexibility. That is the ability to do different menu items in different states differently. So that’s what you have here. Once you’ve decided you want to style each tab differently, that’s what’s you’re going to have, a full set of choices for each tab. No repeat, current parent.

Okay so we’ve got that in there with the no repeat and if we hit save and hit refresh, we’re going to see those images show up. I think I must have messed that one up but you can see the light bulb and these ones here. Now what we need to do is add padding so that we can move the text away from the image. And of course, they’re all in the same position so they don’t change currently on link state yet but they will.

So come back over here and look at our tab 1 customization options, link background state. Yeah, you can see I forgot this one, no repeat. Okay, if we hit save and refresh it…
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Thesis Navigation Menu Plugin Part 12


Add Different Icons to Each Menu Item
http://thesistoolbox.com
Video Transcript
Now I’m going to show you how to use this plugin to style the Thesis navigation menu so that it has a you know, a little icon that sits before the text. And in fact, that icon is going to change color or change state as a link state changes. And we’re also going to use an image sprite to accomplish this rather than using a whole bunch of different images. So that’s the next thing that we’re going to do here. And in order for us to do that, the first thing we want to look at is our image itself.

So this is our image that we’re going to use as our sprite. It has 4 different icons, the light bulb, the beaker, the planet, and the spaceship. And then it’s got 3 different states for each of those. It’s got the solid bright color. It’s got the semi-transparent color and it’s got the gray color. And the one I’m going to do is use this color for the current state, this for hover, and this for link so that the default color will be this gray color. And what we’ll be doing is we’ll be telling each menu item which piece of this image to use given its specific condition, using the position property inside of that plugin. And we will be setting the position from the top left hand corner. And so by specifying its height and its width, now each one of these icons sits in a rectangle that is 50 pixels by 50 pixels. So each of these 4, that’s 200 pixels and then 400 pixels and then 600 pixels. So this image is 600 pixels tall and 50 pixels wide. So we’ve got that little grid working here and it’s that little grid that we’re going to use for determining the position of the sprite in each of our menu items.

So the first thing we need to do is upload this menu and we’re going to come in here and go to the dashboard. Okay and then from the dashboard, we’ll go to the nav menu. Then this nav menu’s already sitting in the location here inside the Thesis Simple Header Widgets plugin. So when using this plugin with the Header Widgets plugin, of course, we’re going to set it so that it doesn’t display and then we’ll use the Header Widgets plugin to display it. So the position is set not to display, the menu visibility is set for everyone, the alignment is aligning the menu to the right, and at the moment, we’re not going to turn our layout guides on.

So in terms of our overall menu customization options, we are going to set overall menu margin in order to move this thing down. But I think otherwise, we’re going to not set anything else for our overall menu styles. And then for our typical menu styles, we will customize the typical item margin, typical item padding, typical item background. And then we are going to customize each menu item separately. The other thing I want to is just change up my text a little bit or we’re not going to do anything with submenus but change up my text. And so I’m going to use normal spacing for the text and when I remove all caps and then we’re going to say save to this. Okay now that will have created this progressive refinement whereby we have a new set of choices now that we’ve made these choices.

And let’s see, let’s just go over here and take a look at what it looks like now. Okay, there we go. So the first thing we’re going to do is go over to Design Options and get rid of the border around this thing. So we’ll go to Thesis Design Options and we’re going to go down to the nav menu and then we’ll get rid of the border. Remembering that the first thing we do is everything we can do using the Thesis Nav menu and then we refine that using the plugin. So we got rid of that border and if we refresh it, we’ll see that the border is gone.

Okay so now what we’re going to do is work on our typical menu item styles. And so the first place I think I want to give ourselves a left margin of 10 pixels. I want to separate those menu items themselves and I’m going to give the overall margin, a top margin say of 100 pixels. And then while we’re at it, in terms of background style, we are going to customize the background color and use the background image for each of these. Oh we haven’t… and we also need to set the number of tabs we’re going to do. We said we’re going to customize each menu item separately. We have 4 menu items so we’re going to say 4 menu tabs. And let’s see, customize background color… actually, in this case, we’re just going to customize background color and all of them but not use background image because this is the typical, not the menu item itself.

Okay so now we have tab 1, tab 2, tab 3, and tab 4 styles and then we have option to set colors. And what we’re going to do with the color is essentially, make these colors transparent. That’s why we said customize the background color because we want to get rid of all the background colors in the typical menu items because we’re not going to use any background color here. So we just make all those things transparent.

And then what we’re going to do is say to each of these tabs, we’re going to customize the background. Now, in order to understand these tabs, let’s go ahead and save it first. In order to understand how these tabs work, WordPress or Thesis automatically adds the class tab hyphen and then essentially tab number which is the position left to right in the menu. So this is tab-1, tab-2, tab-3, and tab-4. And so what we are doing here is we are doing the same thing. We’re creating a style for tab-1 and that style will apply to the first menu item.

Okay so now under our styles here, we are going to say use background image for the link background style, use background image for the hover style, use the background image and use the background image. And we have to make that choice again for all of these. You can see how many choices you would have to make if we didn’t have this progressive refinement system. You would have to wade through hundreds of irrelevant choices and it would just be confusing. So what we do instead is we progressively add choices as you make decisions.

Okay so anyway, we’re going to use background images on all of those states for each of those tabs. And now let’s go ahead and upload that image. We haven’t done that yet so we’re going to say add new. I’m just going to add this to our media library. Actually, we’re going to see our new drag and drop feature here in action because what I’m going to do is open this up, websites, BYOB Website, tutorial sites, and… I don’t know, Thesis BYOB tutorial graphics. And I believe I’m working with nav3.png. So all I do is just drag that here. Drag it, drop it, and now it’s been uploaded.

Okay and so let’s see, it says it’s uploaded so… okay, there it is. Now it is actually uploaded. So here’s our image here and so we’ll go ahead and copy that URL. Come back over to our plugin and then we’re going to just paste that URL everywhere. Let’s see, under tab 1 styles, we’ve got our link background image with no repeat and we’ll leave it at top left for the moment. And we’ll have our hover background image with no repeat and our current background image with no repeat and our current parent with no repeat. And then we’ll do the same thing with each of these because we’re not going to have these things repeat. It’s the icons that are only going to show up once.

Now you may wonder why we have to say this so many times but what I want you to have is some maximum flexibility. That is the ability to do different menu items in different states differently. So that’s what you have here. Once you’ve decided you want to style each tab differently, that’s what’s you’re going to have, a full set of choices for each tab. No repeat, current parent.

Okay so we’ve got that in there with the no repeat and if we hit save and hit refresh, we’re going to see those images show up. I think I must have messed that one up but you can see the light bulb and these ones here. Now what we need to do is add padding so that we can move the text away from the image. And of course, they’re all in the same position so they don’t change currently on link state yet but they will.

So come back over here and look at our tab 1 customization options, link background state. Yeah, you can see I forgot this one, no repeat. Okay, if we hit save and refresh it…
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Tranquilizing Capsule [Concept]


Introduction:
This project was based on the research of Induced Motion. The objective was to explore how moving patterns of nature can impact on the human perception therefore result in a state of tranquilization. This research was accomplished by capturing the moving patterns of water through an unfamiliar observation.

Theory:
The concept of this research was initially from the study of Motion Perception. Motion Perception is an act of collection in speed and directions of one or many objects from a scene. Human perceive motion in 3 interesting ways, we perceive in still by keeping both the head and eyes on a moving object/objects passing in front of us as well as keeping the head still and follow the movements only with our eyes. We can also keep our eyes still and only move the head to follow a movement.

This research was built on the foundation of perceiving in still, in another word induced motion. This way of perceiving causes a sense of false impression on the movement of a stationary object in the presence of the movements from its surrounding objects; this form of perception physiologically tranquilize the consciousness of human brain into a sense of serenity. The purpose of this research was to design an installation that allows individuals to experience the quality of calmness through perceiving the natural environment from an unfamiliar approach.

Videos:
The video captures for this research were carefully considered for the purpose of demonstrating water patterns in the 4 states of forms. These are Obvious, Hidden, Chaotic and Turbulent. Each of these 4 patterns contains an unique emotion that induces the human brain to react to. And every one of the 4 videos acts as a solution that conducts to a human emotion.

The Obvious Pattern of water was captured beautifully but presented upside down. This slight distortion in perception demonstrates the reaction of curiosity. Curiosity is an emotion that activates the human brain to comprehend and anticipate new information. This video urges the individual to observe the hyperbolic movements up to a long period of time. Which carries human consciousness to a state of hypnosis.

The Hidden Pattern was to explore the enchantment in human emotion. This was implemented through the unfocused capture of water waves; the interesting aspect of this emerged through the magnified flares in the foreground and the lingering movements in the background.

The Chaotic Pattern was focused on the anxiety, having water played sideways; it draws an individual’s frustration away and assists the flow in a trend of thought.

The video for Turbulent was very intense on visual, and this was targeted on stress. The patterns are very chaotic therefore by observing for a period of time it creates a sense of disturb, which works in an opposing way in comparison to the other 3. It offers a series of disturbing images, which forces an individual to desire for relaxation.

Sound:
The ambient sound of water has been widely used for the purpose of relaxation. The sound in this project was composed using two water sounds, one was the sound of water waves, and the second one was an echo sound of water from a seashell. The two sounds were put together and played in reverse. The changes in effects are not too obvious, but when listened carefully with the visuals, it generates a harmonizing effect that tranquilize your thoughts and puts you into a meditation state.

The Installation:
This installation was designed for the purpose to isolate individuals from the distractions in a present environment. This installation is a portable entity that contains 4 enormous screens that each displays a form of water patterns. Individuals sit inside feeling completely embraced by the tranquilizing patterns, which allows them to mesmerize and meditate.

Conclusion:
The findings from this research demonstrated what human perceive led to emotions. By observing from an unfamiliar perspective it helps to comfort an individual’s trend of consciousness, therefore induces the emotions to a state of tranquilization. The results from this research demonstrated to be positive and efficient.

Please view my blog for this project:
www.longitudemultimedia.wordpress.com

Reference:
3D Human Model Tutorial – www.freemayavideotutorials.com/maya-downloads/maya-models/download-3d-youngman_heavy-body2.html
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Mountain Creeping Tiger – One Day of Training (testing)


This is a testing animation as a try of animation production. The characters and background settings belong to a longer story named Mountain Creeping Tiger, created by myself. The story mainly talks about the kung-fu training experience of five young kids in the Republican period of China. If you are interested, you can visit my blog (http://mirroractress.wordpress.com) to find out more about it.

This animation uses rotoscoping as the main animating technique. The martial art movements are based on a Chinese kung-fu master WU, Lianzhi’s video tutorial on BaJiQuan, while the rest of the character motions are traced from my live-actions.
The background music of the animation, named Playing Hooky and composed by Ben Butler Kopec, is taken from a resource website named Freeplay Music (http://freeplaymusic.com).
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Randomizer Demo


CHECK OUT THE NEW VERSION OF THIS SCRIPT HERE: http://alexberkowitz.wordpress.com/2013/09/15/revisiting-the-past-again/

A demo of the Randomizer script for Maya. The script allows for easy creation of materials with randomized properties.

Tutorial:
1) Download the script here: http://alexberkowitz.com/downloads/randomizer.mel (right-click -> save link as)
2) Drag the script into the Maya viewport to run it
3) Adjust the ranges for color, specular, and transparency and/or specify a transparency map
4) Choose a material type and name
5) Select desired objects (can be done before running the script as well)
6) Click “Make Materials”
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Sketchbook flip: let’s inspire others


Sevda (one half of the “Meanwhile on the 7th floor” blog) flipping through her visual diary.
http://7dailysins.wordpress.com/

Music is by Sol Rezza (The existence of light Part I)
http://www.opsound.org/artist/solrezza/

Paper creatures made by this metod: http://sandrajuto.blogspot.com/2012/01/tutorial-making-new-friends.html
Flower sketches inspired by Amanda Wright http://witandwhistle.com/2012/04/11/garden-sketches/

This work is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license
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Patch “Anim_Dessin” panel 2.0.1 for Photoshop CS6


A new version of “AnimDessin” 3.0.0 for Photoshop CS6 is available.

•• Here a video on the New version of “AnimDessin2” 2.0.0 for Photoshop CC which is closely the same than “AnimDessin” 3.0.0 ••
https://vimeo.com/96689934

For Photoshop CC: https://creative.adobe.com/addons/products/1524
For Photoshop CS6: https://creative.adobe.com/addons/products/130

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This patch simplify the instructions on the step 2 of the panel.
This video explain that point.

Link to download the panel via the new CS6 Adobe Exchange panels:
www.adobeexchange.com (version FR & US)
Screenshot: https://dl.dropbox.com/u/1041932/AdobeExchangePanel_02.png

Thanks to Ben:
http://benmarkus.wordpress.com/2012/08/02/tutorials-for-hand-drawn-and-organic-animation-techniques-part-1/
(Nice tutorial)
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