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Every Adobe App Explained

Every Adobe App Explained

Photoshop, Lightroom, Illustrator, xD, Premiere… these are just a few of the Adobe apps we use on a regular basis. But as Humtog points out, there are over 50 different programs that Adobe makes, some that overlap with others. His 10-minute video does a great job explaining what purposes each one is best suited to.

LEGO Brick Erasers

LEGO Brick Erasers

When you build with LEGO, it’s easy to correct your mistakes just by unsnapping and snapping some bricks. Now, LEGO can help you correct your written mistakes, assuming you use a pencil. These novelty erasers look just like 4×2 LEGO blocks. They’re sold eight to a pack, in four light and airy colors.

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NYT Reef Octopus Print

NYT Reef Octopus Print

Bern, Switzerland illustrator Jared Muralt created this wondrous image of a mythical giant octopus for The New York Times’ Kids Edition. Now you can hang a copy of the artwork on your wall. The offset print measures 836mm x 483mm (~32.9″ x 19.0″) and would look fantastic in any nautically-themed space.

Skydivers Unite

Skydivers Unite

As we previously saw in Fest, filmmaker Nikita Diakur has a trademark “ugly” CGI style, which replaces normal characters with blobby-looking humanoids with exposed wireframes and scraggly bits of hair. His latest animated short takes to the skies with a particularly unattractive group of parachuting enthusiasts.

Who Needs Paint Brushes?

Who Needs Paint Brushes?

A father and daughter playing with finger paints isn’t an uncommon sight. But as you watch this video play out, you’ll quickly realize there’s a bit more talent at work here than your typical home arts and crafts project has to offer.

United States of Letterpress

United States of Letterpress

The Fall 2020 collection from Field Notes includes captivating covers from nine independent letterpress shops around the country. Each shop was provided with a different color of paper, and the same two red and blue inks, and asked to create a design. Learn more about the artists in the accompanying short documentary.

Bob Ross Painting in 3D

Bob Ross Painting in 3D

It took CG Geek almost a month of work, but he managed to create a digital 3D environment inspired by the style of artist Bob Ross. Instead of paint, he photo-scanned real-world nature imagery to create textures for his happy little trees. We love how he makes it sound so easy.

pgd Blue Wave Bowl

pgd Blue Wave Bowl

Ceramics artist Patricia Darden creates beautiful and substantial hand-thrown functional pottery in her Norfolk, Virginia studio. We really love this 11″ bowl with its two-toned speckled glaze and an undulating blue wave pattern running through its middle.

The Painted City

The Painted City

Inspired by this image, LEGO builders Grant DavisEli Willsea, and Micah Biedeman collaborated on this impressive diorama, which features an pyramid of buildings at its back, flanked by structures on either side. When viewed from the proper angle, a minifig can be seen sitting on a girder, drinking in the majesty of his world.

3D-Printed Surprise Eggs

3D-Printed Surprise Eggs

Designer agepbiz has been creating a series of fun 3D-printable models which can be stored inside of a matching toy egg. Each one is designed to be printed in place, without the need for support structures. You can download the models to print your own over on Cults.

“Invisible” PC: Part 2

“Invisible” PC: Part 2

After building a high-end gaming PC into a desk, Matt of DIY Perks realized the illusion is completely ruined when placing a monitor on top of it. So he made a hidden ultrawide display that stows inside of a matching wood veneer and aluminum bookshelf. Now he just needs an invisible keyboard and mouse.

Abstract Stag Painting

Abstract Stag Painting

You could hang a hunter’s trophy on your wall, or perhaps choose something a little more friendly to animals with this colorful, abstract image of a powerful stag. Created by artist Koby Feldmos, this original 67″x 34″ painting has an almost sculptural feel to it thanks to its thick layers of oil paint.

Using Cuts as a Visual Effect

Using Cuts as a Visual Effect

(PG-13: Gore) From greenscreen to miniatures to CGI, there are lots of different ways to produce visual effects. Filmmaker and essayist David F. Sandberg reminds us how simple edits can be one of the most effective ways to create illusions on screen and to integrate disparate elements to create a cohesive effect.

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Making a Stainless Steel 8-Ball

Making a Stainless Steel 8-Ball

A normal pool ball is made from polyester or phenolic resin, which makes them hard and durable. But the idea of playing billiards with metal balls intrigues us. My Mechanics rises to the challenge with this impressive stainless steel and brass 8-ball he made from scratch. We’d love to see a complete set of balls made this way.

Charm Modern Bird Feeder

Charm Modern Bird Feeder

Do the birds in your neighborhood have an appreciation for contemporary art and architecture? Then set them up with one of sculptor Joe Papendick’s modern metal bird feeders. Each one is hand-welded from steel and coated with rust-proof enamel in a color of your choice. A stainless steel screen holds the bird seed in place.

Flexible Furniture

Flexible Furniture

Designer Ian Stell created the Waldhexen, an innovative coffee table that can change shapes by pushing or pulling on its six sides. It it’s made from an arrangement of hinged maple slats that look like long popsicle sticks. We found one of the rare pieces for sale from NYC’s Patrick Parrish. Original video by Evan Orensten.

Popsicle Stick Motorcycles

Popsicle Stick Motorcycles

Unexpected is an expert at building things out of popsicle sticks and glue. Unlike other constructions that still look like sticks, he manages to create objects that look more like carvings from a block of wood. Here, he show off a popsicle Ducati 899 Panigale, which is one of four wooden motorcycles he built.

Beyond the Horizon

Beyond the Horizon

Filmmaker Rus Khasanov is known for his use of macrophotography of liquids to create colorful abstract art. In this clip, he plays with light, dichroic filters, crystals, and bubbles to produce a hypnotic series of moving images.

Arcade Business Card Holder

Arcade Business Card Holder

Love Hultén creates some truly wonderful retro-inspired arcade machines, computers, and other electronics. His latest build is a business card holder – but it’s anything but ordinary, with a tiny, functional arcade machine built into it. We need this right now.

LEGO Godzilla

LEGO Godzilla

This fan-built LEGO Godzilla is truly impressive. It took Frenchy Bricks Junky about 4 months to put together this 4,000-piece monster, with its awesome scaly texture. You can purchase the building plans from Rebrickable for about $20 – bricks not included, naturally.

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Playing Arts Future Chapter 1 Cards

Playing Arts Future Chapter 1 Cards

Inspired by an early 20th-century project in which artists predicted the future, Playing Arts invited dozens of artists to do the same for the year 2120. The unique and colorful images come printed on premium playing cards and work in concert with an augmented reality app to bring some of the designs to life. View all card designs here.

Unpoppable Bubble Wrap 2.0

Unpoppable Bubble Wrap 2.0

A few years back, maker Peter Brown created a set of coasters that he cast from bubble wrap. He’s decided to revisit the project now that he’s got more experience with resin, and the new ones look even more frustratingly realistic than the originals – at least before he added the colored resin.

B29 Hanging Flatware

B29 Hanging Flatware

Add some pizzazz to your dining table with this modern flatware. This stainless steel cutlery features a playful form that looks like it was sketched out of metal, while a built-in notch lets you lean them on the edge of a bowl or drying rack. Available in black, gold, silver, rose gold, or rainbow finishes. Sold in individual place settings.

Making a Guitar from Salt

Making a Guitar from Salt

We love how the light shows through this unique musical instrument that Burls Art made by carefully cutting, routing and sanding blocks of pink Himalayan rock salt to form its body. It also gives new meaning to the phrase “guitar licks.”

DeepFaceDrawing

DeepFaceDrawing

Machine learning technology continues to get more and more impressive – especially when it comes to working with images. A group of researchers from China are showing off DeepFaceDrawing, an amazing piece of software which can synthesize photorealistic human faces using nothing more than a rough pencil sketch.

Cardboard Computer Keyboard

Cardboard Computer Keyboard

Using an ordinary computer keyboard as a starting point, maker SKM managed to create a fully-functional keyboard that’s made out of cardboard and popsicle sticks. We’re not sure how long it will last, but it’s definitely more functional than his cardboard mechanical typewriter.

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