Artscript v2.0, aiming for quality.

atk-v2_all_1So you finished your latest work, and you want to quickly adapt your work for sharing. Open up GImp (Inkscape, Krita), resize, add watermark, save. Repeat for the number of formats and sizes you need. Shell scriptitng is an option, as long as you know what you are doing. Gui frontends are available like Converseen and Phatch, the first a bit simplistyc and the later far more complex.

Then, there is Artscript, tailored to get high quality results for digital painters, supporting transforms from XCF, ORA, KRA and SVG using the applications you already have. GIMP, Inkscape and Krita. The advantage is that all operations are optimized for preserving your hard work intact over the downscale operation. An example of this, artscript will not degrade color quality if a low jpeg quality is selected.

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My linux applications for production [en/es]

Cuando se trata de enseñar a pintar o programar para web no hay curso en México que no vea, en el primero, la interfaz de Photoshop (o Painter) y en el segundo, la interfaz de Dreamweaver. Esto genera la falsa ilusión de que sólo usando estos programas podemos hacer pinturas o sitios web.
[ When you go to a course in Mexico about painting or web design there is no place where the first one does not contain Photoshop and the second does not dedicate half course to Dreamwaver. This generate the false illusion that without this two tools its impossible to paint or make websites ]

Mi intención con esta entrada es ayudar a romper esa ilusión mostrando todas las herramientas que uso para generar mi trabajo. No es una guía, sólo una lista detallada de todas las aplicaciones que uso.
[ My intention with this blog post is to help to break this illusion showing all the tools I use to generate my work. It’s not a tutorial but a detailed list on the applications I use and why. ]

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My Inkscape story +lots of illustrations.

When I was starting digital color, I always thought vectors were for simple and uninteresting stuff. The truth is I was not comfortable using them. Back then I tried only Illustrator, which to this date I can’t find a comfortable way of using it. After my first short migration to linux I met with Inkscape and I made some experiments with it and some more complex work.

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cmus-notify: simple bash script for cmus to print current song info w/ libnotify

I’ll deviate a bit from the usual sketch and arts posts to share a little script in bash I’ve been using to enhance my user experience with cmus

what is cmus? (wiki)

Cmus is a console music player. I chose this one over a GUI option because all I want from a music player is to hear my songs. Because the need was so simple I decided to get something less resource hungry than my previous option (audacious). I tried exaile and other 2 options I no can no longer remember. In the end cmus worked as expected using almost no resources in this aging PC.

Cmus does a lot more stuff than just laying songs, and because of that there is little I miss about my previous player. There was only one thing I missed: The use of the mouse scroll wheel over the task bar icon to change songs.
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Screenshot Artscript on Mac, this is how it looks.

Artscript on OSX runs, but I think the Imagemagick installation is incomplete because it moans about fonts. As it is not my Mac I was only able to test for a few minutes. Convert works, but not montage if I call it from the terminal. I can call the script from finder using the setting of the screenshot, but like this, even if Artscript shows the files as “loaded”, it won’t convert them and will throw errors to me. A bit frustrating.

Artscript v1.6, speeds up and gains power

Después de una larga sesión de codificado les presento Artscript 1.6. En pocas palabras, es más rápido, más práctico y permite usar archivo de configuración
[ After a long coding session I preset you Artscript 1.6. In a few words, it’s faster, more practical and alows you to load default configuration using a config file ]

In this version

  • Configuration File
  • Preset modes
  • Watermark Size & Position.
  • Collage label and range mode
  • Color settings settings
  • Output changes
  • SVG conversion
  • Gimp batch modeProgressbar
  • Massive speed improvements

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Integrating Artscript with geeqie

Así que descargaste Artscript ¿y ahora qué? La documentación describe como integrarlo al menu contextual de diversos gestores de archivos, Principalmente a Thunar, Dolphin y Nautilus. Pero por su sencillez permite integrarlo a otros programas y servicios. Hoy les mostraré como integrarlo a las opciones de edición dentro de Geeqie, un gestor de imágenes para linux.
[ So you downloaded Artscript, Now what? Documentation shows you how to configure it to use in context menus o various file managers like Dolphin, Thunar and Nautilus. But because of its simplicity It can be integrated to other programs and services. Today I’m going to show you how to add an Artscript entry to the edit options in Geeqie, an image organizer for Linux].

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Finally! Artscript Collage Range mode

I’ve been working hard lately on polishing the Collage range mode. To make it useful it needed the ability to change colors of background, label and border. I tried to avoid duplication making everything into processes or loops. I added a lot more of custom properties to customize. Specially of use are the color swatches which if configured properly can provide a quick theme for collage outputs. [ Últimamente he trabajo bastante en mejorar el modo rango del Collage. Para volverlo más útil surgió la necesidad de cambiar los colores del fondo, la etiqueta y el borde. Traté de evitar duplicar código metiendo mucho en procesos y bucles. También añadí muchas propiedades más para modificar, de ellas es especialmente útil las muestras de color que configurados a conciencia permiten seleccionar rápidamente temas para el modo Collage ]

More info on artscript on github readme
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Krita Offset Tool

Casi al mismo tiempo que el filtro “color a transparencia” fue añadido a krita, también lo hizo una pequeña herramienta: Image Offset tool.
[ About the same time the Color to Alpha was added to krita master branch, another tool made it with less sound and whistle, the Image Offset tool]

Al principio no estaba seguro de cómo usar esta herramienta. De acuerdo a su principal promotor, esta herramienta te ayuda a crear texturas fácilmente. Algunas ideas vinieron a mi entre ellas “Bueno, para crear texturas desde fotos, en gimp es muy sencillo”, pero encontré un mejor uso. Es una gran herramienta para pintar patrones, mosaicos, tapicerias, etc. Les mostraré como hice las imágenes que acompañan esta entrada.
[At first I was unsure on how to use it to make something. According to his main supporter, this tool will aid you on making seamless tiled textures. Some ideas came out of this like “It’s far easier to use gimp for making textures out of photos”, but I found a better use. It’s a great aid to make mosaic tiles, wallpapers (tapestry) or patters in general. I’ll show you how I made the ones that accompany this blog post.]

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Artscript v1.0 released

Finally I made sometime to develop artscript. This time I focused on fixing bug and finish enhancements on some of the features. Inkscape and calligraconveter are optional dependencies now, so you won’t need either of those to use artscript to transform most files. Collage tile size was adjusted to allow rectangular sizes, this is particularly useful to build photo contact sheets or storyboards, before all tiles had a 1:1 aspect ratio which produced an awkward spacing between equally sized elements.
[ Finalmente me hice de algo de tiempo para desarrollar Artscript. Esta vez me concentré en reparar los errores y terminar las mejoras de las características. Inkscape y Calligraconverter son dependencias opcionales, ahora no necesitas tenerlas instaladas para poder utiizar el script. El tamaño de azulejo en modo collage ahora acepta tamaños rectangulares, esto es particularmente útil para armar hojas de contactos en fotos o pequeños storyboards. Antes los azulejos sólo podían tomar la forma de un cuadrado, lo cual producia espacios blancos prominentes en collage de imágenes del mismo tamaño. ]

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