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    Default Abstract Blends

    When you create abstract blends it is a interactive process where you can creatively respond to what you are seeing emerge from even subtle edits. Great fun!


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    Here's how the image was generated: Overlaid on a rectangle with a four-color fill are two similar (but different) Xara multi-step blends superimposed over each other. Both use star-shaped vector objects with four-colour fills and repeating circular stained glass transparencies blended on an 's' curve. After their creations, the rear blend itself was given bleach transparency. The forward blend retained its original stained glass transparency. An exported jpg was processed in FotoSketcher v3 (free program) to create a 180-degree halftone. The halftone image was then imported back into the Xara document and overlaid on the original blends/background. The final image uses three superimposed copies of that halftone image, each with a different linear transparency. There are for instance both stained glass and bleached versions of the halftone image effecting specific partial areas of the underlying Xara blends/background.

    Why would anyone do this? It is fun.

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    Here's a zoomed view.

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    Fantastic to see 'Xara' being used purely for experimental artistic exploration fun. I firmly believe it's one of its true hidden strengths as it's easy to export out then import back and seamlessly blend vector and bitmap. Having said that I don't personally like too much the bold bright colours, but that's just me being a bit boring.
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    I like the blend, Ross. Reminds me of a hand bent back with fingers open.

    I've posted one of these before, maybe both.

    Blending in XDP is one of the funnest things for this button pusher.

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    My general playing around is actually recreating book and magazine covers. Haven't had the inclination for a while though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ross Macintosh View Post
    An exported jpg was processed in FotoSketcher v3
    a delightful program that puts years of useless bundled xara filters to shame
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonopen View Post
    Fantastic to see 'Xara' being used purely for experimental artistic exploration fun.
    ross is doing what he's been doing for years
    still having fun
    still teaching us new stuff
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    I thought I'd try something Artistic (autistic?) in Xara's blend tool, I call it Splashdown. Using 2 x 50 step blends of a couple of fills (plasma and cloud).
    Knock out a couple of these a day and I'll be rich beyond my wildest dreams.
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    I love those Ross. l saved your description for later use.

    @Bob, I like yours very much too!

    These are for you both.>
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    WOW! This is really inspiring! And they look super excellent and ... *GROOVY*...

    I'm glad you also mentioned a little bit of the technicals as I've played around with blends here and there trying to make something...anything that looked a little like these and never hit the magic spot. Not only are these just super cool looking but I'm definitely learning something from them and appreciate that just as much as the way they look.
    lots of my xara-made stuff ends up on my tumblr. NOT ALWAYS SAFE FOR WORK BUT MOSTLY IS

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    Quote Originally Posted by hseiken View Post
    WOW! This is really inspiring! And they look super excellent and ... *GROOVY*...
    Thanks Heavy! Since you live in San Diego you are probably obligated to try to create some funky surf blends.
    Last edited by Ross Macintosh; 24 June 2018 at 08:44 PM. Reason: spellin korection

 

 

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