September 9th, 2005


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Damn I'm tired. Still no reason, got more sleep last night too ... I'm gonna be a bundle of laughs tonight I can tell ;) Nothing a beer or two won't cure, I guess :)

Post this morning included letters saying that the life insurance we cancelled is cancelled, so that's all good.

Mostly yesterday I played with The Gimp ... read a bit more of the book marble lent me, so messed around with overlays & multiplying the colour and stuff like that. J pointed me at a blog entry about making usable desktop wallpapers, which gave me some ideas about making icon texture sets, though I'm still not entirely sure why people use them (even though I grabbed some that Rilli was offering coz they look nice, and will try and think of something to do with them). I tend to make backgrounds/add text etc for icons on the fly, rather than use a pre-made texture or a brush for the text/border/whatnot. But then, other people win icon contests, so maybe there's a reason for this ;) I did use one of the textures I made for an icon that I might enter in the travel_icontest competition (said icon also uses stuff that I learnt from the book, too), but I'd've made it up for the icon itself if I'd not done a dozen in advance.

Started thinking about templates for Christmas cards too - need to cost it out and see if it's financially worthwhile (not gonna spend the time on it if it's also more expensive, I'd only end up resenting it I think). But it's easy to do outline text (put your text on, hit the 'make path from text' button, delete the text, then stroke path with a pixel width brush and hey presto! outline), so then I'd just need 50 or 60 on white card, and colour them in & add decor. It does look awfully small on A5 (folded in half), so maybe I need to think about A4 - I used to do cards on A5 non-folded (many many years ago), but they don't stand up very well. I should poke around for large decorative fonts - I know what I want it to look like, though I can't articulate it very well, the feel is half-uncial (I think, ack, I've forgotten my calligraphy names) and big fat capital letters. The two I have that have some of the right feel for me are Carolingia Bigfoot and Cry Uncial, though neither is quite what I have inside my head. Need to cost this first, before I get too carried away ;)
Eek! So scary!

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Bah. Never hit the 'rich text' link in the bloody web update thingy half way through a post. You can go back and your text is still in the box, but then you need to fight with it to get your bloody formatting after you hit the update button. I ended up needing to re-do the entry & then delete the old one so I got some damn paragraphs. Bah.