Beads how-to updated

2007-03-18 15:02:57 UTC

I just updated the two paper images from my How to draw Beads article.

Brief recap: Each bead in the application has a sheen. The how-to includes two mock-ups that I drew on paper so that I could more easily write the Quartz code to draw them in the computer.

Those who saw the article before may remember how awful the mock-ups looked. In case you didn’t or you don’t, here’s how awful they looked:

First draft of the bead sheen.
Second/final draft of the bead sheen.

Yowch. I didn’t have a scanner back then, so I did the best I could with my Zire 71‘s built-in camera. Mainly, it suffered from poor lighting: the Zire 71 is very sensitive to having or not having Just the Right Amount of light. In this case, I was on the not-enough side, so I had to use Photoshop to try to make up the difference.

I said to myself that when I got a scanner, I’d redo the images. I got one last week, so now I’ve done it and you can see the glorious results:

First draft of the bead sheen.
Second/final draft of the bead sheen.

If you’ve never seen the how-to before, have a look. There’s some good info there on drawing and Quartz.

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