The Weekly Birdbath for August 13th - 19th

August 13th - 19th, 2011
by Cobra405/Mizagorn/Redstar/Mpeutz

Editor's note: This is a special edition of the Birdbath. We Aviators decided to make this one a tribute to all the wonderful female artists and musicians within our flock. You'll find that equal opportunity and talent indeed apply.

Girls rule!!

A great example of Roc and Myna integration! Drummergirl777 created four original Roc beats of her own, then used Myna to upload a few external sources and add sweet reverb and sweep effects to give kick and punch to a thoroughly enjoyable listening experience. Synth and percussion make this a perfect match for her name. If you listen closely, you can hear the "Roc... Roc.." in the mix. How cool is that?!

Need some exquisite vocals to go with the new mix you're working on? Have you heard what Roxy (mwah ha ha ha ha!) can do? Some of the best Myna creations we've heard at Aviary are based on these simple, yet beautiful, soul-stirring and sometimes quite spine-tingling "ah's" and "mmm's". Check it out, or wish you weren't so far back in line.

There is a cool Aviary contest going on at Worth1000,one everyone will enjoy. It is All apps black and white. Check it our and join in the fun.

Sometimes, in the great walk of life, we run across a truly profound figure. One who is eclectic and astonishingly, refreshingly different. Someone you can learn a lot from, as well as laugh with. A true artiste, experienced in an amazing variety of art forms.

Entre nous, et tous les autres - bassp is a veritable fountain of cultural experience. Her art "studies" at Aviary are worth more fave adds than the common folks' finest creations. She has a professed and perfectly practiced proficiency in Peacock - Nobody can say "hubs" and interact with them quite as well. And wow! - you won't know whether to stand, sit, or fall out when you browse her gallery. Can she create a beat? Well... duh! Any Girl Scout will tell you - be prepared!

Having a lot of challenges has both advantages and disadvantages. We love the variety but sometimes, some are overlooked. Such is the case of Yellowstar24's great challenge named The wrong habitat. Funny and original, we challenge you to join us in making this another Aviary favorite.

As the end of summer hurtles toward those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, we begin to see some friends dropping off as the new school year approaches. Whether teaching or learning, we wish everyone a prosperous school year ahead. In that spirit, let us also remember to welcome our new members and remember to point them here so we can all say hello as they introduce themselves.

We can't let the guys go without any representation this week. When Alpha13Wolf posed his amazing Clearing skies I thought it was amazing but when I opened it in Peacock, I was inspired to learn this technique. Little did I know that you can make much more than clouds. Alpha13Wolf has written a wonderful Tutorial that shows us every thing we need to create clouds, smoke, nebulas, trees and anything else you can imagine. Many thanks to you Alpha13Wolf!


Tip - Layer Merge Trick

Select the layers you want to resize and merge them. Then, with the merged layer selected, go to Select > Select all. Next use the Edit > Copy function to copy this layer to the clipboard. Now here comes the clever bit :) Hit undo twice. This will recover all of your layers as they were before you started! Finally, just use Edit>Paste and hey presto, you now have a new layer with the merged layers you copied. You can resize all you like, and you also still have all of your original layers!

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The Weekly Birdbath for July 30th - August 5th


July 30th - August 5th, 2011

by Cobra405/Mizagorn/Redstar/Mpeutz

UH! clap, clap. uh huh. psheeeer! Rims and kicks, FX, shakers and blips. Here's a fascinating master mix that's house, beat box, or hip hop - take your pick. Our phenom man tashuan16 humbly presents an enjoyable groove that stirs your dance emotion. Take a listen, and be prepared to wish you, too, are on this island getaway.


Do you like quirky, out of left field, why didn't I think of that art? Well so do we and that is why TheDoctor7777 is in the spotlight this week. Steampunk, fantasy, weapons and some wild inventions will leave you shouting for more. Pop over to his gallery, the adventure is just beginning. Some of our favorites:

While I was mentoring LunaOwl and trying to help her create a seamless tile in Phoenix, I enlisted the help of our resident Peacock wizard, mpeutz. Mike created an Offset Blackbox and a video to show us all how to use it. Looks like the mentor needed mentoring. See the tut here along with LunaOwl's amazing seamless tile image.

Peacock is a great way to create almost anything your imagination can come up with. But what if you have a challenge that limits the resources you can use? Redstar came up with this amazing hubs Minimalist challenge... use only Spirolina, Drop Shadow, and Shape Draw. Enjoy these entries, be inspired, and see what YOU can come up with!

Have you ever looked at Undiscovered Creations? (Go to Discover creations -> Undiscovered Creations from the main menu.) We're trying to decide if this area is a great place to find new talent... or is it a place for inappropriate material? Is it a boon or a bane? Weigh in here with your comments!

Tip - Getting Started with Peacock

Peacock is an awesome application - and my first love on Aviary! However, it can be a bit daunting for new users to jump into. This week's video is a quick primer on how Peacock works. If you still have questions after watching the video, you should head on over to the Aviary forums and ask for some tips from our awesome community

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Blackbox Collection: Box 1

This week's Blackbox will warp your images into the shape of a box. Well, technically it's more of a package, which makes this a perfect way to visualize how your design will look on a package! You can use it with a texture to get an idea of how it could look applied to a 3D object... or you could just have fun inventing a new breakfast cereal box! Experiment and have fun.  As always, feel free to post your awesome creations in the forums.

Just search for "Box 1" in the Blackbox browser (Go to File -> Import Blackbox) and start making awesome creations!

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If you're not sure what to do, check out this beginner tutorial on how to use Blackboxes!!

The Weekly Birdbath for July 23rd - 29th

July 23rd - 29th
by Cobra405/Mizagorn/Redstar/Mpeutz

At Aviary, we like to spend a lot of time showcasing new talent. If you've seen and listened to more than one Birdbath, then you know what we're talking about. That's the way we roll at Aviary.

This week, however, to inspire and motivate you, we're going to focus on and shamelessly plug the two best music artists we have. The amount of time these guys spend mixing brain-blowing good music is phenomenal. Each of them actually deserve a special spotlight, but for now, you can get a taste of delicious audio delight right here.

First off is Jdogg247, who not only is a killer music manipulator, but is also a fantastic Raven artist. Add humor and helpfulness - you've got one of Aviary's top favorites. Let's explore "Plastic" - a totally original, tripped out journey into the unreal side of thought. Multiple effects, clip reversals, and a superb use of massive amounts of Roc instruments:

Next is our freakingly, unreally talented styromus. This artist quietly creates things you wouldn't believe possible with Roc soundbanks, imported sounds, and an unconventional ability to make engaging original music that appeals to everyone. Listen and be prepared to want to be like styromus while you delve into River Rush.

Worth1000 was all so cute this week with the Raven: Kawaii 2 contest. All of the entry's were awesome but here are the top three awesomist ! is that a word, it must be look at these....

1. StillDunno 2. Yggdraassil 3. ivanildo

There is also a new Phoenix Color this 2 contest just started (scratches head, is this weeks BB tip just a coincidence) so head on over join in and maybe even win a trophy or some credits.


There is a new kid in the flock and if you haven't met him yet (and if not, where have you been?) let me introduce you now. His username is Bheid and he has taken to Peacock like a duck to water. Not just a Peacock artist, Bheid has also created in Phoenix, Raven, Myna and Roc. Friendly, helpful and supplying some good challenges, check out his gallery to see some amazing images from someone here only 3 months. Some of our favorites:

This week's Aviator's challenge is called It's about time and you guessed it the images or songs have to have some connection to time. It was a lot of fun and it's not over yet so hop on over, there's still time Some of our favorites:

Tip - Coloring Line Art

This week's tip shows you a quick and easy way to add color to your sketches and line art. It's really useful for comics, logo art, and anything else hand-drawn you want to spruce up professionally. Enjoy!

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Blackbox Collection: Blue Print

This week's Blackbox will give your images a blueprint type of effect. You image will be converted to a textured hatch fill with defined edges. It's great for giving your images a technical look. Also, like many other Blackboxes, you can adjust it to give you lots of different looks. The only limit is your creativity!

Just search for "Blue print" in the Blackbox browser (Go to File -> Import Blackbox) and start making awesome creations!

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If you're not sure what to do, check out this beginner tutorial on how to use Blackboxes!!

The Weekly Birdbath for July 16th - 22nd

 July 16th - 22nd, 2011 by Cobra405/Mizagorn/Redstar/Mpeutz

When not busy being all over the place helping people and running a group, uni93 works on perfecting her musical skills. You gotta check out this groovin' beat based on household sounds and scales. That's not justice scales, or fish scales... it's music scales, of course!

School will be starting soon (what?!), and those of you taking band or music classes will be sure to have this question on a test: What is a vocoder? We're not sure we completely understand (think vocal synthesizer, maybe?), but mvpalmer sure knows how to put it to good use in an awesome Roc-based Myna mix, complete with sweet percussion!

Over on our sister site Worth1000, we currently have two contests open to enter:Raven: Kawaii 2 where you can show off your cute and adorable side, and then Peacock: Blackbox + photography where you can show off your photographic skills along with your Peacock skills. All contests are free to enter and the winner gets 100 Worth credits to spend on bling to give out to your fave contest entries.

Also, don't forget to exercise your right to vote! This Peacock - Maps! contest is currently open for rating now if you would like to get in some voting practice :)

And a huge congratulations to the winners of the first 2-person Team Challenge, Aviary+Worth1000. I'm sure you all had a great time working together. We are all looking forward to the next match.

Aviary has a new couple on the scene, grabbing everyone's attention and affection. They are Sadie and Shady, created by talented Raven artist Holly-. New to Aviary and quickly learning the apps, we look forward to not only the continuing story of Sadie and Shady but of many more exciting and unique creations. Help us welcome Holly- by visiting her gallery! Some of our favorites:

This week's Aviators challenge idea came from bassp, our venerable and massively talented Peacock explorer. Peacock Challenge: Displacement proved to be a great challenge with some stunning pieces of art being turned out. It really is amazing the work you can produce with just four simple Peacock hubs. Don't forget that it's never too late to join in.

Just some of your stunners:

Did you get the Aviary newsletter for this month? No? Well... why not?! What's up with that?

What's up is little things like massively uber-cool app updates (smart layers, new stuff, layered .psd integration, more new stuff, collapsible panels, and some new stuff thrown in for good measure); education, developer and extension news; and lots of new stuff as well.

A collection of important blogs for those who want to be in the know. You can sign up by going to You > Profile & Account Settings then selecting the Notification Settings tab, or you can always just enter your email address here. Be sure to check every box - you don't want to miss out on a thing!

Let's get the egg rolling on promoting a new Group Publish feature. If you think it's a good idea, offer your input!

Become part of the elite group of Aviary app alpha testers so you can offer your valuable feedback on upcoming releases!

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Tip - Enhancing Eyes

This week's tip will teach you how to enhance the eyes within your portraits - something  a lot of Aviary artists have asked us for help with. We have a full written tutorial on this technique that explains some additional steps to make the eyes stand out in your images, but this video should be helpful as a quick method for achieving the look you want!

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Blackbox Collection: Color Blind Filter

This week's Blackbox is not designed to add an effect, border, or odd distortion (although you can certainly use it as an effect if you want to!). Instead, it's meant to be used as a tool to show your images as someone with color blindness would see them. This simple filter will convert the colors in any image to show the four major types of color blindness (Trianopia, Protanopia, Deuteranopia, & Monochromacy). It's a great way to test how your image, web page, or graphics will look for these viewers - and especially helpful if you want to make your creation or website 100% user friendly.

Just search for "color blindness" in the Blackbox browser (Go to File -> Import Blackbox) and you'll have a secret weapon for knowing how everyone will see your creations!

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If you're not sure what to do, check out this beginner tutorial on how to use Blackboxes!!

Blackbox Collection: Velvia

This week's blackbox is based off of Fujifilm's Velvia camera film. It produces a subtle boost in color saturation, contrast, and sharpness. It's a great "enhancer" for pictures taken with lower quality mobile phone cameras. Use this blackbox to give your photos a lovely, subtle pick me up.

Just search for "velvia" in the Blackbox browser (Go to File -> Import Blackbox) and start making awesome creations!

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If you're not sure what to do, check out this beginner tutorial on how to use Blackboxes!!

Blackbox Collection: Retro Magazine

This week's blackbox will produce a grungy, over contrasted effect for your image. It is reminiscent of the super saturated, low image quality that was prevalent in older magazines. It can also be used as a faux HDR effect. There are no adjustment controls to this blackbox so you will need to make any adjustments before or after applying the effect.

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Just search for "magazine" in the Blackbox browser (Go to File -> Import Blackbox) and start making awesome creations!

If you're not sure what to do, check out this beginner tutorial on how to use Blackboxes!!

Blackbox Collection: Drops

This week's fun Blackbox will overlay your image with drops. These drops can be tinted any color and their size and density can be adjusted. You can make this effect simulate condensation, water droplets, underwater bubbles and more.

Just search for "drops" in the Blackbox browser (Go to File -> Import Blackbox) and start making awesome creations!

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If you're not sure what to do, check out this beginner tutorial on how to use Blackboxes!!