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The Weekly Birdbath for August 20th - 26th

August 20th - 26th, 2011

by Cobra405/Mizagorn/Redstar/Mpeutz

So complex, yet very easy to listen to, we would like to play AlenVan's Seeing tomorrow for you:

Beanepatch

One thing we really like about Aviary is watching artists grow. One such artist, Beanepatch is one we enjoy keeping an eye on. You never know what he will come up with. His sense of humor is contagious, his love to create unwavering and his enthusiasm touches everyone. Always up for any challenge and a really nice human beane (someone has been hanging around mizagorn for too long) we want to draw attention to Beanepatch this week because he has over 1100+ creations and each one is as unique as he is. Stop by his gallery, its a blast of color and imagination. Glad you're here BP! Some of our favorites:

Try this really cool challenge presented by Bheid that can be as complex or as simple as you like. Here is a taste to whet your creative appetite:

We are trying a new system with the Aviary mentoring program, hopefully this will speed things up a bit for anyone asking for a mentor. So if you need some help with any of Aviary's apps then head on over and bag yourself a mentor

There is a brilliant new web comic being created on Aviary by TheDoctor7777 and two (as yet mysteriously unnamed) co-creators, by the name of Young Mr. Arthur Gashlycrumb. It's about a lonely boy who is being raised by his Auntie in her spooky old mansion. It's dark, it's funny, the drawings are amazing and there is something scary in the garden. You don't want to miss this so be sure to tune in.

There is an awesome new tutorial from Alpha13wolf on how to make clouds with Peacock. This is an adaptation of the steps he posted in the forums. Definitively check it out and post your cloud creations in the forums.

Tip - Creating and Moving text

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Five New Filters Added to the Effects API

A few months ago, we revealed the newest member of our API family: our Effects API. It's a server-side API which allows developers to quickly and easily apply utilities and cool filters to photos on their own site. For example, instead of just uploading your users' photos, you can crop them to avatar proportions and automatically fix the color levels of the photos or turn them into polaroids. Whatever floats your boat!

We launched with 20+ filters, and are pleased to announce five brand new ones which are available today! These filters are even more user-friendly, as they all improve photos with just one click, and a little birdy told us that more brand new filters are coming next week :)

We think these are pretty great, but we also know there can never be enough variety! If there are utilities or effects you'd love to be able to apply to the photos on your site, email us and let us know! You can always reach us at support@aviary.com.

Note: even if you're not a developer, you can still use these awesome effects on your photos! Eventually they'll all be available through our simple editor Feather, but until then you can use them through our developer site. Just upload the photo of your choice and go!

So, without further ado, here are today's new filters. Take a look, and then try them out yourself over on our developer site. Enjoy!

 

**Auto Enhance:** Bring out colors and details, fix levels, generally make your world a better looking place! (We're already applying this filter to all of our photos.)

 

**Cinematic:** Your life, if it were a movie. Specifically, a docudrama starring maybe Tom Hanks. Not that we've thought about it that much or anything.

 

**Daydream:** The soft white glowy vignette that you've been dreaming of.

 

**Heatwave:** High saturation, intense colors, and that general feeling of an oasis just a few more steps ahead.

 

**Indiglow:** It doesn't just make your photos purple.

To stay up to date with the latest filter releases, subscribe to our blog, or follow us on Twitter and Facebook!

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!!

Tip Tuesday: 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 :) [youtube width="550" height="344"]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G94a3SQN1zA[/youtube]

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!!

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!!

Blackbox collection: Vintage color

This week's Blackbox is another vintage color filter. This version has a strong tinting effect with darkening and a blurring vignette. Have fun aging your photos with this filter!

Just search for "vintage" 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!!