2 ripe avocados
1-2 serrano chiles, stems and seeds removed, minced
1 tablespoon of fresh lime or lemon juice
1/2 red onion, minced (about 1/2 cup)
1/2 ripe tomato, seeds and pulp removed, chopped
2 tablespoons cilantro leaves, finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
A dash of freshly grated black pepper
Mash the avocado with a fork and add the onion, cilantro, lime or lemon, salt and pepper, and mash it some more. Start with half of a chili pepper and add more, depending on how hot you like things.
Keep the tomatoes separate until ready to serve. That’s it!
Let us know how your guacamole turns out! Also, if you feel so inclined, it would be great to see some more cilantro on Aviary. Cilantro is great, and crucial to many fine recipes.
Buen Provecho and Happy Cinco de Mayo! ]]>
We recently moved to our NYC office and decided to have a meetup so the whole flock could come and see our new space.
As you can see in some of the photos, the place is still under construction — but we are happy to have everyone here.
Alan & Alessandro
Avi, Michael G & M. Peutz
By the way, in case you’re wondering, the progress on our construction seems to be going well, we hope to share photos of the finished space soon.
If you have any suggestions for how we can make our new office more awesome, let us know!
Also, Aviary is hiring, so if you are in NYC and are awesome and want to join our flock send us a note: email@example.com
April 24th – 30th
At first glance of Kintsao’s work its clear it is something special. He has a deft eye for compositions and skill with the vectors, making portraits, poster, and book cover illustrations. There may only be few creations in his gallery but all are spectacular, don’t miss it.
Tip – Smudge tool cloning by Yotambonehbait
From Yotam “At first sight it [the smudge tool] seems to be one of the most disappointing tool in the program, compared to Photoshop’s smudge tool. But I’ve discovered that if you know how to use it, it can be a very powerful cloning tool.
First rule: Don’t drag the brush on the image, but instead draw quick, light strokes, Starting at the texture you’re sampling, and ending at the place you want the texture to be.
Second rule: keep the brush set to a low hardness (opacity). the smoother you want your texture to come out, the lower your the hardness needed.
Third rule: the lower the hardness, the more strokes and quicker movements you need”
Here at the Aviary office we sometimes find ourselves thinking about celebrities. Specifically, about celebrity faces and what they would look like if they were… well, swapped. So we decided to have a Celebrity Face Swap Contest. We are so excited about this contest, we are going to be giving away an iPad to the person who creates the best celebrity swap!
As a token of appreciation for you, our loyal blog readers, we wanted to offer a little guidance. Check out this great Gender Bending Tutorial.
Those great tips and tricks will show you how to distort faces and change genders with ease. No visits to plastic surgeons necessary.
Enter the contest, vote for your favorite entries, get your friends to vote for all of your entries and a (real) iPad could be yours!
Don’t forget, of you aren’t a lucky winner you can always draw your own iPad…
To participate all you need to do is grab the audio stems and remix the tracks with Myna. The winners are determined by public voting. We have included Twitter, Facebook, and embeddable codes to help you promote your mix and get more people to vote.
There are some great prizes:
You can upload multiple mixes and you can vote for as many mixes as you like. Please note: duplicates of the same remix will be removed and you can only vote once per remix.
Start your mixing and let us know which mixes you think rock! Get all the details here.
If you could pick a song or a track for our next remix contest what would it be?
Art and Music, Peacock
Myna Artists from Aviary
If you haven’t already, you should definitely check out The Avian’s channel on Youtube. Make sure to subscribe so you don’t miss new videos when they come out.
We loved these videos so much, we wanted to show you how to make your own videos. So Cobra405 put together this great how-to, and now you don’t have any excuse not to make a video showcase or two!
Don’t forget to check out these Aviary logos and graphics they are perfect for all of your Aviary videos and channels.
Which creations and editing tools are you going to show off in your next video?]]>
April 10th – 16th
Unassuming, not pushy yet in his own quiet way Beanepatch is racking up some amazing creations. Learning as he goes and trying everything I know you are going to enjoy his gallery. Stop by, say hello and be inspired. Here are somr favs:
Tip – Setting Connector Pins in Aviary”s effects editor
Organize the connector lines with in Aviary’s effects editor by setting pins. In complicated files you may have several connector lines close to or even crossing over each other. You can move them out of the way by setting connector pins. A connector pin is an anchor point that the connector line will lock to. To set a pin, hover over a connector line, then click on it when it is highlighted, which will add a pin. Now you can drag that pin and the connector line out of your way. To delete a pin select it and press the delete button.
Instead of boring you with endless words about the importance of the Earth and the environment (let’s be clear, THEY ARE IMPORTANT), we want to let the work of our incredibly talented community of artists speak for itself.
To see all of this artwork and more check out our Earth Day Poster Challenge. Make sure to submit your own Earth Day posters and creations. Because really, every day is Earth Day!
Big thanks to Redstar and Cobra405 for kicking off the poster challenge and a very special thanks to Mizagorn for the amazing video.
What are you doing on this lovely Earth Day?
Use our app to browse and edit your photos and your friends photos on the fly. The app creates a new album in Facebook called “Aviary Advanced Editor Photos” where all of your creations are saved.
Perfect for basic re-touching as well as complex effects, our Facebook editor includes brushes, blend modes, a magic wand, layers, groups, layer masks, and so much more.
If you’re an experienced user you can jump right in and start creating. If you’re new, you can head over to our tutorials to get some tips and tricks.
Give it a try and don’t forget to let us know what you think!
You may have seen a new button on the creations page called Publish Creation and wondered what it is. Well Aviary now will let you Publish a creation (images only at this point) to Flickr, and Facebook. This also will apply to Aviary. Let me explain.
The Publish feature allows you to control how you share your creations. Now, by default all creations will have a status of Draft. A Draft creation can be any creation that you feel is not ready for prime time. It will not be included on the undiscovered page, and will only show up in your creations. This will help to make the undiscovered page more relevant, by not flooding it with uploads and unfinished creations. Plus you can work on your creation in peace, sharing it only when you feel it is ready.
When you are ready to share your creation with the world you can Publish it. This can be done, from the creation page, or inside the application after you have saved.
Click on the Publish Creation to open the pop-up here you can choose to push your creation to Flickr and or Facebook. Then clicking the publish button will push the creation to the sites you have checked.
In the application
After having saved a creation a publish button will appear in the header, Clicking it will open the publish dialog. Here you can set which linked account you want to push the creation to.
The publish dialog is where you are able to set how you want share your image. Chose which account you want to publish the creation to. (Currently only available for images to Flickr or Facebook) If they are left unchecked your creation will only be published to Aviary. Once a creation is published you will see the date, time and the account that was published. If your accounts are not linked you will be able to link them from this dialog or from your Linked Accounts page.
Note: Images pushed to Flickr with transparency, will show the transparent areas as black on any image that is not at original size. We are working on this issue and hope to have it fixed in the future.]]>