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General / Re: Diabolo art
« on: July 06, 2007, 07:28:37 PM »
I do indeed. Email me a nice high res pic and I'll see what I can do. Maybe I should start charging for this... :)

General / Re: Diabolo art
« on: July 05, 2007, 10:45:36 PM »
heh, if only. Unfortunately computers can't yet recognise what's in the picture well enough to know where the edges should be :) Photoshop has a function called "posterize" which does it very roughly which is helpful when doing some vectors but it's no substitute for doing it yourself. n3mo's right when he says it takes time - the last one I did (here) had really complicated hair and that alone took me 4 hours or so... the whole rest of the was only about 2 hours (edit: actually, thinking about it, it was more like 3 or 4) or so combined.

General / Re: Diabolo art
« on: July 05, 2007, 03:34:01 PM »
There's a post a few pages back where I explained how to do it in photoshop... I've never used inkscape but I'd guess that the technique is similar. I think I might have a go with it myself actually.

General / Re:
« on: April 11, 2007, 11:32:21 PM »
who said anything about sticks?

General / Re:
« on: April 10, 2007, 10:11:59 PM »
Apologies for an enormous bump, but I just checked this site, and it's up now, though judging by the Lorem Ipsum on the front page and lack of content on the others, it's clearly still under construction. It looks like it's going to be a shop, but at the moment all it's got listed are Finesses and Circuses, with prices exactly the same as firetoys.


General / Re: Diabolo art
« on: April 03, 2007, 11:48:25 PM »
Since I don't know how much you know about photoshop, I'm just gonna write this as if you've never used it:
Photoshop has these things called vector shapes, which you create by adding points round the edge of an area of colour and adjusting the  "handles" on the points to change the curves between it and the points either side of it, until the shape perfectly matches the area you're surrounding. (If you use photoshop, it's done with the pen tool, and you have to select the vector shapes option, which is the first of the three icons in the top left of the toolbar, which are vector shape, path, and fill respectively). Then you can just choose a colour for the shape - photoshop fills it for you. My images are done with lost of these shapes, one for each area of colour (drawn from a source photo, obviously). As a guide, that last one had 23 such shapes, plus the string, and it took about 4 hours or thereabouts. I add the details (such as the collar line on this one, and the chin on the first one) with thin black vector shapes with the layer opacity adjusted. The string is done differently since it's a long line rather than a shape; it's just a path which I've stroked with bright yellow using a small brush.

Again, if anyone wants one of these done for their pic, just drop me an email and I'll see what I can do :)


General / Re: Diabolo art
« on: April 03, 2007, 04:26:57 PM »
Thanks! If you want me to do one of you you can drop me an email with a pic (preferably fairly high res)

General / Re: Diabolo art
« on: April 03, 2007, 03:23:18 PM »
Another one of these, this time of my brother (je4d):

General / Re: Diabolo art
« on: March 16, 2007, 11:05:00 PM »
Here's a sort of B&W vector thing I made of me doing a sprinkler:

10 Policy & Feedback / Re: Another Server Problem
« on: February 19, 2007, 09:43:14 PM »
Can't comment, since mine's working fine, but shouldn't this be in the feedback forum, not the videos one?

11 Policy & Feedback / embedded VOTW?
« on: January 08, 2007, 12:28:11 PM »
Apologies for bumping a relatively old thread, but I was just checking what the forum codes were for SMF, and noticed the [flash][/ flash] tags. Doesn't this mean it's possible to embed videos of the week (and other video tutorials, etc) into their respective threads? I think that would be a really cool addition to the site.

12 Policy & Feedback / Re: The life-cycle of a Forum
« on: January 08, 2007, 12:19:39 PM »
Brilliant post Sean - it's great to see a forum where these sorts of discussions are really acted upon. In my experience, that doesn't happen very often.

Perhaps it would be an idea to publish an email newsletter summarising the week's article(s) and videos and linking to their forum threads

13 Policy & Feedback / Re: The life-cycle of a Forum
« on: January 07, 2007, 01:29:22 AM »
Aah, I was wondering what that arrow meant. I didn't think to look for that feature first before suggesting it...  :-\
Anyway, in that case, since it's already implemented, all that needs to be done is to encourage people to use it!

14 Policy & Feedback / Re: The life-cycle of a Forum
« on: January 07, 2007, 12:56:12 AM »
I think that removal of spam threads is the way forward, and the procedure norbi proposes works well but may be a bit harsh. I think one problem is there's not always a mod there to spot these sorts of problems before the thread gets established (at which point a mod might hesitate to delete it, even if there's a perfectly good thread on the topic already). One way to enforce it better would be if any user could click a button to "flag" a post and alert the mods to whatever it is, be it spam, a pointless bump of a 2 year old thread (this happened earlier) or whatever, and then the mods could take a look at it. I don't know if it's possible to implement that though.


General / Re: "Why did I do that?"
« on: January 02, 2007, 10:56:16 PM »
Once I was on a walk near my house with most my family and my uncle and cousins. Me and my brother were both diaboloing. So, we got to this bit where we were walking along with a lake on our right and a stream running parallel to the path on our left about 10m away.
So, I was just doing some normal tricks as we went along and decided that it would be a good idea to do a whip catch. I missed it, spectacularly: The diabolo hit the ground and hurtled off towards the stream. I ran after it, and saw it suddenly disappear off the bank into the stream. I tried to stop and ended up teetering on the edge of the bank, and had to jump in to fetch it out  >:(

I'm New / Catching the stick (was: need some advise!)
« on: May 01, 2006, 09:57:20 PM »
Quote from: fredo
Please make it more precise frank... :wink: Can't really imagine what you mean... :D
I think it's where you catch the string and swing the stick round and then either slide your hand down the string or swing it back under the diabolo into a looper.

Gear / Fire diabolo pictures!!
« on: April 27, 2006, 08:41:49 PM »
Awesome pics.
guppygould: it looks like a minisun-osiris sun, but it's hard to tell isn't it?

Gear / my custom wooden sticks
« on: April 11, 2006, 10:14:50 PM »
Chiok: Good point. Might be able to thread both ends of a small piece of metal (differently), one to screw into the wood and the other threaded for the extreme tips. Or trim down one of the plastic extreme attachments, but that'd probably break then. Anny other suggestions appreciated :)

Gear / my custom wooden sticks
« on: April 11, 2006, 06:25:51 PM »
Interesting - I've done something similar with a pair of handies before, but the tip broke.
I've been thinking about making my own custom wooden sticks for a whgile now, cause I prefer the feel of wood. I was thinking of taking a bit of beech dowel and threading the end so I could use MB extreme tips with them, and also getting a nice handgrip to go on the end. Haven't got around to it yet though - I can't get hold of any beech dowel around here, nor can I find a place that sells foam handgrips. Guess it'll have to wait...

Tutorials / Re: Excalibur: a basic tutorial
« on: April 11, 2006, 04:41:34 PM »
I find you do have to be a bit more brutal to get a wide-axle diabolo into vertax. Seems to me it's cause you have to move the sticks further to get the string to rub on the cup, and so make it tilt. Once you're in excalibur it's not so bad, but it's a bit harder to correct/rescue.

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