Posted Sun, 04 Mar 2007 18:52:44 -05:00
Before: The original renewal form
The first subject of Balloonist Makeover will be a subscription renewal form featuring Max, the former mascot of the former MacAddict magazine.
MacAddict has recently rebranded quite successfully as Mac|Life, and has retired Max.
Although Max's word balloon does contain text, all he really seems to be saying here is Help!
The artwork, cut-out
First, we'll scan in the form and use Adobe Photoshop's Magic Wand to liberate the artwork.
The hard part is over! (We understand Adobe is adding some kind of new & improved wand in CS3. We would find that exciting.) We'll quickly erase the old balloon outline and export the file to PNG using Save for Web.
Next, we'll fire up Balloonist and use the New from Existing Artwork command to load our exported PNG image. To approximate the old balloon, we'll choose the Balloon with Curved Stem tool from the toolbar.
Once we've drawn our new balloon, we'll need to perform the following adjustments:
After: Re-worked in Balloonist
Voilà, a much improved-layout. The stem is admittedly a little long... further improvements could be made be moving the balloon down, and sliding the stem to the top of the balloon, where it would no longer have to stretch around Max's arm and ear.
Technically, the text should also be red-orange. Balloonist doesn't allow you to change text color... yet! But in the meantime, it's a simple matter to export to PDF or SVG and re-import this into illustration software that does.
Posted Sun, 04 Mar 2007 08:50:16 -05:00
This minor release addresses two issues found in version 2.0:
You can download it from the Balloonist Download Page.
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