Prisma - Comic Art From Photographs

Prisma the new post-processing application on the iPhone uses a combination of neural networks and artificial intelligence to create realistic brush strokes turning your photographs into amazingly life-like paintings or sketches. We've been messing around with it here in the office and we managed to come up with a very convincing comic book page in about 20 minutes using the Heisenberg filter.

Download Prisma for iPhone here

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Simple and easy to use

Using ordinary photographs shot in our office kitchen with an iPhone 6 we were able to achieve some amazing results. The app takes a few seconds to process each image and the final output is limited to 1080 x 1080 square.

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Lots of filters

Although the  Heisenberg filter is definitely one of the best for storyboarding / comic book art there are about 35 other filters ranging from electric effects to vibrant Matisse style paintings. Here are a few examples.

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Photos and comic layout Andy Turner 

 

 


Glen Keane – Step into the Page

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Disney legend, Glen Keane uses VR to draw in 3D


Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition

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Oculus and Samsung have joined forces to create the Gear VR. The system uses the new new Samsung Galaxy Note 4 with its Quad HD low-persistence 5.7 inch 1440p AMOLED screen for the display. By the looks of the images the Note simply slots into the front of the Gear VR with the built in lenses providing a 96 degree field of view. The best thing about this new system is that its totally wireless so it can be used anywhere as long as your phone has power.

Offical Oculus Press Release here

The innovator edition will ship this Autumn to developers and those of you who just want to have a play with it along with the following oculus developed apps

  • Oculus Home is a simple interface for connecting to the Oculus Store, where you can discover, download, and launch VR content.
  • Oculus Cinema is a virtual movie theater, where you can playback your favorite 2D and 3D movies in a variety of theater environments.
  • Oculus 360 Videos and Oculus 360 Photos are experiences that allow you to playback panoramic content in VR.

Looks like it could be the end of crowded noisy cinemas for ever. Imagine enjoying your own personal IMAX on a long haul flight!? the future is bright for VR.

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These are the specs of the Gear VR as well as the Note 4 according to the Samsung Website

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Star Trek on the Oculus Rift

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Thomas Kadlec has used Unreal Engine 4 to create a virtual Enterprise bridge environment for the Oculus Rift. I really hope he releases this publicly..

Source :: The Verge


Autodesk Mesh Mixer Released

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After Acquiring Mesh Mixer in 2011 Auto Desk have finally released their version of the software with a much cleaner interface and a host of new mesh editing and 3D printing tools.

http://www.123dapp.com/sandbox

Source :: CG Channel


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Ryan Schmidt has just released a new version of Mesh Mixer. Its free and a lot of fun to use.

New tools include

FaceGroup support, Stamp tool, Create Polygons for Stamp, Attract-to-Target brush, improved Booleans, Joins, and PlaneCut, Align tool, Brush controls (flow, hold boundary, restrict to group etc), better Transform Widgets, Grid, UI enhancements

http://www.meshmixer.com/


Verold WebGL Viewer

Amazing WebGL viewer allows you to upload 3D models complete with colour, spec, normal and Ambient occlusion maps. The Models can then be displayed on any web page using the embed code. There is even an option to embed onto FMBL facebook pages.

3D head scan model from Ten24s 3D scan shop

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Coolorus Colour Picker

Coolorus is a neat little PhotoShop colour picker similar to that found in Corel Painter, it has an brilliant complementary colour picker as well as quite a few other selection methods. There is a free 7 day trial on the site.

http://www.coolorus.com/

Source :: CGTalk

 


Etcher IMM Zipper Pack

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If you haven't got these already they are well worth checking out. Uber high resolution Zipper Brushes for Zbrush completely free.

http://www.zbrushcentral.com/showthread.php?78703-Etcher_Sketcher/page53

 


Marvelous Designer 2 Cloth Dynamics Demo

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Check out this amazing demonstration of the cloth dynamics within Marvelous Designer 2. There is a 30 day trial on their website, well worth a look.

http://www.marvelousdesigner.com/