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This blog is dedicated to providing free graphics for the Blogdrive community. Yay! 




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do *not* direct-link
do *not* alter graphics without consent
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BREAKING ANY OF PART OF THE TERMS OF USE IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED AND WILL RESULT IN IP BANNING.



What is *'direct-linking' or 'hot-linking' and why it makes Mr. Flibble very cross  

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mr. flibble ate the calander =\






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About the artist:
[Blogdrive profile] "Push" is a struggling college student living in the south florida area. She is currently enrolled in Digital Multimedia Production program and looks forward to working in the Computer Animated Film industry after completing her degree. Hobbies include surfing the web, writing and of course, pushing pixels.


About the side-kick: "Mr. Flibble" is a pixilated penguin living in the imagination of a struggling college student living in south florida. He is Push's taskmaster who helps her manage her time and resources more efficiently. Mr. Flibble is derived from one of Push's favorit brit comedies, "Red Dwarf", specifically the episode 'Quarantine'.





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Everyone has the capacity for evil.




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Saturday, October 02, 2004
Free Autumn Baubles for your Blog



No need to change your whole layout to get the feel of fall on your blog.   Bring just a hint of autumnal bliss with some of these easy-to-add touches of the harvest season.


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**do not direct-link





     
     
     
     
     



     
 
 
 











Posted at 10:54 pm
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Saturday, September 25, 2004
New blinkies, new gifts for doners

Someone forgot to turn the Hurricane Machine off.

Important message from Mr. Flibble:   If you want a blinky and you have these "retarded pop-ups" on your site, go some place else.  I'm not going to break my flipper on stupid buttons that say "You must click OK">>"I luv u Chad">>"I'm cool, keep clicking" and keep going and going until I get so fed up I can only hope people like you have your hard-drives explode in a convulsive fit of proportions that make Hiroshima look like a sheet of harmless bubble-wrap. 

Mr. Flibble seems a bit cranky.  I think ifriali's blog  made him snap ^^.  Ifriali, if you still want a blinky, please remove your java-script pop-ups...and any other type of scripts or pop-ups you may have and let me know. 


More blinkies:

           


           






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Sneak-Preview for Next Week:  "New Nightmare Before Christmas" Themed Websets;













Bits and Bauble decorations for Autumn

Posted at 11:22 pm
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Monday, September 20, 2004
Tips to make your own blinkies



As you may have noticed, there is a total lack of tutorials on this site.   Reason being is because there are absolutely dozens and dozens of really fab tutorials on blinkies already out there, so why beat a dead horse?



Many of you make your own blinkies, or at least try to.  I think that's great.  Blinkies are an excellent way to really showcase your individual personality, and they're even more fun to share with your friends.



What *really* is a 'blinky'?

When you think of a blinky, you think of a bead of light that travels around the outside of a graphic, for most parts.  

In reality it's really nothing more than a really groovy optical illusion. 


Technically speaking, all a blinky really is: two contrasting blocks [or circles] of colors opposing and -re-opposing one another at a rate faster than your eye can follow.  Load these two images in to a graphics animator and you'll have seizures.  But if you had a boarder of much smaller blocks of color opposing one another, you'll have a blinky.

image 1            image 2
         



Here's a few of Mr. Flibble's tips and pointers about blinky making:

1.  In order to make a blinky, first, you need a paint shop program.  I suppose the one that came with your computer would work.   I use Jasc Paintshop Pro,  but any will work.

 
2.  Next:  Go out on the web and type in "blinky tutorial".   Pick one you like. 

Get a cup of coffee.  Sit down.  Read it.   Follow it's directions and give it a try.



3.  Basic advice:  back up your work.  back up your work.  back up your work. 
Graphics and Graphics programs take a nice chunk of your processor's energy to run.  My computer locks up every day when I'm pushing pixels.  It's a part of life when you make your own graphics, so be smart and save save save.


2. If you have a very tiny blinky that isn't crisp enough, or looks 'dull', try playing with your contrast/brightness.  You also may want to tweak your unsharp mask.  

3.  For ease of use, keep a blinky template on hand with black and white lites, and something neutral for the base of the boarder, stage should be white.  Increase the color depth back up to 256.  Choose a new color and flood fill the background border of your blinky. In order to quickly and easily change the colors of your lites, use your 'select' tool and select the 'stage' or the inside part of your blinky where you'll type your text.  Invert the mask.  Marching ants will surround your lights. Find your Black and White points.  Change your 'black' to any color you like.  Repeat the process if you wish to change the white lights to another color. **please don't ask me how to achieve these steps in any other graphic program.  Consult your paintshop program's 'help' section for that.

4.  Use fonts that work well on a small setting. 
I go between 7px to 10px for blinkies.  Verdana is a nice clean font that retains edge dignity when crushed in to oblivion.   If you insist on using a troublesome font, try using a 3-d effect, like shadow or  chisel.  Tweak your contrast/brightness, and use that unsharp mask if all else fails.


5.  Just before you save, you want to Select All>>Float>>and you MUST save your blinkies as .gif files, otherwise they will not animate.    Floating prevents the two images from looking muddy or dull and pixelated when they are in the animator.


5. Gif Animator:  You need a Gif Animator to get those to images in to one file.  I use GIF Construction Set Professional tho they offer a great trail-ware version that works just as good.  For your light speed, you want a happy medium...fool the eyes, yet not get everyone nausiated.  I use an 8 delay for the most part.  Play around with it and see what works best for you.


6.  Experiment, keep trying & have fun.  Fill the world with awesome, candy-like blinkies.





Posted at 09:44 pm
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Special Gift For Doners

As a special thankyou to our  ever-lovin' paypal doners, I'm sharing the special pass-key to the "super-secret pushing pixels place" where Mr. Flibble hides his Very Special Web Sets.

"Alienesque" is our very first set. You'll find everything you need to build your own web page that even ET would be proud of. We give you "suggested" color codes for your text/links/visted links- a neat-O background image [which is an unobtrusive star-field, tho it's hard to tell on the sample image]- two styles of buttons for mail, links, signature book, & blank buttons for creating your own. There are dividerbars, bullets and three different welcome headers to choose from!









This "V.I.P. [very important pixelite] only" area is reserved for those who have helped me & mr. flibble keep our site going by donating via paypal. Once a donation is received [a.k.a. when I check my e-mail], you'll be mailed the key [but don't tell Mr. Flibble!]

Once again, thanks to the generosity of our Very Important Pixelites. We couldn't keep our subscription going without you!

 

Sincerely,

Push & Mr. Flibble


Posted at 12:53 am
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