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Inkscape About Screen 1 by Anarres Inkscape About Screen 1 by Anarres
Attempt to create an About Screen for Inkscape. The idea was to reproduce the looks of an old ad for Higgin's Eternal Black Ink and, while keeping that old-print look, convey the necessary info.

I don't think the outcome was bad, but it could be refined.

Update: changed "The vector is stronger than the bitmap" by "the vector is mightier than the bitmap". These things happen when you don't really speak enghlish.
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:iconlordkhaos0:
lordkhaos0 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2009
nice :D
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hjhornbeck Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2006
Excellent! I love how well you've captured the old-time look, while keeping a lot of energy in the final design. You're quite the pro!

HJ Hornbeck
(PS. Cool, another Inkscape user!)
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Anarres Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2006
I am glad you like it -- you may have noticed that it was selected for the splash screen of version .42 (though, due to me not having connection when they requested it, the second-runner was used instead, and this one was used in version .43).

Although I do like some of the other designs I presented better than this one, I am very happy that people liked it enough to use it for the splash screen. Thanks again, to you and to everyone that voted.
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hjhornbeck Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2006
(double-checks his copy of Inkscape)

Gaah! I thought it was familiar.... :o

HJ Hornbeck
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Anarres Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2006
:D
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jennee Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2005
I was going to comment on this, then I forgot. I like this one better, don't know why. It's not a scary commie thing :D And on a more serious note, it's easier to read, and I like the colors more. About your devs not showing up, it's a DA bug. They do show up in devwatches when you upload them, but it takes a while to appear in the gallery too.
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Anarres Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2005
Yep, I already found out the DA problem. It's quite annoying, but a minor issue once you know what's happening. Good to know they appear in DeviantWatch.

You like the colours? But it's plain black and white? Well, brown and paper.

As for the commies... Well, I myself am one, sorta. I don't eat babies, though. Too much fat.
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jennee Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2005
I like brown and paper :) When I say commies I think of how things were here, 20 years ago, and it wasn't pretty.
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Anarres Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2005
Ah, communism is like living in the country: those who were born within, want to leave, and those who were born outside, want to go live there. :D

Anyway, I am well aware that we do brag a lot when we talk about communism. And without experience, so we are all theorics -- that's why I respect highly the oppinion of anyone who has lived under a self-proclaimed communist government. In the name of communism, great atrocities have been made.

That said, I do think there is one thing that redeems communism: its paradigm, it's fundamental principles ("freedom, equality, solidarity", "from everyone according to their ability, to everyone according to their need", "the greatest good for the greatest number of people") are still laudabile. They just need to be approached in different ways. Not so much for other movements who proclaimed the supremacy of a certain race, the existance of one only god, or the benefit of a few.

The seek of Communism (for many disagree that it has ever really existed) brought terror and misery, yes. But so did the path to democracy: remember the Months of Terror of the French Revolution, and Napoleon conquering Europe (and the regression democracy suffered as a result). We learn from our mistakes, or so I hope.

As K.S. Robinson put it, the misery of the XX century was trying to implement a philosophy of the future with the tools of the past.
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Simarilius Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2005
very nice, did a great job of capturing the old style. Love the idea of putting the feature additions in there, would make a great ad too :)
Only thing i can find wrong with it is you mean node editing not node edition :)
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Anarres Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2005
Thanks a lot. I am glad you like it, and that you like the "old style". It was what I intended to achieve, since everyone seems to be submitting shiny and slick vectors. :)

Thanks for the pointer about "editing". So it is not the same "node edition" and "node editing"? That's what happens when you don't speak english natively... I'll change it if it gets chosen.

I still can't seem to get my two other designs to show in my main page. I don't know why:

[link]
[link]
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:iconroyalez:
Royalez Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2005
Very cool :D
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Anarres Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2005
Thank you.

I wish people could see too my other two submissions:

[link]
and
[link]

But for some strange reason, DeviantART won't show them in my gallery.
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:iconlu-zero:
lu-zero Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2005
Pretty nice (were is the svg?)
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Anarres Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2005
Thank you.

Are we supposed to upload it somewhere? Didn't see that in the terms of the contest.

I usually make avaliable the SVG source of the images I create, but since I've found no way to do it through DeviantART, I have to upload them to my personal site, and then link back here. And since it is a lengthy process, I procastinate it. ;)

However, should anyone want the source urgently, drop me a line with your email adress, and I will mail it.
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:iconlu-zero:
lu-zero Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2005
Was just curious about how you made it. (you should be able to add a svg deviation)
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:iconlu-zero:
lu-zero Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2005
I hope to try something sooner or later (I don't like too much the inkscape UI, sodipodi was better for that =/)
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Anarres Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2005
How? I would like to, but I don't know how to do it.

Anyway, the technique is easy -- I actually traced parts of the original ink add. The rest was just toying with the lettering, and retouching the traces.

The only real little 'trick' are the humidity/dirt stains, which are actually 64-point stars, rounded and randomized. If you want to add a darker border, which makes them more real, it's easy: duplicate twice, inset by the necessary amount the upper duplicate, and substract this from the lower duplicate. That should leave a darker rim.
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corneliuscz Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2005
wow, amazing vector! :clap:
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Anarres Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2005
Thank you. Your gallery is impressive, too.
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p2b Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2005   Photographer
it is indeed very nice ;)
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Anarres Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2005
Thank you.
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zeh235 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2005
wow, this totally rocks! :)
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Anarres Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2005
Thank you muchly. I hope that the Inkscapers think that as well. :)
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under-water Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2005
Eeee. That's cute.
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Anarres Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2005
Thanks a lot. I am glad you like it.
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