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  • Mood: Content
  • Listening to: Smooth Jazz
  • Reading: Watchmen
  • Drinking: Coffee

The Power of Blending Options

Journal Entry: Thu May 8, 2008, 9:31 AM
After publishing my last article on the Process of Making an Icon, I got a few requests for more indepth knowledge on Blending Options, and a more explicit walkthrough of their direct usage.

Now, Blending Options are one of the first things Photoshop Novices stumble upon. The infancy of adding layer styles often leads to a short period of horrible drop shadows and cringeworthy bevels. Ironicly, this easily available styling is one of the harder things to master. Blending options is all about manipulating individual layers to obtain a certain effect. It's a key aspect of creating icons, and will help you create textures, shading and highlighting.



Go to the PixelResort and read more...

  • Mood: Content
  • Listening to: Dashboard Confessional
  • Reading: The God Dellusion
  • Eating: Chicken Salad
  • Drinking: Cider

The Making of an Icon

Journal Entry: Sun Apr 13, 2008, 9:36 AM
I've had a few requests for insights into the process of making icons. Instead of answering individually, I've decided to make this the first subject of a range of articles to be authored  at PixelResort.com.

This won't be a tutorial or a step-by-step walkthrough, more like a general guideline based on my own experience. It's how my workflow crops up.

To illustrate the creation of an icon, I've decided to redraw my old TextEdit icon from the bottom up.



Go to PixelResort.com to read the Article and see the process...

  • Mood: Content
  • Listening to: Donavon Frankenreiter
  • Reading: The God Dellusion
  • Eating: Pizza
  • Drinking: Coffee

PixelResort v.2 Launch!

Journal Entry: Tue Apr 1, 2008, 7:59 PM

Wow. It's been a long time since i've used my DA profile for anything else than the occational Inspirational browsing. Well, i've got some great news.

Between University assignments and Freelance work i’ve been pouring alot of time into a complete redesign of my site PixelResort.com



After launching the first incarnation of PixelResort back in November ‘07 i was overwhelmed with the positive response; visitors by the thousands, personal and work related mails from all over the world and alot of fine publicity in the blogosphere. It’s been a tremendous experience both professionally and personally, a hearty thanks to all who made this site’s infancy so special. A couple of months wiser, and more hours than i care to account for, im finally able to welcome you to this second version of PixelResort. While i cared much for the pixel’ish look of the old site, every designer must mature and constantly seek to renew and refine. This sparkling new site is a product of months of moleskin sketchin’ and coffee slurpin’ brainstorming with peers. It’s a cleaner look, more content focused, and i hope you will grow as fond of it as i have.

Everything has been build from the ground up, and the lovely wordpress has been integrated into my blog with all the features that comes with a thoroughbred CMS; archives, search, comments etc. Hopefully this will allow for a much more dynamic experience.

I will spare you the hairpulling lessons i’ve learned over the past couple of months, it’s been an interesting journey and as of now im just really excited to show you around my new home. PixelResort is no longer in it’s infancy, i think it just grew to a well combed teenager. Please have a look around the different sections, use the features, comment or mail me all you like.

Remember to subscribe to the new RSS feed, stick it in your local RSS pusher to receive updates.

It’s good to be back.

  • Mood: Relief
  • Listening to: Miles Davis
  • Reading: The God Dellusion
  • Watching: Big Bang Theory
  • Drinking: Coffee

1 Month at the Resort

Journal Entry: Sun Nov 18, 2007, 8:24 AM



PixelResort.com has been up for exactly 1 month today. And what a month! Thank you to all who checked in at the resort, had a stroll around and brought home a few souvenirs. This past month more than 10.000 guests from more than 100 countries visited more than 23.000 pages.

I was featured at a number of blogs and webmagazines, some of the more prominent ones being:

Smashing Magazine
The Iconfactory
Intenta (Spanish Blog)

And mentioned at around 50 other sites.

A resounding thank you to all who blogged or otherwise mentioned pixelresort to their respective readers and peers.

You may have noticed a few visual changes during this past week. A new submenu at the front page, but also some other interface tweaks. Change should be constant. Hope you like them.

Tanks for making this a special month, hopefully you will continue to visit, blog and enjoy my work. I'll try to make it worth your time.

  • Mood: Eager
  • Listening to: Spoon
  • Reading: As little as possible
  • Watching: Dead like me
  • Playing: with CSS
  • Eating: Pizza
  • Drinking: Coffee

Safari Pith Helmet Icon

Journal Entry: Mon Nov 12, 2007, 10:56 AM
Enough with the Compass...


Here's an icon for all of you who have gotten tired of the old compass for Safari. This is a Pith Helmet for a real Safari user! Leopard ready, Jungle ready! :)



Head over to pixelresort.com and download it.

  • Mood: Content
  • Listening to: Death Cab For Cutie
  • Reading: Books on iterative development
  • Watching: Dead like me
  • Playing: with photoshop
  • Eating: Pasta
  • Drinking: Coffee

PixelResort.com Launched!

Journal Entry: Sat Oct 20, 2007, 11:19 AM
It's been awhile...

First of all, it's been awhile since i've done anything to my DeviantART profile, but thats about to change. Today im launching my new website, which will work as a small blog, downloads of selected works and a portfolio. It's been a few weeks in the making and its with great pleasure that i present PixelResort.com



PixelResort.com will serve as my small patch of the Internet - especially minded towards my customization work with wallpapers and icons and my freelance work with printed media and websites.

So take a peek inside, subscribe to my RSS Feed and do drop me a comment.

Launch present: Pixelicious

In celebration of my new site launch, i'm releasing a developer icon set of 150 32x32 icons called Pixelicious. The icons vary slightly in size, and is a mish mash of a couple of projects joined and later extended into this package. It's mainly intended for developers, but go ahead and use these anywhere you can find a place for them.




Thank you for your continuing support.

  • Mood: Relief
  • Listening to: Death Cab For Cutie
  • Reading: Don't Make Me Think
  • Watching: Californication
  • Playing: with CSS hacks
  • Eating: Coffee
  • Drinking: Coffee

Thank you for the Daily Deviation!

Journal Entry: Thu Jun 7, 2007, 11:17 AM
Thank you for all your support!

Wow! When i logged onto my DA Account tuesday evening i was swarmed with 400+ messages. After a few seconds of puzzlement, i quickly realized that i had been featured with a Daily Deviation. Let me just say that i never thought it would happen, it took me by surprise and the support have been completely overwhelming.

My icon TextEdit was the deviation that was so lucky to be graced with a DD.




Thank you to livius for featuring it!

It has all left me with alot of exposure, and a boost of pageviews. Here is a quick view of my 24 hours of internet fame evidented by my profile traffic. =P



If that wasn't enough, i was also featured for the second time on the Macthemes blog weekly wrapup.

So thank you to all who visited, and to those who are sticking around adding my work to their favorites, commenting and putting me on their watchlists - i can't thank you enough, hope you stick around some more! I'll try to make it worth your time!

Sincerely,
Michael Flarup - a very happy DA member. =D

  • Mood: Awestruck
  • Listening to: Dúné
  • Reading: Comments
  • Watching: Entourage
  • Playing: Around with CS3
  • Eating: Japanese Soup/meat thing
  • Drinking: Coffee

3 New Spiffy Wallpapers

Journal Entry: Sun May 20, 2007, 7:33 PM
A Couple of Goodies for you

Hey everybody, lots of stuff going on in RL at the moment. Sometimes when we are the most busy and have the most emotional turbulence - creativity will spark. I've had a couple of ideas that i needed to get out of my head. It's amounted to three vector wallpapers. See for yourself, hope you enjoy them.







  • Mood: Optimism
  • Listening to: The Kooks
  • Reading: CSS Mastery by Andy Budd
  • Watching: LOST
  • Playing: Around with CS3
  • Eating: Pizza
  • Drinking: Coffee

Gallery Updates

Journal Entry: Mon Apr 9, 2007, 1:25 PM
Spring and a sense of change in the Air. I finally got around to making quite alot of much needed updates to my gallery.
Most of my photography has recieved updates in one way or the other, and there's been some spring cleaning aswell with a few deletions and stuff moved to scraps. Heres a few words on the updates

Huge images begone!
Almost all of my pictures have had their size reduced. This is something i've wanted to do for a long time. Being a webdeveloper i, for one should have my filetypes and sizes in order, and in most cases there is no need for ridiculously large files. This has now been corrected.

800x600'ish
Most of my photography has been resized, i see no reason to upload much larger than 800x600 or thereabouts resolutions.

Reframing madness!
My borders and framing has been ... well... experimental to say the least. I've tried different things, but gone with a philosophy that says less border more picture. Therefore i have settled for a small minimalistic black frame for most of my pictures.

Exposure and other fixes
All in all, i've gone back and made fixed and retouches to most of my older submissions, bringing them up to date and more to my satisfaction.

So take a look at my gallery, dive in deep and revisit some of the older photos - most of them should have new life. And sorry for spaming my DevWatches. :giggle: A quick selection:

:thumb22009962: Gate to Paradise by Flarup Evening Tide by Flarup More Endless Paradise by Flarup Poolside by Flarup
  • Mood: Relief
  • Listening to: Louis XIV
  • Reading: Digg.com
  • Watching: Entourage
  • Playing: WoW
  • Eating: Pasta
  • Drinking: Coffee

WeDo-IT Mock-Up's

Journal Entry: Thu Feb 1, 2007, 4:41 PM
Been working for a few days on a new concept for our company.

So i thought i'd share a few teaser mock-ups that my father (the boss) hasn't even seen. I'd like to hear any comments and critique you might have.

WeDo-IT Mock-up 1 by Flarup WeDo-IT Mock-up 2 by Flarup

Other than that i just came home from a trip to London, my first time there. I went with my Girlfriend and my new'ish Canon 400D + 18-50mm f.28 Tamron Lens. A few pictures may show up here, if i get the time.

Take care... and wow, 6000+ views, keep watching! And don't be a stranger, comment!
  • Mood: Drooling
  • Listening to: Veto
  • Reading: Digg.com
  • Watching: Seinfeld
  • Playing: WoW
  • Eating: Salad
  • Drinking: Water

IPhone

Journal Entry: Wed Jan 10, 2007, 12:54 AM
So Apple finally announced their IPhone.

oh boy have i been following this and all the rumors around it for the past couple of months.

I even waited it out for the actual keynote to come out, and unplugged everything else in the hours up to the event, which is the virtual equivilent of putting your hands on your ears and go "lalalalala" for a few hours, so that i could watch it spoiler free with my brother. So we had popcorn and pizza, watching it in the middle of the night (+1 GMT).

The Iphone looks amazing, but the so very late release date in Europe, and the almost non existant information about it's european release (partners, unlocked etc) really was an anticlimax for me. They can't show me this wonderful piece of hardware and then throw me off at a Q4 European release, very likely an entire year from now. Thats just teasing.

I need a new phone now, i've prosponed my phone shopping because of these rumors - so i was obviously excited to see it actually announced, now i will have to go out and buy another phone. And by comparison this will be like buying a bycicle when i know the car i always wanted is coming out in Q4, (december '07?).

Needless to say, i am alittle dissappointed. Although still excited about Apples innovation. It looks like this has the potential to change the mobile device industry forever (and boy does it need a do-over)

  • Mood: Drooling
  • Listening to: Cute is what we aim for
  • Reading: Digg.com
  • Watching: Seinfeld
  • Playing: WoW
  • Eating: Pizza
  • Drinking: Expresso

MacWorld 2007 Teaser Wallpaper getting attention

Journal Entry: Thu Jan 4, 2007, 6:59 AM
My piece MacWorld 2007 Teaser Wallpaper (see thumbnail below) is getting quite alot of attention.

MacWorld 2007 Teaser Wallpaper by Flarup

Leading up to the MacWorld Conference and Expo 2007 on January 9th, Apple has posted a teaser image on their website. It's got me excited, so excited that i made this wallpaper. I basicly just looked and drew something similar for me to use as my background.

I uploaded it to DeviantART, just to share it with a few people. After some positive response i thought, what the heck, and submitted it to digg incase anybody else, as excited about macworld as me, might find it useful. That has spun a few pageviews.

Now i've just been told by jessehogie that he saw my wallpaper featured on the macuser.com blog.

It seems to be getting around. Thanks everybody.

And here's to MacWorld, may it be all that we hope for.
  • Mood: Joy
  • Listening to: Deathcab for cutie
  • Reading: Java Swing Components
  • Watching: Seinfeld
  • Playing: Samorost 2
  • Eating: Chillies
  • Drinking: Coffee

Another week, another journal

Journal Entry: Wed Dec 6, 2006, 8:01 PM
yeah yeah, i know... im experimenting a bit with this CSS stuff. Anyways, i give you my new journal.

Christmas month seems to be whizzing by so fast i can hardly piss 'santa' in the nonexistant snow.

We have our exam project lumbering over our heads, it's due 21st of december- which means a whole month of feeling bad not working properly on the project. anyways, not much to say- just trying out the new journal... everything drawn and coded by me... wha'dda ya think ?

  • Mood: Christmas Spirited
  • Listening to: Christmas music
  • Reading: Background lit. for project
  • Watching: Weeds
  • Playing: WoW
  • Eating: Pizza
  • Drinking: Coffee

Vector objects

Journal Entry: Thu Nov 30, 2006, 3:58 PM
I recently finished my first actual vector of an object, and im kinda proud to show off my vectorized macbook:

Macbook by Flarup
My plan is to draw a few more objects that normally are laying around my desktop and finally use them to create a new skin for my journal here on DA.

But i couldn't wait to break out my new vector macbook so i made up a quick desktop where it could star in:

Change the World by Flarup

Until next time, happy first of december. The christmas month has begun.
  • Mood: Christmas Spirited
  • Listening to: Christmas music
  • Reading: Background lit. for project
  • Watching: Clerks II (again and again)
  • Playing: With vector
  • Eating: Pasta
  • Drinking: Coffee

BAM! New Journal in the Works.

Journal Entry: Tue Nov 21, 2006, 4:39 AM
Java Journal 0.1, freshly brewed to a journal near you.

So i finally got around at making a simple CSS journal. This is a work in progress, and i'd really like some feedback on it (hint hint comments). This can go anywhere from here, but as of now it's a hot steaming freshly brewed coffee theme.

Take care, and check back for more updates.
  • Mood: Content
  • Listening to: Muse
  • Reading: Java Concepts
  • Watching: Clerks II
  • Playing: Medival Total War 2
  • Eating: Sandwich
  • Drinking: Coffee

Things to come...

Fri Oct 20, 2006, 5:22 PM
Time passes fast, events flying by and scenarios shifting like weather on an autumn day.

3.000 pageviews, wow... thanks alot people. A milestone, indeed. I have been lurking alot on DA lately, and not adding a whole lot of content or feedback - but i promise that things will change soon.

I have just recieved my MacBook yesterday, i have decided to call it Arthur Dent. It's no secret that i've wanted, no - yearned for, a mac notebook for more than a year and finally i have it! Overcome with the awesomeness of Mac OS X, and the overall sleek, smoothness of all that is apple - i am a happy consumer.

I will make some changes here on my profile, i hope to have my own Journal CSS designed soon - and with a more inviting journal, comes a more frequently updated one, hopefully.

I've also meaning to do alittle cleaning of my gallery, and i have some new content that i wish to share with you. So as you can see, new things to come.

  • Mood:
  • Listening to: PANIC! at the disco.
  • Reading: Java Concepts
  • Watching: LOST, Rome, Prison Break, Stargate Atlantis ...etc
  • Playing: Text based browser game called "ogame" (
  • Drinking: Beer

Leaving for Thailand

Tue Jun 27, 2006, 1:15 AM
And so my 12th trip to thailand begins. This misty danish summer morning 4 guys prepare their backpackerbags and head for the airport.

Me, my two younger twin brothers [16] and my cousin [18] are leaving for Thailand today. We've been looking forward to this day for a couple of months and finally its here!

It will be 3 exciting weeks in southern thailand, island hopping and drinking beer on beaches. New people, adventure, and hopefully mostly sunny days are ahead.

Hope everyone has a great summer, im sure planning on having one.

See you guys on the other side, prolly with a butt-load of pictures to upload.

Take care!

Our on-travel weblog is a site we've called: www.kongemao.dk

This site is in danish so it prolly wont do many ppl good. heh.
  • Mood:
  • Listening to: Youth Group - Lillian Lies
  • Reading: Biannual reread of Hitchhikers guide to the galaxy
  • Watching: Whatever inflight movie they show
After a year in development, Michael Flarup version 2.2 has finally been released today.

This long anticipated release features alot of new improvements, as well as dramatic changes.

After more than 2½ years contract of co-development with the girlfriend version 2.1, the teams have decided to stop their collaboration, and yet again become opensource software. This agreement right before the release of the 2.2 version, has thrown the development into a turmoil- but both parts are determined to get back on track with their projects, individually.

This decicion, has uncovered the need for an update to the 'single module' that hasn't been fully operational since the 1.8 release, and to be honest, is quite outdated. Research will have to go into this service.

The new release of Michael Flarup 2.2 features a few refined upgrades that will come in handy. The 'experience module' has been updated with the latest parameters, and should prevent the familiar 'mistakes' bug, although this has been claimed in earlier versions aswell. Both the 'self-irony' and the 'self-conscience' balancing scripts have gone through some major upgrades, and progress has been made in the 'mature behavior' algorithms, although admittedly the programming is damaged, and faulty at best.

Long term plans have been put forward for the 2.3 release, due sometime next year. Although previous experience have shown that things never really go according to plan, and that the widespread 'reality bug' oftenly butts in.

Michael Flarup 2.2 thanks the community and friends for the backup and support it has recieved through the past year in production, and hope they stay tuned as it progresses towards the 2.3 release.

Thank you.

Happy development.
Michael Flarup 2.2
On the morning of december the 25th, 2004 i was on my way down to get breakfast. Another sloppy sunshine day on my christmas vacation. I was rather groggy from a long nights sleep on the soft matresses in my bungalow. I was happy and content, knowing that in a few minutes i would be dining right at the beach, sipping a cold fruit shake. The palm trees were whisteling their morning tune, while the island of Phi Phi slowly got up. While i was trudging my way down to the beach front restaurant in my slippers, a small thai girl grabbed me by my loose boheme shirt.

She looked at me with big brown eyes, she couldn't have been more than 7 or 8. She smiled, while she with big constraint and much practise stutteret "How old are you?". She was holding a small amount of papers and a stump of used pencil. She was obviously nervous. It was a school project they where doing. They where asking tourists how old they where and where they came from. They where learning about statistics i guess. Her brown hair blew in the wind while she with care scribbled my answers onto the paper. Tounge in cheek she finished the last of her writing. With her few learned english sentences and her incredibly shy charms, she thanked me and ran to the next couple of tourists that came down the road. A little braver than last time, i heard her ask the same questions to them with a small laugh added.

I smiled while i turned and went to get breakfast. What a magical moment it was when i think about it in retrospective.

The very next morning the Island of Phi Phi was struck by the devestating tsunami of december 26th, 2004. The wall of water completely destroyed the island, 2/3rds of the people on the island that day died. I had to my luck and by shere randomness left the island the evening before, to continue my travels on Phuket.

Chances are slim that the little girl that so charmingly had interviewed me the day before survived the disaster. If she did survive, chances are that she lost many of, or her entire family.


I think about her alot.


So i dedicate this piece to her, i hope that if she is alive, she is coping with the brutal reality of the disaster, and that she is well taken care of.

Michael Flarup
Tsunami Survivor.

Happy new year everyone.