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The Font-family Juice ITC

Sunday, February 8th, 2009

Let me introduce you to the Font family. They enjoy going to the restaurant. The gentleman I.T.C. is very respectable man and his lovely young wife, Juice, is always dressed very well. The waiter knows them so well so he serves the usual beverages before they even make their choices from the menu.

I am still ill and keeping the bed all day, and I don’t have many distractions, so Ani got this funny idea — together to make an illustration, using only one font and the keyboard letters. :-)

drawing with adobe fireworks

Hope you like it… I’ll just try to have some sleep… :-)

PS Here are some more inspiring examples.

How to create Aqua buttons in Fireworks (and Photoshop)

Wednesday, June 4th, 2008

First tutorial (to achieve this stunning effect):

Aqua buttons with Macromedia Fireworks

Fireworks How To: The Ultimate Aqua Button (tutorial) (by Brian Edgin)


3D & 2D graphics

Friday, March 7th, 2008

I always liked graphic design. As Web designer, up until now I did not need any 3D skills in my work, and in the rare occasions, when I was imitating 3D or 2.5D (as this pencil, for example, created with Fireworks), I did it for fun:)

If you watched Ice Age or Shrek, you certainly know how advanced is now the 3D animation. Of course, I watched these movies, too, and I know that nowadays, almost every real object can be drawn in such a way, so it looks really real:)

Notwithstanding this fact, I was amazed to see this:

Pool balls, by Steve Moody (
[©Steve Moody,]

Looks incredible!

Yes, I know it’s not a photo, I know these balls were created using a 3D program, and for all that, my mind cannot accept this fact, somehow… I was even trying to convince myself not to check for available EXIF data in this image, it looked so much as a photograph to me:-)


Tuesday, November 13th, 2007

Here’s a pencil:

Pencil made with Adobe Fireworks

It’s made with Fireworks;-)

I’ll write a short tutorial one of these days, maybe, on how you can easily re-create it using Fireworks, but not today, ’cause I’m too sleepy right now:)

The Double Michel 2

Wednesday, February 7th, 2007

The double Michel (2)You asked for it – so here it is! Michel with a twin – again! (See also this post: The Double Michel – inspired by Rebekka Guðleifsdóttir)

The tutorial?

You’ll have to wait a bit more – it’s cooking right now:-)

The Double Michel – inspired by Rebekka Guðleifsdóttir

Monday, February 5th, 2007

Michel has a twin now... An evil twin ;-)I avow, that this post by the famous photographer Rebekka Guðleifsdóttir (no, don’t ask me to pronounce this Icelandic name!:-) inspired me… And also a question on the same subject, which my wife asked me a few days ago:

How this is done? And this?
Can a normal digital camera be used for this purpose?

Can the technique be reproduced using Macromedia Fireworks?

So, here’s the answer:

It could be done using a variety of methods.



The results are shown above [click on the thumbnail to see the image in full size]:-)

This is it – short and sweet. It’s me in the office today, shot by my small Pentax Optio S40 digital camera. And this is me, again… although, my second me is holding a knife and looks a bit evil;-)

If there’s interest, I may try to write a tutorial on it:-)

Yahoo! Messenger Logo Reloaded – the answer

Friday, February 2nd, 2007

This is the Yahoo! Messenger logo I have imitated using FireworksA while ago I posted two Yahoo! logos on my website, asking the audience to tell, which one is the original Yahoo! logo made by Yahoo! and which I have re-created using Macromedia Fireworks.

Now comes the long-awaited answer:

Yahoo! logo #1 is the one I made, and Yahoo! logo #2 is the original Yahoo! logo from the Yahoo! Messenger starting screen, captured as screenshot while the Yahoo! Messenger was loading.

I thank everyone for their participation, votes and comments:-)

I’d like to thank you here especially Alan Musselman from Adobe (formerly Macromedia), whose answer and comment was one of the most thougthtful and thouroughful ones:

Definitely the one on the left (#1). The only way I noticed is the Y is not proper like the Yahoo! branding. :) Good job though… I will also say the shadow on the teeth is a little stronger on #1 as well. If it wasn’t for these two things I wouldn’t have been able to tell the difference. :)

Both remarks are correct – the “Y” wasn’t perfectly made, and the shadow on the teeth is a bit different. Also, a lot of people reported that Y! logo #2 is somewhat saved with a bit worse compression than Y! logo #1 and because of that they presume #2 is the original logo, because probably it’s a screenshot and thus, was saved with worse compression and some artifacts, while #1 was exported from a high-quality vector-based file.


Yahoo! Messenger Logo Reloaded

Monday, January 15th, 2007

OK, today’s riddle:

{yahoo!} Yahoo! Messenger logo which appears during sign-in on Yahoo! Messenger{yahoo!} Yahoo! Messenger logo which appears during sign-in on Yahoo! Messenger


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