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Art Tip Of The Month #4

There’s so much to learn when you’re slinging paint and pencil, so here’s the fourth installment in my new monthly segment, <b>Muddy Colors: Art Tip of</b> …

Art

These War for the Planet of the Apes Split Screens Will Blow You Away

Anyone who has seen <i>War for the Planet of the Apes</i> knows the visual effects are astonishing. Even though you know you’re watching a bunch of ones and …

How Skull Island Built a Bigger, Better Kong

It turns out, building a better King Kong for his latest cinematic adventure requires making him a damned dirty ape.<p>ILM has shared a cool little …

How to use a password manager (and why you really should)

If for some cruel reason I was forced to rewrite that mid-‘90s viral essay / hit single “Wear Sunscreen,” I would replace the titular advice with a simple plea: use a password manager. Like sunscreen, it can be a hassle to apply, but it’s an easy way to stop yourself from getting burned.<p>The reasons …

"I had no schooling. I didn't know the first thing about drawing and had to learn it all by myself." —Mort Drucker http://gurneyjourney.blogspot.com/2017/07/mort-drucker-no-shortcuts.html

Google Street View now lets you venture inside the International Space Station [Video]

Google has been working hard to capture remote landscapes that most people won’t ever be able to see in person, including a volcano. Street View’s latest adventure takes the viewer off of planet Earth and into the International Space Station (ISS)…<p>Astronaut Thomas Pesquet of the European Space …

Google Street View

A Rookie Teacher Fights the Forces of Evil in Winning Comedy Horror Short The Sub

A substitute teacher who’s young enough to vividly remember the horrors of adolescence finds another reason to fear high school when she realizes …

How to use 3-D Touch to select and manipulate text

At launch, 3-D Touch was seen as a bit of a gimmick. A very neat gimmick, but perhaps not a useful one. Over time, though, it has become as natural as using your finger to jab at an icon on the screen. And no part of 3-D Touch is as crazy useful as text selection. That may sound a little dull, but …

Use Apple Pencil to mark up PDFs in Mail app

Today we’ll learn how to open and edit a PDF right in the iOS Mail app, and then send it on its way, all without opening any extra apps. Given that a lot of PDFs we receive are documents that need to be checked over, or signed, and then returned, this tip is a real time-saver.<p>Instead of waiting …

How to turn anything into a PDF on your iPhone or iPad

Stop! Don’t download that PDF converter app for iOS. You don’t need it. What if I told you iPhones have come with a built-in PDF-conversion tool since iOS 10?<p>Once you know where this iOS PDF converter is buried, you can quickly and easily turn anything into a handy PDF on your iPhone or iPad.<p>On the …

The best ways to back up all your photos to the cloud

Keep your digital memories safe<p>If your mobile phone (or laptop) falls in a lake, what happens to those years of digital photos you've been saving up? Unless you've got them safely backed up somewhere else, they're likely to be gone forever. Which is why getting them synced to the cloud is such a …

Google Photos

An Artist Not Only Makes Beautiful Work, But Gives Them the Best Titles

This is “hey psst, wanna buy some cubes” by Tomislav Jagnjić. Not only does the work itself conjure up a whole world in the viewer’s mind, but the …

Varnishing Your Paintings

-By Dan dos Santos <br>When it comes to varnishing your paintings, there are 2 main types of varnishes you need to know about, Intermediate Varnishes, …

Archives

Blips sticker turns your iPhone into a microscope

Place your iPhone’s camera too close to your subject and it loses its ability to focus, but not if you turn it into a microscope. That’s possible with a simple Blips sticker that’s placed over your iPhone’s camera lens — and you can preorder yours right now.<p>Blips lenses first landed on Kickstarter …

Microscopes

Mark Hamill Is So Obsessed With Collecting He Made an Entire Show About It

Being Luke Skywalker, the Joker, and the Trickster would probably suck if you didn’t love pop culture. Thankfully for Mark Hamill, pop culture has …

Celebrate Two of Disney's Most Prolific Directors With This Incredible Art

Off the top of your head, you can probably rattle off dozens of famous live-action film directors. In animation though, except for a very elite …

A Curious Kid Uncovers a Bone-Chilling Truth In Scifi Short Monsters

On her 10th birthday, a curious girl sneaks out of the bunker where she’s spent her entire life, intent on seeing the fearsome creatures that she’s …

What Makes Animation Great

Animation is not a genre. Director Brad Bird will punch you in the face if you say that. That’s because animation isn’t just light humor, fluffy …

An Inside Look at the Creepy Creatures of Dungeons & Dragons' New Monster Manual

The <i>Monster Manual</i>—a codex of rules for all sorts of creatures that adventurers could come across in a <i>Dungeons & Dragons</i> campaign—has been a staple …

Three Emotional Movie Scenes That Used Brilliant Visual Tricks

It’s easy for films to make us feel sad or happy by showing us a character be sad or happy. We project our own emotions onto the screen, using what …

The Harry Potter Series Takes on a New Kind of Magic in These Lovely Posters by Olly Moss

<i>Harry Potter</i> fans best clear some serious wall space, because this gorgeous series of officially-licensed giclée art prints—created by acclaimed …

Why Storing Tomatoes in the Fridge Is a Bad Idea

Most foodies warn against storing tomatoes in the fridge, saying it saps them of their flavor. New research confirms this culinary opinion, revealing …

A Closer Look at the Stunning Movie Art of MondoCon '16

Mondo is mainly known for their insanely gorgeous collection of pop culture posters and other collectible pieces, but in recent years, it’s also …

This Short Film Made By Pixar Animators in Their Spare Time Is Damn Good

Pixar animators Andrew Coats and Lou Hamou-Lhadj made this short film <i>Borrowed Time</i> over the past 5 years, and it’s fantastic. The story is set up as …

A Haunting Short Film Set in a World Where Evolution Happens Rapidly—And Is Often Deadly

In the dystopian world of <i>Dust</i>, evolution occurs at a breakneck rate, forming organisms that may hold miraculous powers or trigger deadly plagues. …

How to use macOS Sierra: Tips and tricks

Today marks the release of Apple’s big software update, macOS Sierra. This huge update comes on the heels of the recent launch of iOS 10, watchOS 3 and tvOS 10.<p>macOS Sierra hosts some great new features including Siri support, a universal clipboard, auto unlock via Apple Watch, better file synching …

Future Quest Is Creating a Fun New Superhero Universe for Hanna-Barbera’s Action Heroes

In their original forms, Space Ghost, Mightor, and Birdman didn’t get much in the way of character development. They got called into action, kicked …

Philips Hue's new motion sensor will light up the room

Coming in October, the new $40 accessory can trigger Philips Hue lighting changes whenever it spots you entering the room.<p>This is typically the time of year when Philips tells us what's new with Philips Hue. And, sure enough, here we are with a new Philips Hue motion sensor accessory. Sync it up …

Darth Vader Looms Large Over This Star Wars Rebels Concept Art

When the first season of <i>Star Wars Rebels</i> ended with the appearance of Darth Vader, the bar was immediately raised. Vader is the icon of <i>Star Wars</i> and …