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Proptober Day 22 - Product Photo

Proptober Day 22 - Product Photo

In a world where imagery rules social media it's not surprising that quality photos can have a huge impact on product sales or the reach of your item share. I personally have seen a substantial impact on my daily site visits and sales when I combine interesting photos with the right hashtags. So today's challenge is to practice doing some "product photos" for something you've made. Think about lighting, backgrounds, text, and anything else you may need to add to make something buyable or shareable. I don't have the means to hire a professional or use a professional camera to...

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Proptober Day 21 - Make It Go

Proptober Day 21 - Make It Go

Remote control things have never been of particular interest to me until I saw Angry Dog Studios Gizmo this year at DragonCon. I saw Gremlins at the drive-in as a kid and had several plush and plastic versions, but never this. I had hoped to create a close-enough version for myself but won't get it done today. It's a definite must, though! His Gizmo is featured below with MKY-MSE-17, also a hand built mouse droid by A Doom for Clankers. If mogawai's aren't your thing there are plenty of other options. Perhaps a DRD from Farscape? Or perhaps you want...

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Proptober Day 20 - Blueprint

Proptober Day 20 - Blueprint

A few years ago I discovered Volpin Props and the amazing blueprints he's done of some of his builds. A bit later I discovered those put out by Punished Props as well as a handful of other makers on Etsy who sell them to allow you to create your own scale builds. After all this time, I still haven't created my own so it seemed a fitting challenge. There are any number of free or paid programs available to do this and I've linked one below. However, I'm going to be using the tutorial from Alvaro Guzman to use Photoshop...

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Proptober Day 19 - Unconventional Challenge

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Proptober Day 19 - Unconventional Challenge

A few years ago a friend came to me with a request to make the instrument for his Bith costume as this wasn't the kind of thing your average costume shop had available. To date, it's one of the weirdest and most fun builds I've done and it's made entirely of things not meant for these purposes. Perhaps this will help people understand why I have multiple bins of weird odds and ends that I can't make myself throw away! I think the most fun, honestly, was wandering through Home Depot looking for just the right thing, and continually being...

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Proptober Day 18 - Pepakura

Proptober Day 18 - Pepakura

Pepakura is the art of paper folding and has oodles of applications in prop and costume fabrication. Some prefer it for small craft projects, while others have built full scale costumes. How? With the aid of tools like Pepakura Designer, Pepakura Viewer, tape, glue, and a whole lot of patience.  I opted for a pretty simple project that fit the spookiness of October: Jack Skellington from Disney's "The Nightmare Before Christmas". You can grab the pdf for Jack by following the link and print it out at your leisure. If you are interested in something entirely different, you'll also find...

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