New Magnetic Slate Allows You to Instantly Scan Your Drawings While You Draw

On the Rocket News 24 blog, I found an article the other day about a new tablet accessory called the iSketchnote. This accessory lets you put any kind of paper that you want on top of the slate, write away with the special magnetic pen, and watch the writing or drawing get turned into a digital version in real-time via Bluetooth or USB to your tablet or PC.



It’s a really clever idea, and potentially an entirely new approach to digitising 2D drawn information.

At the moment, this product has just barely finished a funding round on Kickstarter, so we should be seeing it available for purchase fairly soon.

Venturebeat Article – Photoshop CC App To Be Available for Touchscreens

As reported by Venturebeat at the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 launch event in New York City today, Adobe unveiled and demonstrated an Adobe Photoshop CC app completely ported for use on mobile touchscreens.

Adobe Photoshop CC on Microsoft Surface Pro

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Frequently Asked Questions 6 – Differences Between Jewellery CAD Software, Digital Effects CGI, and Real Time Computer Graphics

Last Updated 14 June 2016

In this article, I will answer some common questions on how product design CAD compares with other types of 3D modelling such as CGI, digital effects, and game design. In particular, I’ll cover the following questions:

  • How does product design CAD (like Rhino) differ from CGI and digital effects 3D modelling tools (like Cinema4D) or real-time video game modelling tools (like Maya)?
  • Why should CAD and 3D modelling people learn to draw and sculpt?
  • I designed a ring with Google SketchUp. Why can’t I 3D print it the same way rings can be printed from Rhino?
  • Is it really possible to move from a CAD class at a jewellery school into computer graphics for video games, or perhaps go from computer graphics to jewellery design? Continue reading

Frequently Asked Questions Part 4 – When 2 CAD Programs Are Better Than 1 – Jewellery CAD Software Combinations

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Finding CAD tool combinations which mesh together (literally). Image courtesy

(Updated 12 Aug 2015)

(This continues my series of Frequently Asked Questions. See the rest of the FAQ pages.)

Today I’d like to take a moment to talk about the commonly practised but controversial subject of combining software packages together.

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The Right Way to Use Photoshop and Illustrator For Jewellery Design and Rendering

A commercial illustrator named Richard Wilkinson has found a way to use Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator to stunning effect for jewellery illustration and digital painting. Each example makes for a marvellous example of how to create and present jewellery as a 2D digital painting.

Photoshop and Illustrator Jewellery Illustrations

Richard Wilkinson’s Rock Stars Jewellery Series

Daily Telegraph Fashion Article – Rock stars: the world’s most famous jewellers reveal their favourite pieces