Couples and wedding planners alike are lining up to shop online. There are so
many items online couples can plan a wedding design that is totally unique. A
personal event is the goal of every couple. Planning a wedding that is filled
with personal touches and a custom design is that all couples want. Most couples
have a dream in their minds or at least an idea but finding the items to
implement that dream can be the task. They can find some items but not enough to
design a wedding. By shopping online you not only save time but money while you
find everything you need. It is smart to put your wedding together by shopping
online. They have everything you need all in one place. If you are not certain
what direction to take with your wedding design they also have great design
ideas. There is nothing more romantic than a wedding that is personal in design.
With all of the items available for couples there are plenty of ways to create a
romantic and unique wedding favors/event that is all about personal style.
Planning and then some more planning and finish up with some more planning. That is how our friends wedding plans went. She is a very detail oriented person. We all knew we were in for a detailed wedding from the wedding invitations to the table settings themselves. She wanted to be in charge of everything and make certain everything was done just as she wanted it to be. It was her wedding which made it the perfect place for her style and decorating senses to shine. Her husband to be simply stayed out of it. He left everything up to her and she loved it. When the wedding day finally arrived she was so proud of the event and how it was all set up. Down to the last detail the wedding was perfect. As she made her way down the isle she looked at each of us to make certain we approved of everything. It was so sweet to see the pride that she took as she planned her wedding her way.
Would you be among the selected frugal shoppers who shop at the Dollar Stores? If not, perhaps you should give it a shot. Granted they are not quite as well stocked as Walmart or Target, but they do have a relatively decent supply of the items you may need from time to time. There are greeting cards, gift wrapping, gift bags and fillers that we are always needing. And in many of these stores, nothing is more than a dollar. As you well know, you will pay two to three times more for the same at the above mentioned locations. They also have cleaning supplies. Granted some of these are not the usual ones you find in other stores, but they do work well. There are some food items also, along with kitchen supplies, paper products and a host of other things to keep you well occupied for a period of time. It is always nice when you check out with several bags and it only cost you less than $20. When I visited my local Dollar Store recently, I was perusing the candle aisle. They have such a large assortment of holders, along with incense and votive candles, pillar candles and tea lights. That is where I came across a young girl in her late twenties loading up her buggy with as many of the candles and holders as she could take off the shelf. My first knee jerk reaction was that I had better hurry, or she would roll away with the entire inventory. Rather selfish of me, but instinct kicks in and I can’t help myself. I suppose you could attribute it to my belief of “only the strong survive”. Once I calmed my urge to begin hoarding, I asked her what she was planning on doing with those fifty or so candles and their holders? She informed me that they were her wedding favors and they would also double as her reception candles at her upcoming wedding in a couple of months. I felt so guilty for my self centered thoughts and helped her load her buggy with the rest of the stock.
Motion of an object is the continuous displacement of the object in space with reference to another object. In the absence of a reference object, motion ceases to be apparent. What this means is that motion is always measured in relation to another object, which is used as a reference point.
When we drive, the road & the surroundings move past us. Thus we get the sensation of motion. So the road & surroundings are our reference points. When we fly, the earth beneath us is our reference point. But as you can see, the closer the reference point, the more acute the sense of motion. That’s why astronauts in orbit seldom sense speed (though they are moving at thousands of miles an hour ) because earth, their only reference point is quite far away.
OK, but what has this got to do with Special Effects ?! A Sfx technique called Com-positing totally relies on the way our mind perceives motion. Com-positing is one of the most useful tools in a Sfx technician’s bag of tricks. Keep these two in mind; the object, and its reference point(s); both of these are necessary to perceive motion in a scene.
Autodesk® Combustion® software is an all-in-one professional compositing application designed to meet the needs of the world’s most demanding digital artists. Bring your imagination to life and get your work done faster with the easy-to-use Combustion interface, efficient workflow, and extensive 3D graphics toolset.
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Award-winning special effect software that’s been used to create some of the best special effects seen in today’s blockbusters from around the world. These powerful software are used by the experts in the industry who live a breathe special effects every single day of their lives.
The good news is that people like you and me can also use these software since they run on ordinary PC systems that we use everyday. Gone are the days when these software needed special super-computing workstations to work their magic. A normal PC or Mac with 1GB RAM and good processing power is normally sufficient to run these packages.
Another unbelievable fact is that all these special effect software can be LEGALLY downloaded FREE of Cost from their respective company websites. Of course, these are trial versions that work for a limited number of days, but many of them are fully-functional versions with all the features intact. Unbelievable but true!
3D Animation & Special Effect Software
Autodesk Maya 2009
The award-winning Autodesk® Maya® software is a powerful, integrated 3D modeling, animation, visual effects, and rendering solution. Because Maya is based on an open architecture, all your work can be scripted or programmed using a well-documented and comprehensive API (application programming interface) or one of two embedded scripting languages, the Maya Embedded Language (MEL) or Python®. This level of openness, combined with an industry-leading suite of 3D visual effects, computer graphics, and character animation tools, enables you to realize your creative vision for your film, television, game development, and design projects.
The Autodesk® Maya® 2009 30-day trial software is a fully functional¹ version of Maya 3D modeling, animation, visual effects, and rendering software that provides free** access to Maya Unlimited for noncommercial use. The trial software gives 3D graphics and animation students and industry professionals the opportunity to explore all aspects of Maya software.
The Maya trial software is a 32-bit application that is available for Microsoft® Windows Vista® and XP Professional operating systems, and Apple® Mac OS® X operating platform. To receive a free** 30-day trial download, fill out and submit the online form (by clicking the download link).
Autodesk 3ds Max 2010
Create stunning 3D models in less time with Autodesk® 3ds Max® 2010 software. This full-featured 3D modeling, animation, and rendering solution is used to produce top-selling games and award-winning film and video content. It’s the tool of choice for quickly generating realistic characters, seamless CG effects, jaw-dropping games, or top-quality film and television content. Enhanced toolsets let you create your 3D environment the way you want, manage complex scenes, and take advantage of improved software interoperability and pipeline-integration support.
The Autodesk® 3ds Max® 2010 30-day trial software is a fully functional version of 3ds Max software that provides free** access to 3ds Max for noncommercial use. The trial software gives 3D graphics and animation students, industry professionals, or anyone interested in breaking into the world of computer graphics (CG) the opportunity to explore all aspects of 3ds Max software.
The 3ds Max trial software is a 32-bit application available for the Microsoft® Windows® XP Professional operating system.
To access a free** 30-day trial download, fill out and submit the online form. ** This product is subject to the terms and conditions of the end-user license agreement that accompanies this software. This offer is valid only in the United States and Canada.
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Adobe® After Effects® CS4
With Adobe® After Effects® CS4 software, you can create compelling motion graphics and blockbuster visual effects with flexible tools that help save you time and deliver unparalleled creative power.
VisionLab Studio (under $500 for Low budget filmmakers)
VisionLab Studio combines compositing tools, CG effects engines and digital color grading to form a powerful post-production toolkit. A full commercial license and enhanced features make this ideal for low-budget professionals.