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  1. iPad Productivity Tips

    A couple of months ago I brought an iPad Air and I love it, it’s now my goto device over my laptop for web surfing, social networking, catching up with emails and even drawing. I’ve also been able to do small amounts of work on it - WordPress updates and small website changes for example.

    I believe the change from a laptop (desktop) environment to a tablet has been made a lot easier due to my reliance of cloud based storage. I’ve been using Google’s Drive for my clients work files, Dropbox for my own projects and Box for archives of old files for a while now and so have access to them from their respected apps (as well as the fantastic Jolidrive). But this environment for storing files still has limitations once you’re on a tablet, you can’t just grab any file from any cloud service from an app you’re using. Some apps will work with Dropbox for example, but not Google Drive.

    One problem I didn’t expect was the lack of Drive support in the Gmail and Chrome iPad apps, not being able to save an email attachment from Gmail to Drive is a pretty big limitation in the app (yes I know you can do it on the browser version, but the browser version isn’t as nice to use on a tablet). So I created an IFTTT recipe;

    IFTTT Recipe: Email Attachments to Google Drive connects gmail to google-drive

    Now, any emails with an attachment get the attachment saved to a specific folder in my Drive, I can then simply move the attachments to a desired location from the Drive app. This recipe will work with Dropbox, Box or any other storage service IFTTT has channels for.

    Saving email attachments is now nice and easy (with two different methods) but saving and downloading files from Chrome to Google Drive is impossible. So I use Cloud Browser.

    It’s a free iPad only app that connects to lots of different cloud storage services including Drive, Dropbox, Amazon S3 and any FTP account. It also comes with a simple web browser that allows you to download files to the app, you can then move the downloaded files up to the cloud storage service of your choice. It’s an extra step (internet -> app -> cloud storage) but it’s pretty quick for small files that you need to grab and possibly use later.

    10th of April, 2014. 10:56am
    Tags: #ipad storage / #cloud storage / #google drive / #dropbox / #box / #productivity /
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  2. Last week I managed to get this drawn up within a few hours one afternoon… on my iPad. This is the first drawing I’ve done in Procreate that’s ended up on Society6.

    Available in all the usual printed products, there’s free worldwide shipping and $5.00 off everything this week* if you use the following link;

    society6.com/martinlucas?promo=28d103

    * ends April 13th.

    7th of April, 2014. 10:09pm
    Tags: #projects / #project / #dukes of hazzard / #tv car / #general lee / #society6 /
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  3. Printing from Procreate

    This week I drew, proofed and added a new print on to Society6. The difference with this one is it was drawn on my iPad (in Procreate).

    My usual workflow for creating a new drawing starts and ends with Photoshop, a pixel size at 300dpi that defines my ideal print size and my favourite colour space (Adobe RGB).

    With the iPad and Procreate and my latest print I was restricted to a pixel size slightly smaller than my ideal (about 10% smaller, Procreate can do 4096 x 4096 pixels, which is a lot bigger than some other apps). I also had zero colour management options — images created on the iPad don’t have the option to have a colour profile embedded and what’s more you can’t calibrate the screen like you can with a desktop monitor or laptop.

    After my drawing was complete I exported a layered Photoshop PSD into Dropbox so I could open it up on my laptop. The colours were slightly more saturated and stronger than I expected, but it’s an image with one colour, so I’m going to judge things fully when I have an image with a few more colours in.

    Straight away Photoshop asked me if I wanted to convert the image to the current colour space — I said yes — next up was to print. Using a colour profile from our printer to match the paper I soft proofed the image and ran off a small A4 proof which closely matched to what I was expected from what I saw on screen.

    So, here’s a step by step guide to getting the best print you can from your iPad drawing app.

    1. Create your artwork on your iPad using the largest pixel canvas size possible, this will usually affect the number of layers you can use, so it can be a balancing act.
    2. Export your image using a uncompressed format; PSD or Tiff ideally, PDF, Jpeg or PNG are other file formats but they can be compressed and can affect quality.
    3. Open the image in Photoshop and apply a colour space, most should accept RGB images - so you shouldn’t need to convert to CMYK.
    4. Soft-proof the image using a colour profile supplied by your printer (or print company), if your screen is calibrated this will give you a good indication of how your image will print. Adjust the image if needed — brightness, contrast, colour balance and saturation.
    5. Save your image in an uncompressed format (and flattened / without layers if you’re sending it to a company to print).

    Hope this helps!

    6th of April, 2014. 9:07pm
    Tags: #printing from your ipad / #procreate /
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  4. I should have done this when I first added my (500) Days of Summer alternative movie poster on to Society6, a couple of years later is a bit lame, but I have a good reason for this sudden addition. Society6 released rugs to their product line last week and the image they initially used was from the laptop and tablets cases which doesn’t feature any of the text - but I sold three rugs within the weekend of them being available. Brilliant!
But I still wanted to use the full poster on the rug. Hmmm…
So I created a print version with the landscape only and recreated all the additional Society6 products without any of the text, then made sure the original print’s accompanying products matched the poster version with the text as much as possible. Phew!
So here’s both prints with lots of different product variations available;
Original poster: society6.com/martinlucas/500-Days-of-Summer…Landscape view: society6.com/martinlucas/Toms-Favourite-Spot…

    I should have done this when I first added my (500) Days of Summer alternative movie poster on to Society6, a couple of years later is a bit lame, but I have a good reason for this sudden addition. Society6 released rugs to their product line last week and the image they initially used was from the laptop and tablets cases which doesn’t feature any of the text - but I sold three rugs within the weekend of them being available. Brilliant!

    But I still wanted to use the full poster on the rug. Hmmm…

    So I created a print version with the landscape only and recreated all the additional Society6 products without any of the text, then made sure the original print’s accompanying products matched the poster version with the text as much as possible. Phew!

    So here’s both prints with lots of different product variations available;

    Original poster: society6.com/martinlucas/500-Days-of-Summer…
    Landscape view: society6.com/martinlucas/Toms-Favourite-Spot…

    5th of April, 2014. 8:33pm
    Tags: #(500) Days of Summer / #Tom's favourite spot / #los angeles / #la / #angels knoll park / #poster / #print / #society6 / #project / #projects /
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  5. Proofed and ready to go up on Society6 later!

    Proofed and ready to go up on Society6 later!

    4th of April, 2014. 3:13pm
    Tags: #generallee / #instagram / #instamartinlucas / #dukes of hazzard / #movie car / #proof / #projects / #project /
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  6. Last week Society6 introduced rugs on to the site and it looks like they’re going to be popular, I’ve already sold a handful across the 3 different sizes available.

    Have a look at the full range from my artwork here — society6.com/martinlucas/rugs

    I’ve also been working on many of the product images after discovering these fantastic templates and tonight I created a whole new product version of my (500) Days of Summer print, this one without the movie poster elements.

    Link — society6.com/martinlucas/Toms-Favourite-Spot

    2nd of April, 2014. 10:23pm
    Tags: #society6 / #rugs / #Alternative Film Posters / #movie themed / #500 days of summer / #projects / #image /
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  7. Neo. I did this a while ago but forgot to post it up on here.

    Neo. I did this a while ago but forgot to post it up on here.

    2nd of April, 2014. 11:45am
    Tags: #ipad art / #procreate / #neo / #the matrix / #whoah / #i know kung fu / #red pill / #blue pill / #image / #drawing / #projects /
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  8. A Quick & Easy Replacement for Happy Rambles

    Happy Rambles is was a service that I started using last year after reading an article on how to ‘be happy’. Happy Rambles would send an email everyday for you to reply to with the things your grateful for and the moments that made you smile each day. It’s been great and it’s something I enjoy doing each day.

    Last week the emails I sent back to Happy Rambles started to bounce back, then a few days later the daily emails stopped arriving in my inbox. Then the site went down and it’s not been back up since. Luckily I had been also sending the emails to my Evernote as well as Happy Rambles, so unlike a lot of people, I haven’t lost any of my rambles. This is the part gave me an idea on how to continue with my rambles.

    An IFTTT + Evernote Replacement

    My replacement Happy Ramble uses an IFTTT recipe to send me a daily email that I can reply to and send to an Evernote notebook.

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    Using the Date & Time channel I set a time everyday to get the email.

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    Using the email channel as the action, I get an email with a subject using the CheckTime ingredient to add the date in and custom body text that’s similar to what Happy Ramble previously included. I’ve also added @Happy Days on the end of the email subject so the email to Evernote is automatically filed in my Happy Days notebook.

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    You do get IFTTT copy in the email, but I always removed all the text in the email before typing my replies back so that’s no problem. 

    Evernote also supports images in notes, as did Happy Rambles, so none of the previous functionality has been lost. The only change is that I have to change the email address when sending my reply — to my personal Evernote email address.

    Another Alternative

    An alternative replacement is 100 Happy Days, it’s a very similar concept but places the focus of a photograph from your day rather than a list of things your grateful for our happy about. It’s not something I’ve tried, but along with emailing your photos you can tag them on your Facebook, Instagram or Twitter feed, giving you lots of ways to easily send your happy photos to the service. It also has a very cute website!

    Try 100 Happy Days here; 100happydays.com

    And Another Alternative

    This one is a lot more like Happy Rambles; grateful160 sends you an email or text message to reply to — up to four times a day if you want — and then sends you a summery of your messages each week.

    Try grateful160 here; grateful160.com

  9. My latest drawing is up on Society6, another movie car — the Ecto-1A — the new and improved Ghostbusters car from the 1989 sequel, Ghostbusters 2. Available in all the usual printed products, now with better sizing and crops after finding a set of templates by Marc Scheff.

    Link: society6.com/martinlucas/Ecto-1A

    13th of March, 2014. 11:02am
    Tags: #ecto-1a / #ghostbusters / #art print / #illustration / #movie themed / #image / #images / #projects /
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  10. On Sunday we took advantage of the first day of warm weather and went to Mersea beach — along with quite a few other people making the most of the sunshine.

    10th of March, 2014. 9:07pm
    Tags: #photo / #mersea beach / #photography /
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