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Flash XML loops and accessing data

Joel Reinke - Wednesday, March 13, 2013

I was reading a bunch of articles on how to work with XML in Flash to refresh my memory and there were a lot of misleading pages.

I found this one to be the most helpful:


It gave more direct ways to get at the data and it was a quicker method of getting my work done.

Thanks!  I'll be using it in my new app Photo Paint to allow saving and accessing settings.

The Latest: Apps & PHP customization

Joel Reinke - Wednesday, June 20, 2012

So what's been going on lately?

Been making some exciting 3D Apps.  Starting with Android but I can get this over to iPhone quickly.  Using Flash CS6 to make Apps better and faster.  I thought they would be bloated and take long download times but so far that is definitely not the case.  The apps are quite efficient and clean.  I think I can offer this because I do most of the design in code (actionscript 3) and this produces SWF files that are much leaner than if you use the Flash GUI to make Apps.  So I'd have to say I'm liking developing apps with Flash.  We'll see - keep you posted as I go farther.

PHP Development: Making a lot of sites using Wordpress and Magento.  Getting into some pretty deep PHP to customize them heavily to the clients wishes.  Also using XML, JQuery, CSS, AJAX.


Photoshop Tree Tutorial

Joel Reinke - Monday, November 07, 2011

This ones a keeper!

My more simple "Water Bubble" tutorial gets a lot of traffic (and it kind of makes sense), but I feel that this is the first art-grade video tutorial I've created.  The art of making a tree in Photoshop is something I feel there has been a void on YouTube.  This is a quality tutorial that draws from both my years of Photoshop experience and my real painting experience.

I have squeezed a lot into the 5 minute tutorial.  It is also just step 1 of 3 on how to complete the tree.  Part 2 will be shading and texturing.  Part 3 will be adding leaves.

Check it out at: http://youtu.be/cNKOt1MwDoU 

Developer Resource - Papervision3D

joel reinke - Tuesday, September 27, 2011

I've finally added the first Developer Resource to this site.  I was working with Papervision3D in Flash and was finding an obvious limitation in the Cylinder primitive.  It took the same surface and used it for the ends of the tube and the tube itself.

I'm pretty sure most often, no one wants that.  So I designed a fix that makes 2 materials for the cylinder: one for the "tube" and one for the top and bottom.  Now you can have an easy way to make more realistic Cylinder type objects to build your 3D "world". 

3D Flash Resource for Papervision 

Photoshop Landscape Painting Expanded

Joel Reinke - Friday, September 09, 2011

Just expanded upon: Photoshop Landscape Painting article with tons of new helpful tutorials on how to paint the Sea, Lakes, Oceans, and other bodies of water.  A little more on the art of Mountain Painting in Photoshop.  This is becoming a big resource on the topic and it keeps expanding for you.  Free, useful info.

Includes step by step instructions (unlike many tutorials).  I forsee a Video Tutorial connected to this in the future, but no time right now.  Click here to go to the Article.


Dive in Deeper to Landscape Painting with Photoshop

joel reinke - Wednesday, July 20, 2011
I just wrote a big new article on Landscape Painting with Photoshop.  It will be a complete guide eventually, for now it focuses more on Painting the Background Sky and more techniques for that.  Its going to grow and grow and will be a great resource to everyone looking for some coaching in this area.

CSS and HTML Color Code Tutorial

joel reinke - Saturday, June 18, 2011
New Helpful info at Web Design Mountain especially for Web Designers: Knowing the Color Code used by all HTML and CSS code to quickly pull off colors from memory without needing a Color Picker Tool.  Color Code Primer Here.

New Video Introducing Modern Art Maker

joel reinke - Thursday, June 02, 2011
See the new Video introducing the Modern Art Maker on YouTube.  This is a start for a great tool that will offer you a free design resource and just entertainment watching it.

Water Bubble Video Tutorial

joel reinke - Monday, May 30, 2011
For those of you who'd rather make it from scratch and have more control over the final output, I have created my first Video Tutorial on Making a Water Bubble in Photoshop.
View it on my new YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/webdesignmountain

Tiny Bubbles, On the web, make me feel happy...

joel reinke - Monday, May 30, 2011
New, basic resource for graphics: Tiny Bubbles.
Useful for web design and graphic design. Transparent PNG format - highly reusable. Download Water Bubble Graphics here.