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Programming Knowledge
I am an intermediate user of html and css. I am an amateur in C#, Java, and Python, and a recruit in C++ and WPF and Winforms for C#. I have former intermediate knowledge of XNA and expert knowledge in a very simple proprietary language for Game Maker.

I know a small amount of ms DOS, compiler theory, assembly language, and computer architecture.

Programming Experience, Informal
I made two XNA games (both 2D). One was a snake game that allowed for multiple players and had xbox controller support, and the other was a single-player spaceship game similar to Galaga, but much harder and faster-paced. Both games were localized in English.

I made a professional particle engine in Game Maker (granted, it's no better than Python). I made a professional help guide (.chm) for it as well. I made plenty of less-serious flash-like games in Game Maker, so I have some game and ui design experience. I plan on porting the particle engine to a more useful platform.

Programming Experience, Formal
I took an introductory comp. programming class as a high school senior and learned approximately nothing new.

Applications Knowledge
I know how to use many Windows tools and services. Of useful note is the Microsoft Office Suite and minor experience in Visual Studio. I know how to use Blender v2.5 to v2.7, Inkscape, Photoshop, Paint.Net, Audacity, and Google Drive, among others. I have general experience on forums and can navigate Windows products, Android, the internet, and a little bit of Linux.

Other Proficiencies
Amateur mineralogy, spelling English, harmonica, some piano and guitar, graphic design, audio design, and some other things.


Oct
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comment Is it frowned upon as a designer if you don't use “top” software?
If you find what you need with any software or workflow to accomplish your goal in a reasonable amount of time, then in my mind there is no reason to buy or obtain the "cutting edge" versions to do the same thing. Nor is there a reason to be self conscious of the snobs who turn their nose up.
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answered How to create mouse cursor pointer?
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Mar
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answered Difference between None, Linear, Cubic and Sinc(Lanczos3) interpolation in image scaling?
Dec
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comment Is it a copyright violation to trace everyday objects and use them for commercial use?
Just like there are multiple different styles for the same icons made by different designers, there are multiple styles of buttons. You are certainly not in trouble with a button design. If you're worried it isn't unique enough, rejoice - that would make you very unlikely to get sued since others probably have variations of the design (afterall, you can only copyright to a point... I don't think the ideas of buttons can be copyrighted, for example). Honestly, I'm pretty sure that tracing your furniture for vector art will not be a problem as long as you do something to make it your own.
Dec
17
answered Does anyone know if this particular letter D is available in a vector file format anywhere?
Dec
9
comment Highlight stray non-background pixels
In Paint.NET you can select the background region with the wand tool using 0% tolerance, then invert selection and deselect the foreground object manually. Sorry that I don't know Gimp well enough to answer this for real.
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answered Collage of Scraps
Nov
19
comment How can I arrange words into a shape to make a “word cloud” design?
You need to make searches for word clouds and word cloud generators, especially word cloud shapes. I did some groundwork but I couldn't quickly retrieve anything. You'll have to do some sifting to find what you're looking for. The closest site to your request, tagxedo, is completely exclusive. I didn't check to see if they offered a trial version or not.
Nov
19
answered How to create grid in GIMP (not sure if the filter is good)
Nov
19
comment How can I make consistent designs for similar items?
You can always use Magic Set Editor (magicseteditor.sourceforge.net), a program originally designed for creating fake (Magic: the Gathering) cards but is very flexible and has been used to create new card designs. It allows for automatic wordwrapping and scores of other small features that would make your life easier, but you need to make the card template (which is a little time-consuming).
Oct
17
comment Why do JPEG files blur red more than other colors?
I'm not really sure that I understand the relationship between an increased sensitivity to the color green and its effect on how we perceive red. Red is a primary color; it is not mixed with and contains no green.
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awarded  Scholar
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accepted Why do JPEG files blur red more than other colors?
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comment Why do JPEG files blur red more than other colors?
I thought somebody might say that :). If you zoom in on the area of his right ear (from our perspective, his left) and look along the border, it still has less noise than the opposite ear.