HM3: New pattern

For his Character Contest 40 prize, Haz requested that the vertical gradient from the "Patterns" tab be turned into an item in the "Patterns-Standard" set so you could do a two-tone effect, mask it, rotate it, size it, etc. I had no clue how to do such a thing, but I gave it a whirl and what do you know, it worked! I've now updated the file and you can use it immediately. Here's a screen shot of what it looks like:

The top color is color 1, the bottom one is color 2. I am excited this turned out to be so easy! If I get motivated I need to do it for some of the other ones too ... although I suppose with just this one and some masking, you can put a two-color gradient going any direction onto any item, more or less.

I am working on prizes now, and have already sent out several for approval this morning. Sadly Haz didn't get the chance to approve it, I was too happy and figured I nailed it, so this is the first he's hearing of it. Surprise! Haz, if you don't like it for some reason let me know and I'll make changes.

After the jump I am going to put a list of the outstanding contest prizes -- if you see your name and haven't gotten your prize yet, let me know. This is particularly critical for Steve, Cory, Fishpants (x2), Frankie, ArtfulDodger, Violodion, Brons (x2), MercWithAMouth, and Bixlord as starting tomorrow I am going to forfeit your prizes and instead turn them over to the community at large to vote on items THEY want instead.

Gray means it's done, purple that I haven't gotten a request for a prize yet, blue that it's pending (I sent you the rough for approval or changes), and red means I have the request but haven't started it yet.

19 Responses to HM3: New pattern

  1. Gene says:

    Jeff, I didn’t see my name on the list. I had won the Secondary ‘Fantasy’ runoff for Friday night fights. The Runoff of the people that had been eliminated in the prior round. I had requested a Sci-fi Wolf Helmet in the Stargate style.

  2. Jeff Hebert says:

    Sorry Gene, I didn’t cut and paste the FNF portion of the text file since it was just you and Imp with prizes outstanding, but I did have it on the list.

  3. NEON_N64 says:


    I love this new item 🙂

    It can be rotated to obtain different directions, but I think that two others (a center one and a circular one) should be added eventually.

  4. Me, Myself & I says:

    Wow, nicely done Jeff. This is relly flexible and will increase the possibilities tremendously!

  5. Me, Myself & I says:

    Hey Jeff, I’m just guessing here and am wondering if I’m correct. In order to make this pattern, did you effectively just make two seperate gradient patterns and overlap them with a maximum gradient value for each?

  6. Gene says:

    Okay, thank you.

  7. Jeff Hebert says:

    Good suggestion, Neon (3), I’ve now updated the set with two circular gradients in this same model, one with color 1 at the center and one with color 1 along the outer edge. Maybe I should do a center-out square one too?

    MMI (5): Actually color 1 is the solid shape, with color 2 over it going from a solid color to transparent. I thought that it wouldn’t matter if the color object had transparency built into it, that it would just get filled with a solid no matter what. But it turns out Flash respects transparency in an object when applying color, so we’re good to go. Woot!

  8. Jeff Hebert says:

    OK, added these same three items to Background-Shapes, since that’s where the other gradients are. Figured folks might look for them there.

  9. MartianBlue says:

    Nicely done Jeff. I was thinking they were the same as the background gradiensts, but they’re completely different.

    Concerning the 2nd gradient square, i say go for it.

  10. Galactic Ketchup says:

    Jeff, I’ll send you a picture of my request sometime in the next couple of days, it’s a helmet I’m designing for Art.

  11. The Imp says:

    Inspired idea, Haz! You KNOW I’m gonna be using that. 😀

  12. Hammerknight says:

    Just tried and you can make the shirts look like they are tie-died or close to it.

  13. haz says:

    This is made of concentrated awesome! And you added circles too! I waffled over the vertical gradient or circle gradient for the prize, and you went and added BOTH. Best surprise I’ve had all day. Thanks!

  14. spidercow2010 says:

    THIS. IS. EPIC!! I just tried masking the color gradient onto a body, and what with re-sizing and all I can see the possibilities are staggering! Thanks Jeff!

  15. Noboday says:

    whoo hoo…i like it!

  16. spidercow2010 says:

    I’ve just been experimenting with this a bit. I masked a color gradient onto a cape, and made it so the cape was a darker color toward the top, as if more light was hitting the lower surfaces of the cape, farthest out away from the body. I masked a much-reduced gradient onto a face, and got an effect like there was a colored light on only one side of the face. I played around with metallic objects, putting a reflective glow onto them. The potential for adding dimensionality is huge. Plus, you can mask gradients onto auras and such, for some nice multicolor effects.
    I look forward to making 3D rainbow cloudbanks.

  17. Steve M. says:

    I hate to ask this, especially 2 days after the posting (stupid internet problems, grmblgrmbl…), but would the Steve on this list be me, or another Steve on here? Because I honestly don’t remember getting any higher than 2nd place on any of my entries.

  18. felim says:

    I don’t follow this blog, but will we ever be able to upload our own images for use as patterns?

  19. Jeff Hebert says:

    felim (18): That’s something UGO and I have discussed. I’d LIKE to do it, but we’ll just have to see.