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Steven is an author and illustrator focusing on science fiction and fantasy.   Primary medium is mixed media utilizing watercolor, gouache, colored pencils and ink.   His books are targeted toward early teens but offer entertainment for all ages.   He enjoys painting still life, portraits, nature and character designs.   Graphite works have been a mainstay to his passion.   Steven can be found at the following sites: YOUTUBE- https://www.youtube.com/user/stevenpowerssmp DEVIANTART - http://steven-powers-smp.deviantart.com/ BLOG - http://www.stevenpowerssmp.com/ FINE...more
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This is part of the Blender VSE (Video Sequence Editor) series in which I demonstrate how to rotate a video clip. I also add a secondary method using Avidemux since both methods will produce varying results. If the original clip had not been a MOV fi... 

This is part of my Blender Video Sequence Editor Series. In this tutorial I show how to change the speed of a video clip using Blender. I used a small video clip that is 640x480 px at 30 FPS running around 4 minutes in length. By adding an effect I ... 

In the "Manual Gamut Mask Tool" video tutorial I demonstrate how to use a manual gamut mask in Photoshop. I created a psd file that can be used as a manual Gamut Mask Tool that is based on Richard Robertson's On Line Gamut Mask Tool found at Live Pai... 

This is an article aimed at artists and how to take advantage of the social media and tie them into on line galleries or Print On demand services. The full article is here http://www.stevenpowerssmp.com/2012/01/how-to-create-digital-artists-blog.h... 

This is the first three parts of the Blender VSE series of tutorials. Blender is a OpenSource 3D Suite that can be used quiet effectively for 2D artists as well. Being OpenSource it has cross-platform support for all major operating systems. The F... 

Blender Offical Test Builds

December 7th, 2011

For those digital artists, Blender Test Builds are now featured on Blender.org. Full post can be found at http://www.stevenpowerssmp.com/2011/12/blender-offical-test-builds.html 

GIMP 2.7.4 Wacom Support

December 7th, 2011

GIMP 2.7.4 now has Wacom Support. I have been working towards replacing Photoshop so I can run Linux full time. But Photoshop is not easily replaced, but the the newest version of GIMP, which is 2.7.4 is getting better everyday and now the issue wi... 

I have been quite happy with Ubuntu up untill 11.10 when they dropped Gnome for Unity leaving us without a choice. But I tried to get use to it but found it somewhat glitchy. Then I kept hearing talk about the Mint branch of Linux. The full ar... 

MyPaint 1.0 is now available for Windows users. Read the full article at http://www.stevenpowerssmp.com/2011/11/mypaint-10-for-windows-and-linux.html 

Tree Study

December 7th, 2011

Here are a few drawings of trees I did for fun recently. They are done with a mix of graphite and charcoal on smooth Bristol paper. They can be found at: http://www.stevenpowerssmp.com/2011/11/tree-study.html 

Calibrating your monitor. What can I say? We all try to get away with calibrating our monitor by eye, but that only works for so long and unfortunately our eyes change. Not just over the years but throughout the day. We get use to seeing a certai... 

Quick Tip - Launchy and Dexpot

September 25th, 2011

Just want to introduce some free applications that I was introduced to the other day. These are great little utilities that can help speed up ones work flow. Launchy is cross-platform while Dexpot is for Windows users who like the virtual desktops t... 

I have been working with GIMP a lot lately and also playing with MyPaint. I have seen some very good paintings done with MyPaint and I love the feel of the brushes. But I have always been able to control my canvas size and resolution. But MyPaint d... 

GIMP - How To Add Themes UPDATED

September 13th, 2011

This is an update to the original tutorial on theme. In this tutorial I show how to download, adjust the themes and install them in either version 2.6.11 or 2.7.3. In the end I preview the new themes and show how to set it as your default so it load... 

Sketching - The 4 Step Method

September 7th, 2011

I just added a somewhat in depth tutorial on Sketching on my site. Here is the link http://www.stevenpowerssmp.com/2011/09/sketching-4-step-method.html Let me know what you think, Steve 

Quick Tip - Animation

August 24th, 2011

This is just a quick thought for those who are aspiring animators and are just starting out. Look for the extras on DVD / Blu-ray discs. They will often have "Behind the Scenes" footage showing the process that they went through in making the film. ... 

WIP - Creature Eyes

August 20th, 2011

"Creature Eyes" is another project that is still in progress (which I need to get back to) that is for a photo-real close up of eyes. The full article and images collection can be found HERE http://www.stevenpowerssmp.com/2011/07/wip-creature-eyes.h... 

WIP - Alien In a Hostile Land

August 20th, 2011

"Alien In A Hostile Land" is a concept piece that is in progress. I wrote a short overview of the project and the steps that I have encountered. The full article can be found HERE http://www.stevenpowerssmp.com/2011/04/wip-alien-in-hostile-land.ht... 

This tutorial shows how to use the Path Tool in GIMP to create perspective grids. I did an earlier version showing the workflow done in Photoshop and was asked how to do it in GIMP. The tool is the same but the methods differs from application to app... 

GIMP - How To Add Themes

August 20th, 2011

Adding Themes to GIMP (2.7 +2.6) is rather simple once one knows how. This tutorial covers the steps and allows one to change the working environment of GIMP quickly. All that is needed is the new version of GIMP 2.7.3 and custom themes downloaded fr... 

I added a "How-To" tutorial on adding Gimp-Painter to Ubuntu 11.04. Its a Open Source paint package that emulates Corel's Painter. Her is the link: http://www.stevenpowerssmp.com/2011/06/how-to-install-gimp-painter-in-ubuntu.html 

I re-posted a tutorial that I posted on YouTube so I could add it to my site's archives. If you have seen it just ignore it, but if not, check it out and let me know what you think. It covers the use of freeware to convert various video types and the... 

I just added a quick tutorial on a free psd thumbnail viewer that is far more than just that. I post it here http://www.stevenpowerssmp.com/2011/05/irfanview-free-alternative-to-adobe.html#more 

Just completed my site (for now) and will be adding more content shortly. I have posted a WIP tutorial )"Alien In a Hostile Land") recently that covers my little alien and creature sketches that I posted this week. This will allow me to have a centra... 

Steven Powers SMP.com

April 6th, 2011

To follow my blog, please go to http://www.stevenpowerssmp.com to view and / or subscribe to my blog there. I will no longer be maintaining this blog. But I will continue to use FAA for all my prints on demand. They do a great job. 

How To Record Your Voice and What You Hear using CamStudio 2.0 This is a very quick tutorial on hardware requirements and setting the options in CamStudio 2.0 to enable recording from a mic and/or from your computer (“ What U Hear”.) Here is the... 

8 or 16 Bit Color Depth

February 20th, 2011

8 or 16 Bit Color? The question to use 8 or 16 color continuously comes up. I have tried to get a definitive answer to this question, but nothing concrete. I have been using it for some time now. Mostly due to the advice of a friend who happens... 

In this quick tutorial I walk you though an alternative method of combining video clips using Authoring Works 4 by Pegasys. The program has the added benefit allowing most types of video file formats to be converted and combined in a single step. ... 

I just posted a quick video tutorial on YouTube on converting and combining video clips. It is a very useful technique when you have a video that has been cut into multiple parts and you would rather have it in it's entirety. Here is the Link or you...