So I’m back from my honeymoon on the Mediterranean, which was awesome, and very relaxing. Being the nerd I am I came back with a few sheets of sketches and descriptions of experiments/concepts I wanted to pursue when I got home.
The first idea that I tackled is an image goo-ifier that works similarly to PowerGoo, or Liquify in PhotoShop. It’s pretty simple in implementation, but is one of my favorite Flash 8 experiments to date.
This experiment was inspired by Guy Watson’s PowerGoo experiment, though I believe it takes a completely different technical approach. I’m guessing his uses per-pixel manipulation, whereas mine uses a dynamically generated displacement map. His offers more flexibility in the level of manipulation, while mine runs a lot faster, and generates a smoother result. It also includes a snifty animate function.
Thanks go to Mike Chambers for agreeing to be the victim of your distorting (distorted?) fun. I thought it was fitting to use Mike because in many ways he’s the face of Flash – and I’d already picked on Mike Downey enough. 🙂
Just to make things interesting, we will be giving away a free copy of gProject to the best gOOified picture of Mike that we receive by Monday, October 10, when we will post the cream of the crop and the winner to the blog. For now, you’ll have to screenshot your results, post it to your site and put a link to it in the comments with the title of your “art” (or email the pic to us).
Which reminds me: we have another free copy of gProject for the first person to create an AS & PHP system for sending a COMPRESSED version of a BitmapData object to the server and saving it as a JPG.
Flash 8 player required, have fun:
Here are a couple of example images to get you thinking:
Evil Genius Chambers
[UPDATE: Winner posted]
[UPDATE: Source code posted]