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Pentacles Tutorials

Challenges before your art generates a decent income

Unless you live in a country where art is subsidised in one form or another, your path to profitability as an artist is going to be relatively steep. It will be easier going if you have a degree, earned very high marks and want to work in one of the industries or areas where you can find a position as an employee.

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Pentacles Tutorials

How to become a professional artist/illustrator

How do you become a professional artist in an age where almost everything we do is challenged by AI-driven generators, filters and what else is there? “Professional” means that you can live at least partly from what you create. If we hold on to that definition of the word, there are many categories of visual artists with some of them earning a lot more than others, so the first thing to decide when you’re thinking about making a career out of art is why you’re doing it and what you’re willing to sacrifice.

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Pentacles Tutorials

Introduction to RGB and CMYK and when to use one or the other

RGB and CMYK are two colour modes that differ considerably in their approach towards colour reproduction. I explain how they differ and when you best use one or the other in this downloadable PDF.

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macOS Pentacles

Integrating Ulysses and Agenda with DEVONthink Pro makes for a perfect long-document management system

When you think of research and writing long documents, you inevitably think of Scrivener. There is an alternative approach, though, in the form of three apps that communicate with each other like you couldn’t imagine. DEVONthink Pro 3, Ulysses and Agenda combine to make a great long-document writing system.

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Audio Pentacles

How to make a 300 EUR S-Mic 2 sound like a 1800 EUR microphone

Many professionals use the d:dicate series microphones because of their accuracy and their silky smooth sound quality. This characteristic is hard to describe but very discernible when you hear it – certainly when you compare recordings done with an MKH 416, an S-Mic 2 and the d:dicate 4017.

Because the price of the d:dicate 4017 is way out of my league, I thought it would be nice to try make the cheapest of the three, the S-Mic 2, closer to the 4017 in post-production, for example by adjusting the EQ.

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Pentacles

Sounds for video, presentations, timelapses and FX

Foley is the name we give to sounds that are created and recorded for usage in movies and other motion picture projects such as TV series, etc. For example, when a scene demands the sound of a galloping horse off-screen, you can suggest it by adding the recorded sound of – you guessed it! – a horse galloping or by recording or creating something that resembles a horse galloping. Those sounds can be created by recording them or creating them with apps such as Logic Pro X, ProTools, etc.

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Editor's Choice 2019 macOS Pentacles

Tracking your activities is a pain, Timing is the solution

Timing is the brain child of an ex-Google developer. It’s a rare app that’s been made in Europe (Austria) to make it to the hit charts. And it does so for a reason. Timing delivers on its promise to track your activities over time automatically.

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Musings Pentacles

The EU Copyright Directive and its impact

The EU Parliament has given its blessing to the new Copyright Directive which aims to strengthen the position of EU-based creators – filmmakers, actors, musicians, journalists and writers – when negotiating with publishers and producers. It should lead to a fairer system of exploitation of their works and performances, but a lot of people, including academics who have reported on this issue, seem to believe the Directive will actually lead to less available content, legal confusion that can be taken advantage of, and more censorship within Europe.