Friday, December 23, 2011

Illustration Friday—Messenger

Someone has to deliver the news. Why not all? (from my new book Peep in the Deep).

Friday, December 2, 2011

Creating a Picture Book Reader App

So I'm learning how to make a reader app out of my picture book, Rudy and Cirrus of Karma that will feature read to me capability for Android tablet devices. So far so good. I'm using the Corona SDK as my coding platform and Kwik (plug-in) for Photoshop as my app creation tool. The most challenging part has been trying to fit the 8 x 10 layout within the 1024 x 600 dimensions. Using Kwik has been pretty straight forward with a few minor bumps along the way. I know very little about Lua coding and for someone like me who likes to work in graphics programs, Kwik has been a lifesaver. For the audio I've been using Adobe Audition via Line 6 and Gearbox and I can save time selected bits of tracks into mp3 files. I just need to find a way to compress or export the mp3s so they aren't space hogs. For now, I'm gong to keep experimenting and see what else I might discover in this process.