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07Aug 20

How to Fade a Canvas Group with Lean Tween

Dented Pixel's Lean Tween asset for the Unity Game engine is fantastic and has a number of functions to manipulate the alpha property of various components.  The Unity canvas components are supported to a large degree and today I wanted to draw attention to the Canvas Group component. Because it's not fun to implement fading on each button, button text and image of your…

25Jul 20

Where is the Device Simulator found in Unity 2020.1?

The official, yet non life time support (LTS), version of Unity is out and we are all anxious to dig into the new 2D tools. If you are like me you've come to depend on the Unity Device Simulator preview package for testing mobile games. In both Unity 2019 and 2020 you need to enable a "show preview packages" style option in order to…

24Jul 20

A Simple and Fantastic 2D Parallax Solution for Unity

Parallaxing seems like it should be built into Unity's 2D workflow.  Maybe by the time you are reading this it is? For everyone stuck in the now, I wanted to highlight a hidden, fantastic and lightweight parallaxing asset that's not available on the Unity Asset store.  This collection of 2 main scripts and an editor support script was written by the team that developed…

23Jul 20

Lean Tween Fade Sprite C#

There are several ways to fade a SpriteRenderer sprite using the Lean Tween library. You can use LeanTween.alpha, which almost always works but sometimes sets the alpha of the shared material tint rather than then SpriteRenderer.color property. In those case, you can use LeanTween.value which takes the float value of the tween as a parameter on every frame of the tween.  With this method…

17Nov 19

Inspiration and Creation

I think of art as a two step process.  Step 1: Inspiration. Step2: Creation.  Sure, there's more to it.  A lot more. In fact, each of my over simplified steps contain an number of sub steps. I don't like sub steps. Research, refinement, structure, appeal...ughh. All that stuff sounds like a lot of work. This work saps the motivation from the moment of inspiration…

22Oct 19

How to get Sculpey Super Smooth

We all want our polymer clay models to resemble a smooth designer art toy cast in vinyl or resin. The problem is, it takes a lot of work to get rid of the bumps, nicks, finger prints, indentations, uneven surfaces and bits of clay stuck to the outside. The bigger problem is, solving one of the above issues can actually cause of some of…

11Oct 19

How to Stop Burning Your Sculpy

There are several easy-to-correct factors that cause polymer clay or sculpy clay projects to burn. All of these factors come down to heat. Heat, is what causes things to burn. Controlling heat and how and where that heat hits your model is the key to consistent clay bakes. You Don't Know the Real Temperature The temperature gauges on cheaper ovens, like toaster ovens, should…