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14 01, 2012

Adding a Juvenile Dracorex to the Safari Ltd Picture

By | January 14th, 2012|Adobe CS5, Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Everything Dinosaur Products|1 Comment

Working out what a Juvenile Dracorex Might Look Like

Yesterday, we published a couple of images of new models by Safari Ltd.  The 2012 product catalogue produced by this American company depicted a scene with one of their  new Wild Safari Dinos models – Dracorex very prominent.  We commented on this picture and changed the original Pterosaur image from a Rhamphorhynchus which lived during the Jurassic, replacing it with an image of the Carnegie Collectibles Quetzalcoatlus, which is more in keeping with the Late Cretaceous, the time when Dracorex lived.

We mentioned that it would be interesting to try and re-size an image of the Dracorex replica, alter the colouration slightly and then re-insert into the artwork so that a juvenile Pachycephalosaur could be included.  Using our limited photoshop skills, team members at Everything Dinosaur set about altering the picture so that a young dinosaur could be depicted.

The Safari Ltd Picture with a Juvenile Dracorex 

Adding a baby Pachycephalosaur to an Image

Picture Credit: Safari Ltd/Everything Dinosaur

As well as re-sizing the model and placing it in the foreground to emphasis the impression of a much smaller animal, we have toned down the bright throat colouration.  The assumption here is that only mature adult animals would have such striking colouration, an indication of their maturity and potential to breed.  The horns and other skull ornamentation have also been removed from the model that we have tried to depict as a young Dracorex.  It is very likely that such crest, bumps and horns were only present in fully grown individuals.  It is a testament to the quality of the models made by Safari Ltd that with a few simple touches, a juvenile dinosaur can be depicted and added to this picture showing the Wild Safari Dinos Dracorex dinosaur model.

13 01, 2012

Showing Off some of the New Safari Ltd Dinosaur Models

By | January 13th, 2012|Adobe CS5, Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Everything Dinosaur Products|1 Comment

A Flock of Dracorex Comes this Way

It is always interesting to see how manufacturers display their models in their catalogues. Not only is there a great deal of attention and care given to the design process, but the same attention is lavished on the models when it comes to displaying them in the company brochures.  Take for example the new additions to the Wild Safari Dinos range made by Safari Ltd.  There are four new replicas being introduced into this popular line this year, Acrocanthosaurus, Vagaceratops, Ceratosaurus and Dracorex, all these models are eagerly anticipated by Everything Dinosaur team members.  The colourful Dracorex model is shown in a skilfully crafted scene in the Safari Ltd product catalogue.  A flock of these Pachycephalosaurs (or should that be a herd), is shown crossing a river with a Pterosaur flying overhead.

The Safari Ltd Catalogue Image – Dracorex

A flock of Dracorex crossing a river

Picture Credit: Safari Ltd

Scientists believe that dinosaurs such as Dracorex did live in groups and the scenary chosen by the designers at Safari Ltd is reminiscent of the sort of habitat in the Late Cretaceous where these bone-headed dinosaurs would have lived.  The only slight issue we would have with this artwork, is the depiction of a Rhamphorhynchus Pterosaur flying overhead.  The Rhamphorhynchus is a model in the Wild Safari Dinos replica range, it is a very beautiful item in its own right.  Unfortunately, this type of flying reptile is associated with marine deposits from the Mid and Upper Jurassic.  No Rhamphorhynchoid Pterosaur ever flew over a group of Dracorex, this type of flying reptile was long extinct before the dinosaur known as Dracorex evolved.

We have altered the original image, and replaced the Rhamphorhynchus with a model of Quetzalcoatlus, a Pterosaur known from the Late Cretaceous, which is more in keeping with the geological time period associated with Pachycephalosaurs.

The Dracorex Image as Modified by Everything Dinosaur

Prehistoric Animals from the Late Cretaceous

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur/Safari Ltd

Perhaps with a little more time, and a little more skill we could scale down one of the images of the Dracorex, change the colouring slightly, losing the bright red throat patch and then insert into the picture a representation of a juvenile dinosaur following the adult animals in the herd.

4 01, 2012

Lots of new Dinosaur Models for 2012

By | January 4th, 2012|Adobe CS5, Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates|0 Comments

Lots of new Prehistoric Animal Models to Look Forward to in 2012

Something to brighten us all up as we start the New Year, there are lots of new dinosaur and prehistoric animal model releases to look forward to over the coming months.

Team members at Everything Dinosaur, have been playing around with the product images and practising their Adobe CS5 photoshop skills (yes, we need lots of practice).

Just a little pic, posted below, where we have combined the new, large scale Triceratops horridus and the Tyrannosaurus with the Struthiomimus for its dinner, using our logo as a backdrop.

New Models in 2012 (Collecta Dinosaurs)

T. rex and a Large Scale Triceratops

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

There are so many exciting new prehistoric animal models to look forward.  It looks like it is going to be a “bumper” year for new dinosaur model introductions.

31 12, 2011

Happy New Year from Everything Dinosaur

By | December 31st, 2011|Adobe CS5, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Press Releases|0 Comments

Happy New Year

Next year is nearly open us, so it is out with the old and in with the new as we look forward to all the exciting Earth Science discoveries that are going to take place over the next twelve months.  There are the London Olympics, Euro 2012 and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee to look forward to as when as notable historic events to commemorate such as Captain Scott’s tragic Antarctic expedition, one hundred years after the sinking of the Titanic, the Piltdown Man evidence being presented to the Geological Society, the inclusion of New Mexico and Arizona in the United States and so forth.

2012 is going to be another fascinating year for palaeontology.  We at Everything Dinosaur also note that it will mark one hundred years since the formal naming and describing of the largest extant species of lizard – the Komodo Dragon as well as the 100th anniversary of the book “The Lost World” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Wishing all our readers a peaceful and prosperous New Year.

Happy New Year to all our Readers

Happy New Year!

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

We are looking forward to writing more blog articles in 2012, a year that will see us reach the landmark of our 2,000th on-line article.

25 12, 2011

Merry Christmas to all our Readers

By | December 25th, 2011|Adobe CS5, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Press Releases|0 Comments

Merry Christmas from Everything Dinosaur

December 25th and we are officially on holiday – hoorah!  Just time to wish all our web log readers a Merry Christmas and a peaceful and prosperous 2012.

Merry Christmas from Everything Dinosaur

Merry Christmas to all our Readers

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

We have been busy with the blog over the last twelve months or so, staff at Everything Dinosaur intend to keep up their proud record of putting up a dinosaur themed or Everything Dinosaur related article every day.  There are now over 1,600 articles on line and we look forward to writing more for you over the next few days and into 2012.

Our behalf of all the team members at Everything Dinosaur – a Merry Christmas to you all.

23 06, 2011

Pressing all the Right Buttons in Adobe CS5

By | June 23rd, 2011|Adobe CS5, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Main Page|0 Comments

Creating Buttons and Banners using Adobe Creative Suite 5

Anything that can help to improve the visual appearance of your website can be a huge asset when competing in the intensive world of cyberspace commerce.  Having invested in Adobe Creative Suite 5, the team members at Everything Dinosaur are slowly and surely finding their feet when it comes to working with this software.

Adobe Creative Suite 5 is a very powerful tool.  It can be a little daunting trying to work out how best to use it, however, with a bit of practice and the assistance of booking onto a very informative Adobe Photoshop course at our local college, we are just beginning to get to grips with some aspects of this product.

We have just been learning how to create a stylish button/banner for adding a nice visual touch when putting up links and such like.  When we first tried to do this task, it took us nearly two hours to complete the worksheet that had been provided by our course instructor.  As with everything though, with practice you can get quicker and after a few attempts we have been able to make a new button for our website in less than fifteen minutes – cool.

Although we would certainly not claim to be experts, it is very satisfying to see us making progress, below is a button we have created that when clicked takes you to our dinosaur models section of our website, what we call “Dinosaur Toys for Boys & Girls – Dinosaur Models”.

Our Newly Created Dinosaur Models Button/Banner

Button/Banner credit: Everything Dinosaur

By clicking on this banner visitors can go through to the part of the Everything Dinosaur website that shows the dinosaur and prehistoric animal models that we have in stock.  Clicking this button is the same as clicking the text with the underline in blue which is shown below:

Dinosaur Toys: Dinosaur Toys for Boys and Girls – Dinosaurs

These buttons can help improve the appearance of a website.

18 06, 2011

Getting to Grips with Adobe Creative Suite 5

By | June 18th, 2011|Adobe CS5, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Main Page|0 Comments

Up, Up and Away with Some New Banners

Oh, the joys of Adobe Creative Suite 5, it certainly is a powerful piece of software, one that can be quite baffling, especially for us dinosaurs.  However, we are persevering and slowly but surely becoming a little more confident about using it.

Being able to open and browse in the “bridge” function has been a revelation.  We have so many pictures and other images that this facility makes finding exactly what we want extremely easy.  No more exasperating searches before we can start work on a project.  The split screen/multi image screen view is also helpful, making it easy to toggle from one image to another.  Simply being able to save our work “specifically for the web or other devices” is also very handy, this will help with the Everything Dinosaur blog a great deal.

One of our Newly Created Banners

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

We would not regard ourselves as competent, not by any means, but with a little effort we are beginning to make progress.  We have created a number of small banners and uploaded them to the main Everything Dinosaur website, our next project will be to try a new large banner for the site.  The banners need to be a specific size and we have had fun learning how to cut out shapes (especially the curves) but we are slowly and surely getting there.

24 05, 2011

The Trilobite Hunt – Deep into Wales

By | May 24th, 2011|Adobe CS5, Educational Activities, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Geology, Main Page|3 Comments

The Everything Dinosaur Trilobite Excursion

Finally, the day arrived when we could set off to Wales in order to explore a quarry which was rich in Trilobite fossils.  This was the first time that we had visited this location and we were not to be disappointed.  The location in Powys, is actually a private quarry and permission must be granted by the owner before we could visit.  After booking into a delightful local Bed and Breakfast establishment that evening, we awoke refreshed and ready to go on our long awaited Trilobite hunt.

Fortified by an English (should that be Welsh) cooked breakfast, we set off to drive the short distance to the quarry.  Having found our way to the site and parked the van, our first challenge was to negotiate the curious sheep that quickly gathered to investigate us.

Curious Welsh Sheep Come to Say Hello

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Unfortunately, we discovered that the large plastic bucket that we use to carry our tools in – geological hammer, chisels, a plastic sheet for sitting on etc. must have been the same size and shape as the bucket that the sheep get fed out of.  They thought the Everything Dinosaur team members were about to provide them with lunch.

Once over the gate and passed the by now very disappointed sheep, we made our way to the actual fossil site.  We had been advised that Trilobite remains, particularly Ogyginus genera were superabundant and soon we all had found various specimens.  Fossils of cast pygidium were particularly common. There was no need to split many of the rocks, although splitting those amongst the scree slope proved relatively easy – just a case of striking the rock with the head end of our geological hammer at the right angle.  We even found one or two examples of Trinucleid Trilobites, easily distinguished by their over-sized cephalons.  The shales had layers of ash that were prominent in some places of the quarry, betraying this marine environment’s volcanic history – things have changed a lot since the Ordovician.

The Trilobite Site (Tile Quarry)

Searching for Trilobites in Wales

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Gloves proved very handy (no pun intended), the rocks have sharp edges and the wearing of gloves avoids cut fingers and scratches.  After a couple of hours of searching we settled down to our picnic lunch, admiring the wonderful views of the Welsh countryside as we did so.  There were no Red Kites to be seen (we had been told to look out for them), but the boggy ground seemed to be home to a number of newts that we were careful leave in peace.

A Selection of our Trilobite Finds

A selection of our Trilobite Fossils

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The picture shows some of our finds, the ruler and twenty-pence piece provide scale.

After a bit more searching and one or two rain showers, we decided to call it a day, we had a review of our finds on site took some more photographs and then packed up, making sure that we left no litter.  A most enjoyable day, rounded off by a visit to a superb Thai restaurant and then a bit of bat watching as we wandered back to the B and B.

Our thanks to Pete Lawrence for the pointers,  over the next few days we will sort through the fossils that we brought back and put some on display in our warehouse display cases.

We had been lucky with the weather, although we had dressed as if we were going up the north face of the Eiger (be prepared is our motto, as there is no shelter in the quarry), we only had one or two light showers to contend with.  On the way back we stopped to take a picture of the beautiful bluebells growing in profusion further down the hill.

The Wonderful Welsh Scenery

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The picture shows the very pretty bluebells that were in full flower, lower down the slopes.  This picture enabled us to use some of our newly learnt skills as we experiment with CS5 Photoshop.  There was an ugly telegraph pole in this photograph and we at first struggled to remove it from our picture, however this is how we resolved that particular problem.

1).  Changed status of background layer (layer_1) so that we could manipulate image

2).  Roughly highlighted offending pole using the pen tool (any selection tool would have done).

3).  When selection selected, right click – fill – then in the drop down box click on content aware, press return and hey presto the object disappears and the background is cleverly filled in around the object.

14 05, 2011

Fun with Photoshop CS5

By | May 14th, 2011|Adobe CS5, Main Page|0 Comments

Applying Photoshop to Pterosaurs

They say that practice makes perfect when it comes to using Photoshop CS5, well if that is the case, team members at Everything Dinosaur are going to need a lot of practice before they become anything like proficient.  However, through a combination of trial and error they are getting a little more used to some of the tools in this powerful software programme.

For example, regular practice with the pen tool (short cut control P or an PC) is helping the team to gain confidence and although you wouldn’t call the latest attempts brilliant there are signs of improvement.  Today’s work involved cutting out various images of Pterosaurs (flying reptiles) and creating layers and then trying to put them onto a single picture.  The background image was that of a rocky seashore on the northern cost of Anglesey, visited recently by Everything Dinosaur team members on a fossil hunt.

Various models were cut out and a vector mask was applied to one layer (layer three showing the Brazilian Pterosaur Anhanguera), this allowed the gap between the Pterosaur’s foot and its wing to be filled with an image of the background image, so this “huge whole” in our artwork would not show to much.  How we created the vector mask, and painted it is a bit of a mystery – but we got there, that’s the main thing.  We do seem to be heading in the right direction – although very slowly.

Everything Dinosaur’s Pterosaur Cliffs Picture

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

We do have a long way to go, but a journey of a thousand miles…

12 05, 2011

Blinking Into the Light that is CS Photoshop 5

By | May 12th, 2011|Adobe CS5, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Main Page|0 Comments

Our First Attempts at Using the Pen Tool (Everything Dinosaur)

With the introduction of the new Adobe Creative Suite 5 software at Everything Dinosaur, it is time to go back to school.  This new photo and image manipulation software looks a little daunting but we have signed up for a evening class to help us gain confidence and develop our skills.  What a fascinating area of technology the creating and editing of images is – but it is very complicated for us novices more at home with a geology hammer than a mouse.

First steps on the road to creating new and exciting images were taken last night on session one of our evening course.  Like virtually all subjects, even palaeontology, practice and revision makes you better and our first mission is to gain better control of the pen tool.

We have used the pen tool before, we even know the keyboard short cut (press P), but we are far from expert.  Normally, we use the lasso tool in its various guises to cut out shapes, for example the magnetic lasso tool.  From this we have upgraded to using the pen tool to create and select a path.  This is where the fun starts.  We can zoom in using the navigator viewing screen and cut out pictures quite accurately using the pen tool using the straight line format.  After all, this is nothing more than sophisticated join-the-dots.  We can then make our path selection and there you have it the cut out image ready to manipulate.

But what about objects with curves?  Not wishing to make our website or indeed our cyberspace world look like a backdrop for the Disney movie Tron we are having a go at using the “alt” key to manage and manipulate curves – tricky.

Below is our first attempt, not including our attempt at creating a selection path round an apple at last nights tutorial.

Pen Tool Used to Cut Round “Clever Catch” Beach Ball

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

We accept it might not be perfect and cutting out a round shape is very easy, although you do need to work out with care when to start and stop the curves (position of the anchor points).  We will continue to practice and with the addition of a vector mask or two we hope to produce some interesting effects over the next few weeks.

We cut round a shape (made a selection path) then duplicated the layer and then manipulated one against the other.  Using a vector mask we were able to make bits of the image at the back appear to be seen through the background image making our “Clever Catch” dinosaur beach ball look an odd shape.  We then added text to see if we could – just for a dare.

From little acorns…

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