To create a picklet you’ll need;
- recent Safari or Chrome web browser
- Adobe Photoshop (CS3 or later)
- Dropbox client software and account – the free account is sufficient
- Picklet Builder account (send me your Google account name and I’ll create an account for you: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Have you received your Picklet Builder invitation email? And clicked on the link to create your account? Excellent. There are a few things still to set up;
1. Connect to your Dropbox account
Login to Picklet Builder and authorise your Builder account to access your Dropbox account.
Picklet Builder uses OAuth to get permission to retrieve metadata about the files in your Dropbox account. You can withdraw permission at any time from your Dropbox.com account page.
2. Setup the PickletExport script
Download PickletExport.jsx, save it somewhere you can find it later and set it up to run as an Action bound to a function key.
3. Create a picklet
Create a picklet template using the PickletExport action in Photoshop. Create some layers and run the script again to export image files to your Dropbox/Public folder.
Check that the files have sync’d to dropbox then in Picklet Builder create a new picklet.
From my couch-based Sunday morning in Berlin here’s a video preview of chapter one from Ben Hutchings’ soon-to-be available picklet The Three Baddest Bandits of the Wild Wild West. With additional illustration by Jase Harper and Arran McKenna.
The ‘scrolling picklet’ concept and the parallax effect you see here is entirely Ben’s design. He has fought with the picklet builder software to make it happen. It has turned out to be a natural reading experience and there are more interactive surprises in chapters 2 and 3 of ‘Bandits’.
Have you read Understanding Picklets but still want to know more about picklets?
Why not come along to the next Picklet Author Workshop and find out how to make picklets?
Oh. You don’t live in Berlin. Schade.
Next Wednesday evening I’ll be demonstrating the picklet creation workflow in Berlin Kreuzberg.
Here are the details;
- Who: me (Stewart)
- Whom: illustrators, comics artists, animators
- What: Picklet software demonstration, instruction in the craft of picklet creation
- Where: co.up meeting room, Adalbertstr. 7-8 Berlin Kreuzberg
- When: 18:30 – 20:00, July 20, 2011
- Wie viel: nix
If you can come, and can bring a laptop with Photoshop CS3 (or later), Dropbox and a recent Safari (or Chrome) browser, we may be able to get you up and running with the picklet software during the workshop.
I look forward to seeing you there.
NOTE: workshop will be in English because my German isn’t up to it.
Waiting near my house for the guys at the print shop to staple and trim 60 copies of Understanding Picklets, (in German, with a rather handsome green cover), I tried my best to justify being in Berlin while Melbourne shivers.
Job done, I think.
So now I’m ready to meet Berlin-based illustrators and pitch the picklet platform to them in their native language. (Thanks to Mark Tuente for providing the German translation of my mini-comic.)
Next week I’m going along to the monthly Stammtisch of Illustratoren Berlin with a few copies of the comic and we’ll see where it goes from there.
Ben Hutchings (@benhutchings) has delivered a final version of the picklet he has created with Jase Harper (@guhcomics) and Arran McKenna (@azzamckazza) so the only missing piece is a fully functional iPad/iPhone native app. And the only thing standing in my way are long summer evenings in the beer gardens of Berlin.
Wish me luck!
Do you have an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad? You do? Do you like checking out new apps? Great!
I’m looking for testers for the Picklets app on iOS.
What’s the skinny? You get;
- early, free access to read an amazing new interactive book by Ben Hutchings, Jase Harper and Arran McKenna called The Three Baddest Bandits of the Wild Wild West,
- an opportunity to provide feedback on the interface design of the Picklets app,
- the cool points from showing this awesome work to your friends and saying ‘oh, it’s not available to the general public yet’.
This is not an extended beta in the sense of Google’s three year-long GMail beta period. It’s a short time (weeks only) of testing leading to the submission of the app to the iTunes App Store.
So, get on board! It’s easy!
Visit the link below on your iPhone/iPad to register your device ID for the Picklets beta programme. This allows me to create and send you a development version of the Picklets app to run on your device.
After you register I’ll be able to communicate with you but you might also like to follow me @PickletReader for development news.
Vielen Dank in advance.
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