Skype Links

The other day I received a message from my friend’s old account which hasn’t been used in years. It was a link to a Chinese browser “Baidu”. I ignored it as I knew it was a malicious link.

Recently on WordPress news, I saw a link that redirected to a wptavern page. It explained the same link that I received and urged skype users to be cautious.

If you see a link from skype to linkedin or baidu, you should ignore it and inform the account owner. Passwords may be leaked and it’s always great to change your passwords or use different passwords for different accounts.

This is how the link looks like. Avoid it!

skypebaidulink

Where I went with this…

At first I found a picture with a nice silhouette that I wanted to use for making a gif.Index

I ended up with this.

132However, I wanted to make the background transparent which I did not know how to. I put the gif into to.be to see if I could play with the gif and make it transparent but that only made the gif a static image. I decided to get a background from another image instead.
2nd Gif
It looks so strange, I thought that extracting the silhouette would look great but it just turned out so boring.

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Teaching a friend how to draw sprites for his game

My friend was recently inspired by an indie game he played. He decided to develop his own game using the same program as the creator of the game Dhux’s Scar. While he isn’t a total beginner at game designing, he is pretty much clueless when it comes to sprite creation and drawing backgrounds. I decided to help him out by teaching him some of the basics of layer art and opacity for sprites. However, it turns out I myself had problems with it too even though I had background knowledge in this area. The programs I used all exported in 32bit. The program he was using only accepted 8bit files so I had to convert those files to 8bit. I found a file converter online which allowed quick and free conversion. I was unsure at first but when the files were tested, they were all able to be placed in the database. After that issue was dealt with, he told me that he wanted to create his own background images for cutscenes and other parts of his game. As of now, he’s currently working on outlining and coloring. When I was watching him do this, I was reminded of the times when I first started digital drawings a few years back since he was making the same mistakes I was doing. When he made a mistake that was too difficult to undo, I somewhat laughed since it was a good lesson for him to make backups. I helped him fix it as much as possible afterwards. His art isn’t even worth putting up now, but he is committed to getting better.