Don Engel
Don Engel is a professional designer and programmer with Houston / Los Angeles-based Six Foot Interactive, and in his spare time likes freelance design work, his family, and long walks on the beach.
  • Design & Illustration
    Using Photoshop and Your Brain to Produce Diorama IllusionsPreview
    Have you ever built a diorama? It's a depiction of a scene in miniature. Or perhaps you remember owning a dollhouse or train set as a kid. You lay on the floor, inches away from tiny versions of full-size objects. In the background, your brain was busy writing the software that makes this illusion effective. This fun photo treatment can be performed by almost anyone in short order, once some basics are understood of how the brain processes images. Let's get to it!Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    How to Create 3D Gemstones Using Adobe Illustrator and Google SketchupPreview
    Most people think of Google’s Sketchup (Free and Pro) product to be primarily a 3D tool, but it is also a powerful means for creating complex shapes to be used in 2D vector packages. In particular, it is a fabulous tool for creating primitives that require precise geometry in order to "look right." We’ll be creating a gemstone in this tutorial. I use Illustrator and Sketchup Pro, but similar effects can be achieved with Corel, Inkscape, Xara or other tools and the freeware version of Sketchup.Read More…