Bottle Light Rig Freebie

To celebrate NAB, we’ve got a great little freebie for you to use however you’d like. The bottle light rig is something I drummed up one day after seeing some great bottle renders. Just drag, drop and hit render or go further to adjust the brightness, color, shadow, position and size of each light and softbox. Another handy element is the ability to adjust the light samples so you can get a rough idea of what your object will look like before increasing the light samples for a final polished render. By default Global Illumination is turned off and was not used in the images below. The rig is setup to render just fine without it, but feel free to rip it apart and go nuts.

Download the Light Rig

Along with the freebie download, you’ll find a discount code for 40% off SuperSweep. Enjoy!

Wine Bottle Light Rig
Whiskey Bottle Light Rig
Cluster Light Rig
Dragon Light Rig

This rig is free to use on any personal or commercial project. You do not have to give credit, but you may not under any circumstance resell the light rig.

SpaceSweep Preview

SuperSweep is all packaged up and ready to go, but I’m wrapping up a few more tutorials to really help you get the most out of the presets. While this tutorial covers the basics of working with SuperSweep_Text, it also dives into some great space effects and a little Mograph action as well. By the way, as a bonus for purchasing SuperSweep you’ll get all the scene files, both C4D and After Effects, used to create the tutorials! It’s almost there, and we’re really excited to share it with you. Keep checking back and we’ll be sure to let you know when it’s ready. Enjoy!

Super Sweep for Cinema 4D

Over the past few months I have been hard at work in my free time creating a great new tool for Cinema 4D. Super Sweep is the result of using a lot of sweep nurbs but always getting hung up animating all the details to make the sweeps work the way I wanted. Built entirely from preexisting tools in Cinema 4D, Super Sweep integrates seamlessly into your workflow to save you time and effort when working with sweep nurbs. Keep an eye out for the preview of the tool coming next week!

Create a Stamp Texture in Illustrator

In this tutorial I will be showing you how to add a distressed stamp texture to vector artwork in Adobe Illustrator.  This is a simple method that I use in my own work to achieve an effect that gives you uniform results with a very simple process.  I have created my own set of stamp texture actions for Illustrator which are based on different sizes of artwork that I commonly work with. The version that I am using is Creative Cloud so your settings and interface may vary depending on what version you are working with. Enjoy!

Source File: Vectors available at The Noun Project

A fresh start.

It’s been nearly one year since I started this adventure, redoing Biscuits & Davey, and I’m happy to say the end is near. After months of conceptualizing, designing, redesigning, contemplating, coding, recoding, failing and solving problems, the new look for Biscuits is finally done. Here is a bit of a rundown of why it had to happen.

Almost one year ago, I realized that the look of my blog was crap at best. It was too cluttered. I absolutely despised looking at it. It needed a change so I started to think about what the site was all about. In the end it wasn’t about any HTML5 tricks or cool icons, or even some ground breaking design. It was about the content. The content was not presented in a way that I thought was productive. That needed to change for the better.

This was the hard part. It started with stripping everything. What do you need? You need tutorials. What do you not need? Links, buttons, icons, pictures, pop-ups or any other distraction that would get in the way of you enjoying a tutorial. After multiple attempts and failures, what I was left with is a design that is very clean. Very minimal. Very organized. The structure is very simple but strong. The best part of it all, the content is the focus.

The Details
Content. From here on out, tutorials will be presented at 960×540 resolution. The same goes for images. Bigger is better when looking for those little details you might miss while watching a tutorial.
Conversation. You’ll see three buttons at the bottom of each post. Facebook, Twitter and Comments. These are here for you to discuss, complain, share or help solve the worlds problems. They are easy to find but don’t get in the way of you enjoying the tutorial. Comments on specific posts have also been improved to be easier to read, as well as easier to find my responses with comments marked by the new Biscuits & Davey logo.
Featured tutorials. As you scroll to the bottom of the page, you will see a nice little image that points to one of the more popular tutorials. These will be regularly updated to point you to fresh tuts you may or may not have seen in the past. Banners pointing to the same tutorials will also be seen throughout the blog and on individual posts. All to help find more tutorials.
Identity. The old logo wasn’t the best representation of what Biscuits & Davey was all about. It’s about learning and enjoying and engaging and… well &. It just makes sense. Nothing complicated, just a nice sexy ampersand that will lead you from one tutorial to the next.


A new member!
Biscuits & Davey is also excited to announce a new purveyor of tutorials, DJ Sherman, a graphic and web designer in Dallas, TX! You can see more of his personal work on Dribble and will have a new tutorial focused on Illustrator by the end of the week. I’m very excited to bring DJ Sherman on board to help broaden your learning experience. Everything you learn about Illustrator and Photoshop can be implemented in your designs and used in After Effects and Cinema 4D, so don’t miss out!

Finally, thank you to everyone out there that reads the blog and watches the tutorials. It’s great to have such a strong motion graphic and designer community and we only hope to become a better part of that community. We do this for you and would love to hear more from you about how we can make it better. Thanks for watching and as always, Enjoy!