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Ape 9 : Dice!
Publisher: V Shane
by John M. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 08/22/2016 17:54:18

Unusable for my products. I should have given Kevin C's review more weight.



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[1 of 5 Stars!]
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Creator Reply:
Thank you for perspective. I am now reviewing this product to adapt and recreate for a more streamlined accessible use. Once done I will contact you with a free updated copy. ~ VShane
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Ape 9 : Dice!
Publisher: V Shane
by Kevin C. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 09/06/2008 18:05:41

Artistry is unquestioned but proportions are incorrect on several of the images ... for examples ... Both D4's actually imply a hidden 5th side as you can see 3 of the 4 sides at once ... Some of the D12's are skewed ... and d20 as well

The D10's are excellent

Overall not a bad purchase ... but the artist should work on proportioning / perspective



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[2 of 5 Stars!]
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Creator Reply:
its a common practice in illustration to skew perspective for the effect of a graphic, both in advertising and marketing. Has nothing to dowith "life" drawing and being accurate, if that were the case, one could just be suited to taking photos and cropping them. But thank you for your well intentioned review.
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Ape 9 : Dice!
Publisher: V Shane
by John W. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 02/12/2007 00:00:00

Exactly what it claims to be. What more can one ask for?<br><br> <b>LIKED</b>: States clearly what you'll receive in the product with no delusions of a more universally usable product. If you need images of dice, usually for incorporation into other images (such as shown in the product description), this is your ONE source to get high quality results unless you can make them yourself or pay far more to contract the image(s).<br><br><b>DISLIKED</b>: There theoretically could have been more, but with the ability to change colors and apply effects, this is really a nitpick.<br><br><b>QUALITY</b>: Very Good<br><br><b>VALUE</b>: Very Satisfied<br>



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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Ape 9 : Dice!
Publisher: V Shane
by Rob M. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 11/07/2005 00:00:00

Arcane Publisher?s Edition 9: Dice provides e-book publishers and others in need of dice graphics with a solid collection of polyhedral images. Images are included for d4, d6 (horizontal, tilted, and with pips), d8, d12 (angled and top view), and d20.

The images are provided in both color and grayscale versions, each in a .tif file format. Using a good bitmap editing program, you can change the color of the dice using the hue/saturation controls as is mentioned in the product description, giving you the full range of basic colors to feature. Speckled, marbled and other outr? dice colors would require some heavy filter action on your part to achieve. You can also rotate the images, though the numbers are fixed right side up. The dice are flat 2d images, thus you can?t change the facing to a different number without erasing the numbers and redoing them yourself. Most of the dice feature the highest number on the die on the graphic; one with a 1 showing on each would have been useful as well. Still they are pretty good quality images.

Overall the dice collection provides a ready to use, moderately customizable set of good quality dice graphics to drop into your PDF, webpage, or other document needing some dice graphics. At the price of $0.44 an image, the collection provides a good value. <br><br> <b>LIKED</b>: Images are crisp and adjusting color is easy.<br><br><b>DISLIKED</b>: More image versions with different numbers showing would have been useful. Extra D12 images where D10 or D20 would have been more useful. <br><br><b>QUALITY</b>: Acceptable<br><br><b>VALUE</b>: Satisfied<br>



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[3 of 5 Stars!]
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Ape 9 : Dice!
Publisher: V Shane
by Anthony R. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 11/03/2005 00:00:00

Ok. This is a bit of a different product. It?s dice. More specifically it?s pictures of dice. Of course, if you are a PDF publisher, you might want pictures of dice. And it?s a bit hard to find pictures of a d20 in the average clip art collection. This package is designed for you.

The package contains a zipped file with eighteen pictures of dice in the TIF file format. You get two versions (b&w and color) of a d4, d8, d10 and d20. You also get six versions of a d6, including versions with numbers and pips (which are somewhat humorously called ?pits?) and four versions of a d12.

Since the files are bitmaps, it should be simple to manipulate and color them in a program like Paint Shop Pro or Photoshop. The images have no backgrounds, which should also ease this process. The files range in size from an average of 150k for the b&w images to about 300k for the color images. On the downside, since these are bitmaps, they cannot be scaled as nicely as vector images.

If you are looking for pictures of gaming dice for your web page or PDF, the DICE! package should certainly fulfill your needs. The pictures are not of amazing quality or resolution, but they are serviceable. I can?t really complain about the price since the product seems to be aimed more at publishers than at end users. I would have liked to see vector versions included for increased scalability, but dice pictures for half a buck each isn?t a bad deal. <br><br><b>QUALITY</b>: Acceptable<br><br><b>VALUE</b>: Satisfied<br>



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[3 of 5 Stars!]
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Creator Reply:
Thank you for the review. I did want to point out that the dice average the size of 3" x 3" @ 300 dpi I can't imagine anyone making the dice bigger than this hence the non-EPS aspect of the dice, and scaling down smaller obviously isn't a resolution issue. So the Dice Are designated for Print, I know, I tested them out myself on my Printer.
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Ape 9 : Dice!
Publisher: V Shane
by Josh B. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 11/02/2005 00:00:00

I'll forgo my usual introduction to stock art collections, because while all those things apply here, this isn't your typical collection of images.

While I've never had much reason to look myself, I gather that publisher usable images of dice can be hard to find. I can only guess that this is because there doesn't tend to be much of a call for them; it's just not something you think about needing pictures for, particularly when there's more important things to think about - like what image to use for your new monster. Not that any of that really matters when you find yourself in need of pictures of dice, but can't find any.

The latest entry in V. Shane's Arcane Publishers Edition line aims to provide images of dice when you need them. It succeeds in this regard, providing you with several images of the most commonly used polyhedral dice. As advertised there are color versions of each, though when I checked the black & white version of the d8 it was a shaded grayscale image, and not just b&w lineart.

The colors were as easy to adjust as advertised. For a fun color effect try creating two layers. Desaturate the lower layer, and turn the saturation on the top layer all the way up. After that play with gausian blur and the upper layer's transparency.

There are some small issues with the images in this product. Because they're two-dimensional pictures, you can't flip them around to different numbers etc. Which probably isn't a huge deal in most cases. While it's easy enough to change the base color of a die, they're still just flat colors; no cool marbling, sparkles or other effects.

The final disappointment was with the overall selection. The d6 has three different versions. Which is understandable - it's probably the most commonly encountered die type. All the other dice get stuck with one color and grayscale image each; with the exception of the d12, which gets two views. While this might please S. John Ross and Pokethulhu enthusiasts everywhere, I find it a bit odd that it would get an extra image while more frequently used dice didn't.

Still, this is an excellent set, and seemingly much needed. At just over $.44 an image, if you need pictures of dice than you should give this set a try.<br><br> <b>LIKED</b>: A well-put together product that provides good quality images in what seems to be an under-represented category.<br><br><b>DISLIKED</b>: Like many three-dimensional objects done as illustrations, some of the images seem akward and a bit askew.<br><br><b>QUALITY</b>: Very Good<br><br><b>VALUE</b>: Very Satisfied<br>



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