1. Shlomi Fish
  2. shlomi-fish-homepage

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<latemp_subject "Shlomi Fish' Art - Back to my Homepage" />

<img src="../../images/bk2hp.png" alt="Back to my homepage" style="margin-bottom : 1.5em"/>
<p>
As you can see I wanted to create a logo not unlike the one used for the film
"Back to the Future" 
(See 
<a href="http://www.allposters.com/gallery.asp?aid=432999&amp;item=275693">the Film's poster</a>
for example, or <a href="http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&amp;lr=&amp;ie=UTF-8&amp;oe=UTF-8&amp;q=%22back+to+the+future%22&amp;btnG=Google+Search">search Google</a>)
only saying "Back to my Homepage" instead.
I also decided to use the cyan-to-blue gradient instead of the yellow-to-red 
which is used in the original logo, because I felt it was nicer to the eye in
this context.
</p>
<p>
The logo was created in the following steps using Corel-Draw:
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The letters of the plain message were placed in their appropriate 
positions and sizes.
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The Arrow to the right of the K was added.
</li>
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The entire model was merged, and then an envelope effect was added
in order to create the arc to the right.
</li>
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I applied perspective to the arrangement.
</li>
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It was then filled with a gradient.
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</ol>

<p>
Now for some details:
</p>
<p>
I used the font Futura XBlkIt BT for the letters (I think it ships 
with Corel-Draw, or at least version 4 of it.) Each of the three 
parts of the message: the "Back", the "to my" and the "homepage" had to be 
drawn in a different size so it will all fit together nicely.
</p>
<p>
<img src="plain.gif" style="border : 0" alt="Effect-less &quot;Back to my Homepage&quot;" />
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The arrow was first 
manually drawn using Corel-Draw's grid, but then it was adjusted 
to the K using the program's node and line editting facility. A lot
of black labour, but then again, I'm not a very experienced art designer.
</p>
<p>
Merging the model involved grouping it, and from then on Corel-Draw knew how
to apply the various effects on it as if it were a real object.
</p>
<p>
After the arrangement was complete, I used the envelope effect to make the
right and left border-lines into right-adjusted arcs. The final step was 
applying a perspective to it.
</p>
<p>
Afterwards, all I had to do was to fill it with a horizontal gradient and 
add a silverish border. The gradient involved going from blue at the top 
to cyan at the middle and then to blue again at the bottom. 
</p>
<p>
Unfortunately, I couldn't apply the gradient when the image was in the 
non-effected state, and then see it shape with the perspective. (at least not
on Corel-Draw 4.0 which I used to create this piece.) That's one of the 
advantages of working with a bitmap graphics program such as 
<a href="http://www.gimp.org/">the GIMP</a>. But I doubt I could have applied
the envelope effect there with the same ease.
</p>
<p>
By pressing this link: <a href="bk2hp.cdr">bk2hp.cdr</a> you can download the 
Corel-Draw 4.0 source of this image. This image and its source are distributed
under the public domain, but please note that the font which I used is 
copyrighted.
</p>

<p>
The concept may also be copyrighted since it's a direct rip-off
of the "Back to the Future" one. I did not receive any angry threats from the producers'
lawyers yet, and I probably won't, but since I am not a lawyer, its legal status
in this regard is unclear to me, and may vary from location to location.
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