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Actionscript 3 – as3 | Rorschach mask (realtime animated inkblots)

actionscript 3, BitmapData, classes, fluids, fun, morphing, perlinNoise, simulation, threshold

Everybody knows about Rorschach inkblot tests, and they always charmed me… It’s like looking clouds and recognizing different shapes.

However I must admit the real turn on came after watching Watchmen the movie. Seeing those animated inkblots on the face of the character symbolically named Rorschach is something really fascinating. So here we are, after about an hour of coding fun this is what I came up with.

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Here after adding a cool persistence of the ink (call it motion blur if you like), and the face oval:

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How it’s made is quite simple:

- perlinNoise a bitmapData
- draw a circular gradient mask (I used a beginGradientFill on a Shape/Sprite)
- BitmapData.draw() the mask onto the perlinNoise bitmapData
- threshold
- (optional) a little blur to simulate antialias

Since a picture is worth a thousand words:

Click to see it moving

I’ve built a class to do this easily. Six parameters are optional to instance it:

public function Rorschach(w:uint=400, h:uint=400, mirror:Boolean=true, seed:uint=0, ovalClass:Class=null, ovalScale:Number=1, ovalYOffset:Number=0)

ovalClass is the (optional) reference to the class containing the face background.

So the usage is very simple, here an example:

import com.oaxoa.fx.Rorschach;
addChild(new Rorschach(300,300));
//addChild(new Rorschach(300,300,true,0,blankMaskImage, 1.2, -20));

Download Rorschach class for your experimentation pleasure.

All nice, but the aim of this simple experiment is seeing Rorschach animated face in action so here we go… we will be using this class in a practical example.

To simulate 3D volume and perspective we need flash CS4 (or any 3D engine):
we create a MovieClip which has the Rorschach class instanced and a rectangular solid background for composition reference in it. Then we set layer visibility to wireframe and add another instance to the stage, which is flipped horizontally.
Just position the two instances using 3D rotations and we are ready.

Just build et voilà!

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Rorschach’s Journal. October 12th, 1985. Dog Carcass in alley this morning, tire tread on burst stomach. This city is afraid of me. I have seen its true face. The streets are extended gutters and the gutters are full of blood and when the drains finally scab over, all the vermin will drown. The accumulated filth of all their sex and murder will foam up about their waists and all the whores and politicians will look up and shout ‘Save us!’ And I’ll look down, and whisper ‘no.’

The last (and D-E-F-I-N-I-T-I-V-E! :-D ) usage for this is apply it to a realtime webcam face detection algorithm. I used this originally created by Ohtsuka Masakazu and optimized by Mario Klingemann. The result is totally weird (don’t expect photoreal hollywood effect LOL) but it’s funny, even if the face detection algorithm is not perfectly smooth.

Have fun being the definitive comics anti-hero:

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Actionscript 3 – as3 Lightning / Thunderbolt / Electric discharge Class

actionscript 3, algorithms, BitmapData, classes, fun, Math, morphing, perlinNoise, simulation

Finally here we come!

Yup, sry for the delay, I’ve had a lot of work recently.

I have prepared three demos and a publishable (but far from perfect and not yet documented) class. The demos are FLA based… you can find the timeline code to assemble the demos at the bottom of the post. I’ll publish some documentation in the next days, so until then just look at the demos’ code to unserstand the basic of the class usage.

Download Lightning classes

Demo N°1:
This demo shows the two different behaviours the class can mimic: Electric discharge/beam or lightning. Drag the ball near or far to the coil to see different behaviors.

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Demo N°2:
This demos show the maxLength and maxLengthVary properties in action.
Bring the fingers near to the plug to have continuos electricity. Bringing the hand far from the plug lowers the discharge probability. Reaching the max distance simply disables it.

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Demo N°3:
This demo is a good reason for the publishing delay :P

A nice sandbox to play with (some of) the properties.
The class is recursive to create children so many properties have also a decay twin property which rule how the property is passed to children.
As instance if you set a childrenMaxCount = 6 to the main Lightning instance it will have a maximum of 6 direct children. Its children will have a childrenMaxCount value which depends on the main instance childrenMaxCount and childrenMaxCountDecay.
So if you set childrenMaxCount = 6 and childrenMaxCountDecay = .5 the children of the main instance will have childrenMaxCount = 3.
If you set childrenMaxCount = 6 and childrenMaxCountDecay = 0 the children of the main instance will have childrenMaxCount = 6 (no decay).

This value can be very useful to optimize the speed of execution cause smaller branches don’t need many children or many steps of detail.

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Ok, I’m too tired to write more. I’ll publish some documentation in the next days.
Feel free to ask everything question you can have in the comments, and as usual if you like this stuff scream it in the comments!

Demos’ code after the break. Waiting for your comments I will surf through the website of fatcow and see if they have any good hosting plans.

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My 25lines and tweetcoding contests entries (finally)

3D, actionscript 3, algorithms, BitmapData, competitions, fun, Math, morphing, perlinNoise, voxels

Hi there, back from an awesome week in Playa del Carmen Mexico… the most incredible vacation ever had. I’ll not post about this holiday (is or isn’t this a technical blog?). So in this last day before going back to work, I am here to post my 25lines contest and my four twittercoding entries. contest

Sadly is dying just after a couple of editions, I really enjoy this kind of stuff, but unfortunately after the first (december ’08) edition entries count started to diminish. I am the one who contributed in this premature departure as I entered only the first contest and then was to busy to work to contributing again.

However this was what I came with:

 * 25-Line ActionScript Contest Entry
 * Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy
 * of this software and associated documentation files (the "Software"), to deal
 * in the Software without restriction, including without limitation the rights
 * to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense, and/or sell
 * copies of the Software, and to permit persons to whom the Software is
 * furnished to do so, subject to the following conditions:
 * The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in
 * all copies or substantial portions of the Software.
 25 lines Voxel Landscape Engine by Pierluigi Pesenti

// 3 free lines! Alter the parameters of the following lines or remove them.
// Do not substitute other code for the three lines in this section
[SWF(width=512, height=400, backgroundColor=0x7ddafd, frameRate=31)]
stage.align = StageAlign.TOP_LEFT;
stage.scaleMode = StageScaleMode.NO_SCALE;
// 25 lines begins here!
var paletteMap:Array=[13209,13465,13722,14235,14492,14749,15262,15519,16032,16288,16545,17058,17315,17572,18085,18342,18855,19111,19368,19881,20138,20395,20908,21165,21678,21934,22191,22704,22961,23218,23731,23988,24501,24757,25014,25527,25784,26041,26554,26811,27324,27580,27837,28350,28607,28864,29377,29634,30147,30403,30660,31173,31430,31687,32200,32457,32970,33226,33483,33996,34253,34510,35023,35280,35793,36049,36306,36819,37076,37333,37846,38103,38616,38872,39129,39642,39899,40156,40669,40926,106975,3322853,6604267,9820402,13101816,16383487,16119793,15856100,15658199,15394506,15196605,14671798,14212528,13753258,13293987,12834973,12375703,11916433,11457162,10997892,10538878,10014072,9554801,9095531,8636261,8177247,7717976,7258706,6799436,6340165,5881151,5356345,4897075,4437804,3978534,3519520,3060250,2600979,2141709,1682439,1223425,1223169,1288706,1353987,1419524,1484804,1550341,1615878,1681159,1746695,1811976,1877513,1943050,2008330,2073867,2139148,2204685,2269965,2335502,2401039,2466320,2531856,2597137,2662674,2728211,2793491,2859028,2924309,2989846,3055126,3120663,3120664,3185945,3251481,3316762,3382299,3447836,3513116,3578653,3643934,3709471,3774751,3840288,3905825,3971106,4036642,4101923,4167460,4232997,4298277,4363814,4429095,4494632,4559912,4625449,4690986,4756267,4821803,4887084,4952621,5018158,5214768,5411635,5608501,5805112,6001979,6198845,6460992,6657858,6854725,7051592,7248202,7445069,7641935,7904082,8100949,8297815,8494426,8691292,8888159,9150562,9347172,9544039,9740905,9937516,10134383,10331249,10593396,10790262,10987129,11183996,11380606,11577473,11774339,12036486,12233353,12430219,12626830,12823696,13020563,13282966,13349274,13415583,13481892,13613736,13680045,13746354,13812663,13944763,14011072,14077381,14143690,14275534,14341843,14408152,14540253,14540253,14540253,14540253,14540253,14540253,14540253,14540253,14540253,14540253,14540253,14540253,14540253,14540253,14540253,14540253,14540253,14540253,14540253,14540253,14540253];
var offs:Array=[new Point(0,0),new Point(0,0),new Point(0,0),new Point(0,0)];
var bdHeight:BitmapData=new BitmapData(256*2,256,false);
var bdColor:BitmapData=new BitmapData(256*2,256,false);
var bdNoise:BitmapData=new BitmapData(256*2,256,false);
var bdOutput:BitmapData=new BitmapData(256, 256, false);
addChild(new Bitmap(bdOutput));
addEventListener(Event.ENTER_FRAME, function(event:Event):void {
	bdHeight.perlinNoise(150, 150, 3, 5, false, true, 7, true, offs);
	bdColor.copyPixels(bdHeight, bdHeight.rect, new Point(0,0),bdHeight);
	bdHeight.threshold(bdHeight, bdHeight.rect, new Point(0,0), "<", 0xff555555, 0xff555555);
	bdNoise.perlinNoise(5, 5, 1, 5, false, true, 7, true, offs);
	bdColor.paletteMap(bdColor, bdColor.rect, new Point(), paletteMap, [], []);
	bdColor.draw(bdNoise, null, new ColorTransform(1,1,1,.2), BlendMode.OVERLAY);
	bdOutput.fillRect(bdOutput.rect, 0x7ddafd);
	for (var i:int=0; i<256; i++) {
		for (var j:int=0; j<256*2; j++) {
			for (var k:int=0; k<3; k++) {
				if (bdOutput.getPixel(256/2+(j-256)*(120/(120+i)),50+((-bdHeight.getPixel(j,i)/(0xffffff/125)+200)*(120/(120+i)))+k)==0x7ddafd) {
					bdOutput.setPixel(256/2+(j-256)*(120/(120+i)),50+(((-bdHeight.getPixel(j,i)/(0xffffff/125)+200)*(120/(120+i)))+k), bdColor.getPixel(j, i));
				} else {
// 25 lines ends here!

Which renders like this:

Yeah, yeah, know what u thinking: "He repacked the same old stuff of previous "voxels landscape" posts in 25 lines and submit to the contest! Booo".
You're right, but compacting that code in 25 lines was not that easy, and most of all this has dinamically generated map and not bitmap based like the voxels landscape post... lakes are rendered flat on the surface but still has depth gradients, there's a noise filter on the surface to mimic lesser hue variations and the loss of speed compared to the "unpacked" version is visible but not drastical.


See the winners, runners-up and mentions here.

After preparing four tweetcoding entries (140 chars only) going back to 25 lines of code would feel like absolute freedom. 140 chars is less than a sms, and as3 is quite verbose for some things. Thankfully the other 140 chars of (common) gimmick code made this contest possible.

The gimmick code:

function f(e){
// paste your 140 chars here

Alien lifeform

Mouse interactive, move mouse left/right to change the shape.
Big part of the code used to cycle colors, if you wait some minutes you will see cycling all the rgb colors. Some shape displays really fun colors pattern.

a=mouseX;x=y=200;i+=.01;g.clear();for(c=600;c--;) {g.beginFill(c*i);d=m.sqrt(m.abs(s(i)*600-c))*8;g.drawCircle(s(1.6-c*a)*d,s(c*a)*d,c/50);}

Rotating black & white alien lifeform (variation)

Mouse interactive, move mouse left/right to change the shape.
Sacrified the color cycling and implemented a simple 3d spinning. All the color fill is black, with a single beginFill to display the NAND effect very trendy in this contest because very cheap.

This got a notable mention... ;-) thank you guys. However the first version with color cycling has been more challenging for me and is still my favorite.

a=mouseX/999;x=y=200;i+=.01;g.clear();g.beginFill(0);for(c=500;c--;) {d=m.sqrt(m.abs(s(i)*500-c))*8;g.drawCircle(s(i-c*a)*d,s(c*a)*d,c/50);}

Oh no! My f****** horn!

Not interactive. Just look at it if you like.
Not much to say here, just a credit to the movie "Tenacious D and the Pick of Destiny" for the title and inspiration.

i+=4;if(i<220) {m=addChild(new Sprite);m.rotationX=i*2;;k.lineStyle(1);k.drawCircle(0,i,i/2);x=y=i;}rotationY+=2;rotationX+=.9

Numeric sequence spiral

Not interactive.
Ok, ok, the sequence sucks (multiples of 8 are displayed). Wanted to have a Fibonacci one but too much code needed for the sequence to leave some spare char for the spiral. Number are interval created and the place to form a 3D spiral which is sine spinning slowly.
Totally lame here cause numbers are continuosly created and never removed, so after a minute or so, better you close the window before looking at your CPU freezing ;-)

if(i%8==0) {t=addChild(new TextField);t.text=i;t.x=s(i/30)*i/4;t.y=s(1.6-i/30)*i/4;t.z=i/2;}rotationY=s(i++/99)*150;x=y=200

Don't forget to leave a comment if you find this code and examples someway useful.

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Actionscript 3 – PixelMorphing Class (now with source code)

actionscript 3, advanced image editing, algorithms, BitmapData, classes, fun, morphing, Particles

Updated on 04/27/2009: Class with some improvements to skip transparent pixels. The two images should however share the same amount (or similar) of visible pixels.
Lot of space for improvements here, if someone want to contribute very appreciated.

Ok, lot of time passed since I posted my PixelMorphing class experiment.
Seemed to me that post passed quite unobserved but then I received a lot of feedback and e-mail asking to share the source code.

Well, the first time I wanted to speed up posting and do further experimentation/optimization so I din’t prepare the source but since the main believe of this blog is that if someone ask for code I release it, here we are. Optimization still not done… I am a lazy one, so if someone want to help improve it is really welcome.

Now the steps to play with it:

  1. Download the PixelMorphing class
  2. Use it with this code:
import com.oaxoa.fx.PixelMorphing;
var pm:PixelMorphing=new PixelMorphing(pic1, pic2, 200);


or certainly you can place some buttons or some combo and wait for some event for it to start or reset. The main code of the previous post is this:

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Actionscript 3 – Fun with isometrics (part 1)

actionscript 3, fun, morphing, simulation

Hi there,

I was just wandering around on some flash blogs when I found this post on bit-101 that reminded me of an old fetish of mine: isometric representations!

So I just wrote this demo… The best result is achived when staring at it for a couple of minutes cause it changes conformation very quickly and displays a lot of different patterns.

No source code here, just a quick post after a while, but I wil be on the subject again (with source code).

View sample #1View sample #2

Leave a comment if you like it. Cheers

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