Opartica II TUNNEL the online op art making tool where you create and fly through 3D optical art has launched on the Dan Zen site!
Please check out the Opartica Facebook page for postings and discussion. “Likes” are greatly appreciated!
Opartica II makes use of HummingBird the open source Parallax code for Flash written by Inventor, Dan Zen, and part of the Flash Feathers series of advanced interfaces.
Opartica II lets you create a wide variety of op art in two basic formats, tiled with rows and columns and radial with segments. There are a variety of shapes including free form curves. Layers, backgrounds, distances between layers and a unique fill mode and more can be controlled from the left hand panel.
You can save works (Tunnels) with the right hand panel. You can automate a slide show through your Tunnels and animate in 3D at various speed settings. There is an import and export feature to share and save Tunnels.
The original Opartica was launched in 2005 and has received over 200,000 views. It is still available at the bottom of the Opartica site.
Dan Zen used the current Opartica was used to create hundreds of Op Art holiday cards which can be viewed on Flickr at http://www.flickr.com/photos/danzen/sets/72157625558618858/ the collection – perhaps one of the largest collection of hand made Op Art, shows the diversity available in Opartica. Please have fun exploring!