28 July 2016
Now I've finished writing Cool Scratch Projects in Easy Steps, I'm going to start uploading the examples and supporting content as we approach publication. By publication day, you will be able to find the projects in the official Cool Scratch Projects in Easy Steps studio on the Scratch website. I hope that you'll agree that the projects in this book bring something fresh and exciting that you won't have seen somewhere else, and that they can live up to the label of being 'cool'.
The projects won't necessarily be shared in the order they appear in the book, but I thought I'd start with the first one. Magic Mirror is a new spin on the 'cat going for a walk' project which starts many tutorials, including my previous book Scratch Programming in Easy Steps. In Magic Mirror, you move the cat using the left and right arrow keys, with the up key to jump. When you walk in front of the Magic Mirror, you see your reflection. Jumping into the buttons changes the mirror's settings, with different distorted reflections available. It's like a fairground's hall of mirrors, reimagined. This is a fun short project that shows you how to use graphic effects and layers, and introduces some ideas that are used in the more advanced projects later in the book.
Cool Scratch Projects in Easy Steps is available for pre-order now and will be released 31st August. Amazon's pre-order guarantee means that you will pay the lowest price they offer until the publication date if you pre-order now. If you have any questions, feel free to ask in the comments below, although we're saving a surprise for a bit later on so I might not be able to answer everything...
The project is embedded below: