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PostPosted: Sat Oct 20, 2007 1:00 pm   Post subject: Photoshop Help
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Okay, calling all artists at ARC. I'm horrible at art and even worse at Photoshop. I've just begun to delve into how to use it. Here's an example of what I did with one of my more recent icons. Let me know if I'm on the right track with this stuff.

First I screencapped my DVDs of Full Metal Panic and picked out a cap I liked:
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I needed to crop it down to 100x100 because I use my icons for livejournal and they only allow 100x100, so that's what they all are by default for me.

So I used Canvas Size to cut the image down to 359x359 square. Then used Image Size to shirink it down to 100x100:
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That cop car in the background is so small but like I said I only use 100x100 icons. So I kept thinking, how do I make that stand out without doing something overly dramatic? So I decided to remove the color from the sky and surrounding area except Sousuke and Kaname (two on the bike) and the cop car. I used Magic Wand to select the area I wanted to the desaturate.
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It's a little dark, so I like to use Curves to brighten it a bit.
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Now I wanted to add some texture to it without drowning it, like I always say. I see too much artwork where I feel like I have to squint just to make out what's going on it. But I do want some texture, so I use this to overlay it with Soft Light because that looked the best to me:
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And this is how it looks:
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Now, in my mind I can see the words 'Partners in Crime' because in the show they were running from the police because they were riding double. :P So, I know I don't have any brushes that say that, so I decide to do the words myself, which I mostly wind up doing anyway.
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So, after a little softening of the edges and checking for little mistakes, I save it as a PNG file.

How'd I do?


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The photoshop work looks good. I would suggest doing the resizing as the last step, though.
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Nice work. I think you did the right thing using text instead of brushes.
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cptnoremac wrote:
The photoshop work looks good. I would suggest doing the resizing as the last step, though.

You know what, you're right. It might help being more precise with the Magic Wand. Thanks cpt. ^_^

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Nice work. I think you did the right thing using text instead of brushes.

I'm so horrible sometimes with text. I see what I want to say but when I put it down it looks like crap. But yeah, I prefer to use my own text. ^_^ Thanks!

Lemme ask you this...you lay the text, but no matter what color you use you just can't see all the letters because of the background. How do you deal with that? I have tried several blending options but sometimes it just doesn't work with evereything. :?
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 12, 2007 12:23 am   Post subject:
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How do you make a line curl? I tried the stupid pen tool and it hates me. Swirl doesn't work, and shear doesn't curl it enough. Is there a secret way to do this I don't know about it?
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Use the free form pen tool, if you find it's not perfect you can drag points of the line until your happy with it.
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[s]Is that the only way? because the pen is evil. :([/s]

Nevermind, I figured it out. ^__^ Photoshop doesn;t do what I want. I needed to get Illustrator which I did and now I can make swirly stuff. Yay!
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