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19 Mar 2010   #581
Arc

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by D3ftOn3Z View Post
A simple wall i just made.
Thanks D3ftOn3Z.
Nice as always. Will you please comment something on the wallpaper just the posts prior to yours, Its my first




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19 Mar 2010   #582
PooMan UK

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Arc View Post
Will you please comment something on the wallpaper just the posts prior to yours, Its my first

Arc pal, am I right in saying that your using GIMP to do your artwork ?

Whilst your work is coming on in leaps and bounds and you're really starting to get to grips with graphics, most of your stuff is getting better each time I see it, but one thing to keep in mind is layers (pile them on) it gives more depth to the whole image and also allows you to play with your concepts.

Your wallpaper is really good but views a bit flat .... layers will allow you to create/experiment with different effects to create a more "floating/blended/subtle feeling overall"

Its amazing what a "drop shadow / glow / blur etc." can do to to bring most artwork to life and give it the impact that it requires.

But keep up the good work .. you are really staring to shine
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19 Mar 2010   #583
Arc

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by PooMan UK View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Arc View Post
Will you please comment something on the wallpaper just the posts prior to yours, Its my first
Arc pal, am I right in saying that your using GIMP to do your artwork ?

Whilst your work is coming on in leaps and bounds and you're really starting to get to grips with graphics, most of your stuff is getting better each time I see it, but one thing to keep in mind is layers (pile them on) it gives more depth to the whole image and also allows you to play with your concepts.

Your wallpaper is really good but views a bit flat .... layers will allow you to create/experiment with different effects to create a more "floating/blended/subtle feeling overall"

Its amazing what a "drop shadow / glow / blur etc." can do to to bring most artwork to life and give it the impact that it requires.

But keep up the good work .. you are really staring to shine
Yes friend. I tried gimp that time. Thanks for your valuable comments. I will keep those in mind for the next times .... I will try to make the next thing better
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19 Mar 2010   #584
Prisoner

Windows 8 Pro 64-bit
 
 

(Warning: Long Post.)
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by PooMan UK View Post
Its amazing what a "drop shadow / glow / blur etc." can do to to bring most artwork to life and give it the impact that it requires.

But keep up the good work .. you are really staring to shine
(This is directed to Arc, but using PooMan's quote. He has it nailed)

You seem to know a bit about layers, but here's some things to think on. Layers are one of the most basic things a person using advanced graphics software uses. The image is organized to each part of it, which can then be tweaked and adjusted based on how it looks best with the rest of it.

Take for example, this image.
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While this image was made with a simple camera trick and converting the colors to Grey-scale, let's imagine that it was made entirely in Gimp, with the Mac in the background on one layer and the iPod Shuffle on another layer.

With layers, you can use it to only affect the image that is on that layer, so, in this case, our artist used Gaussian Blur on that layer. It did not affect the Shuffle, and it gives it perspective and depth, and also focuses the viewer's attention to the Shuffle at first, then they begin looking at the rest of the image and see the theme of it (for this picture, Apple). Get it?
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If you are indeed using Gimp, here are two handy tools to have that involve layers.

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1. This is the transparency setting. I use this to simulate something far away (like in my Arcane wallpaper. The large glyph in the background is dimmed, which gives a slight impression that it is far away)

2. This is an AWESOME tool for making some cool effects. Using it, you can use layers with simple colors or other things to effect how the layers below it look. Like this:
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You can see, I made a bunch of circles, added a second layer, made a gradient on it, and then set the option described in #2 to Overlay, which produced the effect in the third picture. Try it out yourself!

As for rotating brushes, I have no idea. Layering might be the way to go for that one.

Good luck on your works!


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19 Mar 2010   #585
PooMan UK

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

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Good luck on your works!
Prisoner pal I'm all rep'd out at the moment but I'm sure that many others wil give you a few +'s on your well explained and easy to follow guide. Very nice work.

I don't want to drag this on, but I did a few quick renditions (very quick) just to explain how easy it is to work with new layers. I've used Archies artwork and just 5 different layers to show how you can dramatically/subtly change an image ... hope this helps


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19 Mar 2010   #586
D3ftOn3Z

Win 7 Ultimate SP1 x64
 
 

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by D3ftOn3Z View Post
A simple wall i just made.
Thanks D3ftOn3Z.
Nice as always. Will you please comment something on the wallpaper just the posts prior to yours, Its my first
Sure Arc. Your wall looks great buddy. There's still room for improvement. Keep em coming my friend.
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20 Mar 2010   #587
Arc

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Just made a new one... actually edited a vista bliss style wallpaper I downloaded a few year earlier. Hope the original creator (sorry, I forgot where from I downloaded it ) will not mind


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20 Mar 2010   #588
Prisoner

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That's awesome! Keep it up man, you've got it!
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20 Mar 2010   #589
Arc

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That's awesome! Keep it up man, you've got it!
Trying to improve myself
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20 Mar 2010   #590
PooMan UK

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

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That's awesome! Keep it up man, you've got it!
Trying to improve myself
Very nice Arc ... you're really getting the hang of it now
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