Post by nullpointer on Sept 9, 2017 22:08:59 GMT -9
Here's my workflow for the Gallows Tree I posted for Halloween Wars.
First I did a rough sketch of the branches for the tree in Photoshop with my graphics tablet. Since this was just intended to be a rough sketch, I could have also prototyped the tree's appearance by drawing with the mouse before moving on -- a graphic tablet was not required equipment for this project. I knew I wanted to make the tree three-sided, so I made three different branch sections on separate layers, paint one over the next so I knew that the edges would pretty much line up.
Next I used the polygonal selection tool to re-make the tree with simpler straight lines that would be easier to cut. I suppose this ste could also be used to take the design into a vector format, but I was fine just sticking with what I had.
I found a public domain bark texture online and made it into a seamless repeating pattern (I can write a tutorial for this process if you're interested). I then tiled the texture over the tree and made a Layer Mask out of the tree outline I had.
Whenever I move from one phase of work to the next I try to copy what I have and the hide the old stuff while I continue on working with the duplicate layers. I use layer folders to make this quick and easy. For the tree I wanted some embellishment, but when I added a bevel to the half of a tree at a time (remember I made three different tree-halves) I would see the back side of the bevel running up the middle of the tree. To solve this I did something I do a lot when I want layer styles to be separate from the layer itself -- I duplicated the tree layer and added the styles I wanted and set the Layer Fill to 0% which hid the layer itself but left the layer style visible, plus I added on a big block to the side so that the back end of the bevel style would be away from the treetrunk and I could crop it off later when the layers got simplified. Also you'll notice that there is a green highlight as well as a tan highlight -- to do this I made the highlight on the bevel style green (and changed the blending mode to linear light or something), and then I added an Inner Shadow too, but I changed the color from black to light tan and the blending mode for that from darken to screen -- thus I was able to get two different highlights on the same layer.
I made a little ground tussock with some public domain grass texture and did the inner-shadow trick to add a highlight to that shape too.
I reordered the layers and merged the bark texture with the highlights (thus simplyfying the bevel and applying all layer masks in the process), and then added a drop shadow to the tree so it would cast a little shadow onto the grass. However, it also made a dropshadow on all the other edges too, and I had to still deal with that escaping bevel. So remember how I said to save your intermediate steps? I went back to the original shapes I first made for the straight lined tree shapes and converted those to layer masks which clipped off the unwanted shadows and bevel stuff, but I painted back in on the bottom part of the mask so the shadow would show up on the grass.
From there it was just a matter of adding some tabs, instructions, outlines, and folding guidelines. I make heavy use of Guides and snapping to easily make everything line up. Sometimes if I have guides in the right places I can slide around objects without holding SHIFT at all to keep things level. Another trick: To make a guide that goes right down the center of an object (or canvas), first make sure your rulers and snap are on, select the layer and hit CTRL+T or Edit>Free Transform to bring up the transform bounding box. Now, without doing any other actions, find the little "Bullseye" in the center of the bounding box that is usually the pivot for rotating, drag from your ruler to this bullseye and it should snap to it if your snapping is on, and you've now got a guide running perfectly through the middle of the object. This works to make a guide through the center of the canvas -- make a new layer and fill it with a color before performing the above steps and now you have center-lines on your canvas.
Let me know if you have questions about any of this process or if you want to know more tricks for improving your workflow in Photoshop (lots of these tricks can be reproduced in GIMP too).
Post by nullpointer on Sept 29, 2017 7:21:47 GMT -9
Ah man the end of this month has been crazy. I found some time to do a little more on the Bonelord, but I'm not sure i'll be able to finish the reverse side in time for the end of the Halloween Wars horde.
Vermin King: For Papercuts this year, I am just going to use things created since last Papercuts. Bessie for the model and Onager Longhauler for the kitbash. I was going to build 10 Downing St for a Bessie backdrop, but that ain't happening
Aug 23, 2019 4:16:26 GMT -9
Vermin King: I've decided I need to stop trying to get stuff back that I lost and get back to working on new stuff. Until work stuff gets caught up, I need to fight the rebuilding aspect.
Aug 23, 2019 4:13:09 GMT -9
okumarts: Let me know if you need anything VK.
Aug 22, 2019 18:07:28 GMT -9
Vermin King: My Doctor Who stuff is all gone... and couldn't get onto the company database for 4 1/2 hours today. Life has got to get better
Aug 22, 2019 9:56:14 GMT -9
Vermin King: It's been such a nightmare, I haven't been to OBS or your site yet. I just know they are gone
Aug 22, 2019 7:39:17 GMT -9
bravesirkevin: @vermin King, you should still be able to download the stuff you purchased from me again, if that helps. If you have any issues, just drop me a direct message and I'll send through whichever ones you can't download
Aug 21, 2019 18:28:51 GMT -9
Vermin King: And none of the Streetpaper Advent models were in there, and only seven of bravesirkevin's figures are in there, and none of my purchased ones... And the old Canon kid's models are still beyond reach
Aug 21, 2019 10:03:24 GMT -9
Vermin King: Oo, oo! I just saw the Olli Bizer models loading!
Aug 21, 2019 8:19:52 GMT -9
Vermin King: I feel less 'at a complete loss', now. I found a thumb drive of 'Papercraft'. Not sure how old it is, but it does have the Zio models, old Streetpaper, old Canon and HP models, etc. Now it is just an overwhelming loss
Aug 21, 2019 8:17:58 GMT -9
wyvern: VK: Now you also have the "joy" of the painfully slow shutdown and reboot every time (at least once a month) that Windows is made "better" by yet more unwanted clutter being downloaded to your system, plus a scatter of useless "desktop.ini" files.
Aug 20, 2019 6:08:48 GMT -9
Vermin King: After 3 1/2 hours of updating, I got this xxxxxxxx Win10 computer runnable. I'm really going to miss the ease of Win 7. Amazing all the stuff I did here that is just gone ... except for what I posted
Aug 19, 2019 18:38:15 GMT -9
squirmydad: I hope...lmk if you find something broken.
Aug 19, 2019 15:23:57 GMT -9
squirmydad: Onemonk.com fully functional once again!
Aug 19, 2019 15:23:39 GMT -9
cowboyleland: It looks like you guys are busy, but I would like to point out that the "Ghoul Design Tutorial." which would start to answer bobsomething 's question from Aug 10, is MIA (again)
Aug 13, 2019 6:13:32 GMT -9