Post by squirmydad on Sept 24, 2009 14:32:47 GMT -9
For boosting the color, it's exactly what I do, I boost the brightness by about 20, then the contrast by 10, this makes the colors pop, and the blacks are true black. These settings are just for my software, so your mileage will vary, but I usually boost contrast half as much as the brightness.
One thing you may do to give your figure you just color some dimension is to shade the far legs a lot more than normal. I shade mine really dark to give the figure a more 3D look. Since the figures are so small, you have to over exaggerate the shadows and highlights for them to be clear on the final printout. Sometimes we get fooled by working on such large images that we try to do subtle shading and highlights, but they get lost when shrunk down to and inch tall.
This is why I always recommended doing test prints, just to make sure the shading and highlights, and tonal differences show up. JIM
Post by anitangel on Sept 24, 2009 17:22:45 GMT -9
Magpiestear: An other eager daughter to play with turtles? The complete set is coming up. I find it easier to color these guys so it should be fairly fast I just get distracted.
Beau: It's the color wheel's job to decide what colors to use. I would have never dared to use purple with oranges. Especially because I for myself don't like the color combination. I've just tried my hand at it. Give everything a chance. I'm surprised that it didn't fail
Jabbro: You know you were the one pestering me about contrasts. I had a good teacher ;-) And I like your soft brushing! No need to wonder about the way I color, because on clothes for example your technique looks tons better. I cannot make soft brushing look decent.
Jim: Oh, I haven't read this advice from you with the darker further legs anywhere else before. Or I missed it, or forgot about it? I was used to more subtle shading too, it is hard to get yourself doing high-contrast when it is blown up. But it really pays off on paper. Thanks for the tip!
And the last turtle for today is not that daring, the color wheel wouldn't be happy with it:
Post by anitangel on Sept 26, 2009 10:42:42 GMT -9
Sirrob: Grignek is bigger than the rest of these turtles. He is short but wide. That is a 40 mm base under it. I hope that is big enough, it would just save you from working on him. I had to look up the term "mother of pearl" how sad. Iridescent effect wasn't in my mind when I was making it, but nevertheless it is pretty. Thank you!
Post by anitangel on Sept 27, 2009 17:14:54 GMT -9
DjLittle, Xtea: Thank you for the comments!
WaffleM: if I've made riders I'd have made the skeleturtle into a pack carrying animal, but Jabbro got outvoted. If I feel up to it I'll update the set with gnomes to ride it, but that is not in the near future. When I'm getting close to finish a set, I get sick of the theme. And need to do something else to not to burn out. I don't know how Jim pushes the townies set It is really quite amazing.
Turtle for today:
He is supposed to be magenta, blue, yellow Like on the color wheel. He is a bit funky looking, but I think he will make an okay paperfigure.
I like what you are going for in the Pike turtle. And the beveling looks good in the shell. But I don't think it and the texturing are quite right for the skin. I think it needs tweaked. Maybe less chisel and depth... something. Again my subjective crit.
Yesterday it was quite late and I've lost my senses or something. Funky turtle was bothering me, so I sat in front of it again to change how he looks. The result is here, please vote:
Dave: Turtles are pretty fast if they want to be, unfortunately you can't make them go fast if they don't want to. But even if they run they cannot gain the speed you are putting out your building sets with ;D
Floyd: I see what you mean with the skin, it looks too rough to me too. Hubby said when it is scaled down it will look smoother, and to give it more depth. I'll see it test printed, and follow the advice which suits the paper mini better (yours or jabbro's). I am glad you like the angels enough to print them ;-) and mithritoise.
Oh wow! The pike head turtle's erm.. I dunno its name in english so sorry I will write it in hungarian: teknője looks very awesome. xDD This sentence looks really strange. The 3D effect sooo great on it! I wote on the second version two.
Post by brynbrenainn on Sept 29, 2009 1:39:55 GMT -9
That Sea Turtle is awesome. It was worth all the work with the spots. My favorite of them all - IF I really must choose one...
The Charger Turtle: The shell looks great, I really like the texture on it. It looks grown, like the rings of a tree. You could try mute the green a little bit, and make the red a bit deeper (purple perhaps?). But I think you should try to keep it green in some way.
EDIT; I like the eye on the Sea Turtle, it makes him/her look old and wise. - And sad. This turtle got the most personality of them all, I think.
Post by anitangel on Sept 29, 2009 10:11:51 GMT -9
Thanks for the comments boys! Today I've made the charger turtle RBG color. I have chaned the base color on his shell to blue. I think it looks better now, and at least CMYK have someone to race with Thanks for the nudge from Jabbro, Beau and Bryn who has found the turtle's color out of space. Just like me.
Bryn I have kept the green on the skin, and the stripes on the shell. It looks better. I've finished pdf-ing the files, and it is on test print. It is going to be a free set, so you'll see the change is for the good. I'm lazy to get a photobucket load of it to show him just yet. I'm also surprised by the choice of your favorite
Floyd: You do great recolors yourself so thank you for the compliment. And you wouldn't believe that a photo of a cantaloupe was used for giving a texture to the steel jaw turtle and grignak. Do it yourself tricks
I've just noticed that the lighting is not that fixed on the skeletoise. Oh, well I'm not going to edit it.
bobrunnicles: There is going to be a payset this set was only for fun though, so you guys can enjoy it for free. werewolf: Yeah freebies are nice, but supporting an artist is nice too Xtea: Thanks sis!
wyvern: surfduke: You should be able to post links to any files or images already on a website somewhere by just adding the URL when you set-up a post using the full "Create Post" Forum post editor (i.e. NOT the "Quick Reply" version).
May 27, 2020 10:20:28 GMT -9
wyvern: I've found Photos loading the first image slowly every time I've switched on the computer in recent times. It's been OK after that, but seems like it can't quite remember how to do it just after it's been woken up...
May 27, 2020 10:17:36 GMT -9
surfduke: Do you want a preview pdf of the Jupiter 2 here? If so how do I post it.
May 27, 2020 0:39:56 GMT -9
Vermin King: That would explain why 'Photos' loaded slower this weekend. It was 'improved'
May 26, 2020 8:07:25 GMT -9
wyvern: It wasn't some fresh Windows "improvement" then... I noticed the icon for the MS image viewer, "Photos", changed a few days back as well. Doesn't seem to have changed the app, as far as I can tell. Yet.
May 26, 2020 4:26:25 GMT -9
lightning: Glad that only a restart was involved. I wouldn't have the energy to much more today :-)
May 26, 2020 3:01:39 GMT -9
Vermin King: I had a scare and a half. Went to open a pdf for the first time today and nothing happened. Checked All Programs and saw that Reader updated on 05/23. Restarting fixed it. Whew
May 25, 2020 10:56:44 GMT -9
Vermin King: His eyes must not be as old as mine
May 21, 2020 11:12:39 GMT -9
cowboyleland: I always thought Tirick was a little mad.
May 21, 2020 7:11:40 GMT -9
Vermin King: Really worn out tonight, so when I'm like that I just look for things I used to have, but don't any more. I got the Zippy models and am rebuilding my Tirick/TCF Gaming folder. How the heck would anyone build his 1/1000 Battletech mechs without enlarging
May 20, 2020 17:12:58 GMT -9
Toman: yea I have been. pretty cool project. I've done a few scratch builds like that but not as large. cutting individual stones or carving stones in foam sucks.
May 19, 2020 16:50:41 GMT -9
Vermin King: Anybody else following Mauther's home-made Playmobile castle build? Looks really good so far
May 18, 2020 18:13:38 GMT -9
cowboyleland: Good point. Maybe make the wing feathers seperately so that the wind could get through them?
May 14, 2020 6:10:23 GMT -9
squirmydad: We had two operators for the hawk though, one to carry the weight and the other to flap the wings.
May 13, 2020 11:02:25 GMT -9
squirmydad: Probably silk and dowels. I assisted in the construction of a giant hawk puppet for an indoor show, probably about the same size as that pegasus.
May 13, 2020 11:01:49 GMT -9
Vermin King: It's got to be really light. The article dealt with parade puppets. I don't think I'd want to be trying to control that in a stiff wind
May 13, 2020 4:21:20 GMT -9
lightning: that's a nice pegasus!
May 13, 2020 4:10:32 GMT -9
shep: Will it fly, if you move the wings fast enough?
May 13, 2020 1:10:51 GMT -9