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.
senkosmos: I'm a fan of every artist you mentioned, particularly Jeff Beck (Beck, Boggart & Appice being among my top 3 heavy blues albums, I'ts certainly a pity that Pandora is given you such a hard time to listen to Belew
Jun 12, 2021 8:02:20 GMT -9
Vermin King: I then did another search and started a new Adrian Belew station. It did have 'Artist Only', but the Thumbs Playlist would only go to eight songs. If I added a song, it deleted another. I think I now have it fixed. Didn't have that problem with others
Jun 11, 2021 14:41:41 GMT -9
Vermin King: Back to Pandora. I doubt that there are many Adrian Belew fans here, but on Pandora he is jinxed. I deleted the radio station since it did not offer 'Artist Only' mode, and the Adrian Belew Radio Thumbs Playlist never existed.
Jun 11, 2021 14:38:57 GMT -9
Vermin King: Rant over ... almost. I'm sure I will be back on this later
Jun 7, 2021 16:40:49 GMT -9
Vermin King: And Tom Petty is on every station, including Willie Nelson. I like Tom Petty's songs, but not to where I have collected his station, and he certainly doesn't fit on the Jeff Beck station.
Jun 7, 2021 16:39:44 GMT -9
Vermin King: And why does the David Bowie station play America and John Denver? Aargh
Jun 7, 2021 16:36:49 GMT -9
Vermin King: I totally do not understand Pandora any more. I changed phones and when I logged into Pandora, my stations were basically wiped clean. Adrian Belew used to have Adrian Belew, King Crimson, Zappa, etc. Now it has only played one true Adrian Belew song
Jun 7, 2021 16:35:46 GMT -9
squirmydad: Last year the schools did drive-thru graduations. No overtime, not authorized this year.
May 17, 2021 7:25:26 GMT -9
cowboyleland: Canada is up to 50% (eligible) vaccinated but we are still not reopening schools. My kid probably won't get a grad at all.
May 17, 2021 6:38:27 GMT -9
Vermin King: Oo, doggies! I hope you get overtime
May 17, 2021 4:22:28 GMT -9
squirmydad: I'm setting up staging and sound systems, running the grad, then striking and rolling to the next one. I'm pretty tired and still have one more week of these. An end of year concerts.
May 15, 2021 21:07:38 GMT -9
squirmydad: Returning to normal means that for me I'm working every graduation (x27) that the schools and programs are doing this spring, each graduation being on the schools site, sometimes 2 or 3 in the same day.
May 15, 2021 21:06:05 GMT -9
Vermin King: I guess returning to normal is causing things to be very quiet here lately
May 14, 2021 11:32:22 GMT -9
mproteau (Paper Realms): rag - the best thing to do is to pull the art out of the PDF and print straight from Silhouette Studio. That way you can ensure you have the registration marks you want, and the cutlines all line up. I have a video showing how to do this easily if needed.
Apr 30, 2021 5:14:39 GMT -9
cowboyleland: I thought they got rid of all their free accounts, but it looks like they re-thought that policy.
Apr 30, 2021 5:06:00 GMT -9
rag: mproteau - The plan is Worldworks' Titan Control. They have the cutfiles but the marks are in the old format - we'll see how it goes.
Apr 30, 2021 3:57:16 GMT -9
mproteau (Paper Realms): Oooh... I'm at 256 out of 1000 photos... so, I suppose at some point I'll fall over and look elsewhere... and have to fix up all my product listings! I'll use my space frugally.
Apr 30, 2021 3:46:35 GMT -9
mproteau (Paper Realms): I have all my photos on flickr, and have never paid anything...
Apr 30, 2021 3:45:37 GMT -9
Vermin King: I didn't realize Flickr accounts cost that much. Maybe I need to raid the Agence Eureka site and Esben Rasmussen photostream, too
Apr 29, 2021 12:52:47 GMT -9
cowboyleland: I think all the paper model stuff there can be found on this board anyway.
Apr 29, 2021 8:03:50 GMT -9