|2006-12-03, 12:34||Link #223|
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: event horizon
You not get it O.O tutorials for what purpose?..
Anyhow.. have you tried serching for vectoring tutorials in general.. or tutorials for Illustrator.. even if tools may differ basic concept and technique should be the same ^^
No tutorials on this page.. got-a fix that ^_^ hehe
|2006-12-04, 21:33||Link #225|
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Monterrey N.L. Mexico
|2006-12-05, 16:52||Link #226|
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: event horizon
@ Zakura Angel64
You could also just add some snow to any other font. ^^
Just create a new layer and give it inner shadow, make it somewhat soft and then with a soft brush paint snow aver the text like it would look if it fell from the sky.
Some Basic Tips & Tricks
I won't go too deep, I'll only mention some basic stuff that generally is missed by newbies.
Tip 1 - Your layout is organised in pallets and all your visible pallets are placed in a window. You have 5 options.
Spoiler for Example Layout:
//Note - Please use the default layout for the tutorials here ^^
Tip 2 - To work more freely go into full-screen mode.. and get used to working like that..
Usefull things to know..
Tip 3 - Removing a Character From a pic
Basic Rule: If it takes more then 90 seconds to remove a charcter from a pic (regardless of the complexity of the background or color diffrences) then you are doing it fukin' wrong!!!
Fastest method to remove a charcter is to use the Magic Wand.
Some things that nubies miss:[list=1]A very very important setting for the wand tool is Tolarence, many will just start using the wand too find that it at some point selects too much or too little and then abandon it and go for a more complicated time consumining method. So set low tolerence if you start selecting too much, set high tolarence if your selecting too little.
Also remember to add a 1px to 2px (max) feather to your selection. By doing this you are adding nice little transparency to black gradient, allowing the image to blend perfectly within it's new space, and you are also fixing any posible lighting-generated-error along the way. (for example contrast between super-thik/thin lines etcetera)
Tip 4 - Stamping..
The basic tool for stamping is probably the Clone-Stamp-Tool. But please don't use this if your facing a lighting problem.
So what to use.. the answer is the Healing Brush Tool, don't think of the name, this tool is basicly an Adv. Clone-Stamo tool. It essentially will copy texture and not pixels.. and will also blend them on the spot. Remember that if you come close to edges it will blur them. You can fix them with the Patch-Tool (also the best choise for mass pixel Clone-Stamping..)
Tip 5 - The Diffrence Between Fill and Transparency
Well some people actually don't know..
The diffrence is that Fill affect only the object, so if you have a red circle with a shadow (as a special effect), then if you lower the transparency the circle and shadow start becoming transparency, but if you lower the fill then only the red circle will become more transparent..
Tip 6 - Chanells..
A simple thing that sounds complicated.. I'll just explain it from a down to earth POV
A channel is a very simple thing.. it's basicly a blue-print for intensity (that looks like a Black and White image).. If you open you channel pallet you should see 4 chanells.. they each are a image in blackand white where black means more of that color and white means less. An alpha channel is just a lil diffrent. it's a channel for visibility where black is opac and white invisible.
When you make selections you are making Channels ;)
Same of a layer mask, it's just a alpha chanel..
Now channels are all tech and scifi for the computer but you should just think of them as a black and white image..
So for example lets say you want you pic to go to completly transparent on one side.. simple.. first you create a new alpha channel (so just click the mask tool), now make sure you alpha channel is selected and not your image, it's a lil tricky since it may be hard to imagine it's there.. click on the thumb-nail next to the layer-thumb-nail just to make sure.. now reset your colors to black and white.. and select the gradient tool (it's under the bucket tool). Now, from the edge draw a liniar white to black liniar gradiant.. all done.. ^^
Tip 7 - Warping..
Some people don't notice this option..
Go into Free Transoft Mode using Ctrl+T (or via Edit), now in your tool settings on the right next ot the pallet well you should see a little button called 'Switch between free transofrm and warp mode' click it.. now you may twist or reshape your image as you please, note that you can also modify the vector points as well as add new ones..
Tip 8 - Vanishing Points..
A very powerfull and simple tool.. (oh it's located in the fillter menu btw :P no idea why)
The Vanishing Point tool is basicly a stamping brushing tool.. now you might be wondering what's so special about it.. ^^
Well lets say you have piece of road.. and you want to use the clone stamp to meke it look like it's really long and heading to the horizon... the basic problem you would face is perspective..
What vanishing point allows you to do is set a grid representing basicly the view plane field.. so for our road we first would take the Create Plane tool and draw a square on the ground.. now remember your not drawing a square.. on your monitor it should be a square, more like a trapeaze, but if your were looking at a picture then that would look to you like 'a square on the ground' ^__^.
Now when you clone stamp (for example) the roud will get tighter as it heads to the horizon..
Tip 9 - The Anchor..
First.. how to turn an image.. if you move to the cursor next to a corner of an image you'll notice that it turns to a rounded arrow.. hold and move the mouse.. that's how you turn an image..
When you use the crop tool, for example, you'll notice that there's a little circle in the middle.. now what does that do..
That circle is called the anchor and it marks the center of the image.. for example lets suppose you move that little point to the left corner.. then when you try to turn the image you will notice that it the image turns around the corner..
That's what the anchor does it marks the center..
Tip 10 - Basic Shorcuts..
Some of the most important shorcuts in Photoshop are the Alt, Ctrl and Shift keys.. with these keys you can do lots of neet things..
For exmple if you hold down the Alt key and drag a layer down or up it will create a duplicate of that layer.. or if you hold down the shift key while draging a image into your canvas it will center it.. etcetera..
Other shorcuts you should know:
*getting lazzy tired..*
Ok I'll write some more next time
|2006-12-12, 15:34||Link #229|
I got a lot of smiles from people about my most recent signature. I personally love it more than some of my previous ones. Since we're more or less unanimous that this is truely amazing, I'll disclose the creation method (simply because I want to lol). Go ahead and mash and bash it as much as you like, of course. Everything could use a touch up - mild or serious - and mine's no exception.
Thanks, Kira_Naruto for pointing me to this wonderful thread. = O And thanks to jellybean and Lost for taking unnecessary steps to say "love love". lol
e_Utaware Sig 05.psd Creation Process
Drawing Program: Photoshop 7.0
Creation Time: A little more than 2 hours
Skill Level: Intermediate (You should have some basics skills such as drawing lines and creating layers)
(for the first 3 images below, click on them for a larger version)
I took this wallpaper (one of the 134 Utawarerumono wallpapers I have):
It was looking a tad dull, so I went to Image > Adjustments > Levels... Those who don't know what this is, this is where you can get the whites to look white and the blacks to look black. All my photoshoping goes through this as step 1. I adjusted the left and right sliders so that the background around their faces had a white RGB (255, 255, 255).
Nice, clean image. Now it's time to create the frame. Go to File > New and enter a width of 500 pixels and height of 120 pixels (the limit for AnimeSuki forums when you want text above or below it). Contents should be Transparent. Press "OK" to generate your frame.
Hit CTRL+R to get the ruler function activated. Make sure it's on pixels for precise accuracy. If not, right click on the ruler and select "pixels". Now, select the Move Tool (important! Must be the Move Tool) and click and hold on one of the rulers to generate a line. This is a reference line when you want to make specific boundries (or points via multiple lines) for future drawing. Drag the line to the center of the frame. Then do the same on the other corner so it should look like a cross intesecting at the center (zoom in if you have to).
With the layer provided, I drew two black lines 5 pixels in weight at the top and bottom of the frame. I call this my signature border since nobody else does it. Plus, I like the movie-esque feel.
Go to View > Snap. Create a new layer. Draw another black line from upper left to bottom right while holding the Shift key in this new layer. This will guarantee that the line is on a 45 degree incline. Once done, move the line to the center of the frame. It will snap in place to where you had the ruler lines intersecting.
Create another new layer and move it behind the other two. Fill it with white.
At this point, go ahead and remove the blue ruler lines by dragging them back to the ruler itself (note this can only be done via the Move Tool). After pulling the cropped wallpaper into my signature frame, I aligned Aruruu to best fit the space on the left (make sure this layer is behind the black lines but in front of the white background).
Create a copy of this layer. Make one of them invisible and with the other layer, create a layer mask. I never, EVER mess with the original image. All my character extractions (extracting them from backgrounds of established images) is done on the layer mask. That way I can erase and undo without harming the original image. Those who don't know, while you're on the layer mask, black erases, white restores. Gray tones will lessen the process. Using the brush/pencil tool, I wipe the area right of the diagonal line with black. This way, only Aruruu is present on the left.
Unlock the layer. If you need to adjust Aruruu's positioning in the frame some more, this will let you move her without moving the layer mask. If moving her get a little jerky, it's probably because the Snap feature is moving the image to the side of the frame. You can disable this feature by going to View > Snap again.
Go ahead and make visible the untouched copy of the layer. For Eruruu on the right, the provided image makes her head look way too big compared to Aruruu. I did Edit > Transform > Scale and shrank her down to best fit the proportions. Move her in place. Once that's done, create a layer mask and wipe away everything left of the diagonal black line. Again, unlock the mask and layer apart and move Eruruu again if you think she's not in the proper positioning.
We're not quite done yet. Something didn't look right to me at this stage. It took me a while to figure it out and finally I saw the problem. Only a sliver of Aruruu's hair is shown on Eruruu's side of the signature (it can't be helped). But there's a mass of Eruruu's hair and a bit of her ear on the left of Aruruu! It's slightly confusing, isn't it? So I had to get that out.
Go to Image > Canvas Size and increase the size of the frame temporarily by 50 pixels both ways extending top left.
This is where the artsy part comes in. With your brush tool, slowly wipe away Eruruu's hair off the canvas on the Aruruu layer mask. If you make a mistake, switch to white (by pressing 'X'), restore the mistakes, and re-erase. It's important to erase a little ways past the upper black line too, so make invisible the black lines layer if you gotta.
Click to enlarge.
Shrinking the canvas back to its original size (500x120), it was time to duplicate the shadows that's cast on Eruruu. On the Aruruu layer (not the layer mask), add a drop shadow. Apply these settings:
- RGB 195, 195, 173
- Optimacy 80%
- Angle 50 degrees (Use Global Light)
- Distance 12 pixels
- Spread 9%
- Size 5 pixels
That should properly mimic the shadows on Eruruu. If you didn't erase part of Eruruu's hair past the upper frame, the shadows of the unerased parts will be cast onto the frame and thus your shadows will look all wierd on the left. Add some nice text, and voila. My Christmas sig.
|2006-12-12, 22:14||Link #230|
Kira_Naruto, the ecchi
Join Date: Dec 2005
@ BC tips (EDIT: Since CG moved Zaris tutorial .. My reply got separated from BC post)
.. took me a couple of time going over .. but very good tips there .. Altho some, I feel, would translate better if you put screenshots.. for example, tip 10
btw, arrow keys .. nudging;
and if you have other tools selected, pressing and holding CTRL button gives you the select/move tool;
Pressing and holding Shift in marquee tool gives perfect square/circle marching ants ... Also in Transform/Resize mode (Alt + T ), pressing Shift will resize both Height and Width simultaneously ... Pressing Alt + SHIFT in Resize will resize both Height and Width while anchoring the pic at its anchor.
Last edited by KiNA; 2006-12-12 at 22:56. Reason: My reply got separated from BC post .. which I replied too =3
|2006-12-15, 06:37||Link #231|
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: event horizon
How to get this:
<?> Why increase the Canvas?
<!> You could eye-ball it right.. but that's very tricky and it's very easy to get fooled.. the general error that happens is that you make the transparency.. but because your not seing 0 fill as a comparison you don't notice that at the edge your sig isn't totaly transparent.. so when you load it on a page.. a little edge appears, where the fill goes from being a lil' transparent to totally transparent.. very ugly..
|2006-12-18, 06:22||Link #232|
Join Date: Jul 2006
Ahhh this is so confusing lol.
I can't even find the 'Black to Transparent' gradiant on mine ><.
Is it possible to make some screenshots?
It makes things alot less confusing... Especially for a newbie like me.
|2006-12-20, 12:42||Link #239|
~ You're dead ^__^* ~
ofc i was lazy to wipe off the hair on aruruu's side
|2006-12-20, 20:19||Link #240|
Join Date: Mar 2006
I dunno if this has been done yet. But this is for better quality images that have pixels that can be very noticeable.
Lets take this picture of Nerine for Shuffle!
See it is a bit blurry? And Don't mind the small size of it
Ok now I use the magic wand since this is just plain white background. I extracted the bg and this is what it looks like now
Ok now I duplicate the layer. Now I go to Filter-Noise-Median 5px
Now click Layer Style-Blending Options-Soft Light
You should then get this
See? it is alot better quality.
Now if there is still some nosey pixels, select the bottom layer and go Blur-Smart Blur- Any Radius and Threshold you want You just keep choosing what the Radius is, the Threshold then you want it high or low quality.
When you finish that go to Layers-Merge Visible
Also another tip I save my extracted backgrounds in PNG. format
Now for the final result
Mind You it is a bit messy
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