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Offline Midnight Fury

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Backgrounds and Photoshop effects?
« on: March 20, 2005, 09:40:18 pm »
I think I am crap at backgrounds. I can never seem to figure out how to place things. Any kind of tips on how to do better backgrounds is highly appreciately.

Also, another snag I've run into is that fact I have Photoshop, and I know it can do some really fantastic things. But... I have NO clue how to make it do all those groovy, eye catching effects. Like, glowing stuff, prettier, more realistic looking skies and clouds, ect. Can anybody give me tips or show me some tutorials about this kinda thing? Where did YOU learn to do those nifty things?
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« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2005, 01:54:56 am »
I would suggest playing with the available tools so that you are familiar with them all. Then find a few pictures of the effect you want. Then look at them really close and try to imagine what combination of tools could create that. Then do a lot more playing around.

As an example: I was looking for a way to make a concrete texture for a sidewalk. So I looked at a picture I took of a sidewalk. And after that came up with this method:
Fill with noise, add motion blur to make it streaked, add a little more noise to make it look gritty, then crop off the outer edges. That can make a decent looking sidewalk texture. Of course you'd have to dirty it up is you wanted to make it look real, but it can make a nice start.

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« Reply #3 on: March 21, 2005, 09:11:39 pm »
I'd rather not use photographs or pictures someone else drew for backgrounds. I like to make my own.

I kinda mess around with the program from time to time, but never seem to get too far. I did find a nice tutorial on how to do wood grain, which I haven't applied to anything in any of my own pictures yet, so I don't know how it's going to look.

I like those sparkly night skies some people do. But every time I try to do a sky, it always just looks so dull somehow...
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« Reply #4 on: May 07, 2005, 10:09:19 pm »
theres some good tutorals here and filtersclick           andclick
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« Reply #5 on: May 08, 2005, 12:23:33 am »
Always work in layers too - much easier to add/remove/change stuff, especially "oopsies" ':blush:'

You can think of backgrounds in four categories; light based (those neat glowing FX), texture based (like the sidewalk mentioned), color or shading based (most of the backgrounds used on the ctrl-alt-del cartoon) or photographic based (clouds, scenery).

Forget your drawing, the foreground for the moment and ask yourself *what* do you want the background to do? Do you want it to highlight, offset, difference, put your character in a time or place, etc?

Once that's outta the way, treat it like your drawing and make it do what you want it to, to represent and you're homefree! '<img'>