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posted on Mar, 19 2013 @ 09:53 PM
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Did you get an Avatar Creations Groupon?


ETA: Just kidding, of course... you are sparking creativity.
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posted on Mar, 19 2013 @ 10:03 PM
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its not hard I think you use GIMP, not photoshop. So i can't help you with directions, but in photoshop cs3, here is what i do:

Gradient:

- insert layer, solid/gradient.
- set gradient to black, fading to clear
- the style should be radial
- use blending options to get it to the right fade

increase color/contrast tricks..all under the 'Image' -> 'Adjustments' menu

- Under Exposure, i increase exposure and gamma to where i want them
- under Match Color, i increase color brightness
- i may put in a clear layer, then use either pink, baby blue, or pastel yellow to paint with a soft brush at about 10% over the areas i want highlighting then i will use the blending options and blend the layer with color dodge, or sometimes color burn. Use opacity to fade to the desired level
- conversely, i use the same technique with outer glow and inner glow. Sometimes i use stroke with the same blending, too, to get a bright outline of vivid color. those image you see that have surreal bright colors....they use a technique like this
- when all else fails, try brightness/contrast
- if even that has failed, try using "filter"->"render"->"lighting effects". Turn the setting for metallic all the way up then adjust the other settings to get the desired result. You can always under what you do, and tinker to get it just right. But to turn up the "metallic", it helps reduce that haziness you sometimes have in an image.
- similarly, sometimes i use "filter"->"brush strokes"->"accented edges", then fine tune to help brighten up the image some.

All the above I learned through tinkering. I am sure there are other tips out there to help achieve a more vivid image.



posted on Mar, 19 2013 @ 10:05 PM
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hahahaha!!

Do I need a groupon?

~nat

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posted on Mar, 19 2013 @ 10:11 PM
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Whoa, whoa, whoa... now I know why I suck at artwork.

I can't even begin to comprehend that.


I'll read it again tomorrow to see if it makes any sense.
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ETA: I guess I need to buck up an buy a copy of Photoshop
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posted on Mar, 19 2013 @ 10:15 PM
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I am, for all intents and purposes, an accountant. Generally, the antithesis of "artistic".. I promise that you can do it. It is almost purely born of tinkering.



posted on Mar, 19 2013 @ 10:19 PM
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Originally posted by bigfatfurrytexan
reply to post by Zarniwoop
 


its not hard I think you use GIMP, not photoshop. So i can't help you with directions, but in photoshop cs3, here is what i do:

Gradient:

- insert layer, solid/gradient.
- set gradient to black, fading to clear
- the style should be radial
- use blending options to get it to the right fade

increase color/contrast tricks..all under the 'Image' -> 'Adjustments' menu

- Under Exposure, i increase exposure and gamma to where i want them
- under Match Color, i increase color brightness
- i may put in a clear layer, then use either pink, baby blue, or pastel yellow to paint with a soft brush at about 10% over the areas i want highlighting then i will use the blending options and blend the layer with color dodge, or sometimes color burn. Use opacity to fade to the desired level
- conversely, i use the same technique with outer glow and inner glow. Sometimes i use stroke with the same blending, too, to get a bright outline of vivid color. those image you see that have surreal bright colors....they use a technique like this
- when all else fails, try brightness/contrast
- if even that has failed, try using "filter"->"render"->"lighting effects". Turn the setting for metallic all the way up then adjust the other settings to get the desired result. You can always under what you do, and tinker to get it just right. But to turn up the "metallic", it helps reduce that haziness you sometimes have in an image.
- similarly, sometimes i use "filter"->"brush strokes"->"accented edges", then fine tune to help brighten up the image some.

All the above I learned through tinkering. I am sure there are other tips out there to help achieve a more vivid image.


That darn techno-garble does translate in something Gimpable. I too, must re-read several times.

I have doggie issues, so I am reading here but lack the time to contribute.

This thread is a hoot to read. Thanks guys, it helps to level my current load.



posted on Mar, 19 2013 @ 10:23 PM
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I am, for all intents and purposes, an accountant


I figured that out a long time ago based on your previous posts


I am extremely lazy, but I like puzzles and challenges... This is why I am here.


Oh... and -SAP- ... You forgot to clock out on your help desk assignment



posted on Mar, 19 2013 @ 10:36 PM
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I put the cover sheets on my TPS reports... Check it again.


-SAP-



posted on Mar, 19 2013 @ 10:43 PM
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I'm so sad to hear about Storm. (after many tears)

I am a doggie lover and I know what you are going through right now.



posted on Mar, 19 2013 @ 11:04 PM
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oh no....

i have dogs, too. Not pets, but family. Sasha sleeps with me and the wife (well...i work days, she works nights....sasha always sleeps. i swear she isn't dead, just sleeping). Lillie sleeps with the boy. Both are



posted on Mar, 20 2013 @ 12:03 AM
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started from this image:




posted on Mar, 20 2013 @ 12:10 AM
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The trunks look a bit out of place, but everything else is awesome.


You need to curve 'em up on the waist.

...and I'm pretty sure. judging by that original image, that poo was to be thrown in the immediate future.
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posted on Mar, 20 2013 @ 12:32 AM
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when a gorilla's gotta poo, a gorilla's gotta poo.



posted on Mar, 20 2013 @ 12:35 AM
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much better!!!


ETA I think after Carl's runs it's course, I may use this as my signature,,,


when a gorilla's gotta poo, a gorilla's gotta poo.
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posted on Mar, 20 2013 @ 09:48 AM
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sounds like we need an ad for a product called "Poo-B-Gone" or something.



posted on Mar, 20 2013 @ 10:10 AM
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Now would be a great time for someone to come along and change the subject


Avatar, anyone... anyone ???



posted on Mar, 20 2013 @ 08:17 PM
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well im always game for help..hehe..i did present my groupon in all...


i never know how big these pics are gonna turn out to be...


peace and love
~nat cat~



posted on Mar, 20 2013 @ 08:19 PM
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whoops..double post..
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posted on Mar, 21 2013 @ 12:09 AM
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Bored messing around. Throwing this one out there. As a template or a background




-SAP-
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posted on Mar, 21 2013 @ 12:17 AM
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For what its worth, the background image size is 180 pixels wide by 480 pixels tall. Typically, if you find an image that is at least 500 tall, it gives solid material to play with.

Just got home from work. Let me see what i can do.





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