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BlitzburghRockCity
12-16-2006, 07:01 PM
I just started playing around with photoshop today instead of using my usual PSP7...Ive been fumbling around with it for the last 90 minutes just trying to see what all the menu options do..

Here is the first attempt, Im mainly looking for your thoughts on Willie, as I used BR7's tutorial for cutting out players. I just used a generic background and basic font to see how the player looked against it. Thoughts onthe cutout job? I think I fubard on the right side of his helmet strap just a bit...

http://www.imageaddicts.net/uploads/Image2.jpg

BR7
12-16-2006, 07:08 PM
I think the helmet is good. It doesn't really stand out. I would probably just remove the rest of it, at the shoulder.

The triceps area though on both arms aren't 'curved.' Looks like they are too sharp, IMO.

When cutting, zoom in a ton.. 700% +
Helps when making curved parts. Space em closer together too, or if you want to get jiggy with it, once you click a point, hold it and drag to the next one to get a feel how you can 'curve' the line.

BlitzburghRockCity
12-16-2006, 07:12 PM
I zoomed in 700, but I couldnt get that curve thing down no matter how hard I tried. I get it on 1 curve, then I couldnt get it on the next :scratch:

SteelCityMan786
12-16-2006, 07:58 PM
Not bad man.

BlitzburghRockCity
12-16-2006, 08:02 PM
I think I need a break now, it's starting to **** me off :lol: I'll mess around with it more tomorrow.

SteelCityMan786
12-16-2006, 08:05 PM
Might help if your that ticked.

BlitzburghRockCity
12-16-2006, 08:10 PM
Not really mad, just alittle frustrated is all. I know PSP7 like the back of my hand so it just takes alittle longer than I'd like to learn PSD.

BlitzburghRockCity
12-16-2006, 11:26 PM
I think this one turned out alittle better with the cut. Again, dont worry about the font, I'll figure that out as I go. I love this blending of backgrounds, especially that "liquify" option, way cool...

http://www.imageaddicts.net/uploads/first_willie_sig_psd_copy.jpg

House of Steel
12-17-2006, 12:18 AM
I like that one above, Matt. Super Job!!! I don't care for the first one, BR-7 made a point around the triceps, not only that, the lighting on the helmet dims out the numbers. Especially the 3

BR7
12-17-2006, 04:28 AM
I think this one turned out alittle better with the cut. Again, dont worry about the font, I'll figure that out as I go. I love this blending of backgrounds, especially that "liquify" option, way cool...

http://www.imageaddicts.net/uploads/first_willie_sig_psd_copy.jpg

That cut is 100x better. Even the coloring is better.

Did you use the 'levels' to fix the colors on that one? Or did you get a better pic?

BlitzburghRockCity
12-17-2006, 10:09 AM
I used levels' to fix the color of the player, what a difference !!! I also made the cut out points alot closer together instead of stretching them out so that made it easier to work with the curves, thanks for the tips man !!

BR7
12-17-2006, 11:03 AM
I used levels' to fix the color of the player, what a difference !!! I also made the cut out points alot closer together instead of stretching them out so that made it easier to work with the curves, thanks for the tips man !!

$50 per tip :lol:

Yeah, I always use levels to fix the colors, to find the brightest and darkest points. I don't use the grey. Now you gotta learn the hue/saturation to get rid of colors that don't belong.

Steelx
12-17-2006, 11:08 AM
Man another designer going to be better than me. Nice work man

BlitzburghRockCity
12-17-2006, 11:26 AM
Man another designer going to be better than me. Nice work man

Not hardly :lol: Im not on yours or 7's level by any stretch

House of Steel
12-17-2006, 11:38 AM
Crap, I am not even on anyone's level in here, I still looking like a preschooler.

BlitzburghRockCity
12-17-2006, 11:39 AM
Everybody has to start somewhere, just takes practice and more practice.

BlitzburghRockCity
12-17-2006, 12:30 PM
Just made this camaro one... thoughts ?

http://www.imageaddicts.net/uploads/camaro_sig_copy2a.jpg

http://www.imageaddicts.net/uploads/camaro_sig_copy.jpg

Steelx
12-17-2006, 01:45 PM
Pretty nice can you incorporate the rear of the car with the camaro emblem and chevy emblem instead of just the emblem?

BlitzburghRockCity
12-17-2006, 01:48 PM
You mean on the other side of the sig? or in place of the front side already there?

BlitzburghRockCity
12-17-2006, 04:19 PM
I really like how this one turned out I think..

http://www.imageaddicts.net/uploads/porter_sig_3.jpg

http://www.imageaddicts.net/uploads/porter_sig_5a.jpg

Here's a version where Porter is alittle more bold..

http://www.imageaddicts.net/uploads/porter_sig_6.jpg

BlacknGold Bleeder
12-17-2006, 04:20 PM
Dude they all look good, but then again I'm just an observer !! :hail: You guys that are making them are just too picky!!

BlitzburghRockCity
12-17-2006, 04:25 PM
I guess that's what makes a good graphics person, you gotta be picky :lol: I fully expect BR7 to critique it, but I think it came out pretty well. I really went to down on the lighting effects and hues.

BlitzburghRockCity
12-18-2006, 12:37 AM
http://img170.imageshack.us/img170/7707/newwilliesigaz3.jpg

New one..

House of Steel
12-18-2006, 12:39 AM
DAMN MATT, how did you get the font to do that and the background? DAMN YOUR GOOD ANYMORE. That is absolutely the best work you've ever done so far.

BlitzburghRockCity
12-18-2006, 12:40 AM
Trust me it took me 30 minutes alone to get that font the way I wanted it ! Thanks bro, I think it's one of the best so far as well.

House of Steel
12-18-2006, 01:16 AM
I love that old school look on the font. Willie looks fantastic. That background is wickedly cool. I think your coming close to figuring out BR-7's secret to his magical work.

BlitzburghRockCity
12-18-2006, 01:18 AM
Im taking every tip he gives me and running with it, he's really a fountain of information !

House of Steel
12-18-2006, 01:21 AM
I just wish I was as smart as you two and figure out what the heck I am doing wrong and right. I have no patience whatsoever half the darn time.

BlitzburghRockCity
12-18-2006, 01:21 AM
It pisses me off alot when Im trying to figure out something that I cant get just right and half to start over and over and over...

House of Steel
12-18-2006, 01:23 AM
I hear you. Boy do I ever. I would get so fustrated I flip the computer off and say, the hell with it.

BR7
12-18-2006, 02:38 AM
Im taking every tip he gives me and running with it, he's really a fountain of information !


lol.. I know probably at most 35% of what photoshop can do. So when you figure out the other 65%, I'll expect the same info! :hail:

BlitzburghRockCity
12-18-2006, 02:53 AM
Don't worry if I ever get half as good as you I'll share whatever I learn.

What do you think of this latest one I have... Wait, don't answer that, you'll shatter my confidence :lol:

BlitzburghRockCity
12-18-2006, 02:54 AM
another one.. just messing around..

http://img325.imageshack.us/img325/1254/hines2bf7.jpg

BR7
12-18-2006, 09:41 AM
Don't worry if I ever get half as good as you I'll share whatever I learn.

What do you think of this latest one I have... Wait, don't answer that, you'll shatter my confidence :lol:


I lost track of which is your latest, lol

In Willies, he blends in too much with the BG colors. The black parts of the BG anyways. And Hines doesn't blend enough.. does that make any sense? lol

Both cuts are great.

I like the font choice on Willies, Wards looks weird, like it doesn't fit, too big, I dunno. But neither one stand out... like they are under a layer or something. Mess with effects like drop shadows, bevels, etc for text... but don't let the font take the focus from the player (size). If you're gonna put the text on two lines, I'd move up line two.

Willies is by far better than Wards, IMO. Both are good and you are making great improvements. PS is a far superior prog than PSP, so it takes time to learn what it can do. Stick with it, you can definately see the improvements on every sig.

Hope I didn't sound too much like an ***, lol. I suck at criticizing others work cause I'm no graphic designer lol.

BlitzburghRockCity
12-18-2006, 09:55 AM
The ward one was just playing around with cuts and making sure Im still getting the right, and trying to learn what all the fonts do; I wasnt going for anything really spectacular with that one, just mainly praticing.

I thought the Willie one I was looking for the main idea to be that the player blend in just a tad with the background but standout overall through most of it.

And yes you do suck as a critic :nahnah:

BlitzburghRockCity
12-18-2006, 10:14 AM
ok here is the original version.

http://img170.imageshack.us/img170/7707/newwilliesigaz3.jpg

Here it is with more lighting effects..

http://img247.imageshack.us/img247/7273/newwilliesig2rl4.jpg

House of Steel
12-18-2006, 10:26 AM
I love that Hines Ward sig. You guys really make me look childish in my sigs.

BR7
12-18-2006, 01:07 PM
And yes you do suck as a critic :nahnah:


:bigfinger:

:bluelol:

BlitzburghRockCity
12-18-2006, 03:24 PM
My latest Ward one....

http://img299.imageshack.us/img299/2130/hinesnewya7.jpg

BR7
12-18-2006, 03:43 PM
Four pages of "First Photoshop Try" eh?

lol..

Someone is getting tons better at the grung look

BlitzburghRockCity
12-18-2006, 04:24 PM
LOL, yeah I really like the dark, kinda distorted, grunge thing :lol:

updated version.. http://pixpipeline.com/s/97e384e4cd56.jpg