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Ive been using Photoshop for over a year now and I think you have made a really good start as those pictures look quite clean.
My only suggestion would be to not use the Render>Lighting Effects filter that you used on the first picture in that set. I usually only use this filter if I need to increase the highlights and midtones or to focus on a object.
Getting the right direction for the lighting is probly the most important thing. If you look at your picture and imagine it without the lighting effect, it would look like the light source is above it (one of the problems with creating effects with Gradients) so there really isnt much you can do with the lighting effects to make it better.
One way to get good variation in colour and lighting for this type of picture is to create a new layer and do a filter>render>clouds, then just change the blending modes and opacity settings to get the desired strength of highlight and shadow, then use the eraser to clean up the bits you dont want.
Throw in a couple of regular shape layers, simple pattern overlays and some brushstrokes and you should end up with something like this.
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I used photoshp for a while at school, but I'm not spending a gazillion pounds on the lisence. You could try edditing pics of minis a la Codex IG.
Never used Photoshop before; want to learn it badly.
Is it hard to learn/use???
"And whoever wants to be a creator in good and evil, must first be an annihilator and break values. Thus the highest evil belongs to the greatest goodness: but this is--being creative."
~ Friedrich Nietzsche ~
Recently got a copy of Photoshop CS (I think that is what its called anyway) which looks and acts a lot like Photoshop 5 - something i last used 4 years ago at Uni on my art course. Also got myself a graphics tablet (albeit a tiny A5 pad).
Depending what you are wanting to do, depends whether it is easy to use or not. As an art program you have everything you need, art brushes, air brushes, effects, lighting, tracing, image manipulation etc. The best way to learn it is experiment with it, the tutorials only teach you so much, after that it's trial and error and much referral to the help menu's!
I like the fact you can create original artworks in the classic style (substitute for pen/pencil/paint and paper) as well as creating photographic art works, which is what it was really created for.
Soon as i get broadband up and running at home, i will show you some of my experiments when i have completed them. (Got a project on the go at the moment which i can't show anyone, but the experiments that helped get that completed, i will post.)
If you want to use Photoshop properly, get a graphics pad though!
Atrocity - the blue swirly one is really cool! Going to have to work through some tutorials myself, to get a refresher in Photoshop!
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13th Co. didn't even know there were rules applying to how badass they could be.
... and Daemonhunters make it three - now just need a spare room to store it all!!!