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I was just about to paint my warboss when I thought to myself, man I'd like to pick the colors on each part of this guy and see how I could mix and match before I actually paint. I had recently been playing in GIMP (image editing program, such as photoshop, etc) and came to the realization that I should map out the surfaces of my model.
Basically the steps to creating this are simple.
1: Take a picture of your model from w/e position
2: Open your photo in your image editing program
3: Create a new layer (transparent) so that you can draw over your photo
4: Outline all the surfaces and lines of your model
Once all of your mapping is done you can make the original layer (the photo) invisible and check out your newly outlined image. You will be able to see where you've not connected some lines and then be able to fill them in.
With my picture, I had multiple layers due to having the arms and legs puttied to the torso. I wanted to make sure that everything meshed up, so I did a layer for the torso, each arm, and then the legs. Once I got done doing the outlining, I moved the items to their respective areas, and then cleaned up the overlap. I saved this file as an editable file, in case I later wanted to go back and mess with each of the layers. After making sure of that, I exported and saved the file as a jpg which flattened out all of the layers onto one page and then gave it a white background.
This is just a little time consuming, but I think it would definitely pay off if you're trying to get that perfect color scheme. I hope you all enjoy this, and I hope it helps. If anyone has any questions or improvements on what I did, please don't hesitate to comment!
Last edited by f8t4l3rr0r; December 6th, 2009 at 19:18.
This is a very good idea and well explained
Though photoshop can be tricky to obtain if you dont have the cash for it. What you could also do, is once you've coloured in your outline, make the original picture visable again and then set the transparacy of the top layer to a very low level of trancparacy, 80-90% maybe, just so you get the detail of the model coming through. Though im not sure how helpfull that may be
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I can't recall where I saw it, but there is an app that turns photos into coloring book pages.
Anyone know else ever hear of that?
I just paint 'em, I don't actually know how to play.
Well it wouldn't have to be photoshop, just some image editing program that you can use layers. I used GIMP which is an open source image editor. As for the transparency, I'll give that a try when I get some time.
Hehe, it's even easier than that. Here's how to automatically make the drawing in Photoshop in less than a minute. I'm sure the Gimp can do something similar.
1) Open your photo in Photoshop.
2) Duplicate the background layer and select it.
3) Image Menu->Adjustments->Desaturate
4) Duplicate the layer with the black and white image, then select it.
5) Image Menu->Adjustments->Invert
You should now have a negative black-and-white image in a layer over your positive black-and-white image. Now...
6) Select the layer with the negative image.
7) In the layer blending mode drop-down list on the Layer Palette (usually says "Normal"), select "Color Dodge.
Your image should appear white with maybe a few specks of black here and there.
8 ) Filter Menu->Blur->Gaussian Blur
Now, just play with the blur amount to adjust your "drawing".
Here's an example using your pic:
To paint on this and preserve the lines, just put the drawing layer on top of everything else and set it's layer blending mode to "multiply". Put your color layers beneath it. No muss, no fuss.
Last edited by SandWyrm; December 9th, 2009 at 19:37.
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