Old 12th May 2002, 20:39   #1
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metal ughh!

so i'm trying to airbrush metal. no filters. the results aren't so great. any tips?
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Old 12th May 2002, 20:51   #2
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No filters at all???

It could use some texture, but if youre not gonna be using filters it's gonna be a painstaking process with the airbrush and darken and lighten tool.
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Old 12th May 2002, 20:52   #3
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i dont think i have any filters that could really help. i've got eye candy, but that wouldn't help, it would do it for me. what filters would you recomend?
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Old 12th May 2002, 21:31   #4
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http://www.pinoy7.com/psptutorials/lighting.htm
http://www.pinoy7.com/psptutorials/chromed2.htm

They explain it better than i could....
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Old 12th May 2002, 23:55   #5
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i wanted to do it w/o filters like jason, but i guess, i'm not good enough. oh well. thanks for those tuts atmo. they really helped. i'm getting some sweet stuff now.
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Old 13th May 2002, 00:04   #6
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Looks great blackdog.

I like to use a combination of filters and airbrushing for metal effects. I just dont have a steady enough hand to use an airbrush with a mouse and create something from scratch.

Maybe if i invested in a pressure sensitive tablet it might be different, or i could invest that money in a new 21" monitor...

I know which one i'd rather...

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Old 13th May 2002, 01:17   #7
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That first screenshot looked like a claw. Almost like a painting. You have accidental artistic skills, BD.
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Old 13th May 2002, 01:22   #8
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the claw... maybe thats what i'll name this skin if i finish it...
for some reason, this skin reminds me of devart. there seem to be a ton of dark metal skins at that site
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Old 13th May 2002, 01:22   #9
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another thing, where you want to highlight an area on the metal i usually add some white using the airbrush and smudge it in using about a 3->4 pixel brush [all on the same layer].
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Old 13th May 2002, 01:24   #10
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Looking very nice, BlackDog.

Might be a little complicated for the beginner Winamp user, though. But frankly, in my opinion, if you're a beginner Winamp user, you should be using the base skin and know nothing about other skins until later. At least, that's what happened to me.
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Old 13th May 2002, 01:31   #11
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thanks for the tip pm. i'll give it a try.
yes, this skin wont be for the beginner. i wont be able to label any of the buttons! maybe the pl stacks.
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Old 13th May 2002, 07:55   #12
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If I were you...I'd make the claw that's coming up from the EQ on the right hand side sit in front of the other claw...it would make it kinda interlock...otherwise I really like this skin.

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Old 13th May 2002, 08:06   #13
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nice shapes.. drop the blue though


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Old 13th May 2002, 09:44   #14
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Nice metal this will be a fantastic skin, too
I don't like your light direction on the metal though, it comes directly from above (90°), that's not too realsitic imho, you should add a bit white highlighting (like pm said) on the upper part of the "claws".
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Old 13th May 2002, 17:47   #15
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did some 15minute photoshop airbrushing on it. cant really show u if you arnt using ps. if u are tho, ill show you...
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Old 13th May 2002, 18:07   #16
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Very nice blackdog. I don't hate the blue but I think perhaps try out some other colours.

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Old 13th May 2002, 18:11   #17
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Blackdog: Lookin nice.I dont dislike the blue.

Bobo: I'm interested.Is that just a blurred airbrush or is that the lighting effect.
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Old 13th May 2002, 18:57   #18
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thanks for the comments everyone. i picked blue without much thought, so maybe i'll try some other colors too.
bobo: that looks sweet. unfortunatly, i use psp. thanks for the offer though
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Old 13th May 2002, 19:36   #19
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come on... move it.

i wanna download this thing already.

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Old 13th May 2002, 20:09   #20
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Quote:
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for some reason, this skin reminds me of devart. there seem to be a ton of dark metal skins at that site
By Jove, I think he's got it...
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Old 13th May 2002, 20:39   #21
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dam: i drew those highlights with a "blurred" airbrush, i'm unsure
what you mean tho...
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Old 13th May 2002, 21:09   #22
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that looks cool bobo

what's the technique? My airbrushing always doesn't look the way it should..



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Old 13th May 2002, 21:19   #23
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i messed with the airbrush to add highlights. i completely forgot about the eq sliders when i was drawing this skin. how bad does this look w/ the sliders over the "claw"? if this looks as bad as i think it does, i may try to drop the bottom of the claw thing into the pl title bar, so that it wont interfere with the sliders


EDIT: sorry, forgot to crop the pic! its huge. i'll post the cropped version in a sec
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Old 13th May 2002, 21:21   #24
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cropped!
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Old 14th May 2002, 04:03   #25
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hm.. Interesting shapes, like the shades/colours, but what are ya planning on doing with the sliders/eq bars?
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i dont know yet... something w/ blue in the middle probably.
heres a real little update. i tried kiwi's idea, and i think it looks pretty good
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Old 14th May 2002, 04:56   #27
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i like but i think you should try to make the cbuttons look like buttons on different parts of the pointy-needle-thinggy thats what the back button looks like


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Old 14th May 2002, 06:20   #28
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I like how it looks blackdog, I'd maybe play around with airbrushing a little more, but it looks fine as it is.

DK: someone gave me the link to the pinoy7 tuts a while back, i found them really helpful, so now i recomend anyone using psp to check em out.
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Old 14th May 2002, 06:29   #29
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Like Atmo said might be a good idea to do a lil more airbrushing.

Bobo:I was right.That is a blurred airbrush.What I meant was that it can also be done using the Lighting effects filter.
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i think the blue doesnt really go along with the rest of the metal claws. maybe there needs to be some soft of pattern in the bg, something simple to upset the plain blue. the cbuttons look out of place in the way they sit and alternate sizes too. but its still quite a fair skin so far.
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Old 14th May 2002, 10:28   #31
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the cbuttons are nice, the rest seems to be a bit too dark.. or is it the monitor here?



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Old 14th May 2002, 10:43   #32
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It looks ok to me, dark, but not any darker than anything ive made....
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Old 14th May 2002, 14:08   #33
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Its nice, but i think the one button thats in the middle, its behind the 2 claws and i can barely see it. Maybe put it above the claws? And maybe the buttons need a slightly increased ammount of contrast?
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Old 14th May 2002, 19:47   #34
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I'm liking that. Kinda makes me think of a squid underwater. Maybe the dark blue part should have some sort of underwater effect?
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should be working on a physics lab but...
i'm not sure about the background. i tried some lighting effects and stuff, but i really didn't decide on anything, so i'm leaving it as is for the time being.
i'm still going to mess around with the airbrush on the metal, but right now i'm just focusing on the layout.
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Old 15th May 2002, 03:13   #36
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The layout looks ok, not sure about how the titlebar buttons will go on though.

Maybe this one might be better as a WA3...it'd allow more freedom for you to expand with the eq, as IMO the sliders just dont flow with the rest of the curved shapes.

It'll make a kickass wa2 skin if you do get it right though blackdog.
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Agree with atmo, but stil think that middle button's contrast is way too low.. i can barely see it on my sett's.
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Hmm.The eq sliders need some work.
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i still would think that the metal is a little flat and the sliders look a little trippy. metal overload.
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i dont know what else to do for the eq sliders. they have to be big and bulky, because they are going over the metal on both ends of the eq. maybe i'll think of something...
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