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Welcome aboard! I started this group so that people who are interested in photoshopping their MOCs can get some assistance from either me or anyone else who joins. I use Gimp software myself http://www.gimp.org/ but I know that there are many others. Feel free to post your photos, edited or just scenery that you want to use or whatever, and hopefully something useful will happen! I posted my Tylium Mine series because it shows several techniques to manipulate scale and settings.
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| September 12, 2010, 10:09 pm
Quoting El Barto !
Welcome aboard! I started this group so that people who are interested in photoshopping their MOCs can get some assistance from either me or anyone else who joins. I use Gimp software myself http://www.gimp.org/ but I know that there are many others. Feel free to post your photos, edited or just scenery that you want to use or whatever, and hopefully something useful will happen! I posted my Tylium Mine series because it shows several techniques to manipulate scale and settings.

YOOO dude !! Well..... I'm very glad to be invited in your group, thank so much but I can not promise anything about my pictures.... I'm a very bad phtograph and worth on a computer !!! So I think I'll ask you 758 965 358 questions about how it's work and the reste and blablabla..... Is that ok for you ?? ;-)))
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| September 13, 2010, 1:46 am
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Quoting christophe corthay
YOOO dude !! Well..... I'm very glad to be invited in your group, thank so much but I can not promise anything about my pictures.... I'm a very bad phtograph and worth on a computer !!! So I think I'll ask you 758 965 358 questions about how it's work and the reste and blablabla..... Is that ok for you ?? ;-)))

That's exactly why I started the Group, Chief! I figure, the more people who join, the more expertise we'll have to draw upon.
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| September 13, 2010, 8:17 am
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Quoting christophe corthay
YOOO dude !! Well..... I'm very glad to be invited in your group, thank so much but I can not promise anything about my pictures.... I'm a very bad phtograph and worth on a computer !!! So I think I'll ask you 758 965 358 questions about how it's work and the reste and blablabla..... Is that ok for you ?? ;-)))
Well, I think thats what this group is all about. Help and information exchange on editing pictures.

Hi folks,

Ive added two creations with editing in the main pic, but Im not sure if I should add a third with only an edited bonus pic. Hmmmm..., I think Ill post it.
Oh and thanks for inviting me to the group, guess we can have quite some fun here!

Greetings, Marc

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| September 13, 2010, 8:19 am
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Haha, El Barto was faster than me!!
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| September 13, 2010, 8:20 am
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Quoting Marc "Edge" R.unde
Quoting christophe corthay
YOOO dude !! Well..... I'm very glad to be invited in your group, thank so much but I can not promise anything about my pictures.... I'm a very bad phtograph and worth on a computer !!! So I think I'll ask you 758 965 358 questions about how it's work and the reste and blablabla..... Is that ok for you ?? ;-)))
Well, I think thats what this group is all about. Help and information exchange on editing pictures.

Hi folks,

Ive added two creations with editing in the main pic, but Im not sure if I should add a third with only an edited bonus pic. Hmmmm..., I think Ill post it.
Oh and thanks for inviting me to the group, guess we can have quite some fun here!

Greetings, Marc

Sure, add whatever, it's all good! Thanks for joining, Dude!
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| September 13, 2010, 8:22 am
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So, what programs do you guys use?
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| September 13, 2010, 8:28 am
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I use GIMP, it is free!!!!
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| September 13, 2010, 8:32 am
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Quoting Marc "Edge" R.unde
I use GIMP, it is free!!!!

Free is the way to go!
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| September 13, 2010, 8:46 am
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Cool idea of group ! I'm not very skilled with Gimp, but this is a real nice way to improve MOCs presentation. My personnal approach is to use a blanket and then "Gimp" it to give him a more "alien planet" look. It can be seen in my Futuron compilations 1 and 2...
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| September 13, 2010, 10:44 am
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Quoting Crimso Giger
Cool idea of group ! I'm not very skilled with Gimp, but this is a real nice way to improve MOCs presentation. My personnal approach is to use a blanket and then "Gimp" it to give him a more "alien planet" look. It can be seen in my Futuron compilations 1 and 2...

It does seem to be a very advanced program with a ton of nifty features, but sometimes those can get out of hand in a hurry. I think you're onto something with making sure the base photo of the MOC is on target. Colors and size are easy to deal with, but lighting direction is tough.
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| September 13, 2010, 1:36 pm
Quoting El Barto !
So, what programs do you guys use?

Mmmmmm..... THAT'S a good question !!! Photoshop ?? Is that good ??
Fortunately I saw Crimso on the group..... HELP CRIMSO for translating some conversation please please please please ?????
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| September 13, 2010, 3:43 pm
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Quoting christophe corthay
Mmmmmm..... THAT'S a good question !!! Photoshop ?? Is that good ??
Fortunately I saw Crimso on the group..... HELP CRIMSO for translating some conversation please please please please ?????

Go for Gimp, it's free!
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| September 13, 2010, 3:50 pm
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Quoting El Barto !
It does seem to be a very advanced program with a ton of nifty features, but sometimes those can get out of hand in a hurry. I think you're onto something with making sure the base photo of the MOC is on target. Colors and size are easy to deal with, but lighting direction is tough.


Yep, Gimp is complicated, but fortunately enough, very easier than photoshop !


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| September 13, 2010, 3:55 pm
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Quoting christophe corthay
Mmmmmm..... THAT'S a good question !!! Photoshop ?? Is that good ??
Fortunately I saw Crimso on the group..... HELP CRIMSO for translating some conversation please please please please ?????


lol Oh ben t'inquiete pas je comprends pas tout non plus ! Je crois que tout le monde dit que "The Gimp" est plus pratique que Photoshop (et surtout Gimp est gratuit lol)


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| September 13, 2010, 3:57 pm
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Quoting Crimso Giger

lol Oh ben t'inquiete pas je comprends pas tout non plus ! Je crois que tout le monde dit que "The Gimp" est plus pratique que Photoshop (et surtout Gimp est gratuit lol)


Yes, the whole gratuit thing is what got me, those others are really expensive. I've had a few instances where my computer froze up on me, but if I scale my pictures down to about 900, it works well. Probably just my computer, though, not anything to do with the program.
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| September 13, 2010, 4:47 pm
Quoting El Barto !
Yes, the whole gratuit thing is what got me, those others are really expensive. I've had a few instances where my computer froze up on me, but if I scale my pictures down to about 900, it works well. Probably just my computer, though, not anything to do with the program.

Well... OK... I start to learn chinese (because you speak chines for me) and I will be THE killer who will kick your a.. in this group !!! ;-))))
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| September 13, 2010, 5:12 pm
I mean, THE computer killer..... houps !!
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| September 13, 2010, 5:13 pm
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Quoting christophe corthay
I mean, THE computer killer..... houps !!

You know, you're going to have to finish that Vulcan ship first...
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| September 13, 2010, 7:27 pm
Quoting El Barto !
You know, you're going to have to finish that Vulcan ship first...

OH yeah !!! That's right !! Were I had my head ??!!
I wait around 5000 parts and it's done...
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| September 14, 2010, 1:46 am
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Quoting christophe corthay
OH yeah !!! That's right !! Were I had my head ??!!
I wait around 5000 parts and it's done...

You know, I got my Galactica out this weekend for a photo shoot with the Fleet, which I've been working on for a while. Anyway, I found getting everything in decent focus quite a challenge. So I don't know what you're going to do with that Beast of yours....Considering how much you're invested in the project, it might be smart to go to a photo studio. Just don't tell your girlfriend, she might be jealous!
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| September 14, 2010, 4:21 pm
Quoting El Barto !
You know, I got my Galactica out this weekend for a photo shoot with the Fleet, which I've been working on for a while. Anyway, I found getting everything in decent focus quite a challenge. So I don't know what you're going to do with that Beast of yours....Considering how much you're invested in the project, it might be smart to go to a photo studio. Just don't tell your girlfriend, she might be jealous!

HA HA HA HA HA HA !!!!! You're so right.... I have no Ideas HOW i could tell to my girlfriend :" Well you know it is just to have a BEAUTIFUL picture of it for the value of the work and..... What ?? You want to leave me ??!!!.....Mmmmmm well !!! OK !! I'll sleep with my ship..."
But anyway, the weigth of you galactica must be heavy no ??? How are doing to move this stuff ??
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| September 14, 2010, 5:20 pm
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Quoting christophe corthay
HA HA HA HA HA HA !!!!! You're so right.... I have no Ideas HOW i could tell to my girlfriend :" Well you know it is just to have a BEAUTIFUL picture of it for the value of the work and..... What ?? You want to leave me ??!!!.....Mmmmmm well !!! OK !! I'll sleep with my ship..."
But anyway, the weigth of you galactica must be heavy no ??? How are doing to move this stuff ??

At first I was clever and built it in three pieces, plus the two pods, and it just sat on the tabletop; easy to move around. Then several people asked to see the underside, sigh, so I built a stand for it. But that was tricky because it needed three, and the balancing was impossible. So, I re-engineered some of the internals and locked all three parts together. So it weighs about 24 lbs, almost 11kg. As we say in Vermont, "It's all there" But it's only about 1.12 meters, so fairly dense. It makes me nervous to have to move it, so I took plenty of Fleet pictures so I won't have to bring it out again, at least until the next crazy project.
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| September 14, 2010, 6:47 pm
Quoting El Barto !
At first I was clever and built it in three pieces, plus the two pods, and it just sat on the tabletop; easy to move around. Then several people asked to see the underside, sigh, so I built a stand for it. But that was tricky because it needed three, and the balancing was impossible. So, I re-engineered some of the internals and locked all three parts together. So it weighs about 24 lbs, almost 11kg. As we say in Vermont, "It's all there" But it's only about 1.12 meters, so fairly dense. It makes me nervous to have to move it, so I took plenty of Fleet pictures so I won't have to bring it out again, at least until the next crazy project.

And that was my next question..... WHEN the next crazy project ????? :)))))
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| September 15, 2010, 2:38 am
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Quoting christophe corthay
And that was my next question..... WHEN the next crazy project ????? :)))))

Oh, maybe next week...I'm getting the pictures done, one or two a night.
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| September 15, 2010, 9:24 am
Merry Christmas! Ok, I just uploaded lots of decals I made in Paint, but they all degraded in quality when I saved them. Any way I can fix them?
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| December 25, 2010, 2:47 pm
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Quoting Matt Gutierrez
Merry Christmas! Ok, I just uploaded lots of decals I made in Paint, but they all degraded in quality when I saved them. Any way I can fix them?

Meryy Christmas right back at ya! That's a tough one, no real experience with making decals, but it sounds like they're getting compressed somewhere along the way. Did you print the directly from Paint? Or did you save them, then open them in another program?
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| December 26, 2010, 1:54 pm
Sorry kinda random, anyone want to check out the Gears of War 3 Beta? I got 2 codes in my inbox today, don't want them to go to waste and kinda feel the need to give back to the community. You need Xbox live and 500 MB of space on your console. Up for grabs to the first takers. Hope someone can make use of them.

R4XDP-CH2T3-7J9R3-PQ6QW-G6QQZ
MCVPF-TYG93-DYCTW-QQ34G-JWX2Z



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| May 9, 2011, 6:14 pm
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Quoting Ced The Clever
Sorry kinda random, anyone want to check out the Gears of War 3 Beta? I got 2 codes in my inbox today, don't want them to go to waste and kinda feel the need to give back to the community. You need Xbox live and 500 MB of space on your console. Up for grabs to the first takers. Hope someone can make use of them.

R4XDP-CH2T3-7J9R3-PQ6QW-G6QQZ
MCVPF-TYG93-DYCTW-QQ34G-JWX2Z



I have no idea what any of that is...I like Asteroids! Dun dun, dun dun...
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| May 11, 2011, 10:09 am
Cheers for the invite El Barto, exactly what I was after to get my Star Wars series kicked into gear. Might be a while before any MOCs arrive, expect a few hysterical calls for help!
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| June 6, 2011, 5:21 pm
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Quoting The Grey Man
Cheers for the invite El Barto, exactly what I was after to get my Star Wars series kicked into gear. Might be a while before any MOCs arrive, expect a few hysterical calls for help!

No problemo! There's a lot of info in the treads here, so read through them. Good luck!
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| June 6, 2011, 9:38 pm
El Barto, could you start something about how you do your forced perspective shots? I would love to hear about techniques and related issues with FP.
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| June 29, 2011, 9:37 pm
Hey El Barto! With the help of a friend, I've finaly photoshoped my Titan main pic! I would be happy to know what you think about it!
:-)
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| July 9, 2011, 1:45 pm
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Quoting Archon Mitchell
El Barto, could you start something about how you do your forced perspective shots? I would love to hear about techniques and related issues with FP.

Geeze, sorry, somehow I missed this comment. Okay, are you talking about the scene with Levopolis as a kid? I had wanted to do a scene like that but figured it would be too difficult. Then I saw this on Flickr:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/yoderism/5818395809/in/photostream
I immediately knew this is what I was going to do. That shot pretty much sums it up. I built a little micro city on a platform, but more like Paul Wellington's stuff. A mid scale townhouse, then the grocer's stand, a fence, and a bunch of junk. Basically layering the different scales. It really helps to look through the camera as you do this to see where there might be gaps, and how far to have the figs. I used my dining room window shade, one of those honeycomb types as a light diffuser, and I didn't have to photoshop anything! I hope this helps!
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| July 9, 2011, 6:14 pm
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Quoting Jay Rhum
Hey El Barto! With the help of a friend, I've finaly photoshoped my Titan main pic! I would be happy to know what you think about it!
:-)

That pic turned out really well! It shows off the MOC without it being murky. But sometimes I kinda like that murky look in a submarine pic. Given that it's a nice clear water background, my only issue, and this is being picky, is that the light beams going through the water don't seem to show up on the sub. And that's a tough one...Either getting light on the MOC when you take the picture, or trying to fake it in the pic. I'm not sure how I'd go about it. Now your pal might follow this idea. Take two of the same pics of the Titan. Make one dark to match the dark water, another lighter to match the light beams. Layer them both onto the background. Then erase at 50% opacity, following the beams, and see what that does. Probably fairly time consuming, but might be worth a try, just for the halibut! Get it?
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| July 9, 2011, 6:40 pm
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Hey everybody! Don't forget to vote in this year's MOCie Awards!

http://www.mocpages.com/group_conversation.php?id=17121&topicid=70323
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| July 14, 2011, 9:43 am
Quoting El Barto !
That pic turned out really well! It shows off the MOC without it being murky. But sometimes I kinda like that murky look in a submarine pic. Given that it's a nice clear water background, my only issue, and this is being picky, is that the light beams going through the water don't seem to show up on the sub. And that's a tough one...Either getting light on the MOC when you take the picture, or trying to fake it in the pic. I'm not sure how I'd go about it. Now your pal might follow this idea. Take two of the same pics of the Titan. Make one dark to match the dark water, another lighter to match the light beams. Layer them both onto the background. Then erase at 50% opacity, following the beams, and see what that does. Probably fairly time consuming, but might be worth a try, just for the halibut! Get it?

Euh... I think so! Thanks for these precious advice. I 'll post a new pic asap to show you. See ya buddy!
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| July 16, 2011, 10:44 am
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Quoting Jay Rhum
Euh... I think so! Thanks for these precious advice. I 'll post a new pic asap to show you. See ya buddy!

No problemo! I'm always coming up with ideas to make things more complicated than they need to be!
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| July 17, 2011, 9:29 am
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Hey everybody! It's that time of year again...Time for the MOC Olympics! Prizes and stuff, too!
http://www.mocpages.com/group.php/18033

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| August 18, 2011, 9:55 am
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Welcome aboard, Bones and Cody! What brings you guys to these parts?
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| August 25, 2011, 10:55 am
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Quoting El Barto !
Welcome aboard, Bones and Cody! What brings you guys to these parts?

My CYOA series, actually. I'm learning as I go, but, as you might read in the GIMP thread, I could use a few pointers. A good, thorough critique would be awesome if anyone has the time.
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| August 25, 2011, 10:59 am
Quoting El Barto !
Welcome aboard, Bones and Cody! What brings you guys to these parts?

Did you see my latest post? I stink at photoshop and need pointers! I have PSE 8, same as I Scream Clone
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| August 25, 2011, 11:30 am
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Quoting Mister Bones
Did you see my latest post? I stink at photoshop and need pointers! I have PSE 8, same as I Scream Clone

What is it that you need tips on exactly? Because I could probably give you a few generic tips, even though I'm a GIMP user.
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| August 25, 2011, 11:32 am
Quoting Cody G
What is it that you need tips on exactly? Because I could probably give you a few generic tips, even though I'm a GIMP user.

It is mainly with Layers, I stink at those. Also, I could use a cure for my impatience....I want a magic button that fixes everything for me.....HAHAHAHA
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| August 25, 2011, 11:35 am
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Quoting Cody G
My CYOA series, actually. I'm learning as I go, but, as you might read in the GIMP thread, I could use a few pointers. A good, thorough critique would be awesome if anyone has the time.

Okay, so I was finally able to see the pics! The photos are right at eye level, which makes it just like the cartoon show. I like your use of the effects, too. I'd suggest that when you use the spray paint tool, select the fuzzy icon, that way you won't get the multitude of circles. Because even with the blur tool, it's tough to get rid of those. Another thing that works for explosions is the sparkle tool. The use of the super nova feature is right on target for the pokeballs. The bending effect made me dizzy, I almost felt like Heath on a Sunday morning! Nice piece of work, Dude!
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| August 25, 2011, 11:36 am
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Quoting Mister Bones
Did you see my latest post? I stink at photoshop and need pointers! I have PSE 8, same as I Scream Clone

So, you want to eliminate the backgrounds?
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| August 25, 2011, 11:38 am
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Quoting Mister Bones
It is mainly with Layers, I stink at those. Also, I could use a cure for my impatience....I want a magic button that fixes everything for me.....HAHAHAHA

Yeah, they call it lithium, I think...Anyway the layers thing is easy enough. Not sure about PS, but in Gimp, you select a layer that you want on top (the Moc) and erase all the edges and slap it down onto some sort of background. Easy enough! Then you just keep reposting the same pictures with different dialogue! Hahahah....
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| August 25, 2011, 11:41 am
Quoting El Barto !
So, you want to eliminate the backgrounds?

No, not that, just how to work with layers to achive desired results. I think I need to practice with it more to really find out all the tools.
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| August 25, 2011, 11:42 am
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Quoting El Barto !
Yeah, they call it lithium, I think...Anyway the layers thing is easy enough. Not sure about PS, but in Gimp, you select a layer that you want on top (the Moc) and erase all the edges and slap it down onto some sort of background. Easy enough! Then you just keep reposting the same pictures with different dialogue! Hahahah....

See, I hadn't noticed that you do that, so it works!
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| August 25, 2011, 11:42 am
Quoting El Barto !
Yeah, they call it lithium, I think...Anyway the layers thing is easy enough. Not sure about PS, but in Gimp, you select a layer that you want on top (the Moc) and erase all the edges and slap it down onto some sort of background. Easy enough! Then you just keep reposting the same pictures with different dialogue! Hahahah....

That easy? OK, will have to give that a go.
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| August 25, 2011, 11:44 am
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Quoting Mister Bones
No, not that, just how to work with layers to achive desired results. I think I need to practice with it more to really find out all the tools.

I typically only use layers when I'm pasting a MOC onto a new background, or if I need to fill in a shape with the fill tool. It also helps if you draw something and need it repeated. You can select a shape on a transparent layer and it won't take the rest of the picture with it because it's on that separate layer.
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| August 25, 2011, 11:44 am
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Quoting Cody G
See, I hadn't noticed that you do that, so it works!

Sometimes, I'm just busting on Bones, he was hacking on me earlier. But, yes, I do that from time to time. I reused some shots in the CIC this past episode, when they were about to jump the ship. I figure most TV shows do that from time to time. Budgetary constraints and all...
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| August 25, 2011, 11:45 am
Quoting El Barto !
Okay, so I was finally able to see the pics! The photos are right at eye level, which makes it just like the cartoon show. I like your use of the effects, too. I'd suggest that when you use the spray paint tool, select the fuzzy icon, that way you won't get the multitude of circles. Because even with the blur tool, it's tough to get rid of those. Another thing that works for explosions is the sparkle tool. The use of the super nova feature is right on target for the pokeballs. The bending effect made me dizzy, I almost felt like Heath on a Sunday morning! Nice piece of work, Dude!

Barto covered most of what I was going to say. The only bit I would add is to work on the smoke a bit, and try to do some backgrounds for the shots that have white behind them.
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| August 25, 2011, 11:45 am
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Quoting Cody G
I typically only use layers when I'm pasting a MOC onto a new background, or if I need to fill in a shape with the fill tool. It also helps if you draw something and need it repeated. You can select a shape on a transparent layer and it won't take the rest of the picture with it because it's on that separate layer.

Have you considered layering onto a generic cartoon looking sky background?
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| August 25, 2011, 11:47 am
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Quoting El Barto !
Have you considered layering onto a generic cartoon looking sky background?

I did that once in episode 1, it's surprisingly hard to find generic cartoon backgrounds online. I've been sort of lazy and just drawing mediocre backgrounds a lot. A light blue backdrop and some GIMP spray paint clouds got me this far without complaints, but I do think that it would be good to take it to the next level.
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| August 25, 2011, 11:52 am
Quoting Mister Bones
No, not that, just how to work with layers to achive desired results. I think I need to practice with it more to really find out all the tools.


I agree with the philosophy that practice makes perfect as far as this kind of thing goes. I've worked with PSE for a few years now, and although it was really hard at first, the more you mess with stuff the easier it gets.

Just get an image, and start trying out tools on it to find out what they all do, and then refine your skills.

Also, to point out some things that I did when I got the program that I regret now:

1. I used tools like the magnetic lasso way to much, and it caused me way more grief then it was worth. I now do almost all my slection with the polygonal lasso and then clean it up a little with the refine edge options and the selection brush.

2. I ignored brushes. Don't do it. Brushes are your best friend, and can be used to achieve a huge number of effects.

3. I ignored erasers. I tried to use select+delete for everything. An eraser can really help in a lot of cases.

4. Too much magic wand. The magic wand is a great tool, but a lot of times, you're better off using a more readily controllable selection tool. That said, changing the tolerance on it does makes it a far more powerful and versatile tool than it would be otherwise.


EDIT: To answer your original question about layers, you can just drag them up and down to go over or under each other in the layers panel. Also, a little thought aid if you have trouble thinking about them like I used to: layers are just like paper cut-outs stacked on top of each other. You can shift them up and down the stack to cover or reveal other layers until the sum of the cut-outs creates a nice image.

Good luck with the program, it's a pretty decent piece of software. Just mess with it and have fun, and it'll get easier very quickly until you eventually find yourself laughing at your original lack of skill with it.


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| August 26, 2011, 10:58 pm
Hey, El Barto! Titan is already so cool, like this! Many thanks dude!
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| January 5, 2012, 5:56 pm
Dont know if i post it in a wrong thread, but i couldnt find any info otherwhere.

What we really need right now for our comic is a program to do the speech ballon as layer, or an insight in how to do it with Paint Shop Pro. Since we, and im not proud to say it, use win7 paint for our texting at the moment. This means that all pictures have to be resized to be able to pull off a certain fontsize to look the same throughout the whole of the chapter. And as you can se we havent been to lucky with that.
Any suggestions anyone ?
Thanks in advance. :)
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| February 7, 2012, 3:47 pm
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Quoting LEGO Family
Dont know if i post it in a wrong thread, but i couldnt find any info otherwhere.

What we really need right now for our comic is a program to do the speech ballon as layer, or an insight in how to do it with Paint Shop Pro. Since we, and im not proud to say it, use win7 paint for our texting at the moment. This means that all pictures have to be resized to be able to pull off a certain fontsize to look the same throughout the whole of the chapter. And as you can se we havent been to lucky with that.
Any suggestions anyone ?
Thanks in advance. :)

Text in GIMP has also been difficult for me, so I can't help you there. Anyone else have ideas?
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| February 9, 2012, 9:42 am
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Nope. All my dialogue-related needs are taken care of by either MSpaint or a more literary approach, depending on the situation.
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| February 9, 2012, 9:57 am
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Yeah, I've only used Gimp text for writing "L. Barto" on the side of a Viper. But it's easy enough to use, I'm just not sure if you can make bubbles with it. I bet there's a way to do it, and change the color so that it doesn't blend in with the photo. Maybe as a separate layer?
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| February 9, 2012, 10:38 am
To sad. :)
So for now were still down to MS paint.
We will just have to be more aware of pictures width in order to make the text look the same throughout the whole of the series.
Thanks anyways guys.

Bet someone will come up with what we need all over sudden. :P
Time to start texting and editing Chapter 02!
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| February 10, 2012, 4:56 am
Hi guys, I'm surprised none of you mentioned iPhoto yet. Its free, and really quite simple to use. I mainly use it to change the exposure to get a "almost" white background. Also, do any of you guys know the app Pixelmator?
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| March 9, 2012, 5:31 am
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Quoting Larry Pan
Hi guys, I'm surprised none of you mentioned iPhoto yet. Its free, and really quite simple to use. I mainly use it to change the exposure to get a "almost" white background. Also, do any of you guys know the app Pixelmator?

Both sound interesting! Feel free to start your own thread on them--Thanks!
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| March 9, 2012, 9:44 am
Hey everyone! Thanks El Barto for inviting me to this group. I use gimp to edit my photos. Here is a short summary of how I edited my WWII Half track main pic. Picture here: http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/322046

I opened my picture in gimp, and cropped it to the size I wanted. Then I lightened the colors a little bit with Colors>Brightness/Contrast. Then I added two simple filters. I went to Filters>Enhance>Sharpen. I set this value to 96-98. The next filter was Filters>Enhance>Unsharp Mask. I set the radius to 10 and the amount to 2. Then to add my name in the lower left corner, I simply cut part of the corner out, and put a text box there.

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| May 5, 2012, 4:15 pm
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Quoting George Staples
Hey everyone! Thanks El Barto for inviting me to this group. I use gimp to edit my photos. Here is a short summary of how I edited my WWII Half track main pic. Picture here: http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/322046

I opened my picture in gimp, and cropped it to the size I wanted. Then I lightened the colors a little bit with Colors>Brightness/Contrast. Then I added two simple filters. I went to Filters>Enhance>Sharpen. I set this value to 96-98. The next filter was Filters>Enhance>Unsharp Mask. I set the radius to 10 and the amount to 2. Then to add my name in the lower left corner, I simply cut part of the corner out, and put a text box there.

You got a pretty good result! It definitely gets across the rugged feel of the MOC very well. And it looks like you don't need to worry about editing in a background, so you're all set! If you need any tips on specific things, I'm sure somebody will always be glad to help. El Barto is especially good with backgrounds and putting multiple MOCs into one photo, and Rabid Gold Fish is quite good at artistic effects, which seems to be the direction you're going for. Keep up the good work!
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| May 5, 2012, 8:39 pm
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Yeah, Dude! Looks great, and thanks for contributing! Plus, you should check out Cody's stuff as well. He's not too shabby either ;)
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| May 5, 2012, 10:47 pm
Thanks to the both of you, I will be sure to check out your stuff.
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| May 5, 2012, 11:05 pm
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Quoting El Barto !
Yeah, Dude! Looks great, and thanks for contributing! Plus, you should check out Cody's stuff as well. He's not too shabby either ;)

Speaking of my stuff, can I get a critique from somebody on this? http://www.mocpages.com/image_zoom.php?mocid=&id=/user_images/28456/1336346226m

He doesn't have a page yet, but I am going for kind of a cross between an exotic car showcase and a Tron race with this picture. What do you guys think?
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| May 6, 2012, 7:10 pm
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You definitely get that sense of action from the blur effect, and the glow turned out well, too. Wicked! But how did you just do the one pic like that?
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| May 6, 2012, 8:02 pm
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Quoting El Barto !
You definitely get that sense of action from the blur effect, and the glow turned out well, too. Wicked! But how did you just do the one pic like that?

Thanks! This is probably one of the more complex edits I've done. I got the background online, but I added a few light sources on GIMP, and I messed around with the contrast a bit to get that "show room" look to his armor. I guess the only reason why I didn't edit the rest of his pictures like this is because I'm lazy. ;)
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| May 8, 2012, 9:19 am
Quoting Cody G
Speaking of my stuff, can I get a critique from somebody on this? http://www.mocpages.com/image_zoom.php?mocid=&id=/user_images/28456/1336346226m

He doesn't have a page yet, but I am going for kind of a cross between an exotic car showcase and a Tron race with this picture. What do you guys think?


I think that is just plain awesome! I like the glowing effect coming off his left arm.
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| May 10, 2012, 9:21 am
Man, lot of useful info in this group! I've been working like a dog on an "Unofficial Guide to LEGO Fans" project and since I want to make it look really professional, I've started fooling around with Gimp. I haven't completed my project yet, but before I do, I'll be sure to stop by and get some feedback from you fellas. Sound good with you guys?
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| May 10, 2012, 3:07 pm
Hey, could I get some feed back on this? http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/322874
I added a background, and used some brushes.
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| May 10, 2012, 11:37 pm
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Quoting Paul Romano
Man, lot of useful info in this group! I've been working like a dog on an "Unofficial Guide to LEGO Fans" project and since I want to make it look really professional, I've started fooling around with Gimp. I haven't completed my project yet, but before I do, I'll be sure to stop by and get some feedback from you fellas. Sound good with you guys?

Yeah, that sounds really cool!
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| May 14, 2012, 9:21 am
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Quoting George Staples
Hey, could I get some feed back on this? http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/322874
I added a background, and used some brushes.

Not bad! I find that usually, a photograph does not line up perfectly with a background, and that can sometimes make it look like it's kind of unnaturally placed. To fix this, most of my edited pictures are cut off at the feet somewhere, so that slight change in perspective doesn't throw it off.

Examples:

http://www.mocpages.com/image_zoom.php?mocid=320015&id=/user_images/28456/1335047376m_DISPLAY.jpg

http://www.mocpages.com/image_zoom.php?mocid=287486&id=/user_images/28456/1316052525m_DISPLAY.jpg

http://www.mocpages.com/image_zoom.php?mocid=298089&id=/user_images/28456/1323015095m_DISPLAY.jpg

As you can see, even just cutting off the bottom-most part of the foot can help with the perspective. Keep up the good work!
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| May 14, 2012, 9:28 am
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Those are some great examples! I think the rules are slightly different for figs/bionicles than for spaceships. It's easier to cut out a ship and paste it onto a nebula than it is to make something look like it's actually standing on the ground. Plus there's usually supposed to be a shadow somewhere, that can be a problem.
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| May 14, 2012, 10:55 am
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Quoting El Barto !
Those are some great examples! I think the rules are slightly different for figs/bionicles than for spaceships. It's easier to cut out a ship and paste it onto a nebula than it is to make something look like it's actually standing on the ground. Plus there's usually supposed to be a shadow somewhere, that can be a problem.

Yes, especially since in space pictures, there could very well be light sources around where your lighting is, but with ground pictures, there is only one light source (the sun), and your shadow has to follow in the same direction as the shadows in the background.


To make a shadow, copy and paste the image that you are making a shadow of, and place it in a layer that is beneath the original. Then, using the Colorize tool (under the Color tab), set the saturation to its highest setting and its brightness to its lowest. This should give you a black "silhouette" of your MOC. Then, setting your eraser to its largest size and about sixty or seventy percent opacity, make the shadow transparent. Give it a gaussian blur (effects, distorts, gaussian blur), and finally, use the perspective tool to make the shadow lie flat against the background.
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| May 17, 2012, 9:13 am
Quoting Cody G
Not bad! I find that usually, a photograph does not line up perfectly with a background, and that can sometimes make it look like it's kind of unnaturally placed. To fix this, most of my edited pictures are cut off at the feet somewhere, so that slight change in perspective doesn't throw it off.

Examples:

http://www.mocpages.com/image_zoom.php?mocid=320015&id=/user_images/28456/1335047376m_DISPLAY.jpg

http://www.mocpages.com/image_zoom.php?mocid=287486&id=/user_images/28456/1316052525m_DISPLAY.jpg

http://www.mocpages.com/image_zoom.php?mocid=298089&id=/user_images/28456/1323015095m_DISPLAY.jpg

As you can see, even just cutting off the bottom-most part of the foot can help with the perspective. Keep up the good work!

To make a shadow, copy and paste the image that you are making a shadow of, and place it in a layer that is beneath the original. Then, using the Colorize tool (under the Color tab), set the saturation to its highest setting and its brightness to its lowest. This should give you a black "silhouette" of your MOC. Then, setting your eraser to its largest size and about sixty or seventy percent opacity, make the shadow transparent. Give it a gaussian blur (effects, distorts, gaussian blur), and finally, use the perspective tool to make the shadow lie flat against the background.


Hey, thanks for the advice. Those are some great examples. I'll have to keep playing with it. Also I'll have to play with the shadows, and lighting, I haven't done much with them.


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| May 17, 2012, 10:11 pm
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Quoting George Staples
Hey, thanks for the advice. Those are some great examples. I'll have to keep playing with it. Also I'll have to play with the shadows, and lighting, I haven't done much with them.


No problem! I'm still learning with the lighting and shadows, so if you come across something cool, be sure to mention it here! :)
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| May 21, 2012, 9:40 am
Quoting Cody G
No problem! I'm still learning with the lighting and shadows, so if you come across something cool, be sure to mention it here! :)


http://www.mocpages.com/image_zoom.php?mocid=325424&id=/user_images/82063/1338155765m I tried some lighting on this one. I put the light source behind the moc with a sheet of paper in between to give it a "soft glow" I then edited in the moon, and the blueish background, I left a little white around the edges to give it a sort of glow feel.
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| June 15, 2012, 12:46 pm
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Hey everybody! It's that time of year again, time for the MOCie Awards! There are a bunch of people in the Group who are nominated, so don't forget to vote! http://www.mocpages.com/group_conversation.php?id=20804&topicid=83101
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| July 8, 2012, 8:02 pm
Thank you much for the invite, Barto. The photo editing is something that has really been appealing to me of late. Thinking about taking some of my old MOCs and putting them in space.
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| August 3, 2012, 10:00 pm
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Quoting Tim C
Thank you much for the invite, Barto. The photo editing is something that has really been appealing to me of late. Thinking about taking some of my old MOCs and putting them in space.

Welcome aboard! I did the same thing, and then as I got better at it, went back again. It's an evolving process, but that main pic of yours was just WOW! How'd you do that? Your own artwork, and then blend the Lego? Reminds me of old movie posters. Impressive!
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| August 3, 2012, 10:06 pm
Quoting El Barto !
Welcome aboard! I did the same thing, and then as I got better at it, went back again. It's an evolving process, but that main pic of yours was just WOW! How'd you do that? Your own artwork, and then blend the Lego? Reminds me of old movie posters. Impressive!

The sky was just the bucket fill tool and using the brushes that you can find online. There are nebula brushes and star brushes and planet brushes. I used all of those. I also got some cloud brushes as well, which gave me the fog. I added the clouds for every layer to give it that effect throughout. I found a picture for the mountains and the foreground, turned the color saturation down so there was very little color to it, and messed with the opacity to show some distance. It seemed to do me well to put a pale-colored, solid layer of the same shape of each element underneath each element so messing with the opacity just dimmed the detail and didn't make it see-through. I was able to place the MOC more firmly into the photo by using the smudge tool around the base of the city. Without the sharp edges, it made the city seem to fit. I also used the soft edged, circle brush around the base of the MOC to give the illusion of a shadow. I found that it's a good idea to create all the different elements on their own transparent layer, so if you don't like how something turned out, you can delete the layer and try again. I did that a lot. Now, I say all that, but I am just a beginner. You, sir, are a master photo editor. I would be interested to know some of the secrets of your craft, if that's not akin to asking the magician how he does his tricks;)
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| August 3, 2012, 10:38 pm
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Thanks for the run-down, there, helpful advice! Never thought to look for more brushes. Blending Lego into a landscape is a big challenge, and the techniques you describe worked out perfectly. What program do you use?
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| August 5, 2012, 6:18 pm
Quoting El Barto !
Thanks for the run-down, there, helpful advice! Never thought to look for more brushes. Blending Lego into a landscape is a big challenge, and the techniques you describe worked out perfectly. What program do you use?

I use GIMP. It's very competitively priced, at free. You can find it pretty easily on the web.
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| August 5, 2012, 8:57 pm
I have just recently posted a story-based build. I experimented a great deal on photography to create the desire atmosphere. But I'm afraid it's rather too dark. http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/339584

Also, the main photo looks horrible when it is in photos and groups. So I'm wondering about that as well. Thanks guys!
-LB Senior
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| September 3, 2012, 3:21 pm
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Quoting Lego Builders
I have just recently posted a story-based build. I experimented a great deal on photography to create the desire atmosphere. But I'm afraid it's rather too dark. http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/339584

Also, the main photo looks horrible when it is in photos and groups. So I'm wondering about that as well. Thanks guys!
-LB Senior

I just commented on your story--Nice! But as far as the lighting goes, I often take my dark pictures in a room with a dimmer switch. But if you want to hide everything else in the room that you don't want in your pics, I suggest a couple of LED book lights, cheap and effective. But my favorite is my LLBean head lamp, makes a nice spot light, especially for things like your street light.
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| September 3, 2012, 4:35 pm
Hi,

I thought this might be a good place to ask about making stickers/decals to put on Lego models. I've just bought some clear ink-jet sticker paper to experiment with and have seen paper for making water transfers too. Has anyone any experience or perferences?

My other question is that I've realised that I'd like to make stickers with white writing. You don't get white ink in a normal printer so what do people do?

Are there any good sources for buying ready made decals or lettering and signs etc. from the interweb? I can't seem to find the right search terms to put into Google.

Many thanks,

David Roberts.
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| November 3, 2012, 7:26 am
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I haven't gotten into this much, other than a few DRADIS screens that I got from another BSG guy. I searched "custom decals models."
This is a pretty detailed outline for making your own. http://www.clubhyper.com/reference/aungstdecal/CustomDecals.htm
This site seems to have a ton of stuff for sale.
http://www.modeldecal.com/inkjet_paper.html
Lots of potential there, should be fun!!
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| November 3, 2012, 8:48 am
Quoting El Barto !
I haven't gotten into this much, other than a few DRADIS screens that I got from another BSG guy. I searched "custom decals models."
This is a pretty detailed outline for making your own. http://www.clubhyper.com/reference/aungstdecal/CustomDecals.htm
This site seems to have a ton of stuff for sale.
http://www.modeldecal.com/inkjet_paper.html
Lots of potential there, should be fun!!

Many thanks for those links, the first one was very interesting reading. It turns out you can print white but it needs a special printer. I'd like to add some decals to my MOCs like the ones that Pierre Fieschi uses. It's going to be an interesting experiment!

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| November 4, 2012, 5:32 pm
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He has some awesome stuff, and those sites have lots of neat examples of what's possible. Good luck!
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| November 4, 2012, 7:05 pm
Quoting El Barto !
He has some awesome stuff, and those sites have lots of neat examples of what's possible. Good luck!

I've printed my first sticker. It's in this photo which I've just added to my latest MOC.

http://www.mocpages.com/image_zoom.php?mocid=346165&id=/user_images/90763/1352643036m

I've bought, white vinyl matt, white vinyl gloss and clear-film sticker paper to experiment with. Initial result are that the vinyl gloss is too thick or too shiny for my printer to grip hold of. The clear film works well but might need a double pass of printing to build up the depth of colour. The matt white is great!
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| November 11, 2012, 9:27 am
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Looks great! I thought that text looked familiar. I think it says "No Tribbles!"
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| November 11, 2012, 11:20 am
Can any of you guys give me some camera advice. For a while now I've been deeply unhappy with the quality of my photos, the main problem is the rubbish camera phone I'm using. A really dark old Victorian house doesn't help either. Anyway I want to buy a cheap reliable camera which is good for close up work. The other caveat is that I'm cash strapped at the moment - mortgage, school fees, nursery fees, loan repayments for the new floor and damp proofing; you name it I'm paying for it at the moment. Thanks for your help :).
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| November 11, 2012, 11:28 am
Quoting El Barto !
Looks great! I thought that text looked familiar. I think it says "No Tribbles!"

Haha! I don't know if you saw my response to a comment about the canopy not fitting properly. I decided that the crews eventually filled up the holes with chewing gum and tribbles!

I've now downloaded a selection of sci-fi fonts from 1001freefonts.com. "7th Service" and "Gunship" look good for writing on the outside of spacecraft.

The matt white vinyl is definitely the sticker paper to use. It lets you put yellow stickers on blue bricks with no problems of depth of colour.

Now I need to build something to stick it all onto!

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| November 11, 2012, 12:24 pm
Quoting David Alexander Smith
Can any of you guys give me some camera advice. For a while now I've been deeply unhappy with the quality of my photos, the main problem is the rubbish camera phone I'm using. A really dark old Victorian house doesn't help either. Anyway I want to buy a cheap reliable camera which is good for close up work. The other caveat is that I'm cash strapped at the moment - mortgage, school fees, nursery fees, loan repayments for the new floor and damp proofing; you name it I'm paying for it at the moment. Thanks for your help :).

Hi David,

I'm using an Olympus PEN E-PL2. I actually bought it because I needed a small, good quality camera because I'm starting to get my skiing and mountaineering photos published online and even in real, paper magazines! The 4/3 SLR body & lens gives great depth of field for macros of Lego though :) However, it was a very expensive purchase for me :(

There are all sorts of full sized SLRs and lenses around on the second hand market. I'd recommend Cannon, simply because their menus are the most user friendly. They're also very available and there are lots of help forums around.

I also use my old camera for taking photos of Lego. It's a Canon Powershot A650 IS. It's pretty ancient but takes great macro pics. The depth of field isn't as good as my Olympus PEN but the autofocus works a lot closer in. The G series of Powershots were great compact cameras too. Again there is a lot available second hand but I bought mine reconditioned from the official Canon UK eBay site.

Hope this provides some food for thought,

David.
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| November 11, 2012, 5:43 pm
Quoting David Roberts
Hi David,

I'm using an Olympus PEN E-PL2. I actually bought it because I needed a small, good quality camera because I'm starting to get my skiing and mountaineering photos published online and even in real, paper magazines! The 4/3 SLR body & lens gives great depth of field for macros of Lego though :) However, it was a very expensive purchase for me :(

There are all sorts of full sized SLRs and lenses around on the second hand market. I'd recommend Cannon, simply because their menus are the most user friendly. They're also very available and there are lots of help forums around.

I also use my old camera for taking photos of Lego. It's a Canon Powershot A650 IS. It's pretty ancient but takes great macro pics. The depth of field isn't as good as my Olympus PEN but the autofocus works a lot closer in. The G series of Powershots were great compact cameras too. Again there is a lot available second hand but I bought mine reconditioned from the official Canon UK eBay site.

Hope this provides some food for thought,

David.

Thanks David this is very helpful. A bit of digging around based on your cameras gives me an idea. I think I need to spend 200 by my reckoning to get something decent - maybe a Christmas present to myself. Your photos always look beautifully crisp, so I think it would be a worthy investment on my part. Just re-reading my post from yesterday, I notice what a grumpy old man I've become. I find winter frustrating at the moment, as I leave without daylight and return home after daylight, which means waiting till the weekend to photograph and post stuff. I completed a really interesting MOC yesterday, and wanted to get it up on Sunday, but realised the light had gone and that I will have to wait till Friday at the earliest to photograph it. Anyway thanks again - you should post a link to your published photos, that would be great to see.
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| November 12, 2012, 5:32 am
Quoting David Alexander Smith
Thanks David this is very helpful. A bit of digging around based on your cameras gives me an idea. I think I need to spend 200 by my reckoning to get something decent - maybe a Christmas present to myself. Your photos always look beautifully crisp, so I think it would be a worthy investment on my part. Just re-reading my post from yesterday, I notice what a grumpy old man I've become. I find winter frustrating at the moment, as I leave without daylight and return home after daylight, which means waiting till the weekend to photograph and post stuff. I completed a really interesting MOC yesterday, and wanted to get it up on Sunday, but realised the light had gone and that I will have to wait till Friday at the earliest to photograph it. Anyway thanks again - you should post a link to your published photos, that would be great to see.

I know what you mean about the light. I had to wait all week to photo the Galictic Surveyor and then a rain cloud came along, just as I was all set up!

The easiest place to find my photos is on the website of the people I work for in the winter. These are mine, apart from the middle row and number 2 (that's me in the yellow jacket & red hat!).

http://www.skinewgen.com/resorts/verbier/verbier-gallery/

Back on topic... A very useful (vital?) feature to look for is where you can choose which part of the frame the camera focuses on. It lets you do shots like the two different ones in my "In Classic Space No-one etc." without having to do the focus-lock and move the camera trick that you often have to do with most compact cameras. It also lets you do things like I did with my Mono-Wheels. I took the photos as a left focused half and a right focused half (without having to move the camera)and then glued them together in Photoshop to artificially increase the depth of field.

I'm no expert though and don't use half of the features on my camera!
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| November 12, 2012, 5:51 am
Quoting David Roberts
I know what you mean about the light. I had to wait all week to photo the Galictic Surveyor and then a rain cloud came along, just as I was all set up!

The easiest place to find my photos is on the website of the people I work for in the winter. These are mine, apart from the middle row and number 2 (that's me in the yellow jacket & red hat!).

http://www.skinewgen.com/resorts/verbier/verbier-gallery/

Back on topic... A very useful (vital?) feature to look for is where you can choose which part of the frame the camera focuses on. It lets you do shots like the two different ones in my "In Classic Space No-one etc." without having to do the focus-lock and move the camera trick that you often have to do with most compact cameras. It also lets you do things like I did with my Mono-Wheels. I took the photos as a left focused half and a right focused half (without having to move the camera)and then glued them together in Photoshop to artificially increase the depth of field.

I'm no expert though and don't use half of the features on my camera!

Those action shots are brilliant - not easy to do even with perfect lighting.
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| November 12, 2012, 6:23 am
Thanks for the invite!!
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| December 6, 2012, 5:13 pm
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Quoting Gerald F.
Thanks for the invite!!

No problemo, Dude! Feel free to post your edited pics, the program you use, all that.
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| December 6, 2012, 5:19 pm
As I'm on the other side Europe from my bricks for the winter, I've been playing even more with LDD. I'd spotted some of the impressively rendered LDD models that folk have produced and decided to have a go myself.

My first two efforts are here:

http://www.mocpages.com/image_zoom.php?mocid=336138&id=/user_images/90763/1355920212m

and here:

http://www.mocpages.com/home.php/90763

I think that this is the GIMP/PhotoShop for the digital builder.
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| December 19, 2012, 7:23 am
Quoting David Roberts
As I'm on the other side Europe from my bricks for the winter, I've been playing even more with LDD. I'd spotted some of the impressively rendered LDD models that folk have produced and decided to have a go myself.

My first two efforts are here:

http://www.mocpages.com/image_zoom.php?mocid=336138&id=/user_images/90763/1355920212m

and here:

http://www.mocpages.com/home.php/90763

I think that this is the GIMP/PhotoShop for the digital builder.


Those pictures both look great, I always think it makes LDD look much more impressive.
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| December 19, 2012, 8:45 am
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Awesome stuff! Tough to tell from the real thing, too. You can order from Bricklink anywhere, you know! ;)
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| December 19, 2012, 9:24 am
Quoting El Barto !
Awesome stuff! Tough to tell from the real thing, too. You can order from Bricklink anywhere, you know! ;)

Unfortunately I'm sharing a house with 10 other ski-instructors and there isn't much room, plus I'd have to bring it all back to Wales from Switzerland at the of the winter. My car was already packed on the outward journey.

Nonetheless, Bricklink is tempting. In the meantime, here's my latest go at this rendering game:

http://www.mocpages.com/image_zoom.php?mocid=345979&id=/user_images/90763/1355956532m

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| December 19, 2012, 5:31 pm
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Sweet stuff and no disturbing dust, or hairs!
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| December 19, 2012, 7:30 pm
Quoting Marc "Edge" R.unde
Sweet stuff and no disturbing dust, or hairs!

It is scarily real looking and has been bugging my house-mates as they can't understand how I've been building Lego models with no Lego! Here's the last one that I've done. I've worked out how to choose the camera angle now:

http://www.mocpages.com/image_zoom.php?mocid=345979&id=/user_images/90763/1356041245m
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| December 20, 2012, 5:01 pm
Hi, I have just joined this group, and am fairly new to photoshopping and editing photos... Starscream soundwave helped me, and I have edited some of my photos, I will add the model i have edited to the group :) any help on photoshopping would be appreciated, and merry christmas to everyone :)
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| December 22, 2012, 12:37 pm
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Quoting Harry Gravett
Hi, I have just joined this group, and am fairly new to photoshopping and editing photos... Starscream soundwave helped me, and I have edited some of my photos, I will add the model i have edited to the group :) any help on photoshopping would be appreciated, and merry christmas to everyone :)

Hi Harry, sorry that it took a while for anyone to get back to you. I saw your work, and the editing looked great! What specifically are you looking to accomplish with photo editing? Creating backgrounds? Headlight glare? I'm not so great at giving generic tips, but I can help you through specific tasks.
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| January 19, 2013, 10:56 am
Quoting Cody G
Hi Harry, sorry that it took a while for anyone to get back to you. I saw your work, and the editing looked great! What specifically are you looking to accomplish with photo editing? Creating backgrounds? Headlight glare? I'm not so great at giving generic tips, but I can help you through specific tasks.

Haha thanks :) basically, all my creations are red (with the exception of a few two tones), I like to sometimes edit them so the colours are more realistic to the real cars. I use photoshop, and know how to do it on a low level, but the colours I want don't always work... For example, when i try and make a model yellow, it makes the car a green/orange colour... Any tips would be a great help :)
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| January 19, 2013, 4:17 pm
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Quoting Harry Gravett
Haha thanks :) basically, all my creations are red (with the exception of a few two tones), I like to sometimes edit them so the colours are more realistic to the real cars. I use photoshop, and know how to do it on a low level, but the colours I want don't always work... For example, when i try and make a model yellow, it makes the car a green/orange colour... Any tips would be a great help :)

That's a tough one, Chief! If all your pieces were white, it wouldn't be an issue, but red is going to be a problem. You know, the whole color wheel thing... I don't know, I like the red, perfectly good color. Do you know about Bricklink? It's like ebay for Lego. Might be easier to just expand your collection.
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| January 19, 2013, 7:33 pm
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Quoting Harry Gravett
Haha thanks :) basically, all my creations are red (with the exception of a few two tones), I like to sometimes edit them so the colours are more realistic to the real cars. I use photoshop, and know how to do it on a low level, but the colours I want don't always work... For example, when i try and make a model yellow, it makes the car a green/orange colour... Any tips would be a great help :)

Have you tried making your photo black and white first? That would keep it from the red showing through. I don't know if it would be perfect, but it's worth a try.
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| January 24, 2013, 10:09 am
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Clever!! I bet that works
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| January 24, 2013, 10:51 am
My Black Eagle is 3 likes away from getting on the explore page! Come on guys, lets do this!
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| June 23, 2013, 11:42 am
Hello
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| July 10, 2013, 7:39 pm
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Quoting Reaper the Ultimate .
Hello

Hi, what's up?!
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| July 11, 2013, 8:49 am
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Quoting Reaper the Ultimate .
Hello

Hey, Dude! Looks like you're into photo editing, so I invited you to the group. What program do you use, all that stuff. Feel free to post your edited mocs, or if you have any questions for the group, go ahead and ask. Welcome aboard!
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| July 11, 2013, 11:04 am
I have a question: How do you add a gif image on MOCpages, since the downloader converts it into a jpg?
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| December 7, 2013, 5:12 pm
My newest creation has a little Gimp in it. Just so you don't think I put it in here just cause.
This pic: http://mocpages.com/image_zoom.php?mocid=394698&id=/user_images/80140/1407963376m
Look at the Crystal ball. ;)
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| August 13, 2014, 6:19 pm
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