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So, anyone wanna volunteer to have their already-photo-edited MOC hacked on, I mean, critiqued? We can talk about lighting, coloring, placement, erasing, whatever.
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| September 14, 2010, 6:52 pm
Man I'm still just trying to get my ship to over lay a space picture.. you know anywhere to get a basic guide for gimp?
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| September 19, 2010, 9:15 pm
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Quoting Neb Snori
Man I'm still just trying to get my ship to over lay a space picture.. you know anywhere to get a basic guide for gimp?


There was one online, but it was a real bugger to decipher. So here it goes:
Load your pictures. Use the Image dragdown and hit Scale Image. Get your two pictures scaled to the same size. I use 1000. Then go over to the Windows dragdown, Dockable Dialogs, Layers. Then go to the Lego image, go over to Layer, hit New From Visible, then go over to the little layers box, right click the lower box and delete it. The hit the little check box to Lock it. The start erasing! Seven hours later, you can drag the little image from the Layers box over to the background and badda bing!
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| September 19, 2010, 9:29 pm
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Then there's the Colors box to fiddle with darkness, contrast and tints.
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| September 19, 2010, 9:30 pm
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Quoting Neb Snori
Man I'm still just trying to get my ship to over lay a space picture.. you know anywhere to get a basic guide for gimp?

Any luck so far?
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| September 21, 2010, 10:50 am
Quoting El Barto !
Any luck so far?

Yes I tried it the way you said to. I was able to do what I was trying to do.. but I just haven't had the time to sit down and do one yet though. but I will for sure now. Thanks for the help. I'll post it when I do it.
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| September 21, 2010, 8:44 pm
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Quoting Neb Snori
Yes I tried it the way you said to. I was able to do what I was trying to do.. but I just haven't had the time to sit down and do one yet though. but I will for sure now. Thanks for the help. I'll post it when I do it.

Glad I could help. The color features are quite useful to fiddle with as far as getting the Moc and the background to match up. The window with all the functions is handy, too. As far as the erasing, as you zoom in, don't forget to keep making the erase thing smaller. And you can even erase once you've put the Moc over the background. Plus you can control what percentage you can erase. That's how I did the Caprica Waterfront waterline to blur the photo with the Lego. It's really a program loaded with features. And you can always hit the Undo whatever! Have fun, can't wait to see what you come up with.
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| September 21, 2010, 9:05 pm
OK check it out now! I did my first one! thanks for the help.. criticize away!! tips? anything, let it all out people!
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| September 23, 2010, 9:37 pm
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Looks great! And the setting looks familiar, too, no wonder I like it. But it's a good one to use. Looks like you did the erasing really accurately, and that's pretty important. The only thing I can think of to critique would be the direction of the lighting, and this is something that was pointed out to me in the past. So, what I would probably do is take the same picture of the ship, but in front of a window. Does that make sense? That way, the hull that faces the viewer (port side) is more in shadow, and the starboard side is highlighted. I see a window in the first couple shots, I'd use that. More natural light, at least to go with that background. Your third shot would be good in some kind of nebula, where light direction doesn't really matter. But Dude, great job on a first Gimpification!
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| September 23, 2010, 10:54 pm
great tips! I'll mess with that in a few day when I get back from Disney.. and the Lego store up there! :)
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| September 23, 2010, 11:57 pm
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Quoting Neb Snori
great tips! I'll mess with that in a few day when I get back from Disney.. and the Lego store up there! :)

We're going on a trip soon, too, and I just realized it'll take us by four different Lego Stores! And I haven't even been in one yet. Pretty psyched, because I need supplies!
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| September 27, 2010, 7:47 pm
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Anyone else in the middle of a project? Looking for ideas?
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| October 8, 2010, 8:36 pm
Hey Im in the process of trying to put a space background on my photo. Im stuck in your directions right after you click windows, layers and then New from Visible. I don't know what little box your saying to delete. Well pretty much everything after that im lost. Any help would be great.
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| November 12, 2010, 10:39 pm
Was able to figure out how to get my background on my photo after about 2 hours lol. Pointers would be great if you guys can thanks.
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| November 13, 2010, 10:42 am
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Quoting Peter Mowry
Was able to figure out how to get my background on my photo after about 2 hours lol. Pointers would be great if you guys can thanks.

Dude, sorry I missed your question! But the picture looks great! I commented on the other one, too, which might need some tweaking, but geeze, you learn quick!
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| November 14, 2010, 6:53 pm
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Quoting Peter Mowry
Hey Im in the process of trying to put a space background on my photo. Im stuck in your directions right after you click windows, layers and then New from Visible. I don't know what little box your saying to delete. Well pretty much everything after that im lost. Any help would be great.

Yes, the little layers box, the lower duplicate picture box. But you figured it out already, just in case someone else is trying to decipher it.
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| November 14, 2010, 6:55 pm
Hey EL Barto. Got another question. Im in the process of another ship. In Gimp I would like to add lazer fire and engine exhaust elements to my photo's. What would be the easiest and simpliest way to do that? Thanks.

By the way great job on your latest chapter on battle star.
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| November 20, 2010, 11:58 pm
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Quoting Peter Mowry
Hey EL Barto. Got another question. Im in the process of another ship. In Gimp I would like to add lazer fire and engine exhaust elements to my photo's. What would be the easiest and simpliest way to do that? Thanks.

By the way great job on your latest chapter on battle star.

Thanks for the comment! Anyway, what I've done in the past for exhaust is to just use the airbrush feature. I set the opacity to 50% and try and build some layers of pale blue and then white. My Combat Landing shows that pretty clearly. As far as laser blasts, I've just drawn them in the same way, starting with a real skinny line to get the right angle, and then going back to make it more dramatic. But that's as far as I've gotten with special effects, maybe someone else has some suggestions?
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| November 21, 2010, 8:41 am
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Just adding a comment to get this topic on the main group page.
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| March 11, 2011, 4:46 pm
Hey! I was wondering if you have any idea how to do special effects, (laser fire and engine exhaust), with Adobe Photoshop Elements 7.0?

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| March 28, 2011, 11:28 pm
I guess I am ready for a bit of victimization -- I like how my Gropos mech came out in the title pic. But what do I need to learn and look out for? Note, the glow in the windscreen was from the TV and I had to smudge the crap out of the layer to get the reflection down to something usable. NOTE: to self, keep TV off when taking pics for MOC's.
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| April 9, 2011, 7:21 am
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Quoting Archon Mitchell
I guess I am ready for a bit of victimization -- I like how my Gropos mech came out in the title pic. But what do I need to learn and look out for? Note, the glow in the windscreen was from the TV and I had to smudge the crap out of the layer to get the reflection down to something usable. NOTE: to self, keep TV off when taking pics for MOC's.

I think it's a cool pic! But, and there's always a but, because that's why we're here...Anyway, I would try and get a shot a little bit farther away, maybe not showing the entire mech ( I like how you did that) but a little bit more, just to draw in the audience so they know what it is you've got. The color and lighting is dramatic, and the glow from the TV is a great idea!
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| April 9, 2011, 9:13 am
Quoting El Barto !
I think it's a cool pic! But, and there's always a but, because that's why we're here...Anyway, I would try and get a shot a little bit farther away, maybe not showing the entire mech ( I like how you did that) but a little bit more, just to draw in the audience so they know what it is you've got. The color and lighting is dramatic, and the glow from the TV is a great idea!

Really? Hmmmmm. But I see what you mean about more of a tease so...
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| April 9, 2011, 9:44 pm
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Quoting Archon Mitchell
Really? Hmmmmm. But I see what you mean about more of a tease so...

I'm not saying to ditch the pic, but maybe the same shot with a bit more highlighting around the cockpit? Just to draw the viewer in to look at the rest. It's a cool idea, though, and the mech fits right in with the look of the Starfury. Any plans to build a micro Babylon 5 Station? Pick up the show where it left off?
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| April 10, 2011, 9:24 am
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Quoting Adrian Taylor
Hey! I was wondering if you have any idea how to do special effects, (laser fire and engine exhaust), with Adobe Photoshop Elements 7.0?

Missed this comment! I suggest posting this question over in the Photoshop thread, and maybe leaving a comment on one of Dennis' mocs to see if he might help you out. He does some wicked special effects!
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| April 10, 2011, 9:35 am
Quoting El Barto !
I'm not saying to ditch the pic, but maybe the same shot with a bit more highlighting around the cockpit? Just to draw the viewer in to look at the rest. It's a cool idea, though, and the mech fits right in with the look of the Starfury. Any plans to build a micro Babylon 5 Station? Pick up the show where it left off?

I have thought of it and will likely build an Aurora/Thunderbolt before I think about the mini-scale station. But I have a vig to do before all that. My son wants me to do one and challenged me to do one with certain pieces.
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| April 10, 2011, 10:48 am
Quoting Adrian Taylor
Hey! I was wondering if you have any idea how to do special effects, (laser fire and engine exhaust), with Adobe Photoshop Elements 7.0?

Laser fire is one of those effects that looks really difficult, but is really easy to do. Here's laser-making in a few steps:

1. Make the basic shape of your laser in white on a new blank layer. I usually use the ellipse tool or the rounded rectangle tool for this, although it doesn't really matter as long as you get a slaser-like shape.

2. Duplicate the layer you just made.

3. Color the new layer red (or whatever color your laser is going to be) and put it under the white one.

4. Gaussian blur the colored layer until you think it looks good. Then Gaussian blur the white layer, but a bit less than the colored layer. You should end up with what looks like a laser beam with a white core.

5. Merge the layers and position your laser as it will be in the final image.

6. Motion blur to taste in the direction that the laser will be firing. This step is optional, but at times it can look a little nicer than without the extra blur.

7. Mess with it. You can do a lot of stuff, like lightsabers, with this technique. You can also do the engine exhaust you mentioned, although I often find it easier to just use very soft brushes to do that. Good luck, have fun!


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| August 26, 2011, 10:18 pm
ok if your new to GIMP (like me) and you want to put your pics on a white back ground, follow these steps.

1. find the pic of your legos

2. outline it with the free select tool

3. (optional) go to select, then feather. then it will bring up a box with numbers. i usually do 60.00. what it does is it smoothes the lines you made out. the lower, the smother it will be.

4. right click. edit, cut

5. then bring up another GIMP and hit, file, then click on new. it will bring up a white slide.

6. paste your creation that you cut from the first gimp. it might be way big (thats ok). if its big, then resize it the the risizing tool. if this dosent work, try resizing it before you cut and paste it.

7. save as- when you save it will have the name of your creation and then xcf. or whatever. delete exf. and replace it with JPEG so you can upload it to mocpages. then hit SAVE and then your done. i hope this helps!
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| January 1, 2012, 1:24 am
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I'd like a critique on my poster for Galaxus: http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/307174

A general overview would be good, but some extra tips on the laser blast and glowing eye would be great. Thanks!
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| January 31, 2012, 4:49 pm

they're good. try editing the backgrounds so they are white... it's not too easy...
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| March 7, 2012, 9:55 pm
Here's my first attempt. I only edited the main pic:
http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/314224
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| March 16, 2012, 6:21 pm
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