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danjama
11-15-2005, 02:20 PM
I need some advice on making composites? Ive seen urs on the screenshot thread and i like em. Do u fancy helpin me?

Low_Flyer_MkII
11-15-2005, 02:23 PM
Always happy to help, dear boy - what do you want to know?

danjama
11-15-2005, 02:29 PM
Thanks http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif I am wondering a couple things.

1. How do i cut the planes perfect like that? When i zoom in and cut precisely around the edges, when i select cut it always just takes a large square around the plane off, instead of just the plane??!

2. Is there a trick to gettin the plane size correct to ur landscape? Ihavnt got to this point yet cau i cant cut properly but its somthing that popped up.

I am using GIMP

Low_Flyer_MkII
11-15-2005, 03:02 PM
Ah, we might have a problem...I use Photoshop. Don't know what tools you have with Gimp but this might give you a few ideas.

Photoshop has a 'magic wand' tool. As long as the background is clear blue sky, I just click on the background, click on 'select inverse' and then click and drag the cut out image onto the selected landscape - still ignoring prop blades, don't think it detracts too much. I tend to simply paint out the prop circle to match the sky before applying the magic wand. A lot less effort than cutting around the whole 'plane.

Once the 'plane is over the landscape, I may or may not use poster edges, blur, film grain or anisotropic distortion filters, then fade the effect from the edit menu - knowing (or thinkinking you know) when to stop is half the battle. I'm very impatient so tend to bang them out and move on to the next one - I really admire Jura and Orheim for their patience in blending and shading. (I could claim that I believe art should be immediate, but feel honesty is the best policy here). http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif One fine day I'll work out a simple way to do prop blades but until then I'll carry on.

I may resize the image depending on how it fits the landscape (step backwards, resize, cut and paste again) and I tend to compose the image with space on the left of the picture to accomodate icons for desktop wallpaper.

Don't know if that's any help or not, as I said, I've never used Gimp, hope it's given you a few ideas if nothing else. Maybe a kindly passing Gimp user could chip in here? What are the similarities with Photoshop?

Cheers!

danjama
11-15-2005, 03:33 PM
That sounds like a nice litle trick with the cuttin it. Ill give it a go. anyones help is appreciated. Thanks Low_Flyer. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

You will be the first to know when ive done my first composite http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

Low_Flyer_MkII
11-15-2005, 03:51 PM
Looking forward to seeing your piccies - here's a site I blagged some backgrounds from they're 800x600 but blow up to 1024 quite nicely. Have fun.
http://www.cloudman.com/gallery1_1.html

polak5
11-15-2005, 03:56 PM
wow those are some nice backgrounds http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

Low_Flyer_MkII
11-15-2005, 04:05 PM
I hope it encourages others to have a go. It gets quite addictive.
http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y231/Low_Flyer/SpitfireSunset.jpg

danjama
11-15-2005, 04:13 PM
Nice pic http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif Loads of backgrounds to go through there too. Cheers.

Low_Flyer_MkII
11-15-2005, 05:35 PM
One more before turning in.
http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y231/Low_Flyer/Corsair.jpg

danjama
11-15-2005, 06:03 PM
Very nice, backgroundis maybe a bit too dark forthe bright aeroplane but who am i to talk lol. Very nice!

Low_Flyer_MkII
11-15-2005, 06:11 PM
You might have a point - think the 2 Spits over water came out best.

If anyone wants to improve on my pics by taking longer than 10 minutes on them, adding prop blades, smoothing out jaggies etc, please have a go - let us know you do it. Goodnight all http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

danjama
11-15-2005, 06:38 PM
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif yeah the spit one is nice and all the ones u posted in screenshot thread were really inspiring. Gnite