How much fun are you and @jhgraham having together? And have you taught her any of your mad photoshop skills? ;)
JG says it’s one of her goals to acquire crazy-good Photoshop skills like mine. ;) She’s taking requests from the general public. If there’s anything in particular you want to see, let us know asap, and I’ll give her a tutorial…. but be warned. We’re now working together, side-by-side. Things could get out of hand. lol
We’re having a blast. Thanks for asking. Can’t quite believe we managed to meet up in person! And our husbands get along great, so yay!. And we’ve killed two bottles of wine (so far). It’s wonderful. Relaxed. Fun!
We have been talking about you, @jennycbs, as a matter of fact. Planning our next fics very much with you and our other devoted readers in mind! Stay tuned….
your anatomy work is amazing! are there any hacks/tutorials you can recommend to someone struggling to improve in that area?
ooooouuuf that’s a tough one! (I don’t really think I’m especially good at anatomy in my digital works, because I’m also kinda new to it, but that aside:)
I study arts right now and I have done it for the last 4 years. I’ve been trained on model studies and model drawing A LOT. So that has a big influence on what I do here.
But if I struggle with drawing poses, I try using previous drawings as an example. I use photoshop and I sometimes take the lineart layer of a previous work and cut, paste, mirror, scale and rotate body parts into other poses. That way I create a new posture or composition that replaces my original sketch. This works well for me because my proportions are more correct when I do this. I also always sketch on paper and use those to make clean line art in photoshop.
The best way to get your anatomy right is to use a live model, but I know that is kinda hard to get to. So I try searching for pictures of people in specific poses, that can be via internet, study books (I have some anatomy books at home that I sometimes use) or other artwork. If you look at Egon Schiele, Alfons Mucha, Toulouse Lautrec, etc. you’ll find some interesting poses you can practice on.
But I tell you, I had way more training at drawing realistic, so drawing digital fanart in a more cartoonish style is still hard for me, so I’m training everyday with these techniques. I hope this is helpful and if you have more questions you know where to find me.
here is a link to a tutorial I once recorded that shows some of these techniques, enjoy <3
im Lazy and have been dicking around in photoshop enough so since these go around faster i’ll just? push this in? like / reblog (preferred) if you wouldn’t mind interacting with blake from rw//by? she primarily set in volume one to volume three. thanks in advance!! stay frosty pupperonis
honestly, a lot of trial and error! it really doesnt take much skill to make basic cc, but you’ve got to have patience. i’m horrible at explaining things and stuff like that, but tbh i just googled ‘how to make sims 4 cc’ and went off of there. ive been pretty familiar with Photoshop for about 3 years now, so i think that background knowledge gave me a leg up. but overall it is pretty easy to make a basic recolor, theres probably thousands of tutorials on it. i hope this helps anyone! :)
Hey guys!! I’m not sure if it’s just me or not, but my photoshop program has been acting super weird all weekend. First it said I didn’t have a subscription (I do, I just got billed for it last week) so I had to start a free trial and then I closed it this morning and reopened it because it was acting buggy and it said that my 7 day trial ended… in one day? So now I can’t open photoshop at all to work :(
Anyway! I just wanted to let you guys know I’m sorry it’s been radio silence from me, I’ve been trying to contact adobe for the past two days to fix this but they keep telling me their system is down too so I’m hoping tomorrow when they have their normal help desk open we can get it all sorted out. (Or maybe it will just start working?)
Anyway, I promise I am still working on things, I hope to have stuff for you all soon! <3
i would listen to this stupid mix every day if it would bring you back. i would never listen to any good music ever again. but it won’t. how is it possible i’m never going to see you again? how can you be over? how is it possible i’m never going to do any weird things with you ever again? how can i have all this power, and i couldn’t hold on to you? the one time. the one time i needed it. what am i doing? jen. it’s not fair. dad says people are going to act like the world is ending now. maybe it is. it’s not the world. it’s just jen. jen’s world is over. now maybe everything will change.
I love you charms!! They are so cute!! As an artist trying to get started on selling my own products, i was wondering if i could ask how you make your packaging look so nice? I would love to learn how to make my stuff look so professional.
Oh me gosh, you have no idea how much that means to me… I’m emotional now! ( ･ᴗ･̥̥̥ ) Thank you very much lovely! ( ◜◒◝ )♡ I apologize in advanced for taking forever to answer your wonderful ask. You caught me right in the middle of prepping for a convention ｡(*^▽^*)ゞ
Anywhosies~ Here’s a small tutorial on how I do my packaging for charms:
First, make your design. I sometimes sketch out the design on paper before I move onto Photoshop. Depending on how big you want your packaging to be, is how big you want your design to be. I prefer to use 3x5in and always work under a 300dpi/resolution or bigger. Make sure you are able to find baggies with your dimensions before you design. I’ll talk about this further into this tutorial.
Tip: Make your width at least .25in smaller! Some baggies are a couple of millimeters smaller from the actual width. I keep forgetting to fix this little detail thus why you see the width as 3in instead of 2.75in.
The design is really up to you. You can have a theme going on per set, per charm, or you can even just use your logo as the design for every charm and make your life easier lol There’s no rules to follow, just have fun and design away!
Tip: Don’t overdue your designs though, you want the charm to be the main focus. Something simple yet fun and or elegant will work. Don’t be afraid to google examples of other people’s designs. That will give you an idea and get you going.
Save your designs! Save them as both a JPG and PS file (or as the software you are using).
Be organized! If you plan on having multiple designs or even make lots more charms in the future, name them so they are easier to find. Your packaging designs can even have their own folder or sub folder if needed.
Setting up. Open any wordpad or word processor of your choice and add your design. Depending on how big your design is, you’ll be able to fit more or less.
Print a test page. Print your design on your everyday normal paper just to check that everything looks okay! If your printer is like mine, it will be a troll and sometimes print a bit crooked, but don’t worry! Since they’ll be cut, it doesn’t affect your designs in any way.
Now let’s print…
Ta-daaaa! Here are my designs that I printed on the cardstock I fell in love with. The cardstock I use is called Astroparche Cover Stock and it’s from the brand, Neenah. I love the natural look it has–it’s not white, so ye be warned that the colors will have a small slight tint of yellow when printing. The cardstock is also thick enough for my printer to use and sturdy enough for my charms. You can find this cardstock on Amazon, but I was lucky enough to find it at my local Office Depot!
Tip: Photo paper can also be used if you so prefer. Again, whatever makes you happy and works best for you.
Get your handy dandy paper cutter ready…
Cut, cut, cut! Cut out all your designs with your paper cutter. I don’t suggest using scissors unless you trust your hand enough that it won’t mess up and cut straight! If you don’t have a paper cutter, note that you most certainly do not need to buy the huge guillotine type. There’s small ones that can be used and can even be taken with you to conventions! The one I use is small and cute and has been with me for three years and the extra blade that came with it has not been used yet. Amazing~
Punch, punch, punch! Time to get your hole puncher and punch them little holes. I actually have a special hole puncher with a 3mm hole, but you can definitely use a regular 6mm hole puncher. How far down you want your hole to be is up to you.
Tip: If you want to get fancy, you can even buy hole punchers that have cute hole designs! Like stars or hearts ♡
Baggies!!! So, remember how I said to make sure to find baggies with the dimensions you plan to use before designing? This is only because of the rare chance you use certain dimensions that there’s no baggies for. Always double check!
Anyways, when buying baggies, make sure that you go half and inch (or more) above your height so you can create a tab to fold back and tape your baggie shut. You can also find baggies that already have adhesive! It’s just a matter of what you like and what works for you. Maybe you want to get creative and use a cute sticker or washi tape to close your baggie, who knows! Some people even buy baggies with hang tabs to hang them for display when they’re tabling in conventions.
“But Dee, where do I find baggies??”
*squishes your cheeks and whispers*
Ebay… Ebay is your best friend. Search for clear cello/poly bags (￣▽￣*)
Setting up! Once you have your charms built and ready to go, it’s time to package them and use your new super duper amazing designs! For this, we’ll be using washi tape since it doesn’t leave any residue and it’s easier to peel off. Any washi tape will do, it doesn’t matter! I tend to rip off about 10-20 pieces at a time to have them ready to go. It makes things easier on my end.
For cellphone straps: Loop the strap inside the hole and align your charm. Once you are happy, tape the strap with the washi tape.
For key chains: Yes, it works just as well! But we’ll be needing ribbon, 3mm wide ribbon to be exact. Cut about 2in and loop one end inside the split ring while bringing the other end above. Bring both ends of the ribbon into the hole and align your charm. Once you are happy, tape the ribbon. You should now have your charm cutely hanging from the ribbon~
All you gotta do now is bag ‘em, seal ‘em, and you are ready to go! Look at you–you did it! I’m so proud of you ( ･ᴗ･̥̥̥ )
I hope this helps you and anyone else looking to start making their own unique packaging for their cute charms~ ❤ (ɔˆз(ˆ⌣ˆc)
“The Body Issue, Bits. You can’t turn this down, and if I did it for you, you have to do it for me.”
Actually, a three-hour naked photoshoot on ice is definitely something he can turn down, but he promised Jack he would participate if asked. Granted, it was a sleep-deprived, post-coital promise, but a promise just the same.
A copy of the spread from Jack’s issue is already tastefully hung in the master bathroom of his townhouse. Eric will have to get his framed to match.
It’s not about the nudity, except, maybe it is a little bit, but he’s worked hard to get his body to look this good. His ass may never be in the same arena as Jack’s magnificent backside, but hell, if the whole world got to ogle Jack, why can’t Eric get some love, too?