photoshop and i were getting along

anonymous asked:

sorry quick question. what did you mean by gifing a moving panoramic shot? i don't understand lol.

a panoramic shot is a shot that pans the “camera” up, down, side to side, etc. for me, there are three types of panoramic shots to gif. easy ones, medium level ones, and hard ones. 

easy ones involve scenes where only half of the gif will be moving, so you don’t have to worry about the other half so much. it looks more like a gif connected to a screencap. so a scene like this:

would make a panoramic gif like this (note how the only part that’s moving is the bottom, while the upper half (the sky) stays the same:

medium level ones involve you basically stitching two or more gifs together up and down or side by side. in the example below, i made a gif of sokka’s part. then a gif of katara’s part. then a gif of aang’s part. and then stitched them together side by side. so this scene (note how the “camera” pans right):

would turn into this gif:

then there’s hard ones, where while the “camera” pans, each frame takes place along the entire gif. not only are all your frames connected together but they have to be placed in specific spots AND need to have several hidden layers in order for them to connect seamlessly. you have to kinda click around in photoshop to get it right lol.

that scene was hard for me to gif because i had to turn this (note how the “camera” pans up):

into this:

i hope you were able to understand because this was kind of hard to explain lol.


Alright! So the next step is complete! We got the black resin in, but it’s a little tricky to work with. A couple of demo prints resulted in just as many print errors, including the first attempt at the ring that, along with a couple other parts that were printing at the time, ultimately turned the resin tank into a shallow vat of black sludge.

ANYWAY! This ring that I’m wearing now is actually the first successful print that we were able to make! There are some issues with striation because it needed to be oriented with a tilt in order to print, but that’s nothing that can’t ultimately be sanded and buffed away with the next stage, which is getting a glossy finish on it.

What you see in the second picture is just a photoshop I did to give you an idea of what the ring will eventually look like.  As far as the paw print is concerned, there are a couple of options to actually get it on there. One is just printing out a paw print stamp and using it with some green paint before somehow sealing it. The second option is a little more involved, but also coincides with what will eventually be an attempt to print the ring in ABS plastic. This will be faster, and potentially have even better resolution, but I can also leave a cutout in the face of the ring, print a positive of the pawprint in green ABS, and glue it into the cutout. There are a lot of pawsibilities, but another step has been taken towards putting these things into production so you lovelies can get your hands on them!

Essays in Existentialism: Arkers

modern clexa au: clarke griffin is the famous singer in the band “The Arkers” and lexa woods is a top model everybody adores. words gets out that they’re dating and the two have stated on multiple times that they’rejust friends. (spoiler alert: they’re totally not.)

The house was silent, was quiet, was void of all sounds and because of that it was a glorious slice of heaven in the middle of a maddening city. With no effort left, Clarke tossed the mail on the counter to be checked later, dropped her bag in the middle of the floor, opened her empty cabinets only to close it against disinterestedly before trudging down the hall and flopping face first and star-fished straight into her big, fluffy, wondrously perfect bed.

She wasn’t sure what time it was, and for a bit, without at least a little effort, she wasn’t positive which time zone she even inhabited at the moment, but none of that mattered. She had time, she had the day to herself, and she had glorious plans to suffocate in sheets and never move.

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Week 6 - Working with Photoshop

This week we were asked to create a 2D photoshop rendering of a hairdryer. 

  • Transform and flatten sketch, clean up image

I forgot to hold down shift whilst rotating the image, it was therefore distorted which I only noticed towards the end. I should have paid more attention in reading the instructions and checking along the way. 

  • Create selection paths 

Then I used pen tool to trace the outline and internal boundaries of the hairdryer. I had no idea how to control what line/curve the pen tool creates and sometimes it added undesired “double curve.” Thus I focused more on getting the anchor points right and fix up the curves later on with direct selection tool. 

  • Generate masks and add colour scheme

This was the part I had most trouble with. 

For the masks some problems include the area outside the outline was selected instead of the internal, subtraction and inverse didn’t work. Due to the confusion I decided to reopen a file and start again. Lots of different ways and combination of commands were tested before getting it to work. 

After this colouring was quite easy in comparison. 

  • Shading and reflection 

Large amount of time was spend on this part. I had some trouble in getting started so I tried out different blending mode, brushes and explored the layer property dialogue box. Although unnecessary time was spend, I got more familiar with photoshop in this part which came in handy in parts to come. Later I realised it didn’t work because the Light layer was mistakenly put below the dark layer, and the blending mode of D was not multiply. 

The actual painting was a fun process. I played around with varying type, size and opacity of brushes, as well as the eraser. With lots of research and trials and errors, I discovered 3 ways to avoid awkward/unnatural overlapping lines and get a more realistic look: 

  1. Start with high opacity, then go over it with a larger size and lower opacity to create a gradual change in shade. Brushes with low opacity (e.g. 5% and 13%) was great to used to overlap and create a smooth change in shadow.
  2. The eraser tool was useful in tidying up. It brightens the colour when applied on Dark layer and the opposite on the Light layer. 
  3. Soft round brush was used in most parts. 

This was the part I enjoyed the most as it was very rewarding to watch it transformed bits by bits, and to improve by solving problems that I came across. 

  • The rest were quite straight forward (detailing, adding LCD display, textures, graphics and background)   


I have little experience in Photoshop and this is first rendering. The tutorial was very detailed and helpful. I came across lots of “didn’t work” and confusion, however overcoming them was itself a satisfying process. Currently I’m still working at a slow pace as I get more familiar with Photoshop, but again, with practice comes skills and speed. 


My hands hurt, back is cramped and I didn’t get much sleep but it’s worth it. I finally finished these two babies in time for Sabakon this weekend! 😻

I’ll be offering them as prints along with my Link piece I did from Breath of the Wild and Pidge from Voltron (featuring the space mice!)

Both were done with Neopiko liners, watercolor and colored pencil. Editing in Photoshop


So I saw that Operation Victory Arrow finally released some news on the animation studio and theater times for when it plays! They also announced that along with a purchase of a ticket (I think, I could be getting this completely wrong so pardon me ^^’) you would receive a rubber strap/charm! These were the characters and images shown and my gosh look how cute they are!! <333 I’ll be huntin’ them down online if people sell them. If not, I couldn’t resist cleaning up the original images in Photoshop (they had SAMPLE watermarked over top).

I hope you enjoy them! They are transparent too~ I had to guess a lot on Minna (especially the fan, oops) but Trude and Erica were much easier to do. \o/


And tell me, did you fall for a shooting star,
One without a permanent scar?
And did you miss me while you were looking for yourself?
And did you finally get the chance to dance along the light of day?
And did you fall for a shooting star, fall for a shooting star?
And now you’re lonely looking for yourself out there. 

story time so this time last year I had a really cool looking usb stick with chinese dragons and stuff on, and this one girl in my class said she really liked it and she asked me what kinda stuff I had on it and somewhere along the line I ended up mentioning the snapchats I got from were 5sos on it. anyway, she actually ended up stealing that usb from me to get the snaps but joke’s on her because the day before she took it I deleted them off it, so the only thing on that usb was some photoshopped pictures of brendon urie wearing lingerie so I hope she liked them 

Rogue One - Initial Spoiler-y Thoughts

I have just been to see Rogue One and want to quickly chronicle my immediate response to it in the aftermath. This post will go crazy with the spoilers, which is why it uses a cut and is tagged accordingly. 

In short, do not read on if you don’t want to be spoiled for Rogue One!

Kirsty and I will discuss the film at length tomorrow for the Scavenger’s Hoard podcast, so keep your eyes peeled for the next episode. 

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anonymous asked:

Would you ever consider making the 'God n' Gabe' design into a wall tapestry for Society6? or for that matter your 'Get Along Cage' into one as well? cause I know I would love one =D


I WANNA SEE ONE OF THESE IN PERSON??? imagine lugging this to a con. or. you could probably use this as a blanket. construct a tent

ANYWAY, i’ll toss up a get-along cage one too soon! i totally forgot this feature was available. photoshop has a tough time handling so many big files at once for me, though!

Anonymous said:

i’m SO excited you’re selling charms again. i got a Mockumentary Jared a while back and i definitely need a little Dean or Jensen to go with him. all your stuff is just too cute and i love it

i’m excited about it too, seeing the race yesterday was insane! i did not expect that! i hope you were able to get one! i don’t have any of the mockumentary designs on me anymore, but i do have plenty of deans. if you weren’t able to grab one yesterday, there’ll be more up of the same designs on friday!

7 Tips for New Artists Looking to Improve

Look, I don’t claim to be a professional artist.  I didn’t study in the arts and I only work freelance as an artist right now actually (though surprisingly, I never thought I really would get a chance to in my life).  But I have been drawing all my life.  I just didn’t get super serious about it until the past two years, but in that past two years, I’ve learned a LOT and still have a lot to learn.

But for my friends out there who were once like me and wanted to get better at drawing or using computer programs like Photoshop and Manga Studio and the like, here are some little tips I learned along the way that helped me grow the most as an artist.

Maybe they’ll help you too.

You don’t have to have gone to a fancy art school to start drawing.  Hell, I went to an art school for four years and I only took like two art classes.  But that doesn’t mean I’m immune to learning.  Teach yourself the basics.  Get a book from the library or google some tutorials.  Don’t trace and don’t spend your whole life trying to just copy what you can see.  Learn how simple shapes make complex shapes.  Before you leap straight into cartooning or drawing anime girls or whatever, practice some figure drawing.  Like human being figures.  Like sometimes naked people figures.  Get a feel for drawing real humans.  You don’t have to master it, but once you understand that, constructing a lot of stuff gets a lot easier from there.

Simple as that.  Sure you can carve a cube into your middle school desk, but can you reliably draw other 3D shapes?  From other angles besides ¾ths view?  Learn to give basic shapes depth and dimension as well as how to shade them too.  Once again, foundation stuff that will pay off in the long run.

I use to hate drawing hair.  I was bad at drawing hair.  So I made a point to practice drawing hair.  I googled hairstyles and tried to draw them, even if I hated it.  I’m better at drawing hair now and I can still get better.  But I don’t suck.  Whatever your hurdle is, make a point to take some time and overcome it.  Maybe you suck at drawing hands, maybe your eyes always look like creepy dolls, maybe you don’t understand teeth, whatever.  Do your homework and learn to conquer the things you hate and can’t do.

Coordinatng colors is really hard if you haven’t been trained to do it.  Its like trying to pick out the right colors from that rainbow in Photoshop all without making your drawing look like a Liquid Television reject.  Once more, get a book, read up on colors and learn how to make it work.  I say book because electronic screens do not give good use of colors any credit.  There’s a good chance the colors on your monitor suck.  And when you try printing something out, you’re gonna get something thats not what you saw on your computer.  Trust me on this.  Oh, and I also definitely recommend grabbing some books or pamphlets about coordingating colors for painting houses.  A wonderful beginners tool for seeing what good palettes look like.  Get a feel for expressing temperature with color.  What colors make an image look warm?  Cold?  Both at once?  This is important to know.

Practice drawing circles, over and over and over for days and days until you whip out a perfect circle without trying.  Learn to master controlling your line thickness and widths, ESPECIALLY if you plan to draw digitally.  Learn to draw solid shapes without guides and rules.  LEARN TO DRAW STRAIGHT LINES.  These are skills that need to be practiced for months before they become second nature, sad to say, but true.  Be ready to put that time in.

I get it, you wanna have a style all your own.  You see something like Adventure Time which looks wholly original and pleasant but has a stylized simplicity to it.  You wanna draw something in a way no one has ever drawn it before.  To do that, you’re gonna have to draw in a way everyone’s drawn before.  Learn a standard way to draw and the rules that come with that.  Rules of shape, size, weight, and so on.  After you’ve gotten to know these things, then you’re ready to break some rules.  You’d be surprised how many of the best simple designs are age-old designs with simple twists on them.  Plus this will just make you more versatile overall.  Get what I’m sayin’?

Go out and feed your brain.  Read some comics, go to a museum (any kind will do), watch a movie with beautiful cinematography, watch a movie with shots that challenge your mind, pay attention to how cartoons are animated– this is all the stuff you will have to draw from when you’re, well, drawing.  If you’re that kind of person who refuses to step outside your comfort zone of only consuming Japanese media or not watching any movie made before 1996 or some bullshit like that, I gotta be honest with you, you’ll never be as good an artist as you want to be.  The cool thing about art is that art is a culture and culture is influenced by the world and people around it, present and past.  To shut yourself off from experiences is to shut your mind off from new ways of thinking, of seeing.  I think Akira Kurasawa put it best in describing the meaning of art as being unafraid to look at something that might be hard to look at.  Never be afraid of expanding your world view and acknowledging that thousands of people lived before you and will live after you.  And many of those people will be smarter than you ever will be– but that there’s also so much we can learn from them.  That’s how I went from thinking that Westerns were shallow shells of a genre reserved for machismo fantasies to discovering that most of the best Westerns not only paint a beautiful original image of America but also tend to criticize masculine fantasies quite heavily– many aspects that I forever would like to carry in my future works.  My point is, keep an open mind and always give your brain something to work with, even if you might not quite be hungry for it at the time.  After all, the brain is a muscles and you gotta keep muscles in shape for them to work.

Now, like I said, I’m no professional.  I’m still learning a lot of stuff and have a lot more stuff to learn, but I always get people asking me how i do my stuff or how I get started, and well, these steps are a big part of that.  I essentially spent the better part of one of the most important years of my life learning these things alongside others.  I just should hope that I can impart some of what I’ve learned onto my peers and perhaps others beyond that.  I think we all have the potential within us to create something beautiful.  The only thing is, that only begins when we sit down with the decision and the conviction to move ahead and actually do something with our lives.