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« on: 15 July 2009, 06:59:18 »

I made the attached in Gimp.

I was pleased with that effort :)
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« Reply #1 on: 15 July 2009, 10:45:48 »

Yes, well done.   thumbup

Were you intending on using it yourself or were you offering it up to someone to use?  I am not asking because I need it.  I was just curious.
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« Reply #2 on: 15 July 2009, 10:49:14 »

I'm thinking of using it myself ... but if others want to use it as well, they are more than welcome to do so. :D

- Dek

Edit: In any case, I do have a version of it now with text on it ... for my work on the entry for my kyrattin researcher and tedious researcher
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« Reply #3 on: 16 July 2009, 04:30:45 »

Looks great, Deklitch :)

There's always some more realism you can add by trying to make the edges used a bit, like in that parchment I mentioned somewhere. *digs it up*



Usually you can do such things by using a half transparent brush on the edges or something - or go for a certain filter and then make it a bit more irregular by  removing parts of it etc. Depends on the program you use what works best.
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« Reply #4 on: 16 July 2009, 11:25:08 »

Thanks for that Artimodor. I'll have a look into that and see what I can do ... once I actually work out how to bring up a half-transparent brush, or other filters or even the 'burn tool' suggested by Valan. I try to use GIMP, if anyone can advise me what to try :D

In any case, Valan thought my 'We are not amused' Kyrattin Cattle would be best suited (and should only be shown) if done by someone up to the age of six ... so based on that thought, (thanks Valan for the idea) I have done the following!

I hope you enjoy  evil
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« Reply #5 on: 17 July 2009, 02:02:40 »

On that half transparency thingy: GIMP surely can do separate layers, so make sure to always use own layers when you try something new. In Photoshop you can easily change the transparency of the whole layer, so if you can do that on GIMP as well, you got something very cool with that feature, as it has multiple uses in various respects.

For example, a favourite thing I mention from time to time is fog. If you want to put fog in a picture, draw your fog clouds on an own layer, and then just do the whole rest with regulating the transparency of the whole layer. Pretty simple and very effective when you let the background shine through that way.

This might also work here with stuff on the edges, where you can play around at an own layer and if it is too dominating just give it a higher transparency. That effect might also work e.g. with putting something on a parchment, like the cattle, which somehow should look more embedded on the parchment. Can be done with adding a little transparency as well, though Photoshop has own filters for things like this (copying patterns into layers and stuff like that).

Just wanted to tell you a bit about the advantages of a little transparency effect - simple in handling, can have great results :D
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« Reply #6 on: 17 July 2009, 07:13:35 »

Oh I see ... yeah, Gimp has layers, I even did each of the parts of my parchment on its own layer. I then used a tool called a 'free select tool' to cut out bits of the parchment layer. The background was black, then I did the parchment layer, then I did that redish layer. So, I used transparancy there. When you mentioned a 'half transparent brush' I thought it was a new tool of some kind.

I will continue to play around is it. Is it fine for me to continue to post my efforts in here? Or would it be better for me not to do that?
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« Reply #7 on: 31 July 2009, 02:38:54 »

hey, this reminds me - I've done a picture of a scroll some years ago, for the ME ccg, which is already non existant and never got payed for it. It's quite large (original is 3000x4200 pixels), here is a preview - let me know if you want to use it, and what size you need, and I'll rescale and upload it for you:
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« Reply #8 on: 31 July 2009, 03:44:52 »

The brilliance of your Kyrattin cattle illustration continues to astound me, Dek. And make me lol.  :D It's crying out to be the star of a flash animation, I think. Now if only I had flash...
Good work with the parchment though. Just keep practising with gimp and you'll be expert in no time.
That scroll could be very useful, Faugar! Thankyou for uploading it. :)
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« Reply #9 on: 31 July 2009, 04:27:22 »

An empty scroll is always great to have, Faugar! If you could send me the original version, that would be perfect, then I have it for disposal in the best size when I need it somewhere! - And I'm sure I'll find a proper use for it sooner or later! thumbup
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