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Postby baseball6791 » Wed Mar 22, 2006 3:14 am

gostanford07 wrote:One more question... where do you get your player renders. I am very new to the whole process but would like to at least give it a try. Do you have to find pictures on say, Google, and then cut around the player? In your Peavy tutorial (which was excellent by the way), you had a pre-made render of the pitcher. Just wondering where you got it and others. Thanks again.


Usually you have to just search google, but this site has some very good high quality picks, but for a smaller range of players (usually the bigger stars). Usually that is the first place I check and if they dont have what I need there I go to google ;-D
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Postby thomasps3 » Wed Mar 22, 2006 4:18 pm

chargersfan36 wrote:
thomasps3 wrote:What type of software do you need to have? MS Photoshop? Or is there another type of software you can use for free?


some people use the free GIMP. adobe photoshop is very expensive unless you dont want it to be (http://www.phazeddl.com).



I'm having a very difficult time gettign the phazeddl photoshop unless I spend like $30, and I don't understand where to access the GIMP stuff...can you point me to a specific link or provide more directions? Thanks
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Postby bojanglesmn » Fri Mar 24, 2006 10:41 pm

This should be stickified, IMO.
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Postby gostanford07 » Tue Mar 28, 2006 2:58 am

Sorry, another question. I'm not sure why it's on this thread, but I'm trying to follow chargerfan's tutorial for my first sig and I also think this post deserves more time at the top. Anyway, I was wondering how you (chargerfan or anyone for that matter) get a perfect cutout of the player that you want to use. I read the stickied FAQ and it mentioned the magnetic lasso tool. Now, I am pretty much as inexperienced as they get with Photoshop, so bear with me, but I'm still having trouble extracting a player from an existing image. In the tutorial, Peavy is already cut out and it looks nearly perfect. How did you manage to do this? http://photostore.mlb.com/source/Detail.aspx?L1=&L2=&imageId=56010618&action=search&ss=lane here is the image that I am trying to cut out. I am having some difficulty along the top of the hand, the top of the helmet, and the bill. Any tips would be greatly appreciated
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Postby baseball6791 » Tue Mar 28, 2006 3:25 am

I find that the helmet and bill are always one of the hardest places to get a good cutout. Usually I just go with the magnetic lasso and it looks a bit rough at first (sometimes you have to guide it on your own) and then zoom in to 300-500% with a 3 pixel eraser and touch up the rough edges. There are other methods to cut the players out, which I'm sure if you do a thread you will find (pen, feathering, extract, polygonal lasso, etc.). Player cutouts is the hardest thing to "learn", more than anything it takes practice and finding a method that works comfortably for you ;-D
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Postby WickedSmaat » Tue Mar 28, 2006 10:30 am

http://www.graphixfantasy.net/tutorials ... ingtut.mov

This may help for cut outs. Shows how to use the pen tool. Which I have adopted lately. But pretty much the more you practice the better you get ;-D
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Postby bojanglesmn » Tue Mar 28, 2006 7:31 pm

Pen tool, woot.
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Postby TheA'sFatLeadoffMan » Tue Apr 11, 2006 4:32 pm

great stuff
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Postby chargersfan36 » Sat Apr 22, 2006 3:01 pm

i just made a video tutorial similar to this sig:
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enjoy and hope you learn something from it ;-D.
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Postby teddy ballgame » Sat Apr 22, 2006 3:38 pm

Didn't see this thread before. Always room for improvement. Thanks. ;-D

edit: I saved the movie to my computer but it stops after you put the brush layers into a group. :-[
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