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k-rod / angels 1st ever sig attempt

Postby pizz » Thu Feb 08, 2007 2:06 am

I have some background in photoshop but mostly in photography and digital photography enhancement... But I thought I'd give the old sig thing a try. I'm pretty stoked about it...

I hope snakes doesn't start requesting sigs from me :D

Now I know how much detail goes into these, I agree with the artists, be patient. This one took me about an hour and a half, with some distractions, and a few mess ups.

http://www.danbrouillette.com/Dan/angelstestsig.jpg

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All forms of criticism are welcomed
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Postby Idahofan1 » Thu Feb 08, 2007 2:22 am

Good first sig. Pretty nice cut job, which is kinda hard to do. If you dont mind though, i have some advice:

Get pre-cuts. So much faster/easier than cutting your own. Go to:
sdsportsfanatic.com/cuts
psdcentral.net
sports-dome.net
surrealdesignz.com
request one here

If you insist on cutting yourself, magnify the pic you are getting to about 250%. Use the polygonal lasso tool (right click the regular lasso) or pen tool.

For now, only use player sigs, making sigs with more than person is very hard to do.

Use large pictures. All you really need to see is the face, and maybe a bit of the hat/jersey

Check out the tutorials. I have posted two in this forum, and in the regular gfx forum, sd has a bunch on one of the pages, i'll get the link later. You may not be able to follow the tut altogether yet, but it will give you some ideas.

That said, your first one looks real good, hope you make a bunch more.
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Postby teddy ballgame » Thu Feb 08, 2007 8:19 am

Yeah, that is a good job for your first sig. I have to disagree a bit with Idaho though. I think you should try some multi player sigs. The players take up more room and you don't need to concentrate as much on the background. I started out doing multi player sigs and then found it much easier to move to single player ones, while it seems that a lot of people start out using single player sigs and then can't really make multi player ones.

Also, another technique I use for cutting is to just use the eraser tool and erase the background of the pic. Mainly, the best advice I can give is to try out a ton of different things and see what you find easy, what you find hard, what looks good, etc.
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Postby pizz » Thu Feb 08, 2007 11:43 am

Thanks guys, some of those psd's are really nice.

I used the lasso tool and outlined the player leaving some room for error, then after I moved the pic over, I just used the erase tool at 250% 300% pic size.

The background was the windows sample pics, the 4 default ones. I used the snow trees and just blurred it, it was all the resources I had available on my laptop.

But thanks for the suggestions, I couldn't really figure out how to do a border. So I set it at 4px - white. Whatever that means :D
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Postby Idahofan1 » Thu Feb 08, 2007 12:09 pm

use a black border, usually 1 or 2 pixels. If you use white, you cant really tell if its there or not
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