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    Default Re: FrankenFan's Photoshop Fundamentals — Avatar Tutorial

    Quote Originally Posted by carbo-fation View Post
    I see the difference but I can't seem to figure out how to fix it. I have Lens Pulse turned on in steps 3 and 4, it's just doesn't look any different.
    Cool new Balrog avatar, carbo!

    Hmm. I see the same "blink-pause-flare, blink-pause-flare" action your Iron Man avatar has. And when I look at the individual frames, I see frames 2, 3, and 5 are identical, same as the Iron Man avatar.

    So: You either have all of the layers on except the Flare layer in Frames 2, 3, and 4, or you are not turning the Lens Pulse layer on in Frames 3 and 4. I think. Maybe. I dunno.

    When we duplicated the Lens Glow layer and renamed it Lens Pulse, we did it to intensify the effect of the Lens Glow layer. Basically, the semi-transparent pixels in each layer combine to make the glow effect stronger.

    You can see the difference in this animation of Steps 3 and 4:



    So to recap the Frame/Layer configurations:

    Frame 1:
    On: IM, IM copy, (your name)
    Off: Lens Glow, Lens Pulse, Lens, Flare

    Frame 2:
    On: On: IM, IM copy, Lens Glow, Lens, (your name)
    Off: Lens Pulse, Flare

    Frame 3:
    On: IM, IM copy, Lens Glow, Lens Pulse, Lens, (your name)
    Off: Flare

    Frame 4:
    On: All layers

    Frame 5 (Duplicate of Frame 2):
    On: On: IM, IM copy, Lens Glow, Lens, (your name)
    Off: Lens Pulse, Flare

    Here's my version of your Balrog avatar:



    For this one, I stroked the path with red, changed the glow color to red, and changed the pulse color to yellow:



    Hope this helps!

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    I can't wait to try and make a new avatar! I have never really found an avatar that really suited me, so I am going to try and make a new one (and a new sig) this week! Thanks for these tutorials Kurt!!!

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    Man, I wish I had photoshop.

    Its so cool that you are taking the time to do these Frank!


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    Quote Originally Posted by lcummins View Post
    I can't wait to try and make a new avatar! I have never really found an avatar that really suited me, so I am going to try and make a new one (and a new sig) this week! Thanks for these tutorials Kurt!!!
    Looking forward to seeing what, exactly, suits you! It might also be the perfect opportunity to capitalize that lower-case "l" and "c" in your user-name, mr. icummins!

    Quote Originally Posted by King Darkness View Post
    Man, I wish I had photoshop.

    Its so cool that you are taking the time to do these Frank!
    Thanks, King; I wish you could play along!

    Have you checked out GIMP? Lots of folks use it as an alternative. Best of all, it's completely free of charge!

    If you are a Mac-user, here are two other apps you may want to investigate. They're not free like GIMP, but they are very low-cost alternatives:

    Pixelmator Your can download a free, trial copy.

    GraphicConverter GraphicConverter is shareware, and you can test-drive it without obligation and free of charge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FrankenFan View Post
    Looking forward to seeing what, exactly, suits you! It might also be the perfect opportunity to capitalize that lower-case "l" and "c" in your user-name, mr. icummins!

    I know... I've thought about getting Dave to change it to at least a capital L, but only a few people have mistaken it for an "i".

    As for what suits me, I'm not sure myself. I have a lot of different interests, but most likely it will end up as something Universal related.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FrankenFan View Post
    Cool new Balrog avatar, carbo!

    Hmm. I see the same "blink-pause-flare, blink-pause-flare" action your Iron Man avatar has. And when I look at the individual frames, I see frames 2, 3, and 5 are identical, same as the Iron Man avatar.

    So: You either have all of the layers on except the Flare layer in Frames 2, 3, and 4, or you are not turning the Lens Pulse layer on in Frames 3 and 4. I think. Maybe. I dunno.

    When we duplicated the Lens Glow layer and renamed it Lens Pulse, we did it to intensify the effect of the Lens Glow layer. Basically, the semi-transparent pixels in each layer combine to make the glow effect stronger.

    You can see the difference in this animation of Steps 3 and 4:



    So to recap the Frame/Layer configurations:

    Frame 1:
    On: IM, IM copy, (your name)
    Off: Lens Glow, Lens Pulse, Lens, Flare

    Frame 2:
    On: On: IM, IM copy, Lens Glow, Lens, (your name)
    Off: Lens Pulse, Flare

    Frame 3:
    On: IM, IM copy, Lens Glow, Lens Pulse, Lens, (your name)
    Off: Flare

    Frame 4:
    On: All layers

    Frame 5 (Duplicate of Frame 2):
    On: On: IM, IM copy, Lens Glow, Lens, (your name)
    Off: Lens Pulse, Flare

    Here's my version of your Balrog avatar:



    For this one, I stroked the path with red, changed the glow color to red, and changed the pulse color to yellow:



    Hope this helps!
    Hmm....it appears that I might be doing something wrong in the Lens Pulse step itself. I'll try it again tonight and see if anything changes. Thanks for the upgraded Balrog image. I was having trouble with the right color, so I'll definitely need more practice with it.

    By the way, I was looking at some Photoshop books on amazon and came across these three:

    http://www.amazon.com/Photoshop-Bibl...6980464&sr=1-1

    http://www.amazon.com/Adobe-Photosho...6980464&sr=1-2

    http://www.amazon.com/Adobe-Photosho...6980464&sr=1-5

    Do you know which one are better suited for a complete novice such myself? Any help would be appreciated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carbo-fation View Post
    Hmm....it appears that I might be doing something wrong in the Lens Pulse step itself. I'll try it again tonight and see if anything changes. Thanks for the upgraded Balrog image. I was having trouble with the right color, so I'll definitely need more practice with it.

    By the way, I was looking at some Photoshop books on amazon and came across these three:

    http://www.amazon.com/Photoshop-Bibl...6980464&sr=1-1

    http://www.amazon.com/Adobe-Photosho...6980464&sr=1-2

    http://www.amazon.com/Adobe-Photosho...6980464&sr=1-5

    Do you know which one are better suited for a complete novice such myself? Any help would be appreciated.
    I'm not familiar with any of those books, but if they still publish them, PHOTOSHOP WOW books are very easily to follow. Best option is to walk into a Barnes & Noble or some bookstore and look at the book. The best ones do like FrankenFan is doing here with images of the programs windows as well as the actual artwork, that way you can verify that what you're doing on your PC is correct when you look at the pictures instead of just written instruction.

    Another well constructed lesson FF.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carbo-fation View Post
    Hmm....it appears that I might be doing something wrong in the Lens Pulse step itself. I'll try it again tonight and see if anything changes. Thanks for the upgraded Balrog image. I was having trouble with the right color, so I'll definitely need more practice with it.

    By the way, I was looking at some Photoshop books on amazon and came across these three:

    http://www.amazon.com/Photoshop-Bibl...6980464&sr=1-1

    http://www.amazon.com/Adobe-Photosho...6980464&sr=1-2

    http://www.amazon.com/Adobe-Photosho...6980464&sr=1-5

    Do you know which one are better suited for a complete novice such myself? Any help would be appreciated.
    Yeah. I'm likin' that Lens Pulse as the perp. Keep us apprised!

    I've fallen behind in my book-learnin' in recent years, but I am familiar with earlier editions of two of the books you are considering:

    The Bible book is very comprehensive, covering virtually every aspect of the application, but the sheer volume of material might be daunting for a novice. But, definitely keep it on your short-list!

    I personally don't care for the Classroom series, but that's just my opinion.

    Anything by Deke McClelland or Scott Kelby is usually worth looking into, and you should check out the Dummies book, too.

    The WOW! books are fun, but tend to focus more on creating specific images and effects, rather than presenting a total overview of the app. Kinda like my tutorials on steroids.

    MaulFan gave some excellent advice: Go to a bookstore, grab a handful of titles, and sit down and explore them. Pick one with an inviting and easy-to-understand writing style, and as MaulFan also said, try to find one with lots of screen caps.

    Good luck! When you make your decision, be sure to post the title of the book you settled on, and let us know what you think of it!

    Quote Originally Posted by MaulFan View Post
    I'm not familiar with any of those books, but if they still publish them, PHOTOSHOP WOW books are very easily to follow. Best option is to walk into a Barnes & Noble or some bookstore and look at the book. The best ones do like FrankenFan is doing here with images of the programs windows as well as the actual artwork, that way you can verify that what you're doing on your PC is correct when you look at the pictures instead of just written instruction.

    Another well constructed lesson FF.
    Thanks, MaulFan. Glad you are enjoying them!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lcummins View Post
    I know... I've thought about getting Dave to change it to at least a capital L, but only a few people have mistaken it for an "i".

    As for what suits me, I'm not sure myself. I have a lot of different interests, but most likely it will end up as something Universal related.
    That's the brand I most closely associate with you, but I know you collect many other lines.

    Maybe you should adopt Chaney, Jr's nickname: "The Lonster."


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    Quote Originally Posted by FrankenFan View Post
    That's the brand I most closely associate with you, but I know you collect many other lines.

    Maybe you should adopt Chaney, Jr's nickname: "The Lonster."


    Actually... a few people at work have called me that over the years, including the Boss!

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