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    Default Fanart FAQ: technical help

    The FAQ thread does indeed move fast. So now there are two. This one is designated for questions about helps with programs and all that other technical stuff.

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    So I have a question

    I am trying to do this manip: http://singingshrimp.voided-space.com/misc/test.jpg I want to put that head on that body which is simple enough, but what is a good technique to use to color Eliza Dushku's skin to match Dana Davis'?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DigitalLeonardo View Post
    So I have a question

    I am trying to do this manip: http://singingshrimp.voided-space.com/misc/test.jpg I want to put that head on that body which is simple enough, but what is a good technique to use to color Eliza Dushku's skin to match Dana Davis'?

    A few things you can do. Lower both the brightness and contrast. It will make the skin darker. Burn tool, midtones and shadows. Curves is good too; you can use the different options, RGB, Red, Green, Blue and play with contour curve. I think if you play with the red you can get some bronze/brown coloring from it. Levels can help too.

    You can also use Replace Color. In fact, here's what I did to get this below. I applied replace color by selecting the skin tone and bringing the lightness down and the saturation down a bit too. Then I used Select >> Color Range and again sampled the skin tone and applied some Brightness/Contrast. Then I took the face to pasted on and decreased both brightness and the saturation. So I guess that's one way to do it.


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    Thank You Jenni Lou! I will try this cause wow, her skin looks really natural in that picture.

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    I figured this was the thread to post my question in...

    Um. Does anyone know where I can find a simple tutorial on doing manips? I tried to follow one that I found, but it was not a good tutorial at all I'm just looking for a basic tutorial for basic manips Can anybody help?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ahm Shere View Post
    I figured this was the thread to post my question in...

    Um. Does anyone know where I can find a simple tutorial on doing manips? I tried to follow one that I found, but it was not a good tutorial at all I'm just looking for a basic tutorial for basic manips Can anybody help?
    I learnt from Line
    http://shattered.escaping-madness.net/tut_manip.php
    The thing I like about Line's, is it puts the face underneath- some people put the face on top, but that doesn't work at all for me.

    I'm not exactly an expert, but for me there are two parts, the moving/cutting out/blending, then the colour matching.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Veverka View Post
    I learnt from Line
    http://shattered.escaping-madness.net/tut_manip.php
    The thing I like about Line's, is it puts the face underneath- some people put the face on top, but that doesn't work at all for me.

    I'm not exactly an expert, but for me there are two parts, the moving/cutting out/blending, then the colour matching.
    Thank you

    This will really help me out I think Thanks


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    Wendy also has a couple manip tuts. And she's so awesome at them, they are probably also worth a look.

    http://blacklagoon.left-unspoken.net/manip.php
    http://blacklagoon.left-unspoken.net/manip2.php

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    Hey guys Hopefully someone will be able to help me. I made this wallpaper last week, it's only around my sixth or seventh attempt at manipping - I'm still learning! Anyway, I was pretty pleased with how it came out, considering I'm still a beginner at manipping - but there's something I can't really figure out how to do - the shading.



    You can see that Buffy's face doesn't match the base's neck and chest in terms of shadowing, and I don't think Spike looks too bad on his own, but if I'm shading Buffy, I'd have to shade him too, I'd think...

    So what's the best way to do this? I tried a couple of things and couldn't work it it out, so in the end just gave up and left the wp as it looks now.

    I don't use Photoshop - I use Corel Paint Shop Pro - though I think most of the features in PS are cross-platform.

    Any help/advice on this is appreciated!
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    Quote Originally Posted by xaphania View Post
    I don't use Photoshop - I use Corel Paint Shop Pro - though I think most of the features in PS are cross-platform.
    hmm, well, since I don't know if it shares the same features I don't know if it will help. But in PS there s a cool feature under Image >> Shadow/Highlight and I have used it in instances such as this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xaphania View Post
    Hey guys Hopefully someone will be able to help me. I made this wallpaper last week, it's only around my sixth or seventh attempt at manipping - I'm still learning! Anyway, I was pretty pleased with how it came out, considering I'm still a beginner at manipping - but there's something I can't really figure out how to do - the shading.

    You can see that Buffy's face doesn't match the base's neck and chest in terms of shadowing, and I don't think Spike looks too bad on his own, but if I'm shading Buffy, I'd have to shade him too, I'd think...

    So what's the best way to do this? I tried a couple of things and couldn't work it it out, so in the end just gave up and left the wp as it looks now.

    I don't use Photoshop - I use Corel Paint Shop Pro - though I think most of the features in PS are cross-platform.

    Any help/advice on this is appreciated!

    Another handy tool for hghlights and shading like this are Curves because you can manipulate the brightness and shadow contrast. If you don't have that sometimes you can fudge your way through with brightness/contrast layers. Also, you might lowerer the Levels of the facial shots to take away some of the brightness. I'm not sure if Corel uses the same names, but I know their other programs are feature heavy so there will definitely be similar tools

    Btw, nice work for just starting with manips.
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    Quote Originally Posted by xaphania View Post
    Hey guys Hopefully someone will be able to help me. I made this wallpaper last week, it's only around my sixth or seventh attempt at manipping - I'm still learning! Anyway, I was pretty pleased with how it came out, considering I'm still a beginner at manipping - but there's something I can't really figure out how to do - the shading.



    You can see that Buffy's face doesn't match the base's neck and chest in terms of shadowing, and I don't think Spike looks too bad on his own, but if I'm shading Buffy, I'd have to shade him too, I'd think...

    So what's the best way to do this? I tried a couple of things and couldn't work it it out, so in the end just gave up and left the wp as it looks now.

    I don't use Photoshop - I use Corel Paint Shop Pro - though I think most of the features in PS are cross-platform.

    Any help/advice on this is appreciated!
    A simple technique can be to look how the shading is on the orignal image and then use the burn tool (or an equvalent) and go over the facial features of your manip and recreate the same shading. You can also try and take the original image, make a shape around the shadowed areas with the pen tool, copy the shape into a new layer on top of your manip, fill it with a dark colour and put it on multiply (try various opacities) and recreate the shadowing that way.

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    I am trying to change my kids eye color to hazel and still have it look natural and was wondering if someone had a tutorial I could follow? I'd like to see what my children would look like if they inherited my eye color instead of their dad's my sister in law wants me to change her daughter's eye color to brown cause she wants to know what she would have looked like with her eye color instead of her husband's if anyone has any tutorial's for Adobe Photoshop 7.0 I could follow I'd very much appreciate it. I've tried to follow some I found on google but they were not very clear and the eyes didn't look natural.... okay I'm done rambling lol

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    There a many ways to get that effect. One would be to be to use the Image >> Replace Color tool. Use the eyedropper to select the color of the eyes in the photo and then you adjust the "Hue" bar. Also Saturation and Brightness/Contrast, if needed.

    Or you do a fill layer on the yes and set it to Color and then choose the appropriate color. Though sometimes this doesn't always work best.

    Sometimes a couple different fill layers will do some good work. Like having one set to color and another to color burn with opacity decreased. Or sometimes an exclusion one.

    This is one of those types of things that have lots of ways to go about doing it, so for me, I just play around with them to see what gets the best effect.

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    I forgot to come back and reply - but thanks for the tips and answers to my question. I've not tried them yet because my mouse died (I can't do graphics with the touchpad), but they look like they'll be useful.
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    Thanks Jenni Lou your post helped a lot. But I'm back with another question. Can you use the shape tool in ps to copy an image from one picture and paste it on another? Hopefully you all can understand that lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clete View Post
    Thanks Jenni Lou your post helped a lot. But I'm back with another question. Can you use the shape tool in ps to copy an image from one picture and paste it on another? Hopefully you all can understand that lol
    I think I know what you are saying.

    Yes. Say if you want to use the heart shape, you put the hear down on and then you go to your "Paths" palette and at the bottom choose "Make Selection" Then you will see the moving marquee like you do with the standard rectangular tool. So then just copy and paste.

    Hope that made sense. :/

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    Hello everyone

    I would like to know if someone could help me identify this specific font :

    http://www.kardamome.fr/img/p/73-160-large.jpg.

    The one used to write the A and K here.

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    It's called Chopin Script You can find it here.

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    Hi guys.

    I'm relatively new to this art business and learning all the while. One of the places I think I struggle is colouring and the overall depth of a piece. does anyone know where i can find a tut on getting that deep, rich effect I see in so many wonderful pieces.

    Thanks in advance.
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