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#1 jp2paint

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Posted 22 March 2010 - 02:58 PM

I want to generate some theoretical colors before sending motorcycle parts to the paint shop, so I'm testing out looks using Paint.NET. The end result does not need to be flawless, just have a way to see about what it is going to look like.

I've created a couple of versions while trying to get to an olive drab look. Both look cool, but I just don't know how to get the glossy paint to look dull - I really want to see an "olive drab" version; I just don't know how to do it.

I tried to attach my PDN file, but the message board would not accept something over 2 MB. Instead, I zipped it up with a couple of example outputs and posted it on a Google Site here:



Maybe someone can do some fancy foot work on this and have something churned out really fast so I can easily see what different colors would look like. :D
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Posted 22 March 2010 - 03:39 PM

Well, we're not going to do your job for you. :roll: Post a smaller picture and we'll give you some ideas on how to do it yourself. But we don't do things for you here. We just help.
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Posted 22 March 2010 - 03:46 PM

Original is attached. Ready for some ideas.

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Posted 22 March 2010 - 07:39 PM

You can start by getting rid of those sharp highlights and reflections. See how the highlights are very smooth and gradient-like on the flat black plastic parts? Try to emulate that on the gas tank etc. Blurs, frosted glass, and smudge are all ideas that immediately come to mind that you may want to try.
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Posted 22 March 2010 - 08:02 PM

Hi Pyro, thanks for the feedback.

Unfortunately, I'm a Software Developer and I'm not very good at graphics art. In other words, I have no idea how to do what you are saying. I'm not even sure what all you said. Which parts are highlights? To get rid of reflections, would I have to take my bike in to a professional photo studio to have pictures taken?

Attached are a couple of versions I cranked out: A charcoal gray and an electric blue.

I'm not looking to create a work of art, just get an idea what the motorcycle would look like from different colors before sending it off and getting a surprise when I go pick it up.

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  • xr1200 elec-blue - Copy.jpg

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Posted 22 March 2010 - 08:41 PM

i would render the bike and just play with the Hue/saturation under adjustments.. :) i think thats how JP2Paint have done... donno
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Posted 22 March 2010 - 09:11 PM

This tutorial How to re-color cars might be of interest.
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Posted 22 March 2010 - 09:35 PM

This tutorial How to re-color cars might be of interest.

That might be what I want! I'll play around with that this evening.
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