barbieq25 Posted June 26, 2010 Author Share Posted June 26, 2010 Hexratt & j.d. I didn't do Gaussian Blur on the highlight but I think I used either True Blur or Smart Blur since GB put lines through the highlight. As is often the case, we need to look at an image & see the shapes, colours, highlights & shadows, since images are really nothing more than that. It's about developing an "eye". A few of us now spend quite some time doing just that...take a coloured marble & look at what you see. What makes it look like glass? Aside from it being just that if you compare it to a photo (junk mail excellent for this!) No longer glass but a flat image but it still looks like glass - why? What shapes, colours etc do you see? How can you replicate this with PDN? This is where doing as many of the tutes really helps. You get a good understanding of how various plugins work. Play with settings...doesn't matter if the outcome is less than pleasing - learning is the aim. There's always undo & the bin. I really don't remember how the Amber one came about other than it was an image I did quite some time ago: That image turned into this: I took out the jewel, changed the colours, applied lomography to the background, used a .jpg which I used line tool to give me the basis of the jewel. I put the massively jaggy .jpg one one layer & made it red, on the layer above I used yellow to outline with either the line tool (right mouse button to move the line to curves), brush to fill in bits, eraser to get rid of bits. Some parts were done on new layers so that if you have to erase its much easier if it's on its own layer. Merge & merge until it is one single image once you have it how you want it. Gold applied as per a couple of pages ago. The Insanity one started life as a photo of my foot. Heavy use of splinter, conditional hue/saturation, layer blend modes, all of which I have since forgotten. You get the idea... The other thing I did was to blur the black on the glass orb to give it a more glassy look. Man, what a long post...thanks everyone for your encouraging comments. Quote Knowledge is no burden to carry. April Jones, 2012 Gallery My DA Gallery Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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