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That looks pretty cool, don't like the text though. :)

By the way, here is a tutorial.

Some work better than others, so it may take more than once. The dents effect the outcome, so some randomization sadly comes into play.

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Wow, AGJM! You have done some seriously remarkable work! I truly admire your imagination (something I seem to be lacking). The orange glow art is among my favorite. Just a very cool effect you've achieved with those.

Look, I know I'm REALLY late in responding to the question of how to do the crescent on the helio sig, and chances are, you've already figured it out. However, on the off chance that you haven't, I hope I'm not overstepping my bounds by offering the easiest method I've found for creating it.

First, using the line tool, draw from top to bottom and give it a nice curve.

http://i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc182/1stBass/stepone.png

Next, gaussian blur it at about 10-13

http://i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc182/1stBass/steptwo.png

Finally, draw a transparent linear reflected gradient. Easy as pie.

http://i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc182/1stBass/stepthree.png

Not sure if you actually needed that information, but I thought I'd offer it anyway. I look forward to seeing more from you.

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Love them both lol!!

Thanks!

I like the shapes in both of them.

So do I. The new one is my favorite.

Wow, AGJM! You have done some seriously remarkable work! I truly admire your imagination (something I seem to be lacking). The orange glow art is among my favorite. Just a very cool effect you've achieved with those.

I don't have a great imagination. Rarely do I plan out the image that I make. I mess around with tools, use a few effects, then polish it up in any way I can. That's why most of my stuff is abstract. The orange effect is just stocks with a single effect on them. Not too great :P

Look, I know I'm REALLY late in responding to the question of how to do the crescent on the helio sig, and chances are, you've already figured it out. However, on the off chance that you haven't, I hope I'm not overstepping my bounds by offering the easiest method I've found for creating it.

First, using the line tool, draw from top to bottom and give it a nice curve.

Next, gaussian blur it at about 10-13

Finally, draw a transparent linear reflected gradient. Easy as pie.

Not sure if you actually needed that information, but I thought I'd offer it anyway. I look forward to seeing more from you.

Thanks!

I typically make crescents by using a large brush and making a single dot, then using a slightly larger or smaller eraser to take away from it. Then, blur. It works even better with black; you can use the alpha mask plugin to give it a gradient.

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I tried to make it look like the text was held between the two sides of blue. Came out a bit jaggy, so a few blurs were used.

Just a suggestion: I think that if you duplicated the 2 blue halves, and on first layer erase the left side and on the second layer erase the right side, you can then put the letters in a layer in-between these and the first layer would slightly overlap the lettering. This should improve the effect of it being "held between" the two sides.

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Just a suggestion: I think that if you duplicated the 2 blue halves, and on first layer erase the left side and on the second layer erase the right side, you can then put the letters in a layer in-between these and the first layer would slightly overlap the lettering. This should improve the effect of it being "held between" the two sides.


Easier: Select one side with a selection tool. Ctrl+c then edit > cut then ctrl+v - paste into new layer. Its a bit quicker, for me.
I didn't do it because it looked like it would be
Another thought is to do that with the back part of one side, then put it into a layer behind the front (adding to the 3D effect.)

 

[four-years-ex-post-facto-edit -- sorry, I really wish I hadn't always tried to know everything.  Thanks for the advice!  (And I don't really think anyone will see this, it's just here for my own conscience's sake...  smh.)]

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Lice outcome but put the text on the right side for maximum impact.

P.S. Don't be so negative or I will come over to your house & chase you with the weed-eater (whipper-snipper).

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Lice outcome but put the text on the right side for maximum impact.

P.S. Don't be so negative or I will come over to your house & chase you with the weed-eater (whipper-snipper).

@BBQ: Okay, it's in quotes just because the fun in the typo gave me a good chuckle. I've got all sorts of very bizarre concepts of what a "Lice outcome" might be ... Some include zombies of course ... Other's are a little more Disney'esque just because I can force myself down that path.

@AGJM: The new one has a new feel to it. (I couldn't resist the double loop on the language.) Reminds me of light painting. Sort of neat stuff if you've not run across it before. Very long exposure and use of things like fire, flashlights and led arrays to "paint" light images into the exposures. Thankfully digital makes these far less painful than the old days. Might give you some additional inspiration since a lot of the best light paintings derive from orbital mechanics.

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Ok, that is it - agjm, you're safe for a while - going to chase Delpart for laughing at my typo instead 1.gif

He is right though in the description of the style. I've not really seen that here before.

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you can use the alpha mask plugin to give it a gradient.

Alpha Masks are always confusing to me. I've used them a few times before but it's like I can't quite grasp how to use it most effectively.

Like it never seems to work the same way

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Very Impressive!! I love your new line of works (I can tell you like the orbs);)

Orbs give a feeling of completion, at least to me. I'm glad that I'm starting to show a particular style, but I'll try to be unpredictable. That inspires more creativity.

Lice outcome but put the text on the right side for maximum impact.

P.S. Don't be so negative or I will come over to your house & chase you with the weed-eater (whipper-snipper).

My negativity comes and goes. Usually comes when my house is too loud or I haven't eaten in a while or I'm stressed. Thanks. I just realized my mistake on the text too... Constructive criticism for the win!

@BBQ: Okay, it's in quotes just because the fun in the typo gave me a good chuckle. I've got all sorts of very bizarre concepts of what a "Lice outcome" might be ... Some include zombies of course ... Other's are a little more Disney'esque just because I can force myself down that path.

@AGJM: The new one has a new feel to it. (I couldn't resist the double loop on the language.) Reminds me of light painting. Sort of neat stuff if you've not run across it before. Very long exposure and use of things like fire, flashlights and led arrays to "paint" light images into the exposures. Thankfully digital makes these far less painful than the old days. Might give you some additional inspiration since a lot of the best light paintings derive from orbital mechanics.

I googled it. It does look similar to that! Even with safesearch on strict, though, there was a (slightly) explicit image. Not good. What's with the world these days?

Ok, that is it - agjm, you're safe for a while - going to chase Delpart for laughing at my typo instead 1.gif

He is right though in the description of the style. I've not really seen that here before.

I'm glad I don't have to watch my back :P

Yeah, I think he is right.

Alpha Masks are always confusing to me. I've used them a few times before but it's like I can't quite grasp how to use it most effectively.

Like it never seems to work the same way

Alpha masks are most useful for things like gradients in text and such. It works best by drawing an object in pure black on a layer with a transparent background. Ctrl+a, ctrl+c, ctrl+d. Then, draw the color/design you want to have fill the object filled with. Minimize the black layer, if you didn't already, select the color/design layer, then run alpha mask. Non-inverted makes a transparent cut in the color. Inverted cuts out anything that is not where the black from the other layer is. You'll understand it better if you try it hands on, just goof off with it in your spare time.

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Yep, that is pretty cool. I liek the minimalist approach. Make a great wallpaper!

You liek it? Anyways, I like the look of the glowing orb with darkness around it, then a glowing ring. In my opinion, it adds more depth... I want a 3D program so bad!!!

I'll be making more soon - a minecraft texture pack, to be specific.

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You liek it? Anyways, I like the look of the glowing orb with darkness around it, then a glowing ring. In my opinion, it adds more depth... I want a 3D program so bad!!!

I'll be making more soon - a minecraft texture pack, to be specific.

Get Blender. Its free ... and one of the most powerful all around.

The orb has a nice highlights. Using Median and and alpha blurring (layered in etc) can create stronger depth with gradient sweeps like this. Most of the kick from S3D is in the edges for what most people consider to be distinct 3D objects. Getting that more distinct edge is often the difference between a radial blur and an orb ... Just thinking out loud. I'm still trying to figure out how to get most gradients to shape but this is one thing that always stands out.

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Get Blender. Its free ... and one of the most powerful all around.

The orb has a nice highlights. Using Median and and alpha blurring (layered in etc) can create stronger depth with gradient sweeps like this. Most of the kick from S3D is in the edges for what most people consider to be distinct 3D objects. Getting that more distinct edge is often the difference between a radial blur and an orb ... Just thinking out loud. I'm still trying to figure out how to get most gradients to shape but this is one thing that always stands out.

I used S3D and liked the effect, it took about five minutes... though you can't see the actual sphere it would have looked like if I left it alone:

http://i1216.photobucket.com/albums/dd370/Andrew_MacGillivray/Darknessrays.png

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