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post #1 of 9 Old 02-24-2011, 07:41 PM Thread Starter
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very, very, very beginner manipulation artist, critique?

I'd appretiate constructive critisism; ie- don't just tell me 'its bad.' I don't mind bluntless but if you are going to be so blunt- INCLUDE HOW TO FIX IT! I've never done this sort of thing until a week or so ago, so go easy ^_^


this one isnt really a manip..just a bunch of cool quotes and a pic I took.

and this one really isnt 'horse' but... its still a manip xP

my current siggy...

this one was just playing around with different brushes and stuff, trying to figure out what the heck I was doing.


so yeah pull it apart if you want, give me some pointers, complain about how I totally screwed up the picture- whatever; I'd love it! thanks =]

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post #2 of 9 Old 02-24-2011, 08:05 PM
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No, no ,no...
They all look really great! Good job!

I love the very first pic, I think the foggy look you added around the legs makes it blend really well.
Also love the one with just quotes, very nice.

What are you using to do these with? Photoshop or?

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post #3 of 9 Old 02-24-2011, 08:12 PM
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Your right there horrible :P
Jokes haha they are awesome, how could you think they were bad??
they are so good and you have only been doing it for a few weeks, geeze I still can't even figure out how to do anything even if Ihave step to step process lol
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post #4 of 9 Old 02-25-2011, 03:56 PM
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Since you're obviously getting much better (especially only during a weeks time), I'm only going to crit/comment the first two-since they're the newest.
1. I like the idea and concept, I really do. I've been trying to think about something to do with the pic you used as the background for a good year or so, and you've really gotten a good one. Now, as for crit: I would just work more on trying to make it look like the horse was originally part of the image (not sure if this is what you plan on going for, but this is what I usually go for). To do that, you'd have to make the horse a little darker (IMO) and kind of shade it a bit. You'll have to add some shadows and highlights on the horse, since it seems a bit too bright for the picture, but it definitely takes the focus-which I would try to keep.
2. I really like how you have all the quotes in different fonts, and the background looks nice with it. The only think I might experiment with is changing the opacity of some of the..lesser quotes, you know? Not really sure how to explain it, but one quote that could sum up all the others, as rather bold and standing out, with all the others basically "revolving" around it. I would also try messing around with how they're set up by the automatic font thing, such as trying to move them in more of a cascading type of design, or try something with a bend in it.

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thanks so much guys!

RedTree- I don't really they're BAD...they could just improve a LOT xD and you only get better when you pinpoint your mistakes so....whala thanks though! Its a bit tricky to manip, thats for sure! You have to think of a lot of things at once.

SpiritedLittleCopperSpots- glad you agree =] I'd never done anything with fog before, much less created my own- but it just really seemed like a sort of eery feel was needed for this picture. I think it turned out fairly ^_^ I'm currently using GIMP.

Iseul- thank you SO much for the critiquing ^_^ much appretiated. That last one (the first one I did) is pretty scary, huh? haha. Totally unblended, fuzzy, too much name it- thats wrong with it. lol! As for the quotes- I totally agree. I really didnt like the way it looked at the end...very cluttery and unorganized. I may try to redo it sometime, but most likely not. haha. Time to move on! And the horse in the mist...well, theres a lot to be done with that one too. I was definately trying to make it look as if the horse belonged to the picture (unlike the past two) but it still just isnt perfect, is it? lol. Do you know how to darken him up without bringing out the greenish tint to his coat? I tried darkening him (he was even lighter before I put him in) but parts of his body started getting this really nasty green color so I just left him like that. And shading... I have a 'darkening' that what I would use? How do I keep it from looking sketchy? If I use the blending tool it smushes up his dapples xD throwing a lot at you here, sorry! haha.

once again thanks guys for taking the time to look at these and comment =] it means a lot!

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post #6 of 9 Old 02-25-2011, 09:24 PM
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You're welcome for the crit(:
As for how to make shadows on the horse, I would suggest either the "burn" tool, or just a grey colour, colouring it in, and then changing the layer (would be a different layer than the one you have currently) to either multiply or something similar.(: just mess around with the opacity and such to find something that looks good.
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Those are awesome, especially the first one. I want PS so badly, in modern technology class I did the PS module, and fell in love with PhotoShop . I can't figure out GIMP for the life of me, though
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I <3 them! Amazinggg

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wowza!! amazing!!

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