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Posted on 01/11/04 11:09:14 AM
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Complex reflections
Could there be a section explaining how to create complex reflections, where the subject falls on multiple/tangental planes. I know how difficult they can be and think it might be worth a tutorial.

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Posted on 01/11/04 12:38:55 PM
Steve Caplin
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Re: Complex reflections
Actually, something I'd planned for the first edition (but found it took far too many steps) was how to reflect something that isn't head on, like a car viewed at an angle. Is that what you mean? Or are you talking about an object reflected in multiple surfaces?

Posted on 01/11/04 12:47:28 PM
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Re: Complex reflections
The car example is exactly the sort of thing I had in mind.

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Posted on 01/11/04 2:39:37 PM
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Re: Complex reflections
I agree stardard reflections are easy enough but more complex ones give me nightmares. This Dalek one was particularly difficult requiring the reflection to be Distort/Sheared at precisely the right angle to create the concaved reflection edge to match the convexed edge of the dalek's lower sections - and as you can see the edges were less than perfect.




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Posted on 01/11/04 4:12:20 PM
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Re: Complex reflections
OK, I'll revisit it. As I said, I'd planned to do it but the tutorial just proved too complicated! The technique is different for every object you want to reflect. Having said that, your Dalek is a great example, Becky!

…you really should be doing postcards, you know.

Posted on 01/11/04 4:45:32 PM
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Re: Complex reflections
At 4:12:20 PM 01/11/04, Steve Caplin wrote:
... Having said that, your Dalek is a great example, Becky!

?you really should be doing postcards, you know.


I wish I was too but I'm not so hot on political satire thesedays so I would have to find somewhere that are looking for more general humour.


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Posted on 01/11/04 4:48:04 PM
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Re: Complex reflections
I came against real problems with the Tidy Desk challenge. Because of the angle, most of the objects had to be split into different layers and distorted individually.

Not for those of a weak disposition!



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Posted on 01/11/04 5:40:57 PM
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Re: Complex reflections
Looking back upon my Dalek pic what would have made life sooooooooo much easier would have been a "live" Envelope Free Transformation Tool so that I could have sheered the edge to match exactly the covexed shape of the Darlek before committing the image. In the present Distort/Sheer filter you only get to see the layer you're working on and then it has to be rotated on its side before you can use the filter making it "Sheer" guess work (Sorry for the pun).

Steve as an Alpha Tester if you have any influence with the Adobe Boys&Girls please put in a word for us poor montagers

Unless of couse you are currently testing such a tool in which case nudge, nudge, wink, wink, say no more - a nod is as good as a wink to a blind bat (Monty Python)



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