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Posted on 03/11/05 12:43:21 PM
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This is my effort with 'hands'. Fantastic book, really enjoying it. I did the shadow by putting a new layer under the hands and then selecting and inversing each hand in turn before brushing over them. Not sure if this was the best way.



Posted on 03/11/05 1:32:20 PM
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Bike was very difficult, don't think I got the wheel perfect but good learing experience.




Posted on 03/11/05 3:53:12 PM
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Took on board Steve's comments to another member and tried to incorporate glass. Not sure if the perspective is ok. I've also taken the liberty of changing the view. Comments and advice always welcome.





Posted on 03/11/05 4:51:22 PM
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Great work, Adam. On the Hands pic, there was no need to select and inverse: simply painting the shadow on the layer would have been enough, as long as it was positioned beneath the hands layers. Good matching there, though.

The bike wheel is a really good attempt at a very difficult problem. A couple of minor issues: some of the spokes don't line up on the rear wheel; but most importantly, the strut holding the wheel to the saddle post goes straight through the wheel! Don't think I'll be taking that one for a spinů

Great reflection in the window, it really gives the sense of the glass. The view could do with rotating slightly, though, at the moment it looks like either the house we're in or the buildings outside are falling over! Keep the verticals in the view parallel with the verticals in the window frame to fix this one.

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Posted on 04/11/05 4:58:17 PM
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Woah, nice matching on the first one, not sute whats happening with the shadow on the arm of the right one!.

Nice bike wheel! I really think it is good, my wheel came out all all square when i did it!

AS Steve said, good relfection on the window, though by looking at the scenery, I see at the bottom some boats? Does that mean that because we cant see the buildings straight is that the "house-boat" is going over a wave?

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Posted on 04/11/05 10:14:58 PM
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Thanks for the feedback guys. That bike gets worse the more I look at it. I get impatient sometimes and want to master it all on the first attempt and plow through the chapters. I think perspective and shadows are two of my many weak areas! I will keep plodding on.

Posted on 05/11/05 10:29:27 AM
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Don't worry, Adam. Perspective can be quite tricky, as can shadows. Steve makes them look all too easy but as he's said before, he does it pretty much all day, every day. Except weekends of course, when he becomes a carpenter - not sure if that's Karen or Richard and we don't like to pry.

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Posted on 12/11/05 11:46:59 AM
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At 23:14:58 04/11/05, Adam wrote:
I think perspective and shadows are two of my many weak areas!


Yer same here! Evil stuff!



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Posted on 14/11/05 5:03:58 PM
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The trick with shadows is to use a very low opacity brush, and then paint them on in small stages. On a separate layer, of course - that way you can always lower the opacity of the whole layer if the effect is too strong.

Perspective really is tricky, though, and that's why I devoted a few pages in the third edition to vanishing points and perspective drawing. It really is the key to making images look real!
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