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    PROJECTS: Making A Celeb Wallpapar

    Alright, this is the first of the PROJECTS threads. I'm sure many of you aware of the TECHNIQUES threads, well this is an extension to allow you to not only learn the tools but how to use them.

    The point of these is not so much to learn how to do a given effect, but to allow you to stretch your mind and learn how it all "comes together". I'll be taking a project and walking you through it. Where necessary I'll point to tutorials on the web, tutorials I've done or TECHNIQUES threads so that it doesn't become too huge. The goal, after all, is for those who are already familiar to extend their expertise by doing a "task".

    If you are following this, consider it homework to come up with your own similar (but not identical) design. Mine will simply be an example of one way of going about what the PROJECT is.

    Your first PROJECT is to create a wallpaper (background for your desktop) of a celebrity. I suggest going to actual fan sites, as trying to find decent (non nude) pictures can be hard to do on the 'Net these days!

    I've chosen Mandy Moore, both because she's photogenic, and cause she doesn't do anything raunchy, it's nice for a change. (www.mandymoore.com)

    Aright, my goal will be to create a "different" shape for this wallpapare. One which isn't full-screen. I will start by creating a 1024 x 768 image (sizing up or down from here is easy).



    I have chosen this photo: http://www.mandymoore.com/photos/sec2/photo_1100_6.html simply becuase it is what I'm looking for. Clean and playful. We can do anything with this from retro to really linear to whatever, we aren't bound by trying to make her look totally sexy, red hot or anything that isn't really appropriate.

    Aright, my next post will be preparing this image for our wallpaper, balancing colours and doing some minor airbrushing/duplication.
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    Good thread Jeremy, I'll be following this!

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    Excellent idea J! But what do you want us to do? Start on our own wallpaper and maybe afterwards explain how we accomplished it? Or are we waiting for you and imlpementing your tips/techniques into our own wallpaper? I might be following this

    PS: Non nude? Awh..or maybe I won't follow it
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    SitePoint Wizard silver trophy Jeremy W.'s Avatar
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    Okay, I'm back now, are we ready?

    1. Open your image, ensure you are in RGB mode (Image > Mode > RGB Mode)
    2. Using either the magnetic lasso tool (faster, less completely accurate) click on the model's head, then drag the lasso around the image clicking whenever the angle or colour you are selecting changes, or the pen tool (more accurate, slower), select your model. You could also use a masking tool/application/filter if you have one.
    3. Copy (CTRL + C) & Paste (CTRL + V) your model. This will create a new layer which we can then work with. Hide your old layer.

    Your image should now look something like this:



    This image is fairly good in terms of brightness and contrast, however we want her to look more alive (she is after all).

    Instead of doing a straight Image > Adjust > Brightness/Contrast let's use an Adjustment Layer (Layers > New > Adjustment Layer > Brightness/Contrast) so that we can adjust the settings later.

    4. For my image I'll be using these settings both to bring some more life to the shadows (which we'll also touch up later) and to make her black shirt completely black (allowing us to pain over her mildly exposed area): +24 brightness, +14 contrast

    Normally with brightness/contrast adjustments on images which are already fairly balanced you'd put the contrast at [x] and the brightness 1-1.5 times that. In this case we want her to seem vibrant, young and alive so I've gone a bit beyond that level.



    Now the image is more alive, and she looks more "normal" as well so I won't need to adjust the levels as I thought I would (though you can paint in some saturation using the Adjustment Layer > Hue/Saturation if you so desire.

    Okay, as far as I'm concerned this level is "pre-wallpaper ready" so our next step is to decide on what type of shapes and tones our wallpaper will have (colours would be nice too).

    See you in a few minutes
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    SitePoint Wizard silver trophy Jeremy W.'s Avatar
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    Guys, just keep following the thread, I can't post it all at once cause it'll be too long so wait til I'm done, then comment
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    SitePoint Wizard silver trophy Jeremy W.'s Avatar
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    Alright, I'm a different kind of person. I like different things. Most wallpapers are these cool images that fill up the whole screen. I hate that

    So, I've decided to make some kind of circly type of "cutout" to stick Mandy in. This will not only give me the shape for the design, but I can reuse that shape inside the design (though I may not go with the style I'm thinking, I may just use the shape in the design, you never know with me... It's the beauty of unplanned art!).

    Aright, here's what I've decided to go with (for now):



    It's really simple (but will probably change):

    1. Open your piece
    2. Draw the 3 circles
    3. Filter > Stylize > Wind

    Now then, that's it for our background. This step is really a "throw away" step as it's main purpose is to begin stimulating ideas. Our next step (another post) will be to begin working on our piece, with colours and so on.

    See you then!
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    SitePoint Wizard silver trophy Jeremy W.'s Avatar
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    Aright, I've been sitting here looking at this picture and you know what? I may go with a full-screen wallpaper, as much as I hate the thought.

    Okay, here's where I'm at:



    Here's what I've done to achieve this:

    1. Fill with background colour
    2. Take the adjusted mandy pick into the comp (our wallpaper)
    3. Adjusted the size to both put her weirdly cut legs below teh border of the piece, and give her head some breathing room.
    4. Copied mandy, motion blurred her and applied the displayed curves to bring out more colour in the blended copy
    5. I've also locked the normal and blended copies of mandy together:



    Aright, as you can see mandy is rather jaggedy, so to smooth that, and to blend her into the blurred copy of herself I'm going to do some rough and tumble unjaggying (while saving a copy of her behind our background).

    Okay, sorry for the delay, but I'm gone for the night, I'll finish this tomorrow!
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    SitePoint Wizard silver trophy Jeremy W.'s Avatar
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    Okay, another day, time to finish this

    Aright, it's time to start making this have some life, something that actually makes it look like something other then a happy chick.

    Okay, I'm looking for a semi-random pattern from the left that I can use to either colour dodge or underlie a pattern I'll put on later.

    So, to get that random effect, it's easiest to use something that isn't really random (trying to create a random effect on your own never works). So, I've decided to simply write in some text (appropriately with mandy's name as the text). Make sure to render the text (right click on the T that is shown and render):



    Okay, now do the following to go where I'm going:

    1. Render layer
    2. Filter > Stylize > Wind > Stagger (from left)
    3. Filter > Blur > Motion Blur > 57 pixels (or whatever looks good)
    4. Edit > Transform > Distort (give it a weird shape)
    5. Stretch it to fill the image
    6. Layer blending mode > colour dodge
    7. Opacity > 30%

    You may need to do another motion blur if the lines are too defined.

    Now, this looks a bit drab, so we'll add some texture in here. Copy your kinda randommy lines layer (they didn't turn out as well as I'd hoped), invert the new layer (CTRL + I) and change it's blending mode to Colour Burn.

    Now, bring it down and to the right a little bit and you should see a simple bevel effect, but because of the blurs and colours it looks ... interesting. It's not quite "right" yet, but we'll work with it. At this point, any shape or pattern is good to launch from (it's always better to plan your pieces beforehand, I hope you're all catching this as I fumble through this one).

    Okay, next we're going to add some depth, try playing around with some shapes some and hopefully start seeing some kind of what we're liking at the end of the tunnel (as you can see, when I play, I change stuff a lot).
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    SitePoint Wizard silver trophy Jeremy W.'s Avatar
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    Okay, I've decided to try something I've never quite done before, so bear with me, aright?

    Aright, using this TECHNIQUES thread: http://www.sitepointforums.com/showt...threadid=39120

    I've created 2 separate cloud layers, one was exactly the same as the techniques thread. The other was done like this:

    1. Filter > Render > Clouds
    2. Filter > Render > Difference Clouds
    3. Image > Adjust > Brightness/Contrast (100% contrast)

    I then did this to each image:

    1. Select > Colour Range (select the white)
    2. Invert selection (CTRL + SHIFT + I)
    3. Clear (this will remove the black)

    I then merged the 2, did a cheesy drop shadow and did scanlines (like this TECHNIQUES, without the distortion: http://www.sitepointforums.com/showt...ght=TECHNIQUES

    Then, I grabbed the transparency of my weird shaped layer (CTRL + Click), inverted the selection (CTRL + SHIFT + I) and deleted that on the scanlines layer.

    My result is something like this:



    Aright... Now I'm kinda stumped. I know some of you think I'm a graphix genius, but the others know the truth: I'm just a kid who likes to play with his toys

    Some things to notice from the screen shot is that I've dropped a pink Adjustment Layer (Hue/Saturation > colourize) in to even the piece out (and not have to worry about contrasty inevennes).

    Aright. I'm going a different direction now (I love to play).

    Aright, use this tutorial: http://www.thinkdan.com/tutorials/ph...rid/index.html

    To create a grid, isolate it to a certain area (take your pick), make the grid white, change opacity to 30%, apply a drop shadow (2 distance, 2 blur), put this layer behind all the mandy ones.

    I've also given mandy a drop shadow of 5 distance, 20 blur to bring her out from her blurred self (looks a lot better).

    This is where I'm at then:



    See you guys in a few as I contemplate where I'm going next (though this is much better then the splotchy piece, wouldn't you agree?
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    SitePoint Wizard silver trophy Jeremy W.'s Avatar
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    Okay, well lets start stylizing this then

    I've fixed mandy up a bit (I'm really not happy with the quality of the picture and don't feel like touching it up right now), and dropped some white (colour dodge, opacity 30%) text in (serpentineBD font).

    At this point I'd be willing to let this lay, since I'm a minimalist sometimes, but I don't think I will since in reality I haven't shown you guys anything truly cool except how wacky my brain is.

    Remember, at the end of this, I wanna see some from you guys too *L*

    Here's where I am right now (in case you like the piece as it is: http://resources.tacf.org//examples/mandy7.jpg

    Aright, let's give mandy some personality, some flare... Let's play

    Aright, copy your "normal" version of mandy, bump the contrast up to 100%, change the layer mode to colour dodge and the opacity to 30%.

    Now, edit > transform > flip horizontal. Put her on the left hand side of the screen and erase her arm (it looks weird).

    Here's what I've got: http://resources.tacf.org//examples/mandy8.jpg

    Okay, I'm starting to like this more (and feel better about myself at the same time)...
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    SitePoint Wizard silver trophy Jeremy W.'s Avatar
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    done

    Aright, I've tried doing some other playing around, having some fun with random shapes and so on but to be honest... I think I'm done...

    Now y'all can tackle me with comments
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    That's a very good explanation and the result is quite nice too! I would add some more stuff to the background though, I think it looks a bit empty.
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    Nice job, Jeremy! The wallpaper looks great! You explain everything very well. I can tell that you spent a lot of time, especially getting all of those screenshots. Thanks for the time well spent
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    Thanx again jeremy. You explained things thoroughly
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    SitePoint Wizard silver trophy Jeremy W.'s Avatar
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    Ach guys, no problem... It's a bit weird because I didn't just walk you through how to do it, but exactly how I did it (and basically why)...

    It's like having a camera in my head which makes me feel rather exposed.

    I'm glad y'all enjoyed it, but I'm feeling really insecure about it all, ya know?
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    Thanks a lot Jeremy .

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    I only have two complaints: 1)the original JPG is too blauchy to me, and 2) (rhetorical question) have you heard of compression?

    Other than that, I think what you're doing is excellent. Finally, a process--not just tutorial. Something to internalize! Good job, Jeremy...much appreciated and very interesting.

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    SitePoint Wizard silver trophy Jeremy W.'s Avatar
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    1) I agree, but it was just an example (kinda ruined the final output though)
    2) Yeah, fireworks, which I didn't have the patience to use after 2 hours of typing *L*
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    wow...

    I have always sucked at graphics... I am definitely going to start following the techniques articles...

    Maybe you will finally wrench me away from PSP6?
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    jeremy.... u have done a great job...
    i loved the way you explained each & every thing...

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    whoo, my favourite thread
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    SitePoint Wizard silver trophy Jeremy W.'s Avatar
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    Should I do more of these? Anyone else up to show us how they do stuff? I'd love to look inside someone else's head!
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    Heh, I don't like what you did to her right arm!
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    i would, but i cant think of anything at the moment

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    And the 8 pages of typing kinda puts you off


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