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 "Space Sig 3" by Joe
Joe
Posted: Aug 2 2005, 09:57 PM


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Created for a photoshopforums.com contest. That gibberish on the left is a custom font I made.

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Akira san
Posted: Aug 2 2005, 11:28 PM


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You made that font? Wow. ohmy.gif

Where did you get that picture in your sig? (a little off topic unsure.gif )


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Posted: Aug 3 2005, 05:42 AM


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Yup, that font was designed by moi in a free trial version of a font creator program. I think the program was called Font Creator. ohmy.gif I designed the alphabet before that, as part of a conlang (constructed language) project.

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Where did you get that picture in your sig?


I made it from scratch, all in Photoshop. No photos or renders involved. (Okay, I used a picture of a man with his hands behind his back for painting reference. But the photo was never in my computer.) This is "Space Sig 2"; I thought I'd use it rather than post it in the gallery.


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Posted: Aug 3 2005, 03:17 PM


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I made it from scratch, all in Photoshop. No photos or renders involved. (Okay, I used a picture of a man with his hands behind his back for painting reference. But the photo was never in my computer.) This is "Space Sig 2"; I thought I'd use it rather than post it in the gallery.


Amazing. You made the stars and everything? ohmy.gif


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Joe
Posted: Aug 3 2005, 11:19 PM


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Yes. I have my own technique for creating starfields. wink.gif


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Posted: Aug 4 2005, 06:10 PM


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Time for a star field Tutorial... cool.gif Please


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Posted: Aug 4 2005, 11:53 PM


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Perhaps you are right...perhaps it is time to divulge my secrets to the world... ninja.gif

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Posted: Oct 9 2005, 02:05 PM


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that sounds realy cool i wouls like to know how to do that.
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Posted: Oct 10 2005, 02:41 AM


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All right, all right. By popular demand, here is the basis of my starfeild technique.

1. Create the starfield like Greg Martin does. Don't follow his tutorial too rigidly; you want this to be unique. But that will give you the start of your starfield. Don't do all the clone-stamping and erasing yet.

2. Press ctrl-A to select the whole canvas. Copy the contents and paste them onto a new alpha channel. Ctrl-click the channel's thumbnail; you should see marching-ants selections form around the brighter stars. Now go Select>Modify>Expand. Set the value to 1px and hit OK. Press D, then alt-backspace, then ctrl-D. You should see rather large whitish blotches instead of stars. Now go Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur and set a value of about 3.3px. That value will vary, depending on the look you want.

3. Create a new black layer just above or below the other star layer, and set its blending mode to Linear Dodge or Screen. (Make sure you create a layer, not a channel.) Go back to the Channels palette and ctrl-click your star channel. Go back to the new layer. Press D, then X, then alt-backspace. Your stars should take on a glowy quality.

4. Use Levels, Hue and Saturation, and a black brush to get the look you want. I often set my stars to a faintly blue color, dim the glow layer a little, and use the black brush to darken some stars. At this point, you can do all the erasing and rubber-stamping in Greg Martin's tutorial.

So what's the trick? All the alpha channel business achieves a simple goal: it adds a faint glow to each star. That's all.


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Dread Pirate Roberts
Posted: May 15 2006, 09:24 PM


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That Cross seems to be your personal signature. It's shown up in a lot of your work. It's simple, but cool.


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Gallo Pinto
Posted: May 23 2006, 06:41 AM


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sorry guys. I don't mean to totally take over the forum by responding to every single topic but...

I can't seem to find greg martin's method. his work on his website, though, is quite impressive.


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