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PostSubject: Re: Photo manipulations and dress designs thread...   Fri Dec 31, 2010 2:50 pm


Wow Okami! Your creations are so beautiful. I especially love the "Bells" design. You added a touch of sensuality to the original concept, which makes the end result really stunning. I kinda wish you were her designer. Yep!
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PostSubject: Re: Photo manipulations and dress designs thread...   Fri Dec 31, 2010 3:25 pm

These are gorgeous! I hope your hand returns to its former shape, if at all possible. It's a shame that you would have to give up something you love for a one-time accident.
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PostSubject: Re: Photo manipulations and dress designs thread...   Sat Jan 01, 2011 1:23 am

The Bells dress is out of this world! Cloud 9 Not too over the top, and not too simple either.

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PostSubject: Re: Photo manipulations and dress designs thread...   Sat Jan 01, 2011 1:34 am

I agree, your Bells dress is simply gorgeous—it's powerful and yet beautiful in a way that the actual one was not (in my oh-so-humble opinion). I always loved the color scheme of that dress, but the ruffles were just so distracting...
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PostSubject: Re: Photo manipulations and dress designs thread...   Sat Jan 01, 2011 8:21 am

Okami, I really really like your remake of Bells! I wonder if we can show Mao your creation and have her do an encore of Bells in the future or something with this costume! Who, me?
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PostSubject: Re: Photo manipulations and dress designs thread...   Sat Jan 01, 2011 10:44 am

Okami, both dresses are gorgeous. The first one is a bit similar to her dress from FS in Goteborg, the second one is simply Wub
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PostSubject: Re: Photo manipulations and dress designs thread...   Sun Jan 02, 2011 7:01 am

Thank you all for the comments! I love you

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I hope your hand returns to its former shape, if at all possible.

I'm mostly fine now. Smile The new layout was already done after I recovered from the accident. There might be some lingering effects, but I can hold a pen or a stylus pen without problems, so it's fine. Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Photo manipulations and dress designs thread...   Sun Jan 02, 2011 7:42 am

Okami wrote:
Thank you all for the comments! I love you

Alokya wrote:
I hope your hand returns to its former shape, if at all possible.

I'm mostly fine now. Smile The new layout was already done after I recovered from the accident. There might be some lingering effects, but I can hold a pen or a stylus pen without problems, so it's fine. Smile

It's good to hear that your recovery went well. Btw, Okami, may I use your "Bells" design as my new avatar? I really like that picture.
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PostSubject: Re: Photo manipulations and dress designs thread...   Sun Jan 02, 2011 8:01 am

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Btw, Okami, may I use your "Bells" design as my new avatar? I really like that picture.

No problem! flower
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PostSubject: Re: Photo manipulations and dress designs thread...   Sun Jan 02, 2011 8:17 am

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Btw, Okami, may I use your "Bells" design as my new avatar? I really like that picture.

No problem! flower

Thanks! Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Photo manipulations and dress designs thread...   Sun Jan 02, 2011 9:51 am

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And my remake of the Bells dress:


BTW, the links to my previous ones are dead, but I'll re-upload them soon. Smile


This could be a good tango dress. Yep!

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PostSubject: Re: Photo manipulations and dress designs thread...   Sun Jan 02, 2011 9:59 am

Okami, what do you use doing this designs? I'm also an artist, but kind of new to computer drawing, can you explain me some basics?(I have graphic tablet) sunny
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PostSubject: Re: Photo manipulations and dress designs thread...   Sun Jan 02, 2011 3:37 pm

I love the new designs! It's been too long since we've seen any of your beautiful creations! It's nice to see some new ones! They are as good as Mao's best dresses, and better than some of her other dresses. Your work puts my dinky, amateur photo manipulations to shame!

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PostSubject: Re: Photo manipulations and dress designs thread...   Sun Jan 02, 2011 5:39 pm

Those are beautiful, Okami! Swoon

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PostSubject: Re: Photo manipulations and dress designs thread...   Mon Jan 03, 2011 9:15 am

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Okami, what do you use doing this designs? I'm also an artist, but kind of new to computer drawing, can you explain me some basics?(I have graphic tablet) sunny


Any program that allows the uswr to work on layers would work. Photoshop, GIMP, Paint Shop Pro, etc.. It's good if the program has a Quick Mask option - Photoshop and GIMP have it, not sure about PSP, I haven't used it in ages.

The picture that you use to make the photomanip must be in fairly good quality. If it's too small or pixelated, it won't look good.

What I do is:

1. Paste the image as a separate layer (with clear background, i.e. white) and clean it up - make sure that the colors look good (Levels or Curves, Hue/Saturation, etc.) and, if it's needed, the smart blur filter to get rid of the "fuzzies" around the edges.

2. Get rid of the background. In Photoshop there's an Extract filter (it needs to be downloaded for the newest versions, but it's free) which might be helpful. Another option is to use the Eraser tool. But my favourite way to do this is to use the Quick Mask. After you activate the QM when you paint on the layer with black colour, it turns transparent. If you use white, it makes the layer visible. It's more time-consuming, but if you make a mistake, you can easily correct it later.
Once the thing/figure is separated from the background, I usually copy the layer and make the older one invisible. Who knows, it might be of some use later. Smile

3. Now I remove all of the old costume that might get in the way of the new one. (For example in the Bells costume I kept the gloves and sleeves, but sometimes I remove the entire costume. For example, this: http://www.maoasadaforum.com/gallery/Skating-outfits-designed-by-fans/Okami/Mao-Magic-001-pic_60.htm manip was based on a photo from a practice session, so I had to re-draw everything - the right hand, the legs, the hairstyle. It sort of shows... Sweatdrop
To do this, I remove all parts of the costume that "stick out", leaving only the skater's silhouette, then lock the transparency of the layer (if you use Quick Mask, make sure you are not on the QM layer but on the actual one by clicking on the miniature). Then using the Eyedropper tool sample the colours of the skin and paint over the unnecessary parts of the old costume.

4. I paint the new costume on a new layer. If I want the skirt or other parts of the costume to be see-through, I paint them on a separate layer from the rest of the costume and use Eraser or Quick Mask to create the transparency effect.
If the skirt or sleeves are see-through it looks good at add an additional layer below the skater's silhouette and paint the back part of the skirt/sleeves on ot.

5. I add the detials, like make-up, rhinestones, light reflections, the background, etc. Sometimes it looks nice to add an adjustement layer or some texture over it, change the blending mode and lower the opacity. It's different every time, though, so all advice I can give is to experiment a lot. flower



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PostSubject: Re: Photo manipulations and dress designs thread...   Mon Jan 03, 2011 2:44 pm

I can't wait till the day I get a good program like that. I just use a free one right now, and I can't really do what I want with it.... Oh well. At least it's something I can goof around with until I get a good program.

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PostSubject: Re: Photo manipulations and dress designs thread...   Mon Jan 03, 2011 2:52 pm

Thank you soo much Okami!!! cheers Sounds so cool! I have Photoshop so I hope I can do something like this. Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: Photo manipulations and dress designs thread...   Thu Jan 06, 2011 9:06 am

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I just use a free one right now, and I can't really do what I want with it....

What program do you use..?
There are some free ones that are quite good and support layers, layer effects and transparency, or even can read Photoshop plugins - like GIMP. I've seen some modified versions of GIMP that make it look a bit more like Photoshop. I recently checked out GimPhoto + GimPad and it seems to be quite stable:
http://www.gimphoto.com/
GimPhoto is a mod of GIMP, and GimPad is another mod that is installed in addition to GimPhoto and makes it look Photoshop-like (not identical, but the layout and shortcuts are like in PS).
It's free and it can read Photoshop plugins (there are a lot of great free ones Smile ).

GimpShop is also nice, but crashes a lot on my computer. Sad
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PostSubject: Re: Photo manipulations and dress designs thread...   Sat Jan 08, 2011 12:30 am

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Star85 wrote:
I just use a free one right now, and I can't really do what I want with it....

What program do you use..?
There are some free ones that are quite good and support layers, layer effects and transparency, or even can read Photoshop plugins - like GIMP. I've seen some modified versions of GIMP that make it look a bit more like Photoshop. I recently checked out GimPhoto + GimPad and it seems to be quite stable:
http://www.gimphoto.com/
GimPhoto is a mod of GIMP, and GimPad is another mod that is installed in addition to GimPhoto and makes it look Photoshop-like (not identical, but the layout and shortcuts are like in PS).
It's free and it can read Photoshop plugins (there are a lot of great free ones Smile ).

GimpShop is also nice, but crashes a lot on my computer. Sad

Who, me? The one on photobucket.... Laugh

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PostSubject: Re: Photo manipulations and dress designs thread...   Sat Jan 08, 2011 7:01 am

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Who, me? The one on photobucket.... Laugh

Check out some of the free ones sometime! cheers Maybe I'll post some simple tutorials earlier... I just have to take care of some things in the Real Life first... Sweatdrop
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PostSubject: Re: Photo manipulations and dress designs thread...   Mon Jan 10, 2011 2:29 pm

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Who, me? The one on photobucket.... Laugh

Check out some of the free ones sometime! cheers Maybe I'll post some simple tutorials earlier... I just have to take care of some things in the Real Life first... Sweatdrop

Next time I do some manipulations I will. Thanks!

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PostSubject: Re: Photo manipulations and dress designs thread...   Thu Apr 07, 2011 11:13 am

One new dress, 2 variations:




Velvety bodice (black on the right side, deep red on the left) and belt, overlaid with red pattern on the right side and black on the left. Sleeves - black illusion material overlaid with the red lacey pattern (version 1) or red and silver rhinestones (version 2). Black choker with huge red rhinestone on the front. The whole thing is sparkly, like the Pur Una Cabeza dress. Laugh

Sorry about the poor image quality, I couldn't find any good source pics... It seems the photographers this seasons just fell in love with photos taken in the middle of a jump or a spin... Sweatdrop And most of the nice pics were too tiny to use. Sad
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PostSubject: Re: Photo manipulations and dress designs thread...   Mon Apr 11, 2011 12:54 pm

I really like the dress, wish mao would see you're designs, isn't there a way for you to send them to mao??
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PostSubject: Re: Photo manipulations and dress designs thread...   Mon Apr 11, 2011 2:05 pm

ballerinamao wrote:
I really like the dress, wish mao would see you're designs, isn't there a way for you to send them to mao??

You pretty much took the words out of my mouth! Yes, you should really try to get into designing!

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PostSubject: Re: Photo manipulations and dress designs thread...   Mon Apr 18, 2011 10:30 am

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I really like the dress, wish mao would see you're designs, isn't there a way for you to send them to mao??

I want to print out a fan artbook and send it to Mao, but I still need more pictures to put into it! clown
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