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ryoga-one
11-23-2005, 06:09 PM
im looking for ideas of what i should do to this one, im thinkin it needs something... any ideas? thanx in advance

_CTA_
11-23-2005, 06:09 PM
nice

ryoga-one
11-23-2005, 06:11 PM
thanx :)

ChibiChibi
11-23-2005, 07:53 PM
The background seems a bit blurred to me but other wise, good job.

KiriKat
11-23-2005, 08:04 PM
Very Pretty! me likie:p

Xian Pu
11-23-2005, 09:14 PM
Unaltered stock photos... no dude. Try again. Put some effort forth.

ryoga-one
11-23-2005, 10:03 PM
so nothing can be done, xian pu? it's not finished mind you

LittleMomo
11-23-2005, 10:16 PM
That's a great picture!:D

ryoga-one
11-23-2005, 10:21 PM
thank you :)

MistressPookyChan
11-24-2005, 02:57 AM
1) The image is very blurry
2) The background is a bit boring. Try bluring it a little to give depth to the characters in the foreground.
3) The text is a bit boring. Incorporate it into the wallpaper; don't just paste it on.

ryoga-one
11-24-2005, 08:37 AM
thanx, i'll try that

sumae_the_firewolf
11-24-2005, 08:42 AM
I really don't think you should use a real life back ground try a diffrent back ground and diffrent type...other then that,,,,its,,,ok

MistressPookyChan
11-24-2005, 08:50 AM
photographs make great backgrounds, but you have to play around with them a bit. I use photos all the time.

ryoga-one
11-24-2005, 09:28 AM
ok, i changed a few things, see how this works

nutcase
11-24-2005, 10:46 AM
lol a huge decrease in bg quality this time.. full of pixels

ryoga-one
11-24-2005, 11:30 AM
actually i used a filter called "scatter RGB". no good huh? i'll keep workin on it...

Xian Pu
11-24-2005, 03:18 PM
A suggestion?

Filter> Artistic> Film Grain > Filter > Brush Strokes > Cross Hatch > (adjust as needed) > Filter > Artistic > Dry Brush. Tweak that as it seems to fit or not fit. Once you think you have it to your satisfaction go back then duplicate layer, then go to filter and voila! You have the dry brush filter done. Once THAT'S accomplished, drop the opacity on the copy layer (the one you just copied) and drop the opacity down to about thirty percent or whatever helps the BG blend in better.

The girls? Duplicate layer Filter > noise > median-- set it to about two or three, whichever fits better. Then once that's accomplished, go to filter > blur > smart blur and adjust that accordingly. Once you have it done to your satisfaction, drop the opacity on the outer most layer (er top most layer) to about twenty five thirty five; whichever.

Hopefully that'll set you on your way to doing something with this. It's like Pooky said man, I use stock photos for BG's all the time, they're fun as hell to use if you do it right.

See? This wall is a stock photo.

ryoga-one
11-24-2005, 08:25 PM
i'll give that a try. thanx!

ryoga-one
11-24-2005, 08:38 PM
you are using gimp right? i see none of those filters present. i have version 2.2

ryoga-one
11-24-2005, 09:51 PM
ok, i experimented with some filters and came up with this...

ryoga-one
11-24-2005, 10:08 PM
made the text more legible...

LavaBug
11-25-2005, 07:53 AM
double post please delete
gomen nasai^^

LavaBug
11-25-2005, 08:00 AM
well where to start...? oO
the text is too dark and looks kinda displaced where it is now...
the background does not match (even the plain hotel was better), i think the pattern it now has is too noisy/irritating also in terms of coloring...

i personally think the photo does not go with the character at all but if you want to keep that stockphoto in the bg, i suggest you try some coloring to suit the characters better and blur it a little (or a lot...)
also the extraction needs some works (the hair f.e.)
however the characters look better than in the very first wall (i skipped seeing the others...)

ryoga-one
11-25-2005, 08:30 AM
it wasnt a double-post, if you read the text of my posts

LavaBug
11-25-2005, 08:48 AM
i was talking about my post... -.-
i posted the same text twice, then editited one of it

ryoga-one
11-25-2005, 08:54 AM
oh ok my mistake

ryoga-one
11-25-2005, 10:49 AM
more experimenting with filters

Xian Pu
11-25-2005, 12:01 PM
Download a trial version of Adobe man, it'll help a lot.

Sophonax
11-27-2005, 11:59 AM
Here's what you do. Go and buy Adobe Photoshop. Find a new scan of the characters. Make sure it's not blurry or too small. Recolour parts or the whole scan if needed. Get a new background, or try to make one yourself from scratch.
Also, you might want to install new fonts and use them. Standard Windows fonts are boring.
Extract the characters by hand. Don't use a Magic wand tool. They only give crispy cutouts.

The idea is good enough, but the stuff you get after a single filter doesn't help much.

Search google for tutorials. Use them and love them.

ryoga-one
11-27-2005, 04:46 PM
i used many filters on it, (oil paint, cartoon, cross-hatch on gimp) and also i blurred the characters in an attempt at softening the edges (i would appreciate if someone told me an easier way to do that)

MistressPookyChan
11-28-2005, 06:32 AM
To soften the edges, I tend to give the character a slight outer glow.

Have you done a google for tutorials for the program you are using? I don't know what you are using, but if you tell me, I can help point you in the right direction.

ryoga-one
11-28-2005, 11:01 AM
i am using The Gimp v2.2

Cervan
12-03-2005, 05:30 PM
made the text more legible...when i see this it makes me thing of something fuzzy keep working on it man maybie make it more complex? add some brushes leading up to the girls or coming out of them some grunge would be great....