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Understand how the gimp works...

Sep 14, 2014, 06:31
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Smile Understand how the gimp works...
I used the gimp, for the first time, to complete my work as to see how I want the picture looks like and here it goes! I think GIMP is the closest to the Professional Photoshop. I think I am becoming more comfortable with GIMP for the commercial, demonstration, and freelance to gain my confidence and budget. If you want to give me critique or feedback about this artwork, remember this is a just a test but I will be happy to hear your opinion and it will help me too. smile.


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Sep 14, 2014, 09:10
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Interesting concept.

It looks good. Having the birds in front of the leaf gives the impression that the apple is very large, it would have been hard to judge the size without that part. Everything thing looks blended together well and the disturbance in the water signals that the apple is moving forward, another good addition to the piece.
Maybe having the apples in the background display a more defined bite mark could work better.
Nice work.

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Sep 15, 2014, 03:06
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Thank you, CAZ and I will post some artworks soon.
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Sep 15, 2014, 18:10
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gives a whole new meaning to the big apple huh xD

Great job.

Maybe a little less blur on the surrounding waters. The blur on the waves crashing against the apple are ok though Smile
Also, adding a drop shadow behind the big apple (50% opacity) might give it more depth.

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Sep 15, 2014, 19:52
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(Sep 15, 2014 18:10)iForStyle007 Wrote:  Also, adding a drop shadow behind the big apple (50% opacity) might give it more depth.
If there is a shadow, there is something to "support" it. Care to explain where that would be?

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Sep 15, 2014, 20:14
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- I agree with Caz, the birds in front of the leaf are necessary to give a scale...
- All in all, very nice stuff

Warning, realism nazi at work... Smile
- One big regret, the image is too small to really appreciate it. There are things on the top of the front apple that one can barely distinguish.
- Big perspective problem on the apples in the back. Either they are even more gigantic than the first one (like 5x...) or the horizon isn't really the horizon (because if their foot is that close to the horizon, they are almost on the horizon), and the water surface is actually a tsunami-sized wave coming (which may explain the waterfalls, the apple would be regurgitating the water from the previous wave).
- The size of the wavelets is about the same everywhere, it should be smaller in the back to take the perspective in account
- Very nice job on the shadows of the leaves, but the left side of the apple should have more shadow, while the right side should be more int he light.

So, on the whole, very nice picture that attracts the eye, but as your eye starts to explore it there are many little things that makes your brain rattle.

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Sep 16, 2014, 18:41
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I agree with you about the blur and opacity. I can do better than that. I was kinda of work fast on it. But when I have enough time to do the GIMP art then I would like to post it with deep details someday. there are some pictures that I want to post now about the best technique for Layer Masking in less than 2 minutes. But yet I'm still working on record to post "How to Layer Masking" on YouTube. Because the other days, I spent hours on looking for a "refine feather into fine or soft" on model's hair or animal's fur. I know all diligent Gimp users want the same thing they look for. How about the lasso, select color tool or fuzzy select tool with feather do you think they help? it depends but It could cost you lot of time to do this. Finally, I found, which it is calling refine paint, and it is very very simple to do this faster and you can make it looks more professional. I hope it helps and save your time from spent hours to look around!

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Sep 17, 2014, 00:19
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I think the image is really weird, but still pretty awesome.

I mean more like weird in the sense of being disturbing.. ;-). For instance, that horizon.... it really does look like it is not a horizon at all and it is really the edge of the water, of the sea, and beyond that edge everything just falls down.....
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Sep 17, 2014, 03:57
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(Sep 15, 2014 19:52)ofnuts Wrote:  
(Sep 15, 2014 18:10)iForStyle007 Wrote:  Also, adding a drop shadow behind the big apple (50% opacity) might give it more depth.
If there is a shadow, there is something to "support" it. Care to explain where that would be?

In short, if there is a light source (for instance the reflection/glare near the middle top of the apple) it will cast a shadow. Keyword *MIGHT*

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Sep 17, 2014, 07:33
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(Sep 17, 2014 03:57)iForStyle007 Wrote:  
(Sep 15, 2014 19:52)ofnuts Wrote:  
(Sep 15, 2014 18:10)iForStyle007 Wrote:  Also, adding a drop shadow behind the big apple (50% opacity) might give it more depth.
If there is a shadow, there is something to "support" it. Care to explain where that would be?

In short, if there is a light source (for instance the reflection/glare near the middle top of the apple) it will cast a shadow. Keyword *MIGHT*

It's not "might". For a shadow, you need a light source, and object, and something for which the object hides the light source (wall, floor, ground...). You don't get a shadow standing in the air, unless there is some mist.

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