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Couple of Additional Banners

Okay, I see Photoshop CS2 is really addictive!

After receiving great advices from o_yannik, I played with several pictures to see what I can do, and I ended up making 2 more BSG banners.  I'm still a long way to go from being good at this, but I had a lot of fun playing with the pictures and CS2.

In this first one, I wanted a banner with Lee in his flightsuit.  So I made this one "Apollo God in the Sky."  With this banner, I've also experimented with using the Gradient Tool on the background:



Next, since I've always wanted a father-and-son banner, I made this one "Commanders of Battlestars - Father & Son."  With this banner, I experimented cropping the Galactica from the original promo picture slanted so that it can fit within the banner:



(Hmmm...  I think I'm going to use the father-and-son one at The Adama Realm)

Edited to Add:

It's now Thursday, and I'm on my lunch break right now.  I just finished with another Lee banner I started late last night.  I wanted one with Lee in his double tanks.  With this one, I played with the idea of simple background and not stacking the pictures together.  Compare to the other banners I made, this one is very simple to make and I spent very little time on this:


 

Comments

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laurie31
May. 3rd, 2007 07:21 pm (UTC)
Oooh, I like!!! Very nice indeed!! I especially like the Bill/Lee one!!

Hey, could you share yannik's tips on getting the background out? I obviously need some pointers in that area ;)
xwacky
May. 3rd, 2007 09:05 pm (UTC)
Thanks! :)

You can read yannik's tips directly down below at the comment section of my journal entry My First Attempt at Making Banners.

One of her tips I found particularly helpful at this time is that when erasing the background around the edge of the image, set the eraser to a "soft brush" mode instead of a hard "pencil" mode. She also gives other great tips in her comments, but I'm still working my way to do more things with Photoshop.

When I erase the background, I first use the Background Eraser Tool with the Limits set to "Find Edge", and "Protect Foreground Color" button checked. I start off with a higher Tolerance level, and work my way down till I get the right tolerance that won't take away my foreground color. Once I use the Background Eraser Tool to get rid of as much background as I can get, I switch the Tool to Eraser and use a soft brush as yannik suggested. I use the eraser brush along the edge of the foreground to separate it out from the background. After that, I switch the Eraser Tool to use a hard pencil eraser to wipe out the unwanted background.
liebestrume
May. 3rd, 2007 07:25 pm (UTC)
Hey, these are very good!
xwacky
May. 3rd, 2007 08:43 pm (UTC)
*blushing* Coming from you, this is really high praise!

I'm nowhere near your caliber, but I'm experimenting with and learning about the features of CS2. I'm particularly satisfied with that Galactica in the background--I tried very hard to fit it in the banner. I was very happy that I finally (by accident) figured out that I can crop it from its original picture at an angle. :)
liebestrume
May. 3rd, 2007 09:01 pm (UTC)
... I can crop it from its original picture at an angle.

What do you mean?
xwacky
May. 3rd, 2007 09:26 pm (UTC)
Okay, first let me show you the original picture where I cropped the Galactica from:



Notice how the Galactica is at a 30 degree angle? Well, when I crop, I first centered the cropping box (say, 165X400 px) in the middle of the Galactica. Then I move the cursor toward the corner of the cropping box. If you get the cursor at the right place, it will change from an arrow cursor to a rotation cursor. Just grab the corner with the rotation cursor and you can rotate the cropping box to the desired angle. Viola!

And here's my cropped Galactica:

liebestrume
May. 3rd, 2007 10:28 pm (UTC)
Gotcha!
helen_c
May. 4th, 2007 05:15 pm (UTC)
Awww. Lovely--I really like the Lee/Bill one, and the third one--very neat.

I'm in awe of people who can actually do stuff like banners and icons. I've tried to play with PaintShop but I just don't have the patience...
xwacky
May. 5th, 2007 12:41 am (UTC)
Thank you!

I'm just started learning how to use PhotoShop CS2. Previously I downloaded trial version of PaintShop Pro. I find PSP very hard to use, and it crashes on me all the time. I have to say PS CS2 is much better for a beginner like me.
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xwacky
May. 9th, 2007 10:35 pm (UTC)
Thanks for your precious comments!

I'm still light years away from truly understand compositions and know what to do about it when I attempt to create my own graphics. That's why I'm staying away from WP for now.

I'm thrilled you like the Aviator one, but I'm afraid you've given me too much credit--it was quite a fluke on my part. But I just learned an invaluable lesson from what you pointed out from that banner!

The only way for me to switch the smaller Adamas would be mirroring the picture because that's how they posed for the promo shot. LOL But I'm curious why mirroring faces never work? I did notice that whenever I "flip" a picture, the face did look awkward. But I didn't know why. I reasoned it was because I was so used to seeing the face(s) in one way, however from what you've said here, it sounded there's a technical reason that "flipping" is bad...

BTW, I did play with the opacity of the reddish cloud layer in that banner to make the Galactica appear "inside" the cloud. I don't quite understand the difference from changing the "Opacity" and the "Fill" of a layer. They seem to have the same affect on the layer...
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xwacky
May. 12th, 2007 10:30 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for teaching me so many things!
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