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A good deal for the credit for this method has to go to Frazier Davison, who first started showing people how to make realistic templates in Photoshop. There's been a great deal of interest in the Vicis Zero1 football helmet. I'm going to show you how to make your own unique template using their website. To make a template you need two things, a copy of the helmet or uniform as if it was totally white, and a copy that looks like it if it was totally black. What I mean by this isn't a completely white or black object. Most items that you look at will have shadows and reflected light. Take this Soccer ball for example. Even though it's a white ball, it's not a perfect white. The shadows and reflections give the ball it's shape. Same with a football helmet. Lighter objects are defined by their shadows, darker ones by light reflecting off of them. If you try to just use either Multiply or darken or any single tool, you're not going to get a good image. Let's go with Multiply. We have a black set up for highlights (reflected light) and a white set up for shadows. Just using multiply white is ok but dull and the black is awful What about Screen (which we saw above is a better way to lighten a subject)? This time around the black is, well, it's there. Neither image is dark enough. Let's combine techniques. Now we have a nice solid looking image that runs the gamut of values from light to dark. It comes out feeling real rather than that puzzling "I know something's wrong but I can't figure it out" feeling. What has this to do with the Zero1 helmet? Vicis is nice enough to put up images that will work for the black and white on their website. Go to https://vicis.com/products/zero1 They have quite the selection of finishes, facemask designs, whether a strap is in black or white and angles. You get to pick what you want AND YOU AREN'T GIVING SOMEBODY THIRTY BUCKS TO GET SOMETHING YOUR HAPPY WITH. Once you have an angle/design you like get a copy with an all white finish and a copy with an all black finish. The white is there to provide the shadows, the black is there to provide the highlights. (it sounds backwards but it's not.) Save the images and then place them as layers in a Photoshop document. They are 1000 x1000 so it's nice and big. Set it up as follows: The top two are masked off to keep stuff like bolts and straps from changing color. The next folder (and it's helpful to lock this away once it's done.) is where the work is done. White image set to Multiply. Black image set to Screen. A copy of the black image set to overlay. Then you have a masked off layer for the Facemask followed by the helmet colors. You're going to want to have the decals stripes, whatever, on top of the base color of the helmet. You'll need to make a mask for the helmet so that the whole background isn't the same color as the helmet. An example copy can be found at: https://www.deviantart.com/darth-brooks/art/Vicis-Zero1-Helmet-Template-772528268
Hi all, I don't don't have the time to contribute here much these days but do check in from time to time. Anyway, I just saw this new tutorial on line and thought you might be interested. http://www.coreldraw.com/us/pages/items/17700696.html -LT
Hey everybody, I've spent the past few weeks filming a Skillshare class, and I think it would be of some interest to people on the forums. The class consists of a few sets of short video tutorials explaining how to make a custom postcard illustration out of your own photograph. I demonstrate a few different techniques I use to illustrate, and these can be applied to any design really, not just the postcards. A lot of the principles are similar to what you might find in a sports logo, so if you're looking to sharpen up your skills and make something cool in the process, go ahead and sign up! It's free for a 14-day trial. So please feel free to join and share with your friends if they're interested. I'd love some feedback as well. Here's the link: http://skl.sh/15FGUGb And here are some examples of the postcards you'd be making:
The Poor Man's Guide to Logo Design: How to Create Logos Using Programs Already Installed on Your Computer by Eagle98 Far too often, I have seen people post sub-par concepts on here and then when they are given criticism use the excuse that they are using Paint. I am in no way accusing anyone in particular of doing this, but it’s really not a valid excuse, and I think the problem is that people don’t know how powerful programs like Paint can be if used properly. My personal recommendation is to move past Paint to something like Inkscape (or maybe Gimp). Both are completely free to download and are powerful tools. They do require a little while to learn, but they get easier to use with time. However, for whatever reason, some people can’t or don’t want to use these programs and stick with Paint. I am planning on posting a series of tutorials (with no sort of regularity) on how to use programs pre-installed on most computers (mainly Microsoft Paint and Microsoft Word) to create logos and uniforms. It is possible to create top-notch concepts with Paint. (People like oldschoolvikings do it all the time.) Before I begin, I want to say that I am not looking for feedback on my concepts. I understand that there is much that I could do to improve them. However, this concept serves only as an illustrative example of what can be done with free tools such as Paint and Microsoft Word.