Text Input? Or am I over thinking this!

KimberSueKimberSue Posts: 268
edited December 1969 in Technical Help (nuts n bolts)

I am new to making textures and need some input or to know if I am over thinking this which I often do. I use corel draw x4, paint.net and gimp when making textures.

On this Halloween texture, I need to make the pumpkin on the shirt look more part of the shirt rather than sitting on top of the shirt.

The third image has the most pumpkin art effects.

Thanks
Kimberly

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  • GeddGedd Posts: 2,444
    edited December 1969

    Two things:

    1. The colors used in the pumpkin vary in tonality from the underlying color palatte (of the shirt) and if you bring this closer it will help, either by modifying colors or by using a filter layer above the images to blend them.

    2. Try a Gaussian blur on the edges of the pumpkin to help it blend better into the underlying image. This should probably be point 1.

  • HippyChickHippyChick Posts: 50
    edited December 1969

    Heya,

    It might blend a bit more if you erase the fine line of white around the edge of the pumpkin. I've found with my own work that sometimes when I add an image with a transparent background that it kind of has that white around the edge and when I erase it it seems to blend much better. Maybe you could add a blanket stitch or something around the outside of the pumpkin too, so it looks more like an applique (not sure of the spelling on that one lol).

  • KimberSueKimberSue Posts: 268
    edited December 1969

    Thank you both for the input. It is very very helpful.

  • GeddGedd Posts: 2,444
    edited July 2012

    Well a Gaussian blur to the edge effectively gets rid of the white line.

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  • ChoholeChohole Posts: 19,337
    edited December 1969

    I use Photoshop when making my textures, and use the layers to blend designs, things like "overlay" will blend things in more if you want the pumkin to look more as though it is painted into the main design

  • GeddGedd Posts: 2,444
    edited December 1969

    Yes, thanks for mentioning the layer blending mode that you've found works. Layer blending modes can be tricky, deciding which one works. I often have to poke around till I get what I want :)

  • ChoholeChohole Posts: 19,337
    edited December 1969

    I have found it is particularly useful when laying designs on tee shirts. Also works well with sweaters.

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  • GeddGedd Posts: 2,444
    edited December 1969

    ohhh, we like examples, ty :)

  • ChoholeChohole Posts: 19,337
    edited July 2012

    For KimberSue, I think what would possibly help is to actually make your Pumkin look more as though it is an actual Applique, maybe a little texture on it so it looks more as though it is made of fabric.

    Designs are often appliqued onto childrens clothes

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  • KimberSueKimberSue Posts: 268
    edited December 1969

    chohole said:
    I use Photoshop when making my textures, and use the layers to blend designs, things like "overlay" will blend things in more if you want the pumkin to look more as though it is painted into the main design

    I have been using layers too but I am more of a corel draw person so having to re-learn paint type programs. Thanks for your input.

  • KimberSueKimberSue Posts: 268
    edited December 1969

    Thanks to everyone, I have made a ton of notes and plan to work on learning this.

  • ChoholeChohole Posts: 19,337
    edited December 1969

    Sue I still have Corel Draw, and I started off using that and Corel Photopaint.

    I am confident you can get there. Any help you need, just shout. I am always around. I do have a couple or 3 tuts as well, but not one that for what you wnat to do with this.

  • KimberSueKimberSue Posts: 268
    edited December 1969

    chohole said:
    Sue I still have Corel Draw, and I started off using that and Corel Photopaint.

    I am confident you can get there. Any help you need, just shout. I am always around. I do have a couple or 3 tuts as well, but not one that for what you wnat to do with this.

    I started with Corel Draw on version 3 however Photopaint has not been update by Corel to keep up with other programs so I playing with Paint.net today and I am sure I will get there. I will yell if I need help.

  • KimberSueKimberSue Posts: 268
    edited December 1969

    chohole said:
    I use Photoshop when making my textures, and use the layers to blend designs, things like "overlay" will blend things in more if you want the pumkin to look more as though it is painted into the main design

    I was researching photoshop products. What version do you use? I found everything from the elements or CS5 Version?

  • ChoholeChohole Posts: 19,337
    edited December 1969

    I am using a fairly old version, so old I think I am out of the upgrade cycle now. I could afford it when I got it, can't afford to upgrade now.

    I actually use PS7.

  • KimberSueKimberSue Posts: 268
    edited December 1969

    chohole said:
    I am using a fairly old version, so old I think I am out of the upgrade cycle now. I could afford it when I got it, can't afford to upgrade now.

    I actually use PS7.

    I am old fart too and looking for an old version to pick up.

  • SkirikiSkiriki Posts: 4,738
    edited December 1969

    GIMP is free, but it has its own pecularities. It also allows layering and other standard Photoshoppery foo. It also has something which means I will always install GIMP... "make seamless" feature. I can pick a section of an image and tell it to make a tileable texture out of it. :)

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