I know that a lot of hard work has gone in to many of the skins in this post 9my congrats to all), and that mine are most possible the worst of the bunch, however, is soemeone was able to render it for me I would gladly grovel at their feet.
Those skins will look terrible rendered. You need to imrove the resolution of the logos and lines - anti-alaising would help on the vector lines...
Also, a little colour never hurt anyone, and would make the cars look a lot better... Not sure how long you spent doing those skins, or what software you're using, but another couple of hours on it would be a big bonus...
Like I said, there a miserable attempt when compared to all those other fine samples I can see. I did them in "paint" as it is the only bit of software that I got and to be honest was not even sure what I was doing. Terrible or not, if someone is willing to do it I would be grateful or indeed if someone can give me tips on making skins that would be good also I was also looking for a “simple” look in the whole skin and did not want any flashy adverts or anything like that
@vanirl: Yeah, you have to learn to use a graphics program... But you'll have to if you want renders of your skin to be of any quality...
For a plain blue just make a new image of 1024x1024 and paint it all blue... Done... But I think it would be better to take the default skin (which is plain white) and play with the colour-sliders in the game itself, if you just want a blue skin...
While I know that you may well be right I'm afraid that I have not got the time or the know how to get into such activities. All I was looking for (hoping for really), was that someone would be prepared to render the attempt that I have made and that I could then stick it up as a background on my desktop. I very much appreciate that guys with your kind of skills and expertise may well be put off by my feeble attempts (and may well be annoyed at such a miserable attempt), but I just thought I would give the request a go. I haven’t a clue where or how to start to make things any better even if I had the time and yes I know it is asking a lot for someone to give of their time So, if any one is willing ?????
Thanks for the idea – however I do not have Photoshop either. The bit I have seen on it looks way beyond me I’m afraid (like I said – bit of a dumb ass on computers really). Looks like my efforts are not worth the talents of anyone, however I live in hope, so if some kind person takes pity on me…..
OK Guys n Gals, not knowing what to do but taking up on tristancliffe’s suggestion that I needed to tidy up some things, I have spent the afternoon with “Paint” tying to do what I can. Here are the results which I hope is at least on the right track (get the pun). I have now taken it about as far as I can go. I do hope that my efforts have at least gone some way towards making them acceptable for some other person to take up the challenge
OK guys, I got "Gimp" and have had a quick bash with it. Basically I botched it up big time and it seems to me a bit complicated (I’m a simple fellow really). I also happen to be one of those types that HATES reading a manual – I like to have someone show me and then I get a better feeling for it. Little chance of that happening so I guess a bit of reading is unavoidable. I also now see that a little bit more colour in the skin (as suggested) would be nice. So I’ll strugle on a bit more and see what I can do (either in paint or in Gimp). Having said that I am really chuffed and again my thanks. As usual the LFS community shows it’s real strength
Trustancliffe & Ramtech. I took your advise and spent some time using Gimp. To be honest I still haven’t got much of a clue and spent more time re doing stuff rather than making any progress. However will keep at it. In the meantime I took you advise Trustancliffe and re did my skin from scratch with a bit more colour – hope you think I am heading in the right direction. It was done with good old paint (gave up in frustration with Gimp), but I still have not managed to get things tidy. Every time I reopen it all the lines seem to be “smudged”, I tidy it up and it then goes back again. However have a look and if ya feel it is worthy of a render ??????? I would love to see the differance
Vanirl - I think it looks better with the colour, but the smudged effect is because of how paint compresses jpgs. The more compression (and paint uses high compression) the more smudged the file becomes.
Gimp (and other software like it) will allow you to control the compression level, so you can control the smudgedness. I don't know gimp, but in paint shop pro when you click save as jpg there is a button called Options, and in there you can move a compression slider.
If you can find out how to control the compression in Gimp then brilliant. What you would need to do is either make the skin in gimp and save as a low compression jpg, or make the skin in Paint, save it as a bmp, then open the bmp in Gimp and save it as a low compression jpg.
I know it sounds complicated, but you'll get used to gimp and all these options I promise you. At the moment that skin isn't really worthy of a render, but I might do it later just to show you the difference the colour has added. Hope this helps, and I wish you the best of luck.
edit: Also, always make your skins AT LEAST 1024*1024 pixels. Any less is just a waste of effort. For renders it's better to use 2048 or even bigger (depending on the quality of the render you're after), but 1024 is fine for most people.
vanirl, in gimp, and other progs of that style:
u gotta get used to be working with layers
learn how to use the tools (brush, eraser, pencil, cut etc.)
learn how to modify selections
learn how to change the resolution of a file (to 1024x1024 @ 300dpi)
and learn how to save proper .jpg's