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
@Vanirl: You are using gimp or paint? Do you understand what are layers? I suggest that you find some tutorial(s) about layers and then download the masterskinnerz layouts and use them.
Using paint has several cons which will make your skinning process slower and the outcome worse. I use Paint shop pro myself but there are good freeware progs for the task (other than gimp): http://www.lfsforum.net/showthread.php?t=5339
If you want to use paint shop pro, send me PM and I'll help you starting with it. I am by no means a good skinner but I can help you with the basics
It (paint shop pro X) has a 30 day limit so choose wisely
Ta for the replies so far. Hey guess what, just discovered that I actually have Jasc Paint shop pro 8 on my PC. Have tried messing with it for a bit and to be honest it has me beat so far. It seems to be complicated – just like gimp. (like I say a simple chap am I) The only handy thing I see is that you can overlay a grid which would make it easier to map out the design. All this talk of layers, dpi’s, anti-alaising, vector lines had me baffled at the moment. I guess I need to get a hold of someone who can sit with me and show me the ropes. However I will bash away at it and see what I can do
Having spent most of tonight getting to grips with paint shop pro and producing a skin (see picture fox paddy) I then added a little bit more and the whole dam think went askew. Any one got any ideas what I did wrong. Al I did was save the file I also include the skin file (fox paddy 2) Talk about frustrated:twirl:
you rotated it (shift-S I think). You should be able to rotate it the other way 90 degrees to correct it. But looking a lot better with colour now. Try to make them bigger in future, that one is 512x512, you really need at least twice that.
And if you can save as jpg in paint shop pro. Click Save As..., then choose jpg. Before you click save, click options (bottom right of save window) and lower the compression to 1 or 2 (smaller number = better quality but bigger files).