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Discussion in 'The Design Lounge' started by FWELR, Jun 27, 2007.

  1. FWELR

    FWELR Bonds Passes Hank 8/7/07

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    hey, advanced sig makers, i seem to have a major flaw in my design: i can't play with the background of a sig. i feel (even if you don't) that im pretty good with renders and text. my problem is that i have no clue how to add good brush strokes or add other background effects. all i know is clouds. can someone make a tut about how to make a good background and not just say "add a good brush here", like add a lot of details about how to make brushes look different or how to change the backgrounds appearance. rep will be given, of course.
     
  2. Syntax

    Syntax That Canucks Fan

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    Quick run through...

    Try adding some gradient maps to your signature to make both the render and signature blend in more.

    First go to layer>layer style>gradient overlay (choose two colours from your render)

    once you have done that add the render into the signature then mess around with the gradient maps. Go to image > apply image > image > adjustments > gradient map > choose one of the gradient maps and set them to either lighten, overlay, soft light etc.

    Just mess around with that and you should be able to come up with a better background. Or you could always try adding in some stock photos as your background and set them to lighten with a gradient overlay underneath that layer.
     
  3. demonflair

    demonflair Slowly returning..

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    Taken from one of my tuts:

    Use the brush tool:

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    Then if you want to change the type and setting of the brush go here:

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    Then choose some colors for the brush:

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    1. Color Tool
    2. Choose the color

    Then with the brush tool click in the background to brush it, and there you go :)
     
  4. iRAWR

    iRAWR rawrrr

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  5. tarheelsuperman

    tarheelsuperman ...it gonna be zoppity

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    Also try downloading some C4Ds from Planetrenders and play around with placing them in your backgrounds. Change the blending mode on the C4Ds.

    Here's a link.

    3D abstract Renders

    Fractal Renders

    You need to register to download the full files I believe but it's free. Also try going to their Forum section and looking under the GFX forum at some of the tutorials posted. You can get some good bg ideas from there.

    One thing you can also try is duplicating your render and then using blurs and some of the distort filters. then adjust the blending modes on those layers. You can smudge your render around as well using the smudge tool. When doing that play with the brush settings changing the scattering, shape dynamics, etc.
     
  6. Gymdawg

    Gymdawg ~I Spy Hypocricy~

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    I'm afraid people here worry too much about backgrounds. Not every background has to be flashy to be good, they just have to work for the sig. Take a look at my current for example:
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    It's not flashy, but it still looks good and works with the character.

    If you're having trouble creating good backgrounds from scratch then you might want to try using stock pictures instead of renders. Stocks still have their backgrounds on them so you have something to start with.
     
  7. Star Striker

    Star Striker Definately something.

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    Take a look at my Soft Grunge sig tutorial to learn how to make bg's from your render.
     
  8. demonflair

    demonflair Slowly returning..

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    Exactly. Then create a focal point, that will be what will come out more in the sig.

    Take this sig for example:

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    It's a stock (in this case with a render above it, Leon). leon is the focal point, and the other things (zombies, for example) are blurred so that the render can come out more in the sig. And it doesn't need milions of brushes to be a good background. I've only used blood brushes in this one.
     
  9. Star Striker

    Star Striker Definately something.

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    And light brushes and a lil' squiggly line around the gun. ;)
     
  10. demonflair

    demonflair Slowly returning..

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    The line was made with the pen tool :)
    And I always use light brushes to give light sources to the sig.
     

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