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Graewerld Posted: Thu, Mar 11 2010 17:46

What is the trick of creating metallic looking colors, such as chrome and polished bronze.  Is it a task of changing variants of shade and blending or is there a palette that includes these?

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May have just answered my own question.  I did go to Jeff's site to look at what he had to offer in tutorials at www.unleash.com and then as I was looking at his samples got some self-induced motivation to try something.  I like the effect I got.

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wrote in message news:81115@coreldraw.com...
> What is the trick of creating metallic looking colors, such as chrome and
> polished bronze. Is it a task of changing variants of shade and blending
> or is there a palette that includes these?
>

you mentioned Jeff's tutorials... they're very good - but a lot also depends
on what you're trying to do... for me, "chrome" is not really so much "a
color" (nor is polished bronze)... to me, they're really more "what is the
shape of my base object that the outside world colors will be reflected
reflected off of and what base color might need to be added into the mix."

As an example of what I mean, here's the same text with differing photos
used as a displacement/reflection map, plus different bevels. I'm only
bringing this up because different people mean different things ...
especially when we're talking "color". Sure, we can all say "blue", but how
many of us will actually be thinking of the exact same shade of blue? Same
goes for "chrome" or "gold" or "mettalic" in general.
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Nice samples!!

I was referring more to the reflective effect like you show, hence any image with the metallic look won't look "flat" and actually have a dimesion quality to it.  As I had indicated, I had come up with a work-around to the effect I was hoping to get, because the metallic look wouldn't actually work for what I wanted.  I didn't want the flat single color so I blended a small white circle with a 10% gradient of black (so really light gray then) and offset the center circle and gave it 100 steps.  Just what the doctor ordered.

 

By the way, when I think blue, it ususally is cobalt. Wink


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biferi replied on Mon, Mar 15 2010 11:45

I use coreldraw 11 need help with Lasso Tool

I have a  JPG  of my  head   and I  made the background all Black so you can see my face and head in color real good.

 

Then I saved it as  BMP.

 

Now wen I open it in photopain I can't get the Lasso tool to grab just my head.

it gets  a little black  with it  ad I tryed to bring up the Talernce level  no good.

Please tell me what to do or try??

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I don't believe the lasso tool will just grab a portion of an image.  It will encircle and clip where you drag the 'blinking lines'  to, but you may actually have to edit around the image to delete the parts you don't want to include (the black background) , which will take a bit more time than just click and pull the image part away from the rest of the photo.

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Graewerld, wondering if you tried a radial fill?

Seems to be a lot quicker than going through all the steps to make a blend, no?

 

 


Diane Jersey Girl
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OOOOHHHHHH!!!!

*drools all over the keyboard*

That's exactly what I want!

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biferi replied on Mon, Mar 15 2010 13:56

can you tell me of a good way to take a Head out of a photo that the background is all onother color???

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Open the image in Photopaint and use the CutOut Lab.

There is a Video Tutorial that came with the Boxed Version of CGSX4.

In photo-paint. Image > Cutout Lab

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Hunter replied on Mon, Mar 15 2010 14:03
wrote in message news:81599@coreldraw.com...
> can you tell me of a good way to take a Head out of a photo that the
> background is all onother color???
>

Biferi, don't hijack a thread - start a new thread with the appropriate
title in the appropriate forum. This is something to do in Photopaint, not
Draw.

Graewerld,

The quick version..............

F11

Change the type to Radial

Move your cursor over the 'white' area in the visual and slide it anywhere you want.

Done.

 

Of course, there are a ton more adjustments you can make while in that dialog box, but those 2 clicks will get you what you showed in your original post without any fuss at all.

Hope that helps.

 

Diane Jersey Girl
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Olympia, WA, USA
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Already played with it and it was wonderful.

Many thanks your way Diane!

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