The Blue knight wrote:I don't see a link to the sheilds you are talking about. Maybe mine eyes decieveth me...
You may need to reload to refresh the menu, but here's a direct link anyway.http://www.classic-castle.com/howto/articles/OctagonShields.html
wlister wrote:Looking good Anthony!
You must have a lot of time on your hands. All I can say is wow! And I think I'll say it again. WOW!
Sigh... So true... so true... waaaaaay too much time on my hands.
Anthony Sava: The best thing to happen to LEGO's KK2... nah
Jehkar wrote:Looking good, Anthony!
I have a question: how many pixels X pixels do they have to be to fit the sheild? (ex: 20x50)
Regarding the shields with borders - the space between the left and right borders and between the bottom (or top) border and the edge of the hole, not counting the space lost from the corners, is 261x200 pixels at 500 dpi. This translates into a little over 1.3x1.0 cm.
Add 30 pixels (.16 cm) to the width and 15 pixels (0.08 cm) to the height to go all the way to the edge of the shield.
Love the designs, as always.
Question: Do you draw your designs in Photoshop or do you use another program for the designing itself?
I've noticed that if you use Flash, or another vector program, like Illustrator, to construct the image in vector format, then import it into Photoshop to be colored and sized gives you a softer and less pixelated outline.
I realize that the common viewer on the site will have to download the sticker, so file size is an issue, but it might make for a better look.
Sadly, I'm out of color ink, so I haven't been able to print out anything you've done. Therefore, I don't know how they look when printed out, so I don't know how much of a difference it will make!
Everything I do is in Photoshop. I don't like vector programs because I'm a drawer, not an architect, and I have little patience for generating lines. I also don't have much luck creating smooth curves in vector programs. Believe me, I've tried drawing in Flash... ick.. not for me. I realize that vectors allow you to scale the image infinately, but I just don't have the patience.
As for pixelation, that's done on purpose. I like having clean lines, and when you don't use harsh, pixelated lines, you get ten thousand colors involved trying to create the illusion of a straight line. Trust me, when you print my shields, they get shrunk down so much that it is near impossible to see the pixels.
Even though you're out of color ink, that doesn't mean you can't test a sticker in grey scale. Go ahead and print out a sticker in that format and judge for yourself.
Excellent work as always, Anthony.
But... (you knew there had to be a 'but')... I do have one complaint, or perhaps it's nothing more than a mere quibble.
What I don't like about the KK2 shield designs (and I see replicated in your customs) is that the top image is an upside down image of the bottom. I would prefer seing images that were all upright (as in the ovoid shields). I know that the centre hole causes some problems, but turn the problem into a challenge and fun things should happen!
Oh, and your elf faction is awesome!
I actually kind of like the mirrored effect, to tell the truth. But that's why I included the PSDs, so those who wish to change my files can do so