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Postby leaf_of_lire » Fri May 01, 2009 9:40 pm

I think this is in the right section...

Anyways, after looking at a lot of MOCs, I was just wondering how people get that clean white background. I've been trying to figure out but I have yet to find the answer. So, if anyone can tell me, please post here. Thanks.
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Re: Clean, white background

Postby Sir Dano » Fri May 01, 2009 11:13 pm

I use a white posterboard, then adjust the brightness and contrast in Photoshop.

Plenty more advice in the Publishing forum as well. :)
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Re: Clean, white background

Postby Formendacil » Fri May 01, 2009 11:44 pm

leaf_of_lire wrote:I think this is in the right section...


Not quite... As this pertains to the publishing of MOCs, and not to the MOCs themselves*, it is more appropriate to the Publishing Forum.

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*Assuming, of course, no one here builds their white backgrounds out of LEGO.
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Re: Clean, white background

Postby Aliencat » Sat May 02, 2009 9:47 am

Formendacil wrote:Assuming, of course, no one here builds their white backgrounds out of LEGO.

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Re: Clean, white background

Postby Hob Took » Sat May 02, 2009 3:20 pm

The easiest and I think the best way is to have a good physical backdrop such as a sheet or large white paper, but if you're luckey enough to have Photoshop then the process isn't that hard just takes practice to make it look good. I use the Photoshop lasso tools to "cut out" the creation from the background. I then open up a new file with whatever background I want and place the cut out creation on top of the background. Some tweaking is usually required to make the creation look good against the background (adjusting brightness, contrast, ect.)

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If you do not have Photoshop there are plenty of free programs out there. Many people seem to be prefer GIMP though I have no experience with it and so cannot say how good it is. If you don't want to have anything to do with any programs there are some people who may be willing to give some of their time to help you out and edit your pictures.

Hope some of this helps!

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Re: Clean, white background

Postby DNL » Sat May 02, 2009 10:40 pm

If you do not have Photoshop there are plenty of free programs out there. Many people seem to be prefer GIMP though I have no experience with it and so cannot say how good it is. If you don't want to have anything to do with any programs there are some people who may be willing to give some of their time to help you out and edit your pictures.


The GIMP is a great free program that i use to edit my pictures, and it it possible to make a white background with it the same way as Hob Took described.
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Re: Clean, white background

Postby Heir of Black Falcon » Sun May 03, 2009 5:30 am

Some good information here. Thanks gents! I will have to give it a go. Could one use a white cloth maybe?

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Re: Clean, white background

Postby Sir BrickBuilder » Sun May 03, 2009 2:48 pm

Pretty easy I just put my desk right in front of the window on a sunny day put a picture frame behind it with a white cloth over that then have the picture frame and white cloth lean back on a easel! YA IT TAKES FOREVER
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Re: Clean, white background

Postby leaf_of_lire » Mon May 04, 2009 8:46 pm

Thanks.
I don't have Photoshop so I will just use a sheet of white paper/poster board then edit it with another program. Thanks again for the advice :) .
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Re: Clean, white background

Postby JoshWedin » Sun May 17, 2009 12:52 am

Heir of Black Falcon wrote: Could one use a white cloth maybe?


You can. I've used a white sheet. But it needs to be ironed really well. Any little crease will show up.

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Re: Clean, white background

Postby The Shadow Knight » Sun Jun 21, 2009 3:29 am

Hey, this might be a little off topic, I am sorry but some mentioned this GIMP program, and I have trouble with getting a good white background as well, so I am thinking about downloading it. I just got a new computer recently and I don't want this program to slow it down, though. So I just wanted to know if you guys think it would be a good decision for me to download GIMP under my circumstances.

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Re: Clean, white background

Postby SlyOwl » Thu Jul 02, 2009 6:02 pm

Regarding white cloths, as they are more textured than posterboard/white paper (i.e. when you take a photo of it, there are far more grey and black pixels in amongst the white ones, despite the overall white look), they can be difficult to edit, as some tools (like fill) won't work as effectively. As mentioned, creases really are a problem. It's hard to avoid stuff like this, whereas against a posterboard background, proper edits (like this) can be done with a single fill.
The Shadow Knight wrote:Hey, this might be a little off topic, I am sorry but some mentioned this GIMP program, and I have trouble with getting a good white background as well, so I am thinking about downloading it. I just got a new computer recently and I don't want this program to slow it down, though. So I just wanted to know if you guys think it would be a good decision for me to download GIMP under my circumstances.

From my experience, GIMP (and Paint.net, another free editing program) take up minimal space on your computer, and don't take too long to download. It's worth it in the long run - you'll build up editing skills in return for the time and computer memory invested.
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Re: Clean, white background

Postby The Shadow Knight » Thu Jul 02, 2009 7:42 pm

Thanks for the help SlyOwl. I really appreciate it. I think I'll give it a try.
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Re: Clean, white background

Postby ottoatm » Sun Jul 05, 2009 3:37 am

I'd also recommend poster board - get two big sheets of it and you can have one in the back and one to place your MOC/Vig on.

If you do use GIMP or Photoshop, you might want to consider having some more fun with the background - put a picture of a mountain and/or trees behind your creation - that always makes for a pretty creation. :)
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Re: Clean, white background

Postby fenris » Wed Jul 22, 2009 3:02 pm

what i prefer for a clean-white background is my bathtube...

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..of course you need a clean bathtube :lol:
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