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Alias Sketching Tutorial

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Guest LJTDESIGN

Exellent tutorial, really easy to follow.

 

I Downloaded the personal learning edition & the sketching is so much better than anything I used before (Photoshop seems to leaves lines jagged - really annoying).

 

Below are the results of 4hrs work. I'm sure this time will come down as I get my head around the package.

 

The interface takes a little getting used to, I'd like to learn how to make specialised brushes as you have done, that would save lots of time!

 

I don't know how to make the elipses to I just sketched them in. Not the best solution but hey hum :)

 

Crits welcome,

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Guest ScottieB

Peedub- nice one! Yep the more you practice the faster it'll be. It was a good idea to get the lines right. Thats the core of communicating the concept. Colouring in this concepting process should be quicker and just to show the form. With your rendering you could use some stronger orange in the dark areas to make it more dramatic.

LJTDESIGN- awesome mate! nice contrasts and line work. The elipses are found in the modelling section of alias. I think it's in the tut somewhere. All the brushes I used are from the program. Not even sure you can make your own.

cheers guys! keep it coming

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Guest Tian

Hi Scottie B,

 

(1) I downloaded the Alias PLE (Personal Learning Edition) Ver12.0, and was unable to find the 2B pencil in the PAINT panel.

 

Could you tell me how to get the 2B pencil on StudioTools V12.0?

 

(2) I looked through all the 11 pages at the 3D tutorials for Topic Discussions, and was also unable to find the 3D guide to drawing Ellipses on Alias StudioTools.

 

Could you tell us how to get that done?

 

(3) I tried rotating the 'Canvas' on StudioTools, but I see that in the FRONT, RIGHT, TOP View, the canvas cannot be rotated.

 

Can you tell me how to get that done?

 

Thanks for reading this message.

 

Would be a great help if anyone can solve my above queries...

 

Otherwise, thanks and have fun.

 

 

Regards

Tian

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Guest ScottieB

Hi Tian, 1)for the 2B pencil make sure with got the palette up (windows\palette) then go to the paint tab hold down mouse click on the pencil icon and a row of pencil appear to select.

2) Easy- go to ur palette again > curves> circle. Then place circle and transform till got elipse you want. then get ur pencil , hold ctrl and alt then trace ur elipse.

3) To rotate canvas you zoom out enough to see it and hold shift+ctrl > left click and select object (cos you want to select an object) then click on the canvas and it will go red then in marking menus select rotate and then do it!

 

hope that helps and good luck

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Guest benarent

Hi Scottie,

 

Thanks for the tutorial, I have seen it for a while and i have finally had a chace to uterlise it in my lateset portfolio. I really like you style, and i think the most important part of your tutorial, is the line weights.

 

really good stuff.. (these are my first attempts,, but i was pretty pleased. but would love some crit too)

 

Cheers again

 

Ben

 

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Guest ScottieB

Hey Ben, Stylish shoes! You have done really well with the perspective. Critz would be firstly the actual image quality of the lines seem rough, not sure why cos the text seems good quality. Also with colouring it will look more dynamic if you colour the whole shoe with one main light and use it to describe the overall shape because it looks like you've coloured each part individually making it look a bit flat.

Keep it up !

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Guest Ricardo

Hey ScottieB I have a simple doubt that is making me carzy, can I save the images in hi-res, in .TIF or .JPG? I can't figure out how to do that!

 

thanx!

 

great stuff!

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Guest Arnimal

Hi!

Thanks for your tutorial. This was my first attempt in Studiotools. It seems that somehow sketching goes a lot more naturally than in Painter.

I need to get my way around the interface, because at the moment it drives me crazy (especially rotating and zooming). But that's probably something to get used to.

I was thinking of learning Rhino, but perhaps I'll change that to StudioTools.

btw, I'm using an old Wacom Digitizer A4+.

Thanks again!

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Guest menappi

is there a free downloadable copy of studiotools?

 

is there a way you can snap a brush to a path in photoshop cs/2? i know you can stroke a path but what about gettin the caligraphic stroke of a pencil...?

 

oh one more question, ScottieB, about how many layers did you end up with in the final rendering? also did you snap to path the highlights? or did you do those freehand.

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Guest ScottieB

Ricardo: If you've got the learning edition you can't save as jpeg but you can take a screen shot :)

Arnimal: well done, looks great! Very neat and solid looking. Nice tablet:) they're probably still the same as now.

menappi: Yeah you can download the learning edition from the alias website. I don't think you can snap like that in photoshop just takes practice freehand. In the end I had about 4 layers. LInes> Greys> Colours> top highlights. I just did highlights freehand because I did lines freehand it would take heaps ages to trace them with paths. I just used undo about 5 times until got it right. Cheers everyone!

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Guest menappi

whats the most amount of layers you had, should i create a layer for each differently colored section (shadowed areas, highlights)

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Guest ScottieB

It's up to you and how you feel comfortable working. When I first started rendering I had Zillions of layers with different colour tests untill I got a good one. But as you get more practise you could reduce it to only 3 or so. I wouldn't create a new layer for each secion. Put all colour on one layer. For example: create new main colour layer and colour the front piece red. Then create another layer and paint the back piece green. So you have 2 layers of colour. Now merge them to 1. then create a new layer for a blue button and then merge that down too. Keeping the newest colour on a seperate layer allows you to erase bits.

Hope that makes sense menappi!

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Guest Davide

ScottieB, if you merge down all your color layers to one after if you want to make some color experimentations on photoshop using Hue and saturation you will not be able to modify the single color, instead if you keep layers separate and then save images of only the color strokes on studiotool and then import them on photoshop on different layer (background for lines, colors layer, highlights layer where you can use a blur effect to soft them etc..) you can play with them.

I know that the point is to keep the sketch simple but at the concept stage it can be usefull to make some color variations, don't you think?

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Guest ScottieB

Yeah definatly you can do that. You could also use 'replace colour' in photoshop and select all colour out of the flatten image and change it so you don't have to work in many layers.

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Guest Sh3LLz

Scottie,

 

Great tutorial man! I use a Mac and we dont have a version of Studio Tools yet.. boo hoo..

 

but still the tips on rendering are very helpful!

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