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| October 24, 2009, 4:39 pm
Hey, Mark. Well, I guess Chris could weigh in on this too, if he wanted to.

I was wondering how folks around here get to be popular enough to get to the "All Across Mocpages?" Not like: "How do I make a good MOC" because honestly I've made better MOCs than some of the ones that are featured as the main picture on the home page (in my opinion). But even when I do try to outdo myself, I get up to twelve comments in two days (which I certainly appreciate), but not the big, 45+ that I've seen some get. How do you guys do it? Thank you.
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| October 25, 2009, 7:50 pm
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Quoting Andy Kucenski
Is there something that I can do to make my pics better?


Absolutely!

I use a professional grade camera and other equipment, but it's not necessary for good solid pics. Here are a few tips...

Focus: Make sure the image is in focus. If you're dealing with a lighting situation that causes your camera to take a long exposure (i.e low light), then you may see a blurred shot. ALWAYS...I mean ALWAYS use either a tripod, or if nothing else, a stable object to rest your camera on (like a table top, a chair, or even a cardboard box...ANYTHING to keep the camera from shaking.)

Lighting: You don't have to be a master at it to get a good shot, but there are some things to consider. A) Overcast days are great for shooting pics of your subject (because the light is reflective and less direct, so you'll get a more even effect). B) If you shoot indoors, try using a white board or two just beyond the picture frame to reflect light on to your MOC (in addition to the light source). This will help to give you even light throughout the MOC, and keep your details.

Background: Use a completely plain background. Common color choices are those WITHOUT color...black, grey, white. Foam core boards are pretty inexpensive and MUCH better than a white sheet (which often shows the wrinkles). The other option is to use a photo editing device (my choice is photoshop) to eliminate everything but the MOC itself. I can't tell you how important it is to get rid of anything distracting. It can make a mediocre MOC look great, or if you fail to use a nice presentation, it can make a great MOC fall short.

Here are some good examples of good photography where the pics are in focus, well lit, and nicely displayed...

http://mocpages.com/moc.php/34136

http://mocpages.com/moc.php/105223

http://mocpages.com/moc.php/56412

I selected these do to their simplicity of display. It was nothing extraordinary in their backgrounds, but still even a simple MOC looks SO much better when presented this way.

Best of luck!

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| October 25, 2009, 8:18 pm
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Quoting Ultramarine Skiver
Hey, Mark. Well, I guess Chris could weigh in on this too, if he wanted to.

I was wondering how folks around here get to be popular enough to get to the "All Across Mocpages?" Not like: "How do I make a good MOC" because honestly I've made better MOCs than some of the ones that are featured as the main picture on the home page (in my opinion). But even when I do try to outdo myself, I get up to twelve comments in two days (which I certainly appreciate), but not the big, 45+ that I've seen some get. How do you guys do it? Thank you.


Basically I think it boils down to two things. Consistently good work (that's well presented) and time spent looking at and commenting positively on other's works.

An element of fun doesn't hurt either...think about the builders we all know. A lot of them (Goldman, Phipson, Braaten, Young, Kescenovitz, Eylar, and on, and on, and on) are not only great builders, but just a blast to read comments from or chat with on line.

So to sum up...consistent quality work, consistent positive commentary, and a fun attitude.

That's my take on it, anyway.

Hope this helps a little. Cheers!

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| October 25, 2009, 8:27 pm
Quoting Mark Kelso

Basically I think it boils down to two things. Consistently good work (that's well presented) and time spent looking at and commenting positively on other's works.

An element of fun doesn't hurt either...think about the builders we all know. A lot of them (Goldman, Phipson, Braaten, Young, Kescenovitz, Eylar, and on, and on, and on) are not only great builders, but just a blast to read comments from or chat with on line.

So to sum up...consistent quality work, consistent positive commentary, and a fun attitude.

That's my take on it, anyway.

Hope this helps a little. Cheers!

Thanks a lot! I'll try.
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| October 25, 2009, 8:29 pm
Morning Mark. Do you know anything about Photoshop Elements 8 and Photoshop Premiere Elements 8? I am in the market, as it were, and really know nothing about Photoshop. My expertise is limited to Excel and Word as those are the programs I use most at work.
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| October 27, 2009, 1:24 pm
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Quoting Mister Bones
Morning Mark. Do you know anything about Photoshop Elements 8 and Photoshop Premiere Elements 8? I am in the market, as it were, and really know nothing about Photoshop. My expertise is limited to Excel and Word as those are the programs I use most at work.


Yeah, these are the more basic Photoshop applications (compared to the more expensive and elaborate professional versions). Photoshop is such an amazing editing tool that even an older version of elements will do fantastic stuff. (I use an OLD version of Elements, and it works for not only my Lego presentations, but for my graphic design needs as well.)

So if you're looking at price as an issue, and not using Photoshop for professional graphic design, I think a version of Elements is a good way to go. But, if money isn't an issue, then Photoshop CS4 is the bomb, and top of the line.


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| October 27, 2009, 4:21 pm
Quoting Mark Kelso

Yeah, these are the more basic Photoshop applications (compared to the more expensive and elaborate professional versions). Photoshop is such an amazing editing tool that even an older version of elements will do fantastic stuff. (I use an OLD version of Elements, and it works for not only my Lego presentations, but for my graphic design needs as well.)

So if you're looking at price as an issue, and not using Photoshop for professional graphic design, I think a version of Elements is a good way to go. But, if money isn't an issue, then Photoshop CS4 is the bomb, and top of the line.


Thanks Mark. Dennis had tipped me to the CS4, 700.00 price tag almost made my heart stop. If Elements will work I will go with that as COSTCO has the elements bundled with the premier for 140.00.
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| October 27, 2009, 4:35 pm
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Quoting Mister Bones
Thanks Mark. Dennis had tipped me to the CS4, 700.00 price tag almost made my heart stop. If Elements will work I will go with that as COSTCO has the elements bundled with the premier for 140.00.


Not a bad price for the most recent Elements versions. I'd go with it. If you haven't used photoshop before and need some advice, let me know. We can talk via MOCpages, a chat, or by phone if you want to get serious. Meanwhile, good luck with it and have fun!


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| October 27, 2009, 10:06 pm
Quoting Mark Kelso

Not a bad price for the most recent Elements versions. I'd go with it. If you haven't used photoshop before and need some advice, let me know. We can talk via MOCpages, a chat, or by phone if you want to get serious. Meanwhile, good luck with it and have fun!


I hate to sound cheap, but I am. So I was wondering if there is an inexpensive <$60 software or hardware that is at least comparable to Photoshop? I don't need anything huge, just need to put backgrounds on a few MOCs to make them more aesthetically pleasing. Thanks.
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| October 27, 2009, 10:25 pm
Quoting Mark Kelso

Not a bad price for the most recent Elements versions. I'd go with it. If you haven't used photoshop before and need some advice, let me know. We can talk via MOCpages, a chat, or by phone if you want to get serious. Meanwhile, good luck with it and have fun!


Sounds good. When I get it and play with it a bit I will let you know. That might be awhile since attorney's are taking all my money right now. Bloody ex-wives.
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| October 27, 2009, 10:30 pm
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Quoting Architect of Vonthako

How about free? There are a lot of good, open-source freeware programs out there that do essentially the same things as what some people are paying hundreds of dollars for professional software to do.

I use Paint.net for all my image-editing.

http://paint.net/

GIMP is also a good, similar program, and I have a copy on my external hard-drive for when Im away from my PC.

http://www.gimp.org/


Yeah, absolutely! The free ware doesn't do as much, but for just cleaning things up, general photo enhancement, size adjustments, etc., it's a great way to go.

The above mentioned editing freeware is considered some of the best available, so those are good choices. And, you can always Google "photo editing freeware comparison" if you want to know more.

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| October 28, 2009, 12:37 pm
I don't know who I would ask for this, so I'll just ask you Kelso: What could I do do get better rubble/ruins effects in a diorama or in my comic, as well as an effect from something exploding or falling and breaking apart?
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| October 28, 2009, 3:04 pm
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Quoting Rocky W.
I don't know who I would ask for this, so I'll just ask you Kelso: What could I do do get better rubble/ruins effects in a diorama or in my comic, as well as an effect from something exploding or falling and breaking apart?



That's kind of a loaded question. While each of those things you mentioned has something in common, I'd use different techniques for each.


Rubble: 1x1 plates piled up are great for rubble; not attached, but just lying about chaotically. I personally like it when other builders also throw in some other parts, so you could add things like 1x1 round plates, 1x2 plates, small tiles, 1x1 round bricks, etc. I'd stick with just one or two colors for most of the rubble, but a few other elements in there with some additional color can always be an option (and sometimes a nice touch). You could try to find a few really obscure shaped pieces, too, to bury part of the way into the rubble and have them protruding. This could add a bit more texture just here and there, and provide another level of realism.


Ruins: Jagged edges, and broken surface textures are a key here. Where walls have fallen apart, you can have the broken edge of the wall created with a combo of plates, bricks, and slopes, and even use jumper tiles to make the jagged edge very non-uniform in it's outline. Just don't let the edge get too rhythmic or uniform in it's appearance (rhythmic meaning the same shape repeated over and over).

For damage to the surface of walls, a lot of builders like to use technic bricks with the holes appearing like bullet holes. Cracks can be added by putting slopes and inverted slopes next to one another or on top of one another. Subtle color variations can also help with a weathered look. And decals from sets that include bullet holes can also be a nice touch. I'm sure there are other options as well. Again, it's a matter of breaking up the surface texture in select areas, while maintaining it in others.


Effect from something exploding: This one has just too many options to even try explaining. But I will mention the use of 1x1 round plates, trans. clear for items that are being hurled through the air. See this for a good example: http://mocpages.com/moc.php/57946
Shannon used this for bullet trails, but it could be used for a lot of different things.

Anyway...here's hoping this helped a little. Good luck!

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| October 28, 2009, 5:00 pm
Thanks Mark! That's really helpful! =)
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| October 28, 2009, 5:18 pm
Quoting Architect of Vonthako

How about free? There are a lot of good, open-source freeware programs out there that do essentially the same things as what some people are paying hundreds of dollars for professional software to do.

I use Paint.net for all my image-editing.

http://paint.net/

GIMP is also a good, similar program, and I have a copy on my external hard-drive for when Im away from my PC.

http://www.gimp.org/

Sweet, thanks!
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| October 28, 2009, 11:09 pm
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I'm actually going to go one better on this. I tried a few different techniques to "edit" my pics, but I've found that the best pics I've taken didn't have any computer work done to them at all. Take my last moc wars episode 6 for example. Not a single shot was edited in any way. Every pic is exactly what was in the frame of the camera when I took it.

Sometimes, clever camera use trumps spending hours of work on the computer. Think about the staging of your pics before you take them. When you can't, then I agree. Go with the poster board. That's what I do.

Hope that helps!
~Chris.
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| October 28, 2009, 11:31 pm
What does Amahakia mean?
Chris remembers you explaining him but all he heard was blah blah blah...
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| October 29, 2009, 8:10 pm
Quoting Yuri Fassio
What does Amahakia mean?
Chris remembers you explaining him but all he heard was blah blah blah...

I think it's a world he came up with (really!)
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| October 29, 2009, 8:12 pm
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Quoting Yuri Fassio
What does Amahakia mean?
Chris remembers you explaining him but all he heard was blah blah blah...


Alright, here's the full story...

When I was 13 or so, I wanted to be a professional artist doing animation. I came up with a story about this world at war. Various representatives from the warring fractions gathered together for a journey beyond the boundaries of their known territories. When they reached their destination, they found living ancestors to all of their cultures existing in peace with the world around them, and with one another. This place was called Amhakia (a name I simply made up).

So, years later, I took that name for my studio, as it seemed appropriate for an artist focusing on nature and the environment. And it also reflected my personal perspective that despite our differences, we all hail from a single source (physically to be sure, while various people will argue the spiritual perspective on this). And, by the way, this "we are all one" kind of thing, will be one of the primary messages in the Apocalypsis series that I'm working on.

And there ya go!


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| October 30, 2009, 9:22 am
Quoting Mark Kelso

Alright, here's the full story...

When I was 13 or so, I wanted to be a professional artist doing animation. I came up with a story about this world at war. Various representatives from the warring fractions gathered together for a journey beyond the boundaries of their known territories. When they reached their destination, they found living ancestors to all of their cultures existing in peace with the world around them, and with one another. This place was called Amhakia (a name I simply made up).

So, years later, I took that name for my studio, as it seemed appropriate for an artist focusing on nature and the environment. And it also reflected my personal perspective that despite our differences, we all hail from a single source (physically to be sure, while various people will argue the spiritual perspective on this). And, by the way, this "we are all one" kind of thing, will be one of the primary messages in the Apocalypsis series that I'm working on.

And there ya go!


Thanks. I understand Chris better now :)
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| October 30, 2009, 9:39 am
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Quoting Yuri Fassio
I understand Chris better now :)


Great...Perhaps you can explain him to the rest of us!



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| October 30, 2009, 11:25 am
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Quoting Mark Kelso

Alright, here's the full story...
blah blah blah blah...
And there ya go!



See, I TOLD you.

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| October 30, 2009, 4:37 pm
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Quoting Tom R.
Mark,
Good day sir :) . I have recently purchased Adobe Photoshop Elements 3.0 and I was wondering if you knew if it was any good for backgrounds, editing the blur. Overall things like that. I've recently taken up heavier (Bigger more artistic projects) and well, the usual pictures and tripod just don't do it. I would also like to add an effect to my mocs, like you have portrayed in your Apocolypsis series.
I thank you kind sir,
Tom R.


Hey, Tom! Yep, Elements 3.0 will do some decent stuff. It's not great for getting rid of a blur (no applications really can), but will help a little. As for other things, it should work fine...color and light adjustment, resizing, effects and working in layers, backgrounds, text, all of that. If you have some questions about something specific as you're playing around with it, feel free to drop me an email, and I'll try to answer any questions (mark@markkelsoart.com).

Have fun with it!

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| October 30, 2009, 9:17 pm
Mr. Kelso,
what is your favorite finger?
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| October 30, 2009, 10:06 pm
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Quoting Jackson _
Mr. Kelso,
what is your favorite finger?


Heather's.
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| October 30, 2009, 10:17 pm
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Quoting Tom R.
Sorry ot bother you yet again Mr.Kelso, but my email seems to have a problem finding your adress, it has sent back "error sending" emails to me for the past while. I do wish to know what exactly is your email again? Thank you :)


No prob. It's mark@markkelsoart.com. And call me Mark (or any of the other names the rest of the MOCpages community chooses!)

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| October 31, 2009, 9:10 pm
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Quoting Chris Phipson

Heather's.


God, you know me too well!


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| October 31, 2009, 9:11 pm
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Quoting Tom R.
Thanks, Heh and just in case is there nay other way I could contact you? Because I have a question about Backgrounds.


We can try to cover it here if first. Go ahead and shoot me the question, and I'll try to answer here. If it gets too long, then we'll switch to talking personally via email.

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| November 1, 2009, 7:08 am
Quoting Mark Kelso

We can try to cover it here if first. Go ahead and shoot me the question, and I'll try to answer here. If it gets too long, then we'll switch to talking personally via email.
Ill shoot you anyways... :P joking kelso. joking.

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| November 1, 2009, 7:15 am
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Quoting Tom R.
Gottcha' So how can you exactly use these backgrounds on Photoshop? I've been playing around for some time, but I can't seem to access the setting to make a background. Again,I appreciate the help and I do hope I'm not overdoing it.


Okay, Tom...it was a pretty lengthy repsonse, and I thought it was info others might be interested in, so I started a new thread. You can get my instructions there:

http://mocpages.com/group_conversation.php?id=8176&topicid=35437


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| November 1, 2009, 2:20 pm
hey mark, where did your sheep come from?
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| November 3, 2009, 5:49 pm
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Quoting nickeal1 .
hey mark, where did your sheep come from?


The dark recesses of Phipson's mind...hell on earth, my friend...hell on earth!

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| November 4, 2009, 8:26 am
Quoting Mark Kelso

The dark recesses of Phipson's mind...hell on earth, my friend...hell on earth!

so that would be your amahakia? (spelled wrong);)
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| November 4, 2009, 8:53 am
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My mind is a place that NONE of you people want to go to. Trust me on this. It even scares ME from time to time...









Mark likes to vacation there during late Spring.
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| November 4, 2009, 5:56 pm
Quoting Chris Phipson
My mind is a place that NONE of you people want to go to. Trust me on this. It even scares ME from time to time...


Is that where he gets those funky knick knacks?






Mark likes to vacation there during late Spring.


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| November 4, 2009, 6:11 pm
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Quoting Owen Williams


Psst... you're supposed to put your comments AFTER the >>. See kids, that's why we call this the "advice" group.
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| November 4, 2009, 6:16 pm
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Quoting Chris Phipson
My mind is a place that NONE of you people want to go to. Trust me on this. It even scares ME from time to time...

Mark likes to vacation there during late Spring.


When the Pussy Willows are in bloom and the Heather's spread across the hillside.




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| November 4, 2009, 6:28 pm
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Quoting Mark Kelso

When the Pussy Willows are in bloom.




You felt a great disturbance in the force and KNEW I was talking smack didn't you?
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| November 4, 2009, 6:30 pm
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Had a feeling, yeah...it had been TOO quiet today!

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| November 4, 2009, 6:40 pm
Kelso, I went through the background tutorial and successfully put the Serrator over a nebula using Gimp. But now, how do I make them fire thingies spewing out the thrusters? Your instructions are highly appreciated! XD
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| November 24, 2009, 12:42 pm
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Quoting Master Shifu Leo J
Kelso, I went through the background tutorial and successfully put the Serrator over a nebula using Gimp. But now, how do I make them fire thingies spewing out the thrusters? Your instructions are highly appreciated! XD


First, a question...are the thrusters facing the viewer in the pic, or is the viewer seeing the front of the ship with thrusters facing away? (the later requires some masking of part of the ship and the tutorial would be slightly different)

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| November 25, 2009, 4:11 pm
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Quoting Joe P.
I fixed it. It was a picture :(


Sorry I didn't get to you sooner, Joe. Glad you managed to fix it. Looks good now!


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| November 25, 2009, 4:13 pm
Quoting Mark Kelso

First, a question...are the thrusters facing the viewer in the pic, or is the viewer seeing the front of the ship with thrusters facing away? (the later requires some masking of part of the ship and the tutorial would be slightly different)


The latter, boss! Specifically, I wanna put them in this pic http://www.mocpages.com/user_images/13947/1257798338m_DISPLAY.jpg

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| November 25, 2009, 4:18 pm
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Leo, there must be a phrase in the tutorial I wrote you that is causing MOCpages
to automatically delete the comment. Give me your email, and I'll send it directly to you. (mark@markkelsoart.com)

I love MOCpages, but some days...right to the moon, Alice!!!!
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| November 27, 2009, 7:22 pm
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Quoting Master Shifu Leo J

The latter, boss! Specifically, I wanna put them in this pic http://www.mocpages.com/user_images/13947/1257798338m_DISPLAY.jpg


Alrighty then...

First off (shut it, Vonthako!), love that little MOC! Now, how to get some burning thrusters going on:


Step One: Turn your ship and your background into two separate layers.

1) Use the Polygonal Lasso tool to outline your MOC
2) Once the outline is complete, go to EDIT, COPY, then to EDIT again, and PASTE.
3) If you go to the LAYERS tab, you should see that your MOC is now a separate layer.


Step two: Getting busy with the brushes.

1) Go to the LAYERS tab and click on the icon to CREATE A NEW LAYER.
2) You should see that a new box has appeared in the list of layers. Drag the box down the list so it's between the background layer and the MOC layer.
3)Select the color you want to use for the thruster's fire. (When choosing the color, keep it fairly vivid, and in the medium range as far as value is concerned. We'll lighten the value considerably as the "fire" gets closer to the engine.)
4) Select BRUSH TOOL.
5) Then go up to the BRUSH TOOL drop down box with the different kinds of brush effects and select the one that has very soft edges (looks like an airbrush effect), and set the size at something fairly large...maybe like 200 - 300 pixels.
6) Go to the OPACITY box for the BRUSH TOOL bar and set the opacity at a very low percentage...5% or somewhere in there.
7) Now go to the area where you want the thruster fire and start brushing in the effect. It should be very soft around the edges, heavier closer to the engine area, and the transition to the background very smooth. If you screw it up, just go to EDIT, and STEP BACKWARD a couple of times. (If you find it's really bad, you can always delete the entire layer and start the process over again.)

At this point you should have some color laid down. Now we'll add to the effect closer to the engines, making the "fire" stronger and brighter, the closer it gets to the engine...

8) Go to the FOREGROUND COLOR box again and select a much lighter version of the same color you just used (halfway between the first color and white would be my suggestion).
9) Select the BRUSH TOOL again, with the same kind and opacity, but this time reduce the size of the brush a bit (maybe to something like 75 pixels).
10) Brush in the new color closer to the engine area. You should see it lighten slightly. Now you're enhancing the "fire" effect as it comes from the engines.
11) Go once again to the FOREGROUND COLOR box and this time, select a color that's almost white.
12) Return to the BRUSH TOOL and, once again reducing the size of the brush to maybe 50 pixels, brush in the fire that's closest to the engine.

At this point the effect should be pretty close.

Step three: Smoothing out any inconsistencies

1) If you feel like you need to smooth out the effect just a bit, you can go to FILTER, BLUR, GAUSSIAN BLUR. Adjust the RADIUS to the desired effect (left side of the slide means very little effect, while moving it further to the right will intesify the blurring effect...play with it (again, shut it, Vonthako!) a bit and you'll see.)
2) Click okay, and you're good to go.

Let me know how this works for you. Again I'll mention that I'm using a pretty outdated Photoshop, so I'm hoping this walkthrough will be okay, but there might be some variation with a newer version of Elements.

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| November 27, 2009, 7:24 pm
Kelso, when you make a mech, or ship (2 different questions)? And on a vignette/diorama, what do you start out with?

I also noticed that out of all the Ask ____, Phipson didn't capitalize your name. Hmm...
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| November 27, 2009, 7:27 pm
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Quoting Doctor Maxim
Kelso, when you make a mech, or ship (2 different questions)? And on a vignette/diorama, what do you start out with?

I also noticed that out of all the Ask ____, Phipson didn't capitalize your name. Hmm...


I just consider myself lucky that he used my real name...if you know what I mean!

Anyway, that answer to your question is pretty much the same, regardless of the subject...

I start with the idea. It might be a concept drawing or a drawing of my own. Sometimes it's just a thought (like with YULE FOOLS, or something similar) that makes me laugh.

From there I'll do more drawings to work out any potential problem areas. After that I start right in on the details. A lot of builders mess with the skeleton of a large project first (like a SHIP), but I tend to just start building and deal with the issues of substructre, stress points, etc. as they come up.


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| November 27, 2009, 7:38 pm
Quoting Mark Kelso

I just consider myself lucky that he used my real name...if you know what I mean!

Anyway, that answer to your question is pretty much the same, regardless of the subject...

I start with the idea. It might be a concept drawing or a drawing of my own. Sometimes it's just a thought (like with YULE FOOLS, or something similar) that makes me laugh.

From there I'll do more drawings to work out any potential problem areas. After that I start right in on the details. A lot of builders mess with the skeleton of a large project first (like a SHIP), but I tend to just start building and deal with the issues of substructre, stress points, etc. as they come up.


Oops. I forgot to add "where do you start out?" after when you make a mech etc...
You seem to have understood it anyway. Thanks!
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| November 27, 2009, 7:41 pm
Quoting Doctor Maxim
Oops. I forgot to add "where do you start out?" after when you make a mech etc...
You seem to have understood it anyway. Thanks!

But when you make a mech, like your big one - how do you make the joints? What do you use?
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| November 27, 2009, 7:43 pm
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Quoting Doctor Maxim
But when you make a mech, like your big one - how do you make the joints? What do you use?


For the heaviest joints, I've been using these: http://www.bricklink.com/catalogItemPic.asp?P=44225

I double them up, and they've worked well. Still, I'd like to do even larger Mechs in the future and if I do, I'll need to come up with something else. Those Technic hinges are about maxed out with the weight of something like my "Dawn Forgery" build.

Brian Kescenovitz spoke to me several times about using Technic gear worm screws, but I haven't looked into how to do it yet. Also, I might suggest asking Eric Sophie what methods he uses, if you decide you want to build a real monstrocity some time. His work is titanic some times, and beautifully done!

Hope this helped a bit.
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| November 28, 2009, 8:18 am
Do you use photoshop or is it just the camera?
Edit: Never mind, I found that you already answered that question above... Sorry
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| November 28, 2009, 12:29 pm
Quoting Mark Kelso

For the heaviest joints, I've been using these: http://www.bricklink.com/catalogItemPic.asp?P=44225

I double them up, and they've worked well. Still, I'd like to do even larger Mechs in the future and if I do, I'll need to come up with something else. Those Technic hinges are about maxed out with the weight of something like my "Dawn Forgery" build.

Brian Kescenovitz spoke to me several times about using Technic gear worm screws, but I haven't looked into how to do it yet. Also, I might suggest asking Eric Sophie what methods he uses, if you decide you want to build a real monstrocity some time. His work is titanic some times, and beautifully done!

Hope this helped a bit.

It did! Many thanks!
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| November 29, 2009, 3:30 pm
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Quoting Mechanik .
Hello Mr.Kelso,

It's me Tom with a name I don't remember giving myself! Anywho, I'm back yet again! So I re tried it and finally it's working in my favor. But here's the thing.... Where the background should be the Foreground appears, and where the Foreground is supposed to be the background is. I think I know how to reverse, but wanted to make sure. Do you upload the Background first and paste the Foreground onto it? Or do you use the Polygonal Lasso tool to Re-Highlite the Foreground completely? Thanks Mr.Kelso!


If I understand you correctly, you're saying both background and foreground are seperate layers, but mixed up in the order of their appearance? If that's the case, then simply do the following:

1) Go to the LAYERS tab, click on it.
2) In the drop down box, change the order of the layers listed by dragging them into the proper order.

Note: if one of the layers in the drop down box is named BACKGROUND, it will always be at the bottom of the list (and therefore at the bottom of the layers on your screen). You can always change the name of that layer to something else, which will then free it up to be moved from the bottom if so desired.

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| November 30, 2009, 7:23 am
Just a quick question Mr. Kelso,

How do you make the interiors and build-ups of your ships? Like, how do you make the frame, how do you add deatails and how do you make the sides? I was just wondering, I always use plates for the bottom and bricks for the sides.

Oh, and what really IS greebling? I know it's detailing, but like how do you do it?
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| November 30, 2009, 7:30 am
Quoting Blade-Hawk
Oh, and what really IS greebling? I know it's detailing, but like how do you do it?

you can look at kevin fedde's mocolympics round 5 (?) moc for instructions on greebling.
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| November 30, 2009, 8:52 am
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Quoting Blade-Hawk
Just a quick question Mr. Kelso,

How do you make the interiors and build-ups of your ships? Like, how do you make the frame, how do you add deatails and how do you make the sides? I was just wondering, I always use plates for the bottom and bricks for the sides.

Oh, and what really IS greebling? I know it's detailing, but like how do you do it?


I actually don't have a specific method for interiors, walls, detailing, and so on, because each MOC may require a different approach.

However, for larger projects, I'll often try to build a technic frame for the interior (since it's often much stronger than the clutch power of bricks and plates), and for walls I'll often use plates and tiles turned studs out. Sometimes bricks will be the choice for walls, but they can get heavy with large projects. The goal is the least amount of plastic possible (so it's as light as I can make it), while still achieving the desired effect.

How do I do greebling? Again, there's no specific method. Every situation is a little different. I can say that greeb areas are sections of a build that have a lot of visual activity (vs. a wall, for example, which has very little visual activity). So I'll often use a lot of smaller parts and minifig utensils. I also try to create visual rhythms with greebling (repeated shapes, parallel lines, etc.)

I know that doesn't fully answer your question - which, for a "quick question" was pretty heavily loaded! ;) - but hopefully it'll help a little.


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| December 1, 2009, 12:13 pm
I have a question. My mom said that she might get me some BrickArms for Christmas. But she doesn't know what I want. What'd I like to get are some weapons for my comic searies: Scorched. You can see the comic here: http://mocpages.com/folder.php/75874

But I don't know what I should get for the comic. Like what weapons. One is a Demo Specialist, Commander, Medic, Sniper. But I don't know what I should get. So, can anyone help me? I'd realy appreciate it.
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| December 1, 2009, 12:48 pm
Quoting Lite .
I have a question. My mom said that she might get me some BrickArms for Christmas. But she doesn't know what I want. What'd I like to get are some weapons for my comic searies: Scorched. You can see the comic here: http://mocpages.com/folder.php/75874

But I don't know what I should get for the comic. Like what weapons. One is a Demo Specialist, Commander, Medic, Sniper. But I don't know what I should get. So, can anyone help me? I'd realy appreciate it.

But this is Kelso's question thread... He's one of those 'pure of heart' guys... You have to ask a customizer, like me! ;)
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| December 1, 2009, 10:10 pm
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Quoting Caleb Cutlass-Crocodile Blanchet
He's one of those 'pure of heart' guys


Or WAS...until that fateful day when I answered my phone to hear Phipson whispering "If you only knew the POWER of the dark side!"

After that I was pretty much tainted for life!



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| December 2, 2009, 10:40 am
Quoting Mark Kelso

Or WAS...until that fateful day when I answered my phone to hear Phipson whispering "If you only knew the POWER of the dark side!"

After that I was pretty much tainted for life!



Wow. Sounds pretty hectic. I got a phone call from my friend the other day. And he said: "Come. Join me." But he was reffering to his party this Friday. At least that's what I think. Meh. Oh well.
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| December 2, 2009, 10:43 am
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Quoting Lite .
But I don't know what I should get for the comic. Like what weapons. One is a Demo Specialist, Commander, Medic, Sniper. But I don't know what I should get. So, can anyone help me? I'd realy appreciate it.


Lite, only YOU can decide what will work for your comic. Just scroll through the Brickarms online pages and pick out what you think will work best with your particular vision for the comic.

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| December 2, 2009, 10:45 am
Quoting Mark Kelso

Lite, only YOU can decide what will work for your comic. Just scroll through the Brickarms online pages and pick out what you think will work best with your particular vision for the comic.

Okay.
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| December 2, 2009, 10:46 am
Quoting Lite .
Wow. Sounds pretty hectic. I got a phone call from my friend the other day. And he said: "Come. Join me." But he was reffering to his party this Friday. At least that's what I think. Meh. Oh well.

It sounds like you were hoping for something else...
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| December 2, 2009, 10:50 am
Quoting Doctor Maxim
It sounds like you were hoping for something else...

Pardon?
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| December 2, 2009, 10:52 am
Quoting Lite .
Pardon?

I said it sounds like you were hoping for something else.

:P
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| December 2, 2009, 10:53 am
Quoting Doctor Maxim
I said it sounds like you were hoping for something else.

:P

Huh... what's that? I can't here you. Lol.

jk. B/
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| December 2, 2009, 10:54 am
Quoting Lite .
Huh... what's that? I can't here you. Lol.

jk. B/

B/?
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| December 2, 2009, 10:56 am
Quoting Doctor Maxim
B/?

The "B" are the shades. The "/" is the mouth. So.

B/
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| December 2, 2009, 10:58 am
Yo Kelso. Which came first for you - the LEGOs or the art?
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| December 2, 2009, 10:59 am
Quoting Mark Kelso
Or WAS...until that fateful day when I answered my phone to hear Phipson whispering "If you only knew the POWER of the dark side!"

After that I was pretty much tainted for life!

You actually listened... and obeyed a voice through a phone? I usually smart-mouth the person on the other end, and tell them they don't kow what the dark side is and they've been living in the light, that usually freaks them out...
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| December 2, 2009, 11:08 am
Morning Mark, I seem to have run into a delay on obtaining Photoshop (Darn attorney fees, alimony, vet bills, Xmas presents) So, I was going to mess around with Microsoft Publisher a bit, have you ever used that program? Thanks. Also, an Ask Kelso Part 2 might be in order as this thread is getting long.
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| December 2, 2009, 11:10 am
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Quoting Mister Bones
Also, an Ask Kelso Part 2 might be in order as this thread is getting long.


Just about. Somewhere around the 100 comments mark is where we do the switch. Any time you want to start thread two Mark, you're good to go.
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| December 3, 2009, 1:38 am
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Quoting Mark Kelso

Or WAS...until that fateful day when I answered my phone to hear Phipson whispering "If you only knew the POWER of the dark side!"

After that I was pretty much tainted for life!


The force is strong in you. I foresee, a great sith you will become. Henceforth, you will be known as Darth Kelso.

Plus, the light side is for goody two shoes panseys... the dark side is where all the REAL fun happens.
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| December 3, 2009, 1:41 am
Quoting Tom R.
Kelso I'm sorry if I'm intruding. Well Bones I do have some experience myself, What do you need?

I was playing with it for MOC creations, I decided i really do not like it for that, too restrictive.
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| December 3, 2009, 10:39 am
Quoting Tom R.
Good call, I switched over to Photoshop from it.

I will do that in January, too many other expenses right now. For the time being I am using Picture Manager and Paint.
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| December 3, 2009, 10:51 am
Quoting Architect of Vonthako

I mainly use Paint.net and MS PowerPoint for most of my "added-effects" needs.

Ah, power point, never thought of that. I will give it a go, thanks
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| December 3, 2009, 12:08 pm
Quoting Architect of Vonthako

I find it great for making comics and instructions. Also, don't forget that you can "Save As JPEG" and have every slide saved in JPEG format (in order) in a separate folder. This makes it incredibly convenient for the formatting of the aforementioned comics and instructions.

I will try to play with that today, one fault with paint is you have to start over if you don't like the editing, annoying. I want photoshop so I can be cool like Kelso.....that rhymes!
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| December 4, 2009, 2:24 pm
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time to start a new thread for that slacker Kelso...
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| December 4, 2009, 5:26 pm
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Quoting Chris Phipson
time to start a new thread for that slacker Kelso...


Sorry, Chris. I was busy with your Mom. Thanks for starting a new thread for me. (Was that too much like Shaddix? I don't know...was right on the line, wasn't it?)

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