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HI ALL
If you don't know me, how do you do?

I am SCARLET PIRATE VOYAGER
Extreme Digital Imagery Artist, Teacher & Co-owner of
"Freedom Castle Getaway" Ng
bringing you another Digital Imaging tutorial.


In my opinion, this is one of the most EXTREME IMAGING techniques I have yet to come across.


***When you see the steps, don't be dismayed. Once you do one you will find it surprisingly easy, fun & quite rewarding

Basically, the whole idea of this technique is for your finished image to have:
- "pieces" of the graphic you are using as a background
- sharp edges, at times appearing like the "shards" in SHEAR & ROLL at different places of your matte
- a perception of "depth" having been obtained by the extreme Decorate triple steps
- a Central-Focus
(strategically placed by you and Rotated, having clarity yet all the while taking on the appearance to your audience of being Extreme, yet polished)

Once you start working with this technique, the possibilties of outcomes is endless. Originating for those just trying it as a "one-graphic-image", later on when you become more familiar with the strategy involved you can really send it "out of the box" by making it a several graphic image.
The choice is yours!!!



SKELETAL FORMULA:

STEP 1-
OPTIONAL:
DECORATE 5X5 or 10X10 Border Any Color
( I suggest using this in order to break up your graphic even more but especially in order to bring color into black & white graphics)

STEP2- ROLL
Use at least half the width and half the height of your graphic for your Roll parameters.

STEP3- RAISE
Do 3 somewhat severe Raises using Decorate
Ie. DECORATE/RAISE NO COLOR
160x160, 140x140,120x120

***NOTE: AMENDED 9/11/04

I have found several different ways to do STEP #3.
You can also do 3 severe Sinks
OR
Try doing ONLY TWO severe Raises or Sinks
OR
ONLY ONE severe Raise or Sink
Sometimes multiple ones jeopardizes the visual representation of the "pieces" that you are trying to preserve underneath your Central Focus Graphic
because the lighting distribution becomes too uneven
ie. places wayyyy too dark or too light


STEP4- ROTATE
You are going to use Composite in order to rotate your graphic onto the matte.
Ie. COMPOSITE/ROTATE= -30

**NOTE: STEP #4 AMENDED 10-25-09

OPTION: USE 2 GRAPHICS
One for your Raise, Roll foundation and another for Compositing onto your matte while Rotating
This can make your Image more interesting and complex in an "attention-grabbing" way..


Set your COMPOSITE/GRAVITY to whatever direction your Rotate is located
Ie. If you have Rotate = -30, then set your Gravity to COMPOSITE/NORTHWEST GRAVITY

"Hike Up" your graphic on the matte using COMPOSITE/OFFSET
Ie. Offset= -50-50

BGCOLOR is optional.
However it yields surprising results.
Choose whatever color you wish by putting your color choice in the BACKGROUND box under COMPOSITE

STEP5- Finish up your image whatever way you choose using ENHANCE, DECORATE, DRAW, Etc.


Below are examples of Original graphics, Steps and finished Images.
Look at them in order to give you an idea what it is that we are trying to achieve.
Basically, you want to wind up with your graphic in "pieces" as a background along with your graphic being a focus point against the backdrop.


This is a very visual technique so once you see where you are going with it, you can adjust your parameters accordingly

NOTE: The COMPOSITES WITH COLOR
such as Composite/Copygreen, Copyred,Copyblue,etc.
are no longer available as Composites.
No worries...Don't need them. We now have something much better.
DECORATE/COMPOSITE
**see below for full explanation and examples...


ORIGINAL: FACE



DECORATE 10X10 PURPLE BORDER,

TRANSFORM ROLL= +180+180,

DECORATE RAISE 200X200, 150X150, 100X100,

COMPOSTE/Your Choice
ROTATE= -45 GRAVITY= NORTHWEST,

ENHANCE/SATURATE=160,

ANNOTATE, OUTPUT @25,

USING COMPOSITE/DIFFERENCE



USING COMPOSITE/COPYGREEN



USING COMPOSITE/MODULATE






ORIGINAL: LADY OF THE LAKE



DECORATE 5X5 MAGENTA BORDER

TRANSFORM/ROLL= +180+200

COMPOSITE/You Choose
ROTATE= -35 GRAVITY= NORTHWEST
OFFSET= -80-80 BGCOLOR=DARKGOLDENROD

COMPOSITE/DIFFERENCE X 2



COMPOSITE/DIFFERENCE



COMPOSITE/COPYGREEN





Notice the "pieces" in the background after you are done Compositing your main focus graphic onto your matte?

You can see, depending on:
- what Border you choose to decorate with
- where you Roll your "pieces" to
- how much you Rotate your graphic
- how much you "hike it up" using Offset
- what Gravity you use (once you really get the hang of it, what Gravity you use can be Optional)
- what color you choose for Composite Bgcolor

Now.....Let's play even more

After all of the above steps, here is an example of an image done.

ORIGINAL


AFTER "RRR" Technique
"LIPS FOR DAYZ"


Now, we are going to use

"DECORATE/COMPOSITE

(after reading "How-To", comprehend that each Composite and Each Color is a
DIFFERENT OPTION
Our tools page has a color chart with 512+ different colors plus other color resources different than that so you do the math!!!

"LIPS FOR DAYZ" #2 deco/comp-


"LIPS FOR DAYZ" #3 deco/comp-


"LIPS FOR DAYZ" #4 deco/comp-


"LIPS FOR DAYZ" #5 deco/comp-


How many can you do in one day???
The variations are ENDLESS!!!!!




If you have any questions, if want to work on this seeing even more Images and steps or if you are interested in trying even newer techniques, please join us at our Extreme Imaging Newsgroup.

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