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Acro-man's Creative Desktop Wallpapers
« on: December 11, 2018, 07:31:33 PM »
In the past 2 months I have been entertaining myself by fiddling around with my collections.

The idea is simple - make fun of them and share it.
The easiest and cheapest thing for me to do is image editing.
So I did it.... a lot....

They are called "Wallpapers" simply because they are based off existing wallpapers I found on Internet....


Hope you like them!



First off, a remastered version of my "2017 Diorama Contest Entry" - Walk the Earth 2.0
Not big improvement. Just used another mask in MIX (mobile app) and added a mountain PNG in the background.




Alternative version - Doomsday
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Re: Acro-man's Homemade Wallpapers
« Reply #1 on: December 11, 2018, 07:40:58 PM »
Lone Yeti

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With the world on the brink of total destruction, Yeti sets off on a journey looking for his lost brethren, driven by the simple instinct of a natural survivalist. He doesn't know his tragic fate, in which a devastating despair will eventually consume him - eternal loneliness...




* Lighting is the key. The angle where sun shines upon your model has to match that in the original wallpaper.
* Put a white paper on the ground to simulate the snow, so you will get a right reflection, a pausible shadow and save tons of time on toning.
* I really like Fireworks. You only have to move about the layers without drawing as simple as a single line, which Fireworks is fully capable of. Second reason - it's the only tool I can use....


Background photo: Beautiful Bright Sun Snow HD Wallpapers
http://hdwallpapersbackgrounds.us/bright/beautiful-bright-sun-snow-hd-wallpapers-11676.html


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Re: Acro-man's Homemade Wallpapers
« Reply #2 on: December 11, 2018, 07:58:08 PM »
Wrong tree

STORY
The tree starts to move as Michael climbs halfway upon it. "It's not a tree", Michael realizes, "I landed on a Huanghetitan again! I must get off now." Then he plunged onto another wrong tree - the Shantungosaurus!




BG Photo: Sky Fields & Forest wallpapers
https://wallpaperstock.net/sky-fields--forest-wallpapers_w40059.html


* This one is easy. Mat the subjects and all.
* Too bad my old Fireworks crashes 25% chance when I use "erase" in Win10. But there's also 10% chance you open the program that won't crash at all.
* The position of the camera should be low and close enough to make the viewer "look up" at the giants and feel the depth. But.... well, I am using my Huawei Mate 10 mobile's lenses, so forget about the depth.

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Re: Acro-man's Homemade Wallpapers
« Reply #3 on: December 11, 2018, 08:17:45 PM »
Angry Daddy's Home

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Son: Dad!
Intruder: What the....fxxk!!!
(THE END)




* Step 1: A sketch in mind
* Step 2: Search for the desired background wallpaper (keywords: cave, entrance, dark)
* Step 3: Build a lighting environment similar to that in the original wallpaper with the models in it (tunnel = cave)
* Step 4: Create a quick preview by putting everything together to check the feasibility before going for the final move (precise matting). If infeasible, change the picture.

It's better to create a tunnel with dark brown but glossy materials which will give you perfect reflection, which didn't come handy to me.


PREVIEW: infeasible picture, rocks too big, hole too small, resolution too low


Feasible background: proper lighting that you can easily simulate at home, good depth, intense mood with the camera positioning
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Re: Acro-man's Homemade Wallpapers
« Reply #4 on: December 11, 2018, 08:44:03 PM »
Thug Life

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Once DTF member @ruochuan said, "a group of herbivores together look harmoniously peaceful, while a gang of carnivores together look like a drunk mob". Thug life pops up in my mind. And here it is.

Standard edition


Parental advisory edition




* Removal of the bases is critical, as you may not want to waste too much time matting the dark areas around their feet, which quite often can't be handled properly. Foam, toothpicks, clear rods are enough to help the models stand.
* In-depth observation / study of the original wallpaper is necessary. You gonna need it to build an in-door lighting environment that looks like the natural.
* You will also learn the tricks behind the original wallpaper from observation - it's toned to yellow-ish. You should do the same to your models. Then they can merge finely.
* I actually listened to 2Pac rap songs during the process
 

Background Photo shared by "darkness" on Wallpaper Abyss: https://wall.alphacoders.com/big.php?i=294732




The original photo you shot provides reference to draw shadows



That's all, for now.

Thank you for watching!
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Re: Acro-man's Homemade Wallpapers
« Reply #5 on: December 11, 2018, 09:51:14 PM »
Your pictures are not showing for me. I can see only small empty boxes.

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Re: Acro-man's Homemade Wallpapers
« Reply #6 on: December 12, 2018, 06:56:03 AM »
Your pictures are not showing for me. I can see only small empty boxes.

Well, the host is dead again.  :(
After paying $18 annual fee it kept turning its back on me.

Nevermind, all fixed.
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Re: Acro-man's Homemade Wallpapers
« Reply #7 on: December 12, 2018, 07:05:37 AM »
A bit more non-dinosaur stuff:
GANTZ posters with UC ANZU YAMASAKI figurine


GANTZ:T
T=Taipei


GANTZ:S
S=Shanghai


GANTZ:B
B=Beijing




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Re: Acro-man's Homemade Wallpapers
« Reply #8 on: December 12, 2018, 12:09:09 PM »
wow very nice and creative! i really have to learn to use photoshop

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Re: Acro-man's Homemade Wallpapers
« Reply #9 on: December 12, 2018, 01:15:09 PM »




Just remind me what is this 'Baryonyx' at the right and the two big brown figures in the middle ?
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Re: Acro-man's Homemade Wallpapers
« Reply #10 on: December 12, 2018, 01:28:03 PM »
Mad Struggle

Freshly baked, QUEEN's epic Bohemian Rhapsody parody.
Maybe there would be a couple more music covers coming up, I don't know.
I don't often listen to music now. But I was once a cracker for QUEEN when I was younger.

@ruochuan This does look "harmoniously peaceful" this time.... right?




* 3 hours of editing. Mimimal toning used because of perfect straight-down lighting and proper shutter speed.
* Not only the backdrop, but also the ground should be black to prevent any reflection from below.







wow very nice and creative! i really have to learn to use photoshop
Thanks buddy.
@RobinGoodfellow suggested GIMP instead of PS. I too would recommend it.
Give it a try!  ;)
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« Reply #11 on: December 12, 2018, 01:37:02 PM »
Just remind me what is this 'Baryonyx' at the right and the two big brown figures in the middle ?

Right to left
Rhino's Irritator 1/35      2017
Vwuvwu's Carcharodontosaurus 3D-printed 1/35      2018
Bathtub's Acrocanthosaurus2.0 1/35      2016
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« Reply #12 on: December 12, 2018, 01:40:13 PM »
These are entertaining - and require quite a bit of patience from you!

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« Reply #13 on: December 12, 2018, 02:19:20 PM »
These are entertaining - and require quite a bit of patience from you!

Well the fact is I am easily getting immersed into it and never realize how fast time goes.
I can sit 6 hours straight in front of the laptop then stand up tired but satisfied.
I found fun in it and just can't stop  :-\
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« Reply #14 on: December 12, 2018, 02:29:29 PM »
Classic addiction!   :)  I think we all know that sort of feeling of being totally involved in something.

Well the fact is I am easily getting immersed into it and never realize how fast time goes.
I can sit 6 hours straight in front of the laptop then stand up tired but satisfied.
I found fun in it and just can't stop  :-\

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Re: Acro-man's Homemade Wallpapers
« Reply #15 on: December 12, 2018, 03:59:41 PM »
These are so much fun! Thanks for letting us peek behind the curtain to see how they were made.
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« Reply #16 on: December 12, 2018, 04:01:53 PM »
@acro-man  you are an artist out of the ordinary these wallpapers are the work of a specialist, magnificent photographs and how to recreate the wallpapers as you explain. His photographs are works of art. The figures of dinosaurs and prehistoric toy animals come to life.

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« Reply #17 on: December 12, 2018, 04:36:14 PM »

wow very nice and creative! i really have to learn to use photoshop
Thanks buddy.
@RobinGoodfellow suggested GIMP instead of PS. I too would recommend it.
Give it a try!  ;)

Photoshop is still the best post-production tool for editing pictures.
But it's also expensive.
If you need a great free tool for editing, then I suggest GIMP.
Pro photographers use PS..
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« Reply #18 on: December 13, 2018, 05:43:16 AM »
Just remind me what is this 'Baryonyx' at the right and the two big brown figures in the middle ?

Right to left
Rhino's Irritator 1/35      2017
Vwuvwu's Carcharodontosaurus 3D-printed 1/35      2018
Bathtub's Acrocanthosaurus2.0 1/35      2016

acroman where did you get these 3 figures? i search on the net and nothing of that sort came out

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« Reply #19 on: December 13, 2018, 07:09:37 AM »
Of course....

They are limited GK, gone in 24 hours after release.
Except Vwuvwu's Carcharodontosaurus, which is still available:
http://dinotoyblog.com/forum/index.php?topic=6839.0
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