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Old 08-25-2011, 08:40 AM
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Yeah it's been awhile hasn't it my loves? So I'm here with a pretty simple piece that I made while sitting on my ass at work. Here is currently my background, replacing my CM Punk one that I made following Money in the Bank. I swear you'll be shocked when you see who it is.

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Yeah I lied. The world knows of my AJ Lee crush, so I figured I'd display it in an artistic way. This was actually a pretty simple piece. I first started with the background. I took the brush pattern and put it on light blue and put it over a white background. Then I took a c4d effect and set it on screen over top the background giving the blue lines that added effect. Then I added in my main image of AJ. I then placed in some background images of AJ and took a white brush around them to blend them behind the main render. I added in my text (happy squid) and put a shadow and outer glow around it. Next I applied my image and played around with smart sharpen to give the renders of AJ a special effect. Finally applied the image and placed a light blue and white gradient on it and set it to soft light and I called it a night. Any comments, criticisms, likes, dislikes, etc. are always welcome. Enjoy!
DUDEEE THEO! That AJ picture is quite awesome. Best thing in the world, honestly. Lol. If you could turn that into a sig, I would proudly wear it. It's really good. I like the starburs theme. With AJ having the same outfit for all the renders, mmm mmm mmm! Really awesome work Theo
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Old 08-25-2011, 02:02 PM
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Hey Theo!!
Thanks for the feedback, I must have looked like a clown, asking for yours and don't giving mine.

I will start for saying that you made me an AJ Lee fan, the first signature is outstanding!
The McIntyre and CM Punk sigs a re like your worst in this showcase, and your worst are like 8/10 sigs ahah

The AJ Lee wallpaper, I didn't like the text, you could have used a different font, I don't really like rotating text without some kind of effect!!
Oh and one tip and this tip is only about my personal taste, what about decreasing the saturation in the secondary renders?

Still a good work, I'm not really good in wallpapers, but this one is something I would use
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Old 10-03-2011, 01:45 AM
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Has it really been this long beardos? Well guess what, I'm back with my first piece of work in ages. So ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all ages. I give to you: Cody Rhodes!



This was a really simple piece and more so a photo manipulation than anything else. I love me anything regarding the old Intercontinental Championship. Whether it is the belt itself or the matches that came with. Both make me happy in my lower regions. With that said you can probably imagine how I reacted when Cody brought back the old IC title. My love for Cody Rhodes is already at a huge level as he is number one in my fave five (thanks Booker) and now he is rocking my all time favorite championship title. Enough talk. Lets get down to business shall we?

First I copied the picture from WWE.com and then duplicated it in my layers. I sharpened the top layer and lowered the fill so it wasn't overly fudgey. Next I added in my Cody Rhodes font and made it the light blue of the globe in the IC title. I then duplicated that, set the fill to zero and put a 1px white stroke around it. I then moved it as if it was a shadow to the original text. I then added a simple black bar slightly under the Rhodes font and placed IC Champion into it. The rest is pretty much layers upon layers of brushes and backgrounds that I nitpicked with to get to the right levels. Then I added in an exposure, brightness/contrast, black and white, another brightness/contrast, photo filter, and hue/saturation. The final three layers consists of an applied image with a bas relief, an ink outline, and a cooling filter. All of which are adjusted to make the image pretty. Finally I added in my side borders and called it a night. So let me have it boys and girls. Obviously not my best work as I'm rusty as all hell, but I love the overall product and I'm rather pleased with it. Take it away!
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Old 10-06-2011, 05:25 PM
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I said I'd drop you some feedback, so here it is.

First of all, the image is a great one to use. Not enough people make sigs with single images, and the fact that it's a close-up means that the sig makes a big impact. The methods you've used are very interesting. Stuff like the applied image with the bas relief is something I've never even thought of doing, so I'll have to check that out. The text is great and perfectly placed over the rather acute image, and I love the fact you've played off the blue in the IC title. And the distorted border is very cool. It really works with Rhodes' current twisted persona and imagery.

Overall, I really don't think I can fault this at all. Very impressive stuff, especially if you're rusty. You've given me some great ideas. And Cody Rhodes is awesome.
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Old 10-07-2011, 10:37 AM
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Here we go. I can't sleep and I figured I'd make a new piece as I'm getting that itch to make sigs again. This one is using a mixture of Kayoh's finishing tutorial and my new obsession with desaturating. Lets get started shall we?



Cowboy James Storm! This is my guy, easily in my fave five of TNA and very well could be in my fave five overall. First I started off with a city background and then duplicated and desaturate it. Then I darkened the desaturated layer. Next I brushed in a concrete layer colored black. Next I added in my render of Storm and duplicated it. I (go figure) desaturated the upper layer and put it on darken. And here is where Kayoh's tut jumps in. I then added three layers of gradient maps and set them to their corresponding set according to his tut. Check it out here: http://forums.wrestlezone.com/showthread.php?t=188384. Then it was pretty much adding in finishing touches. Photo filter here, high pass, and exposure. Next I added in the text and then did one more photo filter to blend the text into the overall image. Added a border and called it a morning. Any comments or criticism is nice. Give out some rep to Kayoh, he deserves it. He is as much a part of this sig as myself as his tut helped add some of the finishing touches. Have at it my loves.
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Old 10-10-2011, 12:18 AM
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I'm back with another piece. I'm sticking with a pretty simple approach to everything, but I'm really liking everything that I churn out. Lets take a dabble at my latest piece, shall we?



There it is, the current US Champion. Dolph Ziggler is one of my favorite stars in the business, easily in my fave five dawg. I had to make a sig with him. So how did I get here? I'll tell you. First I used the same city background as the James Storm sig above. I copied and desaturated it and set the top on darken. Next I added in a steel like texture set on hard light. I then put in my render of Ziggler. I didn't want to use the generic posing type ones, so I used a action shot from Raw. Next I added in a black, scratching like texture and set it on lighten. Then I added in a plain light blue background on lighten. Next I threw in a photo filter, an exposure layer, and a color balance. I then applied the image, desature on darken. Then a match color and fiddle with the numbers to get what I liked. Finally I sharpened it and lowered the opacity and called it a night. Have at it y'all.
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Old 10-10-2011, 12:30 AM
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I'm back with another piece. I'm sticking with a pretty simple approach to everything, but I'm really liking everything that I churn out. Lets take a dabble at my latest piece, shall we?



There it is, the current US Champion. Dolph Ziggler is one of my favorite stars in the business, easily in my fave five dawg. I had to make a sig with him. So how did I get here? I'll tell you. First I used the same city background as the James Storm sig above. I copied and desaturated it and set the top on darken. Next I added in a steel like texture set on hard light. I then put in my render of Ziggler. I didn't want to use the generic posing type ones, so I used a action shot from Raw. Next I added in a black, scratching like texture and set it on lighten. Then I added in a plain light blue background on lighten. Next I threw in a photo filter, an exposure layer, and a color balance. I then applied the image, desature on darken. Then a match color and fiddle with the numbers to get what I liked. Finally I sharpened it and lowered the opacity and called it a night. Have at it y'all.
Amazing sig Theo. You gotta open up a request thread again soon man. Your sigs are just awesome. Love the choice of Ziggler for a sig as he's on fire right now. Currently my second favorite after Sheamus. I think that should be your next sig, Sheamus But anyway, keep doing what you do Theo!
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Old 10-10-2011, 02:39 AM
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A Sheamus piece is what you want to see Jam? Well I'm a person of the people and a Sheamus piece is what you will get!



With this piece I've stuck with my main theme of late. I started with the scratchy black texture I used as a minor piece in the Ziggler sig above and made that my main background image. Next I found an effect on psd dreams and colored it yellow to go with the overall theme I was looking for (this is the sqwuiggly thing in the background). Next I used Sheamus' logo and put slightly behind the main render of Sheamus. I desaturated a duplicate and set it on darken, same with the Sheamus render. I then added my text which is black with a yellow border around it. Then added in the same photo filter, exposure, and color balance as the Ziggler sig. Then I finished it off with the gradient effects shown in Kayoh's finishing tutorial. The final layer was a high pass (again in Kayoh's tutorial) and that was that. Again it was relatively simple, but unique at the same time.
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Old 10-11-2011, 03:13 AM
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So I saw this picture of CM Punk "punking" in his announce chair from Raw and I really felt that would be a nice piece for a signature. Problem is that it really isn't that great of a sigmaking picture, so to do a complex sig would be complicated. So I went with an approach I don't recall ever using in a signature. An experiment to say the least. I'm not going to claim this as a masterpiece, but I think it is decent enough to hold its own.



What I did here was paste a bigger image of the picture in the background. I duplicated the image and then played around with some exposure on it to make it a bit more of a background instead of an image. I already made a smaller image of Punk and I duplicated it and desaturated it and put it on overlay. I set this behind the bigger image. I then did a faded erase of the bigger image so that the small image was now the center of the sig. Next I added in the star from his shirt and then placed the text on top of it. Next I did a layer of desaturation on darken, a sharpened image with the opacity down, and a high pass on overlay with the opacity down. Then I added in the really faded caniborrowyourblazer text. Reason being I thought that was hilarious and didn't think to put it in towards the beginning. I ended it with a dual red and black border and that's that. Praise, shred, critique, do as you please my loves.
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The Ziggler and Sheamus sigs look really similar, aside from the fractal highlights in the background of the Sheamus sig which look cool (they flow great with the render) but take away from the background itself.

Your two best works are Rhodes & James Storm imo. The Rhodes sig I like because it's so unique and the text is absolutely PERFECT. The Storm sig I like because of how much depth there is and again, great text. The depth in the Storm sig blows me away, though. Even the text looks like it's popping off the screen, it looks great. High Pass is a miracle worker, right?!

The Punk sig looks like it has potential. Maybe try using some filters on the background (spatter, sprayed strokes, ripple, ocean ripple, glass, etc) so that it doesn't look EXACTLY like a duped render layer. Unless that's what you were going for, but the big white chunks in the bottom left and directly to the main render's right look pretty bad. That, and it looks like the main render has a bad black outer glow or drop shadow that just does not work at all. Again, though, phenomenal text work - that's clearly your strong point and it's usually one of the most difficult elements for digital artists of any kind to master. Sometimes I'm working on text that, in my head, looks awesome, and then I finish, thinking "FUCK YEAH THIS IS EPIC," and then I sit back, look at the image and think "fuck, this looks like a buffalo took a wet shit on my sig. *deletes text completely* Let's try this again." - that exact process happened on my newest Punk splash. I tried adding, in big, cutesy Web 2.0 stylized font, "THE VOICE OF THE INTERNET MARKS" at the bottom (to make it look like he was almost sitting on the text) and it just turned out horrible. Needless to say, I left that text out and opted for the "Shove your borders up your ass" above his head.

Your font work is great and your background work is inconsistent, but when it's good, it's great. I'd say try doing a few more manips so you don't have to worry about making a background from scratch - the Rhodes sig is your best work imo and that's a manip. Stick to your strong suit, right? =)
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