View Full Version : January/February 2012 Lite Challenge Entry: Compass Rose

02-01-2012, 01:44 PM
This is my first time submitting/uploading something. Feedback is much appreciated.

Any tips on how to add shading/highlights to give it some more "pop"? I'm still learning photoshop.

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02-01-2012, 03:39 PM
Hi and great you're joining in! One thing I notice is that you've got anti-aliasing (the blurring edges) going on the orange and light gray, but not on the dark grey. That throws the eye a bit. To add shading and highlights? Pop? Hmm ... that really depends on the effect you're going for. A simple and effective one is to boost the contrast. But I'm possibly not the best person to ask about photoshop, since I'm more of a vector lover ...

02-01-2012, 10:41 PM
To highlight it more, you could use a thin dark line on the edges. To get the effect use "Inner Glow" on photoshop.

as an example this is a grey figure with and without the inner glow.

02-02-2012, 12:58 AM
Here is an updated version with shadows and glows.

Thanks for the tips.

Any tips on how to fix the aliasing issue?

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02-02-2012, 01:59 AM
You could select just the mid-grey section with the wand tool and give it a 0,5 px gaussian blur, I suppose ...

02-02-2012, 03:58 AM
Hi Creios, really cool shape :). I agree with Bogie for highlighting and Lukc fo blurring the dark grey part. And: if symbols are embossed, maybe they should cast little (more) shadow...

02-02-2012, 10:56 AM
Hey everyone, thanks for the feedback. :)

I added more shadows and highlights. I still can't fix the anti-aliasing, even with the blur.

Here is the latest version:

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02-02-2012, 12:21 PM
You might try this http://www.phong.com/tutorials/anti-alias/ and see if that helps fix your anti-aliasing problems. I tried it out on your compass rose and it seems to work. Probably better for you since you would have all the layers to play with.

02-02-2012, 04:46 PM
Thesslian: Thanks for that tutorial!

Here is the updated image.

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02-02-2012, 06:04 PM
Nice work, much better!

02-02-2012, 06:27 PM
The alignment of the points is a bit off, northwest in particular. You might also want to consider putting a dot or other mark for southwest.


02-02-2012, 08:02 PM
Thanks Bogie.

Hai-Etlik: I fixed it before I saw your post :P Do you think I should still add a SW point?

Here is the - most likely - finished product. Is there anything else that you guys see that I should fix?

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02-02-2012, 08:58 PM
Made the centre directional "spikes" larger.

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Lord Kev
02-02-2012, 09:12 PM
nice work. the final result is very nice.

02-02-2012, 09:23 PM
Thanks. :)

I'm not sure if it's the final result yet. I might play around with it a little more.

02-03-2012, 03:51 PM
Do you think I should still add a SW point?
I don't.
SW is where the map needs to have a monster drawn ... "In the name of all that is sane, don't head SW!" ;)

02-03-2012, 06:06 PM
Spiffy looking. I would change the west symbol, mostly because a square in that position matches the playstation controller buttons. I would probably see how it looked crimson rather than grey also. It just seems like it should be deep red to me.

02-04-2012, 08:50 PM
Two other colour schemes.

I'm not sure which one I like more.

02-07-2012, 04:54 AM
looks good - and congrats on entering a challenge :)

02-15-2012, 12:43 AM
Final work.

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and with transparent background