Great Bootfulls of Biscuits! That is amazing! And you say that was just playing around???? Sheesh!!!! Dang!
I got the idea to generate a random map then pixelize it to make it look hi-techy, and I wanted to see what it would look like.
I got a bit carried away on a simple "test"
The process I followed was:
- Render a random map.
- threshold it to get nice continent shapes
- pixelate it using 8x4 pixels (I liked the rectangles as they reflect the map proportions)
- threshold it again to make the pixels black and white
- blur it with a 4px radius blur
- threshold a third time to get a "rounder corner square pixel" effect.
I saved that to a channel for masking, stoking, etc.
Then I went nuts (too much?) with a bunch of GIMP tech brushes I got from deviant art.
City icons were from that bulletball font I posted a while back.
The satellite traces were drawn in Inkscape as paths and imported into gimp and stroked.
It looked "nekid" without a border, so I made up a brushed aluminum looking frame, and added a few screws and keys to it.
Also threw in some scan lines, screen reflections, and some bg phosphor noise.
Last edited by RobA; 11-08-2007 at 01:52 PM. Reason: Changed Attachment (added pillow emboss to buttons, fixed the screws)
The satelite lines really give this the sci-fi map of the world that you'd find at a control center, military HQ, etc.
I'm really going to have to study your steps, presented - I've got uses for maps like these!
The fun thing is that if you have a "real" world map, you can turn it into something like the actual map portion quite easily.
Rob! You have a family! Stop thinking of maps!
Behind every genius is a very understanding wife.
I felt an undeniable compulsion to click the buttons, even though I knew they wouldn't do anything. Nice work!
Bryan Ray, visual effects artist
omg, so did I! Beautiful work, Rob!
Last edited by ravells; 11-07-2007 at 12:43 PM.
Well done Rob! I think if you add a slight Pillow Emboss around the buttons they will appear to be a more integral part of the monitor.
For the record I didn't try to click the buttons, but that is because I've done way too many time on other images that I learned my lesson. LOL