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    Quote Originally Posted by Bogie View Post
    Well, I've got the idea, not sure if I can do anything with it. ( doesn't mean I won't try ) I have no idea yet how to work with layers and some of the effects you described.
    Time to teach then... when you add a layer an set it to overlay, painting with dark "shifts" the color in the painted area to a darker shade, likewise painting with white "shifts" the painted area's color lighter. This is how I added shadows to the rock image and my suggested method for adding shadows to an object such as the rock I did earlier on. Now.... when you fill a layer with 50% grey (808080 in html notation) and set to overlay, since it is midway between the two extremes it does nothing to modify the underlying image. This is a VERY useful technique because then you don't destroy your original work underneath as you would if you just "painted" shadows in using a low opacity brush and several passes.

    As for the gradient thing, I am using GIMP, so I am not 100% sure that Photoshop has this(but I expect it does)... anyway I am going to assume it does.

    • Make a circular selection just a "bit" larger then the interior of the stairwell(I started with this on a black canvas and saved as a channel for future use).
    • Make sure color is set to Black/White Foreground/Background.
    • Click the Gradient tool
    • On the tool options, for GIMP, there is a drop down for "shape"
      Sorceress's tower-screenshot_01_2012-03-19_08-23-01.png
    • Select the conic (asym) shape
    • click and hold down the mouse button in the center of the image(middle of central column of the stairway)
    • drag to the midpoint of your wall and release the mouse button







    Quote Originally Posted by Bogie View Post

    But I agree with Jacktannery that your mod of my stairs looks much better than mine. Your second one is OK and better than a lot that I've seen, but it lacks real depth to the stairs.
    Yea, I think I need to make the shadows for the risers larger... it DID look much better on my screen than it does here....

    Quote Originally Posted by Bogie View Post
    I made a new version from scratch that works best on light colored textures, still a bit to dark at the top.
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    Looks good... I like those textures better also vs your original ones... I think you have a winner if you make the rest of the set...though I would say make the "bottom" darker and leave the top as is....
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    Thanks for the Tut, I'll give it a try.

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    I made something new with the stuff I had lying around(which is not much). See here... Let me know what you think.
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