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RomeoL
Obsessive-Compulsive (I) Inmate

From: Brooklyn, NY US
Insane since: Jul 2003

posted posted 08-25-2003 16:25

I stopped by a site and saw a desktop image like this and wondored if anyone knew what kind of techniques he used to make this?
http://www.levid.com/images/v3/miscbackgrounds8_large.jpg

Skaarjj
Maniac (V) Mad Scientist

From: :morF
Insane since: May 2000

posted posted 08-25-2003 16:29

OK...this belongs in the PS forum, even though I think he used a 3D app to do that....

Ruski
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posted posted 08-25-2003 17:11

nope, all I know its Photoshop...I saw a similar crystal tutorial somewhere on the net, duno where it is now

RomeoL
Obsessive-Compulsive (I) Inmate

From: Brooklyn, NY US
Insane since: Jul 2003

posted posted 08-25-2003 17:28



Skaarjj
Maniac (V) Mad Scientist

From: :morF
Insane since: May 2000

posted posted 08-25-2003 17:45

Before I start...I'll just say right now that I hate this 'abstract crystal background' effect. It'd be a cool kinda thing if everyone weren't doing it. It's like flash...t'd be cool if it weren't everywhere and..well...so damn flashy!

anyway...you may want to try these:
http://www.voidix.com/crystals2.html
http://www.voidix.com/wavy.html

you cna adapt the effects they're using there (plus using some colours OTHER than blue) to create the same kind of effect there...and spend a good couple of hours getting it looking right. Or you could go into 3D Studio MAX, grab a nice high poly sphere, add a noise modifier, pump the values right up and add a nice translucent material to it, double sided of course, clone, alter colour, rotate, change seed value for noise modifier, render, done. 15 minutes, if that.

Anyway...if you're after that effect...either of these methods will work, but really...do we need to drop another one of thee images on top of the mountain of others just like it?

RomeoL
Obsessive-Compulsive (I) Inmate

From: Brooklyn, NY US
Insane since: Jul 2003

posted posted 08-25-2003 18:11

Wow, thanks alot skaajj for that tutorial site. Look's like I have alot of learning to do today :O but the reason I really asked this question was because I just wanted to know how people made it. I know I've seen many of the same effects on the net. But it's alway's a good idea to know how to do them well I appricate it skaajj

DL-44
Maniac (V) Inmate

From: under the bed
Insane since: Feb 2000

posted posted 08-25-2003 18:11

Create a bunch of triangles. Use the transform tool to get different sizes, shapes, and angles.

Make each one on a seperate layer, and play with the layer Opacity and Blending Modes.

Voila - instant trend-whore crap.

If you'd like to make it even worse, try adding some text that is far too small to actually read, inside some outlined boxes with random 45 degree angled cuts/protrusions on them.

Make it really big and use it as a splash page so people have to laod a giant ugly image before they realize it's just a splash page and they still have to click something jsut to get to the web page.

=)



RomeoL
Obsessive-Compulsive (I) Inmate

From: Brooklyn, NY US
Insane since: Jul 2003

posted posted 08-25-2003 18:35



Morph
Paranoid (IV) Inmate

From: The Soft Cell
Insane since: Nov 2001

posted posted 08-25-2003 19:53

What DL said
these days splash pages, even fast loading ones are considered anti-social and unproductive on web pages. If however you want to show off your ability to create such images then add a thumbnail link to it on the site and give the visiter the choice of downloading it.

There are still a lot of people using dial up to connect to the web who don't appreciate the extra time taken to download splash.


~We're not here for long, we're here for fun~

RomeoL
Obsessive-Compulsive (I) Inmate

From: Brooklyn, NY US
Insane since: Jul 2003

posted posted 08-25-2003 20:24

This is not for a splash page or a web-site. I'm just doing this for my self-enjoyment of plain old fun

Skaarjj
Maniac (V) Mad Scientist

From: :morF
Insane since: May 2000

posted posted 08-25-2003 20:42

OK..If it's just for you to do and learn with (in this case learning what should not be put online)...I think that's far more acceptable.

ozphactor
Maniac (V) Inmate

From: California
Insane since: Jul 2003

posted posted 08-25-2003 21:27
quote:
instant trend-whore crap.


Couldn't have said it better myself



[This message has been edited by ozphactor (edited 08-25-2003).]

Moth
Paranoid (IV) Inmate

From: columbus, ohio, usa
Insane since: Jul 2002

posted posted 08-26-2003 18:26

Ok. I'll bite. Could someone explain what trend-whore is? I'd hate to think I was guilty of offending anyone's sense of web style.

Emperor
Maniac (V) Mad Scientist with Finglongers

From: Cell 53, East Wing
Insane since: Jul 2001

posted posted 08-26-2003 18:31

Moth: DL pretty much summed it up:

1. Big crystally type things.

2. Very small text.

3. Outline boxes with the corner snipped off.

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DL-44
Maniac (V) Inmate

From: under the bed
Insane since: Feb 2000

posted posted 08-26-2003 22:16

basically just what it says....

A person who does all the latest trend/fad crap all over the web, which tends at this point to be either all the "crystal" or "cell" junk, with all the itty bitty pixel fonts (usually ones that look quite bad) in every place they can be crammed, odd angles sticking out of every possible box on a page, etc., or the "grunge" junk that gets lower and lower quality day by day...

Unfortunately, this large group of people are such trend-whores that they are starting to call themselves trend-whores as if "trendwhore" is a style rather than an insulting name for the mindless drones who produce the crap in question.





Moth
Paranoid (IV) Inmate

From: columbus, ohio, usa
Insane since: Jul 2002

posted posted 08-27-2003 00:01

Ok. Gotcha'

My confusion was that trend-whore was a specific style. But, your explanation makes more sense.

Skaarjj
Maniac (V) Mad Scientist

From: :morF
Insane since: May 2000

posted posted 08-27-2003 03:41

I think the most appropriate response in this kind of situation is:

"How would you make this?"

"I wouldn't"

ozphactor
Maniac (V) Inmate

From: California
Insane since: Jul 2003

posted posted 08-27-2003 05:15

Emps: don't forget 45-degree block arrows!

An article and a tutorial:
http://philoader.net/v/feature01.html

josh
Bipolar (III) Inmate

From:
Insane since: Jul 2003

posted posted 08-27-2003 06:14

i think you guys have forgotten the base IDEA of the web. see, the whole idea of the web and web pages in general is to make blue underlined text - that isn't a link in any way at all, just "cool" blue, underlined text, exactly like a link next to it.

remember - you may need this tip in later life.

theGuest
Nervous Wreck (II) Inmate

From: Vancouver, BC Canada
Insane since: Apr 2002

posted posted 08-27-2003 06:44

hahaha Great laugh guys, thx!

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