It’s always night
Finally found/adapted an adequate “stars” background to use with the greenscreen feature (so many nightsky photos/artwork are too decorative…). Works well to cover the whole area or partial. It’s nice for those times where the daylight distant textures look bleh, or when I don’t want a flat solid color field. Altho, I should probably give it a more gradual darkening so it’s not as even.
These aren’t awesome screenshots, just cheap examples of what I mean. As a bonus, you get the brighter or softer daylight shaders on faces vs. yellowish filters or that harsh blue bro-night light. So mostly I’ll probably use a darker grey and this starfield for greenscreen-ing, now.
It’s almost Christmas – not sure if I’ll take a FFXV break or not. Hubby and I may get wrapped up into some stuff between now and New Years. Plus I did buy a couple new games (Resident Evil 2 remake, Planet Zoo) … may try those for a while. Maybe.
Noctis, flower field, sunset, 4k
It’s hard to find ready-made wallpapers that work well the game cutouts, imo. Angle is always wrong, it’s too realistic vs. game graphics, lighting is wrong vs. the shadows on the character etc. I used some spotlights to try to make Noct’s face be more lit while his arm is darker (since sun is “behind” him) but yeah, not sure that came out very convincing, heh. Personally I actually like them just on the dark grey background I cut them out of, but most would find that boring I guess. Dark grey is a nice desktop color tho.
Btw, it’s hilarious how I can type these paragraphs and it doesn’t seem like all that much, but then I check the site on the cellphone and it’s this HUGE WALL OF TEXT. Perspective.
Regalia photo session
Just, y’know, more cutout practice, nothing special. The Noctis one, the hair had dark blue bleeding so it’s probably the worst hair-wise. Prompto’s hair is actually the easiest to deal with overall, just that top fringe area can be irritating.
Gladio’s pic, yes there’s a piece of him missing, I didn’t notice the greenscreen depth was too close, overlapping/cutting something off. Just pretend he had an accident and is looking out the window of his new house after forced retirement.
I did not create any of the backgrounds – since my artistic skill is about zero – random net finds from wallpaper sites. Photography editing (for me) = working with lighting, color, certain types of corrections, simple layering and selection editing sometimes and that’s it. While I can pen-doodle while talking on the phone, and use/manipulate standard image editor “filters” and such, I can’t paint, draw, 3d anything and my abilities with a digital “paintbrush” using a mouse consists of line drawings that look like they were drawn with crayons by a 4 year old during happy-art time. After all this practice in terms of finding what “greenscreen” background colors work best for the black-ish and brown/blondish hair, I now need to turn on the game again and take a lot more pictures to work with. Maybe I’ll get some actual ideas in the process. Or I might drift into some other busy work time-waster instead. Like a 150 episode anime. I’m distractable like that.
Btw, my working .psd files for only the cutouts themselves end up around 30-70+MB, because they’re usually about 3500-4000 pixels tall (screenshot size I use/take is 7680×4320). I’m not uploading a bunch of those. >.> Even the .png versions end up around 5+MB. If I ever get a set of good ones I’ll probably resize them a bit smaller and make them a zip file download.