My first ever chop!

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    My first ever chop!

    So I did my first ever chop today. It is a Traverse Truck UPDATE:The version that I did on GIMP is now the one that you see below. (it is just SLIGHTLY changed)
    I know, its just a Traverse with the back windows cut off, but you have to start your chopping with doing something small.
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    Re: My first ever chop!

    i get where you're goin with this.

    nice little bob job.
    ms paint is a nice meat and potatoes graphics program. like a vw beetle, it is simple and effective for basic transportation (graphics in this case).

    if you are running windows, try gimp2, it is a free download , shareware, and has features that in many ways mimic photoshop quite nicely. i have been using gimp for about 5 months, i like it.

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    Re: My first ever chop!

    It's not bad for a first chop. Welcome to the chop club.

    Rule #1: DON'T RUSH!!! Spend time, and come up with something good. When it comes to chopping, it's about quality, not quantity.

    Rule #2: When you think you are done, stop chopping, go do something else, and then come back to the image with a fresh perspective, and then finish it properly

    Rule #3: You don't use scotch tape to build a house. Use the right tools for the job. Photoshop and Gimp (and others) are real tools. MS Paint is not.

    Rule #4: Don't put down your own work. If you insult it and say "it's crap", we're not going to disagree with you.

    Rule #5: Accept criticism, and learn from it. Some people are jerks and have no tact (I'm guilty of that). But don't let it get you down.
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    Re: My first ever chop!

    I did something like that to the Orlando Concept:




    Just remember, the devil is in the details!

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    Re: My first ever chop!

    Quote Originally Posted by Rex Raider View Post

    Rule #2: When you think you are done, stop chopping, go do something else, and then come back to the image with a fresh perspective, and then finish it properly
    rule #2
    this is excellent advice, the best rule by far.
    even a two minute break, away from the computer screen ( lets the retinas readjust) does wonders for looking at your work with a fresh eye.
    don't forget the tricks of resizing your image on a regular basis, it does wonders for your perception of perspective.

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    Re: My first ever chop!

    Quote Originally Posted by Rex Raider View Post
    It's not bad for a first chop. Welcome to the chop club.

    Rule #1: DON'T RUSH!!! Spend time, and come up with something good. When it comes to chopping, it's about quality, not quantity.

    Rule #2: When you think you are done, stop chopping, go do something else, and then come back to the image with a fresh perspective, and then finish it properly

    Rule #3: You don't use scotch tape to build a house. Use the right tools for the job. Photoshop and Gimp (and others) are real tools. MS Paint is not.

    Rule #4: Don't put down your own work. If you insult it and say "it's crap", we're not going to disagree with you.

    Rule #5: Accept criticism, and learn from it. Some people are jerks and have no tact (I'm guilty of that). But don't let it get you down.
    Thanks for the advice. I even edited my post to reflect #4. And on #5-I know that and I won't let it phase me. Simple as that.
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    Re: My first ever chop!

    Quote Originally Posted by crooner214 View Post
    I did something like that to the Orlando Concept:




    Just remember, the devil is in the details!
    That looks good man!
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    Quote Originally Posted by joegagan View Post
    if you are running windows, try gimp2, it is a free download , shareware, and has features that in many ways mimic photoshop quite nicely. i have been using gimp for about 5 months, i like it.
    Just downloaded Gimp!
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    Re: My first ever chop!

    cool.was it gimp2?
    every time it opens it will give you different handy hints. take a few minutes to read them, they are very valuable.

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    that's good for ms paint, and I can't wait to see what you can do with gimp!
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    Re: My first ever chop!

    There is a flas version of photshop but nothing beats the real thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joegagan View Post
    cool.was it gimp2?
    every time it opens it will give you different handy hints. take a few minutes to read them, they are very valuable.
    yep. Gimp 2! I'm just trying it out now-it will take some time to master.
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    Re: My first ever chop!

    Here is the Short Cab version that I just did on GIMP while trying to learn how to use it:
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    Re: My first ever chop!

    You should always work a bigger image. at least 800x600, but even bigger is prefered.

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    Re: My first ever chop!

    Quote Originally Posted by Rex Raider View Post
    You should always work a bigger image. at least 800x600, but even bigger is prefered.
    I will take note of that. Thanks for all the great tips Rex. I will definitely use them and I greatly appreciate a seasoned veteran of chopping helping out me-a rookie.
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