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I've had a love/hate relationship with Photoshop for years - I hate it, and it loves to make me furious. I always end up closing it and slapping together something less ambitious and more simple in MS Office Publisher... until now...

I've wanted to make one of these "pop-out" vehicle pictures forever, and I love those animated ones even more. I'd like to add a waving to the exhaust blur or flashing lights, just a frame or two, but for now I am so happy I was able to do everything I wanted and more (even thinner feathering on the bottom and left margins than the top and right).

It's a little tall for a sig pic, but I'm gonna get into making more of these - this was actually fun and that's not something I'm used to saying about spending time with Photoshop.

I think I might love it now (still hate Adobe, of course)

Veterans-Gaming BMS Multiplayer rsz.png

 

A BMS pilot named Hechter took the original screenshot, and had already edited it a bit in PS:
 

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Just look at that amazingly clean interface. Photoshop really needs to de-clutter the shit and get to the level MS Paint is at xD

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I love it! One thing you could do for the exhaust and flashing lights is adding a parallax effect to it. It wouldn't really be a picture anymore, but at least you can make it into a gif. Not sure if would be possible to add it on the site as I heard that having a plugin for it is very expensive.

 

Example:

FrgBPZ8.gifv

 

Edit: it's not showing for me for some reason, check it here

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Lol @ MS Paint!  Yea, that's been my go-to next to MS Publisher for years, and only used GIMP for quick transparency modifications with "intelligent scissors" magic wand style tools;  but if you think PS is nuts with the GUI, GIMP is insane!  Learning curve through the roof even for simple tasks, even just knowing where to find a tool to do a task.

Made this sprite sheet in MS Paint for a Java project, and MS Paint is a very awesome program.  (You can check out the game here, walk around, smack a tree or chest - see readme)

character  64x64 framework 91.png

But MS Paint can't use awesome plugin tools you find for different effects like PS, so I had to come over to the Dark Side

 

And for the animation, I probably don't want to go with .gifv because, like you've demonstrated, it doesn't embed well in websites like a normal .gif would.  But .gif's are getting way better these days, even with many frames of animation.

Check out this example, [R-DEV] Mineral's PR sig:
5OZ3oZq.gif

Believe it or not, that .gif is only 235 Kilobytes! And it's 43 frames of very smooth animation.  I've seen some others around the internets as well, very cool stuff.  I think I might work on an A-10 next, firing the GAU-8 nose cannon kinda slow motion like Mineral's sig.

  

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