Jipay

The making of a Pirate LEGO avatar

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I had a talk with Mister Phes about my new pirate avatar and he suggested I make a tutorial on how I did this. So here it is.

First, what you need :

- The Lego model you wish to have as an avatar : the model has to be clean. I recommend you wash it with some washing machine powder (not the one Skaforhire found in his ebay auction X-D ).

- A good Digicam (I strongly recommend a Bridge or Reflex one). The quality of the camera will have a real impact on the quality of the picture.

- A computer with a photo editing software (Photoshop, Paintshop Pro, Ulead Photoimpact, ...).

Now on the process :

First, put you Lego model or minifig on a table, then add a white or green background. I don't recommend using a blue one as Lego pieces contain a lot of blue. For my avatar, the scene looked like this :

setup.jpg

In this example, I put some of my imperial minifigs and my sigfig as the king of the army. I added french baguettes for good measure, and also two nice girls. Note the use of only 3 colors : Blue White Red. This is why the two girls have ginger hair. I'd suggest not to go for too many colors.

Then, take your digicam, use the manual set up : close up, action shot, no flash. Note that having a natural ligth is really important. Take as many shots as possible so you can choose the best.

You'll get something like this :

setup2.jpg

Now go into your image editing software :

- First, edit the colors : add luminosity if necessary, set up the contrast and saturate the colors a little bit.

- Then, start to cut out the background. Two choices : use an erazer tool or the lasso. I usually use both : magnetic lasso first and then I manually eraze the remaining little scratches. You should get something like this :

transbckg.jpg

Then, you just have to choose a background. I created mine, but you can also find nice ones on google/images.

Copy/paste your image on the background and you'll get this :

avatawork.jpg

Then blur the back of the image (the back of a picture would be blurred if you do this kind of close up in the real life). Use the sponge tool on the edges of your minifigs, copy the part of the image you like, create a new file and paste and here you go :

jpavat.jpg

Here you have a new avatar !

Comments and questions are welcome :-)

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3 questions:

I have a sony digital camera, is this okay?

I'm not sure if corel draw 9 is a photo editing program, if it is can I use this?

and, the first image of your avatar without background is a bit blurry, how come the others aren't?

Arrr

Mr Tiber

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1) I have a sony digital camera, is this okay?

The brand doesn't matter. Still you usually can't get a bad pic with a sony digicam :-D

2) I'm not sure if corel draw 9 is a photo editing program, if it is can I use this?

It is indeed a photo editing programm

3) and, the first image of your avatar without background is a bit blurry, how come the others aren't?

I compressed it in jpg with a low quality, this is why. All the images I work with are in an orginal photo editing format so they are too big to be posted directly.

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Thanks for the tutorial Jipay. :-) I noticed your avatar the other day, and really liked it.

And to just echo something you said, having good, natural lighting is very, very importent. I have a two mp camera, and while my pictures are bound to not come out as nice as yours, they can still look good with the right lighting.

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Well I also noticed yours, it matches your title right ? I also like this lense flare. Looks really nice on the sword !

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Heya thanks for this Jipay :-)

Until now I thought that figs in your avatar are drawed... Oh,you washed them very well ;-)

This will be very usefull when I get my own camera...

For now I will use this picture of me from a recent under-the mask-party...

Cheers! :-D

Greetings from Serbia

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Lol I do some lego drawings sometimes (cf the yellow minifig head that indicates new posts). But in the case of the avatar, this drawn look is given by the color saturation. ;-)

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Good job Ji, very good tutorial I like it! Two thumbs up, and your sig looks awsome.

Edit: I mean avatar :D

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Lol thanks ! Now are you more confident in my abbility to take nice pics for you lol ? 8-|

And you're the graphist because you're the best at making skins ! I couldn't achieve such nice results !

BTW, never knew there has been some lego pirate video games ! Were they good ?

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Well I also noticed yours, it matches your title right ? I also like this lense flare. Looks really nice on the sword !

Thanks. It's not actually supposed to go with my title. The title is from my postion in the Tie army thread (which seems to have somewhat died), and my avatar is supposed to be just some random samurai. I guess they do kind of go together though, with the woods in background.

BTW, never knew there has been some lego pirate video games ! Were they good ?

I'm pretty sure there were a few in the Lego Racer game, but that's all I can think of.

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BTW, never knew there has been some lego pirate video games ! Were they good ?

I'm pretty sure there were a few in the Lego Racer game, but that's all I can think of.

im very naive about video games... as i don't participate in their entertainment. your image was just so good, i assumed it must have been CGI !!!

and YES !!! i can't wait to see those images for the new theater forum banner !!!

now i just have to do them justice ;-)

- BM

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I had a talk with Mister Phes about my new pirate avatar and he suggested I make a tutorial on how I did this.

And what a fine decision it was! It probably could have went in the MOC sub-forum but Evil Willy can take care of that as his first mission.

- A computer with a photo editing software (Photoshop, Paintshop Pro, Ulead Photoimpact, ...).

Which computer program did you end up using?

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The most expensive of the list lol. But that's temporary, I'm moving to paintshop pro really soon.

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Yeah, I think so. Photoshop easily costs

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I have it for free, too (no, I didn't download it). I got it from my uncle :-) .

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well, is corel draw 9 good enough for making a lego avatar like Jipay's???

I think it qualifies. All your really need is something to cut out you sigfig and to be able to paste him on another background.

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I have it for free, too (no, I didn't download it). I got it from my uncle :-) .

Here you don't have to download it...

You just need to go in some of the local cyber caffees and ask for installation CD :-D

But cracked versions has it's lacks,sure they do...

And yes,you can make an avatar like Jipay's in Cdr,but from this tutorial you see you don't have to ;-)

Greetings from Serbia

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And yes, you can make an avatar like Jipay's in Cdr,but from this tutorial you see you don't have to ;-)

Greetings from Serbia

Sorry but I dont understand what you mean with that.... 8-|

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And yes, you can make an avatar like Jipay's in Cdr,but from this tutorial you see you don't have to ;-)

Greetings from Serbia

Sorry but I dont understand what you mean with that.... 8-|

I said it is possible to make an introduced avatar in Corel Draw (Cdr,file extension), but Jipay explained much easier and more nice way to do that ;-)

Greetings from Serbia

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There! I made a new avatar by following steps of the tutorial. I'm quite happy with it, but I think it still lacks something :-/ .

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