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Oct 15, 2013 15:25 |  #16

Another spin on it:


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Swapped out the bg - heck it's fall here :) and tried to smooth out the transition from the rocks to the grass...



  
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Oct 15, 2013 16:48 |  #17

Just playin around for a couple min, all done in LR just to give you an idea. Trees are still too big. :)


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Oct 15, 2013 17:17 as a reply to  @ Grizz's post |  #18

Here are some tips for creating your own scenes for model railroads.

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Oct 15, 2013 19:21 |  #19

Grizz wrote in post #16373677 (external link)
Just playin around for a couple min, all done in LR just to give you an idea. Trees are still too big. :)

Well there is the second version now, where I put in different trees and think I have them more to "scale"

Those trees are actually from behind some railroad tracks, not that it matters, across the street from my house. :)

IMO you took the gravel in too far, in the second version I warped it a bit and tried to smooth out the transition....




  
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Oct 15, 2013 19:23 |  #20

navydoc wrote in post #16373755 (external link)
Here are some tips for creating your own scenes for model railroads.

http://rrmodelcraftsma​n.com …nerytipsandtech​niques.php (external link)

Cool link but I want to stick with a realistic background...




  
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Oct 16, 2013 00:11 |  #21

And somebody smack me, I think I've taken this to cheesy level :(

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I think the sky, and the smoke, are what are killing me on this...



  
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Oct 16, 2013 06:45 |  #22

NavyDoc did a great job on making smoke on his Western Shack a few weeks ago. Maybe he can help you with smoke & steam. And yes you have entered the cheese zone with the last one.


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Oct 16, 2013 09:01 |  #23

tmoore323 wrote in post #16374610 (external link)
And somebody smack me, I think I've taken this to cheesy level :(

Limburger! :D
Are those supposed to be clouds, or did the mice get at your print? ; )

I think the sky, and the smoke, are what are killing me on this...


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Oct 16, 2013 15:16 |  #24

Hey tmoore323, I tried "squishing" it here and there using perspective tool in PS.
and adding a little smoke, tho I suck at PS! ...I don't know why the B&W :shock:

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Oct 16, 2013 16:41 |  #25

mojo_plasma wrote in post #16376185 (external link)
Hey tmoore323, I tried "squishing" it here and there using perspective tool in PS.
and adding a little smoke, tho I suck at PS! ...I don't know why the B&W :shock:
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Yea, I'm still debating going b&W but for now want to stick to color - and making a good b&W takes a good color to start with anyway :)

How'd you do the smoke, that still is going to be one of my challenges - any good brush sets anyone know of?

PS is that the original image? Gave up on that one awhile ago ::)




  
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Oct 16, 2013 16:42 |  #26

Changed out the sky:

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Oct 16, 2013 19:17 |  #27

Qbx wrote in post #16375048 (external link)
NavyDoc did a great job on making smoke on his Western Shack a few weeks ago. Maybe he can help you with smoke & steam. And yes you have entered the cheese zone with the last one.

Hopefully, he will weigh in again :)




  
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Oct 16, 2013 20:37 |  #28

I've got so many layers to this project don't ask how big the file size is :)

Found some good smoke brushes, researched how these trains look like under load:

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Oct 16, 2013 23:53 as a reply to  @ tmoore323's post |  #29

I think any attempt at making a decent realistic composite is hampered by the fixed shape of the tracks. I think I'd either find a photo of some landscape with tracks running through it or see if I could find some tracks to photograph and then place the model train in a similar position on your table to photograph. It's very difficult, for me at least, to try and match a landscape to fit the curves and perspective of your train photo.

Here's one more try from me using a different background...including smoke. :D

I missed your edit where you asked for a copy of the other image I used as a background. If you still want either, just let me know which one and what size you need and I'll pm you a link where you can download it.


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Oct 17, 2013 00:11 |  #30

Thanks navy, I like your last edit, but think I'm going to stop where I am at - and fix the few seaming issues I see... I do like the last edit though :)

Welcome to anyone else to smack me around a bit on my last try :)

I do note, how everyone is taking this B&W, is it due to the age of the train?

As I said in the beginning, this is going to be a print that I want to give my father for Christmas... Trying to blend, realistic/what you would see as a model train setup...




  
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