Please help

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by Aussi3, Dec 5, 2016.

  1. Aussi3 macrumors 6502

    Aussi3

    Joined:
    Jun 3, 2012
    Location:
    Facesticks on the App store
    #1
    Does anyone know of a program I could use to make semi transparent images so like for example if I wanted to make rose coloured lenses for some glasses that would be semi transparent in the rose color if you know what I mean? So if I placed it on a image I could see through with a tint on it

    Sorry if I'm not making sense I could try to explain more if anyone doesn't know what I mean I'm trying to find a free or paid app or anything I can use to help me make this affect on a image I've got transparent background down :) I'm just trying to go a step further

    If anyone could help I would really appreciate it! :) let me know please
     
  2. Possumgal macrumors member

    Possumgal

    Joined:
    Aug 13, 2015
    Location:
    N. Central Arkansas
    #2
    You could select the shape you want to fill, copy and paste it over the original, then fill it with a tint of your rose color or whatever. Color blending tools would also help get the affect you want. This could be done in a raster program like Photoshop or a vector program like Illustrator, although the processes would be different. Not knowing what software you have prevents more detailed instructions.
     
  3. cruisin macrumors 6502a

    cruisin

    Joined:
    Apr 1, 2014
    Location:
    Canada
    #3
    Do you need to modify an existing image or is this a new image that you will create? Making a new image always works better as you have control over everything.

    Photoshop/GIMP or Illustrator/Inkscape are popular choices for programs, and they produce different results.

    Did you mean something like this?

    Screenshot 2016-12-05 15.29.25.png
     
  4. Aussi3 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aussi3

    Joined:
    Jun 3, 2012
    Location:
    Facesticks on the App store
    #4
    Yeah something like that but I just wanna make those glasses by themselves I can't figure out how to do the pink lenses and make them semi transparent I downloaded gimp just still unsure how to do it maybe I'll try the other one you suggested and see if that helps
     
  5. CrickettGrrrl macrumors 6502a

    CrickettGrrrl

    Joined:
    Feb 10, 2012
    Location:
    B'more or Less
    #5
    You have to use layers in your graphics app.

    For example:
    • Drag the image you want to adapt into the graphics app, keep it at the bottom of your layer stack. You'll see all your layers (& add & delete layers) in the Layers Palette.
    • Create the glasses frames on a separate layer above your original image.
    • Create the lens shapes on layer(s) below the frames but above the original image.
    • Fill the lens shapes with a color. Personally, I'd use a gradient. Then look for the transparency/opacity slider for this layer. I don't remember where it is in GIMP, never liked GIMP much tbh, but most graphics programs are very similar and the opacity slider is usually at the top or bottom of the Layers Palette. It works for whichever layer you have active. Tweak it until you like the results.
    • Export the image as a new png or jpg file. I'd save the original graphics file in whatever native format to keep the layers in case you want to adjust things again or add things to the image.
    If you had Pixelmator, I could send you a file of glasses frames & matching lens shapes to add to your Shapes Palette, it'd be much easier. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ But you can create this transparent glasses effect in pretty much any graphics program.
     
  6. Aussi3 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aussi3

    Joined:
    Jun 3, 2012
    Location:
    Facesticks on the App store
    #6
    So if I bought pixelmator app for iPad Pro I could do it all in that app? Like make the transparent background and make the semi transparent lenses? I was thinking about getting a new app as I'm currently doing everything on paper by 53 what do you think of pixelmator as a drawing app? And do you think it would be good for what I want? Thanks so much for your help
     
  7. CrickettGrrrl, Dec 6, 2016
    Last edited: Dec 6, 2016

    CrickettGrrrl macrumors 6502a

    CrickettGrrrl

    Joined:
    Feb 10, 2012
    Location:
    B'more or Less
    #7
    Hi Aussi3,

    I didn't realize you were looking to do this on an iPad. I use Pixelmator on my Mac. I know that that the Pixelmator iOS app has much better or more responsive brushes than the MacOS version :rolleyes:, but other than that I have no personal experience with the mobile version so I'm not certain if that one has a Shapes palette. It DOES have layers though, and brushes, etc., so those are the important things.

    I've used Paper by 53, Brushes, & Procreate, among other graphics apps on my older iPad and the Procreate app is pretty nice. It definitely has layers, plus various artists have created some very good brushes which can be imported which makes drawing in Procreate more natural. --And the devs keep adding more features. Just in the past couple days in fact. --I think Kyle T Webster's brush set now comes stock.

    I have used Procreate & Brushes several years ago to paint over photo images, so it's very doable, and I'd guess it would be even better now.

    Best thing is to have fun with it. :)
     
  8. Aussi3 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aussi3

    Joined:
    Jun 3, 2012
    Location:
    Facesticks on the App store
    #8
    Thanks so much for your help I'll have to check out pixelmator and Procreate and see which one works best :) thanks
     

Share This Page