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First off I am a Mac user. 

What I am looking for is a way to capture a picture (profile) of the model I am going to make/paint, and then apply different colors to the image on the computer so I could envision how my finished model would look with different paint schemes. 

Any ideas of a way to do this.

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I'd give Adobe Photoshop a look....  I've seen amazing things done with that application, but the full version is a bit pricey.

Mark
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If you dig around a little (or if I can find the link I will post it)  Adobe, for whatever reason, made their CS5 line of software free.  They shut down the registration servers, published keys and provided downloads for the software.  So you could get Photoshop CS5 for free.

 

OTher than that Gimp would work as well.

 

The major trouble you are going to run into is the editing of the picture. Most people will try to paint, or fill the areas with the color they want which ends up making a photograph look very much like a childs drawing on the refridgerator (not that that is bad just not helpful ;) )

 

What you want, or my suggestion is, find an app that allows for color tinting or modifiying.  That would let you select the area you want to color model and tint the area with the color so that you get the shadows and detail etc and get a much better idea of what it will look like.

 

 

-Adam

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pppilot,

 

From what you have said, I am assuming that the underlying drawing will be just that a scanned profile etc of the ship.  The easiest way I can think of trying various paint schemes would be to trace over the diagram or at least create 'closed' sections of the releant parts of the drawing. That way you can use any software, even MS Paint, to 'fill' the sections with your various options of colours.  If you make the scanned image transparent, you can send the coloured sections to the back so you can see the detail over the colour sections.  Your selected paint software may even allow you to set the various RGB variables to match some of the colours you have in mind.

 

This way you don't need fancy software.  Simply scan you image (assuming a black and white drawing/plan or the loke) in as a format that allows you to set the white as a transparent colour.  So long as your paint software allows you to import that file format the rest is straight forward?

 

cheers

 

Pat

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i don't know and didn't find any CS5 versions available from Adobe, but through SketchUcation website I found full version of CS2 for download. The link is a true Adobe one. No hack, nothing suspicious, no virus. It's an old version but probably more than we need.

Currently Adobe has all the CS2 version free for download, you have to register and then it's all to go.

See provided link, be patient, sometimes due to heavy traffic you won't be able access, just wait and then give it another try.

Have just downloaded several of their software.

https://www.adobe.com/cfusion/entitlement/index.cfm?e=cs2_downloads&pid=361116

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Hi PPPilot, the CS2 idea would be good if you have an old Mac. I have CS2 running on an old G5 machine running OS 10.5.8. I think CS2 may work on 10.6, but if you have anything more recent than that then CS2 will not run at all.

 

If you have a newer system, you can get the 30 day free trial of Photoshop for the Creative Cloud. That's the current version. It requires, OS 10.7 or later I believe. Of course, there is that Photoshop learning curve, but it's a good product to know. If you need to use it only on occasion, it's subscription based now, so you can just pay for a month when you really need it and be done with it after that.

 

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i don't know and didn't find any CS5 versions available from Adobe, but through SketchUcation website I found full version of CS2 for download. The link is a true Adobe one. No hack, nothing suspicious, no virus. It's an old version but probably more than we need.

Currently Adobe has all the CS2 version free for download, you have to register and then it's all to go.

See provided link, be patient, sometimes due to heavy traffic you won't be able access, just wait and then give it another try.

Have just downloaded several of their software.

https://www.adobe.com/cfusion/entitlement/index.cfm?e=cs2_downloads&pid=361116

 

 

Ack, very very sorry - I meant CS2... =(

-Adam

 

Current Builds

Santa Maria - Artesania Latina (1:65) POB

MayFlower - Model Shipways (5/32"=1') POB
Blue Shadow - Mamoli Revolutionary War Brigantine. (Fict) (1:64) POB (Recommissioned as the Kara June)

 

On The Shelf Waiting so Patiently

USRC Ranger - Corel (1:50) POB

18th Century Longboat - Model Shipways (1:4) POF

La Nina - Artesania Latina (1:65) POB

U.S Brig Syren - Model Shipways (1:64) POB

 

Completed Builds

Phantom NY Pilot Boat - Model Shipways (1:96) Solid Hull

 

Decommissioned Builds
(Time and conditions were not good to these. They have been cancelled =( )

Willie L Bennett - Model Shipways (1:32) POF
USRC Harriet Lane - Model Shipways (1:128) Solid Hull

 

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