Wednesday, 27 January 2010

Free downloadable blue fade backdrops

I have a secret weapon in photographing my models - blue fade backgrounds. I've seen many people that laboriously paint these in in Photoshop after they've taken the photograph. (I did in the past.) But, why not just make one in the first place?

Take this here cool retro Ultramarines Terminator. It took all of five seconds to photograph.

Ultramarines Terminator

And here it is from slightly further away.

Ultramarines Terminator on a desk.

(Now, if I were on Warseer doing a project log, this second photograph would be entirely acceptable as the actual photo of the Terminator.)

So, rather than keep this to myself I thought I'd share it with all you lovely people.

Click the one you want below, then right click > save as. Print off on a piece of a4 paper or card, and hey presto! Mugs available from all good hobby stores.

Portrait blue fade

Landscape blue fade

Importantly, they're disposable, as my cats love walking over them when I'm not about and leaving tiny paw prints. The buggers.

Now, for any graphic design nerds out there, they look great as the colour is pure cyan. Your printed contains four inks - cyan, magenta, yellow and black - which it combines to produce any colour you care to print. But, when you mix inks it starts looking muddy. Pure mono-ink colours are fresh and vibrant.


Posted by Curis at 8:46 pm


At Thursday, 28 January 2010 at 02:04:00 GMT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is one awesome gift. Thanks!

'Plasma' Ken

At Thursday, 28 January 2010 at 06:27:00 GMT , Blogger Joe Kopena said...

The note about printing it in cyan & using a single ink color is excellent. Even with a decent amount of graphics experience, I don't have the print experience to have thought of it. Thx!

At Thursday, 28 January 2010 at 17:14:00 GMT , Anonymous Stomp said...

Full of win as always Chris! Defo going to give this a go, as I do tend to suck something aweful when taking pics of minis.

At Thursday, 28 January 2010 at 17:40:00 GMT , Blogger Max said...

Thanks for the tip!

At Thursday, 28 January 2010 at 18:17:00 GMT , Anonymous Curis said...

Cheers guys.

Joe - I only really twigged that one because I noticed all those trashy ladies magazines (Heat, Okay!, Now) always have colours in Cyan, Magenta and Yellow. They're trying their damned hardest to jump off the shelf and arrest the attention with the vivid colours. Except they all do exactly the same, so they just fit in.

At Sunday, 31 January 2010 at 22:06:00 GMT , OpenID Warhammer 39,999 said...

Hey thanks for this... I've been looking for some of these--now if I can only find a high-quality laser printer. Don't suppose you have any free copies of those laying around, eh?

At Sunday, 31 January 2010 at 23:11:00 GMT , Anonymous Curis said...

No. But if you want to pretend you have a printer like mine you simply screw up a sheet of paper crash your computer.


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