Resources

New Spaceship Texture PSD Templates

More clearing and cleaning out space on my hard drive… Here are two Photoshop templates I use for creating spaceship hull textures (that can be tiled) for my C4D materials. I have cleaned them up a little for public consumption. This means the layers are grouped and coloured to make sense of the template, and the detail layers are gone, because they were a bit crap, really!

The new spaceship texture templates and can be found in my DeviantArt Resources Gallery
here:
panels_and plates_2-rusty


Size: 1024 x 1024 px
For those of you working in 3D apps, I have included the Normal and Specular layers.

hull panels-merged

So, what you get are the following grouped layers:
Dirt - choice of 7 dirt layers
Scratches - choice of 6 scratches
Grunge - 2 grunge layers
Hull Lines - 3 layers that include the lines that create the hull panels. This includes one rasterised layer and the original, unaltered lines so that you can modify it as necessary
Rust Texture Overlays - 2 rust overlays for creating the classic ‘battered freighter’ look
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Panels - 4 layers containing various shapes to create paneling effects
Base Hull Textures - 3 choices of base hull texture/colour
Normal & Specular Layers - 1 each Normal and Specular layer for those creating materials in 3d applications

Besides these groups and layers, I have included a few ‘demo’ samples to show what can be done with the template.

Use : other than claiming that these textures are your work, knock yourself out with them - I hope you find the textures useful and It would be great to see how you use them in your art.

Multicolour Scifi Warning Signs - Multiple Shapes, PSD's

It seems ages since I have worked on one of my own projects - and anything scifi or 3d. All of the projects I’m involved in at the moment a bit on the dull side - but at least they pay! I’m clearing lots of stuff from my hard drive as one of the projects I’m working on involves creating lots of content including video. Thankfully, I’m able to push stuff out to cloud storage (thanks, Microsoft for 100GB of free OneDrive!)

Sifting through I found a coloured version of my Warning Signs template - no idea what I did it for and have no recollection of ever using it… It looked pretty cool though, so I spent an hour or two applying the styles to the other Warning Sign templates.  I suspect these will be more popular than the original, as these colours blend into more environments than my originals, which have a very strong identity of their own.

The new colourful templates - 6 in total - as well as the originals, can be found in my DeviantArt Resources Gallery
here:

Screen Shot 2015-05-21 at 12.38.39

Colours
Base colours always
Orange: d48639/R212-G134-B57
Green: 727e62/R114-G126-B98
Blue: 3e4e98/R62-G78-B152


Screen Shot 2015-05-21 at 14.35.50


Groups & Layers
I have updated all of the layers and colour-coded them. To minimise the file sizes, wherever possible I have removed most of the rasterised layers and left the original PS Shape layer - this also allows you to easily change the colours. However, occasionally you will find the original shape layer missing - this is where I forgot to duplicate the Shape layer before rasterising or merging the layer.

The available Layers are:
Warning Sign  - pill
Warning Oval Sign Base Shapes
Warning
Medical
ID Holders Only
Radiation,
No Access
Science
Security
Biohazard,
Scratches Dirt
Masks (alpha masks for clean and damaged)

A word about fonts
I have adjusted these templates so that the text layers use Arial Black, as both Windows and Mac machines should have this font as standard. The signs look more effective with any of the following fonts available from
dafont

Fonts
Capture_it
Coalition
Defused
Jacinto Sans
Bitsumishi
Dodger
SF Automaton

The PS Brushes used to create the Dirt and Scratches layers include, but are not limited to:
Scratches by Katrina Rempel
Grunge_Brushed_by_misstaraleexo
Grunge Notion by Blazter
GrungeBrushes3 by KeReN-R

For the Biohazard sign I used Hazard Brushes 1 by AscendedArts

Use
Personal Use
Have a ball - do whatever you want with it!

Commercial Use
No restrictions beyond checking those of the font you use.


Whatever you do with the template, I would love to see it - I had loads of fun making images with it and I hope you do to!

Riveted Hull Plates Texture - PSD Template

Hot on the heels of the starfield resources, I have been making some more hull textures...

You can find the PSD template over at DeviantArt, in my Resources gallery

I wanted an irregular riveted hull look for an image and most of the existing textures I had were rubbish - including the Total Textures scifi pack (which I have paid for twice now, and many of the textures still don’t have Normal, Specular or (where necessary) Luminance maps - more fool me!)

However, I did like the pattern of one of the textures in the Total Textures scifi, so using that as inspiration, I created this set of textures. I used a number of base source metal textures, dirt maps and so on, to get a variety of different hull finishes. I have added a choice of bump maps and Normal maps (strength, level of detail) as well as a Specular map

Size: 1024x1024 px
Colour Mode : RGB

Riveted Hull Plates

The layers in the PSD download are as follows:

Riveted Hull Dirty Grey Metal
Riveted Hull Dirty Silver
Riveted Hull Dirty White
Riveted Hull Green (was going for a sort of beat-up dropship look)
Riveted Hull Mottled Metal (this is the texture used in the sample image)
Riveted Hull Silver-Blue

Riveted Hull Bump 1
Riveted Hull Bump 2 (Strong)

Riveted Hull Normal 1
Riveted Hull Normal 2 (very strong - it’s at 30% in the sample image)

Riveted Hull Specular

For those non-Photoshop users out there, you can download the textures as a zipped pack of PNG’s here.

Use : other than claiming that these textures are your work, knock yourself out with them - I hope you find the textures useful and It would be great to see how you use them in your art.

Starfield resources

Hey,
I have posted three Starfield images in jpeg form over at Deviantart

The three starfields feature various densities of stars, from sparse (ish) to busy. All are as follows:

Size: 5400x3600 px
Colour Mode : RGB

Starfield_thumb

If you use them, let me know over at DeviantArt.

Scifi Warning Signs and Semiotics

Waiting for inspiration to strike, I have been cleaning-up my hard drive. Trawling through my C4D project files I kept coming across signs, insignia and logos I had made. I decided to pull them together into a family of Photoshop templates so that I stopped reinventing the wheel each time I needed a sign or logo and could work faster.

The Warning signs were designed to broadly fit into the same universe as my Moon/Silent Running-inspired signs.
Symbols

Colours
The base colours are always:
Yellow: eaac04/R234-G172-B4
Grey: 3f3e40/R63-G62-B64

You can download them, in .PSD form, from my DeviantArt Resources Gallery

A word about fonts
I have adjusted these templates so that the text layers use Arial Black, as both Windows and Mac machines should have this font as standard. The signs look more effective with any of the following fonts available from dafont

Capture_it
Coalition
Defused
Jacinto Sans
Bitsumishi
Dodger
SF Automaton

Groups & Layers
To minimise the file sizes, wherever possible I have removed rasterised layers and left the original PS Shape layer - this also allows you to easily change the colours. However, occasionally you will find the original shape layer missing - this is where I forgot to duplicate the Shape layer before rasterising or merging the layer.

Base Shape Layer (Diamond, rectangle, square, pill, etc)
Scratches & Dirt
Masks (alpha masks for clean and damaged)
Techy symbols (eg: Medical, Stop Hand Sign, Radiation, No Access Logo, Biohazard
Text (eg: Level, Security, Warning/No Access/Stop)

The PS Brushes used to create the Dirt and Scratches layers include, but are not limited to:
Scratches by Katrina Rempel
Grunge_Brushed_by_misstaraleexo
Grunge Notion by Blazter
GrungeBrushes3 by KeReN-R

For the Biohazard sign I used Hazard Brushes 1 by AscendedArts

Use
Personal Use
Have a ball - do whatever you want with it!

Commercial Use
No restrictions beyond checking those of the font you use.

Whatever you do with the template, I would love to see it - I had loads of fun making images with it and I hope you do to! Drop me a note on DeviantArt

Changes to the site

I have made some changes to the site and in the process taken the opportunity to move all downloads to my DeviantArt gallery. From now on, all free wallpapers and resources will be on DeviantArt only

Back From Hols, Added Resources Over At DeviantArt

So, back from sunny, beautiful Corsica to beautiful but incredibly wet Paris - it really is horrible!

Corsica is just a brilliant island; rugged inland with the most incredible mountains and a coast of lovely sandy coves. Whenever possible, my wife and I spend our May holiday there; early May is perfect as the island is still quiet. We returned to the area around Olmeto and Propriano for this visit. As ever, we took thousands of photos - and, I’m not sure why, but something triggered memories from my youth... As a teenager I was a big fan of Roger Dean and the granite rock textures as well as the shapes of the rocks themselves reminded my strongly of his work.
Campomoro - Roger Dean carved rocks - 6

...and this one also reminds of the derelict from the film ‘Alien’!! Happy

Anyway, you can judge for yourselves! I have added a selection of pictures and texture resources to my portfolio over at DeviantArt.

New Netnewswire Styles

papyrus

In my continued search for the perferect RSS style sheet, i have made two more themes for the excellent Netnewswire RSS Reader. Made with CSSEdit and Textmate, Finder Blue uses Gill Sans to display text, whilst Papyrus uses Century Gothic. As with my previous styles, both are intended to be easy on the eye and also provide ad-blocking.

You can download the themes in the Downloads & Links section.

Enjoy!

Great Cinema 4D Resources For Sci-Fo Modellers

Cinema 4D modeller and developer Michael Welter has some fantastic plugins available for free at his site. There are a range of plugins available, including a truly fantastic atmosphere creator for modelling light/planet atmosphere interactions.

Visit the site, enjoy the plugins and give Michael some donation love...