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MMD Tutorial - How to merge 2 images seamlessly by Trackdancer MMD Tutorial - How to merge 2 images seamlessly by Trackdancer
Another Photoshop layer mask technique which MMD image makers might find useful.


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Chibi IA - Mqdl/Kiyo
Summer Rin - Isao
Background image - wallpaper
Stage - Rin's own stage, it's in my gallery
Skydome - ~kaahgome
MME - serious shader on Chibi IA. (Can't remember the ones used on Rin; it was an image I did last year).
Software: MMD 8.03 / Photoshop 7
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:iconblakejx:
BlakeJX Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm still having trouble with the masks layer in SAI, as it seems to have a different concept than in photoshop, the main thing that makes it different is that you can't (Or I didn't know how) draw on the mask layer
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Trackdancer Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013
I've never used SAI so can't really comment. There might be a tutorial online for this if this feature even exists for this application.
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BlakeJX Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
There are, however all of them requires a Layer Folder in the process and none of them mentioned anything about drawing inside the gradient layer, those that does however, are about photoshop. But I somehow managed to draw in the mask layer one time, but then I don't remember how I did it, and now I'm not too sure I did
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Estherchu Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
Oh wow! I absolutely adore the way you do this! It makes it so much more interesting, and your character is so kawaii! >w<
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Trackdancer Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
Thank you; the addition of a character to introduce the material makes it a more pleasant read. Also, many MMDers are younger teens so I tend to prepare my tutorials at a level which they will find more appealing.
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:iconestherchu:
Estherchu Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
Yup, and you did a very good job! ^^
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Trackdancer Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
Thanks :)
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Estherchu Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013
Sure thing! ^^
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Chameleon-Veil Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Can I just say, the way you have the other character in there actually instructing us is adorable. Is that your OC or some other character? :3
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Trackdancer Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
That model is a chibi version of Mqdl's IA model edited by a Japanese MMDer named Kiyo. I've used her a lot in my own work as a comedic character and my interpretation of her character has become fairly well known. Feel welcomed to dig through my Anecdote Gallery for more materials that feature her, she's really funny.

Almost all of my tutorials feature at least one Vocaloid character as an instructor or subject as I think it helps people reading them to more easily digest the information.
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Chameleon-Veil Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I see. Interesting!
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Dizzyzebra Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Student Digital Artist
The character is IA, a Vocaloid 3 whose voice was provided by Lia. n_~
Here's an example of her voice:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=jAZ8G9...
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Chameleon-Veil Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ahhh, I see. Very nice. 
So do you recreate the character models for these Vocalloids, or do you have like a model that you use? o3o

If you create the models, then I think it might be cool if you made one for yourself, and that way you could have the little you-character instructing people in these tutorials~ :D Ahhh, but that's just a silly stupid suggestion. =3=
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Dizzyzebra Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Fans create the models, and they often distribute them for other people to download and use. n_n But in theory you could create a model for anyone, if you had the skills!
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Chameleon-Veil Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gotcha!
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Captain-Pyro Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
Maybe a sidenote that masks do not display everything that's covered under black on the mask and shows everthing that's white. including every greyscale inbetween
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Captain-Pyro Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013
uh yeah, i know how it works ... that why i wondered if you haven't mention it on purpose _
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Trackdancer Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
Well the way it works is that:

- black blocks out everything
- white reveals everything
- and the greyscale dictates the percentage of what is viewable

This should be obvious from the illustrations in the panel; but to do it full justice really requires a separate tutorial on gradient overlays (which are very powerful in themselves).
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TwinkleTwinkleNova11 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
Well, this will be useful. Thanks. :D
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:icontrackdancer:
Trackdancer Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
YW _ glad you found it useful :)
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TwinkleTwinkleNova11 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
Coming back to this deviation, WOW! This one got famous really fast.
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:icontrackdancer:
Trackdancer Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
Took me by surprise too. It was really done for :devOkazakiTomoya97: who wanted to know more about layer masks.
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TwinkleTwinkleNova11 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
Ah, yes, I know him. He seems to be really interested in advancing his skills. 

Still, I'm awed by how this one managed to get so much attention. 
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GM34 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
A most definite keeper! Will try and do this for sure :D
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:icontrackdancer:
Trackdancer Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
Ah, if we could only do this for our tax returns ... :D
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justcatx3 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome tutorial thanks!
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:icontrackdancer:
Trackdancer Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
You're very welcomed. :)
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DG-H Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This could even help modders I'd Oblivion and Skyrim, as all not basegame body textures have ugly seams. If they woul use this and change the picture in the background with a skin colored one and do so for as well body as head, no ugly seam would be granted O_O
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Trackdancer Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013
Alpha-channels and layer masks are used a lot in creating quality texture maps for 3D models.
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DG-H Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know, the point is that the head+neck and the body has diffrent textures, and mostly these don't flow over nicely, so you get a line between them:
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Trackdancer Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
That's just sloppy modeling.
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DG-H Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No, when using betesdas original textures, there is no problem, and the fact is are seperated parts is cause you can custumise the face (so you can make a character however you like to to look), while the body must be abel to chance while wearing armor (for reducing polygron counts body thats covert in armor doesn't need to be on the model). The most esy way to make these two option work is to seperate the meshes. The original textures of Betesda are fine, and there is no problem with these so called neck seams.

Another reason why betesda Softworks does this is so they don't need to make a body for every female. In these game, no person looks the same, while in games where the body is atached to the head, there are a lot of people with the same aperance, cause else you'll have to make a new body for all characters, wich is to much work (please note that there are more ten thousand persons in these games. You can literally walk over the entire county and swim to some islands). There are diffrences in bodies by a weight slider (make (in female bodies) a body having more roundings, for males I don't know), these way not all characters will have the same bodies, even trough they use the same mesh. Clothing and armor are also adjusted trough this simple slider. Only some beast (like wolves, dragons of the same type ect.) or races that look far from humaly (wich aren't playable, you can only fight them) usde the same meshes and do use one mesh for body and head.

Point is there are many body mods, changing the body in a new shape (mostly for breast or butt engament), however they make a new map for this body, and don't make it flow over into the head texture. There are also mods that chance the texture of the body and face for a special body mod type, however they still use a neck seam. The original game has no problems, it are the mods. As I sayd modders of Oblivion and Skyrim could use this.

Non modded Skyrim character: hwikicheats.gametrailers.com/im...
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Trackdancer Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
So the images you showed me are made from rips of the game?
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DG-H Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No, there made in game, but with use of bodymods, a mod that chances the mesh of the body to one more of there like, mostly one with bigger breast and butt. Also a mod that chances just the textures on the base game mesh can cause this.
It are the moddifications wich cause this, but these are in game, no rips.

The ones I showed are made in a game with mods. The last one I showed are without mods.

Thats why I sayd modders could use it, to let there textures flow over. in eachother, as betesda's do.
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Trackdancer Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
Nope, I don't think that's the problem. If it works properly on Betesda's models it's probably because there is a procedure to adjust the model's texture to any customization done to them. Modders would run into the problem you stated because they don't have access to this procedure. So they are basically working with raw textures as opposed to the corrected textures that the Betesda models have.
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YuukiZetsumei Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This has been a problem for me owo Thank you ever so much for this tutorial!
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Trackdancer Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013
YW :)
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Joey1058 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'll have to try this!
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Trackdancer Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013
It's easy to do, works on irregular shapes as well.
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