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Monday 18 October - Make your own moon with Sumo!
« on: October 18, 2010, 06:35:11 am »
Make your own moon with Sumo!

To begin, get hold of a moon image that has some interesting features, especially a few smallish craters.
One way of doing this is to right click an image on the forum and choose the option that allows you to copy the image location.
I chose this one (which you can use for practice by right clicking it and copying the image location):



 1. Go to http://www.sumopaint.com/home/ and click Open Sumo Paint.
 2. On the Sumo Paint page, under File, click Open from URL. Delete the http//: already in the box and paste your copied image location.
 3. When the image opens, for ease of working, click and drag the enlarging box (bottom right corner of your pic) to get a bit of elbow room.
 4. Under Filters, scroll down to and open Light Effects.
 5. The Lighting Effects box opens in front of your image; click and drag it to one side so you can see the effects on your full size image.

From here on, all your actions will take place in the Lighting Effects box, not on your uploaded image.

 6. Click the down arrow next to the image and, on the drop down menu that opens, click Classic Spot Light.



 7. Slide (click and drag) the Ambience marker to the extreme right to make your 'space'.
 8. Slide the Tilt Angle marker to the extreme left to produce a hard outline for your 'moon'.
 9. Click the radio button on the moon shape and drag it around until you find a good looking moon.
You can change the size of your moon by sliding the Radius marker but the bigger you make it, the more edge definition will be lost.
10.Click OK when you have finished.

If you would like a bit of colour and variation, under Adjustments, click Color Balance or Gradient Map and have some fun.
In fact, click everything to see what it does. Then try out the other Filters and the Tools in the panel on the left hand side of the page.
You can retrace your steps at any time by clicking Edit/Undo or by using the Undo arrows at the base of the Tools panel.

11. When you have finished your picture, under File, click Save to My Computer, overwrite the URL in the name box with eg my magnificent moon, Save in the format you want (JPEG is generally safe), and then Close.
Upload your picture to an image hosting website (Photobucket, ImageShack, TinyPic etc), get a forum link for it and post in the Moon Gallery for public admiration.  ;D



Other online image editors that offer a free version include :
http://fotoflexer.com/  http://www.picnik.com/  http://www.pixlr.com/  http://www.lunapic.com/
« Last Edit: October 18, 2010, 08:18:42 am by Caro »

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Re: Monday 18 October - Make your own moon with Sumo!
« Reply #1 on: October 18, 2010, 06:47:26 am »
This looks like a great feature for budding artists but I got lost at step 6 - can't find the down arrow to use?

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Re: Monday 18 October - Make your own moon with Sumo!
« Reply #2 on: October 18, 2010, 07:00:50 am »
It's a small arrow at the side of the image on the Lighting Effects box.  ;)

Edit: instructions now illustrated.
« Last Edit: October 18, 2010, 07:37:28 am by Caro »

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Re: Monday 18 October - Make your own moon with Sumo!
« Reply #3 on: October 18, 2010, 07:18:40 am »
Thanks Caro - managed to finish the remainder of the steps but the final step doesn't appear to work. I click on Save and nothing happens - I expected a window to appear to show where the file would be saved but nothing happens. Clicked Save several times but nothing. Maybe it did save it but I'm not sure where!

Will play again later - looks like a great tool for image manipulation.

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Re: Monday 18 October - Make your own moon with Sumo!
« Reply #4 on: October 18, 2010, 07:35:02 am »
It is.
If you can't save your pic, make a screen grab/snip or whatever it is you do with Mac.  ;)

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Re: Monday 18 October - Make your own moon with Sumo!
« Reply #5 on: October 18, 2010, 07:43:41 am »
Solved the problem. You need to overwrite the name box with something that is not a URL address and then everything works as it should. If you leave the name box with the original url in it, it tries to save back to where the url points to.

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Re: Monday 18 October - Make your own moon with Sumo!
« Reply #6 on: October 18, 2010, 07:47:35 am »
My first image from Sumo:



Thanks Caro  :)
« Last Edit: November 17, 2010, 11:32:57 am by Geoff »

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Re: Monday 18 October - Make your own moon with Sumo!
« Reply #7 on: October 18, 2010, 08:09:05 am »
Yay! Well done Geoff.
Edit: you are right about that Geoff. I'll change the instructions again.  ::)
« Last Edit: October 18, 2010, 08:13:47 am by Caro »

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Re: Monday 18 October - Make your own moon with Sumo!
« Reply #8 on: October 18, 2010, 11:30:24 am »
My second attempt, a bit better but needs some colour:


« Last Edit: November 17, 2010, 11:33:56 am by Geoff »

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Re: Monday 18 October - Make your own moon with Sumo!
« Reply #9 on: October 18, 2010, 06:34:25 pm »
Yay! Another diversion for me. ;D Thanks for the tutorial Caro.
And for more of Caro's work - and other Lunar Artists - don't forget to visit the Gallery. ;D

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Re: Monday 18 October - Make your own moon with Sumo!
« Reply #10 on: October 19, 2010, 12:22:30 am »
I always enjoy your Moon images, Caro and now you reveal your secrets  ;D

I'm looking forward to playing around with this.

Thanks for sharing this as an IOTW, great stuff!

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Re: Monday 18 October - Make your own moon with Sumo!
« Reply #11 on: October 19, 2010, 01:51:28 am »
Nice going Caro :)  I wondered how you made those incredible Moon pics. Thanks.

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Re: Monday 18 October - Make your own moon with Sumo!
« Reply #12 on: October 19, 2010, 05:24:16 am »
 :o Now that I have a new computer I am going to try this. Thanks Caro. ;D