Episode 15 Tiny Signs

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  1. gormo

    gormo Staff Member Administrator

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    G`day Folks,

    This week we are back at Gormo`s computer screen for a little demo about how I make my own little signs.

    There is not enough time to go into it comprehensively so this is just a fairly simple example. Signs can become more and more elaborate by adding content to them such as logos or pictures and also you can build up layers of backgrounds to create multiple edges in different colours for the sign.

    As I say....there`s not enough time to do this subject in depth, however if anyone has any questions please feel free to ask.

    Enjoy the demo.

    Direct Link to YouTube



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  2. Toto

    Toto I'm best ignored Staff Member Founder Administrator

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    Hi Gormo,

    A pretty comprehensive coverage of making tiny signs there. Very clear and a pleasure to watch.

    cheers

    Toto
     
  3. ianvolvo46

    ianvolvo46 Staff Member Moderator

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    You're a really useful engineer Gormo I'm inspired to have a go now thanks.

    Ian :tophat:
     
  4. Gary

    Gary Wants more time for modelling.... Staff Member Administrator

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    Excellent Gormo. :thumbup:

    Have you attempted to add rust stains/streaks to your signs ??

    Cheers, Gary.
     
  5. ed

    ed Full Member

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    Absolutely brilliant :thumbup::thumbup::thumbup:

    Well done Gormo.

    LibreOffice Draw is exactly the same program and I didn't know you could use the plus key to zoom in, I've been merrily clicking View and Zoom :facepalm:

    The only niggle I have, is that when you zoom in the grid dots become almost invisible.

    Ed

    PS How on earth do you find the time to do all these videos :confused:
     
  6. gormo

    gormo Staff Member Administrator

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    Thanks Guys,

    Gary.....no I haven`t tried rust or stains but it could be done with weathering powders I guess. Any liquids added to the sign would make the ink run I`m guessing.????

    Ed....there is another way that may help you with the grid problem. I don`t have Libre installed at the moment so I hope it`s the same as Open Office.???

    On the top menu...click on VIEW and then click on GUIDES and then DISPLAY GUIDES.

    Then click and hold on the ruler on the side of your page and you should be able to drag a GUIDE LINE across into the work space and position it where ever you like. Same applies to the top ruler and you can have as many guide lines as you like. You can line up the guide lines with the markings on the rulers a bit like marking out a box shape on a piece of wood with a ruler and pencil.

    The guide lines can help you determine the size and position of a shape you want to insert into the page. For example two guide lines on the top ruler set at 10mm and 20mm respectively followed by two on the side ruler set at 10mm and 20mm respectively will create a box area on the page where all the lines intersect.

    Time to do the movies becomes less and less the more you do. I usually have the story line in my head. No script....tried that....doesn`t work for me....as you can probably tell with all the ums and ahs and pauses. Most times now I get the footage in one take and the sequences usually are shot in the order that they appear. So editing just means some trimming at the beginning and the end of each sequence and slapping it all together. I usually post them up on Friday Oz time but I have had times where on Friday morning I still haven`t got a clue what I`m going to do????

    Makes life interesting sometimes....:avatar:

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  7. Gary

    Gary Wants more time for modelling.... Staff Member Administrator

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    I was more or less thinking along the lines of printed rust, whilst rendering the signs in Open Office, perhaps via 'paint' or a similar program... ;)

    Cheers, Gary.
     
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    Hi Gormo

    Got the guide lines, it was the grid I was having problems with seeing.

    Maybe LibreOffice is a bit different, as I know OpenOffice used to be the default in Ubuntu but they changed to LibreOffice a few years ago.

    I've actually answered my own question (by searching a bit) and going into Tools - Options - Appearance and changing the Grid colour from the default of grey to black.

    [​IMG]

    I could see the darker dots at the corners of each of the 5mm boxes, but the dots at 1mm intervals in-between were too faint when zooming-in.

    OK now they're black and you can draw lines or boxes to the exact millimetre if you have snap to grid on.

    Ed
     
  9. gormo

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    G`day Folks,

    Gary.......good idea:idea:

    You`re right of course.......a paint program would allow you to simulate rust. I know in Photofiltre there is a spray can tool that mnight work. ????....I`ll have to fool about with it and see what comes of it.

    Ed.....well done old son.....answered your own question. Actually I never knew that, so I`ll have to go into Open Office and see if I can change the colour too. My grid would be grey I reckon and difficult to see when zoomed in.

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  10. Davoetype

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    Hi Gormo

    I have been keeping this episode under close notice for a while now as sooner or later I would have to face the signage issue with Dargan. Me and computer software are not great compatriots but as Dargan has reached the stage where the main station needs to be detailed, well here we go.

    It took me quite a while to come to grips with the layout but eventually I was able to get the grid under control and understand its principles.

    Once done, I started to experiment with sizes, colours, borders, etc. The range of applications is quite astounding when you actually think about things. Station signs are now complete as well as all the others that need to be created. "Dargan Community Hall" "Post Office" Police Station" Dargan Public School"

    Heaps to go yet as many of the buildings are still only thoughts.

    But many thanks for a very useful and necessary addition to modelling techniques.

    Cheers

    and happy modelling

    Richard
     
  11. Toto

    Toto I'm best ignored Staff Member Founder Administrator

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    Let's see some of your signs then. :thumbs:
     
  12. gormo

    gormo Staff Member Administrator

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    No worries Richard,

    Glad you got it sorted and had a good result,

    As Toto said........post`em up and give us a look at them.

    :thumbup::thumbup::thumbup::thumbup::thumbup:

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  13. Davoetype

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    Well a sign by itself is just a sign but when it is part of a layout posting, then it has some meaning. New post on Dargan is to appear shortly and that will include the first run of the new signs.

    Cheers

    and happy modelling

    Richard
     
  14. gormo

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    OK Richard,

    Fair enough........I`ll pop over and have a look.....:thumbs:

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    Just a handy hint. If you right click on the fonts you have typed, and select convert /to curves. You can then make the font any size you like.
    Check out you tube for a tutorial on other amazing things open office can do.
    Phil 🤓
     
  16. Davoetype

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    Thanks Phil and Gormo. Just now I am very happy that an ageing PC hatred can actually get this process working and whats more to actually adding far more value than I first thought. Just need a couple of sign supports to complete the next Dargan post.

    Cheers

    and happy modelling

    Richard

    PS A shop building model I put together a while ago had a sign on the front reading "Hugo's Corner Store". Guess what..it now reads "Davo's Corner Store"
     
  17. gormo

    gormo Staff Member Administrator

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    Thanks Phil,

    Good information there.......I`ll check it out....:thumbs:

    And Richard.......you are now personalizing your layout.........well done....:thumbs:

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