Over the past few months, I’ve become increasingly interested in shoe design, technology, and aesthetic components. Looking over the forums, I see that Photoshop seems to be the most popular application for creating final renderings.
Unfortunately, as a 17 year old, the 300-700 price tag for the program is definitely out of my price range. As I’ve begun designing over the course of the past few weeks, what more cost effective options would you guys reccomend to me for finishing off my shoe/project? I see that prisma color markers are pretty important.
Secondly, taking the advice of many here, I’ve begun working on my proportions–specifically in the basketball realm. My good friend John told me that tracing templates is a good way to get a feel for proportions. Is there anything else I can be doing?
I would just stick to doing everything by hand right now. Prisma’s, markers, pencils and pens. I think it will give you a better feel in the long run and I think it helps the computer renderings that will come later, plenty of time to learn that stuff in college.
It’s great to see other young people getting a head start. Get the jump on your future competition!
JButta - Don’t think I’ve ever met anyone that has bought a copy of Photoshop. Not that I’m promoting illegal downloading of software or anything like that, just saying They not have it at your school or anything?
Like you I’m just getting into footwear design and from what I’ve seen the majority of final renders usually tend to be rendered with markers or photoshop. Neither is the correct way, it all depends on you and what your strongest with, and what best communicates your design to the person looking at it.
If you can’t find photoshop don’t worry you’ll be introduced to that come university. So maybe focus on sketching and markers. The better you get at rendering with markers, the better you’ll be at rendering in photoshop.
When you do decide to go to photoshop get photoshop elements. It’s only $100 approx the last time I looked and I think it comes free when you buy a wacom tablet. It has everything you need to do good renderings. But for now, definitely just keep with the markers.
It took me around 5 years worth of using Photoshop before I actually bought the official program. Your high school should have a web mastering type class. They surely should have computers that have Photoshop on them.
I definitely cannot disagree with you all here…I’d rather work on the basics–getting the overall feel for proportions and quick sketches with pencils, pens (among other things) then rush ahead and try to create something that’s not necessarily wholesome.
I’ll look into purchasing some Prismas in the upcoming week.
B-Man/Yo: Thanks for showing pictures/giving tutorials on proportions. Such a simple yet implausibly important part to making your shoe perform as it should.
as for markers… if you have a michael’s near you, i would suggest looking for their weekly 40% off coupon (every sunday in the newspaper ads! maybe it’s just by me?) or wait for thanksgiving for the 70% off-ers (and long lines).
I’ve used both Paint.Net and Gimp - Paint.Net is not very powerful, and Gimp has a not-so-intuitive interface.
Im looking forward to using GimpShop [http://www.plasticbugs.com/], it was designed to mimic the Photoshop interface.