I’ll explain what I did and why. First off, you have to have an understanding of a few things. We have a good idea of what an aluminum stalk looks like. I personally have a good idea of what a “black”
casting looks like. I have a good idea of what a “white” casting looks like. And we also have white cabinets in the background. The original photo, whether from lighting in the room, camera settings, whatever, had a very blue overtone to it so I shifted that until it was more neutral. I also noticed it was slightly over saturated. I’m talking I took it down -4 on the saturation slider. I never once referenced the actual helmet in the changing of this photo, only the things I felt worked reliably as reference. This just seems like common sense stuff, to me at least..
Is it perfect? No. Is it very likely going to be different from screen to screen? Well.. very likely.
I never said it was the end all be all reference photo, just an educated guess to hopefully represent the helmet a little better. I assumed this would be pretty obvious, but next time I will explain the details to avoid confusion.
I've weighed in enough, there is a particularly snarky tone around these forums at the moment and I don't want to be part of it. If people would like to see what they want to see in order to pile on criticism, then so be it. RS shouldn't have posted such an out of whack photo.
PS: Try the curves next time, not the sliders.
The green still looks kinda rich. Needs to ne dullar.
But its still painted very well. I wish I can afford this atm.
This is just my opinion of course, but Jon has done plenty of paint jobs in the past and I've seen the praise people have heaped on him. I don't quite get why people would think he had suddenly forgotten how to paint one of these lids correctly!
Just because he has painted lots of helmets doesn't mean he cannot be wrong sometimes. We are just giving some positive feedback and criticism, take it or leave it. People need to learn to receive some criticism, it will help them to improve.
I can't see the wrong in this.
I heard there was /is a Swatch out there ....Has anyone pulled Pantone color match numbers from the hero helmet? Seem like the EFX guys would have done this. I realize that would only match the current state of the colors on the helmet, but it would still be helpful. Colors can shift hues, fade and even bleach out over years, but having been stored in a climate controlled and possibly mostly dark place may have limited some of this color degradation.