QUOTE (jedidoug @ Mar 10 2008, 07:13 AM)
I agree about the photos. That's been the biggest challenge for me (I'm not a fan of scanned photos at all). If anyone has any suggestions for alternate photos, please let me know.
When I showed my Fleet Trooper with the blue background, consensus seemed to be that blue was not something Kenner would use, as they chose complementary colours instead, which is why I changed it to orange. If the orange bothers you, Weechee, what would you suggest instead?
Is the problem with scanned photos they are too small at a high resolution? If that's the case, you might try scanning from only particular sources... The Chronicle books are a good choice because the print resolution on the book itself if fairly high and the images are typically large. I also rely on Star Wars Fact Files as it has many obscure photos and prints common ones at a larger size (Sadly Fact Files are tough to come by here in the US). Some of the Visual Dictionary pictures are also of a decent size. Also what dpi are you producing your cards at?
When using your screen caps don't be afraid of airburshing. Kenner did a lot of that to extend a photo or to remove extraneous characters. For example, brush out the piece of Han's head on the General Riekeen card or the rebel trooper hat on Derlin's card.
For the bespin leia, shift her down some and make the image somewhat smaller so her head doesn't fill the whole width and so it is centered in the composition -- then airbrush background gaps to fill the rest of the card in. (Cloning also work well here.) At a glance, Derlin, Dag luke, and spirit obi-wan could all benefit from this adjustment.
I hope I don't sound too critical of your work. I think it's amazing. I've just been working on honing my skills at the Kenner visual and so my brain is centered on things I would do if making the cards with these images.
As for the color change on the RFT - if orange isn't working for you, red may be another option -- even a yellow could work.