Well for lighting effects I use the largest soft fuzzy brush, and then I brush around with it on soft light. I brush around with black when I need darkness, and then I brush around with white where I need the light source. In that specific sig, I had the background separated from the render, and the BG had the light source coming from behind Bane, so I added the lightiing in the BG, then I did a new from visible and played around more with it on that layer. For blurring, it really depends, I'm still learning though, cause I've been using GIMP for less than a year now. I usually do some effects around the sig, then I do a slight blur, then I do more effects, and then I do a final blur (or then I dont blur my sigs at all). I always blur my backround to separate them from the renders though.
That's amazing! Yeah, I use GIMP, and I've gotten used to it now so I wont bother changing over to PS. I really love your work right there, and I really would like you to join our SOTWs. The best tip to making sigs is just experimenting and making signatures. Theres no real techinque of getting better, you need to test the borders of your photomanipulation tools and see what looks good. Diversity is key, which I actually have started to lack in my past sigs : D
yeah, well dave asked a few of us to go over, and we did, but a lot (pretty much myself included) came back and rarely visit the university. this place is cool (when it works) although the numbers have been decreasing recently.