Lightwave and Photoshop tutorials:

Surfacing, part one

Obligatory space vechile

2. Making panels to the wings



2.1 The alpha map

Clone the background layer.

In this new layer use Magic Wand tool to select the areas outside the object.

Fill with black. Invert selection. Expand by 5 pixels. Fill with white.

I added the white outline for you to see... umm... where's the outline ;-)

Use lasso tool to separate the wings from the hull. Fill with black.
Follow the hull outlines closely.

Keep the [alt] key pressed while lassoing to have straight lines.

Oh yeah! The wings alpha image is ready. Save it (Save copy) as grayscale iff. Done.

Next we will create some more image maps for the wings.

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