I have started messing with doing more with the metal background cutouts in the art package over using shapes to do the black areas and bevels to minimise the facer elements needed so I am hoping for some feedback on how I am doing.
The second one is actually based on by first image cut-out beveling attempt and the bevel is more profound all the way around.
Once I tried to bevel the crossed section the selection tool didn’t expand evenly and stayed closer to the inner corners but I also thought that was OK.
Thoughts welcome on the finish though (left it basic grey metal so as not to distract).
Saved myself at least 27 shapes by cutting the disc externally and got a better bevel effect in the mix as a bonus,
Looks good @rob.fisk. Your cutouts are spot on. Try to add some shadows, reflections & layers, it will add to the reallism of it. I’ve been experimenting with metallic faces recently as well & its a really changing medium. It requires so many layers or editing. I’ve got a couple up, but I’ll post the results tomorrow in a new thread.
I like them, the first one more, but maybe look better if you had some kind of Texture to the Metal cut outs?
By the way, Leading Zero TAGs are already available in the drop down list for TAGs - #DHZ# = 12 Hour TAG with Leading Zero #DkZ# = 24 Hour TAG with Leading Zero #DmZ# = Minutes TAG with Leading Zero #DsZ# = Seconds with Leading Zero.
Any idea what is wrong with this conditional statement? It successfully switches from DH to Dh but ignores the Z on both: $#DTIMEFORMAT#=24?#DHZ#:#DhZ#$:#DmZ#
Oh, I think I get it. Because the result comes out of a conditional it comes out as a raw number with no formatting. That’s annoying. Extra layer with opacity condition it is.