Sculpting Tools for Miniaturists
For sculpting and modeling miniatures, there is a wide range of sculpting tools available that work with fine details. There are some sculpting tools you may want to add to your toolkit for creating sculpt clay, polymer clay, paper clay or repair miniatures.
Let’s take a brief look at different types of sculpting tools used in miniaturists which are explained below:
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8 Best Different Types of Sculpting Tools For Miniaturists
1. Clay Modelling Tools
Wooden modeling tools are very useful for creating curves or smooth edges on items to be modeled.
These tools help you to control the curve on a 3D (three – dimensional) shape as well as cut lines in modeling materials.
2. Clay Cleaning Tools
Clay Cleaning Tools often used to clean up greenware. Different curved tools are used in working with paper clay, epoxy putty or polymer clay. They work well as sturdy knives with hard modeling material, but they also work to indent materials like polymer and paper clay.
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3. Mini Ribbon
These small loops of metal can be used to smooth curves and corners. Help you to pull out small amounts of clay or create patterns or texture. These are useful tools where you need to smooth material across an area as the looped blades can rest on the raised areas while you draw in the material to fill in the lower gaps.
4. Color Shaping Tools
Color shaping tools are used in the shaping of clay, paint, epoxy putty, paper clay and softer polymer clays. These tools can be used to move moistened paper clay or thin epoxy paste around to fill tiny gaps when creating or repairing miniatures and the larger tips will burnish the dry paper clay. This Shaping tools come in a wide range of tip styles, firmness and sizes so consider if you need soft or hard tips and rounded or sharp edges.
5. Dental Tools
This type of sculpting tools is useful for carving away flash on resin carving or castings out bits of cured polymer clay. Also can be used to create fine detail lines on items or model all types of clay, wax and epoxy putty. Sharpened dental tools used for some scraping and woodcarving. These tools use on hard substances where they will carve detail well and less effective on soft materials that can stick to the metal surface.
6. Rolling Pin
A rolling pin is used in thin layers of clay, paper clay, modeling material for casting or polymer clay. Acrylic rolling pins are such a small and easy to use.
7. Beads Tools
Beads tools are useful texturing tools for a miniature. A bead with a strong design can be changed into a miniature rolling pin by inserting a toothpick through the middle. Using beads as texturing tools allows for all types of special effects.
8. Clay Guns
Clay guns are useful for pushing out the appropriate shapes or long strings of clay, modeling material or polymer clay. Some formers work with creative paper clay. These guns generally work well with the softer brands of polymer clay. Firmer brands may need varying amounts of softener added to press out a clay shape successfully. Many shapes are too large for straight miniature work, but may be helpful for shaped sections for canes.
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Adobe Photoshop Elements 2019 version offers a host of photo automation new features that let you do the amazing with your photos. In the latest version of Adobe Photoshop Elements 2019, the first thing you will notice is the brand new home screen. New Guided edits for creating multi-photo text, partial sketch, Memes maker and text & border overlays. With the new auto creations features, choose from stylish new templates and create photo collages and slideshows generated from the content you added to the elements organizer. Also, enjoy faster performance that speeds up most of the everyday tasks. Let’s drive-in and take a look in-depth of each new Adobe Photoshop Elements 2019 version.
List of New Adobe Photoshop Elements 2019
 Dive Right in
1. Home Screen
As you delve in the application, you will see two programs icons in the screen- the home screen and the editor.
2. HEIF Support
3. Performance Enhancements
Now working with the latest Adobe Photoshop Elements 2019 version is easier and faster than before.
The following performance improvements are implemented in Photoshop Element:
- Download and Installation: Experience a faster Download and installation.
- Launch: Witness a faster launch from the Elements Home Screen.
 Guided Edits
New guided edits are new Adobe Elements and every year something new is added to the list. These new four guided edits elements show you how to load the images into text, transform a photo into a partial sketch, create a meme and place text and border overlay around the image. These creative elements are easy to use in just a few steps to give your photos a whole new look.
1. Multi-Photo Text
Design visual text that features a separate photo inside every letter. Adjust and resize the photos to make words or names that look good as wall art and on cards. Also get a choice of transparent, image background, fill color and various text styles.
2. Partial Sketch Effect
Make a unique artistic statement in your image by turning part of a favourite photo into a sketch. Photoshop Elements offers you four choices: pencil, colored pencil, old photo and old paper.
3. Meme Maker
Turn your photos into memes in just a couple of clicks you only have to type in the text and add filters, border and other elements.
4. Text and Border Overlay
Embellish special photos with text and a border is extremely elegant and easy to edit place a professional looking border around the image.
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 Stunning Creations That Reflect Your Style
1. Auto Creations
When you launch adobe photoshop elements home screen, you see guided edits and a series of auto-generated photo and video slideshows and collages are automatically created to highlighting memorable moments.
2. Easier Photo Collage Creation and Redesigned Templates
Create collages in just a few clicks and choose from stylish new templates to change the pattern or move and swap photos until you are happy with the result. Pan and zoom photos in collages and replace backgrounds, too.
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Benefits of using Adobe After Effects is its ability to create the studio 3D animation and ability to create lights effect similar to more fleshed out 3D programs like Cinema 4D or Maya. In this blog, we explain to you different types of light effect in after effects.
First Create your Composition
- Open the After Effects program and make a new composition by selecting Composition > New Composition.
- Title it “Light Effect Testing”.
- Set the Frame Rate and then click on ok.
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Creating a Light Effect
To create a light effect in after effect, we have to establish the composition. In drop-down menu at the top of the screen select Layer > New > Light. You can right-click on the timeline and select New > Light or use the keyboard shortcut Shift + Command + Alt + L.
In after effect software, we have different types of light effect in After Effects:
- Spot Light
- Parallel Light
- Point Light
- Ambient Light
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Different Types of Light Effect in After Effects
1. Spot Light
A spotlight works same as a spotlight works in real life. They cast light only in one direction with specified range, spill, width and more. It’s a single point that you can point around and point at things. Usually they are smaller, more circular focused lights that you can control how broad or narrow it is and how sharp fall off is. Spotlights are used to highlight a particular part of a frame and the rest is in black shadow with a fairly sharp fall off.
2. Point Light
Point Lights produce light from the position they are placed – like as if you took a light bulb and suspended it from a wire and used that to light frame. It’s a point light that you can move around but without added features of the spotlight. To control the point light area, you control its brightness so the brighter the point light of the scene it’s going to show you but it will start to blow out anything that is directly around the point of light.
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3. Parallel Light
A Parallel Light is a hybrid between Spot Lights and Ambient Lights. Parallel Lights is evenly distributed light across the entire composition like an Ambient Light, but just in one direction like a Spot Light.
4. Ambient Light
Ambient Lights create a universal light source across the entire composition, providing flat illumination regardless of the layer’s position. It generates lighting for the whole scene but without the ability to manoeuvre or control its cone or falloff directly. An ambient light is closely relatable to the sun, it will light your whole scene but you don’t have much control over it. An ambient light will be used often if you want to light effect to the entire frame.
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