Frankening With Other Images
When it comes to frankening, most people tend to utilize the works of Mark Simmons in order to develop a design of their own. However MAHQ and other sites such as GundamOfficial, have their own types of art to utilize as well. This particular guide will explain one way of working with MAHQ's images.
People usually go with Mark Simmons art mainly because it is easier to work with; this is true. Using MAHQ-oriented images is a big step-up from Mark Simmons as they sometimes have more detail and color in them, making it harder to recolor and match parts properly. However if you follow the steps in this guide properly, you'll be pleased at the outcome when working with these images.
Step 1 - Frankening
First you choose the images you want to work with. Saving them onto your computer is an option as well to work easier; however you can also browse through the MAHQ sections just in case you change your mind about what you want to make. MAHQ has a massive quantity of artwork at their disposal, which means when you make a Franken out of this work, chances of it being different from another are likely.
Remember; MSPaint is your friend when it comes to frankening... however it does help to have another program at your disposal when working with a MAHQ image. Programs such as Adobe Photoshop or Paintshop Pro can play a well-needed part in the cleaning up and refining of images. However, you do not need them to make a franken; they just help make the turn-out of the image much more enjoyable.
The process of taking parts from other images is similar to that of the first Gundam Frankening guide in which covers Mark Simmons Art called "Franken-Gundam Artist's Manual for MSPAINT
". You cut out the pieces you want to utilize and mold them together to form your desired image.
Remember! Make sure to copy the image parts you are putting together. You want to preserve the original just in case you mess up. If you don't, chances are you'll have to start all over again.
Clean up areas where required and make sure the image you've made looks like it can blend.
You can do editting in MSPaint to make the image blend better if you want to. It also does not matter if the image has miscolored parts that do not match with each other; just make sure the limbs and body work together in unison to form a good franken. Once that is done, you may begin to recolor.
Step 2 - Outline
There are two ways you can recolor; hard, tedious work through MS Paint (Coloring it in with the fill and line tools takes ages), or you can utilize Adobe Photoshop or Paintshop Pro. Below will explain how to use Photoshop in the cleaning and editting of images (Maybe someone will be nice enough to explain the use of Paintshop Pro, but I'm pretty sure both follow the same tool concept.).
Copy the image from MSPaint and open Photoshop (The version of the program does not matter). Create the new file and paste the image in the image frame. Now comes the fun part.
To make your image blend better you should make the lines darker. Choose the "Line" tool from the side bar and set the width to 1, and choose black as your color. Just take the line tool with a steady hand and simply outline the lines on the images. You can even add lines to add more detail and give it a better feel or to fix certain portions in which could not connect before. Make sure to go through with a steady hand. If you mess up, make sure to utilize the Undo command in order to do it over again. Once its done you should have a pretty solid looking franken, even if the colors do not match. You can use different line widths for a better effect in certain areas, but it's best to stick to the default "1" width.
Step Three - Color
Now that you have a solid image to work with, it's time for the process of recoloring. When it comes to MAHQ images the images tend to be very pixely; even if the color seems like one solid color, sometimes it is compromised of more than one pixel of a different shade of that color. However unlike MSPaint, Photoshop allows you to fill in such areas with the fill tool while utilizing certain tolerances.
The best tolerances range from 20 to 40 in the case of making Frankens. If you did not outline your franken I suggest doing so, otherwise the fill might spill over into certain areas. If it still spills into certain areas even with the outline, take the line tool at its width of "1" and outline the area you wish to fill and then fill it. This will prevent it from spilling most of the time.
However, even with this sometimes the outline you have made will probably be effected by the fill, so when you're done recoloring this way make sure you go over and outline your franken one more time.
If you've followed the guide properly, your franken should end up looking something like this when it comes to coloring and outlining it properly:
(This mobile suit is made from the following images: Daughseat III, Daughtress Neo, Jenice Kai Crockas Custom, Correl and from Megazone 23, the Original Garland from Part 3. It also contains some custom additions. Editted and colored in Adobe Photoshop 4.0
If you want you can also utilize the line and fill tools in Photoshop to add custom parts to your image in order to give it a more original feel.
Remember; this is just one way to work with MAHQ images. There may be even harder or easier ways to attain the creation of a masterpiece. Always work at your own pace and have patience with your creations when it comes to frankening. It may take from hours to days to make a creation and no matter what, the end result will be satisfying to you depending on how it turns out.
: when it comes to MAHQ images, people most likely utilize various methods in editting. This is just one of those ways.