Monday, 16 February 2009

The joy of colour matching

About 6 months ago (or maybe 8 by now) I was thinking about replacing my shop in New Babbage with another build. The existing shop has been there for 2 years and except for a retexture and a replacement staircase, is essentially still the second build I made in SL.

I had originally asked Littleblackduck Lindsay if he would be interested in a building commission and he accepted but soon the tides of Victoriana took over and he apologised and backed out.

So I've been slowly doing bits where I could, carving textures and trying to get colours to match. The biggest problem with a sandstone building is that it photographs so very differently.

Compare this:

To this:

Same building. Same part of the building. But so very different in colour.

But it's getting there. In between being distracted with moving sims, building assorted pointless things and occasionally delving into RL I do a little bit here and there. I'm not the only one who has been interested in reproducing this building, but so far I've been the only one insane enough to actually try it.


Mako Magellan said...

Ah, the vicissitudes of natural light! Well, this is an excellent undertaking, Mr Pearse, and one I would dearly love to see come to fruition. I heard about it many months ago from Mr Lindsay, when we were discussing various suitable landmarks around our home town.

I have two suggestions which, I am sure, you have probably already thought of. First, simply take hundreds of photographs and select as source images the ones with the least colour disagreement. Alternatively, reduce all source images to monochrome and then recolour artificially, using eye-dropper colour samples from the original colour images.

Good luck!

Cathy and Audrey said...

Looking forward to seeing the Queen Vic building in SL :)