It's all our favorite day – new version day!!
I made a few custom Combinator skins for the video I produced about Reason 12 that came out today on the Reason Studios Youtube channel and while I was doing it I had this idea that I'd like to make a graphics toolkit for you guys to help you make your own Combinator backdrops.
My thinking is that there's probably a lot more of you out there who have basic layering skills in a graphics program (Photoshop or similar) but you might not have the graphic design experience to make your own 3D looking device assets like screws, panels, etc. So I'd like to build a collection of transparent PNG images that you could use as building blocks in a visual program to layer them up and create your own backdrops from the ingredients—sorta like backdrop LEGO™.
So I thought I'd do a test of that idea to see if you guys find it useful and what you might create using the individual parts I created for the backdrops I used in the video. So I went through my images today and pulled apart the separate pieces into panel elements, screws, bolts, rack-mount holes, wood, fader mounting plates, etc. It's a pretty random collection of stuff because it's just the stuff I made for my video but there's a lot of elements in here you could have fun with. There's also a few full backdrops that you could drop into Reason and add knobs and controls if you don't have the layering ability but still want to play around with custom Combinators. Those file names start with "FULL" in the folder I'll link below.
I'm looking forward to see if you guys have fun with this – and if you do want more of this kinda stuff, let me know what type of visual elements would be cool to have if I made another bigger and better Combinator LEGO set.
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/t9uxk2pk7re0 ... rbyBa?dl=0
Someone on YouTube asked for a way to "dabble" in using these graphics without Photoshop and so I made a quickie answer for him about how to do it on a mac using the built in Preview app. Anyone else lacking a photo editor but owning a mac can follow this tutorial.