How to Win at Dribbble(

over 7 years ago from Kelly Sutton, Product @ imgix

  • Sacha GreifSacha Greif, over 7 years ago

    I don't get it. Isn't it a lot of work to render an object this realistically, even using a photo as a base? What's wrong with acknowledging the effort?

    Or is the implication that there wasn't any extra work done and the shot is just the actual stock photo? (because it doesn't look like it…).

    6 points
    • Eric H.Eric H., over 7 years ago (edited over 7 years ago )

      In the case of the toaster, it is the exact same photo. The Dribbble'd version was then photoshopped to clean up the "toast chambers" and add the floor/shadow and logo.

      For the teapot, also the exact same photo. There was a very subtle scale on the y-axis to make it seem slightly different. If you perform a y-axis scale on it, you can make it match 100% in every detail.

      So, for those two at least, you have what appears to be mild photoshopping being presented as highly polished illustrations or renderings.

      However, the points about the community vs competition seem somewhat valid. Most of the comments are cheering sections and not constructive or useful at all. Perhaps if Dribbble introduced karma (like on HN or here) that would improve the content AND the discourse.

      Regardless, I still enjoy much of the content and surf it for inspiration from time to time. I've never been invited, so I rely on the keyword search and bypass the tabs (and commentary) altogether.

      0 points
    • Andrew LiebchenAndrew Liebchen, over 7 years ago

      I have to agree with Sasha. These seem like 3d renders. The modeling itself takes time. Setting up the model for the render is difficult and time consuming. This is skilled work, even if it is a rehash of an existing photo.

      I see the endlessly repeated shot of the glass of coffee or alcohol on Dribbble as a kind of proof of skills...just as a sculpture demonstrates his or her chops by carving stone to look like fabric, or like Giotto drawing a perfect circle freehand.

      0 points
    • Jon GoldJon Gold, over 7 years ago

      It's just dull Photoshop manipulation - I think I got jaded by DeviantArt 10 years ago though :)

      2 points
      • Andrew LiebchenAndrew Liebchen, over 7 years ago

        Did an overlay of the images, and I suppose you're right. The Bourbon glass though, that's a render...its kind of a repeated trope on Dribbble...a right of passage for talented Russian renderers.

        0 points