Favorite Movie: Forest gump, any animatated movie.
Favorite Book: The Footprints of God(Sci-Fi)
Favorite Songs: What A Wonderful World
Favorite Photoshop Tool: Pen Tool, Mask
How did you get your PSC nickname?
Ace represent number one...where I have to go. Stupid...isn't it...:D. And manoj is my name.
What is your real name and age?
Manoj Patil, BOD:14th july 1983..now calculate :P
Where are you from and what do you like best about being there?
I am from India, Mumbai. Mumbai is one of the happening, most alive, glamorous city in India.
What do you do to keep the bills paid?
Tell my parents..."hey the bills are here"..lol.
What do you do in your spare time?
Play video games, Net surfing, books reading, TV & movies.
How did you find PSC, and what do you like most about the site?
I googled for photoshop online contest...and there it was. About this site....good choppers and human beings. Very friendly & funny members.
If you could change one thing at PSC, what would it be and why?
I think advantage thingy...:)
Is there any other information about you would like to pass on?
I am physically handicapped(Wheelchaired) and a colorblind....but I know life is more beautiful then all this disabilities :) So I enjoy my life.
How many hours per week do you spend on PSC?
I come again and again to check votes and forum topics.
What other sites, not Photoshop related, do you like to surf?
Deviantart, Facebook, youtube, howstuffworks, engadget...some video game sites.
What tools do you use to chop?
I have a PC, MSI P7NGM Digital mobo
Nvidia Geforce 9800GT 512MB GPU
Intel Core2Duo E7300
4GB DDR2 RAM
WD 500GB HDD
LG 22 Inch LCD Monitor
Samsung 22x DVD Writer SH-S223F SATA
Creative 2.1 Speakers
Cooler Master Elite 330 Chassis, Windows 7 and Photoshop CS5 extended.
What gets your creative juices flowing, how do you create a masterpiece?
Not a masterpiece yet...but I have some routines. A good sleep, yoga, exercise and a good look at source image. Obviously also keep good observation around for good ideas.
What inspires you?
Observing the world around.
Do you have a system? Does a chop have to be done a certain way following steps or are you a messy chopper and just go with the flow?
I am a messy chopper....:D Sometimes I try to name layers :)
What style of chop do you prefer to create?
All source, Surreal, photo-real stuff.
Filters, brushes and techniques: Which do you use, and not use, and why?
Techniques are important....brushes are good if you use it nicely...filters are for enhancement. But proper use of all this is what I prefer...:)
When do you know that you have it just right, or is it constant changes up until, or after, you post?
I never know....for me...even if I think I have done it all...there is some flaw around somewhere. I ask for suggestions and make changes accordingly.
What is the limit to what you will chop?
No limits....but have to follow site rules :P
Are there any tips and/or tricks that you would like to pass along to less experienced choppers?
Always give importance to two things; Idea & Execution. Go through basic tutorials(Tricks, Shortcuts, Shading, Highlight, Lighting etc) of PS....use those to make your chop ingredient.
What is your favorite type of source image, and why?
Anything from which I can chop,,,hahaha. Though machines and objects are nice to work on :)
There is often talk about how the source is used and to what extent it should be. What are your views on all sources, outside source use and animations?
If all source, go for maximum use of the given source image. If idea requirement demands....go with outside source.
What is your preferred resource for outside source images?
sxc.hu, morguefile, photoxpress and Google :)
In your opinion what makes a good chop?
Clever idea & dedicated execution.
Do you have a system to get things started?
Music is always good :) But Idea is the thing which starts everything.
Have you ever completed a chop and then decided not to enter it in the contest? If so, why?
Sometime I leave the chop in middle....just stop working on it. Mostly coz not satisfied with whats being done..:(
After you finish your chop do you just post it or seek opinions of family and/or fellow choppers first?
If I am satisfied...I post it. Sometimes I go for family opinion. :)
If some one finds a fault in your work do you change it or stay with what you posted?
I try to make those changes....if I feel they are needed.
What qualities do you look for when deciding to vote on a chop?
Clever idea and at least a decent execution.
Some member prefer not to vote for filtered chops or animations. Is there any particular style/type of chop you won't vote for?
some people use already photoshopped externals of others in maximum part of there chop....and use small part of source, not even working on it. I avoid voting such chop.
Time is always a factor, how much time do you spend on a chop and how much time is too much?
A year is too much...hahaha. I take 4 to 5+ hours for a chop. I think time should be given to a chop...to refine it.
We all love to get votes. Now are you a constant vote checker or do you just let it go and check once a day? (be honest)
Constant; at least 3 to 4 times a day...sometimes more :)
What chop of yours did not do as well as you expected?
Many...as the human mentality expect more :P. But this one I think is the one.
What do you consider your best chop so far?
Not the best...but this chop bagged me a prized contest win :)
What do you consider your worst chop so far?
there are few more :(
Who is your favorite chopper out there and why?
There are many :)
What do you NOT like to see in a chop, and why not?
What is the best chop of all time?
Again, there are many :)
Do you have any other PSC related comments to add?
Very friendly, helpful site. You will learn a lot from this site :)