Nice job In2Deep! I like your first edition better though though. Nice and bright. Just out of interest, how the hell did you do that? I presume you used Photoshop? How did you do the colour gradients? I only know how to use 5% of the features in photoshop. It would be nice to be able to use the other 95%. Stuff like this is about the limits of my photoshop know-how:
Photoshop is a [email protected]$$ progam to play with. Like you I really don't know my way around it as much as I'd like to but intend to take a class on it eventually.
To achieve the result I got above, all I had to do was remove the license plate bracket, paint the swing arm, remove the CBR logo, use the eyedropper tool to sample the red. Pick the color range, move the slider all the way over to max it out(this way everything red is selected). Goto filters and pick lighting effects, pick a base color, change lighting intensity and angle and viola you have a different bike all together. The whole process literally takes less than 5 minutes, and as you could see would come in very handy if you were going to paint a car or bike.
There are plenty of books you can pick up to help you with Photoshop... I'll be playing more in the near future and would be happy to share what I've learned if you guys would like...