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This selection of pics ( or rather variants of one pic ) proves which effects can be achieved in Adobe Photoshop CS3 when working on layers.

Lieutenant Colonel Pussycat is wearing 4 different US Army uniform types, including 3 retired patterns ( 1-3 ) and the currently used one ( 4) :
1 - Desert Battle Dress Uniform ( DBDU ) used in 1980s [link]
2 - Desert Camouflage Uniform ( DCU ) , retired in 2005 [link]
3 - M81 Woodland camouflage [link]
4 - Army Combat Uniform ( ACU ) , currently in use [link]

I intentionally drew Penelope Colt M1911A1, despite it was replaced in the US Army by Beretta M92FS - I heard that the Italian 9mm Parabellum pistol is criticized for its low stopping power; besides, depicted 0.45 ACP is Penny's own weapon, not standard issue. Helmet worn by LtCol Pussycat has to be PASGT [link] .

I hope my pic illustrates the differences between those four camouflage patterns in easy-to-receive-way. Especially since I have seen people, who keep mistaking those obviously different uniforms and draw them in wrong way.

I would like to thank :iconstan4us: and :iconperreault: for advising me about the patterns.
EDIT: I modified the ACU version as :iconchicago-pd-stars: advised me. Thanks buddy ! :salute:

Penelope Pussycat belongs to PAWS Inc.
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:icon2ndtonone91:
2ndtonone91 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013
And bring back the m1911a1 I herd from my fellow reenactor who fought in Iraq said he hated the m9 beretta because of low stopping power.
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RTJDudek Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
No wonder why - 9mm Parabellum rounds lack the stopping power of 0.45 ACP.
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2ndtonone91 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013
Ucp was a poor choice for a desert camo just does not blend in well it does well in urban environments. I hear the army is researching a new camo
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RTJDudek Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
As far as I know, they're still looking for decent pattern.
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2ndtonone91 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013
Muticams work well in the desert but they don't in the jungle because it's too bright unless they had a darker variant
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RTJDudek Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
US Navy has fine-looking patterns.
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DianaKennedy Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Interesting jow tha late pattern is more similar to the 1980 pattern. The biger lines obviously did not make the job. Fine study.
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RTJDudek Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
And now they are issuing newer pattern named MultiCam [link] & [link] , originally designed for the US Special Forces ( "the Green Berets" ), currently becoming standard issue of the entire US Army.
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DianaKennedy Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Interesting. They are in constant search of the right pattern. Well, after all, a lot depends on the right camoufflage.
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RTJDudek Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Especially in hostile areas such as the Middle East or Northern Korea.
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Stubborn-Catfish Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome! I love how you do research and draw things as accurately as you can. You're interested in this stuff and it really shows! And of course, you mix the military stuff with PAWS, Inc. and that's awesome too! I love people who mix their interests like that! I try to do it too sometimes. :D
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RTJDudek Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're too kind my friend. :)

Myself I believe in simple rule "When you do something, do your best" and I'm fed up with people, who testify lies here, for example :iconlatuff2: who hates you, Americans, that much that he intentionally makes mistakes in the uniforms members of your armed forces wear. Proofs:
- [link] - I don't recall one-color uniforms are used by the US Armed forces in combat nowadays;
- [link] - looks like badly drawn Woodland BDU
- [link] - he reversed name tab and US Army tab;
- [link] - same as two first above;
- [link] - I can't recognize this pattern;
- [link] - the most obvious proof Latuff falsifies history - he drew PzKpfW IV H tank introduced in 1943 in 1941, two years before it was issued.

Sadly, people seem approving liars more than honest people nowadays.
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Stubborn-Catfish Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That's a great rule to go by!

I had never seen this guy's work before, and even putting my beliefs aside (Which are obviously VERY different from his) these mistakes are annoying. Even if I were trying to insult someone or something, I would want to get the details correct and I would honestly take someone else more seriously if they put a better effort into proper details. Many of those are just so obvious, he must have done it on purpose.

It is really sad what ends up popular nowadays.
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RTJDudek Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree what you have written above - despite I disapprove communism and its henchmen, I try drawing them as they do/did look; for example, the NKVD/KGB troops did wear dark blue pants (and same round hats ) like here [link] , as well as large colored rank insignia worn on shoulders - there are commonly available proofs for those.

I forgot to say - if you need reference for PAWS Inc. characters, I'm able delivering you those. ;)
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Stubborn-Catfish Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, I have noticed even when you draw Communists, you make a point to get their uniforms and all as correct as possible (while still making fun of them, which I love, haha!) and this is one of many reason I enjoy your work!

Thanks! I will remember that! Especially if I ever decide to draw something for you! :D
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RTJDudek Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
If you have MSN, AIM or Skype, it would help me providing reference materials for you. ;)
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Dru-Zod Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012
Great art. :) I have worn 2 and 3 when I was in. Great choice with her armed with the M1911A1.
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RTJDudek Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for comment and fave. :)
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DCLeadboot Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Some nice uniform-styles there! :)
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RTJDudek Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
All are US Army ones: three retired ( 1-3 ) and one currently used (4). ;)
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DCLeadboot Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, I often see the #4 model worn on the streets here - by USAF servicemen in the area. ;)
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RTJDudek Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Because Army Camouflage Uniform ( ACU ), how is the uniform called, has been staple US Army and USAF uniform since 2005.

Basically, those from USAF wear same uniforms like their fellows from US Army, just they have "USAF" tabs instead of "U.S.ARMY" tabs ( see Penny ) and their NCOs wear differently-shaped rank insignia than infantrymen ( officers in US Army and USAF have identical rank insignia ), also their unit patches are different ( Penny is wearing 1st Cavalry Division patch on sleeve ).

See US Armed forces enlisted/NCO ranks [link] and officers [link]
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DCLeadboot Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Heh, nice badges! :aww:
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BrunoMeles Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice job on Penelope and all the camouflage patterns she's wearing! :)
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RTJDudek Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks, if you ever need a reference for uniforms like that, feel free to use my pic as such. ;)
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Cooly-o Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This is awesome work TJ my favorite has to be the ACU, the digital camo designs look so cool, plus I wore many ACU's during my JROTC and ROTC days and I will say they are very comfortable =)
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RTJDudek Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks Gavin. :)

From those uniforms I depicted, I have own Woodland BDU and ACU; the latter is the most comfortable one from all - I'd say it's as light as normal shirt. ;)
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Cooly-o Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Your welcome TJ =)

They are extremely light, =) out of the entire ACU uniform my favorite parts of it had to truly be the boots. They don't look like they are comfortable at first, but once you put your foot in they are really cushioned, which I loved especially when we had to stand at attention for long periods of time, or when we had to do long marches either in the school parking lot during drill marching practices or my towns annual Christmas day parade =D
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CHICAGO-PD-STARS Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012
:thumbsup:
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RTJDudek Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Do You see any mistakes in uniforms I drew ?
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CHICAGO-PD-STARS Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012
Just a few minor things. The 3 older uniforms had 4 pockets on the torso, and no arm pockets. The 2 ACU chest pockets open from the center-facing side, not the top. The unit patch goes on the Velcro, on the side of the large bottom portion of the arm pocket. On the right the same and the American flag goes on the upper smaller rectangle flap of the pocket, not above. No NATO patch on US soldiers, right or left, sorry. The shirt on the older 3 is brown, while the ACU undershirt is tan. That's about it as far as anything that is, verses what might be, since there is still an influx of older equipment (IE Helmets, ICE/IBE equipment belt) still floating around stateside. Overseas, everything is clipped onto the IBA-OTV/IOTV vests, and the new ACH Kevlar helmets are mandatory over the older PASGT helmet.
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RTJDudek Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for spotting those, I fixed pockets on uniforms 1-3 like You wrote. Will be trying to rework ACU.
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CHICAGO-PD-STARS Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012
;)
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RTJDudek Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I've modified the ACU uniform as You advised me, now it should look more convincing. :)

I decided to leave her the NATO patch to make the pic match :iconeuromerica: .
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CHICAGO-PD-STARS Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
It does, well done! I noticed one last thing though. There is no rank or brigade insignia worn on the collar of the ACU's. :doh:
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RTJDudek Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Check now - I redrew her collar in the ACU pic.
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