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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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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.
RTJDudek Jul 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
No wonder why - 9mm Parabellum rounds lack the stopping power of 0.45 ACP.
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
RTJDudek Jul 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
As far as I know, they're still looking for decent pattern.
Muticams work well in the desert but they don't in the jungle because it's too bright unless they had a darker variant
DianaKennedy 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.
RTJDudek 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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