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Loki
January 3rd, 2008, 11:11 AM
The Graphics Rating Thread

This is the new Graphics Rating Thread. The old one can be found here (http://pokecommunity.com/showthread.php?p=3220645&posted=1#post3220645).

This time, we’ve laid down a few rules to keep things a little more organized, so let me explain them to you!

IMPORTANT NOTE:
Should your post not follow the rules mentioned below, that post is subject to deletion, without you being notified beforehand.

Rules

1. This thread will work somewhat like “The One Above” game. This means that you must rate the banner posted above your post in order to get yours rated. If the person above you did not post anything to be rated, then consider yourself lucky! You got a wildcard! If there is nothing specified to be rated in the post above, then go ahead and pick any banner to rate. However, you MUST RATE at least one banner!

If the person above you has neglected to rate the banner above their post, then you can feel free to ignore their post as if it didn’t exist, and rate the banner that they failed to rate.

If you have more than one banner/icon/etc. to be rated, then feel free to post all of them. The person under you will only be required to rate one, but you might get lucky and someone else might rate a different one later on. At this point, you can utilize the new repost banner rule and repost the ones that didn’t immediately get rated.

If you wanted to rate a banner other than the one above yours, unfortunately, you’re still going to have to rate the banner above yours. But, once you’ve rated that one, then feel free to rate as many others as you like!


2. Re-Posting a Banner? Do it, by all means! Because of the new layout of this rating thread, it’s perfectly fine for you to repost a banner. However, don’t go overboard, because we really don’t want to have to rate the same banner over and over again.


3. Do not mini-mod. It is highly unappreciated, and if I see you doing it, it will be considered as spam. Use the report button at the upper right hand corner of the post that is violating one of the rules instead, please.http://pokecommunity.com/images/templates/pcpro/blue_buttons/report.gif


4. Follow all Graphics & Photography (http://pokecommunity.com/showthread.php?t=113719)Section, and Pokecommunity (http://pokecommunity.com/showthread.php?t=91723)Rules. This includes the Commenting rule, and saying just “I love it!” or “It looks great!” will be considered spam.


5. You have no idea how much it helps to put the username of the owner of the graphic you’re rating before your actual rating. Even putting something like, “Pikachu Banner” helps us discern who you’re talking to. It saves us all a world of headache, so please, do it. This is not required, but it would certainly help if you’re rating multiple banners. It's okay to quote the banner in order to help us better see who it is you're rating.


6. You are allowed to post; Banners, Wallpapers (please put these in a link), Renders, Stamps (if they're smaller stamps, please post more than one), and Icons/Avatars. If you have a different type of graphic to be posted, please PM me beforehand and ask. ^^


7. If you can't handle criticism, then you probably shouldn't be here. Be respectful, and grateful that we take our time to rate and comment on your graphics.

8. You are allowed to respond to comments directed to your banners without rating things in return, but ONLY if you have nothing to be rated, and are simply replying to a comment on a banner that you posted previously. This will not be counted as spam, we will simply skip over your post if you choose to do so.

9. These rules will be subject to change. (Especially during the beginning. I will post when I change something.)

Wow, that was longer than I thought it would be. If there’s anything confusing, or if you have any questions/suggestions/comments please PM Loki (http://pokecommunity.com/private.php?do=newpm&u=15186).

So, I'll begin;

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v243/Kaiyoseila/Darabanner.png
This is a banner made for Vanilla Kitsune. It's somewhat old, but I was really pleased with it when I made it, and I'm still really pleased with the way it turned out. |D

Live in Color
January 3rd, 2008, 11:20 AM
@ Xenocrates: It's a really nice banner! It all matches perfectly and it's not too overdone. I really love the effect you put into it! 10/10.

As for my banner, it's pretty basic and I made it fast, but for some reason I think it looks pretty good.

http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj223/Relyt-kun/Ed.png

Loki
January 3rd, 2008, 11:23 AM
Relyt; It does look good! I'm not too big a fan on FMA, but the effects on the banner are really nice, and the abstract in the background really fits well with his metal arm. As for the text though, you should try something different from an outer glow sometime, because it's a bit hard to read. The blending is awesome, although the yellow-blue parts on his hair aren't quite so... awesome. xD; It's still really nice for a blending job though. The border needs definite work, you should fiddle around with border color, thickness, and placements. ^^ The color layers (?) on top of the render work really nicely as well.

I ran out of banners I want rated, even though I really wanted to rate this FMA one. xD

Live in Color
January 3rd, 2008, 11:32 AM
Thanks Xenocrates. I don't really know what more effects I can do to text, I'm so bad with texts... do you know any good tutorials, or simple things to make it look good? (And where do people get those "X"'s in their signatures... is it a brush or text)

Anyway, here's another one made a while ago. I don't know how long ago it was, but I like the background, the text, not so much. I suck at texts. xD And the border is extremely thick, ignore it. Lol.

And I don't have anything to rate so... I'll rate your current banner Xenocrates, it's amazing and the text is outstanding. 10+/10.

http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj223/Relyt-kun/4thSigcopy.png

Shadez
January 3rd, 2008, 12:31 PM
even though i suck at rating things(mostly because it really has to suck if i don't like something ) i will still give it a try

so 9.9/10
everythings is perfect in my eye
only one thing i don't like
the text looks a little plain ive you look at the rest of the banner
but as you already said
I suck at texts(so do i by the way :P )
so i'll give you that one

now for something else
can't you post avatar's it was allowed in the previous thread if i'm not mistaken

i hope i can with avatars cause i got kind of a question with them
take my current avatar for example. i just cut a piece out of my banner
but now i think it's to boring (not that my banner is brilliant but still)
so is there anything i can do with it

Comic Tragedy
January 3rd, 2008, 01:05 PM
Okay, so I made this sig a while back but I still want it to be rated.
http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k284/andytoe/Renjisig.jpg

And this is my sad attempt at making a sig on gimp.
http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k284/andytoe/Angel.jpg

Ignore the black please, that is an accident, and I messed up on the saving and I cant change it now.....

Oh yea and in reply to Relyt's Signature:

Good job, your background fits so well with your render it almost doesent need any blending. And in my opinion the text placement couldnt be better. Just to give the sig more efects I would add a clipping mask layer

evilcheese
January 3rd, 2008, 01:11 PM
@El capitano - the top one looks a little empty. nice text and a resize, maybe a nice c4d would look good on it. the bottom one looks blurrrry

http://i217.photobucket.com/albums/cc3/chimchar59/salamence.gif

just made it a while ago couldnt decide for the render. i should make another banner out of the render becuse i had to render it myself

BreD
January 3rd, 2008, 01:20 PM
Good job on the thread rules, it's gonna help alot ^^

@El Capitano
7/10
I like the Renji sig, alot.
It would be so much better if you extended the (what i'm expecting to be) smudging.
Because it's abit empty.

The second one is good for gimp, but it's kinda basic.


Improvements could be made to both alot, but i guess these are quite old, and i personaly, can't stand going back on sigs i've already made.


EDIT:
Aaaah evilcheese posted whilst i was typing that... >_<


Ok
@Evilcheese
7/10
Like you said, it's a nice render. I don't realy like the text... i think it would be better with no glow, like your current sig.
And a light source nere the focal would be nice imo :)

Momoko
January 3rd, 2008, 04:04 PM
nice job on the rules i like this thread way better now :)

@evilcheese-it looks good,the render blends in really well and you did a nice job of rendering it,but again the text stands out (like mine >.<) but i can tell u used to eyedropper tool to get salamance's colors for an added effect..9/10

@el capitano-the first one looks rather plain it's about 60%just filled with grey, but i like how the render matches with the other half of it. 8/10 and for your second one i'll ignore the back, but it's wayyy too light, it hurts my eyes to look at it! But still the background was nicely made and again the render matches,good job.8.5/10.

@relyt-like i said in my pm...zomg i luv it! I like how you used a color balance to make the render match, the text sticks out like you said but it also looks really good placed where it is, and the green brushes look really good on it to give it an added effect. anyways 9.5/10 the reason you don't get a 10 is because there's a random part of red..that puts me off..

okay i made these last night i'd like to get them rated, i know their not so good tho >.<
http://img223.imageshack.us/img223/4733/narutosigds7.png (http://imageshack.us)http://img223.imageshack.us/img223/1300/tsunacopyrj8.png (http://imageshack.us)
http://img229.imageshack.us/img229/2681/obitowv0.png (http://imageshack.us)http://img86.imageshack.us/img86/9673/sasukesigcg3.png (http://imageshack.us)

Yea,i abuse the XXX too much :D. Sorry if i missed anybody,im just too tired to do them all thx to relyt for helping me rethink m,y style

Loki
January 3rd, 2008, 04:15 PM
Sasuke; OMFG TSUNA! (In Dying Will form!) O_O I must rate this one.

Well, my resolution is kind of squished, so I don't know whether Tsuna looks normal on a regular resolution or not, but he does look a bit squashed up to me. I don't know for sure though, so I'll disregard that. xD

I really like this banner of yours! The reflection behind him is really nice, although it stands out just a tad bit too much. The text is good, but you should've added something to the right of the whole banner for it to be more balanced/even. Maybe a little decoration to match the text deco's on the left. Can't say I really like the stroke on the text either. I'm not fond of stroke. xD;

The texture is alright, though it stands out a tad too much. Background is excellent. ^^

The border doesn't fit very well though, it's too bright at the bottom. You should've tried a gradient border, that would've gone really well.

This is a really good banner, considerable improvement.

Your first banner, of Naruto looks good too, though I can't really get in the mood to rate it. xD; Blending is perfect as is the color scheme/layers and background. The text could use a bit of work, but eh.

You've improved a lot in little time. ^^

(The ones underneath aren't quite as good in my opinion, but I'll leave that for some other time. xD)

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http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v243/Kaiyoseila/Kanda2.png
There's no border because this was an alternate version I ended up not using. So please disregard that. xD;

Live in Color
January 3rd, 2008, 04:24 PM
Sasuke; OMFG TSUNA! (In Dying Will form!) O_O I must rate this one.

Well, my resolution is kind of squished, so I don't know whether Tsuna looks normal on a regular resolution or not, but he does look a bit squashed up to me. I don't know for sure though, so I'll disregard that. xD

I really like this banner of yours! The reflection behind him is really nice, although it stands out just a tad bit too much. The text is good, but you should've added something to the right of the whole banner for it to be more balanced/even. Maybe a little decoration to match the text deco's on the left. Can't say I really like the stroke on the text either. I'm not fond of stroke. xD;

The texture is alright, though it stands out a tad too much. Background is excellent. ^^

The border doesn't fit very well though, it's too bright at the bottom. You should've tried a gradient border, that would've gone really well.

This is a really good banner, considerable improvement.

Your first banner, of Naruto looks good too, though I can't really get in the mood to rate it. xD; Blending is perfect as is the color scheme/layers and background. The text could use a bit of work, but eh.

You've improved a lot in little time. ^^

(The ones underneath aren't quite as good in my opinion, but I'll leave that for some other time. xD)

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http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v243/Kaiyoseila/Kanda2.png
There's no border because this was an alternate version I ended up not using. So please disregard that. xD;

Can you guess who taught Sasuke_Darkness a tutorial? xD

And I really love that banner Xenocrates, the text is amazing. Is that heart a brush? Either way I give it a 10/10.

Edit: Crap forgot this.

http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj223/Relyt-kun/Winry-Banner-Chikara.gif

Momoko
January 3rd, 2008, 04:27 PM
Thx but actually it was a gradient border that's why it was a little too light at the bottom. That was a really bit rating O.o

anyways i'll rate yours.

@xeno-wow..10/10, it's simple,text doesn't stand out,and really cute! Seriously i don't think there's much you could do to improve this,except maybe some light scanlines?and the dot effect is good also..

aww,what the hey, i'll rate relyt's too..

@relyt-ok well not much to say about this except that it really matches with his metallic arm. The brushes are also really nice. the text doesn't stand out much but you could have lowered the opacitya bit..the stroke looks good on it also,and the black outer glow. nice job 9/10

evilcheese
January 3rd, 2008, 04:44 PM
@xenocrates - like i said in the other thread it looks awsome, especially with the scan lines. i especially love how you put the little icons next to the text.

@relyt- the lightning background is interesting and the animation as well. idk about this one.

@sasuke - i dont want to rate all of them but they do look awsome. the way you used a little text gives it a nice effect.

rate please, used relyts tut with my own touches

http://i217.photobucket.com/albums/cc3/chimchar59/mario.gif

Momoko
January 3rd, 2008, 05:07 PM
@evilchess-i like the somewhat matching text, and the animation is cool but *sigh* it's still the same style you always use so..6.5/10 :/

Hazuki
January 3rd, 2008, 05:09 PM
Rate pweese? X3

http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n164/SoulEternity01/rukiacrying-banner.gif

http://img112.imageshack.us/img112/9512/catbannerkp8.png

EarthsVisitor
January 3rd, 2008, 05:27 PM
Rate pweese? X3

http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n164/SoulEternity01/rukiacrying-banner.gif

http://img112.imageshack.us/img112/9512/catbannerkp8.png

I might be harsh. ><
The first one: 5/10
The animation feels out of place. The right side feels like a completely different part of the signature. I like the left side, but as it goes right, it gets worse.

Second one: 6/10
Yet again, the right side of the signature feels compeltely out of place. It's cute, but it doesn't really flow, and the small text is poorly positioned. It's pretty good though. ;)

I present these 2 for rating.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v129/UltimaDargon/Dirk123.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v129/UltimaDargon/Pikachu-1.jpg

Xoo
January 3rd, 2008, 05:27 PM
Rate pweese? X3

http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n164/SoulEternity01/rukiacrying-banner.gif

http://img112.imageshack.us/img112/9512/catbannerkp8.png

The first one is kinda depressing, but it's really good.
~9.5/10
The second one is good, but a bit too pink for me, but that's probably just me. ;P
~9.8/10

I'm thinking about using one of these two in my sig. Could someone tell me which on is better?

http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii198/Raisuken/lb4.png

http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii198/Raisuken/lb2.png

Loki
January 3rd, 2008, 06:26 PM
Hazuki; Read the rules, won'tcha please? <_<

Myokai; Well, I like the second one, but the little text that says "7 letters got me this" is unappealing enough that I prefer the first one. The second one without the extra text would be my say.

Anyway- Those scan lines are really really ouch. The brushing (The blue brushing) is cute, as is the render, but the scanlines are way too obvious, and you need to lower the opacity... a lot. :/ The white brushing is over the top though, especially the part that covers the render in the second one. I'd say the first one with white text instead of blue text would be a nice banner. A border would be good for this one too, especially since you added scanlines.



Update; Edited stamps into the graphics allowed to be posted.

Rena
January 3rd, 2008, 06:56 PM
Xenocrates ;; AHahaaa free card :3. But still i'll rate yer signatureee. 9.9/10 - I really like it a lot the render and textures are super-cool as well. I gave subtracted the .1 because yer so much pwner then me ;; im jealous xD.

Even though I don't like this one ;;
http://i103.photobucket.com/albums/m155/Jelliebeanies/Banners/asukaa.png

Loki
January 3rd, 2008, 08:40 PM
Hmm, this banner definitely calls for a re-size Miki-chan. xD A little less on the sides, I'd say. The c4d in the back is alright, and though the blending is a bit hard to notice, it's there. This particular banner is just screaming for a border though, as there's no white on the edges.

There's something about it that sets me off too though. I can't really place it. :< It might just be that I don't like the render itself? I don't know. xD

I liked your Dei-Dei banner a lot better. :D Because that banner was like, omfg-amazling-beyond-amazling.

No waez Miki-chan, jealousy? You have no idea how long it's been since you had that Dei-Dei banner, and you have no idea how much I'm still writhing in jealousy over it. xD That was like, the unsurpassable banner. <3 Thank you though, ISN'T THE STOCK THE COOLEST THING EVER?!?

Just might clear this up guys, but I didn't make the background. *fish'd* The whole banner is just one big stock with me adding a bunch of effects on top.

Anyway, I'd like this banner to be rated please;

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v243/Kaiyoseila/Angel-Orb.png

I told myself I'd let it stay only in my showcase, but I like it too much. xD The border is white, FYI.

Illusion~
January 3rd, 2008, 09:00 PM
@ Xenocrates:

I'd rate the siggy a 10/10. I like the fact that the single point of light is slightly off-center. When I looked at the whole thing my eyes went straight to that point. I also like that the little orb of light seems to light up the whole sig. Finally, I simply like it because I can't make any graphics that well yet, so to me your sig looks that much more good. Well done! ^^

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Could someone please rate my stamps?

http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c345/Omega24/hauntstamp-1.gif
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c345/Omega24/kyubistamp-1.gif
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c345/Omega24/toadstamp-1.png
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c345/Omega24/luigistamp-1.png

Any advice would be helpful! Oh and btw, I didn't animate the sprites on my own, but I did all the imagery effects myself though ^^;;;

RYOUKI
January 3rd, 2008, 11:14 PM
For me to like, subscribe to this thread, I'm gonna rate-y rate-y.

Xeno-san: The Banner is a bit huge, I think you should shrink it a bit, also I think the image is off, a low-quality, so yeah. :/

Illusion~: The Haunter and Naruto one is pretty good, but then... the last two is like blurry. Low Quality Image = Not very good.

EDIT~ness: I was making random banners when I saw this cool image. I made a banner out of it, I'm positive about all, but the text.

http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa48/Ryouki-kun/Themes/tengenluren.png

Momoko
January 4th, 2008, 03:03 AM
Ugh i am SOO not in the mood for this but i need my banner rated >,< oh well..

@ryo(duh)-it's another one of your amazing grafix i luv the pic and how/where the render is placed. You could have added some more effect,or at least more of a background but still it's really nice. about the text,i was searching like a min for it i was like "wth where is it"and then i finally found it..i think you should make it a tad bit bigger because it looks looks another one of those small flying pieces..soo 8.5/10 kuz im feelin nice that i made this awezome graphic...
http://img220.imageshack.us/img220/4337/itachisig2copyvg2.png (http://imageshack.us)
it's the coolest and most complex-iest grafik ive made so far and i luv it :)
ratings??

Tapioca
January 4th, 2008, 07:00 AM
Illusion~ - I think those are really cool! I've been seeing them around a lot lately, and- *shot* I like the Toad one. Mostly because Toad is by far the AWESOMEEST MARIO CHARACTER EVAH. Srsly. But anyway, I think they're really cool so 8/10 (some of them were just a little fuzzy 'tis why)

Ryouki - It's really pretty go the eye, but I didn't even notice there was an ARM over there. The blending is great, but a little TOO great (this problem probably has something to do with the fact that I just briefly glanced at it.) The colors flow nicely, and the text is pretty good. I'm not a huge fan of pixelated fonts but it fits nicely kinda.

9/10 because the only things I found wrong with it were personal opinions XD

Sasuke_Darkness - THAT my friend... is hawt. The brushes in the back kinda sorta fit the image, and the outer glow on only one side looks nice. Yes, that is the coolest and complexiest banner thingy I have seen FROM YOU <33 9.5/10

http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c369/Teresa113/HINAHIKUBANN1.png
And I have one that needs rating. Every time I tried blending Hinagiku in there it looked really really... bad ._.
And that brush with the big X of WIN is the brush I'm currently attracted to, so expect to see it again in the near future~

evilcheese
January 4th, 2008, 05:14 PM
Ugh i am SOO not in the mood for this but i need my banner rated >,< oh well..

@ryo(duh)-it's another one of your amazing grafix i luv the pic and how/where the render is placed. You could have added some more effect,or at least more of a background but still it's really nice. about the text,i was searching like a min for it i was like "wth where is it"and then i finally found it..i think you should make it a tad bit bigger because it looks looks another one of those small flying pieces..soo 8.5/10 kuz im feelin nice that i made this awezome graphic...
http://img220.imageshack.us/img220/4337/itachisig2copyvg2.png (http://imageshack.us)
it's the coolest and most complex-iest grafik ive made so far and i luv it :)
ratings??

i like it probably the best sig you ever made nice job!

For me to like, subscribe to this thread, I'm gonna rate-y rate-y.

Xeno-san: The Banner is a bit huge, I think you should shrink it a bit, also I think the image is off, a low-quality, so yeah. :/

Illusion~: The Haunter and Naruto one is pretty good, but then... the last two is like blurry. Low Quality Image = Not very good.

EDIT~ness: I was making random banners when I saw this cool image. I made a banner out of it, I'm positive about all, but the text.

http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa48/Ryouki-kun/Themes/tengenluren.png

ooh dats kinda awsome! it has a nice effect but a little more blue on the side will look cooler.

Illusion~ - I think those are really cool! I've been seeing them around a lot lately, and- *shot* I like the Toad one. Mostly because Toad is by far the AWESOMEEST MARIO CHARACTER EVAH. Srsly. But anyway, I think they're really cool so 8/10 (some of them were just a little fuzzy 'tis why)

Ryouki - It's really pretty go the eye, but I didn't even notice there was an ARM over there. The blending is great, but a little TOO great (this problem probably has something to do with the fact that I just briefly glanced at it.) The colors flow nicely, and the text is pretty good. I'm not a huge fan of pixelated fonts but it fits nicely kinda.

9/10 because the only things I found wrong with it were personal opinions XD

Sasuke_Darkness - THAT my friend... is hawt. The brushes in the back kinda sorta fit the image, and the outer glow on only one side looks nice. Yes, that is the coolest and complexiest banner thingy I have seen FROM YOU <33 9.5/10

http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c369/Teresa113/HINAHIKUBANN1.png
And I have one that needs rating. Every time I tried blending Hinagiku in there it looked really really... bad ._.
And that brush with the big X of WIN is the brush I'm currently attracted to, so expect to see it again in the near future~


its cute is what i can say. add some text and you got a nice lookin sig




made two versions of this one:

http://i217.photobucket.com/albums/cc3/chimchar59/gyrados.gif

this one the render stands out.

http://i217.photobucket.com/albums/cc3/chimchar59/gyrados2.gif

this one is with the gradient map on the render.

Tapioca
January 4th, 2008, 05:26 PM
Hah I had to come back ._.

evilcheese - I like the both equally. The colored one pops out at you and doesn't look bad, and the other one blends in nicely. I like the effects too, they look nice ^-^ 10/10

http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c369/Teresa113/GOKU1.png

^I finished this like... 30 seconds ago.

Illusion~
January 4th, 2008, 06:14 PM
@ Chikara:

10/10, even though the font style isn't really my favorite ^^; I do like the alone/gloomy mood of the sig, and I think that the boy having little bat wings and the choice of background really makes him seem like even more of an outcast. Well done ^^

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I just made my first ever avvy and siggy set a few minutes ago, so I would like it rated. I did it in the stamp-style, since I'm really into stamping now ^^;;

http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c345/Omega24/tailstmpavvy.png

http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c345/Omega24/tailstmpsig.png

*Note-I did everything on paint except for the fading effects..

Pikabloo
January 5th, 2008, 06:58 AM
Ryouki;; [I'm rating yours cause I feel like it (and it sort of stood out the most as I just scrolled down the page) >.>] MAI GOODNESS ME D: That's probably the best banner I've seen from you as of yet! And where'd you get that image? I can't get any decent images from Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann anywhere. Anyway, that's a really great banner. Very nice lighting, and the colours are really lovely as well. Although, as you have said, the text is a bit meh. Also, the left side is looking a bit empty. More effects would look better, I think (maybe make those flow-y red things which look like C4Ds stand out more) and there's a little scribbly thing at the bottom right-ish section of the banner. But that's definitely one cool banner ^^

Illusion~;; I think I'm going to focus on rating the banner ^^ The stamp style is, er, interesting, I guess. It looks a bit pixely if you look at it closely, but it definitely helps with the cartoon-y look of the banner. I sort of don't like the placement of the image, though. I'm not into banners where only the face of the character is visible. Also, the vector-ish circles in the background stand out more than Tails, since the image's opacity is low. Oh, and the text colour makes it stand out way too much... I like the font used though ^^ And that's it? I think? o.o

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Cause I didn't get many comments about this banner from the previous thread, I'd like it rated/commented on/whatevered, please~

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b39/Pikabloo/Banners/yuichibanner.png
[I know it's empty on the left side, and I don't really need to be told about that time and time again D:]

And I'm going to post this one as well, because I love it so much >.>

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b39/Pikabloo/Banners/abstract2-2.png

Shika
January 5th, 2008, 09:03 AM
And OMG. Why do I have to rate yours?
Um yes. As it's in the rules,
Shiranui: (xD) The first one is awesome. I'm guessing that you used clipping masks on the flower brushes? And the greenish lighting from the right side of his shoulder is awesome yeah. Text would be nice too.

For the second one, yeah. I already commented on this one I think... But I forgot about the text part, I would like it more if the text is a little bit more on right as I can barely see 'l'

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Teh newest one, I haven't made one in ages.

http://img28.picoodle.com/img/img28/4/1/5/f_ChibiIchigom_248a903.png

The busiest banner of me ever. I personally like it more without texts.

evilcheese
January 5th, 2008, 12:00 PM
@shika-kun - its so freakin awsome! is it a double border because it looks really cool. although if the render was an actual person it would kinda match with the background. but looks cool anyway the coloring and eberything



just gonna post a wallpaper made two versions

http://i217.photobucket.com/albums/cc3/chimchar59/desktop2.gif
http://i217.photobucket.com/albums/cc3/chimchar59/desktop.gif

BreD
January 5th, 2008, 02:08 PM
@Evilcheese
I preffer the red one alot more.
The spiral thing is very cool, The colours go well, and the the lighter red for the lightning adds to the wallpaper greatly.
Personaly i preffer simple wallpapers, and ones with nothing behind where my icons are, but this one is an exception ^^
http://img220.imageshack.us/img220/3623/lflowv2sigqk7.png
I tried to make a copy of my Sasuke sig... it didn't turn out as well...
But it's still good.
Also i know i used the same render as my latest sig, it's 'cause it rocks.

Live in Color
January 5th, 2008, 02:28 PM
@BreD: L is the best. I like how the text is, but I think it should be more visible. The parts of the background that are dark could use a bit of work, but it still looks good. 8/10.

I'd like this rated please.

http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj223/Relyt-kun/EdElriccopy.png

Made with Shiranui's tutorial.

EDIT: Nevermind, rate the one in my current signature since this one does not have a border.

Pikabloo
January 5th, 2008, 04:29 PM
Relyt;; Hmm... The spatter brushes are a bit too 'droopy'. I guess it simply looks quite odd. I think spatters with more defined edges would work better. And the colour of the spatters to the right of the banner looks a bit odd, and doesn't really match the rest of the theme. The light source is in the right position, but I think that the yellow-ish orb on his automail should have been moved so it's on the shiny bit of his arm, since it looks like there are two shiny bits O_o Oh, and the pink light source makes his forehead stand too much xD The text effects are... Meh-ish :| A more simple text style with block-ish font would have worked, I think, but I don't know for sure. Oh, and the border is okay, but a plain white one would look better, in my opinion ^^

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Aaaah, I forgot you can ask wallpapers to be rated xD Okay, I have two:

The Law of Ueki wallpaper (http://www.fileden.com/files/2007/6/17/1183898/ueki.jpg)

Abstract wallpaper (http://www.fileden.com/files/2007/6/17/1183898/courage.png) (kind of O_o)

Warning: they're quite big xD

Satoshi Sugimori
January 5th, 2008, 05:05 PM
Will some one rate my banners please..
Theyre in the spoiler.
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff150/poke-roy-new-start/Design/homersig2.png

http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff150/poke-roy-new-start/Design/homersig.png

http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff150/poke-roy-new-start/Design/gotgoldsig.png

Momoko
January 5th, 2008, 10:59 PM
ok *big breath*

@poke-roy- for the first one, it looks really plain and could have dont without the outer glow on homer,the rest looks fine though and i like the font (also matches really well) so 6/10 for plainess

for ur second one, the outer glow seems more appropriate and has less of a plain background it's the same style as the other one, though, what appears to be many gradients all over it..7.5/10 bekuz of a better background

for ur third one- wow! I really like it but again its that same style which is getting boring now-it would have looked better without it, imo. anyways try adding more effect instad of the "X" default brush and the shiny gradient type style..anyways 8.5/10 for this kuz it was done a lot better.

id like to get this rated
http://img138.imageshack.us/img138/9559/sasukeshipudensigmd3.png (http://imageshack.us)
took me about an hour and im happy with the outcome :) rate please

Pikabloo
January 6th, 2008, 12:22 AM
-ignored-

DD:

Anyway...

Sasuke_Darkness;; The render is uber cool, but it looks like it's been stretched out horizontally, and it looks really odd. The blue effects on your banner are pretty interesting but are sort of pixel-y towards the left side of the banner, although the rest of the background looks okay. The render needs more blending with the background, since it sticks out a bit too much, and the colour choices for the background and effects are sort of strange. Oh, and the text sticks out a bit too much as well. And there's a bit too much empty space, due to the length of the banner.

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Hmm... Rate my latest banner, I guess:

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b39/Pikabloo/Forum%20Sets/nekubanner-3.png

I kind of fell in love with the outcome, but I dunno.

Momoko
January 6th, 2008, 12:31 AM
another failed experiment...ok here goes

@shiranui- it looks really cool and the render somewhat matches with the background. The effects coming from the bottom look really cool, but the balls of light would look better with a lowered opacity imo.i also like the colors u used for your background...the text here does stand out a bit but it looks really good altogether. Nice job!

Shika
January 6th, 2008, 12:32 AM
@Shiranui: I like it. Nice render positioning and light source. A lovely done Clipping Mask-ed Text and decorating. Even though the border would look better if it is with gradient. Good job~
I was going to rate everything with just a word 'Nice' xD

People, Please rate my Ichigo banner again? xD

http://img28.picoodle.com/img/img28/4/1/5/f_ChibiIchigom_248a903.png

EDIT: I was beaten. The rating above was to Shiranui.

Utami
January 6th, 2008, 02:04 AM
@Shika-kun

The right side doesn't blend well into the left side. I think you overdid it on the effects. All those extra effect really take your eyes away from the focal point.

BreD
January 6th, 2008, 05:58 AM
@Shika-kun
It's great ^^ But the right side would look better on lower opacity.
I like the squares in the background, it adds to it nicely ^^


I made this after seeing Shiranui's pentool tutorial, just to test it out.
I put a swirl round his arm.
http://img521.imageshack.us/img521/6295/superpunchsigcopymi1.png
A mini sig~!

Loki
January 6th, 2008, 10:20 AM
Poke-Roy, read the rules before posting again. You will also recieve a PM detailing exactly what you missed in case you overlook this post. ^^

BreD; It looks really cool, though it's hard to pinpoint what it is. xD; The lighting is a bit too strong for my tastes, but the text is awesome, the pentooling and motion blurs are great, and the border is extremely well executed. Overall, this is a really good banner, even though I can't see much more of the render than the fact that it seems to be a sprite from a fighting game.

Shiranui; I love your banner. o_o The floating orbs are great, and everything flows in the right direction. The render's position is great, and the shiny explosion thing at the bottom fits perfectly. The border actually makes me think of like, a movie film strip. xD It's really cool. And the text! I envy your text skills like no other. :< The positioning is perfect and everything looks balanced. I give you an honest 10/10, because there's no doubt in my mind.

As for your Law of Ueki wallpaper, I love the cut-out effect, especially how it's not just a white cut out, but there's also a sort of drop-shadow black one. If you know what I mean. xD I think the flowery brushes don't really go with Law of Ueki art, but they look alright in this sense. However, the guy on the right, between his head and arm is like, a triangle thing of black. It probably wasn't intentional, but it looks really weird. xD; Just thought I'd point that out.

Shika-kun; Hmmmmm.... It's great, and I think it looks fine without text, but the problem here is, if you're not going to use text, don't make a spot where text would sit really nicely. That makes it feel as though something is missing. I'm referring to those white lines on the right. You probably should've lowered the opacity on the stars and arcs in the upper right hand corner, because like Utami said, they take the focus away from the render. (What's worse is that they don't even consist of the primary colors of the render, so it feels a little out of place.) I don't really like the border myself, but it doesn't detract from the quality of the banner overall. I like the checkered brush/(MOSAIC?!) in the back, it's a really nice touch. ^^

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In the meantime, I have another banner that I don't really like very much. It was just me trying out the effects of my tutorial on a stock that didn't have entirely warm colors, to see if it would work. xD;; In the end, I had to add a texture on top because it looked too dark. *fish'd*

There's no border, because I don't add borders to things I'm not planning on using. xD; And for all you people who don't read, it's a stock, so if it isn't obvious, I didn't make the background. xD;;

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v243/Kaiyoseila/Fans.png

Live in Color
January 6th, 2008, 10:24 AM
That's really cool Xenocrates! I love all the little hearts you put near the text. Your texts are always so great! The image is really cool too! And did you make that background or is it a stock? It matches so well! 10/10!

I'd like my banner rated please. I haven't added a border yet.

And Shiranui, I love that Law of Ueki wallpaper. Got one in 1280 x 1024? :P

http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj223/Relyt-kun/EdwithC4Dcopy.png?t=1199643611

Michii
January 6th, 2008, 11:13 AM
To be honest, Relyt, I don't like that banner D:
The image is spectacular though. Did you do anything with the levels and balances?

The Text though is eww. I don't like it. You really should try going on Dafont or something. I'm not a fan of the text inside the lined box. The brushing is ok I guess, but it doesn't match the image well and there's not much difference with colors. What I would do is have some red involved to give it more balance. Right now it just looks like it's... IMAGE. BANNER. TEXT. There isn't much transition between the three.

Live in Color
January 6th, 2008, 11:32 AM
To be honest, Relyt, I don't like that banner D:
The image is spectacular though. Did you do anything with the levels and balances?

The Text though is eww. I don't like it. You really should try going on Dafont or something. I'm not a fan of the text inside the lined box. The brushing is ok I guess, but it doesn't match the image well and there's not much difference with colors. What I would do is have some red involved to give it more balance. Right now it just looks like it's... IMAGE. BANNER. TEXT. There isn't much transition between the three.

1) I did do stuff with the levels and balances.

2) I DO use Dafont...

3) You have no idea what you're talking about since there is absolutely no brushing involved.

Can I please have someone who knows what they're talking about rate it?

Loki
January 6th, 2008, 11:58 AM
Can we please take criticism in stride? That was not okay.

If you can't handle the potential comments you might get, then don't post it. D: Simple as that. Adding a rule on that.

I agree with everything she said. The dashed box for the text is kind of too stand-outish, and you should've lowered the opacity of the back of the box. (The tan color). Also, there is one thing I disagree with Michii about; I really don't like that image at all. Dx It looks like Ed got a really bad sunburn. You should dodge around his face or something. The aloe of photoshop. The c4d doesn't blend with the render, nor does it really match since the render is kind of sandy and the c4d is metallic, and there's really no blending at all. No blending, to me, is applied best and only when the background is vector-ish. The scanlines would also be better if it incorporated Ed, instead of just the background. I think the font is fine, but the dotted box really takes away from the focus. The empty spot in the text box bugs me a little too. And by brushing, I believe Michii's referring to the background, the darker bits over the tan, which I also believed was brushing before you mentioned it wasn't.

I don't know if I "know what I'm talking about" but don't be so rude. If you don't like the comments, just ignore them. Adding fuel to the fire really only gets you in hot water, so unfortunately the next time you act so rudely towards another member in the G&P, I'll have to give you an infraction.

And no, I didn't make the background to the banner I posted, I said it was a stock, not a render. xD But thank you for the compliments.

EarthsVisitor
January 6th, 2008, 03:52 PM
Okay, no one posted in front of me, but I will go back to a sig I wanted to comment on.


Hmm... Rate my latest banner, I guess:

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b39/Pikabloo/Forum%20Sets/nekubanner-3.png

I kind of fell in love with the outcome, but I dunno.

Now don't get me wrong. It looks, pretty good. Not amazing, but pretty good. Generally better than the stuff I make atleast.
My only peeve is that this looks so clique. Now for this forum, it might not be, but I've been to many Graphic Websites, and staff of many. I'm not that good, but.
This is unoriginal. I've seen sigs like this thousands of times. It almosts look like you got this idea straight from a tutorial.
Maybe you didn't, but still, you should develop your own style.
I might be completely wrong, you might have never seen a sig like that before, but that is my opinion.
And please, I'm really not trying to start a fight or insult you at all. You got skills, I can see that, it's just what I see in that signature, particulary.
:)
<3

and for the next rating I give:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v129/UltimaDargon/HandMouth2.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v129/UltimaDargon/HandMouth.jpg

And just to show, that I can be unoriginal and clique too. Here's a typical signature:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v129/UltimaDargon/TeryakiVer.jpg

Live in Color
January 6th, 2008, 06:32 PM
Okay, no one posted in front of me, but I will go back to a sig I wanted to comment on.



Now don't get me wrong. It looks, pretty good. Not amazing, but pretty good. Generally better than the stuff I make atleast.
My only peeve is that this looks so clique. Now for this forum, it might not be, but I've been to many Graphic Websites, and staff of many. I'm not that good, but.
This is unoriginal. I've seen sigs like this thousands of times. It almosts look like you got this idea straight from a tutorial.
Maybe you didn't, but still, you should develop your own style.
I might be completely wrong, you might have never seen a sig like that before, but that is my opinion.
And please, I'm really not trying to start a fight or insult you at all. You got skills, I can see that, it's just what I see in that signature, particulary.
:)
<3

and for the next rating I give:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v129/UltimaDargon/HandMouth2.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v129/UltimaDargon/HandMouth.jpg

And just to show, that I can be unoriginal and clique too. Here's a typical signature:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v129/UltimaDargon/TeryakiVer.jpg

One kid spazzes and everyone worries. xD

But anyways. I owe a personal apology to Michii and everyone who had to see that. I'm truly sorry I'm just having a bad day, I should not have taken it out here. I'm happy for being warned because I know that because I'm not feeling good, others shouldn't need to see it. From now on I make a vow, I will not do that ever again and, again, I'm sorry.

Sorry for all the sorries, but I felt it was necessary.

Don't worry, this post is not spam.

EarthsVisitor, is that a hand coming out of a mouth?! That's really freaky, and looks odd, but I love the way the signature blends altogether. I can't really read the font though, but just because I made few parts of it out, I found out it was your username. Although it looks creepy to me, it's good. 8.5/10.

The second one is awesome. I love the sort of dissolved effect you gave it. And the colors are really well done. 9/10. Again though, the font is hard to read, the EarthsVisitor text.

And now, don't worry, I'm ready for it.

http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj223/Relyt-kun/Hitsugayacopy.png

Be as harsh as you please. No talk-back from me, I promise.

Loki
January 6th, 2008, 07:01 PM
Don't worry, I don't need to be harsh this time... -as- harsh. xD

- I don't like how Hitsugaya's skin is the same color as the background. Dx I think just lowering the Saturation would've helped the color scheme a lot better.
- I don't like the text positioning. I don't know if you do this or not, but I put every word of my text on a different layer, so that I can move them around wherever I please. The text should flow a little more diagonal to conform to his arm or something.
- I don't like how the

+ The brushing is cool, especially the way you positioned it.
+ The brushing helps blend the render very nicely.
+ Though it could be lowered a little more in terms of opacity, I like the reflection of the render.
+ The border is alright, since the colors fit.

And, just clearing things up you weren't warned. You got a verbal warning, which means I was just telling you not to do it again. The new infraction system forces me to send a PM, so I'm sorry if that was confusing. xD; If you do it again, THEN you'll get an official infraction, which is the equivelant of what used to be a warning.

I know, it's confusing, and I don't really get it myself either. xD;; Just, bear with me while I sort out which words to use for warning and verbal warning.

(The reason I gave you a yellow-card infraction though is so that if Sorano see's you doing it, she won't be like, "Oh, first time. I'll just tell him not to do it again." Or something like that, y'know?)

Uryū Ishida
January 6th, 2008, 08:09 PM
@relyt (since xenocrates didnt post one and i wanted to rate relyt's)
9.5/10 for me =P i like how you used your strokes..did you use luminance on your render?
i don't know much about the text but i reckon its fine there..but im not much of a critic am i?

heres one i did..this is my first ever proper banner (one that i didnt copy a background for)
http://i15.tinypic.com/7ws876d.png
Please go as harsh as you want..im still learning and i want to be better so i really need constructive critisism...BTW i thought i'd let you know that i made this in GIMP

Shika
January 6th, 2008, 09:10 PM
@Demedian: I don't know if the render was bad or you used Dissolve (I don't know if there's one in GIMP), the render didn't blend in the background IMO
For the background, some places are bright and some are really dark. I don't like the 'silence' text too.
@Shika-kun

The right side doesn't blend well into the left side. I think you overdid it on the effects. All those extra effect really take your eyes away from the focal point.
Shika-kun; Hmmmmm.... It's great, and I think it looks fine without text, but the problem here is, if you're not going to use text, don't make a spot where text would sit really nicely. That makes it feel as though something is missing. I'm referring to those white lines on the right. You probably should've lowered the opacity on the stars and arcs in the upper right hand corner, because like Utami said, they take the focus away from the render. (What's worse is that they don't even consist of the primary colors of the render, so it feels a little out of place.) I don't really like the border myself, but it doesn't detract from the quality of the banner overall. I like the checkered brush/(MOSAIC?!) in the back, it's a really nice touch. ^^
Hee Hee. Agreed. I accidentally clicked on the canvas while I chose those stars =O And I thought it was on the new empty layer. >D Because I had to go, so I just saved it. When I continued, as you can see. It's there like that. D: I tried to smudge or blur that, but both failed so it's there xD For the brush, it's not checkers, it's like silk ribbon texture or whatever. I lowered the opacity to make it look like what you guys can see now.

Uryū Ishida
January 6th, 2008, 09:29 PM
@Demedian: I don't know if the render was bad or you used Dissolve (I don't know if there's one in GIMP), the render didn't blend in the background IMO
For the background, some places are bright and some are really dark. I don't like the 'silence' text too.


Hee Hee. Agreed. I accidentally clicked on the canvas while I chose those stars =O And I thought it was on the new empty layer. >D Because I had to go, so I just saved it. When I continued, as you can see. It's there like that. D: I tried to smudge or blur that, but both failed so it's there xD For the brush, it's not checkers, it's like silk ribbon texture or whatever. I lowered the opacity to make it look like what you guys can see now.
@shika-kun then render was noised..like i did with the background i thought it would make it blend..as for the light and dark places its like that because i used a gradient but i didnt think it would be like that..as for the text..what dont you like about it?

RYOUKI
January 7th, 2008, 01:32 AM
Relyt: Wow, For some reason... I wanna use it! Can I? -got KO'd-
The Banner is great, the gradient maps are awesome! I <3 it! <3333
BUT, Edward doesn't blend well, that's the problem with your banners.

EarthsVisitor: The Banners is good and certainly blend well, but then... it's too blurry, I can't even stare at it without having my head tilt.
Maybe go to Filter > Sharpen > Sharpen?

Relyt (again): The Text, doesn't match. Toushiro's charcter doesn't blend well with the banner, AND~ the text is... yuck. I'm sorry, but then. I don't like that banner very much.

Demidian: The Banner is good, but then I think you should make the image more uh, bigger, and yeah... I didn't notice there was a text in there. :/

Okay, enough criticism from a crappy person, please give criticism too. (Nothing Personal)

http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa48/Ryouki-kun/Request/zeldaone.png

My Latest banner by request, I sort-a like it, and sort-a not.

Pikabloo
January 7th, 2008, 03:04 AM
Now don't get me wrong. It looks, pretty good. Not amazing, but pretty good. Generally better than the stuff I make atleast.
My only peeve is that this looks so clique. Now for this forum, it might not be, but I've been to many Graphic Websites, and staff of many. I'm not that good, but.
This is unoriginal. I've seen sigs like this thousands of times. It almosts look like you got this idea straight from a tutorial.
Maybe you didn't, but still, you should develop your own style.
I might be completely wrong, you might have never seen a sig like that before, but that is my opinion.
And please, I'm really not trying to start a fight or insult you at all. You got skills, I can see that, it's just what I see in that signature, particulary.
:)
<3

and for the next rating I give:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v129/UltimaDargon/HandMouth2.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v129/UltimaDargon/HandMouth.jpg

And just to show, that I can be unoriginal and clique too. Here's a typical signature:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v129/UltimaDargon/TeryakiVer.jpg

Aah, it's alright. Any comments about my graphics are welcome ^^

I am aware that it looks un-original and totally not unique, seeing as I did just use a tutorial for this (I should have stated that in the post), and I have seen a bunch of banners similar to it in different graphics forums. But compared to most of my other banners, it is a bit better. And I guess I haven't even developed my own style of banners yet. Anyway, thanks for the comment.

And I think I'll rate your banners, just because xD

The first two are definitely awesome. Grungy and gruesome, I like it ^^ I prefer the second version, since it better highlights the focal point, and it looks like it's coming from the darkness xD The background is really nice with the spatters and everything, oh, and I especially like the colour choice. Definitely matches the whole theme of the banner. The text blends into the background a bit, which is okay, but then creates a gap in the banner. But over all, it's cool. It looks like it's missing something, though...

The last banner... Yeah, I can see why you say it's unoriginal. Regardless, it looks pretty awesome. The text looks quite good on this banner, and that veil of mist-type stuff is cool. But it looks like there's a fire coming from in between his arms/guns. I don't know what it is, but it looks sort of strange in some way. Lighting is good, colours are nice, and I like the floaty-spotty things o.o

Ryouki;; Oh, I wonder where you got that style from >.> Eheh. The main thing I don't like about it is the fact that the rendering is really rough, mainly towards the right side. I can see white-ish stuff around the edges. The flow of the background goes against the flow of the image D: But it doesn't look too bad, I guess. The orbs look really strange and, er, strange. You should have varied the sizes of the orbs more. Oh, and the C4D thing at the bottom right corner should be erased... And the text needs work. Are you using anti-aliasing on it, so it doesn't look too block-ish?

Uryū Ishida
January 7th, 2008, 03:56 AM
@ evrybody
i edited it taking ppls advice its in me siggy i still like the text recommend me one and ill use it though =]

Live in Color
January 7th, 2008, 04:02 AM
Guess I get a wildcard.

@Ryouki: I love the link banner, it's awesome. A few things though, it looks like there isn't another side of his sword near the hilt. For like the purple bat wing part that's supposed to stick out. The yellow spots seem a bit overdone on it. It still looks good though. 7.5/10.

@Demidian: The background is awesome, but the render looks like it was dissolved into it. If it had of just stayed normal without any effects it still would've looked good. The text is very nice and the silence part blends extremely well with the background. You used Visitor font. xD But yeah, try to not make the render blend too well into the background. 7/10.

Anywho, completely out of my style, here's one I made for Chikara. I made her a Winry banner and it looked kind of funny to me because I tried a whole new style. So I decided to make a better one, and in my opinion this one looks waaay better.

http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj223/Relyt-kun/Chikaracopycopy.png

Please rate.

EDIT: Now that I look at it some more, I'm thinking if I should put more of an effect in the background.

EDIT2: Demidian, now that I see your signature, it's not dissolved anymore, and it looks amazing. Good job! Just do it to your avatar now. :P

Shika
January 7th, 2008, 09:11 AM
@Demidian: I don't like it because it's font. Not because of your placement or whatever xD

@Relyt: I like it. The text positioning and decorating. Even though I think you often use outer glow effect. The brushing is nicely done, but it will look better if you lowered the opacity for the ones near the render's face. And I guess you used a 2 color border which is a no IMO. Anyway, well done ^__^

- - -

This is my newest one.
I used 2 space wallpapers which my friend gave me and i blended them. Brushed over them. But I like the Text most even though positioning sucks.

http://img31.picoodle.com/img/img31/4/1/7/f_Pachicopym_b9ec63d.png

Comic Tragedy
January 7th, 2008, 11:14 AM
@ Relyt: Thats a pretty nice banner you got there! Cho Kawai! Um the lighting and text placement is great. But the floral brushing is very good aswell. NICE JOB!!!

@ Shika-kun: I love the space background, and would love it even more if you made all of it yourself. But one thing that isnt clicking with me in this sig is the blending of your render. other then that everthing is pretty good. The text, I like alot, although it is not placed perfectly. NICE JOB!!

Okeydoke I made this yesterday, it is my first ever vector.
http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k284/andytoe/BapeVector.png
I randomly decided to vector bape.... here is the original image.http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k284/andytoe/bape-ape-skyblue-blue-shoes.jpg

EDIT: And I just made this! http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k284/andytoe/Shakugan.jpg

Loki
January 7th, 2008, 01:39 PM
El Capitano; I love it! :O Though the lighting doesn't seem all too perfect in terms of the whole banner and the way it looks overall, it's definitely a nice touch. I've never been too big a fan on the whole 'yellow-ish' skin thing, but all the effects look really nice. I don't really like how the brush or whatever is outlined on the left side though, it's kind of... pixelly? Yeah. ^^; Is that a c4d on the right side? (It's really cool. xD)

Demidian; I actually really really like that text. xD I think it's a little odd how the reflection sort of cuts off randomly, but I think the font and positioning is awesome. The noise was indeed, pretty bad. xD; I agree that the noise did help the render blend, but you should've erased any noise over his face and body, and kept it strictly to the edges. Now it's not blended at all, and though it's nice to be able to see the render, it's kind of tacked on. xD; It's not terrible overall though. ^^

Live in Color
January 7th, 2008, 01:44 PM
El Capitano; I love it! :O Though the lighting doesn't seem all too perfect in terms of the whole banner and the way it looks overall, it's definitely a nice touch. I've never been too big a fan on the whole 'yellow-ish' skin thing, but all the effects look really nice. I don't really like how the brush or whatever is outlined on the left side though, it's kind of... pixelly? Yeah. ^^; Is that a c4d on the right side? (It's really cool. xD)

Demidian; I actually really really like that text. xD I think it's a little odd how the reflection sort of cuts off randomly, but I think the font and positioning is awesome. The noise was indeed, pretty bad. xD; I agree that the noise did help the render blend, but you should've erased any noise over his face and body, and kept it strictly to the edges. Now it's not blended at all, and though it's nice to be able to see the render, it's kind of tacked on. xD; It's not terrible overall though. ^^

Not trying to bother you or anything Xenocrates, but would you please rate mine? xD

@Shika-kun: I love that sparkle effect, those are brushes that were used to do that right? It looks amazing. The background looks cool too, kind of multicolored and different shades of blue. Pachirisu is so cute too!

@El Capitano: The banner is really good! I love the anime character, looks really cute. The text could be in a better position though. I love the color though!

EDIT: I made another one from within the time I posted this, and now. I'd like it rated please. :D

http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj223/Relyt-kun/BestFriendscopy.png

And an avvy to go with it.

http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj223/Relyt-kun/BestFriends.png

Comic Tragedy
January 9th, 2008, 01:36 PM
@Relyt: Hokay this is a pretty sweet banner. I love the white brush that you used, that is now glowing. And I also think the vector brush you used under the render is sweet. Why did you take it out for your signature?

And here is a sig I just made. I bet it is kind of obvious I am trying to make c4d banners right now.
http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k284/andytoe/Gaarapwnage.jpg

Live in Color
January 9th, 2008, 02:15 PM
@El Captaino:The light positioning is much better than your last signature. Looks like a great signature! Text would be nice though.

9/10.

I don't know why I took the brushing out, but I'm making another banner to use soon.

EDIT: I can't really put it quite right, but something feels wrong with the banner I made, I'd like to get some criticism on it to what I could do to make it better.

http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj223/Relyt-kun/HitsugayaLovecopy.png?t=1199918745

evilcheese
January 9th, 2008, 03:28 PM
@relyt - idk, the render is a little weird. the background is interesting. the render would be better blended rather than outer glow.



mine:
http://i217.photobucket.com/albums/cc3/chimchar59/gaara-1.gif

Uryū Ishida
January 9th, 2008, 09:25 PM
@everybody: thanks for the replys =) ill edit my avvy after....do you mean when behind the render it hasnt got a noise to it? i dont know why it did that.

Rukia Kuchiki
January 10th, 2008, 12:16 AM
@El Captaino:The light positioning is much better than your last signature. Looks like a great signature! Text would be nice though.

9/10.

I don't know why I took the brushing out, but I'm making another banner to use soon.

EDIT: I can't really put it quite right, but something feels wrong with the banner I made, I'd like to get some criticism on it to what I could do to make it better.

http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj223/Relyt-kun/HitsugayaLovecopy.png?t=1199918745

There's nothing really wrong with your banner. But it might be that Toushiro doesn't match the background colours?

Uryū Ishida
January 10th, 2008, 12:21 AM
HEY HEY HEY....@evilcheese: i cant really criticize that much..because i love it! 9.9/10
the 0.1 was for the text i can hardly see it(dont worry i need to work on text too).
well heres mine i hope you like (GIMP ALL THE WAY!)
http://i13.tinypic.com/8683p0p.png

BreD
January 10th, 2008, 11:21 AM
7.5/10...
I like the light thing that's sort of leaking out of him! :)
It's not very clear what it is on a first glance but i realised it was Cloud after looking again.
I would be so much better if say... the background was abit more complexed, because at the moment not much is happening.


I'd like this rating again... as i only got one rate last time.
http://img220.imageshack.us/img220/3623/lflowv2sigqk7.png

Loki
January 10th, 2008, 02:39 PM
Alright, lezz do deez! >:D

MAJOR COMMENT MODE, ACTIVATE!

[/shot'd]

I was going to post this yesterday, but I guess I didn’t get the chance due to the fact that that error kept popping up. xD

Relyt; No bother at all. xD Feel free to ask me to comment on a specific banner if I skip over it~ So since I'm here, I'll rate 'em all!

Tsubasa; Definitely love the white brushing over it, and I'm sad that it's not in the banner in your sig. xD It's an insanely cute banner, great render, great shiny effects, and even though I don't really like the speckled background as much, it does kind of fit and tone down on the shiny-shiny-ness. The text, however, still needs work. xD It would be much better if you lowered the stroke opacity, that would work great.

Chika-chan's Banner; Ehhh, I don't like this one quite as much. *Pink! Dx* (just kidding, I don't like pink, but I don't that's the major issue here.) Too much brushing over the render. xD; It's a good blending method, and I love how cute it is, but with this brushing, I think it'd be good to always leave at least a little of the render visible at the bottom. That way it doesn't seem too heavy, y'know? Then lets see... the vectory flower is far from desired. xD; I think smaller ones like the ones you brushed over the render with would be much better. The outer glow on the text fits well, and it's interesting that you were able to pull it off. (I can't pull off outer glow no matter what. xD) Hey look, it's a heart! *FISH'd* And what a very nice touch it is. ;D Can't really see the mouth of the render due to color effects or something, so I can't really say I like the render all too much in itself.

Hitsugaya; OHMAHGAWH, I SO WANTED TO USE THIS RENDER BUT YOU KILLLLEDDDD MY MOMENTUM!!! ;; Nah just kidding. I couldn't make it work myself. xD What I don't really like about this banner is how smooth the render is, but how grungy the background is. The color scheme doesn't really appeal to me either, though there's absolutely no clash, I just don't really like it. xD; The outer glow on the text works here too, but it's just a tad too bright, and doesn't match with the brushing. Ah, maybe it's the fact that your main brushes are large and fat, but Hitsugaya's lines are all thin and detailed? I don't know, but there's something about it that I'm iffy about as well.

El Capitano; Ohhh.... I definitely don't like this one better than the Shana one. D: It's not a matter of the render or background, it's the lighting. It just seems like some big white circle, because there's no specific point where the white expands and fades away. Well, the "specific point" takes up too much space, I guess. And due to the shadows on Gaara's face, the lighting would most likely be coming from directly below him, which makes the lighting unbelievable. The lack of a border in a c4d banner as dark as this somewhat irks me as well. xD;

evilcheese; I'm seeing a trend. I think I'm going to go and make a Gaara banner right now to fit into the fad. xDD *definitely not.*

Anyway- Oh! I just saw the text. xD; Yeah, unfortunately, the outerglow doesn't fit here at all, nor does it really do it's job of making the text stick out. I think this banner would look perfectly fine without text at all, especially something as minimalistically obvious as 'Gaara'. The font fits though. xD I don't really like the dark flecks on Gaara's face, and I think those should've been erased. The earthy, grungy look really fits though, and the clipping mask is really cool, even though I would like it better if it was moved a little more towards the main render, so the focus isn't drawn away.

BreD; Hmm, I think it looks pretty cool. It looks kind of pasted on the left, and I don't really like that stand-outish blue going with L. The text would be awesome- if "BreD" wasn't underneath it. ^^;; The border is good, and the flow is definitely very nice. I don't know about that clipping mask, as I can't really tell wahti part of him it is or what it's dong there, but it's a good piece overall.



Whew! I think that's everything except El Capitano's shoe vector, which I'm unfortunately not going to rate due to the fact that I have never once attempted a vector, and thus have no right to criticize anything. I do have to say, as an amateur who doesn't know how it works, "That is some seriously awesome stuff. ;D"



I'll have a banner to be rated sometime tomorrow. It's saved at school, and I forgot to e-mail it to myself so I could finish it. :P Intelligence prevails.

Live in Color
January 10th, 2008, 02:47 PM
@Demidian: Love the Cloud banner, but I don't how you can make it seem more... filled in the background, still looks nice. A very thin stroke over the Demidian text would look nice. Black or dark blue maybe.

@BreD: Not sure, but I think I rated your banner before. The text should stand out a bit more in my opinion, but I like it. Perhaps the render could be a bit larger too?

Here's another:

http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj223/Relyt-kun/ByakuyaSecond.png?t=1199932383

And to Xenocrates I know I use Outer Glow/Stroke WAAAY too much on text, but I really have no idea what else to do unless it's large text. Have any tips? Oh and I changed my mind from the Tsubasa one because I looove Byakuya. I think I might do a Lloyd Irving theme though. And go ahead and take that Hitsugaya render, lol, I don't like the banner I made anyway, I won't be using it anytime soon.

Rukia Kuchiki
January 10th, 2008, 02:52 PM
BreD: I like it~ 9/10 But you should have made L bigger. But I love the background~

Relyt: 9/10 And your banners good too, but I think it needs more dark in it, to match with Byakuya's hair. ^^

I think I might give this rating thing a go... XD;

http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c197/KearahShadowProdukshunz/sodenoshikayuki_rukia.jpg

Please rate/critise~

Uryū Ishida
January 10th, 2008, 03:31 PM
Heyy Heyy Heyy...its me again..
@Rukia: i like the background alot...and how the moon shines off the sword nice effect =P..and you always make big banners...maybe i should start making bigger ones..9/10 for me
well heres mine (again gimp,lol im just to cheap to afford photoshop..haha)
http://i6.tinypic.com/6nth7gj.png

Live in Color
January 10th, 2008, 03:47 PM
Heyy Heyy Heyy...its me again..
@Rukia: i like the background alot...and how the moon shines off the sword nice effect =P..and you always make big banners...maybe i should start making bigger ones..9/10 for me
well heres mine (again gimp,lol im just to cheap to afford photoshop..haha)
http://i6.tinypic.com/6nth7gj.png

@Demidian: Looks really cool, but you should add a slight stroke to the "Demidian" text. Really like the "How far have we come" text too. You could always go to the Adobe website and download a trial of Photoshop. It lasts 30 days, so that should do you good. :D

Uryū Ishida
January 10th, 2008, 04:03 PM
@Demidian: Looks really cool, but you should add a slight stroke to the "Demidian" text. Really like the "How far have we come" text too. You could always go to the Adobe website and download a trial of Photoshop. It lasts 30 days, so that should do you good. :D
@Relyt: Thanks for the comments..i think ill stick with gimp until i get the full version of photoshop, gimps fine anyway i didn't think i could get decent results like this so yeah....thanks ill take your advice for my next sig..by a stroke do you mean like a blur or a line?

Live in Color
January 10th, 2008, 04:06 PM
@Relyt: Thanks for the comments..i think ill stick with gimp until i get the full version of photoshop, gimps fine anyway i didn't think i could get decent results like this so yeah....thanks ill take your advice for my next sig..by a stroke do you mean like a blur or a line?

By stroke I mean a border just around the text.

@Rukia Kuchiki: Really love the effects, but the render of Rukia looks kind of odd. The last render you had was awesome. Still though, 8.5/10.

Uryū Ishida
January 10th, 2008, 04:12 PM
By stroke I mean a border just around the text.

@Rukia Kuchiki: Really love the effects, but the render of Rukia looks kind of odd. The last render you had was awesome. Still though, 8.5/10.
hmm..thanks ill figure out how to do that...

Loki
January 10th, 2008, 04:48 PM
A stroke would be like the black outlines on the white text in your banner, Demidian.

^^

Uryū Ishida
January 10th, 2008, 04:51 PM
xD yeah i just relised that....and i think when i use stroke selection...it shouldve gave me a hint....maybe im just to dumb...lol

Sawyer
January 10th, 2008, 06:56 PM
Isn't this exactly the same as my thread? I don't really understand why there's a new one... but I guess I haven't been here in over a year.

Sawyer
January 10th, 2008, 07:03 PM
I don't know, just thought I should pay a visit. :)

Dawning Mew
January 10th, 2008, 07:07 PM
Nya, i need critizizim for this:

http://i154.photobucket.com/albums/s251/KittenGirl2000/nya-2.png

That's made on GIMP, and it's for my account on PE2K forums.

Loki
January 10th, 2008, 07:56 PM
Sawyer; Welcome back~

I guess if anything would word it properly, it'd be for administrative reasons that there's a new thread. And because I wanted it to be a little more organized. xD;

And that the new method follows the same one used in the very beginning of the last one, (Like the one above,) which people stopped doing. (Thus, banners weren't getting rated, etc.)

Also, please do not spam. ;D

The same goes for you Demidian.

Uryū Ishida
January 11th, 2008, 12:11 AM
@xenocrates: sorry for the spamming i deleted the post
@ dawning mew: Hey I'm A GIMP User Too! xP...the lighting effects look good and the splatters are cool...its a bit plain though and i can hardly make out the writing Overall Good Job!=D
Here is my latest creation(again GIMP OWNZ I WILL ALWAYS USE IT, unless of course i can afford photoshop, proabbly wont because i am too cheap lol)
http://i15.tinypic.com/7wzets2.png
Comments And Criticism ARE VERY WELCOME!~xD:)
EDIT: I followed peoples advice on the stroking..and i looked at a text blending tut...but it didnt work out did it?

Pikabloo
January 11th, 2008, 03:35 AM
Hitsugaya; OHMAHGAWH, I SO WANTED TO USE THIS RENDER BUT YOU KILLLLEDDDD MY MOMENTUM!!! ;;
lul, that sounded familiar... xD

Anywhoo~

Dawning Mew;; Hmm... The spatters look pretty interesting. Although, the colour scheme used for the background seems quite odd, and it doesn't match the render. The font used it ever-so-slightly hard to read the text. And I see the render's edges are quite blurred... I don't know whether it was like that originally, or you attempted to blend the image into the background. Oh, and the render is of a questionable quality. Although, it's good that you managed to make a decent banner with it. Overall, it's nice, but as Demidian has said, it is quite plain.

Demidian;; I might actually try out GIMP, if I get the chance to. Although, I'm quite comfortable with Photoshop, so, I don't know...

Anyway, this is possibly the best work I've seen from you (well, I just took a glance at your showcase, eheh). I like the render you used; it's pretty cool ^^ The background effects are really nice, and sort of look like shattered ice/glass, which then sort of matches the character of Hitsugaya. However, the smooth lines and colours of the render then doesn't completely match the somewhat messier effects of the background. The text is positioned quite strangely, in my opinion. And no, the text blending didn't work ^^;; (not that I knew what it looked like before)... And, erm, basically, I'd say you need to work on blending the image onto the banner, so it doesn't look like it was simply pasted on there.

Uryū Ishida
January 11th, 2008, 03:50 AM
Demidian;; I might actually try out GIMP, if I get the chance to. Although, I'm quite comfortable with Photoshop, so, I don't know...

Anyway, this is possibly the best work I've seen from you (well, I just took a glance at your showcase, eheh). I like the render you used; it's pretty cool ^^ The background effects are really nice, and sort of look like shattered ice/glass, which then sort of matches the character of Hitsugaya. However, the smooth lines and colours of the render then doesn't completely match the somewhat messier effects of the background. The text is positioned quite strangely, in my opinion. And no, the text blending didn't work ^^;; (not that I knew what it looked like before)... And, erm, basically, I'd say you need to work on blending the image onto the banner, so it doesn't look like it was simply pasted on there.
Yeah I am getting better aren't i..thanks..i like the render to :P, yeah i found this really cool brush set :), hmm..could you give me hints of how to blend the render in and the text...i know now that i need to work on those two alot. :P

Xoo
January 11th, 2008, 01:37 PM
^.^; I use GIMP to, and I'm stuck with the fact that I can't make banners worth crud. At least not as good as you can.
Anyways, latest creation rate please.

http://i6.tinypic.com/8e8bdch.png

Loki
January 11th, 2008, 04:43 PM
Myokai; I don't really like a lot of things. I don't like how the image suddenly cuts off, that basically screams "It ended here and I didn't know what to do with it." The text stands out too much, and the black stuff around it doesn't fit at all. Hitsugaya's skin is really dark with the monochrome colors of the banner as well, and due to the pretty much two colored banner, the black just sticks out even more. I just don't like the border at all, nor do I like the scratchy stuff.

It's not a terrible banner, as I've seen worse, but I just don't really like it myself. xD; I don't really know to what extent you can do things with GIMP though, as since I've got photoshop, I really don't find a need to get GIMP. Until they find a way to outstrip Photoshop somehow. xD;


--


Well.... they looked good on the Mac resolution at school when I made them... but they look terrible on my resolution. xD Too bright/dark, respectively.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v243/Kaiyoseila/Ichigo.png

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v243/Kaiyoseila/DMC.png


Neither of them have borders because I'm lame and add borders on MS Paint usually, and Macs don't have MS Paint. (I do dislike Macs so very much. =A=)

The swirl around his arm is me having finally figured out how to use the pen tool, thanks to a mix betwen Shira-chan's pen tutorial and someone's inking tutorial on dA. xD Thank you muchly. *bow* So, if your color resolution is like the Macs at our school, then by all means, say anything you like, but if they look weird and blinding, or if the scanlines on the Devil May Cry banner look really dark, well... you don't have the right resolution, so any comments about the color layers will be ignored~ <3

Re-making the Ichigo banner after I type this out. xD;

Edit; Re-made!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v243/Kaiyoseila/Ichigo-1.png

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v243/Kaiyoseila/IchigoNo-Texture.png

Which one do you think looks better? The one with texture (the one on top) or the one without? (the one on the bottom is without.) Comments and ratings are much appreciated~ <3

J-Rad
January 11th, 2008, 06:55 PM
hello I've been getting into graphics my self I'm starting at a basic level, how's this for a beginer...

Nephenne Set:
http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj45/Dragonzilla25/Nepheneeava.png
http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj45/Dragonzilla25/Nepheneebanner.png

Soren Set:
http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj45/Dragonzilla25/Sorenava.png
http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj45/Dragonzilla25/SorenBanner.png

Pikabloo
January 11th, 2008, 08:07 PM
Dimidian;; I think you're better off looking for some image blending tutorials yourself, since I find it really difficult to explain things. And I don't know GIMPs functions, so... :| There should be some on the internet, though.

Xenocrates;; I am absolutely jealous of your text skills. Truly amazing ~<3 I don't think I should be rating the first two, since they do look a bit too bright/dark on my screen's resolution... But I think I'll rate the Devil May Cry one, based on effects and such. And I'll just rate the final two versions of the Ichigo banner.

Nero (that's his name, I think) - I was totally thinking of using that image, but I guess I didn't end up doing so... Anyway, very nice pen tooling. I'm glad that my tutorial helped ^^ The pen tooling adds that extra 'oooh' effect to the banner. It simply emphasises the whole glowing arm thing he has. The smudging is really nice, with the hints of blue to match the arm, and everything. It looks really great. And, er, I can't say much more, I guess.

Ichigo - I slightly prefer the one without the texture (it looks 'cleaner' than the other one), although both look really amazing. The smudging is excellent, and the text is awesome <3 The banner has great depth, as well, and I really like those circle things in the background. The scan lines stand out just enough so that it helps out with the flow of the banner. Oh, and I like the choice of border. My one little complaint, though, is that Ichigo's face looks a bit too blurred. Oh (make that two complaints now), and under his arm, it looks like there is a black splodge. Although it isn't that obvious, unless you stare at the banner for a couple of minutes O_o

Flareblade (gosh, I'm much too nice to skip on rating banners);; Your banners aren't too bad, for a beginner. Just a question: what program do you use? Anyway, I'll get to rating then. Oh, and I'm going to focus on rating the banners, if you don't mind.

Nephenne - The edges of the image are reeeeeaaaaally rough. I mean, I can see white all around the person. The background is simplistic, but the colours match the image. The text colours match as well, which is nice, but the font and the positioning of the text are somewhat strange.

Soren - This one is better, in my opinion. The colours and the background is okay, but those bright green brush things take the eyes away from the image. Text positioning on this one is better, and the choice of font is okay, but now the colour of the text is too dark, compared to the rest of the banner.

---

I have a new banner to be rated. I was bored, and I played around with a stock image I found. It's sort of a work-in-progress (since I need to fill up that gap to the right of the banner), but whatever...:

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b39/Pikabloo/Banners/house-2.png

Comments and ratings will be appreciated ^^ Oh, and suggestions on how to fill up the space would be nice, too.

Trainer Kat
January 11th, 2008, 08:19 PM
Shiranui, as always, I LOVE your work. It's from House, isn't it? I've just started watching the show, so I'm not too sure. I like how the background almost looks desert-y, and it kind of matches his jacket. Also neat how it looks like his shoulder is dissolving. Choice of text is nice.
9/10 [though once you get the empty space filled, I'm sure it will be a perfect 10.]

Pikabloo
January 11th, 2008, 10:33 PM
Thank you for the comment, Trainer Kat. And yes, it's House. I just got into it a few months ago, and it's definitely cool. And, yeah, I like the shoulder-dissolving thing, too. I was just experimenting with a couple of stuff. Oh, and I think I wont end up touching that banner for a while, until I think of something good to make it look less empty.

---

Oh, and I have a new banner:

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b39/Pikabloo/Forum%20Sets/mushishi-3.png

Ginko, from Mushishi. And, er, yep. Comment/rate/whatever :3

Uryū Ishida
January 12th, 2008, 12:56 AM
@Myokai: I just had to rate yours because you use gimp as well :P....i like the texture effects you've used and i think it actually sort of gives hitsugaya a cool feel....AND YOU ARE LIKE ME! NEEDING TO WORK ON TEXT! (except im worse because im bad at blending renders as well xD) i like the border as well....OVERALL GOOD JOB! :P Especially for a gimper like me! AND YES YOU CAN MAKE GOOOD BANNERS! :P Oh BTW 8/10!
@shiranui: i guess i have to rate yours now ...V.V *says in down mood* I'M JUST KIDDING YOUR WAY BETTER AT GRAPHICS THAN ME! I like the Textures you've used to cover over your render.. and the render is blended in well! (unlike mine :( ) and it also suits it. 8/10 for me ! ^^~

Xoo
January 12th, 2008, 04:46 AM
Thanks. ;) I'm having some trouble rendering stuff, though. Is there something that does that? Anyways, made a new banner and it's kinda similar to the last one I made. You like it?

http://i4.tinypic.com/6uhs68j.png

Uryū Ishida
January 12th, 2008, 04:58 AM
@Myokai: Yes It is a bit similar But i like it More! not much to say...except i wish i could take your skills as my own then i would be a lot better :P BTW, you can use gimp to render stuff..search on google probably something like GIMP RENDERING TUTORIAL, or GIMP VECTORING TUTORIAL. something close to that ;)

J-Rad
January 12th, 2008, 07:27 AM
Flareblade (gosh, I'm much too nice to skip on rating banners);; Your banners aren't too bad, for a beginner. Just a question: what program do you use? Anyway, I'll get to rating then. Oh, and I'm going to focus on rating the banners, if you don't mind.

Nephenne - The edges of the image are reeeeeaaaaally rough. I mean, I can see white all around the person. The background is simplistic, but the colours match the image. The text colours match as well, which is nice, but the font and the positioning of the text are somewhat strange.

Soren - This one is better, in my opinion. The colours and the background is okay, but those bright green brush things take the eyes away from the image. Text positioning on this one is better, and the choice of font is okay, but now the colour of the text is too dark, compared to the rest of the banner.

---

I have a new banner to be rated. I was bored, and I played around with a stock image I found. It's sort of a work-in-progress (since I need to fill up that gap to the right of the banner), but whatever...:

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b39/Pikabloo/Banners/house-2.png

Comments and ratings will be appreciated ^^ Oh, and suggestions on how to fill up the space would be nice, too.

I use GIMP its pretty easy to use...

@Makoi I like it.. colors match and its kewl...

Xoo
January 12th, 2008, 07:47 AM
@Myokai: Yes It is a bit similar But i like it More! not much to say...except i wish i could take your skills as my own then i would be a lot better :P BTW, you can use gimp to render stuff..search on google probably something like GIMP RENDERING TUTORIAL, or GIMP VECTORING TUTORIAL. something close to that ;)

I found one, but I really stink at it. I need to practice, like, a lot. :P Does anyone think I should do an Ichigo banner?

Zebra Thunderhead
January 12th, 2008, 02:10 PM
@Shira - The colors are too bland, and all those textures set to lighten are killing me. Use gradient maps to fix those colors.
@Myokai - The border around it is far too thick. The blue streaks would look better in isolated places, like his eyes, for example. It would look better without text.

Me time:
http://img90.imageshack.us/img90/9422/maptu0.png or http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/7323/map4ln6.png

Not sure how I feel about this one. :x

evilcheese
January 12th, 2008, 04:39 PM
@CME - the first time i saw those banners my eyes just popped! i preferably like the black and white and black one it matches the render a little more.



i kinda forgot i was suppose to have a banner ready so ill just get a somewhat old one.

http://i217.photobucket.com/albums/cc3/chimchar59/kabuto.gif

Jubilation
January 12th, 2008, 06:17 PM
@ Evilcheese, I think it lacks text & a border

Ok so I got photoshop today & I was messing around with it & I made this,

http://i12.tinypic.com/8668wg9.png

Comments please?

Uryū Ishida
January 12th, 2008, 11:09 PM
@Kerox: it's a good banner for just messing around:P, i like the efect how the render is looking up with a powerful sort of look and the dark effects moving with him/her (i cant tell) but i can hardly read the text, overall GREAT JOB FOR A MESSING AROUND SESSION! 7.5/10:)
I NOW INTRODUCE MY LATEST PRODUCTION(can get enough of gimp ;)):
http://i10.tinypic.com/6jzkjux.png
tada, Uryaa Ishida from bleach!
Comments Criticism VERY WELCOME:P~

Comic Tragedy
January 13th, 2008, 01:24 AM
@ Demidian: Pretty nice. You blended your render with the background verry well. Although I am not verry fond of the background itself. I mean it is a nice effect, but it looks a little to boring.

@ Evilcheese: The banner is lookin good. A few things I think is a little iffy tho. The render doesent exactly match the background color wise. I would put a gradient map on it and set it to soft light then lower the opacity, to kinda give it the same town. An other thing that is kinda not workin is the horizontal motion blur you did... I dunno it just makes it look like it is out of focus or something. Other then that I like it. Good background, and lighting.

@ Color Me Evil: OMG, I luv ur woorkk its teh awsomeness!!1!!!!!1111 Well anyhoot, they both look great, kuz lets face it you are a mean graphics maker. I like the second sig is really nice, but i think if you blended the render a little more near the bottom, the black and white effects will look much better. I also think that color, (maybe purple, or yellow) pen effects would be cool coming up from the bottom.

Uryū Ishida
January 13th, 2008, 01:32 AM
Thankyou! hmm when i work on another skill i fall back on another...that is odd but at least im working on blending, that was the whole point of the banner xD

Narumaru
January 13th, 2008, 08:02 AM
rate my sig please it's in my signature the dark samus sig.

Xoo
January 13th, 2008, 09:36 AM
It's a bit to tall for me, and nothing matches. Maybe get rid of some of the spaces, size down the text, and centering it would help.
~5/10

evilcheese
January 13th, 2008, 10:01 AM
@Narumaru - its too big and will be dissabled pretty soon. and i agree with myoki centered match the color scheme and itll look nicer.



http://i217.photobucket.com/albums/cc3/chimchar59/salamence4.gif

http://i217.photobucket.com/albums/cc3/chimchar59/salamence3.gif

used the render again. made two versions deciding on which one to put on my sig. i will put a border, text, and scanlines.

Hazuki
January 13th, 2008, 01:11 PM
@ evilcheese: Somehow I think I like the second one better. Maybe it's because I can see Salamence's color more. But the first one is good too. All the colors blend really well. I also like your lighting effect too. If it wasn't there, then it would be too dull. :)

http://img183.imageshack.us/img183/7384/dawnbannerme5.png
This was from a request.

http://img409.imageshack.us/img409/2268/drewbanneroh7.png
This one was because I was bored. xD;;;

Anastasia.R
January 13th, 2008, 01:18 PM
@ evilcheese: Somehow I think I like the second one better. Maybe it's because I can see Salamence's color more. But the first one is good too. All the colors blend really well. I also like your lighting effect too. If it wasn't there, then it would be too dull. :)

http://img183.imageshack.us/img183/7384/dawnbannerme5.png
This was from a request.


The pink for the text is a bit bright and hurts my eyes a little. I gotta say it's very cute. :3 I'll give you a ... 9/10


Blah a bit dark for me. Here's that Darkrai banner I made awhile ago:
http://img144.imageshack.us/img144/4061/darkraibannerwithtextjd2.png

~A.R

evilcheese
January 13th, 2008, 06:31 PM
@darkrai banner - i like it im seriously ok with the banner nice job. a little bit too much outer glow on darkrai tone it down a little


@hazuki - since im so generous today ill rate yours aswell. the drue one is not the best color scheme i would personoly make the background green so it matches his hair and maybe a ltitle lower on the texture. the dawn one is cut (cuase of pink) i really dont have a problem with it good job.


http://i217.photobucket.com/albums/cc3/chimchar59/salamence3-1.gif
the final version i added scanlines, a border and text witch BTW has a clipping mask from the light source.

Uryū Ishida
January 13th, 2008, 08:39 PM
@ DA CHEESE:(lol) well the final product looks awesome! i like how you used the light reflecting off the text, but you could of made the text a little brighter, overall i think its an EXCELLENT JOB!:P 9.9/10

Momoko
January 13th, 2008, 10:20 PM
Sorry for not rating anybodys,im in a hurry kuz i gotta get to bed,and demi didnt post anything to be rated so...
anyways my latest masterpiece..been a while kuz my comp got like a million viruses but...
http://img57.imageshack.us/img57/3789/darksssasueax6.png (http://imageshack.us)

RYOUKI
January 14th, 2008, 01:13 AM
I'm in a burry so I'll just rate Sasuke's.

Sasuke_Darkness: The Color didn't blend, and the backround attracts too much attention, sorry but then... your banner isn;'t very good.

Not my very best, but I'm in a hurry to make this so:
http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa48/Ryouki-kun/Themes/uekipngbanner.png

@Color Me Evil: You gotta give me that tutorial you used on that banner. :3

Comic Tragedy
January 14th, 2008, 03:54 AM
I dont know if this pic is to big or If I cant show this tut here. If i am please tell me if it is easy to follow, and you can do it your self. And please delete the image if it is not allowed kuz it is a perty huge image.
http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k284/andytoe/Tutorial.jpg
PS. Where could I post this tut

Live in Color
January 14th, 2008, 04:14 AM
I dont know if this pic is to big or If I cant show this tut here. If i am please tell me if it is easy to follow, and you can do it your self. And please delete the image if it is not allowed kuz it is a perty huge image.
http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k284/andytoe/Tutorial.jpg
PS. Where could I post this tut

The Graphics Tutorials Thread right under this thread. I think it should be a bit bigger, I can't read the tutorial. And just post the link in the tutorials thread.

@Ryouki: Really nice! I like it a lot. He blends so well with it and stands out, but it doesn't really bother my eyes, excellent job! 10/10.

Pikabloo
January 14th, 2008, 04:23 AM
ElCapitano;; Photobucket tends to shrink down large images, so I suggest you upload it to a different website like Imageshack.

Anyway, I might as well rate some stuff.

Sasuke;; This is better than your current banner, but I sort of don't like it. The image is cool... And glowy. So it sort of stands out a bit. The chain stuff in the background are kind of meh, and the box-ish lines to the right of the banner are sort of 'huh?'. The text needs some work, as well. And the background is too dark compared to the rest of the banner.

Ry;; ... Simplicity is good? Haha. The colours are quite bright, but sort of adds a cartoon-y effect. Try out some different gradient maps, though. And I think it would look better without text.

Zebra Thunderhead
January 14th, 2008, 07:08 AM
@Ry - A tutorial? xD Hmm, I'll think about it.

Speaking of that tag, can I get any more crit on it? :x

http://img90.imageshack.us/img90/9422/maptu0.png

Loki
January 14th, 2008, 03:05 PM
CME; I loveee the glowy orbs and splatterish stuff on the bottom. It's like something exploded and everythings floating to the top. >:D The glowy lines on the right are really cool as well, and it's a nice touch. I actually like this one better than the other one, from what I remember, because I love how he's kind of colored with monotone-grayish-blue colors while the background are really soft earth tones.

That font is amazling. xD I do think it looks kind of strange without a border, because I prefer that lighter banners have a border and darker ones don't. I'm not talking about one of those IN-YOUR-FACE borders, but maybe a black or white 1 px line around the inside edge, and lowering it's opacity to like, 15 so that it's barely visible would be awesome. (And then lasso'ing it off of the part where the render is at the top, so it looks like it sort of pops out?)

Just a thought, but it looks great as it is. The left shoulder looks like it's got little gray pixels around the edge though, so that's a tad bit odd, as though it wasn't cleanly rendered. Maybe it's just my resolution. xD;

Shika
January 15th, 2008, 02:45 AM
@ CME: I like it a lot . Even though I'd love it more if I can see the face, but in the other hand, that's what attracted me so I don't know. xD Oh, the text would be better if it's moved a tad bit to the left. ^__^

---
I don't make themes as much as I used to now...
I think scanlines are quite obvious. And the text, I think it needs something. Thanks a bunch if you tell me how to improve. ^__^
http://img32.picoodle.com/img/img32/4/1/15/f_Sasukem_bb78806.png

Live in Color
January 15th, 2008, 04:10 AM
@Shika-kun: Absolutely amazing. The scan lines are only really obvious in the lighter part of the banner.It's awesome how you made some parts of the light overlap Sasuke and other parts behind him, Pen tool I think? I'm starting to get used to it more, but I'd like to become pro with it. :P I love your banner. 10/10

Shika
January 15th, 2008, 06:14 AM
XD You must have mistaken. I should have explained when I posted but I was in hurry.
The overlapping lights are from the render + brush. The whiter ones are from render. Thank you, even though the render helped me a lot xD

Zebra Thunderhead
January 15th, 2008, 03:48 PM
@Shika - Well the stock didn't show his eyes, so that's not my fault. xD Looking at the tag, I think it's a little too boxy, personally. And you have contrasting lightsources. The stock's light is coming from the bottom left, and while you have some light there, you also have it coming from the top right. And I think you'd be better off having a \/ shaped flow, instead of having it go in different directions.

Because studying for finals is overrated...

http://img293.imageshack.us/img293/5569/intoyourarmseo9.png

Everything was vectored by moi. @.@

Jubilation
January 15th, 2008, 03:49 PM
@ CME it looks great & yeah...

Well I made something else in Photoshop coz I'm bored,

http://i15.tinypic.com/82lz9ck.png

Comments please?

Loki
January 15th, 2008, 05:02 PM
Color Me Evil; Woooaaahhhh. :O

I do like this one very much. I love it! The vectory tastes are great, the bright colors really compliment, and the flow is wonderful~

And you vectored it all? xD That sounds majorly tough. Pain in the butt actually. But the end result looks really clean and nice, and I just can't put it into words how much I like this. xD The stars that are like, exploding from his hands are really cool. The music staff looks a little wonky (like, it's not 100% smooth and curvy?) but I don't know if that was intentional or not. xD

Total 10/10.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v243/Kaiyoseila/Hibari.png
(Please take this one in priority. <3)

And

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v243/Kaiyoseila/IchigoNo-Texture.png
(Again. :B)

Zebra Thunderhead
January 15th, 2008, 05:09 PM
That stock was a major pain in the butt to vector. >.< But because I love you all so much..

LE STOCK! (http://img135.imageshack.us/img135/2027/personapr0.png)
Enjoy lovesicles. <: D I vectored dis mehself, so prz credit when used. 8D

Now.
@Kerox - The stock is uber low quality. ): In fact... I can't really even tell what it is, except it looks like you didn't do much too it. The text sticks out way too much.
@Xeno - I see you used my tutorial on the first one. xD Do you still want me to make a tag out of it for you? :3 I really like it! The colors go great together. I think some more glowing orbs of win would do this tag some justice. :3

On the Ichigo tag, the stock looks a little low quality, specifically around the hair. But I really love the depth and flow you created. But I'd turn down the opacity on those scanlines on the circle in the top right about 10-20%. The text looks splendid, too. :3

Loki
January 15th, 2008, 05:22 PM
CME; OMG there's actually like, A THOUSAND orb-y things in that banner, they just... didn't show up against the white. ;; I'll figure out a way to make 'em show though. xD; Eventually. *FISH'd* And, I actually want to find a Byakuran picture to request with. It was what I originally wanted, so I spent like, two hours last night looking for it. I swear I saw it a week ago, and I have no idea where it went. xD; I'll re-request once I find it! <3 *will find it. I will find it. xD*

Turn down the scanlines. Okay, I gotta get that through my head. xD My scanlines are always really dark when I take a second glance. *fish'd* omg thank you, I loved the text so much I had to re-do it, even though the original I did at school looked horrendous. That's the whole reason I re-did the banner. xDD I had to have that text!


HOMG I gotta learn how to vector stuff. That is some amazing stuff right there. |D I think I'll make something with it once the homework flow lets up a bit. Thanks for sharing, I'll be sure to credit. Actually, I have an ingenious way to credit you. It'll be awesome. >:D Look forward to it~ <3

Edit; Haaa, Persona 3! I want to play that game... >:3

BreD
January 16th, 2008, 02:42 PM
I love your Ichigo banner :D
It's great, especialy the text... i can't tell what it is, but it rocks so much xD
Possibly abit monotone, but it suits that kind of sig...
If i have to give it a rating out of ten... 9.4/10.
anyway, this is wierd i made another Sasuke sig, and i don't even like him that much... i think it's 'cause i keep finding great renders of him... ye it's that... xD
http://img299.imageshack.us/img299/2166/sasukesigcopyih1.png
Also, a question to the next post / anyone, do i use "..." to much? xD

EDIT:
this sig is alot darker than it seemed before may edit it abit and repost it later.

Momoko
January 16th, 2008, 06:35 PM
zomg thats so good Bred! wish i kood create a sasuke sig like that! I actually made one myself...it reealy suks tho..
anyways to your 9.5/10 im in a hurry to get to bed again =P anyways here it is
http://img218.imageshack.us/img218/9757/darknezuchihaaz8.png (http://imageshack.us)
lol everyones gonna say it suks

Zebra Thunderhead
January 16th, 2008, 06:45 PM
@BreD - It would be a nice tag if there was any sense of flow to it. It would look much better if you had some sense of direction flowing along the path of the sword, since the stock flows that way. Depth too, prz.
@Sasuke - Manga stocks are really hard to work with. :\ I usually say to keep the tag B&W, unless you can really pull it off, which is really hard to do...

And because I only got one *good* crit..

http://img293.imageshack.us/img293/5569/intoyourarmseo9.png

[/shameless plug]

Uryū Ishida
January 16th, 2008, 06:46 PM
@darkness: apart from the text i think it looks great :D i like the brush you used, but the render doesnt blend that well, overall 7/10 :D

Heres me latest production (YET AGAIN GIMP THE ONE AND ONLY)
http://i6.tinypic.com/8c320ht.png
COmments criticism VERY VERY WELCOME :D
this was a manga stock same as darknez
it was made by request

~Jack

MasterDookie
January 16th, 2008, 09:08 PM
Well... During the Summer, I opened a graphic shop. And it failed horribly, because my banners sucked. Well, now my banners suck less (I hope).

http://i181.photobucket.com/albums/x33/TheDookieIsComing/RosalinaBanner.png
Excuse the Rosalina render in the middle. :P

Uryū Ishida
January 16th, 2008, 09:28 PM
i havent seen your banners before, but that really does look good and the rosalina render does sort of blend in, considering ive played mario galaxy i reckon that lighting does give a a half space sort of feel great work :P 8/10

since he didnt rate it heres the request banner again:

http://i6.tinypic.com/8c320ht.png

Nytkoi
January 17th, 2008, 01:34 PM
Hey guys, I'm back! Boy, do I need to catch up!
Demidian: Its pretty good for a gimp banner, but the border is not taking my appeal, and neither is the image. 7.5/10
MasterDookie: nice job, mabye some more brushes and a border would work ;D

Here are my latest workings:
http://i192.photobucket.com/albums/z227/ataylan/Venusaur-Beware.png

Venusaur Banner: I test of using different texts to form one word, trying to find a new style. Please rate <3

http://i192.photobucket.com/albums/z227/ataylan/AmyRoseBannerwOutline.png

Amy Rose banner: Not my best, but I felt like it had some quailty.

That is all. Please rate <3.

Zebra Thunderhead
January 17th, 2008, 01:38 PM
@Demidian - His face is way too bright. o.O A foreground would be nice, too.
@Dookie - Really bright. Eyedrop the blues from her eyes and add some other colors other than yellow. xD
@Mizt - That Venasaur tag needs some srs cropping. Far too long and far too short. Makes the whole thing look squished. On the second one, with the text, either do it with all caps or all lowercase. Alternating between them looks unorganized. :\ Again, bright. :\

I give up on my Persona 3 banner. ;-;

http://img113.imageshack.us/img113/7627/dizzyedgewd3.png

Scrapbook, yay~

Nytkoi
January 17th, 2008, 01:43 PM
I can never get anything right, can I?
Anwyays, ts intresting. I don't really find the point of it though (to Color Me Evil)

Zebra Thunderhead
January 17th, 2008, 02:28 PM
It's a banner, just like everything else in here. It's just in a different style.. lols.

Xoo
January 17th, 2008, 05:00 PM
I made a new banner. ^.^
Rates 'n' comments please. ;)
http://i16.tinypic.com/82mxdu8.png

Nytkoi
January 18th, 2008, 09:04 AM
the border bothers me, nice job tho
here i am, the best banner maker in the world, posting another one of my faboulous banners! lol i am posting another plz rate.
http://i192.photobucket.com/albums/z227/ataylan/SquirtleBanner1.png

And, yes another banner that looks 'cool' by me:
http://i192.photobucket.com/albums/z227/ataylan/png.png

evilcheese
January 18th, 2008, 04:43 PM
@mizt - your back huh? i hope your time away has taught you the evils of the spam. anyway they both look really good all i would omplain about is that you should use a diffrent method fo blending

http://i217.photobucket.com/albums/cc3/chimchar59/Untitled-1-4.gif

please rate

Loki
January 18th, 2008, 05:06 PM
evilcheese; Ohhh, that cut-out with Sasuke's sharingan in focus is really cool evilcheese! In my opinion anyway. xD I think you should've done something to attract just a little more attention to that, unless you were trying to make it blend into the background. (Because it's hard to see at first.)

Well, first things first...

Scanlines! Crank 'em down wayyyyyyyyyyy lower. D: They stick out too much and really give the banner a sharp and distracting quality. I have the same issue, so I really shouldn't talk, but scanlines shouldn't be quite so obvious. It's also good if you use a soft brush on a low opacity to erase a little of the scanlines where you want the focus to be. ^^ The lighting looks alright, but I'm not too big a fan because for me, it's either obvious or it's not, and the lighting in this makes me wonder if it's lighting or just a gradient. xD;;

The lightning stuff is cool, but I think the ones on the left should be a tad bit thinner. The blending is good, and it's an overall good banner. ^^ I don't know about that border of yours though. You should try borders other than a black 1px border.

Mizt; I'm amazed. You didn't use the selection border! You have no idea how great that is. That is like, a major step. xD; The selection border was starting to get super old. Anyway, I like the squirtle banner better, but you should lower the opacity of those dots a bit. And shorten the distance between the main banner and the blue border. That's all I'm going to say though, because it's definitely the better of the two, so I want to tell you what I think is wrong with the second one.

Blending. D: The squares in the background make it look like you didn't render it at all. Especially since it's blurry and then it suddenly gets all square-ish. You'll want to understand how a blurry background works before smashing it with geometrical elements. The text placement is cute, and the spacing is great. But, the text decoration in the corner confuses me. They're called text decoration. So why is it so far away from the text? D: I mean, I'm not saying you can't do that, as I did the same thing in my Cloudy banner, but it's good to get a different kind of text decoration to use in other parts of the banner. Those little dots just don't look right all the way down there.

Also, this banner calls for a major resize. If the render is small, make the banner small. If the render is big, make the render smaller, and make the banner smaller. I personally prefer nicely sized banners, but if I had to choose, I say; a little taller > a little wider. If it's too wide, then it becomes hard to fill in the gaps, and that's exactly what's happened here. It's very very empty.

However, major improvement with the squirtle banner, kudos.

*edit*
CME; You give majorly awesome comments, so I should probably rate yours. xD

Well, I don't really like this one quite as much as your other ones. The notebook effect is cool, and it's awesome how the paper looks like stationary with the girl being repeated in the banner, but the designs and the square in the middle of it all bother me a bit. It definitely wouldn't look as nice without it, but the super thick tannish border around it... I think it should be sized down just a bit so that it doesn't swallow up the text quite as much. The text effects are cool, placement is great, but there's... a lot of it. xD; I've never really liked banners with lots and lots of text, because I'm the kind of person who gets curious and tries to read all of it, but overall, it's pretty good.

---

Again. xD; If you've already rated this banner, then I'm really sorry, and feel free to skip over me.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v243/Kaiyoseila/Hibari.png

evilcheese
January 18th, 2008, 05:31 PM
thanks for the advice. unlike other times i took the advice and edited and got this

http://i217.photobucket.com/albums/cc3/chimchar59/sasuke3.gif

Loki
January 18th, 2008, 06:04 PM
Woah!

Major improvement dude!

... Not so much on the lighting, but eh. xD; I did like the old lighting better. But obvious I meant like, it's got a focal point. This just looks like a blob of white brushing. xD;

The new border looks alright, even though it's not a major change I personally like it better, the lowered opacity on the scanlines are great. Awesome job! >:D I forgot to comment on the text last time, but the opacity should've been lowered on the old one. The lighting seems to have made the text a little less obvious, but you should've used a cooler kind of font, and maybe put it on top of his sword instead of underneath it.

^^

--

Whoo!

I finally did that wallpaper I said I'd do with CME's Persona3 vector. It didn't turn out quite as I'd imagined it, and I'll say it flat out, I was thinking of the graphic from earlier when I did this. you can tell from the colors....

Persona3 Wallpaper (http://fc01.deviantart.com/fs24/f/2008/018/c/f/Simple_Music_by_Nephilius.png)

Please comment. ^^

/Circa
January 18th, 2008, 07:56 PM
That wallpaper is actually pretty nice. (Might use it :P)

Though I do think it needs just a little more something in the blank spots, it's more white than colourful x]

I've got a banner here, it's plain because I made it that way xD.

http://img442.imageshack.us/img442/6310/crashinkbanner2jr8.png

Zebra Thunderhead
January 18th, 2008, 08:10 PM
@Crashink - But, isn't it for me? o.O (note to the "CME" on the headphones...)

Thanks a bunch for the wallpaper Xeno, you're the best. :3

Comic Tragedy
January 19th, 2008, 01:31 AM
@ Xeno: That is a sweet vector wallpaper. Ive got to try making one for my bathing ape vector I posted earlier. Ill post my out come when I have made it.

Well for now, heres some new stuff I made.
v1:http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k284/andytoe/GearsOfWarSig.jpg

v2:http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k284/andytoe/GearsOfWarSig2.jpg

Zebra Thunderhead
January 19th, 2008, 09:34 AM
@Capitano - Nice sig. ;D

Anyways, the tag. The depth and flow is there, but the light needs a little work. Instead of using a fading gradient, try using a 100-200 px soft brush. And instead of white, use a light yellow (fcffe1 is good) since no light is pure white. And also, the stock blends in too much with the background. I'd take a 45-65 px soft brush and blur the renders to the right (blur strength: 13% will do). That will make the stock pop out a bit more and give you some more depth as well.

Mah turnnnn:

http://img245.imageshack.us/img245/1156/autumnsongsq0.png

lols. ;-; Don't laugh.

Xoo
January 19th, 2008, 10:33 AM
It looks nice, but the bottom seems a bit too blurry.

http://i1.tinypic.com/8dw0m10.png
You can tell I have way too much time on my hands.

Olumuyiwa
January 19th, 2008, 12:30 PM
I made my first signature ever today and i like it, im so happy i made a good one ^^; here it is:
http://i189.photobucket.com/albums/z264/slamaboi/Pikachu.png

Zebra Thunderhead
January 19th, 2008, 12:48 PM
@Olum - 1. This thread will work somewhat like “The One Above” game. This means that you must rate the banner posted above your post in order to get yours rated. If the person above you did not post anything to be rated, then consider yourself lucky! You got a wildcard! If there is nothing specified to be rated in the post above, then go ahead and pick any banner to rate.

;_; My banners never get rated, so if you wouldn't mind editing your post..?

@Myokai - That be smudging down at the bottom. :\ The banner.. the thick border does it no justice, and it hasn't in the past, so I suggest you stop using them. Fai's hair looks really pixely on the left. That blue streak is irking me.

@Olum - Extremely monotone. Gradient maaaaaap! The stock also has no blending at all, it honestly looks like you just slapped it on the top layer. This tag would look better textless.

Hazuki
January 19th, 2008, 12:53 PM
Color Me Evil: Pweety effects. X3 I love the lighting and the brush effect. But it would still look better with a border. xD;;;

Myokai: OMG IT'S SMEXY FAI!! <333
I can see that all you did was just take the image, added some kind of brush in the background, and blurred the border. Like I said before, you should play around with the image a little more. But keep it up! =D

Olumuyiwa: It's not bad. I can see you made the background yourself though. ^^
This is the first step of becoming a graphics designer! You're doing very good so far! Now all you got to do is just add some more brushes, effects, and text effects!
Keep it up! =D

Nytkoi
January 19th, 2008, 01:58 PM
Hows this Guys:
http://i192.photobucket.com/albums/z227/ataylan/1Banner1.png

And Ulyumaia: Thsts a start! Try to blend the image to give it cool feel, and add lots of brushes. You're on youre way !

Hazuki
January 19th, 2008, 02:01 PM
Mizt: It's good but make the image a little more clearer. xD;;;;
All in all, it's really good. ^^

Pikabloo
January 19th, 2008, 05:23 PM
CME;; Aaaah, that banner looks so pretty x3 I love all the glowy orb goodness. The smudging at the bottom of the sig looks really great, and helps to blend the person into the background. The banner has beautiful colours, as well. Oh, and it took me ages that there were flowery stuff extending from her hair. Very nice. Well, it's very different from most of the banners I see here. Which is a good thing, I guess xD

mizt;; Try not to lower the opacity of the render as much. And the placement of the render and text are kind of meh-ish... More effects would be nice, as well, since it's looking a bit plain right now. And I simply don't like the colour of the text and the swirly lines/sparkly stuff. Overall, it's not too bad, but it definitely needs some more work.

Anastasia.R
January 19th, 2008, 06:44 PM
Well no banner above me. .__.; So I'll go on ..

http://img227.imageshack.us/img227/7324/webbanneradvertisementuk9.png

This was an old banner I made for a fourm. (name on the white line). I put a grovyle there since my username had "Grovyle" in the name. XP

Comments?

~A.R

Hazuki
January 19th, 2008, 06:48 PM
Anastasia. R.: Beautiful. Love the background and text. The outer glow is good as well, it's not too big and not too small. Good job!

Oh and can you all rate my current avatar? Thanks. ^^

evilcheese
January 19th, 2008, 07:16 PM
well i dont have much to rate so im lucky!

http://i217.photobucket.com/albums/cc3/chimchar59/invitation.jpg

just something i made. when i save for web it gets optimized then looks worse.

Uryū Ishida
January 19th, 2008, 08:54 PM
@evilcheese: wow it looks good, for some reason i feel like its at the end of the world, because the sun is halfway down in the middle of the ocean :P the sky is cool, an di like the outer glow of the sun nice job! :p 9/10

Well here is my most recent banner, this is the FIRST EVER BANNER I USED TEXTURES WITH OMG!, yet again gimp is my one and only love <3~ (lol) i made two versions of it, personally i like the second one the best,

v1:http://i29.tinypic.com/m75awy.png

v2:http://i29.tinypic.com/33c7osz.png

Comic Tragedy
January 19th, 2008, 11:21 PM
@ Demidian: Verry NICE! I could never do that with GIMP! I think I only have to comment on the effects. I think you should add more effects, maybe a c4d, or clippingmask.

I just made this. http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k284/andytoe/Twighlite.jpg

Uryū Ishida
January 19th, 2008, 11:35 PM
@ el capitano: thank you i will add that, wow...it looks good i dont think i could make anything like that 9/10
EDIT: when i used c4ds id didn't make a difference pretty much because of all the layers on top of it, so i will use more effects in my next banner :D

Pikabloo
January 20th, 2008, 03:01 AM
Demidian;; Wow, that's pretty good ^^ The second one is better, in my opinion, since the colours aren't as harsh to the eyes as the first one. The effects are okay, but I guess a little bit more wouldn't hurt. And you need to control the background a bit more, so it doesn't look as cluttered/messy. Image placement is a bit strange... Saber looks a bit awkward on the corner of the banner there. I think you can fill up the rest of the background with a clipping mask, or maybe better text. Basically, try making a better use of the space in a banner. But still, that one is good compared to your others.

El_Capitano;; Flow and depth are nice, but the effects are sort of distracting, especially the C4D to Midna's right (our left). And I don't like how it fades into white in the corner. Maybe make the background black, and add a 100px soft brush of white or something in the corner. I like how it looks as if Midna is reaching out for the light, but it seems like there's a bit too much light. Although, I do like the grungy feel of the banner. And the colours are definitely nice (I like the hints of red and yellow in the background)

--

Neeeeewww banner:

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b39/Pikabloo/Forum%20Sets/yuffie.png

I don't actually like it too much :|

Uryū Ishida
January 20th, 2008, 03:09 AM
Shiranui;; thanks, ill try and work on cleaning up my work next time, i will use more effects like c4ds, but i dont have a clue what clipping masks are, please explain?
RATING YOUR BANNER: i is pretty good, but its just one of those banners i don't like, but ill try to think otherwise so 8.5/10

BreD
January 20th, 2008, 03:35 AM
v1
http://img299.imageshack.us/img299/2166/sasukesigcopyih1.png
v2
http://img292.imageshack.us/img292/8457/sasukesigcopyyk3.png
I made v1 awhile ago and posted it on page 5, and i wasn't satisfied... edited it, but i'm not sure if i went of the top :S
I'm not gonna use it anyway, so i'll put it in the Graphics give away thread.

EDIT
Forgot to rate :S
@Shiranui
It's great, the light source really brings your eyes onto the focal.
I like how the smudging has little bits of what i assume are c4d's... ^^

Olumuyiwa
January 20th, 2008, 08:05 AM
I've been making some more, kinda sameish but oh well ^^

http://i189.photobucket.com/albums/z264/slamaboi/Bulbasaur.png
http://i189.photobucket.com/albums/z264/slamaboi/Arcanine.png
http://i189.photobucket.com/albums/z264/slamaboi/Blastoise-1.png
http://i189.photobucket.com/albums/z264/slamaboi/Pidgeot.png

what do you think ??

Xoo
January 20th, 2008, 10:54 AM
Try experimenting with different text, but on the whole they look good.
I figured out how to make rain images! w00t!

http://i32.tinypic.com/34pgxap.jpg

Loki
January 20th, 2008, 10:56 AM
BreD; Hmm, maybe a different font for "Sasuke"... and maybe get rid of the 'BreD'. xD If you're going for a credit by putting your name on it, try putting it in a less conspicuous place. I personally like the second one better, because the render's eyes and colors are sharper. The lightning that I'm pretty sure came with the render helps blend it with the background, especially since you brushed over the lightning. I don't like the scanlines on the first one. xD; Cover the whole thing render included, or crank down the opacity on 'em.

Shiranui; Well, I'm pretty sure you know what I'm going to say about the left. So, I'm not going to say it. xD Because you're probably tired of hearing it. The smudging is great and the render really fits into the banner. The lighting is awesome, and those little flecks of reddish and yellowish light are a really nice touch. (Light texture...?) Color scheme is perfect. ^^

-edit-

You post too fast Myokai. xD I'll edit in a rating in just a second.

Myokai; Erggg.... I really really hate that foggy border thing... xD;; And I've never been a fan of that rain effect either, (because I don't think it looks like rain at all.) and the text is still the same as ever. As I said earlier, it's obvious you didn't render the image because of the white cut-off against the banner, and that's a major no-no. I don't really like the flecks of cyan either. You should find a render of Hitsugaya like that (there's one at Planet Renders I think) and make him stand out a little more color-wise. Maybe play with brightness and contrast, since he seems a little monochromatic. Sorry, but I really don't like this banner at all. xD; Most of this applies to your Fai banner as well. (Although the one currently in your sig looks really pixellated around the edges, which is almost as bad as having that white line that screams 'Not Rendered'.)

Xoo
January 20th, 2008, 11:19 AM
I know, I was just showing I could make rain images.
I made another one I think looks a lot better.

http://i30.tinypic.com/m9vc61.jpg
You like it?

Zebra Thunderhead
January 20th, 2008, 11:27 AM
That picture of Fai looks like it should be a sunny, bright image, not a dark, dreary one. The light you have on the left completely contrasts what you have with the rain. No offense, but you have some major issues with coloring... These blotches of color can't work. No more. ;-; And Fai looks washed out in comparison to everything else. Please stop using the rain. Dx

Nothing new, so prz just rate my latest. xD

http://img245.imageshack.us/img245/1156/autumnsongsq0.png

PLEASE GIVE RATES.

Anastasia.R
January 20th, 2008, 04:13 PM
Wow! Cool work you have there,Evil. :3 9/10.

Eh ... my work I made. >___<

http://img237.imageshack.us/img237/6096/mawilebannerhp5.png

~A.R

Uryū Ishida
January 20th, 2008, 04:20 PM
Anastasia.R;;its great! but ill have to say a little plain, 8/10 (sorry im not a good critic)

Olumuyiwa;; try using different brush sets, not always the same one.

AND NOW TO PRESENT YET ANOTHER BANNER BY ME IN GIMP (D

http://i25.tinypic.com/9t2u1h.png



REALLY NEED GOOD CRITICISM :P

MasterDookie
January 20th, 2008, 05:16 PM
Anastasia.R;;its great! but ill have to say a little plain, 8/10 (sorry im not a good critic)

Olumuyiwa;; try using different brush sets, not always the same one.

AND NOW TO PRESENT YET ANOTHER BANNER BY ME IN GIMP (D

http://i25.tinypic.com/9t2u1h.png



REALLY NEED GOOD CRITICISM :P
Try blending the stock in more, it's a bit big for my tastes also. Not a fan of scanlines either, pretty good though. 7.5/10

C+CC appreciated
http://i181.photobucket.com/albums/x33/TheDookieIsComing/Wizardtutbanner.png

Uryū Ishida
January 20th, 2008, 05:28 PM
It is good, i dont know what you have used for the effects, but a good banner overall 8/10
EDIT: the lighting is alright but you could have done without it, but i dont know much else to say for it, maybe a border would have been nice

http://i25.tinypic.com/9t2u1h.png
Please I want this rated again, (By More People) GIMP OWNZ!

Loki
January 20th, 2008, 06:29 PM
Hey guys, no offense, but lately the comments have really sucked. If you don't have time to rate, don't post until you do, problem solved.

Spend a little time to tell people what about it is good, what about it is bad, what needs to be improved, etc. We're not here to be told "It's good" or "It's bad".

Comic Tragedy
January 21st, 2008, 04:13 AM
@ Master Dookie: That is a great banner! Usually I do not like that many effects, but that is really cool. I actualy used that render before, and I did the same thing. Used c4ds to make effects and it looks really good. But I think you did a better job placing and blending them. Otherwise I find the c4d takes to much of the attention and is a little to flashy. The lighting is verry effective. I really have nothing to say to critisize this besides try bleding the render a little more, to give that feeling the c4ds are attatched to him. *ooooh spooky!*

Keep up the swell work!

@ Demidian: That is pretty good Demidian! Like Master Dookie said before me try bleding the image into the bg a little more. Also try and use a 150px white soft brush on the tob right hand corner of the sig to add a little more lighting. And maybe just to add more effects add a clipping mask layer , sorry I dont know how to do clipping mask on GIMP tho.

Ok this is something I made after I found this cool stock.
http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k284/andytoe/SASUKEVSNARUTO.jpg

Xoo
January 21st, 2008, 07:10 AM
Looks really good, but can you change the color at all? It looks kinda bland, but the way you put the light source were Naruto's rasengan is cool. Maybe add some text, and you'll have a nice banner.

I made two versions, one is a rain image and one isn't.

http://i27.tinypic.com/27xglxg.jpg

http://i27.tinypic.com/2ldkqah.jpg
Could someone tell me which one they like better?

Nytkoi
January 21st, 2008, 07:15 AM
Ello peoples, I am back!
@Antasitia R.: I think it looks intresting. The scanlines were a nice touch,
and the text was nice. I like the render as well. It is plain though. You need to add
more brushes and things. Only a few stars won't do the trick ;D
@Demidian: Wow, have you improved! The size is iffy, but the text is in a cool place lol. The Render and texture(s) blend in well. DId you add any c4ds? It's okay, but mabye add some brushes and somthing to make it better.
@MasterDookie: Wow, thats way better than rosalina. did you make that yourself? Very nice effect, and the plainess makes it better. I'm still wondering how
to do that kind of effect :/ oh well. Ncie job, very good banner.
@El Capitino: Wow, have you improved! I love the style! Realky good! The color is great, the pics are nicely rendered, keep up the good work!
@Myokai: No offense, but I hate animations.. But lests see abput the first one :p
It is an okay banner, I guess. The border is fine (needs to learn new borders, though :/)
Annd the iamge is blended (i think) but the text bothers me for some reason.. Mabye lower
the opacity and try a different font?

Also, I have some to be rated:
http://i192.photobucket.com/albums/z227/ataylan/DenouBanner1.png
http://i192.photobucket.com/albums/z227/ataylan/SuperSmashKidBanner2copy.png

So, Xenocrates, how's that ^^

Loki
January 21st, 2008, 12:10 PM
That was perfect Mizt. ;D

In return...
Mizt;

Well, I could say you're getting better at text and placement, but remember that text isn't the best medium to use to fill up space. If your 'N' is going to be that big, you'll want to size down all of it. xD; Because it's big and distracting since you've lowered the opacity on growlithe. You should apply some more of those starry brushes behind growlithe to even it out. I also like to keep my text at roughly the same (or a little more) opacity as my main brush. It helps to keep the text from standing out too much. The border is alright. Definitely better than a thick border, but maybe you could make it a white-inside black-outside border, if you know what I mean. xD;

Definite improvement though, you're getting there.

The second one not quite so much though. xD;

Something about Kings at the top.... I can read the rest though. xD; I don't know what that font is, but I don't like it at all. xD; It doesn't seem like it can be applied as a 'Graphical Font', unlike Impact with vector banners or Georgia or something. The quilt-like overlay thing bothers me as well... It definitely helps blend, but there's not single bright spot in this banner, and the Lucario is just as dark as the right side of the banner, thus the lighter left side doesn't really help the situation. And since it's a dark banner, it'd do well with a border. Darker banners tend to call for borders, and lighter ones don't.



CME; Agh! I've been meaning to rate this banner and I just forget every time. *Facedesk* Well, I love the cloudy sky effect in the back and the- Holy crap! That's a brush. *facedesk* For the longest time I thought those flowery things behind her hair was her hair. *wasn't looking closely enough* Ahem. Anyway, I love the red light. It's well positioned, but the solid middle looks a little big, so it's a little distracting after awhile. The text is amazling. The drop shadow is great, and really helps it pop out just enough. ^^ The clone stamping is great as well, and even though it fit a little better in the last banner of yours, it looks just as good here. The color scheme and mix is really smooth as well. <3

Myokai; I thank you from the bottom of my heart for not using that foggy border. <333 But the border still isn't quite there. xD; I think you should try sticking with either no border, or a white 1 px border outlined by a black 1 px border for now, and just take a look at other people and how they do borders and don't hesitate to copy it and see how it looks with your banner. xD Um, the rain effect doesn't look good ever. Dx; Well, it looks moderately okay when the banner itself is entirely grayscale, but even then it's a horrible effect. You should use a font that isn't quite so pixellated. :/ Pixellated fonts are super big no-no. It doesn't look blended at all, but the monotonous color helps, I suppose.

BreD
January 21st, 2008, 02:45 PM
@Mizt
I think Lucario should be facing the other way, and be more central. The text should be more of finishing touch, not a main part of the sig...
It needs to be abit brighter, especialy on Lucario.

The Growlithe one rocks, it's nice and simple ^^ But he should be the centre of attension not the text, maybe higher the opacity and move the text to the side and put growlithe where the text was.
Nice banners. You've improved ^^

i made 2 versions... because my laptops brightness is abit weird.
http://img529.imageshack.us/img529/4592/gengarspritesigcopyhi1.png
http://img513.imageshack.us/img513/7225/gegarspritesigdr9.png

Nytkoi
January 21st, 2008, 03:08 PM
Coool nice job, BreD nice effect. It's a bit plain. the placing of the text is cool tho :)
How's these:
(yay industrial lines!)
http://i192.photobucket.com/albums/z227/ataylan/rowan57banner.png

http://i192.photobucket.com/albums/z227/ataylan/bubbly-jigglypuff.png

Pikabloo
January 22nd, 2008, 01:54 AM
Shiranui;; thanks, ill try and work on cleaning up my work next time, i will use more effects like c4ds, but i dont have a clue what clipping masks are, please explain?
I can't really explain clipping masks D: And I'm pretty sure GIMP has them.

Er, try searching for 'GIMP Clipping Mask Tutorial' in Google. I think that'll help.

BreD;; Meh, I don't know much about sprite banners... The effects are okay, but for some reason it looks kind of plain. I don't like the fact that everything looks so 'smooth' (like, the background) compared to the sprite. Also, I don't like how Gengar is just standing at the bottom of the banner, but I guess it's better than it floating in the middle of the canvas. And I think that the spiral-y circle things around it (pen tool?) are pretty cool, and combined with the sprite pose, it almost looks like Gengar is summoning something o____o And, er, I don't really know what to suggest. I guess it looks a bit bland. Try using something else but a C4D for the background. More colours would look good, I think. Oh, and text placement definitely needs some work. I think you should either remove the text completely, or try and find another place to put it. The border colour stands out a bit too much, so, er, try picking a different colour. But it doesn't look too bad.

мizt;; Those are pretty good. For the Veemon/Ex-Veemon one, I like the rough texture of the banner (but maybe it's a bit too strong). Image placement is okay, although the Ex-Veemon image should have been placed under the Veemon one, since I see lines overlapping Veemon's hand. Text placement needs a little work, although it doesn't look too bad at the moment. However, my main complaint is the colour. That aqua-ish blue makes it more difficult to see the images. So it looks like the images have completely blended into the background. And that isn't a good thing. Also, the random spatters near the bottom of the image, and the white line at the top seem out of place. Maybe try adding more spatters all around, so those lonely spatters don't stand out on their own. I like the line at the left of the banner, too. Maybe add something of that colour to the other side, to balance it out.

The second one is somewhat better in my opinion. The text placement is definitely good, and the colours are nice. But maybe try to pick pinkier colours that match the render, since Jigglypuff stands out like pink bubblegum stuck onto a black leather shoe. The circle vector brushes are good, and match the whole 'bubbly' theme, although the Japanese writing to the left are sort of weird. Also, I don't like how you can partially see through Jugglypuff. Of course, it does blend sort-of-ish with the background, but try to find other ways of blending images. Aaaand that's it.

---

Shira was bored, so she made a new banner:

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b39/Pikabloo/Forum%20Sets/dude2.png

:3

Comic Tragedy
January 22nd, 2008, 02:51 AM
@ BreD: Errr, I dont know what to say about it. It looks ofly bland although the effects work nicely. Maybe try adding more effects that will make the sig more intersesting. Its also pretty cool how the light source is the spiralie thing in around Gengar. Nice job.

@ мizt: Good job, you are improving. In the digimon one, a point to praise is that the background matches the renders well, and you used good effects like texture, and a splatter brush . But one bad thing I have noticed with both of the renders is, to blend the image you just lowered the opacity. Try using a soft brush eraser to soften the edges of the render, then maybe slightly lower the opacity. I also love the jiggly puff sig. The bubbles in the bg are quite qute! And I love the the japanese text in the bg.

@ Shiranui: That is a great sig. It is blended well, and it is awsome how it seems like he is staring right into the light source. I am not sure what you did with the back ground, but It looks great! Also the clipping mask you used with the text is beautifull.

Here is a sig I just made.
http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k284/andytoe/colorsig.jpg

MasterDookie
January 22nd, 2008, 03:17 PM
I've been making some more, kinda sameish but oh well ^^

http://i189.photobucket.com/albums/z264/slamaboi/Bulbasaur.png
what do you think ??
Well, the stock seems pasted on, you should try to blend it in more. I was never a big fan of colorful borders either. I like the BG effects though. ^^

My latest:
http://i181.photobucket.com/albums/x33/TheDookieIsComing/HitmanBannercopy.png
I suck. D:

evilcheese
January 22nd, 2008, 06:25 PM
@master dookie - you did not rate the one above so i am not going to raye yours

@el capitano - i like the effects and all but because its small it looks kind of blurry and its hard to see the renders

http://i217.photobucket.com/albums/cc3/chimchar59/infernape.png

MasterDookie
January 22nd, 2008, 07:05 PM
Ok... Nice effects, but I hate Arkeis images. I also don't really like fancy fonts, it's better to just keep it simple. I find the one above game really annoying. :P

http://i181.photobucket.com/albums/x33/TheDookieIsComing/HitmanBannercopy.png

Pikabloo
January 23rd, 2008, 01:23 AM
El Capitano;; I smudged the background. But I should really stop doing that since I do it so often with most of my banners nowadays...

Anyways, for your banner, I sort of like it. I like the concept, with the black and white background and the coloured focal and clipping masks. I'm with evilcheese on the render/stock (?) though. It's a bit small, and it's difficult to see what it is. Also, the focal isn't clear, and is quite blurred, so maybe sharpen it up, just to make the people stand out a bit more. Lighting seems a bit oddly placed, as well, since it looks like it was just put there for the sake of having a light source. Then again, I guess there doesn't seem to be any other place it could be. But maybe change it from a white light source to something a bit yellow-er? I like the clipping mask on the text, and the black and white patterns in the background look really nice.

evilcheese;; The outer glow on the render has to go away D: And that's probably my biggest complaint. It makes the Infernape image stand out way too much. Try to blend the image into the background a bit, instead of making it stand out. Although, I quite like the effects in the background. But maybe tone it down a bit, so it looks neater. I also don't like the font used for the text. Keep it simple, as MasterDookie said. Oh, and I don't like how the top left corner just fades into white. Have a more subtle light source, instead of doing that. But other than that, it's a cool banner. And the colours fit the theme nicely.

MasterDookie;; Lot of C4Ds there. I'm not a fan of those kinds of banners (unless they're pulled off really nicely), but whatever. Anyway, I like how it's black and white, since it matches the render. The light source is a bit strong, so perhaps tone that down a bit. And is it just me, or the render looks stretched vertically? His face just looks a bit long to me for some reason... I think you should sharpen his face, and maybe blur out the effects in the background to have a more clearly defined focal (since the background is a bit distracting), and to add a bit more depth. The C4D effects are cool, though.

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http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b39/Pikabloo/Forum%20Sets/dude2.png

I just want other people's opinions ^^

MasterDookie
January 23rd, 2008, 07:48 AM
No, his head is just really big. :P

Loki
January 23rd, 2008, 03:34 PM
Added a rule to the first post about replying to banner comments, due to a report I just got. xD;

Be sure to check it out~ <3

Xoo
January 23rd, 2008, 03:40 PM
MD: Looks ok, but kinda bland 'cause it doesn't have any colors. Maybe go back and give it a little color, maybe on the C4Ds.

Anyways, I made another Fai banner.
http://i31.tinypic.com/2zhp2xw.jpg

evilcheese
January 23rd, 2008, 04:05 PM
@shirauni - i hate getting 2 diffrent opinions! CME said make the render pop out and you say make it blend it just gets confusing! anyway the light source is weird so ill give you that.

@myokai - i like how you didnt put gradient map over the render this time. anyway you should strt using a new method for the background. ya know use filters and whatnot or read some tuts. and the border color isnt the best choice.

http://i217.photobucket.com/albums/cc3/chimchar59/arceus.gif

http://i217.photobucket.com/albums/cc3/chimchar59/Untitled-2.gif

made two versions. the second one was a test for transperency.

/Circa
January 23rd, 2008, 05:47 PM
evilcheese:

The first one is better because the second one looks a bit chopped. The border on the sides is too small and close to the text. So I think the first one is better. maybe having something covering a little bit of the Arceus would make it a bit better.

I have two here, I want to know which one is better.
(Haven't done this for a while..)

http://img518.imageshack.us/img518/6195/halokz5.png

http://img150.imageshack.us/img150/1569/narutodk5.png

Uryū Ishida
January 23rd, 2008, 06:27 PM
Crashink;; The Halo Banner Is Really Blended (and i mean alot), the brushes you used as well are pretty decent, but it still is a bit plain, as for the text in a way it does stand out, but it could of been a bit bigger, overall 8/10, As for the naruto banner, i like the render alot, and the brushes you used to brush over him are really good, The text for this one is a bit better because it is bold and stands out just a bit more, as for the colour theme, i reckon an orange would of blended naruto in a bit more, but it is overall a good job 8.5/10.

Everybody;; Well today theres no banner for me, i'm taking a break from graphics, i'm always to busy, i havent had the time to make a banner, so hopefully soon i can start making them again, but in the time being, ill just rate all of yours ;)

Loki
January 23rd, 2008, 06:53 PM
Myokai; Well, I disagree with evilcheese about the border. It may not be the best choice but with that kind of border, I don't really like colored outer borders. It looks funky. xD; But in the end, let me tell you that this banner is a MAJOR improvement.

Major as in like, "Oh my god is this by the same person?" improvement. The font is much better now that it's un-pixellated, even though it's still not the best choice. Try out font downloading sites or something of the like. (I couldn't name one for you though, since I use patches, sorry. xD) The render is cleaner, which is good. Maybe at this point, you should try looking at some of the tutorials in the Graphics Tutorial thread and try to translate them into GIMP. (You use GIMP, right?) Tutorials are annoying to read, but make no mistake, they help like NO other. x3

evilcheese
January 23rd, 2008, 07:44 PM
http://i217.photobucket.com/albums/cc3/chimchar59/sasuke5.png

used shiraunis tutorial i have to say this is the first time a c4d actually worked for me.

Shika
January 24th, 2008, 09:12 AM
I don't know which tutorial from her you used but this one is over blended. The text is put there just to have text. (I was told the same thing when I did something like you xD) Oh. It will be better if it is more lighter. It's a bit dark right now~

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And for this one, I don't like it. But I was testing the whatever brush I randomly made and a new so-called style xD

http://img33.picoodle.com/img/img33/4/1/24/f_Donaldzm_902b8db.png

EDIT: It has a white border. Oh, and doesn't it look like that Donald is pointing to the wall where the painting is? 8D xD

Xoo
January 24th, 2008, 03:21 PM
Myokai; Well, I disagree with evilcheese about the border. It may not be the best choice but with that kind of border, I don't really like colored outer borders. It looks funky. xD; But in the end, let me tell you that this banner is a MAJOR improvement.

Major as in like, "Oh my god is this by the same person?" improvement. The font is much better now that it's un-pixellated, even though it's still not the best choice. Try out font downloading sites or something of the like. (I couldn't name one for you though, since I use patches, sorry. xD) The render is cleaner, which is good. Maybe at this point, you should try looking at some of the tutorials in the Graphics Tutorial thread and try to translate them into GIMP. (You use GIMP, right?) Tutorials are annoying to read, but make no mistake, they help like NO other. x3

Thanks. ^.^ I was wondering, does anyone here know how to make those dashed borders?

evilcheese
January 24th, 2008, 05:00 PM
hazuki has the tutorial ask her.

EDIT:

since nobody posted it gave me time to make a banner

http://i217.photobucket.com/albums/cc3/chimchar59/drapion2-1.jpg
another time c4d have worked out for me. dont even say it needs a border.

i bet CME's is going to turn out better though.

Nytkoi
January 25th, 2008, 01:22 PM
Wow that's pretty good Evilcheese. I like the colors, the fit in perfectly with the render.
I personally think you overdid the light, though.

Red1530
January 25th, 2008, 02:51 PM
This is a picture of the moon that I took two days ago through my 60mm telescope. Please ignore the pixel noise.
http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p99/Red1530/Astronomy/MoonPhoto1-23-08_001.jpg

Xoo
January 25th, 2008, 02:54 PM
It looks ok, but this is for graphics you made, not photos.

evilcheese
January 25th, 2008, 05:00 PM
http://i217.photobucket.com/albums/cc3/chimchar59/sasuke6.jpg

an attempt to copy CME's style. didnt turn out that bad actually.

Zebra Thunderhead
January 25th, 2008, 05:42 PM
Noo, don't take my style. ;_; Because I actually don't have a style. D: If you tried to copy me, you'd find you wouldn't be able to... I change my resources and style so much my computer often tells me to stop living. You should also strive to be an individual, not copy someone else.

In regards to the banner, Sasuke's hair looks really fuzzy on the left and right. The whole thing is really yellow. I suggest using selective coloring and channel mixers to get rid of the yellow. There's also bits of render on his face that's irking me. There's a major case of floating head syndrome. Try shrinking the stock a bit. It's actually a decent tag.

I made this LP today when I came home from school... Comments please.

http://img186.imageshack.us/img186/3012/fromthebeginning2rb5.png

Shika
January 26th, 2008, 02:34 AM
Do I need to rate again why the others skipped mine? D:
And this one is hard to rate >D

Did you use the gradient map? Because the redish and purplish colors made me think that. I also think that there should be a bit light source on her face. And the background is perfect so yeah~

Hope don't get skipped again .____. With White Border
http://img33.picoodle.com/img/img33/4/1/24/f_Donaldzm_902b8db.png

/Circa
January 26th, 2008, 03:18 AM
I don't think the border should be there, it makes it look bad ;P
I like it, though i don't get why there are splats there, and theres too much white around the picture. Though it looks very nice ;) 9/10.

I've got two here, I tried to use c4d's and some lighting effects, I think the Naruto one turned out fine, but Kakashi could of been better.

http://img254.imageshack.us/img254/5197/narutobannerzu7.png

http://img178.imageshack.us/img178/7587/kakashiwl6.png

Nytkoi
January 26th, 2008, 06:29 AM
I actully, love it Shika-chan. Its great. Its very good, nice job. I like the effects
and stuff.
Here's a request banner I made yesterday:
http://i192.photobucket.com/albums/z227/ataylan/nightmsreHaunterbanner1.png

Xoo
January 26th, 2008, 08:19 AM
Crashink: They both look really good, the only thing I don't like is lack of a border. Other than that, they're really good. (no, I don't think the Kakashi could've been better)
мizt: It looks really cool, but too faded on Grovyle's right side.

I've got something that I think looks awesome, but that's just me.
http://i28.tinypic.com/2n71841.jpg
Rates, please?

Nytkoi
January 26th, 2008, 08:47 AM
You're getting the hange of it, Myokai.
I see the big star in the background. If you
use gimp, does it have blending? If so,
you should try blending the image. It helps :)

Could someone rate my current theme?

evilcheese
January 26th, 2008, 08:56 AM
@myoki - getting a little bored of the same render like i think i said before you might need to use a diffrent background as well

http://i217.photobucket.com/albums/cc3/chimchar59/fire-fight.jpg

made this for someone yesterday.

MasterDookie
January 26th, 2008, 08:45 PM
Nice effects. I don't like the odd sources of light and the font though.

My latest:
http://i181.photobucket.com/albums/x33/TheDookieIsComing/Lucariosig.png

Loki
January 26th, 2008, 08:59 PM
Master Dookie; Hm, I don't really like the sprite. D:

The splatters look kind of odd as well, you should've used a soft brush eraser to make them sort of 'fade' like the red, because it looks like they were pasted on.... I like the red and monochrome colors in the background as well, but as a whole banner, I don't like it because the sprite is just... I don't like sprites in banners. xD;; And it's just so small and pixelly that it really throws off the balance of the smooth brushes.



I finally got over my stall in graphics. xD;

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v243/Kaiyoseila/Vaan2copy.png


And I'm really pleased with the way this turned out. <3 Kinda went overboard with the light textures, but oh well. xD

Comic Tragedy
January 26th, 2008, 09:18 PM
@ evilcheese: That is a very interesting, but good banner. One thing I really dont love though is what Master Dookie also said, the lighting sources are kind of odd. Try making it a little more centralized. The other thing I don't really love is the random oval in the top middle of the sig, behind the text. Other wise the sig is very good. Keep it up! :P

@ Master Dookie: I dont really like the sprite in this sig. For some reason it looks like it is glowing black. I dunno that just doesn't apeal to me. Other than that, I pretty much like the sig. I like the black, and chrome (silver, grey?) effects you have behind the light and sprite.

@ Xenocrates: Wowie, thats great! I love everything about it, except like you pointed out the vast amount of light textures. But still that really doesn't effect my opinion about the banner itself (its awesome). I love the render, and the city bg. Also the lighting is exceptional. Great Job!

This is some stuff I made:
http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k284/andytoe/HiroNAkamura.jpg
http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k284/andytoe/CristalChoronicals.jpg

Loki
January 26th, 2008, 09:38 PM
Actually it's just a stock. xD; It's not a BG and render, it's all one thing.

*fish'd* But thank you. xD; I'm glad you like it~

Shijuukara
January 26th, 2008, 09:43 PM
@El Capitano: I like the Hiro Nakamura, except the red lines look a bit too grainy. 9.8

The Cristal Chronicals one, well. I don't like it. It seems a bit too blurry and random. The text doesn't really match either. You could add a few effects to it. 7.8

@Xenocrates: I would sooo love your sig, but it seems a bit too bright. There's so much stuff on the sig. It looks like it's crammed. But overall 8.5 :]

[edit] Sorry trying to post picture, it wont let me.

This is after my 'hiatus' on 'graphics.' First thing in a year?

http://img181.imageshack.us/img181/2487/acendo1ki6.png

Nytkoi
January 27th, 2008, 02:31 PM
@ Xenocrates: Wow, that's awespme. I shouldn't be suprised.
You're such a good graphics artist. I love it. Nice job :)
@ El Capitino: For the first one: It's pretty bland. Its pretty good
tho. Add sme more stuff to it. .

The second one, its better. The theme you made now showes you can do
way better than that ;D
@ Acendo: I like the deisgn. Its cool. I might not even mind using
it. The dashed border circles are a ncie touch.

I have created an icon. Please rate.
http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg12/Stardust909/Avatar.png

Zebra Thunderhead
January 27th, 2008, 03:20 PM
@Xenocrates - I SPY APPENDIXSQUARED! XD I really like this a lot, but the light just below Vaan's right elbow is teh uber bright. Turn it down, prz. : D Light textures are always nice. :3 I'd move that yellow light texture on Vaan's left arm somewhere else to the left, since it's quite distracting where it is right now.

@Capitano - The Heroes one is nice, but it's really empty on the left. The lineart sticks out way too much and draws the focus away from the stock. The render on the top left is also really choppy alone the edges. It would look better textless. On the other one, it's too much gradient map going on. Also, the duplication of his eyes on the right aren't working. The blurring on his hand looks iffy and the light source is way too bright.

@Acendo - I really like the left side a lot, although the blue strip in the back is bothersome. The white circles need to go, and the pink cloud as well. If you could make the whole thing like the left side, it would be really cool.

@Mizt - The icon is really cloudy. Plus it's all one color. I generally like icons to be bright and flashy but that's just me. xD The colors are really washed out, too. ):

Please rate my stuff. I put a lot of time and effort into these things only to get them passed over. It's hurtful and disrespectful. So, repost:

http://img186.imageshack.us/img186/3012/fromthebeginning2rb5.png

evilcheese
January 27th, 2008, 03:25 PM
@CME - pretty colors i love it i think there are only 3 things i would recomend. maybe soft brushing around the hair cus i think there is a little pixel junk, 2 maybe make the scanlines smaller, and 3 that line in the middle is weird i would soft brush that a little.

http://i217.photobucket.com/albums/cc3/chimchar59/sharpedo2.jpg
why do i get the feeling that azonic might like this?

Loki
January 27th, 2008, 03:43 PM
CME; Gah, sorry. ;; I'll try to rate your graphics right away so I don't forget. </3

Anyway, I absolutely love the text and scanlines. The scanlines really give the background a little more definition, but the render is a little too dark for my tastes. Like, the skin, I guess...? The abstract and sort of icy look at the bottom is great, and really does an awesome job of blending the render. I don't really like that bulls-eye brush on the left that looks like it has an outer glow or something on it, because it's kind of... out of place? I don't know. xD; Maybe it's because it sticks out a lot. The space/starry look at the top is really nice as well. ^^

Acendo; The dotted circles are awesome. :O I like how there's no specific... thing in the banner. It's just all graphical stuff. The splatters on the left are a little too contrasting to the big blur of color on the right for me, but I do like them very very much. Color choices are perfect. I think without the distracting cloud over the right, it'd be an awesome piece. <3 Not that it isn't already. xD It'd be awesome-er.


evilcheese; Well, I like the desaturated look. Buuut, I don't really like abstract background. It's too broken up, too contrasting, it's just a little overboard in general. The light... thing... on the bottom left is... bad. :/ It's not a convincing source and it looks like it's just there to make the text show up, which is... not what I would use lighting for. (Lighting is usually to bring a little more attention to your focus, and text doesn't seem to be the focus in this banner.) I don't really like the font either. x_x Well, I like every part of the font except for the 'S'. <_<; I don't really like the flecks of... stuff... on Sharpedo either. I think that Sharpedo kind of matches the contrasting abstract background, so I don't think too much blending would be necessary for this banner. Maybe a soft brush erase job on the right end of Sharpedo would be enough. I think you've had better banners in the past.


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I tried to make it a little darker, and got rid of the brushing. :O Does it look better?

http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h88/EvileBell/Vaan2copy2.png http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v243/Kaiyoseila/Vaan2copy.png

edit; Here, side-by-side for comparison! *FISH'd*

Shijuukara
January 27th, 2008, 04:43 PM
@Color Me Evil: I can't find anything wrong with that last piece. The only thing that bugs me is that her face is a bit too dark. :D good job.

@evilcheese: Overall it looks great, the text can be better though. And it can be less bright, it seems too sharpened.

Xenocrates: For me it looks way better. But liked that shine at the bottom of his left elbow. xD

GAH My psd disappeared for the last sig i posted. >_> So I made different one. xD

http://i32.tinypic.com/2zgemnm.png

evilcheese
January 27th, 2008, 04:44 PM
@xenocrates - thanks for the advice. anyway i like the darker one better cus the lighter one looks a little too bright. also the text i think should just stay one color. oh and maybe add a yellow orb thingy.


EDIT: you posted before me >.<

@acendo - the text is nice but the finger is well how can i put this scary? just tone it down a little oh and the side thing annoys me and the resoulution aswell.
http://i217.photobucket.com/albums/cc3/chimchar59/sharpedo2-1.png
fixed up a little or a alot

Uryū Ishida
January 27th, 2008, 06:49 PM
Evilcheese;;Wow, that looks alot better, are you sure you didnt just start a new banner altogether? It might just be me, but i think theres abit too much splatters there, and you could've tried to blend sharpedo in a bit more,and the beige colour (it might not be beige, i just felt like saying beige, its closest to beige anyway :P) doesnt really blend him in, maybe a more desatruated blue? anyways 9/10,

Everybodys;; YAYS! i had the time to make a banner, i know its a bit dark, and i didnt choose the best border, (or text) but i like it,

http://i28.tinypic.com/6nqqti.png

MasterDookie
January 27th, 2008, 09:34 PM
A pretty good banner, nice effects. The font for the text annoys me though, it drives my attention away from the stock.

My latest:
http://i181.photobucket.com/albums/x33/TheDookieIsComing/FFVBannercopy.png
I hate it. I wish I didn't suck *Sigh* Oh well.

Uryū Ishida
January 27th, 2008, 09:43 PM
Masterdookie;; Overall i think it is a good banner, though like xenocrates i absolutely hate sprites in banners, but your effects are good, but i dont like the whole dark grey thing, 8/10

Everybody;; Just incase people are blind here is my banner again and im editing it so just wait

http://i28.tinypic.com/6nqqti.png

http://i26.tinypic.com/2mhwhh4.png

here is the edited text one, and a little fix up in other places,

Pikabloo
January 28th, 2008, 01:32 AM
CME;; I love the effects :o They look really nice, and I love how the bottom half of the render smoothly blends with the background. The text is nicely placed, and the font you chose looks really lovely. The scanlines are just transparent enough so that the background doesn't stand out too much. I like the use of a space stock for the stars and stuff, and it makes the whole thing more magical-ish o____o. However, I can see some vector brushing that stands out a bit too much at the sides of the banner, and the top half of the render seems a bit dark, especially her face. Oh, and I like the colours :3

Xenocrates;; Darker one for the win! xD But really, the newer version looks better, in my opinion. The usage of light textures looks to be more controlled on the new version, since the brightness is down a bit. The text is awesome, as with most of your graphics, and everything looks nice and colourful. And it looks better without that light texture over his elbow, since it's less distracting.

Acendo;; I like it :D The soft tones and colours you used really looks great, and the text looks very nice as well. The whole simplicity of the banner is good, since I don't think that much more could be done to that without making it look too cluttered. Also, I like the depth of the banner, with the fingers visible in the background. It looks quite simple, but it's quite appealing to look at. But I think, in comparison to the rest of the banner, the text stands out a bit too much, since it has sharp lines which don't go well with the smooth lines of the stock.

evilcheese;; ...The image needs to blend a bit. The fact that the background is green-ish, whereas the Sharpedo image is dark blue. I'm not saying that it should be completely monotone, but I think that there needs to be something in the background to match the colour of the render. The spatters are okay, but seem to be just a bit over-excessive. The text is a bit too small, and the font used is too, er, boring. Some lighting would look nice also. This definitely isn't your best banner as of yet.

MasterDookie;; Black and white seems a bit boring here. And I don't like how the sprite looks quite faded/blurred, almost like there's soft brushing over it. The background effects are quite cool, however I don't think they match with the sprite. I have no idea how to describe it, but basically, the sprite looks odd, almost misplaced. The text needs a bit of work as well, since it looks like it's just floating there.

Demidian;; The second version is somewhat better. Although the text is still distracting D: The wave filter on a duplicate of the text doesn't really help, either. It's almost like the tip of his sword stands out more than Ichigo himself. Try to place the focus on his face instead. The glowy orbs are interesting, almost like debris from something he just cut apart, but maybe tone it down a bit. But the background is quite good. The banner needs lighting, though.

Crystal Shard
January 28th, 2008, 02:10 PM
Demidian: I actully like the white text one. its better.

Tapioca
January 28th, 2008, 02:39 PM
It seems like the rating were covered by Shiranui, I thought almost exactly the same things she did, so yay \o/

OKAY for this, I planned on trying something new, but then old habits took over and bleh ._.
But here it is:
http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c369/Teresa113/5y7bw6357y3w65776.png

plainplainplain. I know XD;
I tried adding some stuff with different colors but it looked goofy so I didn't :P

Live in Color
January 28th, 2008, 03:12 PM
@Chikara­: I lurv this one so much. He stands out so much, but blends with the background too. I really think it could use rounded edges, and it would look awesome. And with the rounded edges a somewhat thick black border might look nice. Maybe just a little bit of text is needed too, but I'm not sure. Not really a user name though. Something creative. Other than that it's really awesome. <3

Okay, I have two outcomes. One is with a rusty texture the other is not.

Without
http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj223/Relyt-kun/Soracopy.png?t=1201561685

With
http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj223/Relyt-kun/Soracopyrust.png

I'd like both rated, and what one I should use for a theme, please and thank you. :D

EDIT: And then there's a third one which is in my current signature, and has a light texture in the bottom left.

evilcheese
January 28th, 2008, 08:00 PM
@Relyt - i dont really see the texture. anyway its a decent grahpic. i dont really have much to say since it doesnt have too many affects. only the border is kinda weird but ok. oh and the top sides need well transperency.

http://i217.photobucket.com/albums/cc3/chimchar59/renji.png
i gave up on the sharpedo one.

i know the text is horrible. can someone suggest something like outer glow?

Uryū Ishida
January 28th, 2008, 10:52 PM
Evilcheese;; THERES TEXT THERE? O.O?????, i cant see any text what so ever, but the banner is really nice, i like the feather you've used on Renji, and the brushes you used are just AWESOME!,and you've put lighting in there as well, unlike me (i really need to use a banner with lighting) 9/10! EXCELLENT JOB!

Edit: Omg, now i see the text, and yeah you need to change that, this sounds pretty bad but how about a Maroon coloured text with a 2 pixel stroke of black? actually that does sound pretty bad, but try it any way.

Live in Color
January 28th, 2008, 10:54 PM
@evilcheese: You might want to put the lighting in a more appropriate place. Having a random light in the signature looks odd. Try putting it on Renji's sword, and not off away from the main focus. Good work though. :D

Loki
January 29th, 2008, 01:34 PM
evilcheese; Basically what Relyt and Demidian said. My reaction was the same as Demidians; "There's text?! o_O"

I'm currently opening up photoshop to see if I can figure out where the text is.

I will return to you with the verdict shortly.


Also, in response to your comment about the text on the FFXII banner; "Solid text is boring. D:"



http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v243/Kaiyoseila/Corda.png



edit; I SPY SOME TEXT LOLZ.

Yeah that's nawt good. D: I thought the text was the blob of black on the opposite corner of the banner. <_< So the text is the only thing I'm going to comment on. Because its the biggest thing that pops out at me that needs work, other than the lighting.

XxZer0xX
January 30th, 2008, 06:44 PM
It's got great detail and I can tell it took a while to make but it's a bit hard for me to see the smaller text but it blends in and that's a good thing as long as it's able to be seen.

evilcheese
January 30th, 2008, 07:37 PM
@xenocrates - wow i love the banner. i mean the scanlines, text and everyting its all cool. dont know about the render though might need a resize.

@Shadow dragon - they are all pretty good. kind of plain but good. i dont have to complain about the text well i cant really say much about them since their on a small scale.

http://i217.photobucket.com/albums/cc3/chimchar59/naruto3.png
need help for my theme.

BreD
January 31st, 2008, 12:04 AM
Good evilcheese although i kinda noticed you seem to always place the light source away from the render, distracted the eyes. A good spot would be behind his head.

I made a smudge sig ... but i preffered the avatar than i did the sig...
http://img525.imageshack.us/img525/8522/ichigosmudgesigcopyvl3.png

Pikabloo
January 31st, 2008, 01:26 AM
Xenocrates;; Light textures, woot! Actually, I'm kind of half-half on the light textures there. It just seems to be a bit too much, for me anyway. But it adds a pretty cool effect, and it makes the banner stand out from the rest, sort of. The background looks really nice (was it smudged, or...?), the scanlines are a nice touch, and are just barely visible, which is good. I don't want to comment on the text, since it makes me cry, in a good way D: However, I think the banner needs a bit of depth, since it looks a little bit flat at the moment. But other than that, it's a lovely banner.

Shadow Dragon;; The quality of the last two icons compared to the first three seems a bit... suspicious. Anyway, based on the graphics and not the text in it, the last two are definitely the best. Although simple, the last two are more pleasing to look at. Especially the last one, since it has colour. The first three look really pixelated. Maybe you saved them as JPEG? The colours used on the third one also seem to be the default Paint colours. As for text content, they are really random o.o Then again, that's a good thing, for icons anyway. The non-capitalised i's on the second one makes me cringe.

evilcheese;; What help do you need? The banner looks alright so far. I don't think it needs any text or anything like that. The light source is really badly placed, though. As BreD has suggested, try placing it closer to the render. Right now, it looks like a giant orb that has appeared from nowhere, and it draws most of the attention. There's also little bits in the background which is a bit too bright. Other than the lighting, there's really nothing else that needs work.

BreD;; I like the smudging~ The orange-y colours are nice, too. I think the text needs a little bit of work, though. And there's this brown-ish blob at the bottom right corner of the banner, which looks kind of strange. Other than that, I don't have any major complaints. The hair does look a tiny bit too bright, though...

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http://img90.imageshack.us/img90/3770/aquanoborderhb4.png

I got bored.

Uryū Ishida
February 1st, 2008, 04:49 AM
Shiranui;; I ABSOLUTLEY JUST WANT TO BURN YOUR BANNERS BECAUSE THAT MAKE MINE LOOK n00b!!! anyways, i love your smudge banners, the smudging in this banner is really good, and i love the text,the render blends in wonderfully, i think every thing about it is great 10/10! (my first 10/10 rating xD)

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Anyways heres my new banner, i was going to use a clipping mask with some splatter brushes but i just left it, tell me if you think i should use the clipping mask, xD:

http://img49.imageshack.us/img49/2600/ishidabanner3ec0.png

Nytkoi
February 1st, 2008, 03:42 PM
@ BreD: Wow, I'm not suprised you're not using that banner, its great!
I like the text placment and smudging, the background goes with the render perfectly!
I wish I knew how to smudging :(
@ Shiranui: I AGREE WITH DEMIDIAN,I LOOK LIKE A NOOB!
I have a long way to go... That banners great! The text, the background,
even the renderz!
@ Demidian: Try not to use the select border, no.1. No.2 is, no, don't do the clipping mask. There's a lot of stuff going on. I agree with this spongebob squarpants show quote:
I don't know man, but its hurting my EYES!

@ ME: Someone please rate my crappy theme?

Xoo
February 1st, 2008, 05:47 PM
Demidian:It looks good, but as мizt said, there's way too much going on. Blend some of the C4s, I guess.

Shiranui:Looks awesome. Only thing wrong is that it could use a border.

мizt:The white looks kinda dirty, too much black-grey. I'd rate it about 8.1/10.

I really like how this turned out.

http://i26.tinypic.com/2v1qhdv.jpg

Rates, please? Or at least comments.

evilcheese
February 1st, 2008, 06:41 PM
@myoki - it looks pretty empty. there are a couple of things you can do like a clipping mask, c4ds, etc. oh and the render is blurry.

http://i217.photobucket.com/albums/cc3/chimchar59/kiba.png

not like i like yugioh but i looked at the renders thread and got it. im running out of renders.

Loki
February 1st, 2008, 08:13 PM
evilcheese; Oho. This looks way better than what I did with it. xD *Ah, the good old days when I was still un-lazy enough to render my own images.*

Well first off, I'm glad you were able to find a use for it! :D Secondly, the blue eyes white dragon in the back is very nice, blended smoothly and it looks really cool in general. But, Kaiba sticks out like a sore thumb. A very very sore thumb. And then, what... is that yellowish splotch on his hand? o_O And the yellow ones on his right shoulder? Yeah, those need to be erased. :< They really don't help blend in any possible way. Instead, you should've tried to blend him in with a sort of abstract smudging type thing. The color scheme is good though.

The border is somewhat acceptable, but it's definitely not... incredible. xD;

It's a good turn out though. :B Next thing you should try out is rendering something yourself, if you're running out. xD;

Myokai; Er... ouch. :/ That's a few steps back from your last Fai banner. Well, first off, I'll tell you that I don't really mind you using the same concept over and over. But the flat colors, the low saturation, the same backgrounds, now THOSE are getting boring. He's kind of blurry, which is incredibly weird. The stars are way blended in, and as far as I'm concerned, the background might as well be a solid lavender color with scanlines over it. :/ The background is too modest, too subtle. You have the opposite problem that evilcheese and Demidian have. Put some spice into it! D: Fai isn't THAT flat of a character! He's dynamic! xD

Right, back to the subject at hand. The border is definitely not... okay. x_x; The selection just doesn't fit here, it would've been better if you'd just kept the whole thing 1 px and solid, or just not made a border at all, since you're using CSS in your sig anyway. Because I really like the word CME used, this is a good example of "Floating-Head-Syndrome" or whatever it was. xD; You should resize it, maybe move his head up a little more. His hair isn't very important.

You should try a few other types of renders though. It might help you improve?

Shiranui; My momentum. ;; Nah, that's getting pretty old, so I'm not going to rant about that. xD; But honestly, you beat me to everything! xD *couldn't find a good picture of the second secret ending anywhere!* Regardless, it is absolutely excellent. You say stuff about my text skills, but I'd trade you any day. :< The color and positioning of the text is amazing, and the cloudy look on the text is excellent. I do think it's kind of odd that the sort of sharp looking cloudy smudging just ends once it reaches the render and leaves the other side just gray. I think you could've continued a little so that it looked like it was floating up or something? *I don't know if what I'm saying makes sense.*

I think those little grayish orby things should be turned up just a slight tad on the right. :< Like, not all of them, just the ones furthest away from him, so they don't look like strange blemishes. xD;;

It's a fabulous banner though. :3 I like this one~ <3

Mizt; I think it looks excellent. o_o Maybe it's the text. I really really like the text. In my opinion, this is one of the best banners I've seen from you. But then again, I've always been kind of partial to solid brush banners. :B *fishfish'd* Either way, I love the brushes, and did I mention I love the text? The spacing and decorations are perfect. The dotted line on the right fits alright, but it's a bit too dark compared to the rest of it. Maybe lower it's opacity a bit so that it's a little grayer. Same goes for the border. A lighter border would match much more nicely. Anyway, the monotone colored background really helps the render catch some focus. And the colors! o_o There's a texture on the render, isn't there? I like it's effect! Syaoran could've been moved a little more to the right, along with everything else to his right, but eh. It's not a major issue.

Good job on this one. :3 It's not crappy at all.

Demidian; I'm just seeing familiar renders all over the place today. :B Although I can't really say the same about this banner as I did with evilcheese's. I don't really like it. xD; The weird bluish-gray things are... well, they stick out more than the render. It would've been cool if you'd put Ishida's left arm over the blue... streak... thing. It would've given it some really cool depth. But regardless, I just really don't like the effects. The de-saturation is alright, but the brushing on the left and the circular diffusion looking thing on the right just don't look right at all. :< I don't know about the border either. It's a little too thick. Maybe cut off the border on the sides for a widescreen look?



Replying to comments on my La Corda Banner; Wow. I'm so happy that it looks alright. ;; *Last attempt failed miserably, but that was awhile ago, I guess...* Depth. ;; I tried a little of that, but I guess I still gotta work on that. I have a little of an idea how to go about it, but I probably won't be applying it for awhile. Whai, yush, that is smudging. :3 Five layers of it, I'd say. *fish'd* I'm glad you like the text though, it took forever. xD; It was unreadable in some parts and too bright in others and in the end I had to change that entire corner just for the text. *fish'd* Too many light textures? :O *I even tried to tone it down this time, hurrr* I guess I'm just excited how much light textures help. xD; Gotta get through this freaky phase.

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I'll come back with a really really crappy BLEACH wallpaper in just a second. It's like, amazingly horrible, but I had to execute the idea, and I kind of want to know whether it's just me that thinks it's plain bad.


edit-ching;; K here it is. :<

BLEACH, Rukia Ichigo "MOVE ON" Wallpaper, 1024 x 768 (http://img222.imageshack.us/img222/1094/rukichilb5.png)

btw, the perspective tool killed the text. <_< I know it's pixellated and fugly.



And I just remembered I want a rating on a few really old banners of mine. You really don't have to rate them if you don't want to. xD; I'd prefer a rating on the wallpaper anyway.

http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h88/EvileBell/lines.png

http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h88/EvileBell/shinjiblue.png

Uryū Ishida
February 1st, 2008, 11:40 PM
xenocrates;;First banner: simple yet complex :P, thats my brief explanation of it, but ill explain some more xD, the splatter brushes all are good, and your render stands out,(which i think is good in this case), but those swords or crystals(the blue things) distract me, other than that i like it 9/10 ---- Second banner:this one is alot better than the first he blends really well in the background, and the diagonal lines are really cool :P,the brushing is nice, and i like the shadow you put in the top right and bottom left corner, and i see for the border you made one side light then the other one dark, NICE JOB! xD 10/10

heres a tag i made i was bored, it was made from shiranui's splatter tut, i converted it to gimp, i dont like it at all (by that i mean i dont like my outcome, but shiranui YOUR TUT IS AWESOME) --edit: gots a new banner

http://img352.imageshack.us/img352/7619/rukiasplattertagaq5.png

http://img176.imageshack.us/img176/3614/lelouchtaglj8.png

Nytkoi
February 2nd, 2008, 05:48 AM
@ evilcheese: The texture and render fit perfectly, as alwasys ;P
I'm not a big fan of you-gi-oh, either. I really like the way you use scanlines,
nice job.
@ Xenocrates: I'm scared just thinking abut rating a mod... Kidding! :D
The wallpaper, is great. I love the circle and the move on text. The shadow on the
renders are a nice touch
The first banner is scary just thinking you used to be as bad as us *gasps*
lol. The splatters are good, and the render fits in well.
2nd banner, that one i think was urs. I like the splatters and
colors a lot And the border is cool ;D
@ Demidian: For your first one. big improvment. New border, lighting, everything.
It's great. The splatter brush set on dissolve(i think) and the clipping mask. *claps*
Nice job.
About your second one... Its AWESOME! Add more stuff and would be great! nice!
Is that render pixel art or manga?

@ ME:First of all, thank you Xenocrates for the nice cmments. I appreciate it ^^
Also, I did add sort of a texture. But I cut it to make it blend in only with the render.
At first I was trying that clipping mask tut from BreD, but It didn't work, so I tryed somthing different, but with the same idea. The text? I like it too.
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After seeing Xenocrate's wallpaper, I couldn't ake it anymore, so I made one

BLEACH Wallpaper, Blizzard (1024x678) (http://i192.photobucket.com/albums/z227/ataylan/BlizzardWallpaper1024x678copy-1.png)
And also this, I found the render and loved it, so I
had to make a banner ^^
http://i192.photobucket.com/albums/z227/ataylan/PKFIREBANNER.png

evilcheese
February 2nd, 2008, 08:25 AM
@xenocrates - thanks for the advice. yours are all cool. but the first banner looks oversplattered and the render is blurry. i use sharpen when i have blurry renders. oh and i know how to render like i did with this one:

http://i217.photobucket.com/albums/cc3/chimchar59/aipom4.png
@Demidian - wow i cant believe how better youve goten. those are both good the splatter one's light source is weird though this was my result for that tutorial:

http://i217.photobucket.com/albums/cc3/chimchar59/regirosck.gif

@Mizt - the banner is uh weird. the render is much too small for such a wide canvas. i would make it longer and thinner if ya know what i mean. the text is good. but the things overlapping the render aren't



please rate both if you have the time.

Nytkoi
February 2nd, 2008, 08:28 AM
You forgot to rate the wallpaper ^^
@ evilcheese:
Borders are essanctial! There's really to much going on on the right
and its pretty plain.
The 2nd one is better. The colors are good and I see the use of shiranui's tut ;D

evilcheese
February 2nd, 2008, 05:34 PM
i dont have to rate all of them.

oh well nobody is posting so ill post an old one:

http://i217.photobucket.com/albums/cc3/chimchar59/omg2.gif
it was a request. i know its kind of oversmudged.

MasterDookie
February 2nd, 2008, 05:36 PM
@mizt: I guess i'll rate the one in your sig....

It's pretty nice, I like how you got rid of the distracting blue streak and turned it into a slightly less distracting white streak. :P Well made though, I like it.

http://i181.photobucket.com/albums/x33/TheDookieIsComing/SlimShady.png
Ugh, shoot me. D: Just playing around with PS. And BTW, it's black and white for two reasons. 1: The stock was black and white. and 2:The C4Ds were different colors, it would have look messy and bad.

Tapioca
February 2nd, 2008, 05:40 PM
MasterDookie: Nice :O
My only problems with it is the render (you can see a white line on the left side of the face) and the lack of color. I've never seen other things by you so I can't rank you out of 10, but nice work ^-^

And can someone please rate this?:
http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c369/Teresa113/ry87n836u7w416u.png

evilcheese
February 2nd, 2008, 07:05 PM
@masterdookie - you didnt rate mine >.<

@chikara - the render sticks out like a sore thumb (as xenocrates said on one of my banners look above). some soft brushing around the render or even smudging around or behind would get rid of that. the light source is coo. and the text and background are good

http://i217.photobucket.com/albums/cc3/chimchar59/sasuke5-1.jpg

rendered myself

MasterDookie
February 2nd, 2008, 07:57 PM
Sorry, I was still typing it when you posted. I'll rate that one. It's a nice sig with some cool effects, I liked that you rendered the image yourself. I don't really like the strong source of light though.

Loki
February 2nd, 2008, 09:15 PM
evilcheese; Yellow skin! D: Sasuke! Hurry! To the hospital!

Yeah I highly dislike it when the skin gets really yellow. That's what selective color layers are for people! D: The weird abstract-y texture-overlay thing really bugs me too. You should've erased over his face. The light source is really strong and blinding, and the background is pretty busy and distracting. I think it looks alright without a border though.

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Request by Aegis~ <3

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v243/Kaiyoseila/Haruhi.png



plugplugplug; BLEACH, Rukia Ichigo "MOVE ON" Wallpaper, 1024 x 768 (http://img222.imageshack.us/img222/1094/rukichilb5.png)

Pikabloo
February 2nd, 2008, 10:16 PM
Xenocrates;; Ah, that banner is really nice <3 I like the soft tone of the colours, and the background is really nice, and simple. Although, I think that the effects to the right are slightly distracting, and I'm still wondering as to what that rectangle-ish thing under her arm is. Oh, and I think that the font for the text should be one of those thicker ones, since the current font looks a bit weird, to me anyway. Otherwise, it's a cute little banner, the kind that I can't make for some odd reason.

lul, kay, I won't comment on the text for the wallpaper. I like how it looks like Ichigo and Rukia are walking on the path with the text. The colours are nice, and the dot things stop it from looking too empty. One thing you could add, though, is some sort of effect that emphasises the depth of the wallpaper. It's simple, but perhaps too simple.

Reply to the comments on my banner;; Thanks, all~ I didn't actually think that it was that good. But, whatever xD I was planning on adding a border to it, and I tried out a bunch of different styles, but nothing looked good on it, so I left it as it is. Also, it's a stock, not a render. I tend to be too lazy to render things out nowadays, or the renders I find are ones I can't use for some reason. I wanted to continue the cloud thing so that it's also there behind her, but, as always, I got lazy >.> Oh, and Aqua (the character in my banner) is a girl... o___o;;

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I keep on forgetting about this:

Abstract, smudge, wallpaper-type thing. 1024 x 819 (http://www.fileden.com/files/2007/6/17/1183898/courage.png)

Yeah, yeah, I know it's taller than the normal wallpaper, but I couldn't be bothered to crop it at the end.

Uryū Ishida
February 3rd, 2008, 01:59 AM
Shiranui;; and still your smudging seems to amaze me, ITS THE BEST!!!!!! the flow of the fire (thats my interpretation) is great, and the colour is so vibrant, it is TRULY A MASTER PIECE xP 10/10 (second 10/10 and to you again :P)

well my friend makes UBER BANNERS xP, and i wanted to share one of them with you :P here is her Piece of art :P

http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c197/KearahShadowProdukshunz/lelouchness.png

Nytkoi
February 3rd, 2008, 01:48 PM
I don't really have time to rate, so ill say this to demidian:
OMG THATS COOL!
Rate (for my website/forums:)

http://i192.photobucket.com/albums/z227/ataylan/1111111111PokeKigdom.png

Hazuki
February 3rd, 2008, 01:57 PM
Demidian: OMG IT'S SEXY LELOUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sorry, I'm a Lulu fangirl. xD;;; I love the lighting effects in it, especiall the thunder thing around his arms. The background is awesome too! I just wish I knew how to do that. ^^ Anyways, I love it, especially since Lulu is on it.

Bro': You copied that from Sammi (I think). xD;;; But like I said, don't use textures for backgrounds, you make your own backgrounds. Textures are for texutres.

Tapioca
February 3rd, 2008, 04:14 PM
Hazu-chan got to them...
As she said, guys XD;

I'm not uploading this onto photobucket, thus my laziness, but this:
http://intelligent-muffin.deviantart.com/art/Gundam-Strike-teh-original-76413721

Yay <3
It was made using the same style as my theme, but I like it so much better x.x

Pikabloo
February 4th, 2008, 01:31 AM
Chikara;; I like the outcome on that one more too :D I guess it's because the starry effect and such fits a Gundam better than it fits Neku, eheh. Anyway, the only thing I can really say about it is that it lacks image blending~ There are some bits that blend, but the rest of it stands out from the background, which doesn't look too good. As I sort of (but not really) said before, I like the starry effects, and the blue stuff in the background adds to that 'space'-y effect.

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Space wallpaper. 1024 x 768 (http://fc.deviantart.com/fs26/f/2008/033/7/8/Space__by_seiiku.png)

Repost: Abstract, smudge, wallpaper-type thing. 1024 x 819 (http://www.fileden.com/files/2007/6/17/1183898/courage.png)

Rate one or the other, I really don't mind :3
Oh, and I used a tutorial for the first one.

Azonic
February 4th, 2008, 04:44 PM
Ooh! Shiranui is a good Graphix maker person :DD;

I like the Space effects like the clouds and stuff ^_^
Did you use the wildfire one for your Ichigo banana? It looks familiar.

11/10~ for both. :D

http://img111.imageshack.us/img111/5330/dahliahawthorneon2.png