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the bitter end.
October 15th, 2008, 02:40 PM
I may or may not have talent though, that's for you to decide...

http://darkraisvoid.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/themerebelion.png?w=450&h=180
Lelouch, I really like this one for some reason...

http://darkraisvoid.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/king.png?w=450&h=180
My favorite, using it for my sig...

http://darkraisvoid.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/origin.png?w=450&h=135
Just playing around with C4D's I don't like this one much...

http://darkraisvoid.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/vengance.png?w=450&h=135
Not may favorite, but I love the text effect I got.

http://darkraisvoid.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/forest-guardian.png?w=450&h=135
Made because I was bored, not my favorite, but not my least favorite either.

http://darkraisvoid.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/souleater.png?w=450&h=135
Made again because I was bored, I kind a like it though, dedicated to .Oblivion, who inspired me to make this gallery.

Please give constructive criticism...

What is this? He's taking... requests? =0
I have 5 slots, once five people have made requests, I won't be taking any more until I start a new request form.
1. -[JD]-
2. chanchimi
3.
4.
5.

If you want to request fill out this form:
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Sounds
October 15th, 2008, 02:46 PM
Wow these are really good RyuKun!
i love the one you made for me if i wasn't using my current theme i'd ask you for it lol
now the main problem: the borders,its always the same
and also i like the first Lelooch one,its pretty good considering that i used that render to when i had a Lelooch theme
keep up the good work

the bitter end.
October 15th, 2008, 02:49 PM
Aw... but I like my borders...

Maybe I'll start rounding the edges on some of them instead of putting borders.

And thanks...

Comic Tragedy
October 15th, 2008, 03:13 PM
I totally dis agree with Nazo, and have to say that the main problem in each one of these tags are the text.

This is for two main reasons. It does not compliment the rest of the compo at all (it does not blend, mesh, or go with the flow). Also I find that the less text you have in a tag, the much easier it is to manage. One of these tags have text with a whole sentence in it, or more. The ones that don't have this (the rest of them), the text is just way too big.

For the most part though all of you're effects are really solid, and you should just read more tutorials, and try new styles to find more effective effects.

You really have some solid tags here for a begginer, I wish you the best of luck! And keep on making these!

the bitter end.
October 15th, 2008, 03:17 PM
Thanks, I'll keep that in mind (I never like my text, I guess this is why)

Aizuke
October 15th, 2008, 03:22 PM
Text is really hard to do, I have trouble with it myself. ^^;; Usually if the text is bad, it ruins your banner. D:

But you have potential for a beginner, buuut, stay away from outer glow for your renders, because they make it harder for your renders to blend well. Also, try using more colours, than just one for your banner, because it makes it look bland.

But like what CT said, tutorials are good, and do help you. :3

Like that saying goes, practice makes perfect~

the bitter end.
October 15th, 2008, 03:24 PM
Thanks, I'll see that I use your advice, the only problem is I have trouble understanding half of the tutorials out there...

EDIT: I am now open for requests

the bitter end.
October 17th, 2008, 03:01 PM
http://darkraisvoid.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/symnetry.png?w=450&h=135

Made because I had just watched episode 3 of soul eater.

http://darkraisvoid.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/dareyoutomove.png?w=450&h=135

Made because I was bored, and I found a cool render, I really like it for some reason.

http://darkraisvoid.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/arceusbanner.png?w=450&h=135

Trying out a new technique, nuff said.

http://darkraisvoid.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/neku2.png?w=450&h=135

Found some good C4D's and thought "Hey, why not make a banner," I don't really like this one much tough.

http://darkraisvoid.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/fightingdreamers.png?w=450&h=121

Made because I was bored, and had nothing to do.

Confuse
October 17th, 2008, 05:16 PM
I'll tell you one thing, Ryu: They're better than what I've tried to make.

Tutorials really do help, though. I try to look for them to improve.

Azonic
October 17th, 2008, 05:38 PM
You're heading the right way with effect c4ds and flow, and such. A lot of potential for a beginning graphics artist, here. What I don't like is that your banners look like the render was just slapped onto a background, there. You have to make your backgrounds fitting to the render, and color the background in with the colors that match the render very well. I'll use the Giratina Origin Banner for an example, the purple background was very random. Giratina always had a more grundgy feel to it and should have slightly darker and warmer colors such as yellow, red, and black.

Utilize some more effects, too. Overlay is a great tool to darken / lighten a banner or blend a glow in. It's also great for coloring something in, too. Anyways, the main problem I'm seeing is that you're using the same background over and over again, and the end result isn't always good. Try making some of your own backgrounds with vector / grundge / magic brushes, etc. The c4d backgrounds are quite hard to manage. A good brushing over the render won't hurt either, and helps the render blend in more to the background. Sparkle and magic brushes usually do that the best.

C4ds are mainly used to add flow, and are occasionally used for backgrounds. I don't know what you're doing to the c4ds, but using them as a background sometimes ends up looking bad. For example, the one in your signature; the red c4d turns out very blotchy and saturated. I mean, they are nice effects, but don't overuse them. Setting a c4d on overlay over the render is a good tactic too. Erase the c4d over the face of the render if it's unclear; it gives it a good texture.

You also need better quality renders. Some of the ones you choose aren't good. Go to PlanetRenders (http://planetrenders.net) for some really cool and good quality renders. To increase the quality of a render, you can use the Contrast feature in the Brightness and Contrast (just don't overuse it or it will begin to hurt your eyes).

Anyways, some very good potential you've got here, and the work is pretty nice for a beginner. :3 A few main points I'd like to suggest:

- Download more Brushes: Make your own backgrounds and brush over the render too. I suggest deviantART (http://deviantart.com) for good brushes.
- Less Monotone: Choose colors that fit the render instead of plopping a random colored background in. Overlay is a great tool for this. Make your banners based on more than one color (I sometimes have trouble with this myself. XD;)
- Experiment new things: Follow a tutorial to learn different strategies or try something new all by yourself. Doesn't have to be great, but everyone has to start somewhere.
- Improve Text: Downsize it and shorten the text. Avoid complete sentences.

Yu_&_Rei
October 17th, 2008, 06:43 PM
wow they're amazing, I love the Celebi one.

Sounds
October 18th, 2008, 05:01 PM
hmm...fighting dreamers is quite good
u've improved alot since i met u lol

the bitter end.
October 19th, 2008, 11:38 AM
Thanks, i'm still working on using different kinds of backgrounds (Other than C4D's I mean)

True Reign
October 19th, 2008, 12:12 PM
Image: http://www.blog.gamesville.com/deoxys.jpg
Text: Invincibility
Size: 333 x 120 (width x length)
Other: black, white, gold lightning in the background.

Thank you in advance.

the bitter end.
October 19th, 2008, 01:04 PM
All right, here's JD's banner, be sure to give credit.

http://darkraisvoid.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/deoxys.png?w=333&h=120

True Reign
October 19th, 2008, 03:28 PM
Thanks alot dude. Looks really nice.

the bitter end.
October 19th, 2008, 05:17 PM
http://darkraisvoid.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/c2.png?w=450&h=135

Originally maed for the Signature of the week, but I decided it didn't relate enough...

chanchimi
October 19th, 2008, 08:38 PM
Image:http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p11/Kisa_is_kawaii/Pokemon%20Special/Specialshipping/pori_sp43.jpg
Text: The Dreamer
Size: Same as your favorite one-Sorry, not to familiar with sizing!
Other: I would like to only have Red(boy) in it, if that's okay. And blue in the background.

Thanks very much!

the bitter end.
October 20th, 2008, 05:29 AM
http://darkraisvoid.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/thedreamer.png?w=450&h=135

Here you go Chanichimi, remember to give credit.

http://darkraisvoid.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/aura.png

Lucario banner 'cause I was bored.

http://darkraisvoid.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/memories2.png?w=450&h=135

Suzaku Kuruugi (I believe that's how you spell it) banner, made for SoTW

http://darkraisvoid.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/givemyoursoul1.png?w=450&h=135

Made for my training with Closer (Aizuke)

KK, that's all for this post!

the bitter end.
October 22nd, 2008, 04:48 PM
http://darkraisvoid.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/weareelectricity.png?w=300&h=130

Made trying to get into Shadowpand3monium's shop

http://darkraisvoid.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/cc.png

Also made trying to get into Shadowpand3monium's shop

http://darkraisvoid.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/vaporeonbanner.png?w=300&h=130

Again amde trying to get into Shadowpand3monium's shop...

So as you can see I'm pretty desperate to get in there, please rate these...

chanchimi
October 22nd, 2008, 04:53 PM
Those are good! I especially really like the Vaporeon one. It's really good.

the bitter end.
October 22nd, 2008, 05:06 PM
Thanks, I like the Vaporeon one too, any suggestions on how to make them better?

Sounds
October 22nd, 2008, 05:09 PM
well text is still the same...
the size could be changed on the Electivire one(maybe)

the bitter end.
October 22nd, 2008, 05:11 PM
Of the text or of the banner?

Just wondering...

Azonic
October 22nd, 2008, 05:22 PM
Getting much better. Don't be afraid to brush over the render with some magic / sparkle brushes either. You can also put emphasis on the render by lightening / darkening the area around it. It really attracts attention and makes the background seem less plain. Just like what you did with this one:

http://darkraisvoid.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/givemyoursoul1.png?w=450&h=135

The background that is farther away from the render is a different color than the background behind the render, which does attract attention to the render.

Try surrounding the render with something that blends in with the background, or else it looks like you just slapped something onto the background. For example, which one would look better?

http://i37.tinypic.com/95okt4.png
or
http://i34.tinypic.com/i54xvs.png?

Probably the second version. It looks like that you've done more than just create a background to suit the render. It looks like someone brushed over the render to make it more complex. Basically, I just put brushes over the render and erased some parts of the lower arm. It made the render more than just have the same colors as the background, but it actually has some effects that are similar to the background now. The magic brushes over the render are a perfect example of how a render can be blended even more.

Also, see how the background is more white than the outer borders? It's because I want the render to attract attention. White stands out on black / dark blue, so therefore I used white with light blue overlay to make Haruhi stand out.

...that banner wasn't anything serious though. xD; I just made it for an example.

So yeah, try brushing over the render some more and put more emphasis by alternating colors in the places you want the attention drawn to.

Sounds
October 22nd, 2008, 05:22 PM
the banners dude,its a gallery isn't it?

the bitter end.
October 22nd, 2008, 05:49 PM
Kayashi, thanks for the tip .Oblivion I like the size my banners are at but... if you insist.

Azonic
October 22nd, 2008, 05:55 PM
No problem~

And size is only a minor element of graphics making. At this stage, RyuKun shouldn't be too worrying about the size of his tags. What matters the most is what goes inside the banner, and how well he puts certain effects to use. :3

Sounds
October 22nd, 2008, 05:57 PM
Kayashi, thanks for the tip .Oblivion I like the size my banners are at but... if you insist.

no no no i don't mean to insist at all
Kayashi is absolutely right

the bitter end.
October 23rd, 2008, 05:50 AM
http://darkraisvoid.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/geass.png?w=450&h=117

Made in an attempt to follow Kayashi's advice -.- didn't go so well.

http://darkraisvoid.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/sasuke2.png?w=300&h=130

Made using the "over the rainbow" tutorial.

Tentacruel13
October 23rd, 2008, 06:41 AM
Image: http://img39.onemanga.com/mangas/00000026/00000011/03.jpg
Text:Bang!
Size:480, 160
Other:Use the bottom right L.

the bitter end.
October 23rd, 2008, 07:45 AM
That render's gonna be really uber hard to work with, could you get another one?

http://darkraisvoid.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/sea2.png?w=300&h=130

In the mean time, here's a better attempt at me following Kayashi's advice...

Azonic
October 23rd, 2008, 02:06 PM
Awesome. :D Just remember to use good quality renders, since I can see some pixels and noise in between the render's forehead and eyeballs. The glow was used pretty well. Try to add a little more flow with soft c4ds, though. But you're improving quickly. :3

the bitter end.
October 23rd, 2008, 02:14 PM
Thanks, the thing is when I got it the render was really blurry, so I had to sharpen it, guess it didn't go so well -.-