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Pikabloo
November 1st, 2007, 02:05 AM
Mizuki: I just have to say it; that banner is totally hawt DD: I might just end up spamming this thread if I talk about how awesome it looks, sooo... I'll try avoiding that.

And now that's off my chest (lawls), on to rating~:

BreD:
For your first set, I think it's really hard to see what's going on in the avatar; there seems to be no clear focus (from what I can see), and everything just looks mushed up together. I don't know... I guess everything just looks messy. The outer glow on the text to make it stand out doesn't really help, and I think it would have been better off without the text. And the border just looks... Weird, I guess.

As for the banner, it's a definite improvement; I love the effects for the kick, and everything just flows nicely with the sprite. Although I think the text just looks like it's been slapped on there, for the sake of it. It's good that it doesn't stand out too much (so it doesn't take the focus off the sprite), but I think that it should, er, go with the flow, like the rest of the banner. Oh, and the colour of the border (and it's thickness) just looks way off. Other than that, I like the colours and the flow of it all~

Duuuuuuuude, awesome flow on that Sasuke one. It looks really nice. Although the light source behind him just looks awfully bright, and his hand and clothes, and the C4D (I think) to the right of him look pixely, perhaps over sharpened. Also, the text just stands out too much. I like the font you used, and the actual content of the text, but I think it's way too bright. Either bring down it's opacity, or somehow blend it in with the actual banner. The border is okay, but I think it's one pixel too thick, but that's just me. Oh, yeah, and the colours are totally awesome~ I can't really say much about the avatar, seeing as you just took it from the banner, but it looks good ^^

Mullac51:
Okay, the main thing that's been bugging me since I saw it was the font size, and the gap between the two lines of text. I've never been a fan of large text of banners, unless it somehow manages to look amazingly awesome. And in this case... Weeeeell, let's just say you can do better ^^ But yeah, so the text is a bit big, and the gap between the lines just looks too big, so it looks like there's empty space in between, and that isn't really a good thing. The effects are okay (I haven't used Paint Shop Pro in a long time, so I forgot how it works xP), but the brush strokes (?) are covering Spiritomb's face D: Anyway, the colours are okay, and match with the image, but Spiritomb should stand out just a biiit more, since right now, it looks like it is a part of the background. Aaand, well, I guess it's a decent banner. I like the fact that it looks like there is actually mist in the background ^^

RYOUKI
November 1st, 2007, 08:35 AM
I finally got Photoshop 7 installed, Thanks to Kurogane for that, Anyways I have been uh, practicing for one hour and like I made 3 2 batch of themes, the 1st one was HORRIBLE!

http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa48/Ryouki-kun/Themes/WarriorPNG.png
http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa48/Ryouki-kun/Themes/WarriorAvatar.png
http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa48/Ryouki-kun/Themes/Assasincopy.png
http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa48/Ryouki-kun/Themes/AsassinAvatr.png

Criticism and Comments are accepted, just make it nice..I like Started from the top :3

BreD
November 1st, 2007, 02:05 PM
Nice try brushing above the renders layer aswell... add a boarder too, keep up the good work! ^^

Shiranui i thought about what you said, and i think i improved the quality of the sig and the render... ^^
Old:
http://img481.imageshack.us/img481/7213/sasukecorruptedsigtb1.png

New:
http://img70.imageshack.us/img70/6681/sasukecorruptedsigrj3.png

Bebetrunks
November 1st, 2007, 09:38 PM
Me likes the update on it, the blur adds the effect as if hes being focused on. However the blur on his blue coat somewhat messes with the eyes that it is not* flowing behind his head.




Made a new sig, tis was for a friend.


http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v648/Bebetrunks/raysigproject.jpg

Rate please! =]

Pikabloo
November 2nd, 2007, 02:53 AM
Yay, RyRy got PS again~

Ryouki:
Okay, I'll try to be nice.

Ahem. Well, for starters, I would like to say that your banners are not as bad as you say they are, regardless of what you say : D

Now, I wont be as nice... For the first set, I think you could have been bigger, so you have more space to work with. The render looks awfully constricted (I saw the whole thing somewhere else~), so I think a better banner size would have been better. The colours are nice, and match with the theme, so I don't really have any problems with that. However, the text is much to big, in my opinion. And the font doesn't match the render too well. The background effects (with the brushing and the repeated image) are simple and nice, considering you just started from scratch. As for the avatar, I have nothing much to say, really, except that I think the text is too big (once again)... o.o

And about the second set... It's partially better. Again, I think a better usage of space would have been good, but the colours are nice. The repeated image on this one stands out a bit too much, though. So maybe you can lower the opacity on that. And then, there's the text... The colour and font used for the text just look strange. It looks like it's just been slapped on there, for the sake of it. Oh, and you could have made the cloak flow more with the background by using a soft brush on low opacity to erase some of the end a little bit. And I think I don't really need to say much about the avatar ^^ Oh, yeah, a border would be nice on the second theme~

BreD:
Yay, it's not as sharpened~ I think I like the newer version better ^^ The text looks much better, and the C4Ds on the right look good as well. But now I think that his clothes behind him look a bit too blurred (lawls, sorry about that, I just tend to be pretty picky sometimes o.o). Just a bit. But otherwise, it's an improvement. Can't wait to see more of your works ^^

Bebetrunks:
It looks... Blurry. I don't think you should save banners as JPEG, it ruins the quality. Save it in PNG~ Other than that, I think it's an okay banner. Although all the shiny/glowing orb-y/fractal C4Ds are taking all the focus away from the render itself. Even though I think that the effects are very pretty :3 They're just too overpowering. And I think that the render is too dark-ish, and Kakashi sort of just disappears into the background, which generally isn't a good thing. The font used for the text that says "Lost Memories." is too bold to match the soft effects you used, and I personally think it's too big (lawls, I really have a problem with large text) to match the banner. Oh, and the positioning looks... Awkward. The other bit of text (the one that says "Renji Toku") isn't as bad, but maybe it could be moved further to the left, and the opacity could be lowered a bit. Oh, I forgot. You can sharpen the render to make it stand out a bit more. Aaaaand the border looks strange... A one pixel banner around the outside would do fine~

(lawls, I can't be bothered to rate. But I hope those comments will do : D)

EDIT:
http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b39/Pikabloo/Banners/roxasbanner3.png
Gah, I couldn't help but use the same-ish colour scheme as my current banner D: It's so similar to my current banner. I guess I can call this one... Roxas banner version 1.3D -shot'd- I love smudging stuff now...

Note: border is white.

Anyway, comments and such will be appreciated. I think that it's a bit too empty to the left side. But, meh, I guess it looks cool~

BreD
November 2nd, 2007, 07:39 AM
(lawls, sorry about that, I just tend to be pretty picky sometimes o.o).
Don't worry lol... i preffer it when people pick my faults it helps me improve :)

Anyhooooo...
Nice new sig! I like your style :) Similir to your Roxas one.
I like the sort of smokey effect you got goin' on there. The light source works well as it's not actualy that bright. (i tend to go over the top with light sources.)
Tbh, if you plan on using it on this forum i'd change the colour of the boarder. Keep it up^^

Bebetrunks
November 2nd, 2007, 02:20 PM
@ Shiranui: Haha thanks for teh rate. =] Hmm well the text I did not want it to be trasnparent or the signature would ahve looked rather bland. To tell the truth I don't often make banenrs but user signatures which is waht it is and the style I do it I learned fom a tutorial so I am pretty use to it I guess, been trying to get out of the habit and get into some more deeper works but do not know where to start. The file type i jpeg for the sole reason that png causes works I do to become pixelated, though it being blurry I cant see it XD maybe its my video card, its better then my other computers so eh. Its funny though I thought the text next to the kakashi render was the most horrible part of the signature.



As for your new one I <3 it it is better then your other one IMO. Seems to flow better, though term of renders I like the artsy one the 3d one was blended well. Blending is still something I need to learn =\

Loki
November 2nd, 2007, 02:44 PM
*FACEDESK*

Okay. So I just spent 40 minutes, typing out ratings for EVERYTHING that I hadn't rated on the last page, was finished with rating Ryouki's banners, and was just moving on to rate Shiranui's banners when I accidentally pressed the back button.

So. There's no way in heck I'm re-typing that all.

So uh... for anyone who was looking forward to a big lecture of me picking their banners apart little by little...

Sorry, but no.

And so, I'm only going to rate the people who mentioned something about my banner. (an eye-for-an-eye. One-rating-for-one.)

Whiiich, leaves me with one person, even if the comment was sort of... short. xD; That's okay though, s'long as it looks alright. I was actually obsessing over that splatter that's over his dog-tag, and I was wondering if someone would point it out and tell me to get rid of it, but nobody has, so I guess it's not a major tragedy.

SO.

Shiranui; Foggyyyyyy. It actually looks really good, but what kind of bugs me is the weird stuff around his nose and hair that make it look like it was a JPEG or something. Dx;; Actually, it's on his nose and hair. Not just around it. The border is white.... yeah can't see it. xD;; Which is a total let-down. The text is super cool, buuuut, it's kind of empty on the left, and cramped near the render. It's still a really nice banner though, and the color scheme is amazing~ <3

8/10


Maybe next week, I'll try again, but be smart this time and do it in word, rather then PC.

I do remember that I rated BreD's kick banner a 7/10, his orb avatar a 4/10, and his Sasuke banner a 9.5/10. I'm not going to re-type the reasons though. Dx;; Sorry. Just thought you might want to know the ratings anyway though.

BreD
November 2nd, 2007, 03:32 PM
Ooh 9.5/10. thanks! :D
Anyway, i believe it's possible to have the same quality sig with jpeg as png if you pull the quality to high when saving it... i've also heard it takes less space. o.O
(correct me if i'm wrong ^^)

RYOUKI
November 3rd, 2007, 01:39 AM
Nice try brushing above the renders layer aswell... add a boarder too, keep up the good work! ^^
Yes, but if I did that then, The Image will be ruined DD:
Yay, RyRy got PS again~

Ryouki:
Okay, I'll try to be nice.

Ahem. Well, for starters, I would like to say that your banners are not as bad as you say they are, regardless of what you say : D

Now, I wont be as nice... For the first set, I think you could have been bigger, so you have more space to work with. The render looks awfully constricted (I saw the whole thing somewhere else~), so I think a better banner size would have been better. The colours are nice, and match with the theme, so I don't really have any problems with that. However, the text is much to big, in my opinion. And the font doesn't match the render too well. The background effects (with the brushing and the repeated image) are simple and nice, considering you just started from scratch. As for the avatar, I have nothing much to say, really, except that I think the text is too big (once again)... o.o

And about the second set... It's partially better. Again, I think a better usage of space would have been good, but the colours are nice. The repeated image on this one stands out a bit too much, though. So maybe you can lower the opacity on that. And then, there's the text... The colour and font used for the text just look strange. It looks like it's just been slapped on there, for the sake of it. Oh, and you could have made the cloak flow more with the background by using a soft brush on low opacity to erase some of the end a little bit. And I think I don't really need to say much about the avatar ^^ Oh, yeah, a border would be nice on the second theme~

@Shira-chan: Hmm, Okay then, I think I'm gonna improve in that.
The Banner of Roxas, ia great! but as you said, it looks kinda plain DD: So uh, 7/10

Anyways here was the banner(s) I made yesterday when I was bored.

http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa48/Ryouki-kun/Themes/GunslingerBanner.png
http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa48/Ryouki-kun/Themes/SasukeBanner.png
http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa48/Ryouki-kun/Themes/AshleyBanner.png
http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa48/Ryouki-kun/Themes/Inuyasha.png

Man, I always forget to put on borders, The Sharpay Banner was a gift for my sister and Saba, The InuYasha one is for the Graphics Giveaway ( I'm not really into Inuyasha ) and the otehr two is mine, hands off...xDDD

The dawn Witch Lucia
November 3rd, 2007, 03:03 PM
Rate this.
http://i19.tinypic.com/5y33b4p.png
and this:
http://i9.tinypic.com/6f7xdol.gif
rate and which is better?

Pikabloo
November 3rd, 2007, 10:25 PM
Mizuki: It's not my favourite either, eheh. I was just bored, and I felt like messing with some smudge stuff... I any banner I make from now on will most likely have the same colour scheme DD:

BreD: Yeah. You can get the same quality with JPEG. Buuuuuut I don't know whether it takes less space o.o

Ryouki: Lawls. Someone (obviously) missed having Photoshop xD That's a lot of banners...

But I think I'm going to rate all of them in one go because they're all fairly similar and I'm feeling a bit too lazy to rate each and every one of those DD:

Okay, I think I've already stated one problem. They're all really similar Dx You should experiment with different banner sizes, image positions and text positions, instead of sticking to the same one again. The effects are also fairly similar (with the faded image in the background, and then the simple brushed on background) and the text looks like it's just been slapped on there for the sake of it DD: Although the colours match, so I guess that's good. And yeah, some of them need borders, eheh. I can't really blame you for sticking to the same formula (I used to do that >x<), but experimentation is the key to making good graphics. And following tutorials, of course xD -shot'd-

The dawn Witch Lucia: Nice banner. I'm really liking the background. And the faded image in the background is okay, but I think the opacity should be reduced a bit, because it stands out too much. As for the sprite in the front, I think it's better off without the animation, because it looks awkward for some reason (it looks like it's missing some frames) and it's going too fast. Oh, and the end of his fist (and the mug of coffee) is cut off when his arm's in the air xD Anyway, the sprite looks extra weird (animated or not) since it's slightly transparent, and it's placed on top of the image's hand. Also, the top left area of the banner looks empty. Maybe add text or something? But other than that, the colours are very nice, and as I said in the beginning, the background is lovely ^^

RYOUKI
November 4th, 2007, 06:47 AM
Ryouki: Lawls. Someone (obviously) missed having Photoshop xD That's a lot of banners...

But I think I'm going to rate all of them in one go because they're all fairly similar and I'm feeling a bit too lazy to rate each and every one of those DD:

Okay, I think I've already stated one problem. They're all really similar Dx You should experiment with different banner sizes, image positions and text positions, instead of sticking to the same one again. The effects are also fairly similar (with the faded image in the background, and then the simple brushed on background) and the text looks like it's just been slapped on there for the sake of it DD: Although the colours match, so I guess that's good. And yeah, some of them need borders, eheh. I can't really blame you for sticking to the same formula (I used to do that >x<), but experimentation is the key to making good graphics. And following tutorials, of course xD -shot'd-

Hmm, Well...I think I'm gonna find some new tutorials...i actually made that step by myslef..so It's a little stiff-y, but atleast I made a beginners backround, right? xD

The dawn Witch Lucia
November 4th, 2007, 05:03 PM
Uh.
http://i21.tinypic.com/28ciq9g.png
C+C rate etc.

Sawyer
November 4th, 2007, 09:31 PM
http://xs219.xs.to/xs219/07350/sparky.png

Ársa
November 5th, 2007, 03:13 AM
ummm, rather large, and not to my liking at all...lol

1/10

Here are some that I did on Paint Shop Pro V9:

http://i168.photobucket.com/albums/u166/Mullac51/houndoombanner.png

http://i168.photobucket.com/albums/u166/Mullac51/SpiritombBanner.png

Regards,

~M51

Marauding Master
November 5th, 2007, 01:07 PM
ummm, rather large, and not to my liking at all...lol

1/10

Here are some that I did on Paint Shop Pro V9:

http://i168.photobucket.com/albums/u166/Mullac51/houndoombanner.png

http://i168.photobucket.com/albums/u166/Mullac51/SpiritombBanner.png

Regards,

~M51

I don't like them for several reasons;

1. You have too much going on, which isn't always bad but it distracts from the render and doesn't give a clear focus on what you want us to look at. Try making the background calmer and making the render pop out more.

2. Your renders are blended in very poorly, it's like you just stickered them on.

3. The text is way too big for a standard signature and the colors don't blend in well. If anything, it's almost an eyesore.

Try to avoid these things and you'll make better stuff. I also recommend getting Photoshop.

The dawn Witch Lucia
November 5th, 2007, 01:51 PM
Why does no one rate mine? ;(

Loki
November 5th, 2007, 02:34 PM
http://xs219.xs.to/xs219/07350/sparky.png

Posts must have at least 25 characters and 4 words.
All posts are required to have 4 words. The community has a physical 25-character limit to each post. No exceptions are given to this rule, and no one is allowed to override the limit (no "*stupid character limit*", filler text or anything like that), except for in forums which have a description saying you can. The Diamond and Pearl Battling and Trade forums, for example, permit it.

Please do not bypass the 4 words limit.

The dawn Witch Lucia; I'm sorry, but that was quite spammish as well. It is our choice as to who's banners we rate, and who's we do not, so if you would like to point out that we've overlooked your banners, please rate one of our banners in return. An eye-for-an-eye.

The dawn Witch Lucia
November 5th, 2007, 03:29 PM
Please do not bypass the 4 words limit.

The dawn Witch Lucia; I'm sorry, but that was quite spammish as well. It is our choice as to who's banners we rate, and who's we do not, so if you would like to point out that we've overlooked your banners, please rate one of our banners in return. An eye-for-an-eye.
I see.
I'll try doing that next time~

Marauding Master
November 5th, 2007, 06:01 PM
I see.
I'll try doing that next time~

You missed the opportunity just now, too.

The dawn Witch Lucia
The enlarged second render style is quite old and after a while I just begun to think of it as unfitting and not good. Try to use only one render and shift focus to it. I don't like the proportions(Too big), no border and the background looks a bit plain because you hardly made an effort to blend your renders in. I'll go with a 4.5/10.

мizuκi
I really like this one. It has a nice mixture of colors and the render is blended in originally as well. As for the things you could improve on. I'd say make it less big next time,(Big signatures are outdated =/) and blend his left arm(right to us) in more with the blood. 8/10.

Loki
November 5th, 2007, 09:20 PM
MM; Thanks... for most of the comments. xD I don't know what you mean about the blood and the hand though...? either way, it's not in use here anymore... But. D: Big banners are like, my <3. *fish'd* Yeah, I know it was too big. xD; I was freaking out over that myself, but I didn't want to resize it in case some details got killed, and it hadn't started out as an actual banner. *just a test for the tutorial I used on it, but it turned out so well...* I just had to use it. xD

And I don't think you asked for a rate, but your banner is amazing. :x *even though the render kind of creeps me out. xD;*

Sawyer; That's really cool. I love the colors, the placement, and the blend. The depth and perception is really nice as well, contrast is good, and it looks awesome. I'll take it you did it by scratch, like you did with the last banners you posted here? ^^

The dawn Witch Lucia; I already discussed that last post with you over PM. ;< But, delete it, or edit in a rating, like I asked. Whichever you choose is fine.

As for your most recent banner, I can't say I like the positioning. The render looks like it was plastered on top of a random background- the mosaic doesn't fit very well either. The render doesn't really stick out either. It's hard to pick him out from the background. Dx

Well, here's something of the same style, except I touched it up with a few of my own elements. Very small amount though, since that tutorial is very... specific. Dx

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

RYOUKI
November 5th, 2007, 09:20 PM
@The dawn Wich of Lucia: Hmm, Okay...
I like the backround and all, but it's too plain, I think the image should have like been resize, and add some text, I seriously would like it if it wasn't too plain. I dunno maybe for me plain is a mirror of my own work? xD

@mizuki: Seriously, you post way more faster than me, YOU BEATEN ME! DD: Anyways -ehem- I like the banner, the backround the green-ness but then the gradient map (or atleast if you put it) is seems, uber. because well...I just realized that there is Black Mokona in the image just now, I think that well you should get the (white) brush tool in Mokona's Body, So it would seems the Mokona is (a God) visible. xD

THIRTY-SIX
November 6th, 2007, 12:54 AM
http://xs219.xs.to/xs219/07350/sparky.png
The focal (circle thing to me) looks like its bigger than what it should be, making the depth a little less than what it originally can look like. Also make it have a tad too much magenta. The yellow, purple blue c4d part kinda ruins the colour system too. Nice c4d'ing though.

Marauding Master
November 6th, 2007, 11:56 AM
мizuκi
Thank you. If you could link me to the tutorial you used, that would be cool. I love seeing new styles and trying them out. As for your current signature, I don't like it near enough as your last one for a few points.

The characters aren't blended in enough. You should try duplicating their layers and applying filters, then setting them to whatever blending mode that looks good with it.
The light source isn't very believable. Try adding a black and white radial gradient at the same spot as your light source, then setting them to a blending mode that accompanies the lighteffect. Reduce the opacity of your light source if you have to.
Try to desaturate the renders a little bit, and maybe desaturate the entire work a little(Maybe -20) as well(Make a new layer, then go to image > apply image to have a new layer with all your stuff on one layer.).

Hope I make sense and hope it helps. I still like it, though. 6.5/10.

Sawyer
I'm not that interested in c4d abstracts and I honestly don't see the beauty in this work either. It looks very empty and hallow, and I don't see any depth in it at alll. That just might be me though. 6.5/10 for it.

Loki
November 6th, 2007, 03:38 PM
Ryouki; More faster. xD I didn't really want Black Mokona to stick out, so I didn't add anything to make it stick. xD;; But thanks for the comments, I'll see if I can make Mokona more easily seen.

Marauding Master; Yeah. The light source. Dx; I'll try out why you suggested. As for the blending, I was going to use the method in the tutorial, but it honestly just made the whole thing look blurry. I'll fiddle with the layer effects and see if I can fix it up though~ And the -20 desaturation doesn't do much. xD But I was sort of going for the bright colors effect.

This render didn't really fit the style of the tutorial as well as the last render did, so there were a few issues. (I think it looks more appropriate for a less blended background, but I don't know. xD;)

And unfortunately, I can't link you to the tutorial I used; it's at a different forum, and linking out to different forums isn't allowed. :/

edit;; And now I've tried to fix everything you said, and it just doesn't look right after I do. xD; If I could, I would get rid of the light source, but the burning is on an applied image, so if I get rid of the light source, I get rid of the burn, and I just can't figure out how to re-create the burn in a nice-looking way. </3 Like I said earlier, the desaturation didn't do much, and the gradient to make the light source look more believable made Doumeki's skin like... brown. o_o; Thanks for the help, but I guess this banner's done. Dx; Can't really do much without it turning out the opposite of the way I wanted it to look. I didn't blend them in because I think I messed up a little on the smudging.... and when I blend them in, their lines disappear. x_x;

The light source is probably unbelievable because there are two light sources. :/

Thanks for the comments though, I'll try fiddling around with the layer effects and filters more next time. :O

Marauding Master
November 6th, 2007, 09:36 PM
PM it to me(I'm sure that'll be allowed.). It's a stupid rule if you ask me. You should be able to link to other forums as long as it's not advertising.

RYOUKI
November 7th, 2007, 12:21 AM
Ryouki; More faster. xD I didn't really want Black Mokona to stick out, so I didn't add anything to make it stick. xD;; But thanks for the comments, I'll see if I can make Mokona more easily seen.
It feels weird whn someone with far more greater Photoshop Skills, follow my advised o.o;;
Anyways, I followed this tutorial...and I think my banner looks kinda like nothing in the tutorial..DD:
I realized that I forgot to put a border in it, So uh...I know it looks better with a border, xD
http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa48/Ryouki-kun/Themes/HalloweenSora400x150.png
http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa48/Ryouki-kun/Themes/Soranumber2.png
I always use that image, I dunno why..xD

Marauding Master
November 7th, 2007, 09:04 AM
It feels weird whn someone with far more greater Photoshop Skills, follow my advised o.o;;
Anyways, I followed this tutorial...and I think my banner looks kinda like nothing in the tutorial..DD:
I realized that I forgot to put a border in it, So uh...I know it looks better with a border, xD
http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa48/Ryouki-kun/Themes/HalloweenSora400x150.png
http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa48/Ryouki-kun/Themes/Soranumber2.png
I always use that image, I dunno why..xD

The second one is the one you want rated, right?

In that case, it's alright but some errors:

The lightsource is way, way, way off. That is not where the light is falling on the render. It should be at the upperleft of the render.
Multiple use of same render, I don't like it but it may just be a style thing
The test is too plain and simple and it doesn't compliment on the work at all. Try blending it in, try different colors and fonts. Nice typography and text utilization is one of the hardest things when it comes to designing so find your own style.

I've been doing nothing but rate stuff so I'll give something to be rated.

http://img136.imageshack.us/img136/4130/mmsigxjm9.jpg
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http://img257.imageshack.us/img257/5605/mmsig9bb5.jpg

Shika
November 7th, 2007, 09:26 AM
@Marauding Master: I don't know how to rate as I'm a beginner but I admire you graphics~ =]

I made some more~

http://img114.imageshack.us/img114/5727/shadowvz0.png

http://img134.imageshack.us/img134/8135/shadowqw8.gif

Marauding Master
November 7th, 2007, 12:41 PM
@Marauding Master: I don't know how to rate as I'm a beginner but I admire you graphics~ =]

I made some more~

http://img114.imageshack.us/img114/5727/shadowvz0.png

http://img134.imageshack.us/img134/8135/shadowqw8.gif

Thanks. And as far as your signature is concerned. For a beginner, you're pretty good. Try blending the character more in though. Try changing the hue to the color of your background. then duplicate your render's layer and apply some motion blurs or other effects. Set blending mode to whatever looks good to give a more blended approach. Try a smaller size too. It's pretty big in height.

Loki
November 7th, 2007, 03:04 PM
Ryouki; xD Following advice is the only way to get better~ Besides, you're not bad at graphics, and everyone can learn something from everyone~

Hm, to be honest, I like the first one better then the second one. Like MM said, the light source is off. xD;; But not only that, but the second one's focus is all over the place. I think you should've stuck to the clipping mask on the lower right hand corner, and that clipping mask only. It's a nice image/render, I've used it before too. xD It's interesting to see it in a banner that isn't something that looks like I might've made in MSPaint. *shot'd*

The first one I like because of the different colors, but the reflection image's opacity could be lowered a bit. The brush used on the reflection is really cool though~ And the effect on the Heartless' eyes that the gradient map or whatever you used is awesome!

Marauding Master;; Wellll... I can certainly tell that you use the black and white radial gradient a lot. xD Where to begin… It doesn’t fit very well on the first one. Dx It might just be my opinion, but maybe you could’ve used the burn too on the very very edges, so it wouldn’t be so obvious that you used a radial gradient. :/ And the canvassed style render has always been a pet peeve of mine, though it’s utilized nicely. xD; I’ve just hated it since the beginning of time. The glow on the text isn’t my favorite either, but the positioning would be awesome if the glow didn’t seem so unnatural. It was probably for effect, but I don’t really like how the skeleton’s face is at the very bottom of the banner, either. I can’t decide whether the skeleton is the focus, or the white light at the top is the focus. But with the gradient, I can’t decide whether you were trying to show off the background that’s sorta-kinda visible. xD;

I like the second one much better though, even though I can’t read half of the text, nor can I really tell what the render is. The light source is awesome in this one, and the brushing is nice. The shadow is really cool as well.

I should probably do some rating, rather then just commenting. =A=;;

Shika
November 7th, 2007, 05:56 PM
I tried blending but I suck.....

http://img150.imageshack.us/img150/3520/newshadowku3.png

RYOUKI
November 7th, 2007, 09:44 PM
The second one is the one you want rated, right?

In that case, it's alright but some errors:

The lightsource is way, way, way off. That is not where the light is falling on the render. It should be at the upperleft of the render.
Multiple use of same render, I don't like it but it may just be a style thing
The test is too plain and simple and it doesn't compliment on the work at all. Try blending it in, try different colors and fonts. Nice typography and text utilization is one of the hardest things when it comes to designing so find your own style.
i know, I suck at lightsources ;; also, I don't think that I can blend that well..Anyways thanks for the comments
I tried blending but I suck.....

http://img150.imageshack.us/img150/3520/newshadowku3.png
Actually, I think the banner is pretty plain..i dunno why, I think add some Clipping Mask...or anything that doesn't make it look so plain, also..i think the size you should make it a bit smaller.
Ryouki; xD Following advice is the only way to get better~ Besides, you're not bad at graphics, and everyone can learn something from everyone~

Hm, to be honest, I like the first one better then the second one. Like MM said, the light source is off. xD;; But not only that, but the second one's focus is all over the place. I think you should've stuck to the clipping mask on the lower right hand corner, and that clipping mask only. It's a nice image/render, I've used it before too. xD It's interesting to see it in a banner that isn't something that looks like I might've made in MSPaint. *shot'd*

The first one I like because of the different colors, but the reflection image's opacity could be lowered a bit. The brush used on the reflection is really cool though~ And the effect on the Heartless' eyes that the gradient map or whatever you used is awesome!
hm, Okay then...I'll try to make the focus on one place then, xD

Marauding Master
November 7th, 2007, 11:06 PM
Yeah, I don't like at all how the first one worked out. I do like the second one though. It's from a Yu-Gi-Oh card so it's just a monster. Same for the rest of my renders.

Shika
November 7th, 2007, 11:08 PM
Actually, I think the banner is pretty plain..i dunno why, I think add some Clipping Mask...or anything that doesn't make it look so plain, also..i think the size you should make it a bit smaller.


No offense but seriously,you always seem to add the word 'plain' when you rate the banners. O.o So, try pointing out which part and why before just typing 'i dunno why'. Or you mean I should add some reflections like yours to fill up the space? I'll try it.

Marauding Master
November 7th, 2007, 11:28 PM
He is right though. Try making your background more interesting.

RYOUKI
November 8th, 2007, 12:12 AM
No offense but seriously,you always seem to add the word 'plain' when you rate the banners. O.o So, try pointing out which part and why before just typing 'i dunno why'. Or you mean I should add some reflections like yours to fill up the space? I'll try it.
No offence but actually, I only say Plain because it's like Plain, I agree with MM: Make your banner more interesting, Some Clippingmaks will do or Some Opacity Change.

Loki
November 8th, 2007, 03:03 PM
Shika-kun;; I think what they mean by plain is the monotone colors in the background. It could be that you were trying to bring the focus more onto the render, or maybe trying to give it a metallic look, but it could've been done with more interesting brushes, like abstract ones, or maybe a c4d. The blending is alright, maybe try making the blur less wide, and using a soft brush to erase the edges of the render on top of the blending layer. The text goes nicely with the background, and the font is alright. The size bothers me as well, but I make big banners too, so I guess I can't say anything about that. xD

It's not a bad work though, it just needs something extra to give it a bang. ^^

Sawyer
November 8th, 2007, 04:17 PM
мizuκi
Thank you. If you could link me to the tutorial you used, that would be cool. I love seeing new styles and trying them out. As for your current signature, I don't like it near enough as your last one for a few points.

The characters aren't blended in enough. You should try duplicating their layers and applying filters, then setting them to whatever blending mode that looks good with it.
The light source isn't very believable. Try adding a black and white radial gradient at the same spot as your light source, then setting them to a blending mode that accompanies the lighteffect. Reduce the opacity of your light source if you have to.
Try to desaturate the renders a little bit, and maybe desaturate the entire work a little(Maybe -20) as well(Make a new layer, then go to image > apply image to have a new layer with all your stuff on one layer.).

Hope I make sense and hope it helps. I still like it, though. 6.5/10.

Sawyer
I'm not that interested in c4d abstracts and I honestly don't see the beauty in this work either. It looks very empty and hallow, and I don't see any depth in it at alll. That just might be me though. 6.5/10 for it.

it's not c4d... it's called gradients in illustrator, you might not have heard of it. :)

And before you yell at me for what you think is c4d, there is NO artificial 3D-processed imaging in this one, only the products of Adobe Illustrator.

http://xs216.xs.to/xs216/07266/bumblebee.png

I tried blending but I suck.....

http://img150.imageshack.us/img150/3520/newshadowku3.png

This tag is sort of made by the stock... if it weren't for the stock, it would be really boring. Try doing more of the work yourself, rather than just pasting a stock onto a messy grunge canvas.

Marauding Master - these are both far too grainy... also, far too similar. Their concepts are nice and fitting for the stocks, but you should strive to execute your tags using different features. Keep in mind that a blurry tag is bad, but an over-sharpened tag is even worse.

Marauding Master
November 8th, 2007, 05:11 PM
It's the render. Scanned.

Sawyer
November 8th, 2007, 06:19 PM
It's the render. Scanned.

Try Noise>Reduce Noise, it can be really helpful. But don't set the detail too low!

Shika
November 9th, 2007, 01:51 AM
This tag is sort of made by the stock... if it weren't for the stock, it would be really boring. Try doing more of the work yourself, rather than just pasting a stock onto a messy grunge canvas.

You mean the render? Uh, I won't use it if I could find the original pic :\

@mizzy-chan: May be,I just love that kind of colors 8D... and I like focusing the render but not that much, it was just that i can't blend xD

EDIT

http://img212.imageshack.us/img212/2770/luijipartyup1.png
Did I really do this blurry bright color banner? xD

RYOUKI
November 9th, 2007, 07:23 AM
http://img212.imageshack.us/img212/2770/luijipartyup1.png
Did I really do this blurry bright color banner? xD

No, This is the banner I like, Maybe add a few Clipping Mask, Get a Opcity Change and/or Try a tutorial? DD:
Hmm, How about this banners I made?
http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa48/Ryouki-kun/Themes/TrainHeartnet.png
http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa48/Ryouki-kun/Themes/RockPNG.png

Shika
November 10th, 2007, 11:48 PM
Hmm No rating posts.
Just posting wanting people to rate..

http://img105.imageshack.us/img105/2660/mariohk0.png

RYOUKI
November 10th, 2007, 11:59 PM
Hmm No rating posts.
Just posting wanting people to rate..

http://img105.imageshack.us/img105/2660/mariohk0.png

Mkay, I'll rate your even though you didn't rate mine
The banner is just absolutely perfect! the only thing is the text, I think it's a bit off...Try to improve on that text and yeah, it will look good.

Loki
November 11th, 2007, 12:21 AM
Shika-kun; Hmm, no rates today. ;3 Except for: omg so desaturated lol. Not enough color, but background from what I can see is awesome. (Text, not so much.)

Ryouki; Ohhhh. :O I like the Battle Ready one! The render is really cool, the image is blended well, and I love the mosaic on top of the reflection! <33 The text sticks out just a little too much, and the font bothers me still, but it's definitely better than last time! Great job on this one Ryouki! 9/10

Black Catttt~ I can't say I really like that render of Train. It's kind of over contrasted. The text is definitely not quite as matching in this banner as compared to the Battle Ready one, and the brushing/whatever on top of the reflection isn't very good. Perhaps try to lower the opacity of your reflections even more? I dunno, there's something that I don't really like about it, but because I'm lazy and don't want to choose a number, I won't rate this one, just comments. xD; Sorry~

Anyway, this be the banner I made for Musashi-kun, since he requested after seeing the banner I made for Drummershuff.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v243/Kaiyoseila/derk-2.png

I know. It's empty on the left side, but the text I tried looked kind of fugly. <_< I might take another shot at it when I'm not dead tired. *shrug* I tried to make the lightsource a bit more convincing this time around. ^^;;

RYOUKI
November 11th, 2007, 12:49 AM
@мızυκı: Thanks, I did a pretty good job on that banner rgiht? -pats myself on the back-
At the BlackCat? Meh, I'll render a picture of train Myself...then, I'll blend something that goes with black.

The banner is pretty good actually, the only problem is, I think you should have put the image on the center, not the right...
How about This banner? I render it myself..
http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa48/Ryouki-kun/Themes/Train-kunBanner.png

Loki
November 11th, 2007, 07:15 PM
I dug out the ol' mosaic style again, as a request from Hazuki, sooo...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v243/Kaiyoseila/derk-3.png

What'cha guys think?

Gerri Shin
November 11th, 2007, 08:59 PM
@ Mizuki: 9/10 I must say very well done, little mich on the splatter, but ok nonetheless. very well blended, guessing a mosic filter and mask combo. oeverall very well done.

Just thought I'd stick something in here to see what you think of this kind of picture and to see if I could get some pointers from some people.

http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd36/girifarig/Public%20Preview/DP.gif
(attn. Safari users: the picture may not show up but the space will be there simply R-click, command-click and open in new tab to see it, everyone else should see it)

RYOUKI
November 11th, 2007, 09:54 PM
@мızυκı: You take request? xDDDDD
I like the colour scheme, the moisac style really suits the image, I'll say it's perfect! :3

@girifarig: You banner very well needed some more style, and a border...that would look good too.

Loki
November 11th, 2007, 11:07 PM
Girafarig;; Mmm, yes the splatter. xD I should've gotten rid of that bit on his shirt... oh well. :/ I might get rid of it if Hazuki doesn't like it. No, I didn't use a mask. I just used the smudge tool. *shrugggg*

I can't say I like the background. xD; It's not very 'pokemon-ish' to me, it just doesn't exude that feeling. The POKEMON logo is cool, but it overpowers the renders a lot, so it'd probably be a good idea to make it smaller. The dialga and palkia are 3D, while Pearl and Diamond aren't..... but oh well. The placement is arranged nicely, but if this is a banner, then I can't say I like the dimensions very much. xD; Looks more like a picture to me. Pearl and Diamond are also somewhat small, that bugs me a tad too.

Ryouki;; Well... yeah I do. xD; Over PM, and I just leave those PM's in my box, and when I feel like it, I'll do them. And I'm Hazuki's helper in her shop as of today. ^^;;

I'm probably going to set up a PM request shop if I'm not swamped with everything else I've got going on...

I'm glad you like the mosaic, I had some serious doubts about it. xD; I haven't used Mosaic in a long time, and when I did use it, it always looked incredibly ugly. xDD The color scheme was all Hazuki, since I was originally starting with an orange and black color scheme and looked at her request form and was like, "...Red, white, and black?! ONOZ!!"

So yeah. xD;

Shadowz
November 11th, 2007, 11:34 PM
Girafarig;; Mmm, yes the splatter. xD I should've gotten rid of that bit on his shirt... oh well. :/ I might get rid of it if Hazuki doesn't like it. No, I didn't use a mask. I just used the smudge tool. *shrugggg*

I can't say I like the background. xD; It's not very 'pokemon-ish' to me, it just doesn't exude that feeling. The POKEMON logo is cool, but it overpowers the renders a lot, so it'd probably be a good idea to make it smaller. The dialga and palkia are 3D, while Pearl and Diamond aren't..... but oh well. The placement is arranged nicely, but if this is a banner, then I can't say I like the dimensions very much. xD; Looks more like a picture to me. Pearl and Diamond are also somewhat small, that bugs me a tad too.

Ryouki;; Well... yeah I do. xD; Over PM, and I just leave those PM's in my box, and when I feel like it, I'll do them. And I'm Hazuki's helper in her shop as of today. ^^;;

I'm probably going to set up a PM request shop if I'm not swamped with everything else I've got going on...

I'm glad you like the mosaic, I had some serious doubts about it. xD; I haven't used Mosaic in a long time, and when I did use it, it always looked incredibly ugly. xDD The color scheme was all Hazuki, since I was originally starting with an orange and black color scheme and looked at her request form and was like, "...Red, white, and black?! ONOZ!!"

So yeah. xD;

I am going to be the first to ask you over PM so please Pm me when you are ready?

Pikabloo
November 12th, 2007, 02:43 AM
Lawls, Shira's in a rating mood today~

I'm starting with...

Shika-kun --

Luigi banner: The colours are pretty and match the render. The sumdged effect (sort of) on the background looks cool, and almost adds a sense of motion. Although I think you could have gone with the flow of the render, instead of making the colours seem to just spread out from the render.

I think that the image looks like it's just been pasted on the background :x You should blend the image in, not too much so that it looks like it's a part of the background, but just enough so it doesn't look like it's been put on there without adding anything. The same goes for the text. Actually, I think the colours of the text stand out too much from the background. And it's too big. But I just plainly have a problem with large text, soo... Yesh.


Ryouki --

Train banner 1: Lawls, Train's skin and gun are glowing like, er, glow-in-the-dark stickers in that image o.o But other than that, I guess it's a good banner. The repeat image's brightness takes focus away from the main image. Maybe reduce the opacity of the reflection/repeat image/whatever? The text stands out too much, too. And I think the quotation marks are not really needed xP And... OMG, you're not using 400x120!! -shot'd- Sooo, yesh, it's a fairly good banner ^^ However...

Battle ready banner: ... Wow. This one looks really good. The mosaic effect in the background with the repeat image works amazingly well. And it doesn't look like an image slapped onto a background o.o It even looks like it has some sort of depth in it (or it's just me, and my eyes are trying to fool me) Although it's a bit dark in the bottom left corner, and the text doesn't really look like it belongs there. But I must say that that is a great banner, Ry, and it's definitely not crappy D:

Train banner 2: Great render, Ry~! It's definitely better than the first one xD But other than that... There's nothing much to say about it. It's fairly similar to the first Train banner. Although, I like the fact that the background isn't as dark, so Train doesn't look like lamp xD But, again, the repeat image stands out too much. The text positioning is much better, although the font size is a bit big. Or it's just me (and my little problem with large text)


Mizuki --

The one for Musashi-kun:
(lul, I forgot what that anime is called o.o)

... I want your banner making skills, and fuse it with my dying banner making skills -shot'd-

But, really, I think it looks great. Although, as you have said, the left side does look empty. Try smudging a duplicate of the render (under an untouched one) with a pastel-type brush, and play with the settings, and smudge it to the left or something. Of course, I could just be saying the first thing that comes to mind, and it could end up looking horrible, but whatever. Or you could have smudged a duplicate the C4D o.o

Aaanyway, I'm really liking the light source. It actually blends with the rest of the banner; it doesn't look like it's been put there for the sake of having a light source ;D The image is nicely positioned as well (I think it looks best to the right o.o). I can't tell what's on the background on the right side of the banner, though... (smudged render with a square brush?) It looks a bit strange. So, I think the whole banner looks pretty cool. And it's fine without any text ^^

Ichigo banner: Ah, yes, the mosaic style... Personally, I don't think it works too well on this one o.o It stands out more than the render does D: But other than that, I think it's a good banner. The spatters look okay (besides the smaller-ish ones on his shirt) and the C4D in the background looks good as well. The text on the top right corner looks really great, however, the text on the bottom left looks... Erm, strange o.o The stroke 'glows' a bit too much. And it looks a tiny bit pixelated.

-insert 5 second pause here-

Oh! I just realised that there's sparkles/starry stuff in the background o.o Erm, yeah... It looks cool o.o

I am sooooo tempted to request from you right now D:


girafarig --

Pokemon banner: It's... Bright pink o.o The background isn't exactly the most appealing thing ever. The renders are very small compared to the Pokemon logo, so it takes away most of the focus. And since the renders have different art styles, I don't think it goes together very well. And I can see blue inside the hole in the 'e' -shot'd- The placement is very well done, though.

Loki
November 12th, 2007, 08:50 AM
I am going to be the first to ask you over PM so please Pm me when you are ready?

Ah. ^^;; I'm sorry I sparked this up, but, please, if you're going to inform me in advance that I'm going to get a request from you, please don't do it in an off-topic Spamming post. xD;

Edit-Update;; K, thinking about the requests in the old shop, I've decided that I'll only accept requests from people I know or like. :< Sorryyy~ But if you stalk my posts and can somehow deduct that I'm in a good mood or have a lot of free time with your incredible ESP/foresight, PM me and we'll see whether I'll do it for you or not. beware, the rules for this PM shop are 10x stricter then my thread shops. DON'T PM ME UNLESS YOU'VE GOT A PRE-RENDERED IMAGE! mmkay? <3

Shira-chan;;

Gahh, the splatter. =A= I might've over-sharpened the mosaic... Yeah I probably did, because I added one more then was called for. xD;; and I don't like the text at the bottom either. :B I really need to look at the request form BEFORE I start. *wasn't aware that I had to put text on until I was half-done. xD*

Sparkly stuff. xD;; Yeah, I think I might've over-done it just a bit... *fish'd*

Yeah, I think I could've added another effect c4d on the left side. That probably would've worked just fine, would've have stuck out too much or anything.

There, I've fixed the Ichigo banner up a bit, since I still had the .psd file~

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v243/Kaiyoseila/derk-4.png

What'cha think? All I did was get rid of the splatter on his shirt and lower the opacity of the right mosaic to 55%, since I realized that the mosaic on the left was at 55% but the one on the right was at 100%. <_<;; Oh yeah, and I changed the text effect to a smoother glow, but I'm not sure I like it. xD; I have an idea I might try with a later banner like this one, but at the current moment, I'm too lazy to go through the process of uploading and stuff. (My computer is lagging like no other. Dx)

you can only request from me if I can request from you, Shira-chan! xDD Just kidding~

Gerri Shin
November 12th, 2007, 12:10 PM
@Mizuki: Better though I do like the other glow around the text in the bottom left corner

Lawls, Shira's in a rating mood today~
girafarig --

Pokemon banner: It's... Bright pink o.o The background isn't exactly the most appealing thing ever. The renders are very small compared to the Pokemon logo, so it takes away most of the focus. And since the renders have different art styles, I don't think it goes together very well. And I can see blue inside the hole in the 'e' -shot'd- The placement is very well done, though.

I've taken your advice in my new creation by adding clipping masks and diff colors, though I admit I forgot to add a drop shadow, which I think now would've made it better. as for the blue in the e that wasa supposed to be there its the extension of the background as it changed from the pearl color to the diamond color. anyway lemme know what you think of this new pic.

http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd36/girifarig/Public%20Preview/Sonic-Escape.gif

Marauding Master
November 13th, 2007, 07:36 PM
Sorry. No rates this time. Too tired. 4:34 am etc.

So I just followed Mizuki's tutorial and made my version of it. (Did it before but I forgot to save ;-;)

http://img258.imageshack.us/img258/109/mmsig14if5.jpg

EDIT: Made another one.

http://img441.imageshack.us/img441/4558/mmsig15zi2.jpg

Pikabloo
November 15th, 2007, 04:47 AM
Mizuki -- Yay, it looks better~ Except the text. The text sort of got worse xD;; It just looks too bright compared to the rest of the banner, now. Although it's sort of better when it's smoother like that. And I still think that the mosaic stuff is too strong, but meh, I'm just too picky... Ehem O_o So, err... Yep.

Gerri Shin -- Wait, the Pokemon banner you did was animated, right? Cause when I looked at it before, it wasn't moving, so... O_o About that Sonic one, the border on your new one is really pixelated, and it just looks like it was made in Paint D: And I'm not really into animations in banners (possibly because I can't do them, lul), so I think that the animation here is sort of distracting. And the fact that it changes every now and then doesn't really help (like, it slows down and stuff). Although, the generally fluid animation is okay-ish, I guess. Besides the fact that it stops at the end for a while, then loops back to the beginning...

The image is good, ish, but doesn't match the spin-y thing, or rather, the spin-y thing doesn't match the image. Maybe it would be better if the spinning stuff was blue, or if the image was of Super Sonic instead... Oh, and Sonic's hand and foot are cut off at the bottom of the banner -shot'd for picky-ness- Also, I can still see some white around Sonic :x

Marauding Master -- The Infernape one looks nice... Although I have to say that it looks really empty down the sides D: And the smudging (I think it's smudging) just around the render looks like it abruptly ends in a circle-like formation O_o I think it'd look cooler if it fades out a bit more when going away from the render. Other than that, it looks really nice. And I love the text placement, for some reason.

As for the other one, I can't say that it's better than the other one xP It looks messier by comparison, and a lot emptier as well. The focal point isn't really clearly defined on this one (the orb-like thing to the right takes some of the focus away from the render). Although I like the effects on the text, like how the darkness bit fades into the darkness.


Gah, I really need to stop being so lazy and make a banner D:

EDIT: I finally decided to make something xD

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b39/Pikabloo/Banners/roxasbanner4.png

Although I was just smudging random things and messing about, I actually like this outcome. I decided to keep this one blue instead of purple like the last two Roxas banners I made, just because blue looks pretty O_o It looks like it's missing something, though. I just don't know what... So, erm, comments or whatever, please :3

アガースタ・ネコチャン
November 15th, 2007, 07:51 PM
Shiranui: I would say something about your banner, but I don't think I have very good taste when it comes to things like that. I'm not too up on graphic arts...

I know it's in my sig right now, but in case I change it later, ppl can know what I am referring to:

http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a317/LeiSolCeleste/banner-1.gif

I drew the skitty and the cupcake myself messing around using curved lines and circles, and of course the paintbrush. I was using paint.net, not photoshop or anything fancy like that, I'm cheap and wary of pirating programs.

This was my old banner:

http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a317/LeiSolCeleste/augustanekochan.jpg

I hand drew the picture and scanned it in, and then colored it in actual Photoshop that is on my boyfriends computer. Comparing the two, I definitely don't like it very much at all. But hey, it was my first time doing something like that! (plus I don't usually draw Pokemon... I really don't like my Skitty, but the person is okay)

Again, I'm not too up on the graphic art thing, I'm used to drawing things by hand. <_<

Pikabloo
November 15th, 2007, 10:31 PM
Oh, it's okay then... I'll just comment on your banners ^^ Although, I don't know the capabilities of paint.net, so, erm, yeah.

The Skitty looks soooooo cute~ x3 And slightly creepy at the same time, but nevertheless, it's cute. The cupcake is cute too. And I think the style of colouring really helped on that.

As for the banner itself, I think it looks good-ish. The background colours are nice, and match the whole theme. And the alternating lines of brown and pink looks like the layers on a cake, which is really nice and creative. The repeat image of Skitty in the background looks strange, and removes some of the cartoon-y, doodle-like aspects of the banner. The text is okay, but maybe a handwriting-like font would have been better? I don't know. But it is good ^^

Hmm... I actually like the first banner more, as well xP The outer glow on the image looks odd-ish (lul, Oddish -shot'd). I mean, it would have looked better in green, or pink, to match the background. And, erm... Well, I think the text is a bit big O_o The background is simple, but I guess it looks okay like that...

I like the drawing, though xP

-----

Aaaaaaand I made some changes on my banner:

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b39/Pikabloo/Banners/roxasbanner4-1.png

I can't believe that adding stars to a banner makes it look so much better xD So, erm, I just shifted everything more to the center of the banner, and added starry stuff. Comments, I guess.

EDIT: Gah, I can't stop playing with that banner now D:

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b39/Pikabloo/Banners/roxasbanner4-v2.png

Played around with Liquify~

アガースタ・ネコチャン
November 16th, 2007, 07:40 AM
The Skitty looks soooooo cute~ x3 And slightly creepy at the same time, but nevertheless, it's cute.

GREAT that was exactly the effect I was going for. Creepy AND cute. ^.^ She's supposed to be hopped up on Carbos (speed, lolz), and sugar. I'll give it another go without the repeat image, and a different font.

I'm surprised that you like my first banner... I liked it at the time, but am definitely more pleased with my second. I am pretty pleased with the drawing though, but the Skitty still bothers me. -_-

As far as your banner goes, I really like seeing the evolution of it. The stars really do add a lot, and the liquify effect makes it seem like galactic dust or a nebula (or something like that...). A very cool effect. Before you added that, it sorta of seemed like he was in a fog, a cool enough effect, but the stars just really add a lot to it. I don't know what else to say really, because I'm not sure what sort of effect you're looking for.....

EDIT:

Shiranui: I took your comments into consideration, and I changed the banner accordingly. This is what I came up with:
http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a317/LeiSolCeleste/carboskittyban.gif
I definitely think your suggestions made a difference. I ended up changing the background slightly, because I forgot to save my original file with layers and all that... -_- I kinda prefer how the brown looks on the old banner. But not a biggy. Thanks for your suggestions! I like this version even more!

Loki
November 16th, 2007, 04:17 PM
Late ratings, but better late then never~

Marauding Master;; Well, first, it's not my tutorial. xD It's Adrenaline's. <3

And second of all, I really don't see where you used the tutorial at all in the first banner. xDD I really think it would've been nice if you'd darkened the text to match the outer darkening spots of the banner.

I love the lighting effect on the border though, that's REALLY cool. ;3

The second one, let's see... I see the selection stroke. xD And it stands out wayyy too much. The orb should've been darkened somewhat like the text too, though it does look burned, it doesn't really work out. xD It's hard to see the render a bit with the lighting, which is actually pretty over-powering. The blending is great, but a bit too sharpened.

Shiranui;; Yeah, I didn't like the text either. xD But oh well. xD

I'm going to rate your most recent variation.

Oh my gawd. The liquify is AMAZING. The starry stuff REALLY makes it look a lot better, and it's just amazingggg! I like the color scheme as blue, and I love that text. O_O The text is just oh-my-god-BANG-so-hawt. But, it's a bit too bright around his chin and stuff, cause it looks like he doesn't have a neck. o_o; *Fish'd*


I know, crappy, short comments, but. ;A; *tired*

RYOUKI
November 18th, 2007, 05:01 AM
Now, I'm here!
Shira-chan game me a tutorial -yay for having a private tutorial- and it didn't turn out well, so I make a banner which from supposedly the banner of Shira-chna o.o;;
It needs boreders, I know DD:

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

Another one, I made it today. I think I'm inlove with it, xDDDD

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

アガースタ・ネコチャン
November 19th, 2007, 02:49 PM
Hey guys, I just wanna run buy something I made this evening. It's my first time doing several layers and different paintbrushes and all that. I know it's simple compared to what most of you guys make, but it's more complex than anything I've made so far. So tell me what you think...

I got the Skitty pic from a pokemon card in case you guys were wondering...

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee133/augustanekochan/skittyjumpbanner.png

I used photoshop elements this time. I bought a graphics tablet yesterday and it came with it. ^_^

RYOUKI
November 19th, 2007, 08:54 PM
Rating time~

AgustaNekochan: The Banner is great, I think it certainly beats mine. <3

The Blending blends in the backround and that brush...? It certainly adds to the design, you know the two brushes...?

The Light Focus behind the Skitty, I dunno. It really blends the Skitty, I didn't know that Yellow and Pink Suits, xD

The Text is a bit off...? The text I think doesn't blend, I think you can get the font much lighter than that, though your banner certainly beats mine <3

アガースタ・ネコチャン
November 19th, 2007, 10:06 PM
Ryouki, I like your banners quite a bit. They're better than some of the things I first created. You can look a few posts up, I have my first banner posted there. I really like the green one, but the text is a little hard to see. The one you say you <3 the most, is the one I <3 the most too!

Anyways, I was playing around with some new brushes that I downloaded, and this is something I came up with.

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee133/augustanekochan/playbanner.png

I'm not so sure the skitty fit the banner...
And I have no idea what font I would use, or even what to put on the banner...

Feedback/opinions?

Shika
November 20th, 2007, 06:24 AM
Shika got the latest work of him! [/third person]

I used the same tutorial I used for my Mario one(Last page) but I find the outcome nice in halfway so I stopped and did some final touches to it.

Result:
http://img33.picoodle.com/img/img33/5/11/20/f_Shanam_f1c0929.png

RYOUKI
November 20th, 2007, 06:11 PM
@AgustaNekochan: Thanks for the compliment, but the banner you just posted...I don't like for some reason. :(

The Image isn't blended well, It seems that the backround is more focues than the two Skitty. :/

Also, I didn't notice the text 'AN2007'? I think you should put a tect in kinda ligh-pink-ish colour.

Lastly, I think you should shorten the width of that banner to fit the image.

Other than that, You should make a light focus on the Skitties, especially in the second one and the banner will be more greater than mine, xD

アガースタ・ネコチャン
November 20th, 2007, 07:35 PM
Yeah, the background is WAY more focused than the skitties. The quality of the picture of the skitties was pretty bad, so I decided the blur tool might help, cause I was going for a nice, smooth look. I guess not.

that text is just there in case anyone actually wanted to take it (but I suppose it would be pretty easy to edit out...) and claim it belonged to them. That definitely isn't the text that I wanted for banner. In fact, I need some tips on that.

Coolz beanz. Thankz for the tips!

Zet
November 21st, 2007, 06:09 AM
I can't think of a good way to put a font on this and this is my first attempt at making a sig in about 8 months
http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c41/Zet_Netroc123/test-sig.png

Chikara
November 21st, 2007, 06:17 AM
Ok, I've been practicing. A lot. I made a couple banners for practice(like 40 maybe), and decided on one that I really really kinda liked. I'm not the BEST at rendering yet, so her pig tail is kinda ew, but I'm working non-stop on that to get better. Well, here it is. The color quality sucks, but I didn't wanna change it too much.

http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c369/Teresa113/Chikara1.png

It's Yukari Hirai from Shakugan no Shana. She's so pretty x.x

アガースタ・ネコチャン
November 21st, 2007, 08:31 AM
@ Chikara:

I really like it! It's simple, and that's a good thing, at least to me. I'm sure from my sigs you can tell I like simplicity.

And as far as the colors go, I really like them. And the font definitely seems to go with the sig. Overall, I really like it! ^_^

Zet
November 21st, 2007, 06:15 PM
I like it Chikara, nice and simple

heres another one i made but i think the font kinda killed it
http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c41/Zet_Netroc123/test-sig2.png

Comic Tragedy
November 23rd, 2007, 02:48 AM
Okey smokey. Could someone please rate these two sigs that I made. Also it would be cool if you told me wich one you favored version 1 or 2.

v1.http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k284/andytoe/NarutoSig2.jpg

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

Zet
November 23rd, 2007, 03:27 AM
V2 looks better but its harder to read the font, if you could clear it up a bit that would be good

Comic Tragedy
November 23rd, 2007, 05:27 PM
Hokay, I have a new sig to be rated....

http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k284/andytoe/DJSIG.jpg

I would greatly apreciate feedback.

Gerri Shin
November 23rd, 2007, 07:50 PM
Hokay, I have a new sig to be rated....

http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k284/andytoe/DJSIG.jpg

I would greatly apreciate feedback.

Its good in a simplistic way. I like it, it has a certain calmness about it that sets it apart from a majority of the sig pics around this site. I liked the clipping mask on the left that was a nice touch, perhaps a little more opacity could be okay. liking the butterflys in the other color mode (hard mix or color burn i think)I also really think the font is just right for this picture,not to fancy not too plain, and the yellow color just adds to the warmth and calmess. I'll give it a 9.5/10 great job!

Pikabloo
November 24th, 2007, 06:34 AM
Banner rating mode, activate!

-shot'd-

Actually, it should be called 'banner commenting mode', but whatever.

I'll start off with Shika's Shakugan no Shana banner from the previous page (cause I said I'd rate it).


Shika --

[Shakugan] Hehe, I still can't believe that you used the Mario tutorial to make that. Anyway, I like how the C4D to the left looks like fire, so it matches the render. Although, it looks a bit strange when you compare it to the actual fire on the render, and maybe it need to be toned down just a tiiiny bit, since it looks a bit too strong right now. Regardless, I think it's a very nice effect. The background looks a bit odd, though. Maybe purple simply doesn't look good or something, but it definitely looks off for me. Also, the render doesn't really blend together with the background, and it slightly looks like it's just been pasted on (maybe that's why I think the background looks strange?). The text also looks like it's been put there for the sake of having text. Remember, sometimes textless banners are good, too ^^ Oh, and I think that the border does not really match the rest of the banner; a simple, 2-3 pixel black border would suffice. And, er, the colours are nice and firey (ignoring the background for now), although a more definite/obvious light source would have looked good.


Zet Netroc --

[Prince of Persia] It doesn't look too bad... The grungy sort of look definitely suits the render. So does the background, with the brown colour and the white-ish stripe things, which look like blades coming out of the bottom of the banner. However, the render itself looks really rough around the edges, especially around the hair. And those white dots don't look too appealing, but I guess it stops the render from looking like it's a part of the background. The fog effects look cool, too, and add to the whole 'mysterious' feeling of the banner.

[Cloud Strife] Somewhat better than your previous banner, eheh. But, as you have said, the text sort of killed it; you put a bit too much effects on it. The font itself is okay. The fractal on top of everything seems to be a bit too strong, and it makes it harder to appreciate the render, the silver-gray background and harder to read the text. And, erm, a border would be nice, as well. I think you should put more focus on the render (Cloud), and lower down the opacity of the orange-y fractal.


Chikara --

[Yukari Hirai] A very simple banner. But it is nice to look at. The background blends nicely with the render, and the colours are good. Although focusing all the brushing on the right side made the left side slightly empty-looking. The font used for the text is nice, and matches the theme. Also, I think a simple border would look nice. Other than that, it's a nice, simple banner ^^ Oh, and I think the rendering looks fine. There's no obvious hiccups that I can see.


El Capitano --

[Naruto] The colours of the second one matches Naruto more, but for some reason, I think that the first one looks more appealing. Anyway, they're both cool banners, but as Zet Netroc said, the font needs to be fixed for the second one. The lighting looks a bit too bright, and looks like a giant floating orb in front of Naruto's face O_o And there's something on his chin which makes it look like he has a beard... Anyway, the clipping mask spatters are okay, but the ones to the left of the banner stands out too much. The spatters to the right look fine, though. They're spaced out just enough so that the right side of the banner doesn't look too empty from the black.

[That other one O____o;;] Hooray for simplicity~ But, yeah, this is a nice banner as well. The light source looks much more natural, and the little butterfly clipping masks look really nice , but maybe tone down the opacity just a bit, so they don't stand out as much, or maybe blur them. The line clipping masks to the right is okay, I guess, but it makes that area look a bit too cluttered. The text takes away focus from the person's glasses (which is where the focus is, I think), so maybe that should be blurred as well. The warm, yellow colours are nice, not too bright, and not too dull so I don't have complaints about that. And, erm, yeah. It's a very lovely, yet simple banner.

==========

So, erm, I recently got into Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei, and I decided to make this:
http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b39/Pikabloo/Banners/itoshikinozomu-1.png
Comments, please~

I think I'm addicted to the space-y look D:

lul, Shira is randomly making banners for herself when she should be making one for someone else...

EDIT: Smudging is just too much fun.
http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b39/Pikabloo/Banners/abstract2-1.png
I don't know whether it classifies as abstract or not, but I don't know what else to call it...

Soo... What do you guys think? :D

Snivi
November 26th, 2007, 01:16 AM
http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d3/TenshiAlchemist/sig/banner.jpg

Ways to improve this would be appreciated thanks!

http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d3/TenshiAlchemist/banner.png

Utami
November 26th, 2007, 03:43 PM
@Shiranui
Wow, that looks great. I would have made the contrast a little bit higher so the light can be intensified. Love the colors used. I agree, smudging is fun!

@Baka Tenshi
Get rid of the dots in the second graphic because it looks sort of distracting. I like the harsher colors of the second one better than the soft ones from the first because I think it transfers the text much better.

Comic Tragedy
November 27th, 2007, 01:28 AM
@ Shirauni: Thanks for the feedback on my sigs. Well anyways, your two sigs are great. The first one I feel like the thing (is that a c4d) on the left side of the lady is out of place..... but that tis just my noobish opinion.

@ Baka Tenshi: Unless you want it to just be a picture with text, I think you should do a little bit more then patterns to modify the pic. For example you could smudge a little or something like that. Well anyways, I like the second sig
more because of the stronger colors, and orange tint. I also think that the dots fit the pic more. However I do like the text in the first on slightly more. I dont know why but the amount of text changes in your second is slightly annoying.

Great work keep it up.

Shika
November 27th, 2007, 08:31 AM
@ Shira-chan: Thankies~ Even though it's negative... xD

And yeah... I got the newest theme.. Totally forgot to post it here xD

-------------------------------------------------------------------

http://img32.picoodle.com/img/img32/5/11/27/f_Narutom_ef3bee5.png


Edit: Someone skipped me so I think that's because he thinks that only you can rate it D:

Chikara
November 27th, 2007, 02:25 PM
Well I started on this yesterday, and finished it earlier today. Honestly, it's my favorite out of anything I've done. Ok, here we go :'D

http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c369/Teresa113/pv2.png

So many confusing layers went into that x.x
It's a little more uhhhh... gothic than I wanted it to be, but it looked good in my opinion so I kept it like that :'D

Gerri Shin
November 27th, 2007, 03:06 PM
I like It Chikara³. It has simplicity to it. I also like the use of layers (though I'm not sure what your using {elements or CS+} so i can't tell if you just used the layers and cut out with Marquee.) either way it looks good. all i could say is maybe make the colors a little more bold on the character. since you used bold colors in the back ground. also on the left side of the character there seems to be light source for just the render and not for the back ground, you might try a Poly-Lasso triangle and a gradient to imitate that effect to make it look more like the light source is actually against the whole pic and not just the render.

I just wanted to see what ppl think of my iPod touch graphic (not photograph)
http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd36/girifarig/Templates/iPodTouchtest2.jpg

Loki
November 28th, 2007, 08:00 PM
Gahhh, I hate falling behind in rating. D|

I'll only be doing the ones I can see on this page, unfortunately. Don't want to spend my entire night typing out comments. xD

El Capitano; Ohhh, I do like this banner of yours. 8O The clipping masks are excellent, though I'm not too sure about the butterfly on the sunglasses. It just looks like part of the sunglasses are missing or something. The lighting is cool, text placement is nice, and the color scheme is fabulous~ ;D

Shiranui; You always make banners that force me to be biased simply because of what's in it. xD But, huzzah! Another Sayonara Zetsubou-Sensei fan! We can celebrate with Ausadriel~

Anyway... WOW THAT'S A PIXELLATED RENDER. |D It's a tad empty on the left, and since the render is kind of pixelly, it's sort of strange that the background is all smooth and stuff. xD;; The text is awesome, placement is hawt, and calligraphy rocks. So yeah.

Ohh, the second banner is awesome though. Even though it's empty on the right, you can't really tell since the focal point totally takes you eyes away from it. And the lighting is totally believable, the text is amazing, (I'm the one who be wanting the text skills xD) especially the fade effect from the lighting. The cloudy yet sharp look is great as well. Dimensions fit nicely, and it looks better without a border, interestingly enough.

Baka Tenshi;Well I like the text better on the second one. The contrast is a tad overboard on the second one as well, but it's much nicer then the grayish look of the first. The broken heart I'm not sure of. <_<;; While the dots all over it just hurt. Lowering the opacity of the dots entirely, or changing it to a color and screening the layer the dots are on would probably be better... But in the end I really don't like either. xD; If elements from each were combined, then it'd definitely look 100x better. ^^

Shika-kun; I like everything about this. The blending. The lines. The render. The colors. The burn look in the middle of the right.

The text and glow however... The font just doesn't seem to match, and the glow is actually pretty unesseccary. The c4d lookin' thing also takes a bit of the focus off of the render. Maybe if you'd put the render in the middle or something...?

Chikara; YEAH, THAT'S WHAT I CALL A MAJOR IMPROVEMENT!!

Or maybe I'm just biased because of the splatter. |D I love it. I love the black, the render, the streak of black and red spatter on white, and the other end in red. It's a great combination, and I think it's absolutely awesome.

The lighting is unbelievable though. xD;; And the render doesn't seem to blend into the banner very well. That's the next step! >:D Adding a border somehow would probably be good as well.

Gerri Shin; Before I comment, I have a question:

Is everything in that picture from scratch? Or is it just the fire in the middle?

Gerri Shin
November 28th, 2007, 08:13 PM
Ok I admit the fire in the middle I got from a stock photography site, but everything else was made from scratch. I'f you want me to Replace the Fire with a creation of my own to make it completely from scratch I can do that easily. (hehe Smart Objects are Awesome)

Snivi
November 28th, 2007, 09:55 PM
http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d3/TenshiAlchemist/shion.jpg

New banner. I like the way it turned out.

RYOUKI
November 28th, 2007, 10:19 PM
This banner bothers me the most.

Shira-chan can't stop staring at it, so that's a good thing. But I don't know.

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

Shika
November 29th, 2007, 12:33 AM
Shika-kun; I like everything about this. The blending. The lines. The render. The colors. The burn look in the middle of the right.

The text and glow however... The font just doesn't seem to match, and the glow is actually pretty unesseccary. The c4d lookin' thing also takes a bit of the focus off of the render. Maybe if you'd put the render in the middle or something...?

Gah.. Luckily I found this. You forgot to bold it ;--;

But it's not supposed to be the burn D: I made it to look like the flash that kunai made...

As I thought, people don't like the text. I first wished to use the bold fat font type, but I can't find the font I like so I made a thin one like this. Yes-zor! The rating is over so I can say that my mother forced me to finish the work and do homework at the text part. xD For C4D part, the right side of the banner is too plain so... and naruto's hand and head is cut off so I can only put the render on the left D:

Thanks for comments~

Souless
November 29th, 2007, 08:24 PM
Could someone rate my new theme set?

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee56/Souless2007/WishmakerAvatar.png
http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee56/Souless2007/Wishmakertheme.png

That's it!

Well, let's see what do you think... =]

Momoko
November 29th, 2007, 08:35 PM
Souless,that looks somewhat empty,and like you didnt make your own bg for it(although it does match...) I dont like the text at all though..seems a tad too big and doesnt fit in at all...

Nice guy mode-

-downloading-..please wait...

Okay,i like how you placed the text,almost makes up for how it doesnt fit at all..and i like how you faded jirachi to make it blend it with the stars/constellations..whateva ;D
and even tho u didnt make the background,it fits in and looks really good so..

good job! 4/10 i think its a big improvement from your old one,though. ;)

evilcheese
December 1st, 2007, 07:11 PM
please rate

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

Chikara
December 1st, 2007, 07:49 PM
Well my new theme is up for rating I guess~

I didn't do much of anything because the picture was so huge. BUT. I learned how to do a selection border. Thanks Mizzy-chan!

Kyoko
December 2nd, 2007, 05:34 PM
Well, I have been playing around with photoshop more and I would like some critiques on my newer banners :3 They're both kinda big so I'll put one in a spoiler tag~

http://i212.photobucket.com/albums/cc284/satty_rose/happyholidays.png
It is a bit plain, but it's one of the first backgrounds that I actually made :)

http://i212.photobucket.com/albums/cc284/satty_rose/rozenmaiden2.png
This one I expiremented more with color dodging and saturation :3


Ryouki, I like the banner you made, the only things that throw me off is that you can't really read the text. And as for Souless, the big blocky text is distracting from the banner. but I loove the effects though :)

joangaes
December 3rd, 2007, 05:22 PM
http://i236.photobucket.com/albums/ff303/joangaes/Metroid.png
Comments please.It is my new banner!

Shika
December 3rd, 2007, 06:04 PM
Yes. The new one.
I didn't blend it on purpose. It looks like she summoned the background

http://img33.picoodle.com/img/img33/5/12/3/f_BlazeBanm_928a48b.png

Pikabloo
December 4th, 2007, 02:57 AM
Ryouki --

I still can't see why you don't like that banner D: I fell in love with the background <3 It looks so... Pretty, I guess. The clipping masks over the guy's shoulder stops it from looking like a render pasted onto a background, which is really cool. And the colours are lovely as well. More effects would have been nice, and the text needs some work, but other than that, I have nothing else to say. Besides the fact that it looks nice, and it sort of makes me want to watch that anime.


Souless --

I'll focus on the banner, but the same stuff may probably apply with the avatar, as well. Compared to some banners I have seen from you, this one looks better, I guess. I don't like the lowered opacity of Jirachi, nor do I like the yellow-ish drop shadow, which was rendered with the image :| And, because of the lowered opacity, and probably because of the colours used, the text stands out more than it should. The spacey background fits with the theme, but there's too much open space around the banner. Smaller banner dimentions, with smaller text should fix that up, though.


evilcheese --

I guess the dark and grungy style works with Flygon... But perhaps it's a bit too dark? Or I'm just not used to dark banners. Anyway, I like how you blended Flygon into the background, almost making it look like it was in a sandstorm or something. Very nice. Although it would look more like a sandstorm, if the effects were sharper, and more, erm, sand-like, rather than lookin slightly blotchy. The text is okay, but the outer glow is a bit much. Then again, you can't really remove the outer glow, because then it'd be impossible to read the text, so, I guess it's not too bad now. Oh, and I like the colours.


Chikara --

Simple is best? xD Aaaah! The image is so cute x3 The selection border looks very appropriate here, and almost adds to the 'cute-ness' factor. The only bad thing I have to say is that the outer glow looks 'misplaced'. Unless it was part of the original image. But yeah, it looks strange O_o A white, 2-3 pixel stroke probably would look better, instead. The pink-ish background is good too, and the colours are nice. Oh, and the avatar dimentions are nice, too. I don't tend to see avatars like that, so, it's uniquely cool.


Satsuki --

[banner 1] Ooh, spatter... -shot'd- The background isn't too bad. But it's the fact that the background is so simple, yet the render is quite complicated. It looks... Odd, in a way. Although, a more complicated render means that most of the focus is placed on the image, so a simple background could be advantageous, as well. It's pretty good, for one of your first backgrounds ^^ As for the text, the stroke may be just one pixel too big. Or maybe more. But, yeah, it's a bit too thick.

[banner 2] I like this one ^^ I especially love the colours. I also like the 'paint on canvas' look (it kind of looks like that for me, so if it's not meant to be like that, then I'm just seeing things). The image quality isn't the best, though. At some areas, it looks grainy, almost JPEG-y (when you save something in JPEG using Paint). Other than that, it's still very nice.


joangaes --

You need to work on rendering D: It looks way too rough, and I can see black bits floating around Samus. This makes the banner look like a render slapped onto a background, which is the kind of thing people should try to avoid. The render quality looks unpleasant, as well. Way too much space in between the two lines of text, and the white seems to come out of nowhere. The font doesn't match, either. The background is nice, but perhaps needs a bit more work.


Shika --

lul, it actually does look like she summoned the background. The background colours match the render, but the spatters in the background are all blotched together behind her. So it looks like one giant purple splodge D: The C4D background is pretty cool, but if you want it to fade to white around the outside, erm, make it look 'fade-y'-er? -shot'd- But really, it doesn't fade to white too well. Oh, and you still need to blend the render more to the background. It's pretty good, anyway. I like the border... xD

---

Gah, I want a banner rated, but it's not done yet... >.>

joangaes
December 5th, 2007, 05:15 PM
Ryouki --

I still can't see why you don't like that banner D: I fell in love with the background <3 It looks so... Pretty, I guess. The clipping masks over the guy's shoulder stops it from looking like a render pasted onto a background, which is really cool. And the colours are lovely as well. More effects would have been nice, and the text needs some work, but other than that, I have nothing else to say. Besides the fact that it looks nice, and it sort of makes me want to watch that anime.


Souless --

I'll focus on the banner, but the same stuff may probably apply with the avatar, as well. Compared to some banners I have seen from you, this one looks better, I guess. I don't like the lowered opacity of Jirachi, nor do I like the yellow-ish drop shadow, which was rendered with the image :| And, because of the lowered opacity, and probably because of the colours used, the text stands out more than it should. The spacey background fits with the theme, but there's too much open space around the banner. Smaller banner dimentions, with smaller text should fix that up, though.


evilcheese --

I guess the dark and grungy style works with Flygon... But perhaps it's a bit too dark? Or I'm just not used to dark banners. Anyway, I like how you blended Flygon into the background, almost making it look like it was in a sandstorm or something. Very nice. Although it would look more like a sandstorm, if the effects were sharper, and more, erm, sand-like, rather than lookin slightly blotchy. The text is okay, but the outer glow is a bit much. Then again, you can't really remove the outer glow, because then it'd be impossible to read the text, so, I guess it's not too bad now. Oh, and I like the colours.


Chikara --

Simple is best? xD Aaaah! The image is so cute x3 The selection border looks very appropriate here, and almost adds to the 'cute-ness' factor. The only bad thing I have to say is that the outer glow looks 'misplaced'. Unless it was part of the original image. But yeah, it looks strange O_o A white, 2-3 pixel stroke probably would look better, instead. The pink-ish background is good too, and the colours are nice. Oh, and the avatar dimentions are nice, too. I don't tend to see avatars like that, so, it's uniquely cool.


Satsuki --

[banner 1] Ooh, spatter... -shot'd- The background isn't too bad. But it's the fact that the background is so simple, yet the render is quite complicated. It looks... Odd, in a way. Although, a more complicated render means that most of the focus is placed on the image, so a simple background could be advantageous, as well. It's pretty good, for one of your first backgrounds ^^ As for the text, the stroke may be just one pixel too big. Or maybe more. But, yeah, it's a bit too thick.

[banner 2] I like this one ^^ I especially love the colours. I also like the 'paint on canvas' look (it kind of looks like that for me, so if it's not meant to be like that, then I'm just seeing things). The image quality isn't the best, though. At some areas, it looks grainy, almost JPEG-y (when you save something in JPEG using Paint). Other than that, it's still very nice.


joangaes --

You need to work on rendering D: It looks way too rough, and I can see black bits floating around Samus. This makes the banner look like a render slapped onto a background, which is the kind of thing people should try to avoid. The render quality looks unpleasant, as well. Way too much space in between the two lines of text, and the white seems to come out of nowhere. The font doesn't match, either. The background is nice, but perhaps needs a bit more work.


Shika --

lul, it actually does look like she summoned the background. The background colours match the render, but the spatters in the background are all blotched together behind her. So it looks like one giant purple splodge D: The C4D background is pretty cool, but if you want it to fade to white around the outside, erm, make it look 'fade-y'-er? -shot'd- But really, it doesn't fade to white too well. Oh, and you still need to blend the render more to the background. It's pretty good, anyway. I like the border... xD

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Gah, I want a banner rated, but it's not done yet... >.>

Well maybe this is best:
http://i236.photobucket.com/albums/ff303/joangaes/metroidavvie.png
http://i236.photobucket.com/albums/ff303/joangaes/MetroidBanner.png

evilcheese
December 7th, 2007, 05:58 PM
got anotha 1

http://i217.photobucket.com/albums/cc3/chimchar59/porygon-z.jpg

/Circa
December 7th, 2007, 10:22 PM
Could someone rate this banner:

http://img401.imageshack.us/img401/2798/crashinkbannerod8.png

Pikabloo
December 8th, 2007, 03:59 AM
joangaes -- You didn't need to quote the entire thing... Ahem, anyway, it's a definite improvement. There's more flow to the banner, and the text doesn't look as awkward. The render is much cleaner as well. The text font and colour sort of kill the banner, though, and it's looking a bit too plain. I think a simple one pixel black border would look good, as well.

evilcheese -- I regret complaining about the outer glow on the text of the other banner, now. The text in this banner just barely visible; the first time I looked at it, I thought that there was no text. The text is also very awkwardly positioned. Everything in general is much too dark, and those borders look really odd. The effects aren't too bad, though.

Crashink -- Lovely flow ^^ The bottom left corner seems to be a tad cluttered, though, or the waves/curly lines just look bigger than the render. The render could have been shifted to the left just a bit, since there's a small empty space around the center. Oh, and the text size seems a bit big, but the font matches curves on the banner. The monotonous look is okay... But it slightly makes the banner look a bit dull. Oh, and maybe sharpen up the image's face, since it looks a bit too blurred right now.

---

Meh, I had more to say, but I guess I'm just too lazy... Or tired. Or both.

Oh, and I have a new banner:

http://img151.imageshack.us/img151/7334/yuichibannerro1.png

I was bored... I know it looks a bit empty, but I didn't know how to fill it up. And I need ideas on a border. I thought it looked okay without one, so I'm not so sure.

... Oh no, Shira used a real person in a banner again D:

-explodes-

joangaes
December 8th, 2007, 05:53 AM
If the text kill here is another version just made.
http://i236.photobucket.com/albums/ff303/joangaes/joangaesnewtextandbanner.png

Momoko
December 8th, 2007, 11:20 PM
Hey i have some things that i need rated..i have quite a few but i chose my 4 most recent ones,im open for any comments,help,and constructive critisism.

http://img99.imageshack.us/img99/8422/entierc0.png (http://imageshack.us)
Erm..made it out of boredness,which is usually what i do...

http://img99.imageshack.us/img99/4138/okamigs1.png (http://imageshack.us)
Made it for my sig a few days ago,didnt match with my box,so away it went,along with my box XD

http://img99.imageshack.us/img99/2128/rikyuqe2.png (http://imageshack.us)
Again,made for no reason whatsoever(boredness)

http://img229.imageshack.us/img229/9228/omegaom5.png (http://imageshack.us)
Made this for pokehackeromega for no reason whatsoever,he didnt even ask or know that i was doing it..i just found him and looked like he needed a new
siggy/theme 8D

http://img229.imageshack.us/img229/2599/urahararq4.png (http://imageshack.us)
My fave..i just found out how to do scanlines,so naturally i wanted to try it on something...this has about 30-35 layers in it and its my fave...Well,duh,its in my sig.

Thx people,please rate and give critisism etc.

Pce

Snivi
December 9th, 2007, 12:04 AM
http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d3/TenshiAlchemist/xmas.png

Made a Christmas banner!~

Loki
December 9th, 2007, 01:04 AM
Well guys, I'm kind of interested as to why nobody but Shiranui has commented/rated for awhile.

I'll do a little commenting, but you guys should really stop just posting your stuff to get rated without saying anything about everyone else's stuff. I know you might be busy, but it seems kind of selfish to me. o_x; But I dunno. That's just my opinion. <_<

Crashink; Love the colors! The border would probably have been better as more of a 'blue-ish' color though, to match the rest of it. I like the brushes, but the text font... eh. Dimensions are a bit small as well. It's really nice though. ^^

Shiranui; Real people! xD I adore the flowery brush/print thing around the main render. The lighting is great too, it really puts the focus where it should be. It... is pretty empty though. xD As for a border, you could try a single pixelled dark-bluish-greenish border on just the top and bottom? Leaving the sides unbordered that is. *shrug* xD

joangaes; Wow, the text.. certainly stands out. o_x;; It's kind of pixelly, which is bad, and the render looks like you just pasted it right onto a background and was done with it. The text is definitely better than last time though. I can't say I really like how simplistic the background is, but eh. A border would be nice as well, as Shiranui said.

Sasuke_Darkness; Wow. Kay well, I'm certainly not motivated enough to rate all of those, nor do I feel that I'm motivated to rate more than one, so I'll pick one at random.

The Okami one looks good, but there doesn't seem to be much blending with the background and the render, and the text sticks out like a sore thumb. You probably should've taken the stroke down one pixel or two. And then added a border with the same pixel # in black. A border would make it look MUCH nicer.

Baka Tenshi; Well... Arina Tanemura rocks, so... *thumbs up* xD Nah just kidding. I like the christmas light-y background, and though the text spacing is a little off, the font is great. The render is awesome, and though the blending looks a little awkward on the left... the lowered opacity border is awesome though. ^^

joangaes
December 9th, 2007, 09:25 AM
Well guys, I'm kind of interested as to why nobody but Shiranui has commented/rated for awhile.

I'll do a little commenting, but you guys should really stop just posting your stuff to get rated without saying anything about everyone else's stuff. I know you might be busy, but it seems kind of selfish to me. o_x; But I dunno. That's just my opinion. <_<

Crashink; Love the colors! The border would probably have been better as more of a 'blue-ish' color though, to match the rest of it. I like the brushes, but the text font... eh. Dimensions are a bit small as well. It's really nice though. ^^

Shiranui; Real people! xD I adore the flowery brush/print thing around the main render. The lighting is great too, it really puts the focus where it should be. It... is pretty empty though. xD As for a border, you could try a single pixelled dark-bluish-greenish border on just the top and bottom? Leaving the sides unbordered that is. *shrug* xD

joangaes; Wow, the text.. certainly stands out. o_x;; It's kind of pixelly, which is bad, and the render looks like you just pasted it right onto a background and was done with it. The text is definitely better than last time though. I can't say I really like how simplistic the background is, but eh. A border would be nice as well, as Shiranui said.

Sasuke_Darkness; Wow. Kay well, I'm certainly not motivated enough to rate all of those, nor do I feel that I'm motivated to rate more than one, so I'll pick one at random.

The Okami one looks good, but there doesn't seem to be much blending with the background and the render, and the text sticks out like a sore thumb. You probably should've taken the stroke down one pixel or two. And then added a border with the same pixel # in black. A border would make it look MUCH nicer.

Baka Tenshi; Well... Arina Tanemura rocks, so... *thumbs up* xD Nah just kidding. I like the christmas light-y background, and though the text spacing is a little off, the font is great. The render is awesome, and though the blending looks a little awkward on the left... the lowered opacity border is awesome though. ^^

Ok I will take out the white of the thing and I will add a border.

Snivi
December 10th, 2007, 02:55 AM
http://i19.tinypic.com/6xq1vk5.gif

First time adding snow. Followed a tutorial I found online.

Chikara
December 10th, 2007, 10:59 AM
Aaaaand she's back again. I made a christmas banner with no avatar. I think it turned out pretty good but I didn't realise that the color for the border was a little pink-ish and it's a little too see-through. But besides that I think it turned out ok.

Kira
December 10th, 2007, 11:05 AM
http://i19.tinypic.com/6xq1vk5.gif

First time adding snow. Followed a tutorial I found online.

I believe you should increase the framerate by about double, to make the snow seem like falling, and not chopping down. However, looking great.

Snivi
December 10th, 2007, 11:28 AM
It looks like falling on my computer not chopping whatever that means.

Kira
December 10th, 2007, 11:58 AM
It looks like falling on my computer not chopping whatever that means.

The snow is falling quite slowly, making it look choppier than real snow, if you'd speed it up a bit, it would look more real :)

Btw:

http://i257.photobucket.com/albums/hh226/tmaelstrom/Requests/Guru.png

Utami
December 10th, 2007, 09:33 PM
@Kira
It looks okay... but there's a couple of issues that I have with the graphic.


I don't like how you just randomly used brushes. It causes a strange focal point that just doesn't captivate me at all.

I don't like the font, but that's just me personally. Since the graphic doesn't have a render (if there is one, I can't find it) then you should put the text in the middle.

Gerri Shin
December 10th, 2007, 10:00 PM
http://i19.tinypic.com/6xq1vk5.gif

First time adding snow. Followed a tutorial I found online.

The snow is falling quite slowly, making it look choppier than real snow, if you'd speed it up a bit, it would look more real :)

Btw:

http://i257.photobucket.com/albums/hh226/tmaelstrom/Requests/Guru.png

@Baka Tenshi: I think It looks great! the snow is very realistic, however I did notice that there is a checkmark shape made out of the snow that is very easy to spot going down the image when the snowfall animation resets.

@Kira: I think the reason you see the animation as choppy and not as smooth as me or Baka tenshi might lie in your internet connection. Idk what kind you have but if it has a lot of trafic or low bandwidth than the animation is going to go slower because animations take up at least 3 times as much bandwidth as normal pictures.
as for your picture, I'm not sure what I;'m looking at. while its blended nicely and has an overall good color scheme, it appears to not have a subject other than the text. if the text is supposed to be the subject than the placement is off and it lacks any catchyness to draw your attention to it.

Momoko
December 10th, 2007, 10:24 PM
Rofl just made this for fun and mite as well get it ranked...every year around this time i get obesessed with DBZ lol so i thot id celebrate by making a siggy
http://img98.imageshack.us/img98/3941/darknezna3.png (http://imageshack.us)

RYOUKI
December 12th, 2007, 02:35 AM
Ryouki --

I still can't see why you don't like that banner D: I fell in love with the background <3 It looks so... Pretty, I guess. The clipping masks over the guy's shoulder stops it from looking like a render pasted onto a background, which is really cool. And the colours are lovely as well. More effects would have been nice, and the text needs some work, but other than that, I have nothing else to say. Besides the fact that it looks nice, and it sort of makes me want to watch that anime.

Actually that anime is Seinen, better watch out for violence! It freaked me out...

Oh, and I finally made a christmas theme, Everyone says it's good w/o a border so...

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

Pikabloo
December 12th, 2007, 03:08 AM
...Why do I love like to comment on banners? D:

Baka Tenshi -- Aaaah, I really like that one with the snow effect. It's a really nice, fluid animation, from what I can see. I would do the same to my banner, if I wasn't so lazy. Anyway, the banner overall is really great. The image is positioned nicely and the background is nice and looks like a whole bunch of Christmas lights far in the distance. It makes me feel all warm and cuddly inside xD Although, I'm not much of a fan of the text. It's looking a bit odd, due to the large space in between the two lines. The font is good, though. Oh, and the blending looks a bit too blurry, but it's not too much of a bother ^^

Chikara -- That is one cute image :3 It's simple, but not too bad. The background is looking a bit plain, though, so maybe you could add some more of those glowy orbs/snow dots on, to fill up some of the space. Rendering is a bit rough around the foot, and the text stands out too much, and is kind of dull. Try using a brighter colour for the text. The font is lovely, though. And, actually, I quite like the border. The pink matches the character's hair, so there's no problem with that.

Kira -- It looks very, very... Messy. As some people have said, I don't completely know what I'm looking at. The focal point is not clearly defined, and the scan lines are a bit too strong. I sort of like the rusty colour scheme. The text stands out waaaay too much, the font doesn't match, and it distracts your view from the, er, background. Unless the text is supposed to be the focal, that is, then it should be moved elsewhere on the banner. Oh, and maybe a border would be good...

Sasuke_Darkness -- Yellow D: It's somewhat bright. Or my eyes are just pathetically too sensitive. Anyway, the flow is good on the background, and it follows the render nicely. Much like in your other banners, though, the text stands out more than the render. The stroke on the text is waaaaay too thick, and the font and text position look odd. The background is looking a bit empty, as well, and the render is too smudged. Oh, and scan lines are nice, but don't overuse them like I did. Try playing around with different effects as well.

Ryouki -- Meh, I don't mind seinen. I watch Mushishi, anyway, so...

That's an adorable render ^^ Low quality, but cute xD Considering the quality of the render, it's actually a nice banner... Is that smudging I see!? 8D -is a smudging addict- Anywhoo, the smudging and splatters are very nice. The giant blob in front of the girl (forgot her name D:) is pretty distracting, though. The text is actually pretty good, but it looks really rough, and the tiny text underneath the main text could be made smaller. And I think it looks completely fine without a border.

Gah, I rushed near the end. I shouldn't even be here posting this... -gets easily distracted-

Noah Fowl EX
December 12th, 2007, 05:16 AM
Yeah, I've been toying with this for a while... What do you guys think?

http://i242.photobucket.com/albums/ff39/Lord94/Gogetagraphic.gif

I dunno... It's sort of, missing something, if you ask me...

Momoko
December 12th, 2007, 05:09 PM
Yeah, I've been toying with this for a while... What do you guys think?
I dunno... It's sort of, missing something, if you ask me...

Erm...well,yeah, it is missing something! dont ask me what it might be tho =3. The Bg looks like a bunch of brushes slapped on on together,however u can see it took u a while to get the end effect (toying around with the opacity and whatnot...and the text...to me is horrible D: i like the flashing text but it totally doesnt match with the rest of the siggy...and its pretty hard to read..i hate rating things this low but..5-6/10 >.<


Yours did look preety cool tho,so i decided to make my own! Took a while and its awfully big...but just so u ppl know what to rate...its my sig (vegeta one)

Loki
December 12th, 2007, 08:30 PM
Wow, I finally made something that I like enough to get rated. xDD

Buuuut...

They're just icons. :< ...OF alice nine. ONLY THE COOLEST VISUAL KEI BAND EVER! D:< along with a few others.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v243/Kaiyoseila/Nao.png http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v243/Kaiyoseila/Hiroto.png http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v243/Kaiyoseila/Saga.png http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v243/Kaiyoseila/Tora.png
Nao, Hiroto, Saga, Tora

This isn't all of them, I'm just too lazy to add the rest of them. xD;

I did all of these with a messed up resolution, so if they look weird.... that's why. <_<;; *I wouldn't know, because I haven't seen them in a regular resolution yet* They look like rectangles to me. ;;

Oh by the way...

These aren't for public use. |D They're for me and only me, kthnxbai. <3

Thomas
December 12th, 2007, 09:16 PM
I just made my signature banner really quickly, but I like it! I manipulated the colors a bit..same with my avatar.

Gerri Shin
December 12th, 2007, 09:21 PM
I just made my signature banner really quickly, but I like it! I manipulated the colors a bit..same with my avatar.

I like your sig too, Its simple. I like simplicity over the many sigs that contain alot of grungy scratches and stuff along the edge. anyway I like the screening of the second render in the sky, gives an aura of a spirit of someone close to the girl, that is fighting for her.

anyway I thought I'd see what the reactions are to my sig and avvy. feel free to comment on both or either one. the avvy was made completely from scratch while the sig contains two pics from online Stock.

RYOUKI
December 13th, 2007, 12:02 AM
Ryouki -- Meh, I don't mind seinen. I watch Mushishi, anyway, so...

That's an adorable render ^^ Low quality, but cute xD Considering the quality of the render, it's actually a nice banner... Is that smudging I see!? 8D -is a smudging addict- Anywhoo, the smudging and splatters are very nice. The giant blob in front of the girl (forgot her name D:) is pretty distracting, though. The text is actually pretty good, but it looks really rough, and the tiny text underneath the main text could be made smaller. And I think it looks completely fine without a border.

Gah, I rushed near the end. I shouldn't even be here posting this... -gets easily distracted-

Oh really? So then, i should have smudge it to blend it and not splatter brushed it?
Hmm, So then... I really need to work on text huh? Okay then, I'll follow your tips.

Marthmaster
December 13th, 2007, 01:26 PM
nice concept, and i like the way it was executed. the text seems kinda jaggy though IMO. do you have the "Antialiasing" turned on? *i believe that's what it's called* it has a nice feel, clean and simple though.

6/10.

Utami
December 13th, 2007, 05:12 PM
http://img213.imageshack.us/img213/7283/utamiix4.png
Had a chance to watch The Golden Compass. :3

joangaes
December 14th, 2007, 10:14 AM
Please rate:
http://i236.photobucket.com/albums/ff303/joangaes/jOSFC.png

As the text kills after now it is small.

Nytkoi
December 14th, 2007, 03:14 PM
Jon, it looks intresting, like the bird..thing. The font is to ssmall, though.
8.6/10
Cool Utami, it looks nice with the smooth brushes.
9.8/10
Noah Fowl, Its cool, but I don't like animation on sigs.
8/10

Loki
December 14th, 2007, 03:17 PM
Woah, neminoa, you can't claim that as your own if you got the background from dA. Unless you ask the person who owns that art and they give you permission to use it, (you'll have to quote it here) then that's called stealing.

So until you get permission, I'm to have to remove that banner.

Marthmaster
December 14th, 2007, 05:21 PM
your avatar pwns. i have no idea why, it's just totally awesome for some reason.

Loki
December 14th, 2007, 08:19 PM
Mine? xD

Well, whether you're talking about mine or not, I've added to the icon set I posted earlier.

http://i245.photobucket.com/albums/gg69/Xenocrates13/tora2.png http://i245.photobucket.com/albums/gg69/Xenocrates13/Hiroto2.png http://i245.photobucket.com/albums/gg69/Xenocrates13/GameOver.png http://i245.photobucket.com/albums/gg69/Xenocrates13/Saga2.png http://i245.photobucket.com/albums/gg69/Xenocrates13/Maki.png http://i245.photobucket.com/albums/gg69/Xenocrates13/shou2.png
Alt:http://i245.photobucket.com/albums/gg69/Xenocrates13/shou3.png

And that's my icon set so far, featuring Shou, Hiroto, Saga, Tora, and Nao (though his icons aren't in this particular showcase) from alice nine., Maki from HIGH and MIGHTY COLOR, and some bloody chess board I found on photobucket. xD;

Sorry I haven't been rating anybody's stuff lately. Nobody's really rated/commented on my stuff, and I don't really feel obligated to rate anyone else's. xD;

evilcheese
December 14th, 2007, 10:37 PM
those are all very good. although some text isnt readable

i need help choosing

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

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

i need help on deciding my new theme. any changes i need to make are ok

强有力
December 15th, 2007, 03:16 AM
This is my large christmas icon.
Rate anyone?
http://img179.imageshack.us/img179/5681/pokecommunityfm1.jpg

Nytkoi
December 15th, 2007, 12:51 PM
i like it. Its so cheerful! 10.10

TA-DA! 2 sucsessful avas.(everything by me)
please rate.

BLEACH Ava:
http://i192.photobucket.com/albums/z227/ataylan/BLEACHAVA.png
and Mario Ava:
http://i192.photobucket.com/albums/z227/ataylan/Marioava2.png

Hazuki
December 15th, 2007, 01:17 PM
The Rukia one: Did you put the blood stains on her? Or was it orginally like that? But anyways, it's not bad! The effects you put on her are pretty good. 6/10

Mario: It's kinda blurry, it seems like that's all it is.... But it's shiny, that's the good part. xD I would suggest not to make it so blurry. 7.9/10

Not bad keep up the good work!

Nytkoi
December 16th, 2007, 07:24 AM
No, the Rukia one didn't start like that...

Marthmaster
December 16th, 2007, 12:31 PM
those are all very good. although some text isnt readable

text isn't always supposed to be readable. personally i like the non-readable text look.

Zebra Thunderhead
December 17th, 2007, 08:32 PM
Neminoa, filters look best when used subtly. Having a bunch all mixed together makes a weird look. If you're going for that starry feel, you can keep all those filters on Mario on one layer, have the original picture of Mario above them, and set the filtered Mario to linear dodge, then smudge some. If you're going for something starry, that is. o.O

Shika
December 18th, 2007, 07:47 AM
I personally think this is the banner with the best text placement that I made.Correct me if I am wrong xD The background is plain. Yeah.. not empty xD

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w106/shikaNL/PhotoShop/TouhouRender.png

强有力
December 18th, 2007, 12:50 PM
Shika, that is amazing. I love the way the colouring complements itself and the text. And yes, you are correct..... it is good placement.

Nytkoi
December 18th, 2007, 04:04 PM
well, I'm a beginner... and I dont think you'll like this one
http://i192.photobucket.com/albums/z227/ataylan/Ava2.png
http://i192.photobucket.com/albums/z227/ataylan/Sig-2.png
me first set(dont rate sig to harshly, its my first banner)

evilcheese
December 18th, 2007, 05:42 PM
its not really a banner cause its so big and over the sig limit. chop off the bottom too because thats were the render ends.

sorr i dont have a banner. just rate my theme. yes i used too much outer glow becuase the text wouldnt be readble without it (as usual)

RYOUKI
December 18th, 2007, 09:36 PM
@Shika: That's a great banner, too bad it doesn't really blend.

@mizt: It's kinda chopped up at the bottom, and the blue displacement isn't really good.

@evilcheese: It's very good, almost, the backrpund attracts all, I didn't even noticed the image until now.

Momoko
December 19th, 2007, 07:46 PM
@Shika: Mm..i desnt really blend/match but its still nice altogether..7.5/10

@mizt: Mm..not bad but u should take out the part on the bottom kuz that's where the render ends..and its really really big,so...6/10

@evilcheese: It's not bad...i personally dont think the text or the picture fits in too well but i like the style.9/10

What do u guys think of these?
http://img167.imageshack.us/img167/3967/orochimarucopybr2.png (http://imageshack.us)http://img530.imageshack.us/img530/8506/newichicacopybc3.png (http://imageshack.us)http://img530.imageshack.us/img530/4567/kakashicopydy6.png (http://imageshack.us)




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Kira
December 20th, 2007, 11:15 AM
http://i257.photobucket.com/albums/hh226/tmaelstrom/Roflmao.png

Rate :D

And S_D: The first one is good, but the other two have a strange background, which I don't particularly like.

Momoko
December 20th, 2007, 06:01 PM
wow um...its good but..i dont particularly like the text...it stick out like crazy! still...6.5/10

Utami
December 20th, 2007, 07:50 PM
@Kira
Not entirely sure what I'm looking at... but I have to admit it looks cool. Like what Sasuke_Darkness pointed out, text needs to be fixed.

@Sasuke_Darkness
The Orochimaru one looks the best imo. You should try blending it more and fixing the text.

http://img502.imageshack.us/img502/2122/siguf0.png

Nytkoi
December 21st, 2007, 11:06 AM
9.9/10... I hate elfs, besides that 10/10
http://i192.photobucket.com/albums/z227/ataylan/AkitaoAvatar.png
http://i192.photobucket.com/albums/z227/ataylan/AkitioBanner.png
a set I desided to give to -Link- today(made months ago)
and my newest set(havent I improved?)
-Images removed by me. If you would like to see them, pm me.-
Sonic set

BreD
December 21st, 2007, 11:10 AM
1st:
i don't realy see what's going on... although the colours are nice :)



2nd:
wow awsome improvment!
did you realy make this one?
hehe

awsome use of c4d's... where did you get them? :D
loving the blue tones.

Nytkoi
December 21st, 2007, 11:15 AM
thnx, it took me days and days and days and days...
I dont know if I should've put here.....

BreD
December 21st, 2007, 11:16 AM
why not? what's wrong with posting it? :S

Live in Color
December 21st, 2007, 05:02 PM
I'd like my new set I just made today rated please.

http://img295.imageshack.us/img295/8604/uraharaavfinalxu1.png (http://imageshack.us)
http://img213.imageshack.us/img213/9592/uraharafinaltc6.png (http://imageshack.us)

I found a render of Urahara and just made it into a signature, I was gonna use Tosen, but changed my mind. :P

Momoko
December 21st, 2007, 06:17 PM
for teh avy 8/10 its not bad,lacks too much detail but still..
for the sig,my gosh its beautiful! Except for the small things that ruin it..like whats up with the grid marks all around him makes it look horrible compared to the rest, and the border sticks outs so much and attracts they eyes so much because it sorta covered by the xtra layer of dotted border,which attracts eyesights and its a tad too brite. It a nice try,but 7./10

and as a theme together..8.5/10

Kira
December 22nd, 2007, 03:03 AM
Played around with the text a bit:

http://i257.photobucket.com/albums/hh226/tmaelstrom/Kira3.png

Live in Color
December 22nd, 2007, 05:58 AM
for teh avy 8/10 its not bad,lacks too much detail but still..
for the sig,my gosh its beautiful! Except for the small things that ruin it..like whats up with the grid marks all around him makes it look horrible compared to the rest, and the border sticks outs so much and attracts they eyes so much because it sorta covered by the xtra layer of dotted border,which attracts eyesights and its a tad too brite. It a nice try,but 7./10

and as a theme together..8.5/10

... all I gotta say.

Anyone else want to rate it?


http://img295.imageshack.us/img295/8604/uraharaavfinalxu1.png (http://imageshack.us)
http://img213.imageshack.us/img213/9592/uraharafinaltc6.png (http://imageshack.us)

Utami
December 22nd, 2007, 09:29 AM
@Kira
It looks as if you just slap together some C4Ds and then put a text (but I have to note that you did try to make it fit). Just remember, sometimes it's better if you don't put a text on a graphic. I think it would look much better if there was more interest.

@Relyt
You should get rid of the grid over the render since it detracts from it. Plus, it doesn't look that great anyways. Text is okay... it looks strange though.

Ryousha
December 22nd, 2007, 11:00 AM
http://i6.tinypic.com/6ssq4qg.png

first sig :D.

Hazuki
December 22nd, 2007, 11:03 AM
^ Well it's a .png image, that's a good thing. Somehow I don't really like the text, maybe you can make the text lighter? O.o

I like your use of brushes, but you can use a lot more effects than that!

I think it's pretty good! The only exception I would make is the text.

Good job! Keep it up! =D

Nytkoi
December 22nd, 2007, 11:04 AM
I guess its okay, 8.10
Somebody please rate mine ON PAGE 36?!!^^;
edit:Hazuki, how's mine?

Hazuki
December 22nd, 2007, 11:08 AM
OK I think I will rate the last one you just posted. I can see you are trying to blend in the effects with the image, but try to make it more smoother.

And you can make the text better than that! =D

Nice job! 7/10

Ryousha
December 22nd, 2007, 11:36 AM
Ok I tried new styles on my gimp 2.2

http://i16.tinypic.com/6xg3l0x.png

Second sig :D

Yes Pikachus left arm is choppy.

Live in Color
December 22nd, 2007, 11:39 AM
I'd like this theme I just made rated please. ^^

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

Nytkoi
December 22nd, 2007, 11:41 AM
10/10 awesome job!
I love how made it scarchty lookin!

Live in Color
December 22nd, 2007, 11:43 AM
10/10 awesome job!
I love how made it scarchty lookin!

Who was that directed to?

Ryousha
December 22nd, 2007, 11:46 AM
I'm not sure.. feels like nobody rated my sig.

Live in Color
December 22nd, 2007, 11:49 AM
I'm not sure.. feels like nobody rated my sig.

I like it, but you need to work more with the text to make it stand out. Give a background around the text, if you're using Photoshop it's called a stroke or you can use outer glow. Play around with it, or even watch some tutorials. ^^

7.5/10.

Nytkoi
December 22nd, 2007, 11:51 AM
Who was that directed to?youre banner(black one) i like it

Loki
December 22nd, 2007, 05:17 PM
Guys, it would help to put the name of the person's graphics that you're rating. If that made sense. xD

And also, it would help if you didn't just demand ratings, but gave good ratings back to people.

Honestly, the giving holiday is only like, three days away, and nobody's giving out ratings. ;<

Relyt; The font hurts. :/ The font, the stroke, it just doesn't fit at all. The render doesn't take too much focus, which isn't good at all. The 'burned' effect around the whole banner looks extremely unnatural... though the way you made that single strip in the middle clear and the rest of the background blurry is really cool, and the background itself is nice. Just work on text, render positioning, and blending. It's definitely blended, but it looks... odd to me. xD;;

Aaron; On your most recent banner, blending would definitely help a bit. The text is painful here too. Stands out wayyy too much. The drop shadow would be best replaced with just a plain border too. *not a fan of the drop shadow border*


Mizt, if you'd like me to rate your banner/whatever on page 36, it would do plenty good to re-post it, because I'm not going to go out of my way to look for it. ^^

evilcheese
December 22nd, 2007, 07:24 PM
im too lazy to rate so ill just post mine

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

Snivi
December 23rd, 2007, 10:57 PM
http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d3/TenshiAlchemist/Sakura-Banner.png

New theme: Cardcaptor Sakura <3

Zebra Thunderhead
December 24th, 2007, 09:15 AM
http://img57.imageshack.us/img57/395/macheriepa2.png

Utada ftw? o.O I color layered this thing like no other. x3

Nytkoi
December 24th, 2007, 09:18 AM
@Xenocrates:Here they are plus 2 newones
http://i192.photobucket.com/albums/z227/ataylan/AkitaoAvatar.png
http://i192.photobucket.com/albums/z227/ataylan/AkitioBanner.png
http://i192.photobucket.com/albums/z227/ataylan/MArioAva2-1.png
http://i192.photobucket.com/albums/z227/ataylan/MArioAva1.png
http://i192.photobucket.com/albums/z227/ataylan/MArioBanner-1.png
@Color Me Evil:Nice i like the orange/redish tone 8.9/10

Chikara
December 24th, 2007, 09:51 AM
I made a banner~

It's made of just 2 colors, and it took forever to come up with how to make the picture not look stupid. But we shall see then. AND it's Atsushi Otani from Lovely Complex <3

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

Nytkoi
December 24th, 2007, 09:53 AM
o-k, i feel ignored ^^ oh well that looks cool but mabye a border would make it look nicer :D 9.5/10

Chikara
December 24th, 2007, 10:00 AM
Well if you want someone to do it then I will XD;

1) I don't like how grungy it looks. I LIKE grunge, but, it's just too much. The text fits though, and the avatar is cool so 6/10

2) You can barely see Mario in that ._.
The background is nice, but I think you made the overlay on Mario way too dark. You can barely see the text on both the banner and the avatar that HAS the text. 4/10

Out of the two of them, I have to say I like the first one better.
I"m no good at this so if anyone else wants to rate him, go ahead XD;

Loki
December 24th, 2007, 11:04 AM
Color Me Evil; O_O AMAZLING. I really really like this banner, the render positioning is awesome, the text positioning is perfect, along with that crescent-thing that sort of helps the text that's subtle stand out just a bit more. The tiny text on the bottom of the actual text gives it a really nice effect too, and the color layers work out really really well. Point-blank, I love this banner like no other. 10/10

(I love color layers! >:D Even though they never really work for me. xD)

Mizt;

Well, both of them have an insanely huge problem. The focus is nowhere.

1. Text is way too big, stands out way too much, the black brushing in the corner stands out too much as well, it's hard to read the text in the black brushing, the render is pretty much gone under all the effects, and the banner is annoyingly huge. Just to name a few problems that irk me. If there wasn't the fact that your render looks as though it's disappearing behind the busy background, and there wasn't a render at all, then it'd look a lot better. Lower the opacity on the text or something next time.

2. You're blending, too much. If you don't blend at all, then it looks like you just stuck a picture on top of a background. But if you blend too much, you lose your focus, and it just looks like a big red thing with darker red pixels splashed across it. The text is impossible to read, and it's just... overdone. AKA; I think you overdid it on this one. To be dead honest, I'm not really liking this banner at all. :/

Chikara; Cuuuute text positioning! :O You're definitely getting better, but the scratchy effect on the stock that doesn't apply to the rest of it is a major... well, I don't really like it. xD *Has always hated filters* I think you could've made the stock stand out in a different way. Perhaps if you'd left the stock as it was, and just made the color of it darker than the color of the text, that'd be- oh wait, you were going for the two-tone color scheme.... xD; Well, I wouldn't know how to remedy it then. </3 The starry brushes on the right are nice, but you probably could've added more.

Nytkoi
December 24th, 2007, 11:19 AM
O_O I think after that ill just give up...
I'll just post my last set(for a member at another forum):
http://i192.photobucket.com/albums/z227/ataylan/Dragon1Avatar.png
if you want to see the banner pm me. bye (mabye forever) *shot*

mizt~

Loki
December 24th, 2007, 11:23 AM
o_o;

No need to take it so personally.

You asked for the comments in the first place, it's not like I guarunteed that they'd be telling you how wonderfully masterful your banners are. If you just stop now, then I'll end up saying those things to you forever, but if you work on making them better, then I'll probably say a few more positive things. Besides, it's not like I'm speaking for the whole community. <_< Those comments are just me.

But you know, you do what you want, what you think is best.

Also, this is a graphic rating thread, not a random comments thread. I've ignored it up to now, but try and make your replies a little less off-topic Mizt.



Anyway, I forgot to ask this to be rated, so if anyone would be so kind as to give me some useful comments...

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

I think the scanlines might be too obvious, but oh well. :/

evilcheese
December 24th, 2007, 11:36 AM
why didnt anyone rate my dawn banner? >.<

anyway i have anither one

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

Nytkoi
December 24th, 2007, 11:39 AM
o_o;

No need to take it so personally.

You asked for the comments in the first place, it's not like I guarunteed that they'd be telling you how wonderfully masterful your banners are. If you just stop now, then I'll end up saying those things to you forever, but if you work on making them better, then I'll probably say a few more positive things. Besides, it's not like I'm speaking for the whole community. <_< Those comments are just me.

But you know, you do what you want, what you think is best.

Also, this is a graphic rating thread, not a random comments thread. I've ignored it up to now, but try and make your replies a little less off-topic Mizt.



Anyway, I forgot to ask this to be rated, so if anyone would be so kind as to give me some useful comments...

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

I think the scanlines might be too obvious, but oh well. :/
I dont know what the cra* youre talking about, anyways 10/10 nice
one more:
http://i192.photobucket.com/albums/z227/ataylan/Dragon1Avatar.png
if you want to see the banner pm me

Loki
December 24th, 2007, 11:49 AM
I don't think you need to censor the word crap.

Anyway, this one is considerably better. A border would be good, and maybe if the red value and contrast weren't quite so heavy on the Typhlosion.


Evilcheese; I didn't rate your banner because you were too lazy to rate anyone else's. So I guess I was just too lazy to rate yours. Sorry.

Zebra Thunderhead
December 24th, 2007, 11:51 AM
@Xenocrates - Ehehehe, thanks a bunch! You can wear it if you'd like, but if you do just make sure you give credit. :P

Nytkoi
December 24th, 2007, 11:55 AM
I don't think you need to censor the word crap.

Anyway, this one is considerably better. A border would be good, and maybe if the red value and contrast weren't quite so heavy on the Typhlosion.


Evilcheese; I didn't rate your banner because you were too lazy to rate anyone else's. So I guess I was just too lazy to rate yours. Sorry.
ehehehe why thank you! I'll think of that! :D
I'm not sure how to make the broken up border though :(

Hazuki
December 24th, 2007, 12:33 PM
Rate please! =O

http://img409.imageshack.us/img409/2268/drewbanneroh7.png

It's pretty old. xD

Oh and the image is from Teppo Pepper.

Nytkoi
December 24th, 2007, 12:42 PM
9.7/10 i love the colors;D
How do you do that bordor???!!!

Hazuki
December 24th, 2007, 12:47 PM
I learned it from this tutorial
http://celestial-star.net/tutorials/12-dashed-border/

Nytkoi
December 24th, 2007, 01:10 PM
thnx a lot hazuki!! I'll try that now
EDIT: OMG look at my masterpeice! ^^
http://i192.photobucket.com/albums/z227/ataylan/BAnneryellow.png

Shika
December 24th, 2007, 09:47 PM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v243/Kaiyoseila/Angel.png

I think the scanlines might be too obvious, but oh well. :/
OMG! This is the one for Musashi-kun right?
The scanlines settings are perfect! They are not too obvious in my opinion.
And it's blended too well that I don't know where the render starts and end. 8D
For the C4D usage, the think the one on the render's hair should be erased. To be exact, it's around 105 degrees from the render's left(on my side) eye.
I can't really read the last text though. 'Uiew' I guess.

Anyway, the positioning is well done and it's as expected from Mizzy chan 8D

Double Edit: I forgot that there is a word called 'View' xD
I dont know what the cra* youre talking about, anyways 10/10 nice
one more:
http://i192.photobucket.com/albums/z227/ataylan/Dragon1Avatar.png
if you want to see the banner pm me
You are using filter effects too much and did you just used paint bucket tool for the background?

Side Note: Did you get any pm from people bugging you to show them your secretly hidden banner? I guess not...

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EDIT: I wanna get more comments from other people about this banner.
Up to now, I only got that the render is not blended enough.

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w106/shikaNL/PhotoShop/TouhouRender.png

Nytkoi
December 25th, 2007, 07:44 AM
http://i192.photobucket.com/albums/z227/ataylan/BAnneryellow.png
i guess you didnt see that anyways I love the text of that banner it fits in very well ^^

Shika
December 25th, 2007, 07:57 AM
I missed two. heehee
Rate please! =O

http://img409.imageshack.us/img409/2268/drewbanneroh7.png

It's pretty old. xD
The total outcome is nice even though I would lower the Musical Notes layers so it won't get all mixed with the text. And shades of '>'s are nice but seeing one shade twice is not that good. Maybe make the text darker? After all, i still love this one.
http://i192.photobucket.com/albums/z227/ataylan/BAnneryellow.png
i guess you didnt see that anyways I love the text of that banner it fits in very well ^^
The render is not cut off great. You did this one just to test the border right? Experiment failed. Look at the two sides of borders, one thiner and one thicker! If you call that 'style' it's not appealing to me. And the text needs to be more visible. And the decorations under the text is just OVER the limits.
Render placement wrong, render not cut well, not blended well, background empty, too much text decorations, border not appealing. ^^'
You did it quick right?

Nytkoi
December 25th, 2007, 08:11 AM
http://i192.photobucket.com/albums/z227/ataylan/Rayquaza.png
I just tryed agian, i think this ones a bunch better
http://i192.photobucket.com/albums/z227/ataylan/Rayquazaavvie.png
Also rate my theme now (by me)

Loki
December 25th, 2007, 01:13 PM
Mizt, I'll rate your current one, because it looks a lot better than the Rayquaza one IMO, and also your other brown-ish one.

On your current banner... Well, good usage of gradient. Very nice. What's not so great is that it's somewhat obvious you didn't render the palkia image due to some of the splatters cutting off abruptly, and others looking as though they have a white overlay on them. I don't know if you noticed. xD The two splatters that are repeated in the middle, the big ones, that's a big no-no. You never want to use the same brushes in two places where they'll instantly be recognized as the same. That's bad bad bad, because looking as this banner, I see that you used maybe three brushes max. The text is great, though if you wanted, it could be a little bigger. Placement is alright, though you might want to shove it into the corner a bit more. The squares next to the text are a great touch. Though, perhaps next time, you'll want to make the stock a little bigger, so that it takes up more space. It's a good banner overall though, that's for sure.

If you don't know how to render on Photoshop, I have a quick and crappy tutorial I whipped up for Chikara awhile back. If you can understand it, you should give it a shot. xD You might not be able to understand it though, because I'm terrible at explaining, let alone tutorials. </3

Extremely Vague Rendering Tutorial (http://img168.imageshack.us/img168/2973/untitled34th6.png)

That said, I'll ignore the terrible render job on the next one I'm rating. First thing I have to say, there is such thing as over-use. Here, you've majorly overused the star brush, and that goes for your Rayquaza banner as well. You should try experimenting with other borders, instead of just using the dotted border all the time. Sometimes, a simple 1 px black line works wonders as a great border. *nod* The color effects on the render are somewhat odd, and I'm not a huge fan of it. But I'll have to disagree with Shika-kun here and say that the text decorations on the bottom aren't all too bad. Adding the X's, which I'd imagine are meant to be text decorations in themselves, it might be a bit too much, but if we see the X's merely as text, then it's a good attempt. Keep an eye on making sure you don't overuse a single element in your banner, because we want to see different styles. ^^

Shika-kun; Well, it's a clean render, which is good. The blending attempt on the right doesn't look all too great, but it's not too noticeable, and it's not terrible either. The background's grungy look doesn't really fit the cleanliness of the render to me though. The lines could have a lowered opacity, along with the text. Text placement and decor's are good though, font is okay. The c4d is nicely placed, so that's definitely a plus. Overall good job on this one, I'd say.

Hazuki; TEPPO PEPPER?! Can't rate it until you give Teppo proper credit. ;< Goes hand-in-hand with my dA art policy. It's technically a form of art theft to me. *having been busted for it a long time ago, I'm terribly paranoid about it now.*

evilcheese
December 25th, 2007, 02:34 PM
i made a banner.

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

i had to render it myself. i also used the dashed border thing from hazuki

Nytkoi
December 25th, 2007, 03:34 PM
i dont really like 2 colored borders but the blending and
aipoms pose are nice. You couldve gone a little smaller with the text.
Using Xenocrates tut I rendered and made this:
http://i192.photobucket.com/albums/z227/ataylan/MangaBanner.png

Shika
December 25th, 2007, 08:07 PM
I know that was the first try but the tutorial Mizzy-chan gave was hard too.
So try this one.
Clicky! (http://img40.picoodle.com/img/img40/5/12/25/f_PenToolRendm_4577d82.gif)

If you weren't confused by that, your rendering job will get better and easier~

Snivi
December 25th, 2007, 09:40 PM
http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d3/TenshiAlchemist/snsb.png

I know it is rather simple but I like it.

Edit:
Also this one is new
http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d3/TenshiAlchemist/ccs.png

Shika
December 25th, 2007, 09:51 PM
For the second one, the background blending is nice but the drop shadow and stroke (guess) for the foreground picture is unnecessary IMO~

Chikara
December 26th, 2007, 08:38 AM
i dont really like 2 colored borders but the blending and
aipoms pose are nice. You couldve gone a little smaller with the text.
Using Xenocrates tut I rendered and made this:
http://i192.photobucket.com/albums/z227/ataylan/MangaBanner.png

No one did you again ><

Okie. I can like... see the blocks of color in his hat ._.
I'm sure that has a name, but yeah, that throws you off. The blending is something to work on, his hair cuts off on the left side, unless that's just how the picture goes. You really do like your gradients, it flows nicely :D

What I DON'T like about it is how that flower/plant brush looks like it was just put there to take up space. It doesn't really go with the rest of the picture. I like the stars at the bottom better, you could have done some more stars or gotten a shiny new star brush and done it that way.

Well I'll stop then ><
7/10 It's nice but needs work~

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UHBUT I have 2 banners that need rating this time. First off, the new on in my signature...
http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c369/Teresa113/Random%20Other/unwrittenbann.png
I like this one more than the other one, it took forever to do though x.x

And then there's this one...
http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c369/Teresa113/Random%20Other/banner2.png
My first attempt at leaving some parts transparent. I've seen it done like this a lot so I tried it and yay~

Loki
December 26th, 2007, 08:30 PM
I guess the tutorial was too vague. Dx;; Sorry Mizt.

Anyway, yeah, the render job would be the most degenerating feature in that banner IMO. The pixellation (squares of color that Chikara was referring to,) is also pretty bad. Try using er... higher quality images. xD;; The stars are well-placed, but I'd advise against adding more of the same stars, because that's, again, treading on overuse. You should get a few different brushes, because your banners are starting to get a bit monotonous.

Chikara, I prefer the one on top to the one on the bottom, so I'll rate that one. xD

Well... You should definitely try for a few more colors in your banners. xD It's very cute though, and I like the vector-y style. Although, maybe you should try out a few banners that aren't vector-styled? |D;; Focus is nice, and since it's vector, I guess blending isn't an issue. However, what is an issue is that the render is all shiny and the background is flat. It kind of collides, if you know what I'm saying?

---

So if anyone would be so kind as to comment on my new banner;

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

And, as much as I love to know that 'it looks great', 'looks okay', 'looks terrible', or something vague like that, I'd love to know exactly what part of it 'looks great/terrible/okay'.

xD;;

I'm also wanting your opinion; Should I make a matching avatar with the same render as the banner in it, or keep my current avatar?

Pikabloo
December 26th, 2007, 11:15 PM
Aaaah, I missed this thread xD

Anyway, since I'm lazy and I only have about an hour of internet time and it usually takes me ages to rate one banner, I'll rate Xenoc's latest one. I might rate some more once I get back... In two weeks, or something like that >.> Some of the banners I've seen just scanning through the last few pages of the thread were really nice, though.

Soo... Onto the rating. To start off, I must say that the text is brilliant, as it is with most of your banners. The text font, colour, size and placement are very well done, although I think the "Yours" bit could have been nudged a bit to the right, since it looks a tiny bit too cluttered, but other than that, it's wonderful ^^ The heart is an awesome addition as well.

The blending of the render to the background is amazingly done, although I think that the right side is done better than the left >x< The scanlines are nice, but they stand out quite a bit over the lighter bits rather than the dark bits, so maybe reduce the opacity, or use a soft brush to erase over it at a low opacity, or something O_o

Although the good thing about the scan lines is that they take focus away from the guy's clothing, so you focus on his face. Well, it works like that for me, anyway. Oh, and have I mentioned how much I love the background <3 It looks incredible, and the colours are nice as well.

And that's pretty much it, I guess... Oh, and the lack of lighting kind of sucks, but it seems to be kind of hard to add lighting to that banner as it is right now, so I'll let that slip by for now... xD

Oh, and I think your current avatar works with the banner. Not only does it match, but it also prevents people from going "But you just cropped that avatar out of your banner! You're laaaaaaazy!!"

-is bored-

>.>

Nytkoi
December 27th, 2007, 08:34 AM
hey Xeno where'd you get the image for that banner?
It looks rwally cool did you add any c4ds?
here's my newest:
http://i192.photobucket.com/albums/z227/ataylan/EspeonBanner.png

Hazuki
December 27th, 2007, 03:11 PM
I'll rate Mizzys. =)

Well..... all I can say that it is really good! I like the texture and the text that blends in with the mood of this banner. And I was hoping how did you do that abstract stuff in the background. ^^;;

Really, all of your works are great. Plain and simple. ^^

Nytkoi
December 27th, 2007, 03:13 PM
do you mean mine??? =D
thnx hazuki

Hazuki
December 27th, 2007, 03:33 PM
What? No I was talking to Mizzy (aka Xenocrates) 00;;;;

But for you Espeon banner you mean? Well... just look at your PM. xD

Nytkoi
December 27th, 2007, 03:35 PM
huh?? Oh, okay thnx hazuki

Loki
December 27th, 2007, 03:52 PM
Shira-chan; I'm glad you like the text, and since I still have the .psd, I'll try out moving it aside to see how it looks. xD This is actually the first time I've ever actually set aside a spot on the banner for text in the very beginning, so I'm rather pleased with how it turned out.

Yesss, the blending. xD; Well, I'd have to say that I probably should've used a smaller brush on his hair concerning the left, because there was actually... quite a few strands that I ended up scattering. <_<;; And I didn't want to blend his face in fear of losing the focus. xD

At a second glance now, I realize that the scanlines are a little too heavy. xD;; I'll probably fix that too and see how it looks. *It was my intention to use the scanlines to flesh out the focus, but I think due to the texture I added, the scanlines were darkened, and I didn't notice...*

Ahhh, the background. |D I do love rusty textures. *It looks a little earthen to me now, but before the texture, it was all... space-like. But I like this earthy look better.*

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v243/Kaiyoseila/Kanda2.png
(spacey... well it was. xD This is without the texture, with the text moved aside. Darn you, apply image! Dx)
(I was obviously too lazy to add a border... xD; Or add the burn that's on the first one.)

Guh, I'm still working on making lighting work in my banners. I have a lot of trouble with it. D: *facedesk* It never looks natural. I should probably add it a little earlier on I guess... *fish'd*

I'm glad the avvy is alright though, I was fretting over it a bit. xD;

Mizt; No c4d's in this one, just brushing, color layers, and smudging. I was going to use a c4d, but I couldn't find an appropriately fitting one. So I tossed the idea. xD I got this image off some D.Gray-Man site, but I usually get my other images from planetrenders and photobucket. Thanks for the compliment too. xD

Like I said, this looks just the same as all your other banners, except, it's a different color scheme and the render is different, and considerably cleaner. So, I don't find any particular need to rate it, since you might as well check out my other comments about your other banners that look like this, and voila. xD And, again, like I said, you should really try a different style.

Hazuki; Why, thankies! |D The abstract stuff is a combination between a grunge-sphere brush I got of dA, and smudging.

Thank you thank you~ <3

Nytkoi
December 27th, 2007, 04:08 PM
I made a new one with a texture:
http://i192.photobucket.com/albums/z227/ataylan/1Untitled-1.png

Hazuki
December 27th, 2007, 04:10 PM
Oh hey, can you guys rate my current avatar? (Not the banner please, because I know it sucks >>)

Thanks. ^^

Nytkoi
December 27th, 2007, 04:13 PM
ok. This one looks better beacuase there's no border 6_6
second cause the bruzhes at the top blend well and go witth the image. Great job!! ^^

evilcheese
December 27th, 2007, 09:12 PM
@mizt looks very good is what i have to say. it looks a little empty though needs text.

@hazuki looks very cute. ive never seen that kind of style before very creative. although i like the text to be readabl but thats just me

can anyone rate my sig?

Loki
December 27th, 2007, 09:44 PM
I made this banner for theEND, so if anyone wants to give a quick comment on it or something, that'd be awesome. ^^

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

Hazuki; It's a nice icon, but the text doesn't really match to me, and it probably would've been better if you'd added less of the pink on top and more of the image on the bottom.

Shika
December 28th, 2007, 01:11 AM
I don't know how to comment at this one. It's so fabulous this time... Sorry for not rating D:

But I got a new set.

http://img01.picoodle.com/img/img01/5/12/28/f_Chikam_6248ec8.png

http://img28.picoodle.com/img/img28/5/12/28/f_Chikaavam_e18b2e6.png

Nytkoi
December 28th, 2007, 06:46 AM
I love it, shika. Nice job. I like the purple tone. It fits in with the image ^^
I just made 2 more.
http://i192.photobucket.com/albums/z227/ataylan/111111111111Untitled-1.png
This is with the same texture. I lowered the opacity so it looks better than the other one.. i think..

Momoko
December 28th, 2007, 02:39 PM
Mizt-MM..the render looks a big big to me and the background has a bit too much going on..anyways its not bad and i like how it runed out i guess..

I have three that need to be rated-err,well four if you count the avvy!

http://img247.imageshack.us/img247/5733/asseisdscopyci7.png (http://imageshack.us) Teh Avatar
http://img144.imageshack.us/img144/7006/assainscredcopyjf9.png (http://imageshack.us) Teh Signature ^_^ rate plz as a theme!
http://img144.imageshack.us/img144/5280/sasukecontestcopykb4.png (http://imageshack.us) A little somethin i did of Sasuke!
http://img80.imageshack.us/img80/804/halocopyzs9.png (http://imageshack.us)Halo 3 ..no explaination needed!


Hope you like!

evilcheese
December 28th, 2007, 03:37 PM
@mizuki - pretty nice. it looks relly nice is all i have to say. what blending mode did you put it on?

@shika - hm the winter breeze brush from deviantart + some gradients right? i would reccomend some text as it looks empty

@mizt - looks pretty good. like sasuke darkness said the render is a little big. but definately a big improvement.

@sasuke - looks like your using my little tut i gave you. good is all i can say. but remember to use ripple after wave


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

please rate. i went a little crazy with this one, ok really crazy. anyways rate please.

Nytkoi
December 28th, 2007, 04:06 PM
thnx evilsheese and the banner is cool but you did g a little overboard
http://i192.photobucket.com/albums/z227/ataylan/Glaceon.png
new glaceon banner

Zebra Thunderhead
December 28th, 2007, 04:26 PM
@Xeno - Those two are adorable. ;3 The effects are minimal, but minimal works here. Looks great. :D The text is uber cute too.

@Shika - The colors are too washed out. I recommend getting rid of the gradient map, if you used one, and up'd the saturation on that baby.

@mitz - The Sonic one is a bit plain. I recommend using textures as a background, rather than just something to slap on over the stock to make it look "nice." It generally doesn't look so nice. Same goes for the Glaceon one.

@Sasuke - They're okay, but I suggest not abusing the radial blur filter so much. It looks nice in small doses. Don't be afraid to use different colors, and not every tag needs text.

@evilcheese - Easy there, boy! You don't need so many effects there. It could still have nice potential after you got rid of some of the lightning bolts.

And now for meeee~

http://img212.imageshack.us/img212/9763/burnmydreadbm5.png

We all know the girls go crazy for Pika...

evilcheese
December 28th, 2007, 05:47 PM
@mizt - looks a little empty ok well alot empty. the texture doesnt match glaceon, try using an icy texture.

@color me evil - i know i went a little crazy with it. anyway your banner is pretty nice. it has good affects and the text is awsome. two things i would say is the color scheme doesnt match that well and a border would make it look nicer.

have another one

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

used a c4d and some smudging put them both on a nice blending mode lowered the opacity and got a little nice affect.

Nytkoi
December 29th, 2007, 06:29 AM
0_0 thats cool lol. I still havent g ot a chance to put in any c4ds with all the rquests in my shop on another forum, i cant practice. evilcheese ill give it 8.5/10
This is my newesxt and probably best banner:
http://i192.photobucket.com/albums/z227/ataylan/AbsolBanner.png

Zebra Thunderhead
December 29th, 2007, 06:51 AM
@evilcheese - How does the color scheme not match?! O_O Blue and yellow are complementary colors - it's in their definition to match. Colors 101, my friend... Anyways, the stock blends in too much with the background. Try to make it pop out a little more.

@mitz - Not rating yours cause you didn't rate mine. (:

Nytkoi
December 29th, 2007, 07:03 AM
oh sorry. Its cool. I like the effect of the pikachu jumping out of the stuff at the bottom :)

DarkPegasus
December 29th, 2007, 07:07 AM
I have a few banners that I made for my game, please rate.

http://img233.imageshack.us/img233/3811/pfotmbannerce2.png

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v520/DarkPegasus/PFOTM2.png

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v520/DarkPegasus/PFOTMban3.png

Nytkoi
December 29th, 2007, 07:08 AM
Im not gonna rate them cause you didnt rate mine.

Shika
December 29th, 2007, 07:45 AM
@Shika - The colors are too washed out. I recommend getting rid of the gradient map, if you used one, and up'd the saturation on that baby.

And now for meeee~

http://img212.imageshack.us/img212/9763/burnmydreadbm5.png

We all know the girls go crazy for Pika...
XD Thought so... But the render is naughty. It won't blend in if I don't use 2 Gradient Maps D:

It's awesome. I am guessing you clipping-masked the spatter which works pretty well. And are those pink lines made with pen tool? simply amazing. Also nice lightings and such. The only thing that bother me is the word 'Chick' (I think so) is mixed with teh pika's tail. xD

Im not gonna rate them cause you didnt rate mine.
http://i192.photobucket.com/albums/z227/ataylan/AbsolBanner.png
Wow. You didn't rate and the banner you posted can be found at the same page, which I consider as bumping. And yet another post count added to you. 0.0 I totally don't want to rate this now...

Zebra Thunderhead
December 29th, 2007, 07:51 AM
I made the neon lights using the brush tool, actually. o.O When I get the time I'll write up a lil tutorial for ya. xD

Shika
December 29th, 2007, 07:55 AM
Then I think there will be Brush settings like the ones from smudge settings then? 8D Thank you for the future tutorial. ^__^

OT: Personally, I think girls are better then boys at Graphics in PC. Another awesome female graphic artist. D:

Nytkoi
December 29th, 2007, 08:16 AM
well, i call that spamming. I dont care a bit about my post count >:(
Anyways, if no one's going to rate mine, I guess I should just leave *leaves and goes to make more impressive banners*
Oh? Prove it.
Relyt's good at it.
so is DarkPegasus
evilcheese rocks :D
And I was posting the same banner cause the poeple posting after me would rate it.
Everyone after me, please rate my Absol banner :)

Zebra Thunderhead
December 29th, 2007, 08:25 AM
@Shika - No, not at all. :p It's just a standard 2 px hard brush. I'll send you the tutorial via PM so ebil peoples don't steal my ways. >.<;

evilcheese
December 29th, 2007, 09:27 AM
im not ebil >.< are you sure you use a hard brush it looks like a soft brush.

Nytkoi
December 29th, 2007, 09:40 AM
My newest banner:
http://i192.photobucket.com/albums/z227/ataylan/AbsolBanner.png

evilcheese
December 29th, 2007, 10:49 AM
nice i dont have anything against it youve outdone yourself this time.

ok this time instead of showing my newest banner ill show my oldest banner. thats right the first banner i ever made and i still have it.

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

Shadowz
December 29th, 2007, 10:53 AM
nice i dont have anything against it youve outdone yourself this time.

ok this time instead of showing my newest banner ill show my oldest banner. thats right the first banner i ever made and i still have it.

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

I like that banner, it says "im new but i want to get better"

Zebra Thunderhead
December 29th, 2007, 11:12 AM
@evilcheese - Yes, I'm sure of what brush I used. o.O It's a 2 px hard brush. I just used a blur effect...

Loki
December 29th, 2007, 11:32 AM
Mizt; Yeah, you can re-post it if it's on a different page, but not if it's on the same page. ^^; Anyway, it's a definite improvement. I personally don't really like pokemon banners, but regardless, it'd look pretty good if you lowered the opacity on the text, or made it smaller at the very least. But again, you've over-used the dotty/starry brush in the back, so perhaps try to make a few differences. THe texture fits nicely though.

Color Me Evil; I think the colors go fine too. o_o; Well, disregarding the other comments... Like I said earlier, pokemon banners make me cringe. xD But the aside, it's a great banner. I think adding a whole border would ruin the white effect at the bottom, but you could've added a 1pt border at the very top if it was truly nesseccary. I definitely like your Utada banner better than this one, but the text is equally awesome in this banner. ^^ I want your text skills! *fish'd*

evilcheese; Well, it's certainly much better than my first banner. <_<; If my first banner even counts as a banner. xD Regardless, the text is painful. It's good that it's somewhat blended for a first attempt, but I hope that was the first and the last time you ever used anything similar to 'dissolve'. It's a terrible blending mode, in my opinion. :< Also, due to the crazy-obvious-and-un-blended-text, a border would certainly help.




Also, I was thinking of restarting this thread? Just a yay or nay will do. xD

Please don't reply to this question unless you're posting a graphic to be rated, or rating someone else's graphic. Anything otherwise will be considered SPAM.

Nytkoi
December 29th, 2007, 01:07 PM
I can never find good anime images, thats why ^^;

evilcheese
December 29th, 2007, 01:13 PM
@xenocrates - maybe another ten pages before we revise in my opinion.

@mizt - try planet renders they have millions.



just so its not spam

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

Azonic
December 29th, 2007, 03:05 PM
Okay umm, some one called airmoxay[/iglatinpay] forced me, i mean wanted me to do this so umm...
http://img156.imageshack.us/img156/972/palkiapi9.png
Ish my previous bananer... rate? =DDD

Momoko
December 29th, 2007, 03:46 PM
Wow i really like it, it blends in well,even though it's not same colors as render...9.5/10.

Nytkoi
December 29th, 2007, 03:51 PM
wow Azonic i didnt know you made banners! :x

evilcheese
December 29th, 2007, 04:07 PM
@azonic - relly nice the grunges and the planet thing really match with palkia it is just plain awsome!

@mizt - dude that was spam. i knew that azonic made banners. he started after i told him were to find photoshop, hes been making banners ever since. i still remember when he use to request from me. he was probably one of the only reason my last banner shop had 9 pages


i have yet another on i forgot the text though

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

Loki
December 29th, 2007, 04:17 PM
Mizt; Yes, that was SPAM. Since this is your second time in this forum, you'll recieve a warning for it. Keep on topic, and if it's truly that hard to stay on topic, read the thread title before posting. <_<

evilcheese; Next time, do me a favor and report the post so that I don't have to hunt for it myself, okay? xD; Thanks.

Anyway, you have lots of major problems in both banners evilcheese, and those include busy backgrounds that take the focus off of anything and everything, text that stands out way too much or is really hard to read, and too much blending.

There's a limit to blending, and if you do it too much, like in your Naruto banner, the render disappears in your busy backgrounds. It's total overkill dude. xD The lighting in the Naruto banner is a good attempt, but it's, "hard to believe". It just doesn't look natural. xD;

Also, your banners are somewhat large. Have you ever considered making them smaller? <_<;; Or varying their sizes? *fish'd*




Anyway, I made a Tsuna - ReBorn! banner, and I was wanting your opinion on which one looks better. Or you could just pick one and comment on that single one, whatever you like. xD

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v243/Kaiyoseila/Tsuna.png http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v243/Kaiyoseila/windowbanner-3.png

With texture and without texture, respectively.

I'll probably use this theme after I get tired of my Kanda/Lenalee theme, but I'm itching to use it. xDD

evilcheese
December 29th, 2007, 04:30 PM
@xenocrates - thats probably the best advice i ever heard thanks! i like the texture one better because the fire looks better. both of them look really nice anyway. although the border could be a diffrent color.

Momoko
December 29th, 2007, 04:42 PM
@evilcheese- they are nice but on Charizard the text stands out a bit more than it should, making the render somewhat useless. I really like the Naruto one, though,all i can say is that it looks really good without the text. 8.5/10

@xenocrates: I personally like the one of the right, the text is easier to read and simpler. For a cooler effect thought,I'd reccomend the one on the left. 9/10

Zebra Thunderhead
December 29th, 2007, 05:31 PM
Ohh look at these banners. :3

@evilcheese - I'm reinforcing what Xeno said; too much blending, homeski! Make that stock pop out of the background, not blend in. Build the background around the stock, not build the background then slap the stock on with some setting like soft light.

@Azonic - Much too bright, and the text needs work... Might I suggest lowering the Brightness/Contrast? D:

@Xeno - I like the one with the texture, but I think you'd have a nice banner if you erased the texture over his face in the first one but left it as is over the background.

Mah turnn~

http://img508.imageshack.us/img508/8341/destroymecl8.png

A bit plain, but I like it.

And this one, for another member here.

http://img340.imageshack.us/img340/2953/memphisnz8.png

Comments prz. :D

Nytkoi
December 29th, 2007, 05:36 PM
@color= Nice on the poke banner. I like how thr text is slanted.
the background fits nicely though :D

Sorry Xenocrates, i went a little crzy today :x

Live in Color
December 29th, 2007, 08:14 PM
I'd like my current signature rated please, I made it on Photoshop CS2. ^^

Momoko
December 29th, 2007, 08:50 PM
@color me evil- i don't like the 1st one but that's just me..cool effect but they are too standoutish so..7/10. For the other one,i like how it was put together but...it's missisng something...7/10 again.

@Relyt- i luv the effect! Let alone the awesome render! also text matches so i have no choice but to give 9.5/10 :P

Id like this to get rated..i made it a few mins ago and i tried messing around and i like how it came out...
http://img247.imageshack.us/img247/7503/garchompdptz5.png (http://imageshack.us)

Chikara
December 29th, 2007, 09:29 PM
I took what was said to me to heart and PUT SOMETHING OVER THE IMAGE.
I made two versions of this. I thought they both turned out kinda good, considering this is my first time using a custom gradient ><

http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c369/Teresa113/ky1.png
Without the crazy plaid thing

http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c369/Teresa113/ky2.png
And with it~

Momoko
December 29th, 2007, 09:32 PM
they are both so plain and nice! 9/10 to both bt i like the second one better :)

Shika
December 30th, 2007, 01:19 AM
Yes. I skipped randomly. xD

@Shika - No, not at all. :p It's just a standard 2 px hard brush. I'll send you the tutorial via PM so ebil peoples don't steal my ways. >.<;
Oh. Thanks again! And wow unbelievable. Hard brush :)

Anyway, I made a Tsuna - ReBorn! banner, and I was wanting your opinion on which one looks better. Or you could just pick one and comment on that single one, whatever you like. xD

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v243/Kaiyoseila/Tsuna.png http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v243/Kaiyoseila/windowbanner-3.png

With texture and without texture, respectively.


Texture is scanlines I think? Anyway, the non texture one looks better. As the lighting on the stock's face is better and text is clearer to read. Oh! The clear Hand sphere thingie.
Mah turnn~

http://img508.imageshack.us/img508/8341/destroymecl8.png
Comments prz. :D
I always adore your neon light-ish things. But I think that's not the focal point and it's always looked first. Anything else worked very well though.
I took what was said to me to heart and PUT SOMETHING OVER THE IMAGE.
I made two versions of this. I thought they both turned out kinda good, considering this is my first time using a custom gradient ><

http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c369/Teresa113/ky1.png
Without the crazy plaid thing

http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c369/Teresa113/ky2.png
And with it~

I like the crazy one. (not really crazy but meh.) Because it blends in the banner well more than the simple one. Like gradient affects. And not sure if it is transparent or not. Probably not... because gradient + transparent = Boo. xD

Momoko
December 30th, 2007, 01:22 AM
OMG lol u rated every one but mine.

anyways chikara i agree shika about yours. :)

Shika
December 30th, 2007, 01:30 AM
I'm so sorry. If you are the only one left, it's just unfair of me. I must comment on yours then.

I think you duplicated the render and rippled it. Which is why your banner looks so confusing. And there are red lines on the real render. Text is hard to read too. You should try to make things clear. ^__^