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seeker July 18th, 2010 5:51 AM

The Graphics Rating Thread - Read Post #1

The Graphics Rating Thread

Welcome to the new graphics rating thread. The old one was well, old. Before I say anything read this entire post before posting thanks. The old graphics rating thread can be found here. If you do not follow the rules of this thread, you post will be deleted. I've wittled down the rules for this thread so that you don't have to go through mass amounts of text before posting.

What is the graphics rating thread and how do I post?

The graphics thread is bascially where you give c&c to the graphic of the poster above you which requires critiquing. In saying that, you can offer critique to more than just the piece above your post, you can go back and comment on previous posts also. But, you must rate something, and you must be in depth about what you're critiquing. No posts like "It's nice, I like the colours 7/10", if that happens, your post will be deleted. This thread is aimed at helping other graphic artists to improve their work. Here is a list of graphic piece styles I will accept in this thread:

Large Pieces
(Please spoiler/link)
Icons (Post a few examples if possible)
Wallpapers (Please spoiler/link)
(If they're small; post a few examples if possible)

So enjoy and be sure to read the following rules.

Rules & Guidlines - Read Please

→ 1. You must rate the graphic above you. If the person above you hasn't posted a graphic, you're not obliged to rate anything BUT it's better you do try to give some critique on another graphic piece posted previously in the thread.

→ 2. If a member has failed to rate anything and their post is above yours, ignore it and report it and continue as if it wasn't there.

→ 3. If you have more than one piece to be rated, feel free to post them all at once. With that in mind, the next poster is only required to rate/critique one of those. You may get lucky and they'll rate all of them but keep in mind that they're not obligated into doing so. If the extras didn't get rated, feel free to repost them.

→ 4. If you feel you didn't get a good enough critique, feel free to repost your banner at some point, but leave a few replies before you do so. Give the thread time.

→ 5. No mini modding. Use the report button

→ 6. Make sure you give a detailed reply on the graphic piece you are rating. One line responses will be deleted without notice.

→ 7. Be sure to outline what graphic piece you are rating, leave a link to the banner, quote the post, or post the image or graphic title followed by your crit.

→ 8. Be respectful, do not insult a member's work. I cannot reiterate this enough. You must be polite and use constructive critisism.

→ 9. If you feel the need to reply to someone's critique, use the graphics lounge. Quote the post and post it in there as if you reply directly to someone's c&c about your graphic piece within this thread it would contradict rules.

→ 10. Follow all Graphics & Photography rules as well as the Pokécommunity rules.

If you have any further questions, contact me.
Graphics & Photograpy Moderator:
Abnegation - PM

moments. July 18th, 2010 6:05 AM

WOOOO! Dibs kicking off!
P.S: In the 'What is the thread and how do I post' little bit, the last 'critique' on the first line is spelt incorrectly. grammar nazi

Yes it is abstractish, keep it in mind please. :O

Zebra Thunderhead July 18th, 2010 4:50 PM

I do like it, although my only real miff would be that it looks off center? I just feel like rorsach kinda stuff should be centered. I'm not too fond of the cinematic borders either. all in all, I guess it's kinda flat and monotone overall and I think it could use a bit more depth. otherwise, doesn't look too shabby.

here goes nothing

seeker July 18th, 2010 5:02 PM

Time to put this on a darker background methinks, this style is too white. Aaaah, much better. Now, to the crit. First thing I noticed was that it is just a tad empty. In saying that, it's only because the fact that the effects you've added behind the stock actually look like part of the stock. I second guessed and seen that it wasn't obviously, you background just blends very very heavily with the stock. Which isn't always a bad thing however, but it can fool the eye a little. It bothers me just a tad that about 45% of the tag is blank but I'm not too sure on how you could fill space. Possibly some pen toolling around the right hand side? After all that, I love the colours and I love the text. I'm also going to commend you for working with such a stock, I would knock it and say it's too low Q, but you managed it superbly. The ffects are really really nice. Not too sure how you did them to be honest unless it was a texxture. I'm liking how you created depth with the effects, especially on the right shoulder. It looks very well I must say, all over, just a few things that urk me in which I stated. I would also go with a slightly less height on this one. It'd be nice as a short tag too.

Not your best, but a good return nonetheless and it's got a lot of positives, just some rust on your tagging I think, which will be cleaned off soon I'm sure.

Loki July 20th, 2010 10:00 AM

Well like I told you in VM, the yellowed whites isn't really my cup of tea anymore. =u=;;
I'm pretty sure I like the composition overall, but the text doesn't really sing to me, and I feel like this is a bit lackluster compared to some of your other works.

The lighting feels a little forced, and the blurring is a bit wonky on his hair... and just in general really, I don't really understand the depth on this.

But that might be because it's been so long, so disregard anything that sounded stupid and/or didn't make sense. OTL


I've been listening to Rolling Girl like, religiously. Such a sad song. ;^; So I figured I'd make a tag of it, since I didn't feel like drawing fanart. =3=

I realize there are bunch of like... graphically incorrect things about this. :c I was never good at vertical to begin with, so, my apologies. OTL

amisterlux July 20th, 2010 2:37 PM

Loki, I think...well "know" your work is my favorite. Your first banner has this a style I really go for, I'm not really sure what to call it but it has this modern grudge feel about it. I also like the fact that it lacks a lot of color...the little color it does have really pops against the black and white! I really don't have anything negative to say...Great Job! =)

-I just finished my TR Banner today...I am not really happy with the script yet but that has never been my strong point. The real reason I am submitting my banner is for the photo...I made it on photoshop CS3 using a picture of a hairless cat and several images of space. If you can't already tell, it is supposed to be a Mew and shiny Mew.

Hope you guys like it! =)


Comic Tragedy August 4th, 2010 2:02 PM


First thing I notice when I looked at your new banner is the lack of image quality. By this I mean it looks incredibly grainy. I don't know exactly how you can improve that, but I'm sure you can figure something out. Another thing is the text. As is, the text makes the tag too cluttered (your name, FC, the gyms you are in, etc.) I suggest removing the the text at the bottom of the banner to save the overall visual of the banner. The text on the top, if it was by itself, would fit well while still serving its purpose.

There you go.

Here is a new tag I made today. Keep in mind I haven't done graphics for, well, a long time. XD

Elpizo August 6th, 2010 5:24 PM

I don't really like that tag. The bg is just strange to use with that focal, I feel the circles are random and the blurring imo doesn't give it depth (which I think is what you were going for) It also seems quite empty aside from the random circles and the bg which is completely blurred.

My image is my sig.

Zirkle38 August 10th, 2010 5:06 AM

I like this, for the most part. I like the render you used, even if I don't particularly care for paramore ^-^', I think it's well placed. I'm not sure how I feel about the stripe that leads off her sweater. It, to me, gives it a weird depth that I just... don't like. I think the tag would look better with out the rectangles in the middle; they seem out of place in my opinion. I do, however, like the rest of the effects you used in the image, especially the purple blots. The colors are also quite appealing. Sorry for my critiquing, I don't do it often.

My image is in my signature also. Don't be afraid to be harsh, I'm not so great at these. But that's why I want the critique :D

Augustus August 14th, 2010 9:08 AM

My Signature, u Liek It.
I'm not too fond of the font used but overall I find the background pleasing to the eye :)
However, I am not quite sure what is going on in this picture... are they being goofy? Did they Crash into each other? Is that person holding a Drumstick or a Baton? I am going to assume that it's for a Band that I either can't Recognize or Don't know of ;)

My submission for Rating is also my Signature, it's my first "Quality" signature that I spent more than 5 minutes on making a 500 x 100 box so please be gentle lol...

I can already say right of the bat that I wish I had done a Drop Shadow Effect, made the Bars and the Box Glossy and found a way around the .gif becoming Indexed before merging the layers and saving... now I will have to start over completely if I want to make any changes ... :( oh wellzors lol

Update: I did a major overhaul of the Signature, starting from Scratch :) What do you guys think of the new one? I did like I said and went with Drop Shadows, Glossy Bars and a better Background in the Boxes. I also feel like Houndoom turned out much better than the old one.

Impo August 15th, 2010 1:32 AM

i like yours :)
considering i dont take kindly to pkmn looking half-real,
i find yours pretty good :)
(sorry, im not a good rater :P )
and i wanna get my sig (of the pkmn) rated.
it's about my first one done, i dont even think it classifies as a graphic,
but still :P

Augustus August 15th, 2010 2:33 AM


Originally Posted by Impo (Post 6072600)
i like yours :)
considering i dont take kindly to pkmn looking half-real,
i find yours pretty good :)
(sorry, im not a good rater :P )
and i wanna get my sig (of the pkmn) rated.
it's about my first one done, i dont even think it classifies as a graphic,
but still :P

I think it looks really neato :o
I especially like the little boxes for some reason haha.
The blur effect kinda takes away from the pokemon, at least it feels that way to me. Also, if I hadn't been actually paying attention to the Siggy I would have never noticed Dawn in the corner D:

Overall though, I like it ^_^

Comic Tragedy August 15th, 2010 6:48 PM


For the most part I agree with everything Augustus told you. But I'd like to enforce the blur point. Its kinda weird how you made the squares the focal when (im guessing) the point of the tag is the pokemanz.


Here is a new sig one of you guyses can rate:

Cycle August 16th, 2010 10:55 AM

I like it but some of the effects are ruining it, mainly the white lines. Lighting is okay and depth is pretty good but most of the effects are random.
LP but w/e.

Haonn August 18th, 2010 3:22 AM

Hm. The 'middle piece' blends in a bit strange with the background, I don't really know what to say about it. It all seems so...random ;3.
Also, there is that ball-thing in the left corner that seems like it's moving, but it's kinda strange that a part of the ball is missing.
I'm not really a specialist in abstract things, so, this is just my opinion ;d.

Rate thisz, please (:
- um, I know there isn't any text, I'm bad with such things, so I decided to leave it blank, miighht add some later, tho x3.

Kaiyori August 19th, 2010 2:14 PM

Haonn;; You need to add more colour, it's a bit too monotone, maybe if possible undo all the green? and add little more variety in the colour, gradient maps are you best friend :D.

But there is nice flow, and a good sense depth.


Jake♫ August 30th, 2010 6:15 PM

Nothing above for me to rate, so...

Meh, first time dabbling back into graphics. Just fooled around primarily with smuding, a few mask clippings here in there, a crapload of distort filters, adjustment layers, and some fun with the burn and dodge tools. So rate away I guess =3

Now I remember why I was requesting someone to make this so it wasn't awful XD

Bune September 2nd, 2010 11:48 AM

i like the rainbow-esk colour scheme you've used, seems like its missing something on the left but its really in-your-face :) i like it

Just made this new signiture below. love machamp so i thought i'd make him shiny with a very unimpressed machop. all artwork appart from pokemon are original and they too are altered to change expressions etc. comments?

kephxy September 2nd, 2010 2:29 PM

I guess I'll rate your signature/banner then? :)

Making it a GIF was a great idea. I think It would be plain boring without. I wonder how it would of looked like without it's shiny color? I think it would fit the color scheme more. What program did you use to make this GIF? I can't do anything like that anyways, too lazy. xD

So why rate, right!? Well, I had too.

- - - - -

(these are just a couple good ones I chose from the old album)

Bune September 3rd, 2010 1:13 AM

2 Attachment(s)
I make everything in photoshop CS2 then go file>jump to imageready. easy to do animation, especially as basic as that. just make all the layers in PS first (including the things you want to be animated) then just hide and show the different slides.

Just made a couple new ones. have to open it in from thumbnail cos i havent made enough posts to post url links...
Again, all work is orginal appart from the pokemon though all the shadowing on snorlax is custom.

I like you avatars too though they arnt really a subject im that keen about. i like the mix of pastol (sp?) colours and really vivid ones. you got a good eye for colour. How did you animate yours if not in imageready?

Lunoon September 3rd, 2010 6:14 AM

'Tis a sig I finished not even 10 minutes ago, not too proud of it. It originally was going to be in color, but it didn't look as good as in b&w, so I'm posting this version. This is basically somewhat based off of a tut that I'd found somehwere on deviantart, followed a few steps here and there but after a while I took off in my own direction. NOTE : I currently don't have Photoshop, so I use GIMP as a substitute. ( Just in case if you are wondering, the sig is in my signature area. )

EDIT | I haven't done graphics in a while so I'm kind of rusty at the moment. :S

Comic Tragedy September 6th, 2010 12:29 PM

Lunoon, I like the banner despite it's simplicity and the huge red bar on the right side. The effects are pretty cool looking, but you could really fix your lighting and depth.

Rates please!

Darkhunter101 September 17th, 2010 10:48 PM

Comic Tragedy, I find the motion blur on the glowy things, seems like you've put too many in, the only other thing i see is that, to me, the lion seems out of place, it might just be me, i dunno. Just doesn't seem to fit in with the whole spacey theme.

I'm not very good, sowwie. Please try to rate it..

monkeyandhead October 11th, 2010 1:57 AM

I like the idea of adding some colour while the rest is black and white, but it is missing detail, sometimes space is good, but in this case theres too much. You could fix that with some new positioning, but your better off adding some more things in there. Also, try blurring unimportant bits a little so peoples eyes don't wander too much, then sharpen the most important bit a little. When your adding texture, also try to remove it from the main subject so it doesn't get in the way. Hopefully I helped :) Don't take this as a rant :D.

Man, this is my first graphic ANYTHING in months, I've mainly been doing photography.
Hate mail is appreciated.

(You don't have to rate icon, I just added it in there)

Apple Juice October 29th, 2010 7:59 AM

The above is alright. The coloring is a little off and the focal point is weird. But it's good.

Made a large piece because I'm bored.

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