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PostPosted: September 10th, 2007, 3:01 pm 
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Welcome Earwen! :)

@The Nightingale: Well positioning text tall really depends on the pic...like take a look at Darky's avvies....and as Earwen said, try more effects! I like to use gradients and colors...like got Layer>Colors>Curves...you can expiriment with those. ;)

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EA, how do you get the tiny little glowy border around the banner, like the one you have now? It's really pretty :P

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Thanks Melda! :hug: Well once you finish your banner, create a new layer. Then go to Select>Select all. Pick whatever color you want your border to be (the shiny on is^ is white) and go to Edit>Stroke selection, put however many pixels you want your border to be (That one is two pixels methinks) and push okay! Viola! There is your border. I set that one^ to overlay and duplicated it once. I hope that works! ;)

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Elven Archer wrote:
Welcome Earwen! :)

@The Nightingale: Well positioning text tall really depends on the pic...like take a look at Darky's avvies....and as Earwen said, try more effects! I like to use gradients and colors...like got Layer>Colors>Curves...you can expiriment with those. ;)


Okay... I think.

I'm hoping for a "bored" day soon so I can play around with it more.

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EA: Thats cool, will try that later maybe ;), thanks for the welcome as well

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Melda, where did you get the texture on your PotC banner? I like it!


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Rather to my embarrassment, I can't remember what I did exactly :blush: I used the blur tool, and the coffee stain feature thing, I think? I actually don't think I used a texture.

EDIT: Aha, I did that, and used the tool that looks like a stamp (dunno what it called, heh) with the Stripes Fine pattern set to between 10 and 15 opacity.

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^Thanks, I'll have to try that!

I'm excited- I finally figured out how to download fonts and get them into GIMP, and I downloaded a bunch of brushes too! I think I'm going to test them out tonight!


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I downloaded fonts for Microsoft word about a year ago... so I have all of those on GIMP.

This is something I made today, for a contest on here...
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I'm working on a banner right now, I'll put it up once I'm done... hopefully it'll be ok.

Here's what I did:

1. Pasted picture on left.
2. Scaled picture, and pasted it on right.
3. Darkened shadows Burn>Shadows at 41.0
4. Lightened highlights Dodge>Highlights at 15.0
5. Lightened highlights Dodge>Highlights at 31.0
6. Made a rectangle where the two pictures met.
7. Convolve>Blur at 100
8. Smudged at 53.7 twice.
9. Got rid of the box, and smudged around where the box had been, bleeding the smudgedness out(go in a horizontal fashion, vertical makes it look funny).
10. Used the blur over the smudged part twice.
11. Went over the edges with the airbrush at 100, rate at 80 and the pressure at 10, using circle 03.
12. Added text, used Kuntsler Script.
13. Made avatar.

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EDIT: I just looked at the banner now, and it isn't too shabby... well, for a first try I mean.


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^Wow, I think that looks <i>great</i>, especially for your first banner!


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That looks great for your first banner Darky! :) Oh by the way, if you want your text to not look as...scratchy (maybe you do...I don't know) but on the text box, you can push the little check box next to Antialiasing. :)

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thanks guys! Ok, I'll try that EA, i didnt know what it did, so I didn't click it.


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It's amazing!

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Made a few more banners, not as succesful as the first one me thinks... any hints?

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^Wow, those are great! I especially like the Viggo one!

Here's my latest- I spent several hours on it. lol I'm not sure about it- I think I put too much text on there. The words are from the song "Hurt" by Thousand Foot Krutch

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