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Old 2008-10-15, 03:22   Link #1121
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Yeah I dled GIMP and gave it a run. Even with your FAQ, I still find it hard to navigate. I'll try out Paint.net, thanks.
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Old 2008-10-15, 10:09   Link #1122
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Yeah I dled GIMP and gave it a run. Even with your FAQ, I still find it hard to navigate. I'll try out Paint.net, thanks.
You should keep the practique with GIMP, is far more better than Paint. NET
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Old 2008-10-15, 10:32   Link #1123
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@ Eczema

Paint.NET is far more intuitive, but if you ever really must use gimp you can try gimpshop as suggested in the faq.

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Old 2008-10-15, 10:59   Link #1124
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I don't know if its listed by you can also check out Gimptalk.com
They have a lot of tutorials ranging from beginner to more advanced tutorials. The basic ones
should help with navigating Gimp and some of its tools. ^_^
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Old 2008-10-16, 12:55   Link #1125
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Was kind of bored and decided to make a new tutorial, encompassing blending and some smudging.
I have no idea if those are the correct words but I hope it will be of use anyway.
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Old 2008-10-17, 06:09   Link #1126
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Was kind of bored and decided to make a new tutorial, encompassing blending and some smudging.
I have no idea if those are the correct words but I hope it will be of use anyway.
I just love the smudge tool for blending. Thanks for the tut AX!
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Old 2008-10-19, 08:52   Link #1127
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May I just ask one question?
I don't know if it should be here anyway but here it goes:

when you make siggys, you usually save them with max quality right? but when you try to use them here the quality drops a lot... at least for me...

can anyone tell me why is that and how can I fix it? thanks in advance
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Old 2008-10-19, 09:36   Link #1128
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May I just ask one question?
I don't know if it should be here anyway but here it goes:

when you make siggys, you usually save them with max quality right? but when you try to use them here the quality drops a lot... at least for me...

can anyone tell me why is that and how can I fix it? thanks in advance
In wich format you save the sigs?

JPG? PNG?
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Old 2008-10-19, 11:22   Link #1129
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usually in jpg...

so that's the reason why they lose quality?
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Old 2008-10-19, 14:38   Link #1130
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Yes you get lower file size but the tradeoff is quality (meaning it's a lossy compression).
You can find a more detail view on wikipedia.
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Old 2008-10-19, 16:21   Link #1131
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usually in jpg...

so that's the reason why they lose quality?
Save them on optimised PNG

When you sig is ready go:

File/ Save for Web

Select PNG-8

Save
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Old 2008-10-19, 16:31   Link #1132
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Save them on optimised PNG

When you sig is ready go:

File/ Save for Web

Select PNG-8

Save
Of course it's to be remembered that PNG-8 is an 8 bit format meaning that the maximum color count is 256. In effect it's usually the same as saving the sig as GIF though it usually produces slightly larger files. Within the size limits JPG is unfortunately often the only option since PNG-24 tends to bump the filesize quite a bit.
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Old 2008-10-19, 18:16   Link #1133
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Of course it's to be remembered that PNG-8 is an 8 bit format meaning that the maximum color count is 256. In effect it's usually the same as saving the sig as GIF though it usually produces slightly larger files. Within the size limits JPG is unfortunately often the only option since PNG-24 tends to bump the filesize quite a bit.
Yeah but optimised PNG-8 has a better quality than JPG
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Old 2008-10-19, 20:05   Link #1134
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Not necessarily, jpg still owns png-8 in terms of quality. png-24 is the best, but then again, the filesize can bumped up to bmp size.
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Old 2008-10-19, 21:58   Link #1135
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Yeah but optimised PNG-8 has a better quality than JPG
Ha! How exactly does a PNG-8 with it's measly 8bit of colors (= 256 colors) have better quality then a 8bit/channel JPEG (so 3 x 8bit = 24bit total = truecolor = 16 million colors). PNG-24 beats JPEG, but only when you're working with images of 1megapixel and above.
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Old 2008-10-20, 05:24   Link #1136
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May I just ask one question?
I don't know if it should be here anyway but here it goes:

when you make siggys, you usually save them with max quality right? but when you try to use them here the quality drops a lot... at least for me...

can anyone tell me why is that and how can I fix it? thanks in advance
I see everyone else is debating format differences. How about posting examples so we can see the differences between your max quality signature and the ones you use here? Then we could give you tips on how to help you optimize.
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Old 2008-10-20, 08:45   Link #1137
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One of the biggest problems/hassles I'm having with creating stuff is the background of a character image that I want to use. I'm currently using Paint.NET and the only solution is to use a tool and manually draw an outline of the character to extract it from the background. This can be tedious at best, but downright hellish on complex pictures. Is there any other way to extract just the character image and not the background for layering?
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Old 2008-10-20, 23:07   Link #1138
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@Solace: Let's make a comparation then with this sig that I just made (400 x 120)

GIF (30.0 KB)



JPG (13.8 KB)



BMP (140 KB)



PNG-8 (30.7 KB)



PNG-24 (64.8 KB)



So?
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Old 2008-10-20, 23:12   Link #1139
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What is the quality for the jpg version?
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Old 2008-10-20, 23:15   Link #1140
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What is the quality for the jpg version?
I think it was 5, can't remember very well
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