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Old 2006-09-12, 13:55   Link #21
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Secca: Nice... but (just speaking for me personally) I prefer softer, less obvious, edges ^_^ ... also you probably want to put "AnimeSuki Forums", rather than "AnimeSuki.com"
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Old 2006-09-12, 14:11   Link #22
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Yeay! this is so much fun. And the new template size thing is amazing!

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Also whoever votes for my banner will die, instantly!
errr.. right thats pure evilness. But what do I get in return of dying for your banner?.. The only one thing worth dying for.

Shay give me porn and I'll vote for ya.

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Btw, I added an easy-to-edit Kairin in her bikini in the Kairin art thread
Doh! ..must.. start.. soon!!

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Old 2006-09-12, 14:21   Link #23
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I have a question.
Lets say i enter a banner to this contest... can i edit it how many times i want until the 26:th of September?
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Old 2006-09-12, 14:43   Link #24
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can i edit it how many times i want until the 26:th of September?
Yes, absolutely. Just don't confuse NoSanninWa over which version you want to actually submit once you've made your edits, etc.
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Old 2006-09-12, 15:08   Link #25
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I'll just keep editing the same post and when im happy with it ill just post a new post :3

EDIT:
here is the first version of it:

(tell me if its against the rules. although its kinda tight at the right side... will change that and perhaps the stroke around the small image. and perhaps also put something behind it...argh i dont know... you dont get more than this from me in ~10 minutes.)

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Old 2006-09-12, 17:35   Link #26
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Secca: Nice... but (just speaking for me personally) I prefer softer, less obvious, edges ^_^ ... also you probably want to put "AnimeSuki Forums", rather than "AnimeSuki.com"
Yay thanks for comments. It wasn't much. I made that from an episode i have. You can tell that I didn't use some of the space because that's exactly the resolution of the video. ^^;;

I see, the text, that would be my bad. ^^ I'll make another version with "Forums" in it.

Hmm softer less obvious edges? I know what you mean. Sounds tricky tho, I have yet to figure how to do that one out, yet. >_<;;
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Old 2006-09-12, 18:16   Link #27
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Hmm softer less obvious edges? I know what you mean. Sounds tricky tho, I have yet to figure how to do that one out, yet. >_<;;
If you have photoshop, use the eraser tool, turn it to soft edges and lower the opacity. Then gradually erase the edges until it becomes a smooth transition.

To turn a brush to soft edges,

go to brushes palette, click on brush tip shape and drag the hardness slider down to 0%.
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Old 2006-09-12, 19:14   Link #28
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v0.0.4 Higurashi


- Previous version v0.0.1

- Previous version v0.0.2

- Previous version v0.0.3


Probably more psychotic in theme than Halloween. ...but there is still a lot of background room to work with. Maybe add in some headlights from Colonel Sanders' Cadillac,.. some motion blur... ...NO!... Rena! Look out!

...Or well, maybe just some bats.

*WHACK*

NO!!!

Piñata? ... Hey, candy!



v0.0.8 something something ...degauss ...there we go

- Removed template layer

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Hmm softer less obvious edges? I know what you mean. Sounds tricky tho, I have yet to figure how to do that one out, yet. >_<;;
Gimp

- Add layer mask (Layer/Mask/add layer mask)
- Select Ok for within pop-up window: White (Full Opacity)
- Using Blend/Gradient tool, and with Foreground color = black ...Background color = White ...and using the the FG to BG (RGB) Gradient and Linear shape, the gradient tool should then be able to give some basic edge smoothing.

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Old 2006-09-12, 21:19   Link #29
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Smile

Edit:

These are my three submissions for the contest.

This is the first one.

This is the second one: This one is my favorite.

This is the third one: I just had to use this picture of Kon in a sailor fuku.

Last edited by Kurochiisaineko; 2006-09-17 at 04:16.
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Old 2006-09-12, 21:23   Link #30
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Quote:
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Hmm softer less obvious edges? I know what you mean. Sounds tricky tho, I have yet to figure how to do that one out, yet. >_<;;
In Photoshop you can just work a selection with the pen tool.

Use pen tool to make a line around your image.
Once you complete the circle right click and make selection.
For the feather value you can change to whatever value you want. Larger means there's a larger area for the gradient.
Now maybe you need to invert selection I dunno. You want the outside selected.
Then just hit delete.

Or if you really want extra work you can use quickmask mode. Which might work similarly to what Green suggested in Gimp, I'm not sure. At any rate, if you want I have a video tut for that. ;P
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Old 2006-09-13, 00:36   Link #31
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I have a question:

Eventhough I dont plan to participate, I was wondering If I could post some Halloween-themed wallpapers I have so that people interested may used them as source materials.

Would it be okay if I post them here?
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Old 2006-09-13, 01:00   Link #32
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I have a question:

Eventhough I dont plan to participate, I was wondering If I could post some Halloween-themed wallpapers I have so that people interested may used them as source materials.

Would it be okay if I post them here?
That would be more than alright. Please. Anything that inspires others to create banners can only be a good thing!

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I always missed out those banner contest. First time submitting one. This ok?
I think you could do better. You're basically only using a single image pasted over our gradiant with a few words. If you cut out the character you'll find the result is much more striking. As a final critique, the edge of the image is completely straight without even any token bluring. Please try to cobine the image with the background, rather than interrupting it. See what Green² did in the image below for how background colors can blur into the gradiant.

Also, it isn't Halloween themed. I'd have to disqualify it for that reason...

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v0.0.1 Higurashi
What can I say? That scares the pants off me! Brrr. Nothing quite like a psychotic Rena to freak me out and put me in the Halloween mood. Scariest banner so far.

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v0.0.8 something something ...degauss ...there we go
Very nice banner. I see you're using the extra banner size well and learning to work with our new gradiant color. Darn cute. I like this one also!

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Originally Posted by Kurochiisaineko
The image I used was not from an anime. It is from an KKJ artbook I own. The picture is very Halloweenish though. I hope that is okay. If it is, this is my submission for the contest.

The picture is quite acceptable since it is anime-style illustration. I do have a critique though. It seems that the image has been squished. You shrunk her vertically more than horizontally. The result looks freaky and bad. When you resize an image you need to "lock aspect ratio" or else you'll have weirdly distorted images like this one. I'm sure it will look a lot better once you fix that.

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EDIT:
here is the first version of it:

(tell me if its against the rules. although its kinda tight at the right side... will change that and perhaps the stroke around the small image. and perhaps also put something behind it...argh i dont know... you dont get more than this from me in ~10 minutes.)
Absolutely wonderful. Cute and Haloweenie. Also, although the broom comes very close on the left side, it doesn't go too far. Take a look at how it will look when I extend the gradiant to the right and left:
Spoiler for large image:
As you see, there is no edge to the image. Sweet deal.
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Old 2006-09-13, 01:25   Link #33
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OK, Here we go.






Hope this can be useful in one way or another.
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Old 2006-09-13, 03:02   Link #34
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Thanks guys, those guides are quite helpful, I didn't know Photoshop can do that. It's magic! ^^

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I think you could do better. You're basically only using a single image pasted over our gradiant with a few words. If you cut out the character you'll find the result is much more striking. As a final critique, the edge of the image is completely straight without even any token bluring. Please try to cobine the image with the background, rather than interrupting it. See what Green² did in the image below for how background colors can blur into the gradiant.

Also, it isn't Halloween themed. I'd have to disqualify it for that reason...
Awww, didn't make it. T-T

Actually I was kinda unsure myself wether I should submited this banner or not. The character was basically one of the evil girls in Coyote, ruthless killers with angelic face. I'm not sure if they are close enough to Hallloween or not. Well I tried. ^^

There was some good pointers here that I can work on the next one. Thanks, guys. ^^
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Old 2006-09-13, 03:55   Link #35
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I would like to suggest an addendum to this... I think, though you're welcome to disagree, that we do not want to use just "any" character on the main site (winning banner or not). I like having a range on the forum, but the main site should be kept clean and focused; random characters do not offer that. If, or when, we replace the current (main site) banner, I would rather we replaced it with something featuring Kairin, by which I mean I will be more likely to resist the use of a banner that doesn't feature her, and more likely to support one that does!
Yes, I'd like to second this. I know this is very late as the contest has already started.

While I was the one to suggest having the winning forum banner grace the site as well (with
appropiate text of course, leaving out "forums"), some concerns popped up.

One of them was bandwidth: due to this we probably won't have alternating banners on
the site. The other may be copyright. While we might get away with using real anime art
on the forum banners under the pretext of "fair use", on the site we may not.

Of course, I may be just paranoid, but... if a banner contains just Kairin then copyright won't
be of any concern. So consider this if you want your banner to grace the site as well.



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v0.0.1 Higurashi
I like the art on this one a lot, but I don't like the text much. Fix the text and you may get my vote!
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Old 2006-09-13, 06:14   Link #36
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I prefer softer, less obvious, edges ^_^
kk, how about this one? Thanks to Kiva128, Imperial Panda and Green² on the tips. I'm learning... somehow.



This time a Tsukuyomi Moonphase. ^^
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Old 2006-09-13, 08:09   Link #37
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Of course, I may be just paranoid, but... if a banner contains just Kairin then copyright won't
be of any concern.
...or would it? *calls his lawyers*

Lookin' good btw Secca. Nice smooth transition there.
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Old 2006-09-13, 09:04   Link #38
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...or would it? *calls his lawyers*
No it wouldn't. Quote from the rules of the Mascot contest by Nightwish:
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mascot Contest Rules
By submitting content (images, text, etc) to the contest, each member agrees that AnimeSuki has unrestricted rights to use the content, including the right to create derived works.
Although technically this means we have the right to use the Kairin design, but only your images
you submitted for the mascot contest; any images created after the mascot contest by you we
can't lay claim on.

But... let's not get into those details
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Old 2006-09-13, 14:03   Link #39
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Bam!

First post here.
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Old 2006-09-13, 14:23   Link #40
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Hope this can be useful in one way or another.
ooh aye thats certainly useful...i might be using it...thx for the pic
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