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Old 2009-01-08, 23:51   Link #81
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O.o well i was trying to keep it spacey, but heck, no one else is doing it, so ill join them and just "slap an anime char on a space background and blend it a lil"

so here's me in second gear (still kinda rusty but ill get there soon :< )



EDIT: gah forgot how light the post background was, shouldn't have bothered with the two transparent corners <_< and that text might not be big enuf i think

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AGAIN:
fixed: filesize, corners, text, dimensions :/



gosh i hope no one see all those jpeg artifacts ><
....
ARG!!! why do we have such an absurdly small file size limit anyways ><
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Old 2009-01-09, 01:18   Link #82
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:< i hope no one sees all the jpeg artifacts i see ><
Nope. Can barely tell the difference, don't sweat it.

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ARG!!! why do we have such an absurdly small file size limit anyways ><
A few reasons:

1. The contest enforces the forum signature rules for entries. Saves on moderation headaches.
2. The size limit forces people to work within a set of limitations. It's a challenge. Don't stress over a few artifacts, people aren't going to vote you down for that unless it's incredibly distracting.
3. Optimized properly the differences between JPG and PNG aren't noticeable in smaller images without heavy comparison.
4. Because those are the rules and they aren't changing.

Second version is slightly too big (51k), and I liked your previous version better, although I agree the transparent borders were difficult to see. Chopping half the signature off makes it feel like it's lost something though.
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Old 2009-01-09, 07:16   Link #83
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Second version is slightly too big (51k), and I liked your previous version better, although I agree the transparent borders were difficult to see. Chopping half the signature off makes it feel like it's lost something though.

O.o it comes out at 50.1k for me, but i understand. Anyways, keeping the original size would be impossible. That 51k not only is obviously sized down by about half in dimensions, but its also hovering at jpeg quality 8 :< which is the highest medium you can have. Im picky about artifacts because they stand out so much to me (not in a "each artist are their worst critique sense") i mean i spot them easily and i hate them :/

....:

ugh the artifacts D: well its right at 49.9k for me
but i hate all the artifacts in it :<
until further notice though, i guess this is my current entry
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Old 2009-01-09, 07:53   Link #84
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^Nice sig you get there...

And here is my entry for now...

Another Miku...

Hatsune Miku: Presenting in Space



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Old 2009-01-09, 07:56   Link #85
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@Simple1: that soft white brush on the finger kills it imo :P

@Enko: you using the saving for web feature?
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Old 2009-01-09, 07:59   Link #86
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Without the brush... which one better?
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Old 2009-01-09, 08:11   Link #87
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with the brush but maybe change the color and use it kinda like you did on the planet it'll look ace
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Old 2009-01-09, 08:27   Link #88
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MacrossF, AltoxSheryl. Final entry. :3

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Old 2009-01-09, 08:30   Link #89
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Another version
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Old 2009-01-09, 08:49   Link #90
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MacrossF, AltoxSheryl. Final submission. :3

Put Final Entry (with Bold) for Final submission, forgottendiary-san

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Another version
I think this one look better ..
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Old 2009-01-09, 08:56   Link #91
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Old 2009-01-09, 19:15   Link #92
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tried to put this once before...and didn't work out that well..so i deleted it now i try again

1st time making a sig..
really simple sig, thought it turned out pretty well tho

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Old 2009-01-09, 19:15   Link #93
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AGAIN:
fixed: filesize, corners, text, dimensions :/


This I like, its so pretty *_*

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1. The contest enforces the forum signature rules for entries. Saves on moderation headaches.
2. The size limit forces people to work within a set of limitations. It's a challenge. Don't stress over a few artifacts, people aren't going to vote you down for that unless it's incredibly distracting.
3. Optimized properly the differences between JPG and PNG aren't noticeable in smaller images without heavy comparison.
4. Because those are the rules and they aren't changing.
Well said.

Ok 2nd draft, changed the "stars are" text and did some color tweaking



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Old 2009-01-09, 19:46   Link #94
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i said this before you deleted your original post so ill just copy the pasta down to here

"lunarsun
i think, you need to get the img url that imageshack offers you but suggests you don't use because it doesn't advertise their service

Its okay for a first, but your trying to make too many focal points (try to keep it down to only one or two focal points, and make everything blend around those). Right now, every planet feels like it is, or almost is, a focal point.

I also liked the text ;P however your typography needs some work, but if your just starting, don't jump onto that just yet, work on the focal points first. "


simple1
I very much like how you incorporate your c4ds and match them with the flow very nice.
Last version you posted is on my fav list now

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thanks, im glad you like mine

I like your new version, though the saturation is just borderline of too high imo, but i like it near borderline of too high sometimes :3

I would say, if your daring enough, to improve your sig, you could try to blend the char with the background a little so they don't just seem like one image on top of another. You could do this pretty easily if you wanted to keep it simple and just add some white brush around your char and blur it to appear like the glow from the background is working around the edges of your render. Sorta like an HDR effect or something. Not sure how well it will work though so you might wanna try experimenting with that a little bit ;P

otherwise its looking good
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See if this one cleans up the artifacts a bit. Quoting yours for comparison.

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Old 2009-01-09, 20:45   Link #96
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Cool entries everyone:

Heres my first draft. Not that great but oh well:


I was working on it for almost 2 hours. >< So C.C?
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thanks, im glad you like mine

I like your new version, though the saturation is just borderline of too high imo, but i like it near borderline of too high sometimes :3

I would say, if your daring enough, to improve your sig, you could try to blend the char with the background a little so they don't just seem like one image on top of another. You could do this pretty easily if you wanted to keep it simple and just add some white brush around your char and blur it to appear like the glow from the background is working around the edges of your render. Sorta like an HDR effect or something. Not sure how well it will work though so you might wanna try experimenting with that a little bit ;P

otherwise its looking good
Hmm thats an idea, Im not quite sure how I should add the brush since the white effect around Athrun is from the actually render, only the stars and some of the effects at the bottom I added. but I see what you mean. I blurred the stars a bit already I didnt want to blur the edges since I didnt want an over blurred look but I might try it on a very light setting or just use the tool. Thanks for the C&C

Edit: @konstargirl: I like the background but the render really sticks out, like Ehko was saying with mine, you need to blend around the characters more, you can really tell they arent part of the bg. Also maybe some saturation or color balance since the color needs some help. :3 But again, I do like the background.
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Old 2009-01-09, 21:01   Link #98
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tips on how you did that plozies

And what i meant about the filesize wasn't to get rid of the limit, just not make it so small. It would seem like more work to make sure people follow such a limit when simply doubling the limit size would make more sigs follow the rules while not really slowing users down by much :x

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That... doesn't look like it should have taken 2 hours but anyways, i kinda like it
The pixel render ...(wait, did u draw that? :O?!) erm well its really good if u did.
The overlaying color adjustment filters though are very, very cold and cold doesn't match either of their clothing colors are you sure you want to overlay it with blue? Why not try something closer to the original color of that dress she is wearing (it looks like it was originally red and black). You could try pink for instance maybe? or maybe even a mix of blue and pink?

lol and AGAIN:
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just make the white glow on another layer on the top
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Old 2009-01-09, 21:08   Link #99
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@White Manju Bun : Um actually its a stock not a render. But thanks on the adivce though. :3

@Ehko: Maybe, but I wanted to give out more of a feeling like they are actually in outerspace. SO thats why theres alot of purple and blue on it.
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Old 2009-01-09, 21:15   Link #100
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hmm.... in that case the cold is fine i guess, but then its your focal point that isn't blending into your theme of a cold space :/

your render/stock/w.e is feeling cold, but its not blending with the background real well if you know what i mean :/

it is kinda the same as i said to white manju bun, just your focal point and background colors are inverted (light on dark and dark on light i mean) so blending it would be a lil different too :\
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