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01 January 2007 @ 01:25 pm
Help on improving icons?  
Ok, so, in icon contests and stuff, I've done pretty well, winning different awards, but I haven't made it into any "elite" or "good" communities. Do mods of those communities look for different things than users voting on icon contests? Below the cut are a few winners of icon contests I've had, plus a couple recent icons I made that I like. I'd love to know if there's anything I can do to them and icons I make in the future that would make them more likely to be accepted into an elite community. Thank you very much.


These placed 1st, 1st, and 3rd in hunk_stillness, piratestillness, and <"lj comm="house_challenge">, respectively.
Some other icons:


 
 
 
hey ho rock and roll deliver me from nowhere: PotC - Norringtoneuphoricapathy on January 1st, 2007 06:52 pm (UTC)
Usually good/elite community mods are a lot more picky than voters. They beat down on image quality and originality.

The Jack, Jack/Elizabeth and House icons are oversharpened. One way you can avoid this is to duplicate the base, sharpen that and lower the opacity until you get where you like it.
Another thing is contrast. Black and white icons usually need more contrast than colored, so keep that in mind. The third, seventh and maybe ninth icons could use more contrast.

If the comments aren't screened, I suggest taking a look at icons that were accepted and compare them with yours.

Hope I helped and good luck!
Lauren: The Beatleswandersfound on January 1st, 2007 07:05 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I knew they'd be more picky, I just wasn't sure if there was anything in particular they looked for. Thank you. :)

And thank you for the tips about the contrast. I knew that I had some sharpening problems, wich I've been working on, but thanks for the idea about duplicating the base.

Thanks very much! :)
Mandy: 02phantomgirl110 on January 6th, 2007 03:46 am (UTC)
One way you can avoid this is to duplicate the base, sharpen that and lower the opacity until you get where you like it.

Thanks so much for mentioning that! I've had issues with sharpening for awhile--if I sharpened it seemed like too much and if I didn't the icons seemed too blurred--and so I'd resorted to sharpening and then blurring by hand in just the right places for ten minutes. Your way made it so much easier!