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16 October 2006 @ 08:19 pm
id say so!! thanks to the help of some wonderful others ive improved greatly!!
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15 October 2006 @ 10:29 pm
hello all. i have been having a little bit of trouble with a few things concerned with ps [cs2 if it matters] and the wonderfull ellie2024 pointed me in the direction of this community. soo..onto the questions :D

first off i have been going through different tutorials for coloring and whatnot and in my attempts to follow them i continuously have the same problems. i have no idea how to set layers to soft light!! lol

also when it comes time to coloring my icon, the best i can do is fill a new layer with a random color and then lowering the opacity so i can actually see the picture. i know thats lame so i need help =]] do you know of any tutorials for photoshop cs2 that are easy to understand so i can get the hang of this??

okay one last question..ive entered a couple icon challenges and one in particular is for disney100. i have been having soo much fun with it, but im starting to worry they are becoming a little to um...texty. haha every one of them i think has text. i mean individually i think they look good, but as a whole its looking kind of busy...and i only have 20 or so done! here they are and i would LOVE some constructive criticisim:

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29 August 2006 @ 09:02 pm
This was what I got from some of the help I got from my last post.

let me know what you think!
29 August 2006 @ 08:42 pm
Notice something? Maybe, maybe not, but everyone now has posting access whether they applied or not.

But why? 
We (the mods) thought we'd try something different. Everyone having posting access would most likely boost participation and (obviously) posting.

Why did you have posting access in the first place? 
One, it plays up the "elite" part of Elite Help, even though the community is not elite, as you know. Two, we really wanted more amateurs than experienced icon-makers with 500 awards under their belt. We also wanted to make sure all the rules were adhered to.

What can I post and what can't I post?
Refer to the rules.  If that's still too vague, check out the example posts.

Begin posting whenever you'd like, and feel free to pimp the community in your journals or communities!  If you'd like to affiliate with us, leave a comment here.
24 August 2006 @ 09:49 am
This was already posted in the  example posts, but since no one probably read it, here it is again. 

General Tut on Icon Making by ofthe_sky 

It's possibly the single most useful thing regarding icon-making ever written.  It briefly explains the basics, such as cropping, text, coloring, etc in regards to icons.  It's safe for all programs. I suggest you skim over it.  It's worth it.
11 August 2006 @ 05:29 pm
okay I've seen this style a couple times and fell in love with it. I was wondering if anyone could point me in the direction of any tutorials to accomplish the same effect (keeping in mind that I use PhotoImpact 10.)

These were all done by ljuser _chokeanddie

I really love the soft light and highlights but I can never manage it.
10 August 2006 @ 10:19 pm
Alright, please forgive me if headers aren't allowed here - I think it's only for icons, but I seriously need help!

Although I like the way everything is positioned, this header is crap. It's blurry and when I try to sharpen it, it just goes all pixelly. The colors are dull, the whole thing is just not great. Help!

Current Mood: confusedconfused
07 August 2006 @ 09:52 pm
This is the first icon I've made with Photoshop. I really like the idea, but I don't know what else to do with it. It just looks... not that great. I don't have a lot of fonts, which is sad. :(

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Current Mood: thoughtfulthoughtful
I'm using PSP9, and by futzing around have learned the functions of a couple features (mostly the clarify, gamma thingy, and color balance tools), which has improved the quality of my icons. I'm quite happy with the way these two turned out:

However, look closely at the rope-thingies behind Elizabeth, the edge of Norrington's hat, the outline of Jack's face. See how they're kind of, uh, zigzaggy looking? That seems to come from sharpening, and I know it's really a small thing to nitpick, but I never see that sort of thing on uber-good icons. How do I fix that?

Also, how do layers work, and what are the layer tools/features used to do? I've tried playing with the layer menu a bit, but nothing seems to be happening. I need a good intro to this function, preferably something that uses an LJ icon as an example or gives an overview that can be applied easily to LJ icons. Thank you!
30 July 2006 @ 01:58 pm
This post is for the Mods only, but if you want to read I don't think it matters.
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Anyone can start posting now.