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Alakazam
04-25-2005, 03:47 AM
as much as I love the banner Elimin8 made for me, I really like having sigs I made myself, so I've decided to attempt to make my own banner, and this time around, its not going to be pokemon themed.

Here's my first try:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v661/SSJAlakazam/c42564c5.jpg

How does it look? Please be honest, I'm not very good at this and would appreciate tips on how I can improve.

Matthew
04-25-2005, 05:21 AM
It looks as if you were going for a montage sort of look to your banner.... try to fill all teh spaces :P It looks awkward with a gradient background and random sprite pics pasted on it.

Also.... never use a plain font.... try adding some layer styles to it :P

You can find some text turtorials at good-tutorials.com

I will rank it as well...

4/10

Good:

-Potential
-Style (Uncommon [montages])

Bad:

-Layout
-Text

Work on it some more, and it can be good :P

Alakazam
04-25-2005, 06:05 PM
Version 2:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v661/SSJAlakazam/Runebannerversion2copy.jpg

I made the text easier to read, added some more pics to fill up empty spaces, replaced the gradient background with a cloud-like effect, and added a border.

Nefarious
04-25-2005, 06:11 PM
Hmm...THat's much better but it is still missing something. Instead of a cloud background, you could put a brushed background with a color balance. And maybe copy merged the whole thing, paste it on top of all layers, blur it with a motion blur, and then choose a blending option to make it have a cool effect.

Not sure if you are all that experienced with PS, but like Matthew said, good-tutorials.com is a really great site. And so is Pixel2life.com

Edit: Here I added some effects to it that would make it more interesting:

http://img133.echo.cx/img133/8049/runewalsh2kt.png

I hope you don't mind. Just to show you that if you go the extra mile you can make any banner look great! =) No that it wasn't already great.

Alakazam
04-25-2005, 06:41 PM
It's okay I don't mind you messing around with it. I think that the changes you made kinda makes the banner a bit too dark, but I get the idea.

Hmm...maybe I'll fool around with the opactity and other effects. I'll see what I can do with brushes; I've never tried using them before.

I have almost no PS experience; this is my first PS banner (FYI).

Matthew
04-25-2005, 10:12 PM
Would there be any pictures of him that aren't pixel art? Pixel art doesn't look good alot of the time.... but it's all preference.... play with blending and filters and feathering the edges of the image to let them fade into the banner.... eh... with practice, you can become good :P

Alakazam
04-26-2005, 02:10 AM
The only other art of the character that exists other than the style I'm already using are a fairly large selection of black and white sketches...and I dunno whether that would be preferrable.

Other than that, I think there's only 1-2 colored animé renditions of him.

Incongruity
04-26-2005, 04:25 PM
What they're saying is all correct, especially the part about the sprites

For some sprite tutorials, check these out.

http://img29.exs.cx/img29/6237/ryuversion20ij.jpg (http://gamerscommunity.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1150)

http://img114.exs.cx/img114/3773/mancancerpt23sx.jpg (http://www.shadowlabs.co.uk/bulletin/showthread.php?p=1347#post1347)


NEITHER OF THEM ARE MINE. CLICK FOR TUTORIAL

Also, brushes would be a wonderful addition at this stage

Matthew
04-27-2005, 02:12 AM
Hmmm.... nifty tutorials :P I'll have to try that effect out... possibly with custom brushes :P