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Nefarious
04-30-2005, 12:08 AM
http://img173.exs.cx/img173/3262/pe2kbannercontestbannercopy8td.png
Banner by Me

Hi everyone and welcome to the 5th weekly Banner Competition!

I'll be hosting this event and with that said, we can get this underway!

Here are the rules for this week:
Anyone can enter:
Maximum width of banner: 457
Maximum height of banner: 158
Stock Images Allowed?: Yes
Animation Allowed?: Yes
Theme: Seasonal
Theme Description: Try and base your banner on one of the four seasons, or all four if you like.

Anything above the specified size will not be accepted nor will it if it does not follow the theme. Please try to follow the theme as best you can.

No more than one entry per person will be accepted. The maximum number of entries are 20 due to the limited amount of poll options available for voting. Once 20 entries have been entered no more will be accepted. A voting poll will immediately open after that. Friday May 7 will be the deadline for all entries unless there have been 20 by that time. Voting will also start on May 7 and will end on May 13.

You have one week to enter and one week to vote.

And don't forget to have fun! Please do not hold back if you do not have an advanced graphic program. There have been numerous graphic arts that have been done even in paint.

Good luck to all participants!

Incongruity
04-30-2005, 12:12 AM
ah, this is a good theme.... very nice..


although the width-height is a little strange for my tastes...


Time to decide if I want animation or no...

MystiKal
04-30-2005, 12:37 AM
Yeah I know, and this is a hard topic. I'll most likely end up going with Summer.

Thanatos
04-30-2005, 03:38 AM
Nice idea...I have just the thing, I think.

Rukario
04-30-2005, 04:14 AM
Nice. Maybe I will enter. I will start with my banner. If I make it decent I will enter. :D

MystiKal
04-30-2005, 04:55 AM
Well I decided to make a banner based on The Legend of Zelda The Orcale of Seasons.

Matthew
04-30-2005, 05:14 AM
Nice, unique idea VT :P

Hmmm.... fall or winter for me.... :rolleyes:

Pidgeot79
04-30-2005, 05:15 AM
I'm definatly doing winter.I already see the finished product in my head.

TMTS
04-30-2005, 05:23 AM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v253/WhiteSealeo/sumjig_fin.png

You know what? I really have no clue what to say about this one.

All the art, etc. was done in paint. Resizing/extra effects such as blurring and shadows on the text were iViewed, but the sky and the sea were originally in paint, with a few iView effects.

and I'm about ready to die now, because I've been up for the last 2.5 hours doing it... :oops:

Thanatos
04-30-2005, 05:29 AM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v253/WhiteSealeo/sumjig_fin.png

You know what? I really have no clue what to say about this one.

All the art, etc. was done in paint. Resizing/extra effects such as blurring and shadows on the text were iViewed, but the sky and the sea were originally in paint, with a few iView effects.

and I'm about ready to die now, because I've been up for the last 2.5 hours doing it... :oops:

Wow, that is fantastic. TMTS, you've come up with a great banner without Photoshop.

Now I need to beat it :devious:

TMTS
04-30-2005, 05:32 AM
Wow, that is fantastic. TMTS, you've come up with a great banner without Photoshop.

Now I need to beat it :devious:

Yeah, I think it'll be ripped apart by teh 1337 photoshopers... again.

Channel Delibird
04-30-2005, 07:35 AM
Well, here's my made-in-Paint entry. By my standards, I'm proud of it, but when TMTS is so uber with Paint...XD

http://img249.echo.cx/img249/503/winter2gf.png

"Happiness is Cold" by Vex. ^_^

Brat.Packer
04-30-2005, 10:27 AM
Me hopes I did this right! luv makin graphics, so I wanted to enter...hope this one counts :D It's a wintery theme...if I did anythin wrong, lemme know! XD

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y158/brat-packer/SOTW/003.png

Thanatos
04-30-2005, 10:31 AM
Wow, that's an awesome pic. Nice Stock image :wink:

We have new talent in our midst.

Channel Delibird
04-30-2005, 11:18 AM
Nice work indeed. I dunno if you're allowed to put your name on it, but my guess would be yes. Nefarious'll confirm that when he gets online. It's great to see a new talented graphics artist on the block.

Brat.Packer
04-30-2005, 11:55 AM
Okie, thanx alot :happy: I'll do another one without my name, so I have one ready just in case :biggrin:

Nefarious
04-30-2005, 02:24 PM
Yes very nice entry Brat. =) It's very well done and you are allowed to put any text on it. :wink:

And I'd also like to compliment you on your banner in your sig. It rules! I hope you stick around to enter all of the upcoming contests. =D

And I also like your banner TMTS. It's great! Not just for being in paint but it's great period.

Anyway I hope we have lots of entries this week since the poll is no longer limited to 12 entries, but 20 entries. I might also allow 2 entries per person in the future. I'll let the members decide.

And I'd also like everyone to know that you are now allowed to suggest theme ideas. Just post them in the Banner Contest Discussion thread. Read the post I put there recently. :happy:

I will also be entering soon and I have the perfect idea. :devious:

Anyway good luck to everyone again!

~* Esper *~
04-30-2005, 03:29 PM
Yeah, Brat, that is one hott banner. Everyone better watch out, a noob with uber skill and talent has arrived.

Hoenn Mirror Girl
04-30-2005, 03:48 PM
I think I might sit back and watch the competition this time.

Brat.Packer
04-30-2005, 03:56 PM
Wow! Thanx for the comments everyone! :D And thanx alot Nefarious! I'll definately stick around! :biggrin:

Matthew
04-30-2005, 11:28 PM
Nice banners brat :P



Anywasy.... here is my banner.... I went total opposite and picked summer instead XD Enjoy... and the image is by meisan (http://meisan.deviantart.com/) over at deviantart.com

http://img245.echo.cx/img245/3130/summercopy9no.png

~HKe~
05-01-2005, 12:01 PM
Wait, but why does it say Solstice when that's in Winter?

Thanatos
05-01-2005, 12:05 PM
Wait, but why does it say Solstice when that's in Winter?

Because there is a summer Solstice too.

Matthew
05-01-2005, 05:45 PM
Because there is a summer Solstice too.

Heh... :P Thanks Thanatos. Are you going to be entering?

Raddstealth316
05-02-2005, 02:31 AM
Meh my first proper attempt at an animated banner, and my first shot at Banner of the Week competition...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v219/Raddstealth316/winterbanner.gif

Have fun :p

~* Esper *~
05-02-2005, 02:54 AM
Awesome job Matthew, the font and the colors blend well..

Dap, that's a really kool banner, it's really good.

Thanatos
05-02-2005, 03:37 AM
Heh... :P Thanks Thanatos. Are you going to be entering?

Yeah, I just need to decide on something.

And Dap, that banner is awesome.

Focal
05-02-2005, 11:12 AM
I think I'll go for... Spring

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v251/DarkRaichu/birthofspring.png
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v251/DarkRaichu/birthofspring.png


Hope you'll all enjoy it!

Daniella Defines Divinity
05-02-2005, 01:27 PM
I thought I might give it a shot XP

Spring ^_^

http://img147.echo.cx/img147/737/aprilshowers6mh.jpg

Raddstealth316
05-02-2005, 02:26 PM
TMTS: Awesome again for paint!

BP: I love your works, keep it up.

Matthew: I love the background, it goes really well with the picture.

DR and Dani: Very artistic both of you. They look like they havent been made in Photoshop and rather in some kind of oil pastel form?

Oh and thanks for the comments guys =)

Incongruity
05-02-2005, 09:01 PM
well, guys, I was going to enter with a terragen'd fading seasons banner, but I'm kind of busy this week, and despite the wonderful theme.... I'll be abstaining.

Nefarious
05-02-2005, 09:52 PM
http://tinypic.com/4tok8g

This is my entry.

Actually the dimension of the banner do not fit the requirments. The maximum height is 158. Yours is 300 which is not acceptable. The length is fine.

And I'm sorry to here that sk. I hope you have time to enter next week. :wink:

And I'll have my entry in soon. I know what to make but I have to find the time.

Hoenn Mirror Girl
05-03-2005, 02:18 PM
http://tinypic.com/4tvkec

Now, this is my finished banner. Go Summer!
Uh...no offense, but you need to practice with banners some more. Don't expect that to win.

And Photoshop isn't the only graphics program out there. There's lots of graphics programs that can be downloaded for free. Trust me. I have two (one being more recent [PhotoPlus]). :wink:

Seto Kaiba
05-03-2005, 05:51 PM
OK, ill make my second entry.

Matt
05-03-2005, 07:14 PM
How's this?:

http://img20.echo.cx/img20/4126/summer9un.jpg

Zenaku
05-03-2005, 09:35 PM
Both of Setos entries are void (The first obviously because it does not fit dimensions) as they are both stolen images, with the second merely resized for restriction purposes.

Website: http://www1.interq.or.jp/kokke/pokemon/kinen/2001natsu/

I may or may not enter, I haven't decided yet.

Raddstealth316
05-03-2005, 09:41 PM
How's this?:

http://img20.echo.cx/img20/4126/summer9un.jpg

I love it, nice work.


And Seto (or pierre :susp:), will you stop copying other people's works and taking credit? You've been caught twice now. I would have thought you would have learnt the first time but obviously not. If you're not good at art then work on your skills! Or even if you don't like them, then don't enter. This competition is based on something YOU made not something copied and pasted from a site, and in your case resized. Just know that alot of people are watching you now :susp:

TMTS
05-03-2005, 10:02 PM
How's this?:

http://img20.echo.cx/img20/4126/summer9un.jpg
Nice, but the only think I don't know about is the faint specs of blue around the hands... It might just be me, but they seem to stand out a bit much.

But otherwise, very nice. :tongue: *has been owned*

And with... whatshisface... Seto... It was kinda obvious with the paint-job "editing" of the box around where the name was... >>; Very crappy, I might add... :dazed:

Matthew
05-03-2005, 11:24 PM
I was wondering what that green bar was.... XD

Hoenn Mirror Girl
05-03-2005, 11:30 PM
Don't worry. I've deleted both of his "entry banners".

As for everyone else entering the contest, nice job everyone!

Rukario
05-03-2005, 11:47 PM
Here is autumn. Is not so good. I will do another one later.

http://img120.echo.cx/my.php?image=autumnbanner4bs.swf

Matt
05-04-2005, 12:14 AM
The spots are a result from the glare of the sun (it looked worse when I tried to revise them.

Rukario
05-04-2005, 12:33 AM
The spots are a result from the glare of the sun (it looked worse when I tried to revise them.
You are talking about the summer one, right? Because in mine there is no sun.
Maybe spots. The bad in mine is the picture, is blurry, I'll change it.

PQ.-Give your opinion about mine

PQ=Public Question

Nefarious
05-04-2005, 01:45 AM
THanks for taking care of that HMG. :wink:

Here is autumn. Is not so good. I will do another one later.

http://img120.echo.cx/my.php?image=autumnbanner4bs.swf

And for one thing that looks like it is too big for the file size. And another thing, I need it hosted as a PNG, JPG or something i can actually post onto the forum. =P It's not gonna work in quicktime.

I've started on my banner and am 1/4 of the way done. =P I should have it by Friday. And I think from now on all contest will end on saturday instead of friday. I'll change the date on the first post.

Kayden Javlaakn
05-04-2005, 07:37 AM
Yay! Another one of my lame banners... :rolleyes:
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y77/Drskottie1234/Flowers001.jpg
Though I have to admit, it really isn't THAT shabby.....

Nefarious
05-04-2005, 02:18 PM
Yay! Another one of my lame banners... :rolleyes:
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y77/Drskottie1234/Flowers001.jpg
Though I have to admit, it really isn't THAT shabby.....

The Max length is 457. Yours is too long. =P

Rukario
05-04-2005, 06:23 PM
THanks for taking care of that HMG. :wink:



And for one thing that looks like it is too big for the file size. And another thing, I need it hosted as a PNG, JPG or something i can actually post onto the forum. =P It's not gonna work in quicktime.

I've started on my banner and am 1/4 of the way done. =P I should have it by Friday. And I think from now on all contest will end on saturday instead of friday. I'll change the date on the first post.
In ImageReady I can just save it as .psd (or something like that) and to update it in imageshack.us I have to export it as .swf . So if you know what I can do, tell me here. OR PM me.

Nefarious
05-04-2005, 06:26 PM
I would save it in Photoshop not imageready. And if you did save it in imageready I would save it as a GIF. But try saving it in Photoshop first.

Rukario
05-04-2005, 07:07 PM
I would save it in Photoshop not imageready. And if you did save it in imageready I would save it as a GIF. But try saving it in Photoshop first.
I saved it in Photoshop too. But only can be save it in .psd :confused:

Nefarious
05-04-2005, 07:13 PM
I saved it in Photoshop too. But only can be save it in .psd :confused:

Well you should be able to save it in a number of different files. Hmm...do you see other option besides .psd?

Rukario
05-04-2005, 07:46 PM
Before they were no there. *strange* Now the only problem is the size. 80 kb. I have to make another one. :neutral:

TMTS
05-04-2005, 11:05 PM
Uhhh... what's wrong with taking a screenshot, resizing it and saving in paint as another format?!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v253/WhiteSealeo/rur1k4r0b4nn3r.png

Like that?! :eh:

*hugs iView for "proportional resizing" feature*

Nefarious
05-05-2005, 04:19 AM
Heh, yeah you could do that too. :oops:

Anyway here's mine:

http://www.image-share.co.uk/uploads/1550d37238.gif

A little late but yeah...

I'm surprised this isn't stickied yet. =P

Matthew
05-05-2005, 05:10 AM
I was thinking of doing something like that with mine... :rolleyes: lol... but it seemed a bit cliche... so I changed my mind. I like the stock photo's you used... I could never find any nice, clean shot ones... at least none with the same quality. I like how all the colors are vibrant... but it looks like it was just a combonation of layer styles and such, maybe a blur of some type beneath them? I don't know...... I like how it looks all dreamy though :P Very nice on the eyes.

Thanatos
05-05-2005, 05:41 AM
Methinks I'll be staying out of this competition. I have no idea what to make, and will be pwn'd no matter what.

I'll see what I can do o.O

Jack of Clovers
05-05-2005, 08:33 AM
this hasn't been stickied yet? :oops:

and that's insanely good TMTS. wow. the things you can do in Paint. and Nefarious, i like the rotating seasons. impressive. and quite an interesting banner by Brat on the first page. something new.

~Jack~

Thanatos
05-05-2005, 12:45 PM
http://img2.echo.cx/img2/5707/week5bannerfinal6bo.png

Woo, genericness.

Seriously, I don't expect much from this one. I used an old sky background I made from a tutorial, threw on some snow, stock and text.

NF, great banner. I love it ^_^

Rukario
05-05-2005, 02:31 PM
I didn't think about it. It is a good idea. TMTS.

:susp: mmm, now its size is bigger. 150 kb. Before was of 80 kb. :susp:

Edit: I thought this competition was a file size limit (kb). Now I can do animation. :cool:

Nefarious
05-05-2005, 02:38 PM
I was thinking of doing something like that with mine... :rolleyes: lol... but it seemed a bit cliche... so I changed my mind. I like the stock photo's you used... I could never find any nice, clean shot ones... at least none with the same quality. I like how all the colors are vibrant... but it looks like it was just a combonation of layer styles and such, maybe a blur of some type beneath them? I don't know...... I like how it looks all dreamy though :P Very nice on the eyes.

Yeah I used deviantart for all of the photos. That's not normally my style but I thought I'd try it. And I have an actual background to all of them, but it didn't make the trees and all stand out like they should so I made it less visible. I like the winter one the best though.

And thanks for teh comments. I still think yours is ok Thanatos. But it could us a heck of a lot more. lol

Raddstealth316
05-05-2005, 03:45 PM
NF that is one cool banner :p

Thanatos yours is nice but maybe you could add something to it?

Brat.Packer
05-05-2005, 04:10 PM
Awesome banner Nef! I especially like the Winter one...me likes Winter ^_^
BTW, could someone PLZ tell me where to get some good PKMN pictures? I was lookin all over the place for my banner, but none of them were big enough >.<

Nefarious
05-05-2005, 04:23 PM
Thanks Brat and Dap. ^.^

And I PM'd a site to you Brat. If anyone else would like the site here it is: PKMN Pics (http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://pokemon706.com/image/mypics/solrock.gif&imgrefurl=http://pokemon706.com/ruby/rubysapphirepics.php&h=492&w=529&sz=20&tbnid=iDRu6Ap4wAAJ:&tbnh=119&tbnw=128&hl=en&start=2&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dsolrock%26hl%3Den%26lr%3D%26rls%3DGGL D,GGLD:2004-21,GGLD:en)

Incongruity
05-05-2005, 07:07 PM
ugh, NF. I had an idea like that, but not such a generic animation.... Meh. I seriously think the fading between the seasons is terrible, as the banners are too different to do such a fading maneuver, but hey, other people seem to like it

My idea, in case anyone wishes to use it: (NOTE: It was inspired by a banner I saw somewhere, I don't remember where now though)


A landscape scene with a sole tree in the midground

Starts with Winter. Snowing animation. Tree has snow on it. Snow all over ground. River is frozen.

Then clears up to spring. Tree sprouts leaves. Grass grows on ground, river melts.Clouds fade into sky. Begins to rain/thunder. Storm clears up. Sun rises.


Now to Summer. Bright sun for a while. Er... that's all I have for summer. Perhaps a more saturated hue of grass? (idk)

Now to Autumn. The tree's leaves fall. This animation is done using PS's default brushes for leaves.

It then begins to snow, gradually the snow covers up the ground.



but, it won't be able to leave my head unfortunately

Nefarious
05-05-2005, 07:31 PM
ugh, NF. I had an idea like that, but not such a generic animation.... Meh. I seriously think the fading between the seasons is terrible, as the banners are too different to do such a fading maneuver, but hey, other people seem to like it

My idea, in case anyone wishes to use it: (NOTE: It was inspired by a banner I saw somewhere, I don't remember where now though)


A landscape scene with a sole tree in the midground

Starts with Winter. Snowing animation. Tree has snow on it. Snow all over ground. River is frozen.

Then clears up to spring. Tree sprouts leaves. Grass grows on ground, river melts.Clouds fade into sky. Begins to rain/thunder. Storm clears up. Sun rises.


Now to Summer. Bright sun for a while. Er... that's all I have for summer. Perhaps a more saturated hue of grass? (idk)

Now to Autumn. The tree's leaves fall. This animation is done using PS's default brushes for leaves.

It then begins to snow, gradually the snow covers up the ground.



but, it won't be able to leave my head unfortunately

That is exactly what I was thinking at first, but I couldn't pull it off. If I wanted to I could have tried othr methods of doing so but I wasn't up to it. =P So yeah I just made four seperate banners.

I would like to see a banner like that sometime though. Maybe if you have time you could still make it even if it weren't for the contest. :wink:

sybersaur3000
05-06-2005, 12:39 AM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v306/Sybersaur3000/season.png

My last minute entry :P
Just a day before voting...Eh...I drew the whole banner on MS Paint. So this is how it feels like to enter something in your first graphic contest...

Nefarious
05-07-2005, 06:44 PM
This contest is over. I'll be making the poll now.

PLease Lock/Unsticky

Hoenn Mirror Girl
05-07-2005, 06:45 PM
Sure thing.

*Locked and unstickied.