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11 May 2009 @ 01:49 am
7 icons from episode 5  
Still learning bits and bobs about icon-making, and about the program I use for it. Constructive criticism appreciated.

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3.     4.     5. 

6.     7. 

Please credit if using. Comments would be awesome, too >_<
dreamer1789: fma2dreamer1789 on May 10th, 2009 04:20 pm (UTC)
Let's see. First of all, I think your crops are good, but HQ screencaps could prevent icons from looking grainy/pixelate - I believe fma_resources always comes up with a zillion of those. (Admittedly, I think anime icons are the hardest to make interesting, so you've started the though way. ^^ Brave.) In #4&5 have you tried playing around a bit with brightness/contrast? Possibly some selective color could help in giving the image that bit more depth too. I like your captions.
Dai Stuarteranith on May 11th, 2009 04:10 am (UTC)
Hokay, I've joined fma_resources. Shall be looking forward to icon potential there!

Yeah, I had issues with number 4 (the first of the outside shots I started playing with), trying to get it to look lighter. I can't find the brightness control in the program I'm using (Pixia), but I know the contrast does strange things when applied wrongly, so I'll mess around with that and see if I can get it right. I know at least two other people who have used Pixia at some time or may still use it, so I'll see if they know where or how brightness can be controlled.

Thank you for your advice!
dreamer1789: duodreamer1789 on May 11th, 2009 07:31 am (UTC)
Welcome. ^_^ Hmm, I not familiar with Pixia - maybe you should try GIMP? (It's free, can do most things PS can - including layers - and there are loads of tutorials for it).
Dai Stuarteranith on May 12th, 2009 12:15 pm (UTC)
I'm not so good with tutorials. I tend to read through them, go "Ohh," and not retain anything from them. I have a better memory when I'm shown or when I can focus on this or that particular thing and experiment with it ^^;
dreamer1789: royaidreamer1789 on May 12th, 2009 01:14 pm (UTC)
^^ I also have a bad memory, which is why I usually copy+save tutorial and then play around with it time and again until I 'get' it. Really helps.
/人◕ ‿‿ ◕人\: Squishy Edbr33n on May 10th, 2009 06:10 pm (UTC)
I like the cropping in all of these, and I think that's the most important bit of making an icon - so well done for your first batch. Apart from what's already been said, you should try adding a screen layer to 3 and 5, the images are quite dark and it's hard to see what's happening in the icon. Also ,you should try to save your icons in a .png format instead of .jpg, it preserves colour better. I like the text, but it's quite hard to distinguish from the image - try to pick a colour that stands out from the icon.
Dai Stuarteranith on May 11th, 2009 04:12 am (UTC)
A screen layer? I use a program called Pixia, so I'm not sure if it's still relevant to that or not. How does a screen layer work? *ready to learn*

.png, gotcha.

I was trying to find a colour for the text that would be distinguishable, but not out of place. So a bit more different would be good, I guess. Thanks!
/人◕ ‿‿ ◕人\: Beyond the gatebr33n on May 11th, 2009 07:29 pm (UTC)
I've never heard of Pixia, sorry :( Maybe you could try GIMP? It's free.

Well, a screen layer is basically a blending mode you can set layers to in Photoshop. If you duplicate your base and set it to screen, all it does is brighten the white areas, and leave the black areas. That may not be the best explanation - but basically, it brightens the image without adding contrast.

I'll give you an example. Here's a screenshot of Death the Kid from Soul Eater.


It's pretty dark, right? A screen layer would help brighten the image up. So, I duplicate this layer and set it to screen.


See how the white and neutral parts of the image have been made darker, but the deep blacks have stayed the same? Now that the screen layers been added, we can see Kid in all of his lovely snotty glory.

I'm pretty sure Pixia would have this blending mode under a different name, you've just got to dig around a little for it.

If you've got any more questions, I'd be happy to help... but as I said, I don't know how much help I'll be - I've never used Pixia before. GIMP has a bunch of tutorials for it though, if you were interested. And I'm sure it has pretty much everything Photoshop has - except for selective colour.
/人◕ ‿‿ ◕人\: Squishy Edbr33n on May 11th, 2009 07:32 pm (UTC)
Ugh. In my last comment, after the screen image, I meant to say:

"See how the white and neutral parts of the image have been made lighter" - not darker. Sorry about that.
Dai Stuarteranith on May 12th, 2009 12:18 pm (UTC)
Ey, I get what you mean :D I think I'll have a look around at Pixia to see what similar effects I can find on there before I go getting something new (ack, learning plenty at Uni, don't need to be confusing myself at home too!), but thank you!
saphira112: Allen - Child of Godsaphira112 on May 10th, 2009 06:13 pm (UTC)
I like 2, 6, and 7. They make me lol. They look fuzzy, so the screencaps must not be HQ, but you're good starting out :D
Dai Stuarteranith on May 11th, 2009 04:14 am (UTC)
XD Thanks! I took the screencaps myself, on perhaps a not-up-to-scratch video? Didn't remember how to sharpen the images, though.
pitolipitoli on May 10th, 2009 07:03 pm (UTC)
#5 is my favorite, but I would try maybe making it a bit brighter. :)
Dai Stuarteranith on May 11th, 2009 04:15 am (UTC)
Brighter. Okay. When I figure out how to do that in Pixia I might try that one again, because that was my favourite, too :D
Kat Mastersevil_kat on May 11th, 2009 08:02 am (UTC)
Also, maybe make your font white and add shadow to it, and it'll always help it stand out. Or, if you don't want white, just add shadows. It'll help create depth.
Dai Stuarteranith on May 12th, 2009 12:19 pm (UTC)
Ay, I'll look for the shadowing tool. Thanks!