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post #1 of 16
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Ok, I had a go at making my own... I think I have the basics under control, ust need to figure out how to do cool stuff!! And I really should get back to studying...

post #2 of 16
It looks great I have been trying to do it also that's all I have to say
post #3 of 16
I think it's looking great. One thing I would do, if I were you, would be to move the Lily and Stumpy picture on the right, to the right edge, so you don't see where the original photo cut off Stumpy's body.
post #4 of 16
Great job!
post #5 of 16
that is cute !
post #6 of 16
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Originally Posted by HopeHacker View Post
I think it's looking great. One thing I would do, if I were you, would be to move the Lily and Stumpy picture on the right, to the right edge, so you don't see where the original photo cut off Stumpy's body.
I did try that, but by then I'd anchored that layer and saved it and had no idea how to "unanchor" it...

And I guess the trick is to get more textured backgrounds so the cats don't look quite so obviously cut out, feather them some more, and make sure you get single cats and more of a close up pic so they're not so small and take up more of the empty space.

I'll keep playing, and read more of the Gimp book, and I'll get there. I'm only up to chapter 2 I guess the one drawback of Gimp over Photoshop is that there's less a lot less fonts (such as Halloween fonts) to download.
post #7 of 16
great job what cute poses the cats are in. I love the text. The siggy has a soft feel to it. Really cute siggy
post #8 of 16
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Originally Posted by sarahp View Post
I did try that, but by then I'd anchored that layer and saved it and had no idea how to "unanchor" it...

And I guess the trick is to get more textured backgrounds so the cats don't look quite so obviously cut out, feather them some more, and make sure you get single cats and more of a close up pic so they're not so small and take up more of the empty space.

I'll keep playing, and read more of the Gimp book, and I'll get there. I'm only up to chapter 2 I guess the one drawback of Gimp over Photoshop is that there's less a lot less fonts (such as Halloween fonts) to download.
You can use the same fonts with The Gimp as you can with Photoshop. You download to your Windows/Fonts section, and then they are usable with all of your programs.

Also as far as your "unanchoring" a layer, usually all you have to do is go to "Edit" and then "undo" whatever you just did. I have worked with The Gimp in the past. There are some things I really like about it, but I think it's a LOT harder than Photoshop, however you can do about the same things with it as you can with Photoshop. It just takes a bit more work, and a more computer savy brain. I think the background you made is just fine, and I like the look of your signature a lot.
post #9 of 16
Just for the heck of it, I moved the picture over on your signature. You don't have to re-do it or anything. I then it looks great.

post #10 of 16
Cute! I'm slowly learning when I have time with my photostudio program. I'm not a pro yet, but I'm having fun!
post #11 of 16
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Just for the heck of it, I moved the picture over on your signature. You don't have to re-do it or anything. I then it looks great.

Oh cool, thanks Hope! I had saved it, closed it, then opened it again and thought I should move it over and realised I didn't know how to - I'd meant to have it in a layer on it's own, and didn't realise until after it was on the same layer as the other pic.

Thanks for the info about fonts too - I'll give it a go! I realise Gimp is harder - doesn't help that it's less well known so there's less help available, but it's free and I have a book now, so I'll see how it goes.

If you never see another siggy from me you'll know I gave up
post #12 of 16
Don't give up, whatever you do. You are definately on the right track. You know when I first started creating graphics, I didn't know the first thing about the drop shadow or any of the other layer effects. In fact I used to take a full picture and put it on top of a background or photo and then erase the background of the subject I wanted to use in my graphic. I didn't understand about feathering, or anything. I was dumber than dumb, but eventually I learned things, and studied things, and even though I still don't know it all, I've learned to be fairly efficient in Photoshop. You are way ahead of where I was when I first started out.

By the way, the way I moved the picture over to the edge was I circled it with the lasso tool, which in Photoshop makes it movable, and that's all there was to it, then I used the cloning tool, to put some of you yellow sparkles in the blank area. Very simple.
post #13 of 16
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Originally Posted by HopeHacker View Post
By the way, the way I moved the picture over to the edge was I circled it with the lasso tool, which in Photoshop makes it movable, and that's all there was to it, then I used the cloning tool, to put some of you yellow sparkles in the blank area. Very simple.
I know the lasso but haven't learnt the cloning tool, I'll have to give that one a go!! Thanks
post #14 of 16
Hey looking good its really addictive and with so many different themes etc, we could be creating for ever
trouble is its more fun than other things, you know ................. like making the dinner, cleaning, shopping
My next learning task is how to put borders etc around the whole thing - YUK - its driving me mad ! ! and what the heck does - flatten layer - mean ? ?
Oh well another 5 hrs the PC might crack it
Good Luck
post #15 of 16
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Originally Posted by mooficat View Post
Hey looking good its really addictive and with so many different themes etc, we could be creating for ever
trouble is its more fun than other things, you know ................. like making the dinner, cleaning, shopping
My next learning task is how to put borders etc around the whole thing - YUK - its driving me mad ! ! and what the heck does - flatten layer - mean ? ?
Oh well another 5 hrs the PC might crack it
Good Luck

Flattening the image just means once you have all of the layers in place, just as you like them, and you have the image just as you like it, and it's finished, you just flatten the image, so it is no longer layers but is one single image. Does that make sense? In other wards it is no longer editable, and you can't move the layers anymore.

As far as edges go, are you talking about frames, or a bevelled edge? If you're talking about frames, there are some Photoshop "Actions" you can download that will help you make the coolest edges to your pictures, as well as frames. If you're talking about a bevelled edge you can do that yourself, and it's really simple. I usually put a bevelled edge on all of my siggies, It's my trademark, if you will. LOL! What I do, is after I'm finished making the signature graphic, and it's all flattened, I "Select All", then go to "Edit/Copy" then go to "File/New", and there will be a new emty document the exact same size as the signature you just "Copied", so I "Edit/Paste" and you will get another copy of the signature you just made. It will be the top "Layer" on your new document, so the you go to "Layer/Style/Bevel Emboss", and I set it at 3 pixels, instead of the 5 that Photoshop automatically sets it for. The edges will be bevelled. Then you Flatten the image, and "Save for Web", and that's all there is to it. Of course you can also go to some Photoshop sites and download Bevel filters, but I don't like the look of them as well as making my own bevelled edge.
post #16 of 16
ohhh.......thanks HopeHacker I needed that advice, I´ve been doing all sorts of weird and wonderful things today, trying to find how to make a frame or indeed a bevelled edge. I did stumble across it - but TUT-TUT havent got a clue how I got there so off again, watch this space
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