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I'm making this thread for everyone in the graphics forums to partake in resources, your inspirations and advice for sig making. I didn't see a thread like this anywhere so I went ahead and made this. For starting designers, here are some links to sites you must go to in order to get started.

GIMP 2.6.11(Program needed to make sigs)
http://www.gimp.org/downloads/

Better then the standard fonts
http://www.dafont.com/

Renders, C4d's, fractals are all here. Excellent resource site
http://planetrenders.net/

Stocks(A nice selection of them)
http://s137.photobucket.com/albums/q224/Superman_93/STOCKS/?start=all

Brushes(For GIMP)
http://browse.deviantart.com/?qh=&section=&global=1&q=gimp+brushes

If you have any questions, please ask and we'll do our best to assist you. :grin:



For long time designers, I'm hoping to bring you guys some ideas/inspiration with this massive tag wall from some really good designers.

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Kwes

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I feel like last part is aimed at me. :snicker

And Fon, everything Gimp uses, can be used on PS as well.

Definatly should be stickied.
 

Fon

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[QUOTE="-Kwesnoth-, post: 5780041]I feel like last part is aimed at me. :snicker[/QUOTE]Well yeah. Start finding a new style already dammit!. :lol:

-Kwesnoth- said:
And Fon, everything Gimp uses, can be used on PS as well.

Definatly should be stickied.
This thread isn't exclusive to just new designers. It's for all of us to come up with new ideas for our sigs as well. Although the brushes do seem to work only for GIMP?. Not sure but everything else can be used for Photoshop.
 

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[QUOTE="FonFahbre, post: 5780023]I'm making this thread for everyone in the graphics forums to partake in resources, your inspirations and advice for sig making. I didn't see a thread like this anywhere so I went ahead and made this. For starting designers, here are some links to sites you must go to in order to get started.

GIMP 2.6.11(Program needed to make sigs)
http://www.gimp.org/downloads/

Better then the standard fonts
http://www.dafont.com/

Renders, C4d's, fractals are all here. Excellent resource site
http://planetrenders.net/

Stocks(A nice selection of them)
http://s137.photobucket.com/albums/q224/Superman_93/STOCKS/?start=all

Brushes(For GIMP)
http://browse.deviantart.com/?qh=§ion=&global=1&q=gimp+brushes

If you have any questions, please ask and we'll do our best to assist you. :grin:



For long time designers, I'm hoping to bring you guys some ideas/inspiration with this massive tag wall from some really good designers.

Added spoiler as requested ~23[/QUOTE]

Danke <3
 

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GIMP is a great alternative, but I'd rather jam forks in my eyes than use it over Photoshop.


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I need help. I started this with such good intentions. I found a tutorial and thought "oh this doesn't look too bad I think I can do this." Well this...ugly, terrible THING looks nothing like the tut. I had thought that this wouldn't be that hard but apparently it is.

http://fc05.deviantart.net/fs43/i/2009/148/5/f/Tutorial_001___Liquid_Creature_by_banicci.jpg

Nice right? You get this cool liquid effect going on. What I had intended to do was make it look like Carnage was literally dripping onto the floor. He's so liquid like if that makes any sense. I played with the setting so much and I could NOT get this to look nice at all. It kind of pisses me off actually that I couldn't get mine to look even remotely like the tuts.

 

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[QUOTE="podsaurus, post: 5782372]I need help. I started this with such good intentions. I found a tutorial and thought "oh this doesn't look too bad I think I can do this." Well this...ugly, terrible THING looks nothing like the tut. I had thought that this wouldn't be that hard but apparently it is.

http://fc05.deviantart.net/fs43/i/2009/148/5/f/Tutorial_001___Liquid_Creature_by_banicci.jpg

Nice right? You get this cool liquid effect going on. What I had intended to do was make it look like Carnage was literally dripping onto the floor. He's so liquid like if that makes any sense. I played with the setting so much and I could NOT get this to look nice at all. It kind of pisses me off actually that I couldn't get mine to look even remotely like the tuts.

[/QUOTE]Wait, you made that beast from scratch or is that the image used for your tut attempt?. I can't really do that on GIMP so I don't really know what pointers to give you. :(
 

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[QUOTE="FonFahbre, post: 5782498]Wait, you made that beast from scratch or is that the image used for your tut attempt?. I can't really do that on GIMP so I don't really know what pointers to give you. :([/QUOTE]

I made that horrible thing from scratch. Well...tried to lol
 

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I need some help with text. I don't know where to put the file when I find a text I like in photoshop. I go to: program files/common files/adobe. The couple of things I've looked at have said just put it in the Font's folder. Problem is there isn't one lol. There's FontsRecommended and FontsRequired folders. Until I can figure something out I'm stuck with the standard crappy text in photoshop. Help please?
 

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[QUOTE="podsaurus, post: 5814502]I need some help with text. I don't know where to put the file when I find a text I like in photoshop. I go to: program files/common files/adobe. The couple of things I've looked at have said just put it in the Font's folder. Problem is there isn't one lol. There's FontsRecommended and FontsRequired folders. Until I can figure something out I'm stuck with the standard crappy text in photoshop. Help please?[/QUOTE]
OK .. here is what u need to know .. there is now way to add fonts to photoshop casue photoshop already takes the fonts from the windows Font Folder ..
here is what i think .. try one of these :
1. if u copied the fonts to the font folder and photoshop was already running .. turn off photoshop and restart.
2. the problem could that u copied the fonts to the font folder .. try installing them .. not copying them .. by doing the following :

1. press Start > Control Panel
2. Look for the FOnts Icon .. double click on it
3. File > install new font
4. Locate the folder we created ..
5. when u select the folder the screen will start reading the fonts.
6. Press on Select All
7. Press OK .. Vwala .. u have your new fonts on your PC
 

podsaurus

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I actually couldn't find an option to add a new font from the control panel. I ended up just dragging and dropping the file in. Works ok now. Thanks kwes!
 

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Here's a simple smudging tip for new designers.

First, I downloaded this image.
http://images.wikia.com/godofwar/images/1/19/Kratos_rendering_concept.jpg

I cropped the tower and as much of the gray area above then scaled it to size for a 500x200 canvas to get this.




Next up was the set up I made here

Brush: Vine
Scale: 70-100
Spacing: 1.0

What you do from here is drag the brush around your stock image and start smudging in an up and down motion. But that's just my recommendation. You can smudge however you want!. This is the result I got.



After this I pasted the same scaled image I used(The Kratos one) and anchored it a bit to the lower right side of the image. I followed the same smudging procedure and set it's layer mode to multiply.



Then I used a black round brush and brushed a bit on the bottom and Krato's left shoulder. What I did next was set the brushes spacing to 30.0 and using the same vine brush, I gently brushed it around to give it this splattering effect. Finally I went back to Layers and chose the very first stock I used for this sig and started smudging the red colored tattoo Kratos has, brushing it upwards to give the splatter effect a bloody color.



Then just add text, sharpen it, add a border and you're done!. A simple sig with hardly any effort to make!.



Hope that helps guys.
 

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That has to be the simplest yet most effective way of explaining smudging, and it can easily be seen how to use in more advanced signatures aswell.
Well done Fahbre!
Good collection of stocks too :)
 

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[QUOTE="Scrubs42, post: 5818565]That has to be the simplest yet most effective way of explaining smudging, and it can easily be seen how to use in more advanced signatures aswell.
Well done Fahbre!
Good collection of stocks too :)[/QUOTE]Making sigs shouldn't be too complicated. Sometimes the best looking ones are simple to make but you just have to know the trick to them.
 

podsaurus

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Simple clean and nice gangsta. :) The one I have right now is just a bunch of smudging, not that it looks that great but yeah know it's simple to make.
 

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[QUOTE="zzKurozz, post: 5820904]like putting another pic on top of another so it's together i've wanted to do that but i forgot how[/QUOTE]I apologize for the late reply.

Are you referring to something like this?.



If so I just pasted the Assassin stock first. Pasted the second stock second and changed it's layer mode to adjust it in the right place. Then I began to erase the parts I don't want with a fuzzy soft round brush and changed it's layer mode back to Normal. After that I just duplicated the layer and sharpened the first stock. There are more pro-ish methods but I don't know them or they take longer(Like cropping an image takes time, but I'm too lazy to do that!). You can also go to PlanetRenders for already cropped images. Hope that helps.
 
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podsaurus

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I'm having this weird problem with photoshop all the sudden. I go to put text in at size 6 but after I type I don't see any text. After fiddling around I figured out to scale the layer down with the transform tool and drag the corner in to scale it down. Then I see the text and it was huge! Taking up most of the image underneath. After scaling down to where I could see the entire word I typed I looked at the pixel size of the text and it said 0.66 pt.

I don't know why it's so off like that. I've never had to scale the text layer down I just change the font size. Anyone have an ideas how to fix this? I don't recall changing any setting lately either, this just happened all the sudden.
 

Kwes

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One thing to learn about using PS. Its a dick sometimes. Things always seem to fuck up and not work, just cause it wants too.
 

podsaurus

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Point taken kwes. Well maybe it will decide to work right at some point. That's just the most random problem I've ever had.

I don't even put text in stuff I make much but now when I scale it down it looks like shit. It's all edgy and crap.
 
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Kwes

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It could be a setting you have applied to the text. But thats the only thing I can think of as to be the problem. :/

I'm giving CS6 a test run, and liking it so far.