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PostSubject: A guide on how to make GFX- beginners   Mon Sep 05, 2011 2:38 pm

If anyone wants to learn the basics of how to make a signature and such, here is the place.
And by basics, i mean extremly basic.

Note: When i say something followed by "here" such as "gimp here" click the text to go to the link.

I have a good amount of experience in Gimp, and have been teaching myself how to make GFX since around 2008.
First off, either download Gimp here (GIMP IS FREE. I USE IT.)
Or buy photoshop somehow, i don't know how much but it's in the 100$s range. and i recommend Gimp anyways.
Go to PlanetRenders here for renders. Until you are good enough to make your own.

Now, by Graphics, i mean Signatures. Avitars. Images. Art. Ect...
A few examples made by me.

Signatures





A signature is normally a image, with one or more renders and the name of someone.
I normally use 350x150 for sigs, But you should find what suits you best.

Avitars

Normally the same, or have more height than width.
I don't make them much anymore but for xat it is normally around 50x50 or so.
Also, xat does support transparency with the alpha layer, i just made this background white so no one steals it.

Art

I did not use any brushes, and even though you may not believe me, i created this from scratch. a pure black bg with nothing.
This is just to give you a idea of what i mean by art.

How to make a Sig

I advise you to have gimp open and have alreaddy found the render you want to use before you start.
  • File>New>Type the size of your sig, we will use 350x150>Ok

You can start out many ways, but this time lets go click the Blend tool on the toolbox. (type L to find it on toolbox)
Change the black and white squares on toolbox to whatever color you wish the Background to be.
Go down and click Shape on toolbox and chose the very bottom, it should say "Spiral CCW"
Now click the white rectangle you origenally made and hold it down, then let go somewhere else on it, preferably 1/3 away from where u last clicked.
It should have made a spiral like BG.
Now copy your render, and paste it on the BG you just made. (Ctrl + C, Ctrl + V)
Click the big A on toolbox, or press T. Find the size and font of the text you want, type it in on the sig, and boom.
You have made your first sig. It's nothing special but you should feel proud because some people can't even do this much.




I may make some more guides or tutorials for gimp, but don't expect them to be soon

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PostSubject: Re: A guide on how to make GFX- beginners   Tue Sep 06, 2011 8:51 pm

Guys if you made a sig, art or something, post it here so we'll see how well you did following this guide!
I'll post mine when I decide to make one! Basketball

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PostSubject: Re: A guide on how to make GFX- beginners   Tue Sep 06, 2011 8:57 pm

I never thought of that idea, But i did make a "GFX Feedback" topic for sigs and such.
I suppose that's a good idea though zan, i'm curious how easy my text was to understand.
I guess the gfx feedback can be for other sigs not from this guide.

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PostSubject: Re: A guide on how to make GFX- beginners   Tue Sep 06, 2011 9:14 pm

Yea maybe when people start getting into doing sigs themselves and are proud of their wor, they can post it no the Feedback forum. This one may be for their first sigs and such.

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