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GIP and thankyou

All my fiddling with PSP XI last night has led to this: my first icon not made by the eljay generator! It's a long way yet from being a work of art, only consisting of two layers, but I think I've got more of an idea of the possibilities now.

A huge thankyou goes to elsaf, without whose helpful hints I'd probably still be wondering where to start, and refche, and bogwitch, and sabrinanymph who have all offered of their time and expertise. I'll carry on with this version of PSP for the full trial period, then perhaps revert back to The GIMP which I failed to understand before, but which I now see is not so different after all.


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Nov. 12th, 2006 10:03 am (UTC)
Yay! Proper Robin!

I started a set of Robin of Sherwood icons, but they came out crap. It's all that bloody soft focus!

My one big bit of advice is - resources! The range and quality of resources you have to work from is important. That's why I hang around a few icon making communities, because I hoover up what all the resource makers produce - textures, bases, brushes etc.
Nov. 12th, 2006 10:11 am (UTC)
Yay! Proper Robin!

I just happened to have a Robin of Sherwood-still on my hard drive, which I thought would do for messing around with. But a quick Google search has taught me that there's not a lot of good quality pictures of it out there...maybe I should learn to screen cap as well, as I have the DVD-set. Though even then, that early 80s soft focus camera work may throw a spanner in the works! ;-)

I'll try and remember that, about resources. It does make an awful lot of sense - but first, I need to get rid of those white borders on this one. It looks okay on my journal, but against a darker background (like on yours)...not so much.
Nov. 12th, 2006 10:21 am (UTC)
Screen-capping that's another whole level of agony!

You soon get out of the habit of borders.
Nov. 12th, 2006 10:44 am (UTC)
Retracing my steps, it turns out this one came from the Resizing Canvas-option -- so the answer is simple, don't resize canvas!

Pity I have to go see my dad now -- I would love to stay here and see what I else I can do, but it'll have to wait until another time.
Nov. 12th, 2006 10:45 am (UTC)
Re-sizing in PSP can be tricky, I know.

I'm off to see my parents too.
Nov. 12th, 2006 10:49 am (UTC)
Enjoy your Sunday!
Nov. 12th, 2006 07:02 pm (UTC)
I have lots of different tutorials saved in my memories which may be useful for you, especially with doing stuff with layers.
Nov. 12th, 2006 07:33 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the tip! I'll certainly have a look.
Nov. 12th, 2006 09:03 pm (UTC)
That looks really good! And two layers is much better than I've ever managed, even with the full PSP on my laptop.
Nov. 12th, 2006 09:44 pm (UTC)
You're too kind...though I am sort of pleased with it. I have been trying to come up with a slightly better version, i.e. one without the white border to top and bottom, but the only way I've been able to manage that has been to deselect teh lock somethingorother ratio, resulting in an elongation of the image -- and Michael Praed never had such a long face, not even when he was Prince Michael of some phoney Eastern European country who got killed in a bloody revolution on his wedding day in Dynasty. ;-)
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