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Windows 7: Custom Made Sig and Avatar [11]

19 May 2013   #1711
Wenda

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 32-bit; Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit (VM).
 
 

I don't regard myself as being anywhere near good enough yet to consider doing any
requests, but once I get more skilled and gain more confidence, then I surely will do
the odd request.

Anyway, I'm back for a reason. You guys are gonna get tired of this, but you are the only
ones I can bounce this stuff off as most of my friends and workmates have no interest at
all. As you'll see below, I've managed to get the border to look much better with a couple
of effects, and also that I've finally changed the avatar in the sig to the right one,instead
of my EightForums one.

But, I'm still not happy with it, and am planning some major changes to it, including a new
background layer. This is mainly a test run to see how it looked 'on the job' and to gain
feedback. But it's strange how you can work for a couple of hours on a sig (as I did last
night, on my Farce-book cover pic), sit back with a coffee and admire it for a while, and
think it looks just great. Then you post it, and instantly spot the flaws, things not aligned
properly, a logo you forgot to add, spelling/typing mistakes etc.


Or is it just me?

Anyway, here's the latest effort..... I've changed sigs already, so won't actually re-post
an image, as you can see it below.

Cheers!

Wenda.


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19 May 2013   #1712
Mr Smiley

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by koolkat77 View Post
Very nice work, Wenda and Mr. Smiley
Thanks koolkat77, but I'm not happy with it.

When I make some time to learn Photoshop properly, then I'll starting getting serious lol !!!

Neil
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19 May 2013   #1713
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

I figured it our Archie, thanks.

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19 May 2013   #1714
Wenda

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 32-bit; Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit (VM).
 
 

Well, in the three hours since I last posted, and while I've been sitting here watching the Sunday
night movie. I managed to knock this together.

I didn't create the honeycomb background, it's a piece of 'stock' artwork I found online, but the
rest is mine. I just wanted to see how the b'ground would go on a sig, and I'm quite happy with
the (admittedly rushed) result.

Neil, keep at it, mate, you can only improve. To give you an idea of how quickly you will improve,
underneath this latest effort, I've posted my very first ever attempt, which I used on EightForums
for a couple of months.

Looks pretty 'rubbish', doesn't it? It doesn't even use layers, but is simply a straightforward copy
& paste job. Now, here's the rub. It was only created on Jan 3 this year.



Yes, that's right. I didn't really start to get into this until I got Photo-Shop CS2 on April 19th, so
all that improvement took place in just shy of a month. Check the contrast between the two.

And if I can do it, you sure can!


Wenda.


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19 May 2013   #1715
kado897

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1
 
 

You certainly have come a long way Wenda
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19 May 2013   #1716
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

I agree with Keith (Kado897) Wenda. That's a nice border. I thought that girl was a pic of you, but I see it's a drawing.
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19 May 2013   #1717
Mr Smiley

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Wenda View Post
Well, in the three hours since I last posted, and while I've been sitting here watching the Sunday
night movie. I managed to knock this together.

I didn't create the honeycomb background, it's a piece of 'stock' artwork I found online, but the
rest is mine. I just wanted to see how the b'ground would go on a sig, and I'm quite happy with
the (admittedly rushed) result.

Neil, keep at it, mate, you can only improve. To give you an idea of how quickly you will improve,
underneath this latest effort, I've posted my very first ever attempt, which I used on EightForums
for a couple of months.

Looks pretty 'rubbish', doesn't it? It doesn't even use layers, but is simply a straightforward copy
& paste job. Now, here's the rub. It was only created on Jan 3 this year.



Yes, that's right. I didn't really start to get into this until I got Photo-Shop CS2 on April 19th, so
all that improvement took place in just shy of a month. Check the contrast between the two.

And if I can do it, you sure can!


Wenda.

Thanks Wenda for your kind words of encouragement.

No I'll be fine when I start reading some tutorials. It's not so much coming up with the creative ideas with me, it's the execution, however, I'm not going to be too hard on myself lol ... I haven't read anything on Photoshop CS6 yet and winged it to this point !!! lol
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19 May 2013   #1718
Kari

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 

Note   Note
I have no graphical skills. I cannot use Photoshop or other image editing applications, apart of simple cropping, resizing and similar tasks. My opinion regarding any GFX work is only my subjective opinion as an active Internet and PC user who keenly follows GFX threads here. My critic should not be taken too seriously as even if I criticize something I could never tell how to do it differently.


Mr. Smiley (and Wenda in some extent), I do not know how to explain what I mean but let's try: In my opinion a good sig is one entity. It has different elements blended to become one.

Looking your sig now it is not one, as good as it otherwise is. Various elements are placed on top of the background as separate elements, not blended to form one entity.

Sorry, just my 2 Euro cents.

Kari
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19 May 2013   #1719
Wenda

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 32-bit; Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit (VM).
 
 

I get what you mean, Kari, and am working towards that end. Now that the nights
are getting longer and colder, I'll have plenty of time to 'play'.

Britton, the avatar/sig pics are actually of a friend's 'Second Life' character.

Thanks again for the advice and encouragement, everyone. It is welcome, and useful.

Wenda.
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19 May 2013   #1720
kado897

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1
 
 

Each sig you make should have a theme and I strive for simplicity in mine, not always successfully.
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