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    Signature Making Guide

    Post by dare18 on Fri May 15, 2009 10:21 pm

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    Here we are, a signature making guide from the Hypocritical 8 graphics shop. In this guide we'll be teaching you how to make your own signature. We will cover everything from the simple tools of photoshop to the advanced graphic designing.

    This guide will be made mostly by Flodian, Blarfles and I but will be part of the Hyprocritical 8.

    Here you go, Lesson 1

    Renders

    The tools of render extraction

    1. The polygonal lasso tool

    Pros : Flexible, Easy to Control

    Cons : Time comsuming

    Example



    As you can see, the render seems to blend into the background and is hard to extract with the magnetic lasso tool and the magic wand tool.



    I go around the main render with my polygonal lasso tool, clicking and making checkpoints around the render. (Don't worry if you make a mistake press the backspace button to go back to the previous checkpoint)

    I inverse the selection to the background, and presto, the background is now selected
    (Shortcut : Shift + Ctrl + I)



    Now I just press the backspace button, and the background is gone. The render is now transparent and ready for use.



    You may notice the edges of the render are choppy and not smooth. We will be using the blur tool to fix that.

    Blur the edges of the render. As you can see, the dark lines from the background that weren't cropped out was removed.



    Difficulty of tool : 7/10

    2. The magic wand tool

    Pros : Easy to Use, Fast and "Noob" Friendly

    Cons : Selective renders only

    Example



    Use the magic wand tool and drag around the border. It will be selected like this



    Just hit the backspace button to remove it, and you will be left with something like this



    Once again blur out the edges to make it look more natural and less choppy



    There you go, you have your render. Ready for sig use

    Difficulty of tool : 2/10

    3. Magnetic Lasso Tool

    Pros : Flexible, Easy to Use

    Cons : Selective renders only, Time Consuming

    Example



    As you can see, this render doesn't blend into the background but it still going to be hard to take out with both the magic wand tool and the polygonal lasso tool. This time, we use the magnetic lasso tool. This tool sets checkpoints around the image based on colour and shade. However, you can still set checkpoints manually by clicking. As always, you may press backspace if you need to redo a checkpoint.

    End result



    Inverse the selection (Shift +Ctrl + I) then press backspace. You now have a transparent render ready for sig making use.



    As you can see, the render is perfect and has no bits of the original background. A high quality render ready for action. However, if you want, you can blur the edges to make it look more realistic.



    Difficulty of tool : 5/10

    Application



    Played around with a fire background, gradiant maps, wind text and wind renders

    Minilesson : Photoshop Toolbar

    Here's a look at the main parts of our toorbar



    1. The move tool: Move around your images with mouse or arrow keys

    2. The Marquee tool: Selects an area. You can either fill the area or stroke the area

    3. The Lasso tool: Selects an area in more depth.

    4. Magic Wand Tool: Selects patches of the same colour

    5. Crop Tool: Crops a part of the image.

    6. Slice Tool: No need to go into depth about it.

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    7. Healing Tool : No need to go into depth about it.

    8. The Pencil/Brush Tool : Your free style tool. Draw around with it, create custom brushes

    9. The Pattern/Clone Stamp Tool : Makes a pattern across your image. Creat custom patterns

    10. The History Brush Tool : No need to go into depth about it.

    11. Eraser Tool : Erases a part of the image

    12. PaintBucket/Gradiant Tool : Fills in a part of a image or creates a design from one end of the image to another

    13. Blur/Sharpen/Smudge Tool : Blur the image

    14. Dodge Tool : No need to go into depth about it.

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    15. Pen Tool : No need to go into depth about it.

    16. Text Tool : Creates a new text layer which you can type onto

    17. Selection Tool : No need to go into depth about it.

    18. Shape Tool : No need to go into depth about it.

    Lesson 3 : Background Design



    Hey, look. A good background for my next sig. How do we make it even more better?

    step 1. Brighten / Darken



    What's this? To Brighten/Darken the image of course! Found under the Image > Adjustments > Curves menu, or just shortcut (Ctrl + M) Also available in the layers palette. I decided to lower the curve. You can do it by changing the output/input or dragging the black line. Here's the result



    Step 2. Increasing colour

    The blue stands out too much and there isn't enough green. What to do? Our friend, the curves menu helps us again!



    Currently under the red menu. Also available are the green blue, and RGB menu, which is the black line you saw earlier. Since we want to bring out the green and lessen the blue, we will move the green line up and the blue line down, something like this



    The new background now looks like this



    I want to colour the spaces between the trees a little more paler. I've decided to use the brush tool set to about 15 pixels. The foreground colour is white and the opacity is about 10 percent.



    I have also brushed the streaks of sunlight to make them seem a little more brighter. Set the layer Opacity to 50% and it'll look even nicer



    Adding a "sun" into the background. We now go to the Filter > Render > Lens Flare menu and set the lens flare to 75 percent in the top right corner. Set it to 105mm Prime



    The result :



    Next, open a new 450x150 document. Flatten your current background into one layer and drag it (move tool) onto the 450x150 document. Resize the image with Free Transform (Ctrl + T)



    I feel this background will look better darkened just a little. It will also look better with the trees standing out better. Now we change the brightness and contrasts to something like this.



    Final Product



    Application :

    Lesson 4 : Simple Animation Tweening

    What is animation? What is tweening?

    Animation : A dynamic/moving image that is normally static/still

    Tweening : Creating a smooth change between two frames

    Example



    As you can see the text in this image appears and disappears. We will be learning how to do that using Photoshop

    Step 1. Create a new photoshop document (Ctrl + N) Size 150x150 for avatars and 450x150 for signatures



    For simplicity of this guide, we will be using a normal white background. We will be showing you how to animate using photoshop.

    Step 2. Making the animation menu visible. Go to Window > Animation



    Here is a look at your animation menu.



    To the bottom right corner, you can toggle between the Frame and Timeline options. I prefer the Frame since it gives versability and is easier to use.

    In your new document, use the text tool and write what you want to say on your signature/avatar.



    Create a new frame in your animation menu.



    Remember you animate three things : Position, Opacity and Effects

    For example, in the second frame, I'll move the text down and lower the opacity to 25%. I will also add a simple stroke, red of 2 pixels.

    Here's what it looks like now



    Here's what our animation menu currently looks like



    We will now tween the two frames, to make the transformation look fluid. Click on the chain of circles in your animation menu

    Here is the menu that pop's up



    I decided to insert 10 frames between the two.

    Set the frame delay to 0.1 seconds. This is what your animation menu will look like.



    Save your image ready for web and devices (Under the File menu, Shortcut : Alt + Shift + Ctrl + S)

    Here is your final product!



    Fluid motion between two frames... perfect!

    The most important thing about animation and tweening is to try and experiment with all the different effects you can do.

    Here are some more examples of animation and tweening

    Blurring



    Stroking



    Good luck and have fun with animation tweening!

    Minilesson : Borders

    Creating a nice and attractive border for your sig

    Create a new empty layer on top of all the other layers.



    Select everything in the layer with the rectangle marquee tool.



    Right click stroke and then imput the following settings. You may change the width depending on how wide you want your border to be. I recommend no greating than 2 pixels. Pick the colour of your border and select the stroke to be inside the selection.



    Final Product :



    Note*Yes, I know I used this sig as an example with a border before, but the concept is relatively easy

    Lesson 5 : Custom Text

    Here's a sample of my amazing bloody text.

    Step 1. Created a new photoshop document, size 400x350

    Type in what you want with Ghoulish Fright text, you can find it at dafonts.com. Make it a nice and bloody red colour



    Next, use various sized brushes from 4-6 pixels to create straight lines dropping down from the text. Hold down the shift key for a straight line.



    Next, open up the Liquify option under Filter. The menu should look something like this.



    Select the pucker tool and then set the brush size to 20, the brush density to 25, the brush pressure to 25 and the brush rate to 28. Then, go down the lines we drew waving your brush back and forth slightly. Once your finished, it should look something like this.



    Now, we use the bloat tool and then, using the same settings, click and hold the brush to the end of your lines, for about a second. Do this to everyone and it should look like this.



    To spice up the blood and make it more convincing, add a drop shadow and bevel and emboss it. Open up your layer styles menu, found under layers. Imput these settings



    The blood still looks a little bland so we will bevel and emboss it. Imput these settings



    This is what your final product should look like. Just drag onto your signature and resize it!



    Up next, flame text!

    Flodian, Blarfles and I will try to update this as many times as possible. Have fun sigmaking!

    Don't be afraid to try making your own sigs and posting them on this thread!

    *Guide Intended for DotaStrategy.com and WCWorld.tk only*


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    Re: Signature Making Guide

    Post by Shisehise on Sat May 16, 2009 10:19 am

    You want me to post mine here?

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    Re: Signature Making Guide

    Post by Maginx on Sat May 16, 2009 10:20 am

    We all want a master's advice Sensei-Shise ^_^
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    Re: Signature Making Guide

    Post by Shisehise on Sat May 16, 2009 12:14 pm

    Okay there... updated

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    Re: Signature Making Guide

    Post by JUSTDONTDOIT on Sat May 16, 2009 9:24 pm

    OMG THANKS FOR THE GUIDDE!!!!
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    Re: Signature Making Guide

    Post by Maginx on Sat May 16, 2009 9:35 pm

    Excellent! Thanks for teh guide!
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    Re: Signature Making Guide

    Post by Crash And Burn on Sat May 16, 2009 9:38 pm

    Should I put my basic sig guide here?
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    Re: Signature Making Guide

    Post by Maginx on Sat May 16, 2009 9:57 pm

    Yes, you must ^_^
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    Re: Signature Making Guide

    Post by JUSTDONTDOIT on Sun May 17, 2009 1:08 am

    yeah put it! so i can make a better sig!
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    Re: Signature Making Guide

    Post by Shisehise on Sun May 17, 2009 9:11 am

    @crash and burn

    Just pm it to me and I'll add it to the first post Smile


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    Re: Signature Making Guide

    Post by SINclare21 on Mon May 18, 2009 1:33 am

    Yeah!more tips means better sig!
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    Re: Signature Making Guide

    Post by sopas111 on Mon May 18, 2009 4:34 am

    All hail graphic masters!


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    Re: Signature Making Guide

    Post by SINclare21 on Mon May 18, 2009 4:43 am

    Hail the Graphics Masters!*Bows down*
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    Re: Signature Making Guide

    Post by sopas111 on Mon May 18, 2009 3:49 pm

    How do we create a shadow again?


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    Re: Signature Making Guide

    Post by Shisehise on Mon May 18, 2009 3:56 pm

    @sopas

    Drop shadow, in the fx menu

    Or under layers


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    Post by sopas111 on Mon May 18, 2009 4:09 pm

    Riight. Okay thanks.


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