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[c1][COMPLETED][Awaiting Pickup][Being Filled][open]gallery header for floralprint

02 July 2018 - 08:41 PM

Size: 700x250
Link to Place to be Used: +here
Type of Site: graphics
Images: Any POC actress (faces partially hidden, any from the last one you made) with a random male doesn't matter who. waterfalls, fountains, gardens, drapes. anything else you wish to add.
Text: main text: cold summer | small text: Lia. Psych Resident. INTJ. Ravenclaw. CS5
Mood of your Skin: whimsical, nostalgic
Color Preferences: no bright colours
Additional Information: additional images are up to you. If it sounds vague, lemme know what else you need.



Thanks so much :wub: :wub:

About this forum

08 June 2018 - 08:56 PM

UFG threads which are inactive for over a 14 day period, i.e. when someone requests/would like to claim a banner, and there is no response from the artist, they will be closed and placed in this archive where they will remain for up to 1 year.


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[COMPLETED][Awaiting Pickup][Being Filled][open]tda forum set for choobacca <3

16 February 2018 - 07:00 PM

Size:  500 x 200 (sig); 100x100 (icon)
Images: Tessa Thompson, Joan Smalls, or Naomi Scott. 
Text: "look for the girl with the broken smile"
Color Preferences: purple
Preferred Mood: depressed
Link to Place to be Used: my profile
Link to Screencap: screencap of my profile
When was the last time you requested a graphic for this forum profile? (on any site): 1st July 2017 on tda
Additional Information: If you can't find any of the above, any woman of colour would do. Preferably with none of them smiling, even one image can be faceless. Also, I'm travelling from 27th Feb - 8th March, internet access will be difficult (not so sure about the hotel yet), but just letting you (and the RA mods know in advance if you notice I don't collect it if you finish it by then). 


Thanks Alison!  :glomp:

Guide to Aesthetics Making

06 October 2017 - 07:20 PM

Graphic Type: Other - aesthetic
What is the specific focus of your tutorial? (ie, text, blending, coloring, etc.) - basics with some colouring mostly.
What makes your tutorial unique? (please be specific) - no one has made an aesthetics tutorial before. 
What level of difficulty is your tutorial? (beginner, intermediate, advanced) - beginner to intermediate
Who do you think can best use your tutorial? Anyone
Can your technique(s) be used outside of the specific images, etc. used in the tutorial? Yes. It's more of a 'how -to', not really image specific.
How translatable is your tutorial? Semi-translatable
using +this as reference
As per request, I decided to make a tutorial based on my Film Aesthetic Challenge Entry.
Things you will need:
+ aesthetic templates
+ patience 
The concept of this aesthetic was based on the requirements listed in +floralprint’s challenge. We were asked to build on basic concepts in graphics in order to tell a story and set the tone. I chose Skyfall because it is my favourite Bond film. I thought the imagery/cinematography was beautiful, so I wanted to make something from them. The storyline has an underlying bleakness to it, and turns dark quickly.
Essentially, everyone has a past, and at some point, it comes back to haunt them. Immediately, my thoughts for colouring would be bleak, or muted. I’d do the same for ‘Gone Girl’, or ‘Girl on a Train’. All depends on how you feel when you watch the film or read the story. Also focus on what impacted the characters the most.
For Skyfall, again, there was character death, unresolved feelings, and dark pasts. This, of course, being a James Bond film, you could focus on the cars, the women, the fights/explosions, but to me that’s kind of superficial.
Suppose you were using stock images – nature, for example – your colouring won’t be muted, but bright and captivating. The same goes for animated films – Disney/Pixar.
Let me also say this: *jumps into psychiatrist mode* You can only make these based on your perception, what you get out of it. This is art, after all. Everything is open to interpretation. 
Anyway, let’s get on with it   :happy: 
Image Selection
I had an interesting time trying to track down images for this because they have an impact on your end result. I chose screencaps, but also consider the quality of your screencaps. First, you don’t want images which have 2 horizontal black lines as borders. The widescreen ones.
+Like this
While it’s of good quality, those horizontal lines can affect the size of your image when you’re ready to adjust to the designated width. 
Then you have to look through to see which ones depict the mood you’re looking for. Now, Skyfall is about 2 hours long, so those are a lot of images. Did I scroll through all of them? Yes…yes I did. From watching the film, I kinda knew which ones in particular I wanted. Again, we were asked to show without telling – a lot like writing. Key words/phrases in my mind relating to this movie:
·         Death
·         Haunting
·         Difficult past
·         Regret
·         Reconciliation with said difficult past
So, I showed, my interpretation of the story.
Bond is given a mission to complete for MI-6 (frame 1)
He ponders over it and its contents, reminded that he’s doing it for Queen and country (frame 2)

M makes a bad call and deals with the consequences (frame 3)
Perceived demise of Bond and other agents (frames 5 and 6)
Hints of M’s shady past (frames 7 and 8)
Bond’s reconciliation with his past (last 2 frames)
The others not mentioned, I included for (literally) aesthetics, and a bit of humour (see frame 10), the movie wasn’t all that dull   :silly:
Image Quality
You might not always get that HQ quality you crave, but there are some useful tutorials on this site which can help you out.
+ pagethirteen’s screencap prep 
I'll use one of my images as an example throughout. So, here's the before and after, using Jade's technique. 
MlVAYaT.png ---> bdwng5n.png
Image Size
I ended up having 12 images, but you can have at least 6. Size, again, at least length, is up to you. Ideally, whoever is looking at your aesthetic should be able to identify clearly what they’re looking at. For this, I used 500x200 per block (i.e. 250x200 per image).
Canvas Prep
I did not resize the actual screencap to 250x200, but I made a brand-new canvas of that size, and adjusted the size of the screencap to fit exactly what I wanted onto the canvas. In this way, you can manipulate it to fit exactly what you want, where you want, AND make it visible. Similar to making an icon. 
Remember, we were going for bleak here. At the end I’ll show you 2 versions of this aesthetic, one where the mood is maintained, but looks a little less dull. That’s optional, of course. I add the image to the canvas before I start my colouring.
You will also need these: 6000+ gradients' resource for this particular tutorial (and colouring for the future)
Step 1:
Add the blue-grey gradient map under exclusion at 25%. This is a preset. I chose not to reverse the gradient because I didn’t want it looking too dull.
FYI (colour stops, those arrows at the bottom of the gradient itself):
Blue (location 0) - 2e3192.
Grey (location 100) – 4c4c4c
Which gave me this:
Step 2:
New gradient, on Difference at 21%. This one isn’t a preset, but I’ll give you the hex codes.
Colour stops:
1 (location 0) - faf2e7
2 (location 54) - b89290

3 (location 100) – 656281
You should have something that looks like this:
Step 3:
Deep blue gradient, on Difference at 25%
Color stops
1 (location 0) - 07193e
2 (location 50) – 020817

3 (location 99) – 010510
What it should look like:
Step 4:
Add new adjustment layer – Vibrance – Normal opacity 100%.
You can play around with the settings here, but mine were +13, +14 – vibrance, saturation – respectively. 
To make this:
Step 5:
I use Topaz Detail to finish, usually. If you don’t have it, there are other means of making this look more pronounced. I usually use the creative detail option, depending on how I want the image to look, I’d vary between light, medium, or strong. For others I used the shadow detail. 
Step 6:
Now that you have your frames, it’s time to put them all together.
Depending on which template you use, you can create a big canvas and C+P them onto it in the order you want. Remember, your total width images is 500px. Length is at your discretion. 
In addition, depending on how you want your final image to look, you can leave them as is, or add a particular blending mode. I have 2 versions – normal (muted), and soft light at 100% (vibrant/not muted).
Final Products
Not Muted/Vibrant
I hope this was helpful. Don't hesitate to drop me a line or post in here for clarification :)
Much thanks to Kristina (starbuck) for planting this seed in my head, and reading it through before I posted.

[COMPLETED][Being Filled][open]Riverdale forum set for: and peggy

01 July 2017 - 03:44 PM

Size: sig (500x200) | icon (100x100)
Images: Any of Camila Mendes and Lili Reinhart from Riverdale
Text: I get by with a little help from my friends
Color Preferences: Nothing too bright!
Preferred Mood: Up to the artist
Link to Place to be Used & Link to Screencap: my profile | screencap
When was the last time you requested this graphic? (on any site): November 2016, from abhorsen. The one currently is from a 'the gift the above' challenge in February 2017.
Additional Information: Nope :)