a reply to: Cygnis
As we wait for feedback I'll start working on your request..
I could imagine some people would feel burdened to tell a designer they do not like a design and thus accept an avatar that is not quite what they
hoped for. I'll will try to explain a little bit why this is absolutely no problem..
Most of the time I have no idea how an avatar will work out. We get the specifications and start image searching google.
(I'll take your Chesire Cat avatar as an example here)
Specifications: a combination of the Chesire Cat, and Daedlus from Greek myth
so we start looking for both those items and a possible background to drop it on..(right here is where Google actually determines the general layout
because of what images turn up first)
As you can see, no shortage in Chesire Cat images but Icarus and Daedlus are few. So that kind of limits our design possibilities. As we work towards
our background we pick the best picture that could fill up a 200x1600 pixels frame, is friendly on the eye and is continuous throughout.
I started out with the only useable image with Icarus in it..
Stretched out the bottom part to meet avatar length and our ground layer is done..
Cut out the cat, add transparency and slide a lot of settings..
To get an image that we can lay over the first..
And a little sunshine...
and some really subtle flames to the wings..(which is a brush I use so no need to look for flames..lol)
I will spare the text, the teacup and the steam but generally that is it...I can apply a whole bunch of filters and gizmos to the entire image to make
it blend in with each other, remove lines etc and usually around this time I start posting results.
Since this is all Photoshop and every element has it's own individual layer tweaking is rather easy and customizing the avatar is a breeze.
It should be pretty obvious by now that the only real skill coming from this end is the ability to form a general idea and look for images that have
the same perspective. The end result is pretty much dependent on how specific the request is, Google's ability the find images and my willingness to
browse through 1000's of images..
I guess it works the same for my fellow designers in this thread and if you want to help create the perfect avatar there are only a few things that
you have to do:
- Describe your request as detailed as possible no matter how weird (the weird one's are usually the most fun!!)
- Upload some examples to get an idea of color scheme etc..
- and most important..tell your designer to 86 a design and look for new images!!
Making these avatars really is the most fun you can have with your clothes on so please don't feel like you are hurting feelings if the result is not
turning out the way you had in your head.
I hope this helped future visitors and now start flooding this thread with request!!!
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