November 28th, 2007

tom and jared

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I was just wondering what both these makers did in their icons to give it the blurred look. Would they have actually used gaussian blur? Whenever I do that, it doesn't look the same:

by raphaelite at GJ

by snezana at GJ
david tennant-metronome


Sorry if this is out of place, but I'm looking at asking for a new image program for Christmas, and I need help with which one I should get. I'm on Mac OSX, and I'm currently working with GIMP (see current icon for about the furthest I've been able to push it). From what I understand, a lot of my problems in getting animated icons (like the one I'm using) down to size come from GIMP just not being very good at compression. Is that true? What program would be better? And should I be looking at getting a program specifically for moving gifs, or do the more general image manipulating programs have good capabilities in that area?

Thanks in advance for your help!

Coloring Question

Can anyone help me figure out how to get similar coloring? Help with any one is great.


I've tried adjusting many tutorials and none of them have been close. I thought maybe selective color. I like the overall sort of brownish and yellow colorings they have but they still keep some of the vivid and bright colors that can be found on the lips and elsewhere. That's what I'm looking to get.

Thanks in advance for any tips.

I use PSCS2 and 3.
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Devil May Cry Troll Icon Tutorial #1

So, I thought I should add a little bit of laughs to the community. Everyone loves teh lulz. XD

We'll be using Nero from Devil May Cry 4. We're going from this: to this:  or this:

Using PS CS2. Uses Color Balance, Exclusion and Saturation. Not sure if it's translatable, sorry! XD;

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Need help lowering image size

I've never had this problem before, but 3 icons I've made will just not save below 40 KB. I've tried everything I know how to do in Photoshop: lowering the save quality, merging all the layers, saving as .png and .jpg, but nothing is working. The lowest I've gotten them is to about 80 KB. Can someone help me get them to be below 40 KB without losing the quality of the image? I honestly have no idea why these ones are being such a pain.

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Thanks in advance to anyone who can help me out.

ETA: Nevermind... apparently they magically became under 40 KB after I uploaded them to Photobucket. *scratches head*


Can someone help me figure out the coloring of this icon?

I have tried other tutorials, but its not the effect that i'm looking for. Any help would be appreciated!
I use Adobe Photoshop/CS3!