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EmperorxZurg
02-09-2011, 05:29 PM
http://img.skitch.com/20110209-bhqrdgbpsybmtd9jj7a7xic9uu.png

hey there everyone! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif This is the official home page for the Unofficial Ubisoft Signature Design Group! Or the UUSDG for short.

The Animus effect- The UUSDG's beginnings (http://forums.ubi.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/5251069024/m/5691095978)

Basically, this thread will be for members of the Group to bounce off ideas, chat about design related subjects, and help one another to get better in the area.

Remember that if you're in the group, you should incorporate this image:
http://img.skitch.com/20110101-dy5y9b348r1cgkcq32q35j6pua.png
LINK: http://img.skitch.com/20110101...1cgkcq32q35j6pua.png (http://img.skitch.com/20110101-dy5y9b348r1cgkcq32q35j6pua.png)
into your signature for ease of everyone else to identify you. I'll update the roster for each person who joins as well.

and to show that your sigs are part of the UUSDG, show:
http://img.skitch.com/20110214-ehxqf5xwpg273rcn6n98atcfpk.png
LINK: http://img.skitch.com/20110214...273rcn6n98atcfpk.png (http://img.skitch.com/20110214-ehxqf5xwpg273rcn6n98atcfpk.png)

also, just as a reminder in case anyone forgets. The signature limits for this forum are under 60kb and must be, at the most, 500x150 pixels. lest your sig be replaced by:
http://media.ubi.com/us/forum_images/sig-placeholder.jpg

If you want to make .PNG sigs without optimizations, please use a size of 375 px x 75 px. This the size that is A-OKAY for 60KB.

If you still prefer the normal size, you can save them in either .GIF or PNG-8 image. However, soft edges (such as shadows) will be sacrificed, in replace, the edges will become rough. Picture quality may also degrade.

here are the links to each request thread opened so far:
signature (and avatar) request thread #3 (http://forums.ubi.com/eve/forums?a=tpc&s=400102&f=5251069024&m=6561020629&r=8761076239#8761076239)
AC:B Multiplayer Signature Request Thread #2 (http://forums.ubi.com/eve/forums?a=tpc&s=400102&f=2361024388&m=7311035039&r=1361076239#1361076239)
EndWar Signature Request Thread (http://forums.ubi.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/8911019745/m/2131029319)
Ghost Recon: Future Soldier Signature Request Thread (http://forums.ubi.com/eve/forums?a=tpc&s=400102&f=3291043913&m=7541023239&r=7541023239#7541023239)

The Signature Challenge:
It'll be a two-in-one challenge - all connected to one another:

The first one is create a typography of any kind you like - be it a comprehension (for reading), title (effects) or art (creativity).

Second, using the typography, design a sig in minimalism style or clean.


The size required is 500 px x 150 px or smaller, at 60KB and it can be .PNG, .GIF or .JPG.

Boxed sig is okay - however, a generic box (with just a sharp black/white/colored line frame or no frames at all) is not allowed. Boxed sig will need more than a thin frame, find or design a thicker and/or creative frame that complements the whole design.

Custom shaped sig is highly recommended.


The aim of this challenge is to create a pleasing yet attractive design with minimal elements put in.

Good luck & happy designing.

Known Members of UUSDG:
Zeejay
SlimeDynamiteD
d1sturbedme_468
T0xicLotus
Blind2Society
Skuldpt
livfreorletmedi
triforceman5
rocketxsurgeon
sbredflag
Isaac500
Aborigine
whatafool
AlphaEnder
Telum-Dei
Azugo
ARIANit_
Sprint-Please
Toys4Boys
i33mgsthreat
Kavulus
MonsterJunkese
Emotionisdead
SusannaNO2
petitechatnoir
HIBEE12

resources
deviantart (http://www.deviantart.com/) (brushes, C4D's, etchttp://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif
dafont.com (http://www.dafont.com/) (fonts)
planet renders (mattes) (http://planetrenders.net/)
obsidiandawn (http://www.obsidiandawn.com/)(brushes)

some good design links/tips:

http://www.elated.com/articles...oshop-smart-objects/ (http://www.elated.com/articles/photoshop-smart-objects/)


here's the Dirty Transparency action for those with PhotoShop:

http://www.mediafire.com/?r1adbgtlmn41o10

To install it:
http://www.techzilo.com/instal...-gradients-patterns/

More on PhotoShop Action:
http://veerle-v2.duoh.com/blog..._a_photoshop_action/

And here's where I got the Dirty Transparency technique (as well as some other pretty cool PNG optimizations):
http://www.smashingmagazine.co...mization-techniques/

PHOTOSHOP USER TV (http://kelbytv.com/photoshopusertv/)

PSDTUTS+ (http://psd.tutsplus.com/)

GIMP TUTS (http://kelbytv.com/photoshopusertv/)

GIMP KNOW HOW (http://www.youtube.com/user/GimpKnowHow)

free textures (http://www.cgtextures.com/)

photoshop plugin (alien skin) (http://www.alienskin.com/bokeh/index.aspx)

color value definition and explanation (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Color_value)

creative mornings Designs and interviews (http://www.creativemornings.com/)

Ahxakri's Signature Tutorial (http://ahxakri.deviantart.com/art/Aeon-Flux-Signature-Tutorial-198878360)

lighting and shading (http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/drawing-light-and-shadows.html)

how to comprehend and work with clients (http://psd.tutsplus.com/articles/inspiration/michael-bierut-clients/)

Composition (Rule of Thirds) (http://features.cgsociety.org/story_custom.php?story_id=3275&page=1)

Typography (http://www.smashingmagazine.com/tag/typography/)

Layer masking (an alternate of cutting images) (http://photoshoptips.net/2006/07/25/layer-masks/)

Signatures 101:
- Creating sigs are not just about pretty, cool & amazing images. It's about representing the person or a community.

- Don't limit yourself just to create images in rectangular boxes, try custom shapes like ovals or hexagonal (use .PNG or .GIF when you saved for the web).

- If text are needed, use a suitable font with the whole theme of the sig or create a compatible mix; make the text readable if you want the viewer to read by changing either it's size, proportions, placement and colors.

- Always experiment with designs - don't just follow tutorials, practice and then stop there; always look for fresh ideas.


And, just a reminder for everyone, while UUSDG design sigs, it concentrates more on core digital design knowledge and improves on it. We are more into giving out tips and, if able to, tutorials. This is to make people as better designers not just in skill but also in discipline.


okay fellas, with the expansions date I set for myself almost here, this should be one of the final posts about it. Here's the final post and to make sure the requests on that forum are actually done, I'll be posting a sign up sheet as well. Just to make sure the requests get done until we get natives of those forums to start helping. So if you want to sign up, just say which forum you'd like to take care of and I'll update the sign up sheet. Once I have at least one person for a forum, I'll send the expansion notice to that part of the forum.


sign up sheet:

Beyond Good and Evil

Blazing Angels: Squadrons of WWII

Brothers In Arms

Call of Juarez

Chessmaster 11

End War
d1sturbedme_468
i33mgsthreat

Far Cry 2

Ghost Recon Future Soldier
d1sturbedme_468
(open position)

HAWX

Haze

I Am Alive

IL2 Stormhawk

Heroes' Tavern

Naruto
ahxakri

Prince of Persia

Rainbow Six Vegas

Ruse - shut down due to inactivity
toys4boys

Splinter Cell
toys4boys
d1sturbedme_468

Happy Crafting to ya'll now! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

EmperorxZurg
02-09-2011, 05:30 PM
so what do you guys think? Anything need to be added to the beginning post? http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_razz.gif

the_atm
02-09-2011, 05:32 PM
looks great man :P i only wish i was half as tatlented as you guys keep up the good work

EmperorxZurg
02-09-2011, 05:35 PM
haha, we could give you tips! I started out not knowing a single thing, then I got GIMP and Zeejay gave me some challenges and then I got a lot better.

Would you like to join?

zeejay21
02-09-2011, 05:36 PM
Say, d1sturbed, why not share something from what you learn?

Here's some pointers for you:

If you want to transform/scale something but you can't control it that it loses the original proportion, try holding Shift and drag it. It will stay the same proportion even in the new size.

the_atm
02-09-2011, 05:36 PM
Sure :P

*edit* i've just tried gimp and i was having a hard time finding how to make text have a glow, and i really had trouble making fire as in my sig now.

EmperorxZurg
02-09-2011, 06:02 PM
sure thing Zeejay!

At first my images mostly were square and used cheesy effects. But eventually, with Zeejay's help, I learned that the picture always needs to follow a theme. For example, if the signature involves dark characters or if the characters are representing the dark, you'd use desaturated colors and maybe some smoke. Or you follow the character's personality. For Cesare, for example, you'd use a lot of papal images coupled with death as that was his personality. Also, Zeejay introduced me to psdtuts.com (http://psdtuts.com/) . Probably one of the most helpful sites I've ever used. I use Gimp even, but due to the programs being very similar, it was still easy to follow and learn a lot of new effects to better your pictures such as selective gaussian blurs, typography, or how to use alpha channels. If you do use Gimp, I'd also recommend looking at GimKnowHow's (http://www.youtube.com/user/GimpKnowHow) tutorial videos on Youtube. He works directly with Gimp and shows you how to do some amazing stuff

EmperorxZurg
02-09-2011, 06:04 PM
this video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...7aBA&feature=related (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2QbD-FT7aBA&feature=related)

should help you out with that

zeejay21
02-09-2011, 06:08 PM
d1sturbed, I think you made typo in your sig link.

the_atm
02-09-2011, 06:10 PM
ok here it is

http://img138.imageshack.us/img138/4690/sigv1.jpg (http://img138.imageshack.us/i/sigv1.jpg/)

EmperorxZurg
02-09-2011, 07:02 PM
Oh, wow XD I didn't even notice that! Thanks Zeejay! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_razz.gif

Great work for a first liv! a couple tips though so you can get even better. See the little white bar at the bottom of the picture? That means you accidentally must have moved the picture up a bit and so the alpha channel filled in as white since it's saved as a .jpeg. So that doesn't happen again, make sure it's saved with the image covering the entire canvas, or save as a .png which allows transparencies (as Zeejay's sig does) I really like the glowing text though! a lot better than my first attempt XD The warped effect is real nice as well, I like how it's selectively used http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

zeejay21
02-09-2011, 08:00 PM
Just wanna say that I'd joined PlayerAffinity.com forums where our buddy Escoblades invited me to be their signature designer. I accepted and here's my first sig for the requester there (two versions):

Big, 691 x 247:

http://img.skitch.com/20110210-kdqrqsm5ruk7tc5aunnk56q88k.png


Small, 484 x 173:

http://img.skitch.com/20110210-qj5612pcsm1xgpsmugrwsmhx7.png


All sigs exceeds 100KB with the big one at 200KB+. So it won't fit here unless some optimization are done.

EmperorxZurg
02-09-2011, 08:16 PM
ah, nice. Is that a modern warfare based forum?

I like glowing lights the top and bottom being integrated into the border, very nice touch

LaCava1
02-09-2011, 08:18 PM
I would like to attempt joining... But I have absolutely nothing... I'll get GIMP, and try it out.
*EDIT*
Does anybody know a place where I can get some beginner training for GIMP?

zeejay21
02-09-2011, 08:20 PM
To be honest, I was having difficulty designing it. I almost had a block. What cured me?

Just by going outside and taking a nice fresh air...

Of course, it's right after I threw the trash away.


It's general gaming and entertainment.

Here's the forum: http://playeraffinity.com/forums

And here's the site: http://playeraffinity.com/

EmperorxZurg
02-09-2011, 08:33 PM
sure thing, triforceman, you want me to add your name to the roster? http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_razz.gif
as for beggining tips for GIMP, I use gimp myself and started out with some random youtube tuts and the channel: GimpKnowHow. Hope it helps http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

well, Zeejay, that sure looks great for an almost artist block XD

right now I'm working on another batman sig for myself, I'm trying to keep it at the normal 500x150 and giving it a sort of new style

LaCava1
02-09-2011, 08:36 PM
Thanks. Yes, please add my name to the roster http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif. But as I said, GIMP isn't opening.
*EDIT*
GIMP works now.

EmperorxZurg
02-09-2011, 08:44 PM
name added http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif If you need anything about Gimp, I probably know the software best here since that's the only program I use (Although I may be getting photoshop soon http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif)

EmperorxZurg
02-09-2011, 11:07 PM
hey all, sorry for the double post, but I think I may need some help. I just made my new image sig, but it's 120kb, way over the forum limit. I want to try and keep it as large as possible though as I feel it looks better large, any help?

http://img824.imageshack.us/img824/11/d1st.png
LINK: http://img824.imageshack.us/img824/11/d1st.png

here's the image, any comments about it would be nice as well http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

SlimeDynamiteD
02-10-2011, 04:30 AM
It looks awesome! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif Great job Disturbed on setting this up! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

I've created a Banner for a Guild in World of Warcraft that nicely asked me to be their Webdesigner, so I'm basicaly making designs for their website and forums. Also I made myself a signature on there. Here's what I made so far:

Banner:
http://www.servimg.com/image_p...w.php?i=1&u=16166886 (http://www.servimg.com/image_preview.php?i=1&u=16166886)

Signature:
http://www.servimg.com/image_p...w.php?i=2&u=16166886 (http://www.servimg.com/image_preview.php?i=2&u=16166886)

T0xicLotus
02-10-2011, 05:27 AM
Hey guys, T0xicLotus here http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif, just gotta say http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif WOW http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif to the amazing sigs I have seen from you guys,I am really looking forward to working with you guys and learning some new tips http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif


ok so, a tip from me, TBH as I said to Disturbed last night, I just kind of "wing it" when making sigs, I am not the best at describing how I do things, It would cause mass confusion for everyone lol, but lets give it a shot anyway (you have been warned, any confusion is at your own risk http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/53.gif )


let me see, hmmmm ..... oh got one


(most of you probably already know this trick, but it may help the newbies http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif )


Not everyone has Photoshop (and if they do, sometimes the auto buttons dont quite give you the look you want), so heres a tip on how to quickly lighten your work


*Create a duplicate layer of your Picture
*In the layers tab set the mode to Screen
*Play around with the Opacity until you are happy http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Hey presto, there ya go, nice and easy eh http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

(wow surprised that's even understandable for me http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif )

If I can think of anymore tips that I think will help the newbies I'll be sure to post em http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

SlimeDynamiteD
02-10-2011, 06:25 AM
Hey Toxic,
Welcome to the UUSDG http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif
Looking forward to work with you too http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

T0xicLotus
02-10-2011, 07:19 AM
Originally posted by SlimeDynamiteD:
Hey Toxic,
Welcome to the UUSDG http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif
Looking forward to work with you too http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Thankyou for the welcome http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

SlimeDynamiteD
02-10-2011, 07:53 AM
Anytime http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Arathar
02-10-2011, 09:28 AM
Quick question, which do you guys prefer. Photoshop or Gimp. I keep readin about this Gimp but I have no idea what it is. And yea, I'm just messin with Photoshop right now, with literally no clue what I'm doing. Took me 30 minutes to figure out how to add a picture to your canvas. And this is after I took art classes in highschool and our teacher made us go through an entire packet with every single feature and our task was to describe them.

EmperorxZurg
02-10-2011, 09:38 AM
I'm a gimp user, its actually quite a good program and is free too. It has most of the stuff photoshop has, but PhotoShop still has more. Id reccomend it ad a begginer thing before PhotoShop

SlimeDynamiteD
02-10-2011, 11:00 AM
I prefer photoshop though :P
I've always used it, you just have to experiment alot, and when I say alot I mean ALOT and do tutorials from the internet, that really really helps you figure out stuff and create your own style.

So yeah, I prefer Photoshop http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

the_atm
02-10-2011, 01:14 PM
hey can you guys add me to the roster? i'd love to join you guys,

and i use gimp, i used to use sumo paint but gimp i find a bit better :P

persiateddy95
02-10-2011, 01:51 PM
Nice. And are you still keeping the other thread alive?

SlimeDynamiteD
02-10-2011, 02:22 PM
Ofcourse we are, that's what we do http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

the_atm
02-10-2011, 03:03 PM
oh hey where do you get the ubi signature design group thing for the sigs we make?

LaCava1
02-10-2011, 03:18 PM
I have finished my first GIMP signature.
And here it is, in all it's back-stabbing glory!
What do you guys think?


http://img840.imageshack.us/img840/8933/spysigfinal.jpg

EmperorxZurg
02-10-2011, 04:21 PM
hmmm, strange. you did the link(without spaces?) ?

That's a great signature though triforce, the swirls to the original image were a nice touch. You're getting a hang for effects

and you're added livefre http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

if you need a url for the logo, here is one:
LINK: http://img.skitch.com/20110101...1cgkcq32q35j6pua.png (http://img.skitch.com/20110101-dy5y9b348r1cgkcq32q35j6pua.png)

and I just realized the signature I posted earlier didn't have the tag! XD here's a v.2:
http://img24.imageshack.us/img24/5572/d1stbat.png
LINK: http://img24.imageshack.us/img24/5572/d1stbat.png

It's still way over the file size limit if anyone could help with that

also, any criticisms are welcome http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

LaCava1
02-10-2011, 04:25 PM
Thanks for the feedback! Yeah, I used (link)

On all my time on the forums, doing that never works for me.
*works now*

EmperorxZurg
02-10-2011, 04:27 PM
strange... here, let me see if I can post the image
http://img840.imageshack.us/img840/8933/spysigfinal.jpg

EDIT: hmm, works for me. I think the problem is that you're not using the direct link, but rather the hosting file for it. On the link you put, there's an option to the side that says "Links to share this image" use the direct link one.

LaCava1
02-10-2011, 04:43 PM
Okay, thanks!

the_atm
02-10-2011, 04:55 PM
hey just made this sig, who ever wants just tell me and i'll put your name on it :P

http://img707.imageshack.us/img707/8168/sig2waiting.png (http://img707.imageshack.us/i/sig2waiting.png/)

EmperorxZurg
02-10-2011, 05:04 PM
haha, nice work livefre. Sig adoption would be up on the Signature request thread though http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif this one is just for us to discuss and help with designs mostly. You might want to try and smear the edge of the two background pictures so they don't look choppy though http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_razz.gif

the_atm
02-10-2011, 05:08 PM
lol thanks :P i'll fix it up :P

LaCava1
02-10-2011, 05:20 PM
I hope you don't mind, but I liked the look of the Spy signature I made so much, I decided to make it my own...

My name was there originally just for where I would put the user who adopted it's name...

EmperorxZurg
02-10-2011, 05:23 PM
haha, it's all yours man. Besides the sig adoption and requests are on the other thread. This one is just to help you make your pics the best they can be! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

LaCava1
02-10-2011, 05:27 PM
Haha, cool! Can you put a link to the thread adoption/requests? I'm working on a bit of an unorthodox Darth Vader one...

zeejay21
02-10-2011, 05:30 PM
Originally posted by TheEgo:
Quick question, which do you guys prefer. Photoshop or Gimp. I keep readin about this Gimp but I have no idea what it is. And yea, I'm just messin with Photoshop right now, with literally no clue what I'm doing. Took me 30 minutes to figure out how to add a picture to your canvas. And this is after I took art classes in highschool and our teacher made us go through an entire packet with every single feature and our task was to describe them.

PhotoShop - much more powerful image editor/creator/manipulator than anything I know of.



Originally posted by livfreorletmedi:
oh hey where do you get the ubi signature design group thing for the sigs we make?

From my and Slime's sig. But for everyone who wants the PhotoShop Document (PSD) file, here it is:

http://www.mediafire.com/?9jry0jrm71f4kpk

It's made out of vector custom shapes so go ahead and resize it as much as you like, it won't lose detail.



Originally posted by d1sturbedme_468:

I just realized the signature I posted earlier didn't have the tag! XD here's a v.2:

http://img24.imageshack.us/img24/5572/d1stbat.png

LINK: http://img24.imageshack.us/img24/5572/d1stbat.png

It's still way over the file size limit if anyone could help with that

also, any criticisms are welcome

Here ya go, optimized:

http://img.skitch.com/20110211-dy5k8i165y3s9a2kuupy6t2qgu.png


It's pretty cool! However, you need to work on resizing images.

Did you take small images and scale them up and resize the image down? Don't do that - don't resize small images and scale them up, you will lose quality as it'll become blurry. Use large images and scale them down without scaling them back up. I don't know if GIMP have this feature but in PhotoShop (CS2 and above), there's 'Smart Objects'. What it does is that it converts an image or images in a protective layer and allows to resize many times without loss of detail as long as it won't exceed it's original size.

More on Smart Objects in PhotoShop:
http://www.elated.com/articles...oshop-smart-objects/ (http://www.elated.com/articles/photoshop-smart-objects/)


To fix this, use sharpening filter to bring back some details but always remember to get large images to work with.

Also, d1sturbed, when you resize an image, did GIMP has options for resizing. PhotoShop have several options. I usually choose the one for smooth gradients since I always work with gradients.


Oh, almost forgot, I did another signature for the guys at PlayerAffinity.com:

http://img.skitch.com/20110211-n8r2pgutfx2dbe5y9mh6p2fp7e.png

Size: 583 X 175, 172KB

Ain't for use here.

LaCava1
02-10-2011, 05:36 PM
Here's my Darth Vader work in progress. Tell me what you think please! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif
http://img146.imageshack.us/img146/9818/vaderwipp.jpg

EmperorxZurg
02-10-2011, 05:45 PM
actually, both of those images were from large wallpapers that had to be scaled WAY down for the sig 0_0
And Gimp doesn't have that option, I usually use the shift trick to keep the dimensions the same. I should check that out more as I may be getting photoshop soon.

And Gimp only has one option for resizing, I'm afraid XP More of the reason why Gimp is free and Photoshop costs money XD



Thanks for the optimization though Zeejay http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif I really have failed at learning how to optimize while keeping the image size and quality.

EDIT: here's the link for you triforce,
http://forums.ubi.com/eve/foru...24/m/5691095978/p/88 (http://forums.ubi.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/5251069024/m/5691095978/p/88)

The Darth Vader one looks nice, but maybe put another object in it? Like maybe a shot of Mustafar? Just a suggestion http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_razz.gif

and sweet sig Zeejay, I like the protruding blocks from the side. Are the sig rules different for that forum?

zeejay21
02-10-2011, 05:54 PM
Originally posted by triforceman5:
Here's my Darth Vader work in progress. Tell me what you think please! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif
http://img146.imageshack.us/img146/9818/vaderwipp.jpg

Basic training. Looks fine but can be improved.

Darth Vader looks out of the picture. Try darkening and sharpening him a bit.

zeejay21
02-10-2011, 05:56 PM
Originally posted by d1sturbedme_468:
and sweet sig Zeejay, I like the protruding blocks from the side. Are the sig rules different for that forum?

Yes, apparently.

Honestly, I don't even know the signature rules. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif

EmperorxZurg
02-10-2011, 05:58 PM
haha XD It'd be hilarious if none of them work there and they get taken down XD

do they even have a post for it, like here?

zeejay21
02-10-2011, 06:01 PM
Originally posted by d1sturbedme_468:
haha XD It'd be hilarious if none of them work there and they get taken down XD

do they even have a post for it, like here?

What?! Noooo!!! That's EVIL! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-mad.gif

Yep, here it is;:

http://playeraffinity.com/foru...wtopic.php?f=34&t=23 (http://playeraffinity.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=34&t=23)

EmperorxZurg
02-10-2011, 06:35 PM
ah, sweet http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif
say, what career is it that you have that involves art?

zeejay21
02-10-2011, 07:14 PM
Art? Well, I fused it with graphic design. I do banners, labels, signstands, posters and signboards. I still wanna do more though like neons, animated neons, screens, billboards & stuff. Really, really exciting.

Here's another at PlayerAffinity.com:

http://img.skitch.com/20110211-gtux4qfbfhexf5r1nehywsfka4.png

Size: 563 x 175, 112KB

Again, no fitting over here.


Anyway, guys. When you design, do you often do it while listening to music? I do. When I was making the Punisher sig, I was listening Clint Mansell - Aftermath (Smokin' Aces OST) via YouTube.

And, oh, he composing for Mass Effect 3. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

LaCava1
02-10-2011, 07:29 PM
Hey, zeejay21, does this look any better? I darkened/sharpened Vader as you said.
http://img141.imageshack.us/img141/9818/vaderwipp.jpg

the_atm
02-10-2011, 07:42 PM
i love listing to music as i work on sigs... sig... and triforce how do you do the like, to me they look like stars or the light red lines, they look cool,

zeejay21
02-10-2011, 07:51 PM
Originally posted by triforceman5:
Hey, zeejay21, does this look any better? I darkened/sharpened Vader as you said.
http://img141.imageshack.us/img141/9818/vaderwipp.jpg

Alright! That's a better image than before. It's like he's standing in front of a wall with his translucent image as if he's promoting himself. I imagined him saying, "So you think you're a master exploring the stars? Proof yourself in Darth Vader's Star Journey! I'll be your host, judge and jury! Airs every Monday nite on LucasChannel. Reach for the stars! Literally!"

LaCava1
02-10-2011, 07:52 PM
Originally posted by livfreorletmedi:
i love listing to music as i work on sigs... sig... and triforce how do you do the like, to me they look like stars or the light red lines, they look cool,
Those effects, and many more, are all in This Fractal Pack. (http://greentunic.deviantart.com/art/Fractal-Pack-1-95082346)
At the bottom of the thing (the download link is on the side) are the links to his other three Fractal packs.

EmperorxZurg
02-10-2011, 08:17 PM
I always listen to music, it helps inspire me http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

and omg omg, Mass Effect's music is always top notch! I can't wait to play ME3 http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

zeejay21
02-10-2011, 08:38 PM
I'm test-running PS CS5 Extended. They have a couple of new features I wanna know about.

Best of all, it's FAST!

EmperorxZurg
02-10-2011, 08:40 PM
you should post the new features you find in case any of us are lucky enough to get it too http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

also, I redid the sig with the sharpened filters for the characters like you said Zeejay, how is it?
http://img687.imageshack.us/img687/3464/sharpbatsig.png

zeejay21
02-10-2011, 08:48 PM
It's obvious, isn't it? Look at the details popping!


As for PS CS5 Ext, I only tested the 3D part. Since my hardware isn't enough, it's a bit slow. The interface is different. Maybe I should look into the new features at Adobe.com.

Oh, man! You should guys should have seen this:

http://www.adobe.com/products/.../photoshop/whatsnew/ (http://www.adobe.com/products/photoshop/photoshop/whatsnew/)

This is why I'm test-running it. May be using CS5 soon. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

EmperorxZurg
02-10-2011, 08:50 PM
ah, Gimp isn't much for the 3d. I usually use Google Sketch Up for it http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_razz.gif

and yeah, I really like how the details pop now, much more like the cell shading you see in comics (which was sort of the look I was going for for those two)I'm a bit lost on how you optimized it though. Could you tell me or did it involve photoshop? (Which I can't use XD)

EDIT: whoa, those are some nice features for CS5!

zeejay21
02-10-2011, 09:02 PM
It's complicated. I had to look for tutorials online and I found out it uses a combination of 'Dirty Transparency' and Posterize.

EmperorxZurg
02-10-2011, 09:05 PM
ah, I should probably look for this tutorial since this one is, again, well over the file limit XD

zeejay21
02-10-2011, 09:10 PM
Um, I forgot to mention that it requires PhotoShop.

EmperorxZurg
02-10-2011, 09:34 PM
Ah, darn it! And as far as I know, Gimp has no possible way and the internet ones don't help at all XD

zeejay21
02-10-2011, 09:48 PM
Well, I could optimized it for you but I may do it later. Gotta go sleep now.

EmperorxZurg
02-10-2011, 10:11 PM
sure thing, Zeejay. Thanks again, for it http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif I should really work on making them not so big in the first place XD

zeejay21
02-11-2011, 10:58 AM
It's done:

http://img.skitch.com/20110211-f4jtrkqpdbta7m56smqr733cr9.png


Oh, here's the Dirty Transparency action for those with PhotoShop:

http://www.mediafire.com/?r1adbgtlmn41o10

To install it:
http://www.techzilo.com/instal...-gradients-patterns/ (http://www.techzilo.com/install-photoshop-brushes-gradients-patterns/)

More on PhotoShop Action:
http://veerle-v2.duoh.com/blog..._a_photoshop_action/ (http://veerle-v2.duoh.com/blog/comments/creating_a_photoshop_action/)

And here's where I got the Dirty Transparency technique (as well as some other pretty cool PNG optimizations):
http://www.smashingmagazine.co...mization-techniques/ (http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/07/15/clever-png-optimization-techniques/)


EDIT:

Damn, PS CS5 is freaking fast! It took a millisecond to optimize the sig using the Dirty Transparency action.

Mr_Shade
02-11-2011, 11:28 AM
hmm I think I may need a new signature soon Zeejay http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

zeejay21
02-11-2011, 11:31 AM
Originally posted by Mr_Shade:
hmm I think I may need a new signature soon Zeejay http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Cool, just PM me the details.

Or you can opt for the Request thread. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

the_atm
02-11-2011, 01:39 PM
how do you download the fractle pack? i've never used this devaint art before

the_atm
02-11-2011, 04:41 PM
when we make a new request thread make sure we add an updated roster and a section for adopting sigs? it just seemed like you had that stuff on the 2nd one but it was never updated, just a thought?

zeejay21
02-11-2011, 04:41 PM
http://img.skitch.com/20110212-ed8nejxi7xycp1ycbecendtxy9.png

Just hit the download button.

the_atm
02-11-2011, 04:54 PM
i'm not that smart some times lol spent 70 minutes trying to make an airplane in autocad, so i'm a little slow today lol :P

zeejay21
02-11-2011, 05:06 PM
No prob. There's always a first for everything.


Hmm, after meddling around with PS CS5, I keep getting this 'could not complete your request because of a program error' message and it's not just me - A LOT of people are getting it too! No matter if it's Mac or Windows.

Trying to resolve this with complete uninstall and reinstall. Disabled Open GL Drawing (that's for 3D and my VRAM falls short). Defragmenting files and currently updating it. Gonna do a Disk Repair later and a full defragmentation tonight.

CS5 maybe fast and has a ton of features but it's buggy.

Good thing I still have my a bit slow but trusty, feature-packed CS3. Still using it for my main works. <3

EmperorxZurg
02-11-2011, 05:12 PM
I remember when I first joined deviant art XD It took me like an hour to figure out how to upload

zeejay21
02-11-2011, 05:14 PM
Originally posted by d1sturbedme_468:
I remember when I first joined deviant art XD It took me like an hour to figure out how to upload

Yeah, it was hard to navigate.

the_atm
02-11-2011, 06:52 PM
hey ok this guy on the request thread requested , and i've sorta started it, so how do i give it to you guys to contuine with? i used gimp btw

zeejay21
02-11-2011, 07:06 PM
Easy, PM any of us or post it here just in case anyone missed it in the request.

I'm unavailable now since I now have a LOT in my hands...


Also, I finally fixed the PhotoShop CS5 issue. It turns outs that font caches was the culprit. I installed Smasher and 'smash' both the system and Adobe's font cache and voilá! Now works smoothly as silk.

Of course, I did a reinstallation, repair permissions, defragmenting & turn off OpenGL Drawing (since my VRAM is low - 128MB, that's below recommended requirements).

Still, CS3 is my main worktool, CS5 is just for testing around until I got a new iMac (hopefully this year).

the_atm
02-11-2011, 07:30 PM
http://img706.imageshack.us/img706/3600/footpadsig1.png (http://img706.imageshack.us/i/footpadsig1.png/)

that would be the sig that this one guy asked us to all do :P it's in png forum so ya :P

Azugo
02-11-2011, 08:40 PM
I'd love to join. Can I?

...Only problem is I'm not on this forum everyday like most of you -- too busy playing AC on my PS3! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/59.gif

EmperorxZurg
02-11-2011, 11:07 PM
No problem Azugo http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif As long as you can still do some signatures some of the time http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_razz.gif

But I don't wanna act like I have all the power here, it's a group. It's okay with everyone else?

zeejay21
02-11-2011, 11:55 PM
Originally posted by livfreorletmedi:
http://img706.imageshack.us/img706/3600/footpadsig1.png (http://img706.imageshack.us/i/footpadsig1.png/)

that would be the sig that this one guy asked us to all do :P it's in png forum so ya :P

Whoa! Okay, first of all, you don't need to save this in .PNG since it doesn't have any transparent/translucent areas.

In PhotoShop, you can save it in optimized .JPG format by using Save For Web Devices option under the File menu. Here's a screenshot:

http://img.skitch.com/20110212-r1651y7b3qjby91h2j8ng6yrxc.png


Now, let's focus on the quality of the design.

You have almost unreadable text cause by the choice of colors. Don't put dark colors on top of dark, noisy background; use light or contrasted colors so it'll be visible.

The person is also blurry that he blends in with background. Unless that's what you want, I suggest to sharpen him a bit so that he may stand out. You can also apply Drop Shadow. Lightening the background also helps as well.

http://img.skitch.com/20110212-1t4hrfqbty4pwdgbrqjk1742c2.png



Originally posted by Azugo:
I'd love to join. Can I?

...Only problem is I'm not on this forum everyday like most of you -- too busy playing AC on my PS3! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/59.gif

Do you design sigs actively or had ever taken any request? It doesn't need to be everyday but at least, drop in each week or each month.

But, hey! If you're here to learn, share design knowledge, tips and resources and/or to chat anything design related, you're welcome to join up. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Just incorporate the UUSDG logo into your sig to let people know that you're a member (and a sig designer too). As for work sigs, use the logo as a watermark but with 'Design By' on top of the logo - this is to avoid confusion.

The logo is on the first page and it's also my sig.

LordWolv
02-12-2011, 12:41 AM
Can I please have a tutorial of GIMP? I wish to join this group, but I think it will help if I have abit of experience first. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Azugo
02-12-2011, 04:31 AM
Originally posted by Azugo:
I'd love to join. Can I?

...Only problem is I'm not on this forum everyday like most of you -- too busy playing AC on my PS3! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/59.gif


Originally posted by zeejay21:
Do you design sigs actively or had ever taken any request? It doesn't need to be everyday but at least, drop in each week or each month.

But, hey! If you're here to learn, share design knowledge, tips and resources and/or to chat anything design related, you're welcome to join up. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Just incorporate the UUSDG logo into your sig to let people know that you're a member (and a sig designer too). As for work sigs, use the logo as a watermark but with 'Design By' on top of the logo - this is to avoid confusion.

The logo is on the first page and it's also my sig.

Yeah, I design sigs fairly often, maybe once or twice a month (not all of my works make 'the cut').

No, I've never taken a request... I personally don't believe I'm quite good enough for that just yet.

By the way, I put the UUSDG logo on the top-left of my sig... It looks a bit crowded now, but that doesn't really matter. How does it look?

LaCava1
02-12-2011, 06:18 AM
Originally posted by Isaac500:
Can I please have a tutorial of GIMP? I wish to join this group, but I think it will help if I have abit of experience first. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif
I knew I'd see you here eventually, Isaac. There is a great video on Youtube here. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bn9rCsJEROQ)
And then you should go to the guy's channel. His name is GimpKnowHow, so you can tell what his channel has to offer.

LaCava1
02-12-2011, 08:19 AM
Here's a new signature I made, featuring the Companion Cube. I know it doesn't have the watermark yet. And can someone give me a link to the Signature Adoption page?
http://img141.imageshack.us/img141/1598/companionwipp.jpg

the_atm
02-12-2011, 09:38 AM
Originally posted by triforceman5:
Here's a new signature I made, featuring the Companion Cube. I know it doesn't have the watermark yet. And can someone give me a link to the Signature Adoption page? http://forums.ubi.com/eve/foru...24/m/5691095978/p/89 (http://forums.ubi.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/5251069024/m/5691095978/p/89)
http://img141.imageshack.us/img141/1598/companionwipp.jpg

zeejay21
02-12-2011, 10:32 AM
Originally posted by Azugo:
Yeah, I design sigs fairly often, maybe once or twice a month (not all of my works make 'the cut').

No, I've never taken a request... I personally don't believe I'm quite good enough for that just yet.

By the way, I put the UUSDG logo on the top-left of my sig... It looks a bit crowded now, but that doesn't really matter. How does it look?

That's good. And for taking request, just have fun and do your best in it. Since you're a member now, you can request help in designing sigs.

It looks okay but I would put in top right but that's just me. Honestly, I don't mind where you put the logo; as long as it's there, it's all that matters.

Now, people here will recognize you as a sig designer and you may be receiving requests soon. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

EmperorxZurg
02-12-2011, 10:41 AM
@Isaac: Yeah, Azugo is right. GKH is probably the best Gimp tutorial on Youtube. However, it requires that you have at least SOME knowledge of what you're doing. If you don't the basics of GIMP yet, I'd youtube it as well. (Vid tuts always work better than written...for me at least)

zeejay21
02-12-2011, 10:55 AM
Say, about videos, to people who have PhotoShop & iTunes, do you fellas watch podcasts? There's one podcast I would love to share with you:

PhotoShop User TV (http://kelbytv.com/photoshopusertv/)

Subscribe to it via iTunes and you can get video tips almost twice weekly. You can also watch it online from their site.

I got a lot training from them. I even got their e-books and mags. Really, really helpful. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Also, for those who love Twitter, follow @envatopsd (http://twitter.com/envatopsd). It's very good for designers even for non-Photoshop users. What's more, it's from the team at PSDTuts+ (http://psd.tutsplus.com/). http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

EmperorxZurg
02-12-2011, 11:14 AM
I don't have photoshop, but I always love learning about it since there are some stuff I can do on Gimp http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_razz.gif I'll check 'em out.

And I only have a twitter so I can see my girlfriend's updates and comment on them (i iz so stalker) I'll check out envatopsd though http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif Should be nice to see!

ah, right now I'm working on a shirt idea EcsoBlades had. He wanted the picture to include some cartoony versions of the harlequin and prowler. I immediately thought of Zeejay's old sig that he made that a whole bunch of people made their wallpapers XD Did you design a harlequin in that scene Zeejay? I'm trying to draw the harlequin head but I just can't get it right

zeejay21
02-12-2011, 11:43 AM
Nope, I was only designing some of the multiplayer characters.

Hey, here's a tip for you, fellow drawer/artist d1sturbed:

Take any image, in this case, the harlequin, keep 'em in a side and mimic it on either a new layer or document.

Sounds familiar?

That's right! It's sketching! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

EmperorxZurg
02-12-2011, 11:48 AM
aw, darn XP

And once it's sketched, cartoonize it I guess :P Cartoony is the kind of theme for this picture, so I'm not gonna be making them realistic as the game does

zeejay21
02-12-2011, 12:48 PM
Okay, guys, do me a favor.

Go to PhotoShop User TV (http://kelbytv.com/photoshopusertv/), search for Episode 242 and watch on the part where Scott Kelby presented something about fonts.

It's really an eye-opener for those who are type/font enthusiasts. Really really good for a typography lesson.

Now, I'm considering OpenType fonts rather than TrueType ones.

the_atm
02-12-2011, 02:20 PM
hey how do you make like an image like fade at the edges so it kinda fades into the back round on gimp? i've tried useing blur bit it does the whole picture :/ i kinda want to add some variaty to my sigs

zeejay21
02-12-2011, 03:19 PM
http://www.gimp.org/tutorials/Quickmask/

Btw, bookmark this since you're a GIMP user:

http://www.gimp.org/tutorials/

zeejay21
02-12-2011, 04:00 PM
Bump! :P

Wanna get Valentine-inspired? Eat your heart out with this gallery:

http://vector.tutsplus.com/art...ove-and-warm-hearts/ (http://vector.tutsplus.com/articles/inspiration/vector-valentines-inspiration-filled-with-love-and-warm-hearts/)

EmperorxZurg
02-12-2011, 04:20 PM
thanks for the idea Zeejay! I can make a new valentine's wallpaper for my girlfriend too http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif Making a graphic completely slipped my mind XD

Oh, btw. I'm also working on some adoptable sigs that are Kids Next Door themed http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_razz.gif

the_atm
02-12-2011, 05:21 PM
i think i decided i'm going to do only adoption sigs :P unless there is one that i think i can do

thanks for the ideas also zeejay

EmperorxZurg
02-12-2011, 07:54 PM
hey there everyone http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif I just finished 5 adoptable sigs that are all KND themed, I just want some input on how you all like 'em before I put them on the sig request thread http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_razz.gif

http://img810.imageshack.us/img810/520/numbuh12.png
LINK: http://img810.imageshack.us/img810/520/numbuh12.png

http://img821.imageshack.us/img821/9155/numbuh22.png
LINK: http://img821.imageshack.us/img821/9155/numbuh22.png

http://img708.imageshack.us/img708/7384/numbu32.png
LINK: http://img708.imageshack.us/img708/7384/numbu32.png

http://img684.imageshack.us/img684/6342/numbu42.png
LINK: http://img684.imageshack.us/img684/6342/numbu42.png

http://img831.imageshack.us/img831/499/numbuh52.png
LINK: http://img831.imageshack.us/img831/499/numbuh52.png

LaCava1
02-12-2011, 09:42 PM
Those are great!!!! I used to love the KND, and say those are worthy of being on the adopt forum. But, actually, they don't have the watermark on them. I think you need it, but don't fret; it's easy to add.

EmperorxZurg
02-12-2011, 09:52 PM
I totally forgot the watermark XD I'll go add 'em real quick

zeejay21
02-12-2011, 10:05 PM
Hey, getting better, d1sturbed!

Here's another one for PlayerAffinity.com:

http://img.skitch.com/20110213-8ymiksrggs7ifuyedx18d4kxqi.png

Size: 541px x 159px, 168KB

Here, it's a no-no.

EmperorxZurg
02-12-2011, 10:32 PM
thanks eejay http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif That means a lot coming from a master such as yourself http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_razz.gif (especially one who just made another awesome sig!)

Anyways though, I added the watermark to them now. It was a bit hard actually because the image was already small and had to stay that way to be optimized XP anywho though, here they are:
http://img251.imageshack.us/img251/520/numbuh12.png
LINK: http://img251.imageshack.us/img251/520/numbuh12.png

http://img195.imageshack.us/img195/9155/numbuh22.png
LINK: http://img195.imageshack.us/img195/9155/numbuh22.png (the one I'm most iffy about)

http://img690.imageshack.us/img690/7384/numbu32.png
LINK: http://img690.imageshack.us/img690/7384/numbu32.png

http://img202.imageshack.us/img202/6342/numbu42.png
LINK: http://img202.imageshack.us/img202/6342/numbu42.png

http://img696.imageshack.us/img696/499/numbuh52.png
LINK: http://img696.imageshack.us/img696/499/numbuh52.png

feel free to criticize/comment http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_razz.gif I'll be putting them up for adoption in the morning

doing these sure brought back memories of that show...man that was one GREAT show

zeejay21
02-12-2011, 11:17 PM
Want a tip?

To put an effective watermark, it's okay to put a white or light color translucent bounding box over the sig at one corner. That way it won't mess with the sig.

I always do this for labels. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

EmperorxZurg
02-12-2011, 11:22 PM
like another small white box but make it transparent?

zeejay21
02-13-2011, 12:03 AM
Translucent - almost visible. So yes.

zeejay21
02-13-2011, 12:29 AM
Testing, testing new sig...

That didn't turn out okay... http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

Wearing another one.

rocketxsurgeon
02-13-2011, 07:04 AM
Hey guys, rocket signing in http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif
Just wanted to drop by and admire all the talent you guys have http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Can't wait to start on some new signatures and get the ball rolling.

Here's one basic tip of mine;

If one section of your edit is too dark or you want to brighten it up a bit;

?Create a new layer.
?Set the layer type to overlay.
?Select a basic brush and change the hardness to a minimum.
?Select white on the palette and use the brush to highlight sections.

If you find the lines are too hard even on minimal hardness, try blurring the layer slightly. Also change the opacity if the highlighting is too harsh.

You can also darken areas of the edit with the same technique, just select black in the palette instead of white (:

zeejay21
02-13-2011, 11:46 AM
Okay, fellas. You got some jobs to do.

There's several requests piling up in the request thread.

One's from Lunarm (http://forums.ubi.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/5251069024/m/5691095978?r=7811081019#7811081019) and another from DarrkkAssassinX (http://forums.ubi.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/5251069024/m/5691095978?r=7811002019#7811002019).

Please do try to do it for them and if you can't or having difficulties, turn to other members for help and resources & if it's still too difficult, then please PM the requester(s) and politely decline his/her request and explain the reasons why it was declined.

I'm currently busy with some sigs so I might not be around.

EmperorxZurg
02-13-2011, 11:57 AM
I'm currently working on Orobas from the mp thread and Victor's from the general request thread. the other two can be taken by anyone else as I'll probably only have time for those today.

the_atm
02-13-2011, 01:59 PM
hey ok so i'm still not used to gimp but how do you make the sig well not square? do you like cut it that way becasue i'm tierd of ugly rectangel sigs http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

zeejay21
02-13-2011, 02:08 PM
Okay, hopefully someone from our group will have free time.

Anyway, do you fellas love textures? Wanna know where digital pro artists (ie. Dylan Cole*) get their textures? For free?

Go to: http://www.cgtextures.com/

Sign-up and you can download for 15MB per day! Those images are often large that you can work freely without the worry of losing detail.

Hope this can help you to enhance your designs! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif


*Dylan Cole is one of the leading digital-matte artist in the industry and he did some work for Ubisoft... on AC2! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif



PS. d1sturbed, if you're reading this, please look at my previous posts. If any of them has links particularly to tips, UUSDG logos and resources, please add them to the top page. It'll be easier for people to navigate instead of wading through the thread's pages.

LaCava1
02-13-2011, 02:37 PM
I have a new signature that I'm working on. What do you all think?
http://img59.imageshack.us/img59/825/buzzwipp.jpg

zeejay21
02-13-2011, 03:15 PM
To Infinity and Beyooooonnndddd!!!

Love Buzz Lightyear! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif


Anyway, again, the frontal image is blurry while the background. Unless you want people to look at the background, again, darken and sharpen Buzz a bit.

Reduce the sharpness of the background without losing the lightening glows. In PhotoShop this can be done using the Levels adjustment layer.

Also, the logo isn't visible, use this one instead:

http://www.mediafire.com/?9jry0jrm71f4kpk

It's made out of custom shape layers that you can edit the colors.


To members and all, remember this rule for effective focal imaging:-

Focused subjects are sharp and more visible to viewers. This could be attain by -

a) DOF (Depth Of Field):

Blurring the background using any blur tool. However, it is highly recommended to use a lens-like blur filter or in photography, bokeh. In PhotoShop, there's Lens Filter to do this and there's a third-party plugin called Alien Skin Bokeh (http://www.alienskin.com/bokeh/index.aspx).

Here's an example of achieving that look:

http://img.skitch.com/20101013-8kitq2ecu9bhkkwte7q9ei398e.jpg

Look at Ezio and how he stands out amongst the rest. This was achieved using Bokeh effects with vignetting (darkening/lightening unimportant parts).


b) Atmospheric perspective:

The rear/farther object/subject color value (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Color_value) goes lighter and hazy while the frontal/nearer object/subject color value is darker and stronger. To get this effect is simple; use a white and black/transparent gradient layer on top of the image, make sure the white portion covers the rear part of the image, set it to screen (or any that's similar) blend mode and reduce the transparency as desired.

Here's an example:

http://www.linesandcolors.com/images/2005-10/whelan_450.jpg

As you can see, the farthest part of the image has light color value and the nearest has high color value. Our eye immediately picks up the nearest object and it directs our eyes into following the direction of the image from the right to the left, along the coastline.

LaCava1
02-13-2011, 03:30 PM
Thanks for the feedback. But I use GIMP, not
Photoshop, so I can't use the other version of the logo.

LaCava1
02-13-2011, 03:37 PM
How's this? I was thinking about blurring the background a bit, but I think I should ask you first.
http://img64.imageshack.us/img64/825/buzzwipp.jpg

zeejay21
02-13-2011, 04:03 PM
Whoa, now that's better! It's good enough already. Logo's visible, Buzz is sharp and while the background is a bit pixelated but it's already an improvement!

Good job! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

T0xicLotus
02-13-2011, 04:37 PM
Originally posted by triforceman5:
Thanks for the feedback. But I use GIMP, not
Photoshop, so I can't use the other version of the logo.

Quick tip to turn the Logo White in Gimp, go to the Colours tab, then select Invert, hey presto, white logo, it will be a bit faint though, so when you have placed it onto your image, its just a matter of Duplicating the logo layer and playing with the transparacy untill you are happy http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif


Oh yes and guys, hope you dont mind, I directed rocketxsurgeon here (her post is a few posts up from this one), she has joined the multiplayer signature designers, I thought it would be best to send her here too, to see if she would be interested in helping out http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif, guess she is or she wouldnt be here lol. anyho, again hope you dont mind :S

Telum-Dei
02-13-2011, 04:50 PM
Hey guys.

I do a fair bit of graphic design and wouldn't mind lending a hand if you want another sig designer?

Let me know :-)

zeejay21
02-13-2011, 06:31 PM
Originally posted by Telum-Dei:
Hey guys.

I do a fair bit of graphic design and wouldn't mind lending a hand if you want another sig designer?

Let me know :-)

Sure, why not? Just apply the UUSDG (in the first page of the thread, top post) with your sig so that people may recognize you as a sig deisgner. Also, you can use the logo as a watermark for sig works, just remember to add 'Design By' atop the logo to avoid confusion.


And thanks, T0xicLotus for helping to get new members. I hope the request thread at the multiplayer section is excellent. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

the_atm
02-13-2011, 06:33 PM
hey just a quick question regarding the water mark, is there any possible way that maybe it can have Designed by built into the watermark?

zeejay21
02-13-2011, 06:38 PM
Originally posted by livfreorletmedi:
hey just a quick question regarding the water mark, is there any possible way that maybe it can have Designed by built into the watermark?

Good question. I'll be doing another logo with the 'Design By'. Wait just a bit and I'll have it uploaded.http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

zeejay21
02-13-2011, 07:34 PM
Okay, here's a PNG version of the Design By UUSDG template:

http://img.skitch.com/20110214-ehxqf5xwpg273rcn6n98atcfpk.png


Here's the PSD file:

http://www.mediafire.com/?50tat2dc7eov9cm

EmperorxZurg
02-14-2011, 12:29 AM
hey guys, sorry I was basically absent today. I was able to complete one of the signatures on the multiplayer thread from Orobas88

However, I'm going to have to take a bit of a hiatus until my grades improve. I should definitely be back before April however (Hopefully I can get some images done while my parents aren't looking http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_razz.gif )

Victoroos
02-14-2011, 04:38 AM
Hi everone
I also posted this in the signature request thread, but I got no respond, so i post is on the uusdg.
Cuse once the pc version get released, i will start a commentaary, but first i will help a friend with commentary.
Can anyone help em create a background/signature?
i really have no idea where to start, csue as you can see on my profiel picture.
So, can anyone help me?
Pm me, or post a quote ;D
very kind regards
victor

the_atm
02-14-2011, 01:09 PM
ok i'm not to sure about this, but i'm doing a request where he wants ezio to be holding an axe, now i found 1, but it's to small and looks cruddy even after i use shaprin, but there is another one, but it is hand drawn and thus has a watter mark on it, so can i still use it even though it has a water mark on it? it's from devaint art

Serrachio
02-14-2011, 01:25 PM
Originally posted by livfreorletmedi:
ok i'm not to sure about this, but i'm doing a request where he wants ezio to be holding an axe, now i found 1, but it's to small and looks cruddy even after i use shaprin, but there is another one, but it is hand drawn and thus has a watter mark on it, so can i still use it even though it has a water mark on it? it's from devaint art

If you give credit to the artist for the original image you can, but it counts as art theft if you remove the watermark and don't credit them.

LordWolv
02-14-2011, 02:42 PM
Originally posted by triforceman5:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Isaac500:
Can I please have a tutorial of GIMP? I wish to join this group, but I think it will help if I have abit of experience first. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif
I knew I'd see you here eventually, Isaac. There is a great video on Youtube here. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bn9rCsJEROQ)
And then you should go to the guy's channel. His name is GimpKnowHow, so you can tell what his channel has to offer. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
Lol - Thank you, triforce. Helpful like always. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Aborigine
02-14-2011, 03:42 PM
This just got me interested in getting to know a bit about digital art, and to try it out for myself :P.

Nice thread http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif.

Alpha Ender
02-14-2011, 04:59 PM
Originally posted by triforceman5:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Isaac500:
Can I please have a tutorial of GIMP? I wish to join this group, but I think it will help if I have abit of experience first. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif
I knew I'd see you here eventually, Isaac. There is a great video on Youtube here. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bn9rCsJEROQ)
And then you should go to the guy's channel. His name is GimpKnowHow, so you can tell what his channel has to offer. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Thank you Triforce. I had actually planned to ask, but I haven't been on the forums for a while and kinda forgot...good thing I have notifications for Isaac's post. They're interesting, okay? Not like I'm stalking him or anything... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/shady.gif

EmperorxZurg
02-14-2011, 09:13 PM
Hey all, I was able to get on real quick and see some of the stuff you've done. Looks awesome http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif I saw some sigs have not been taken yet, so I'm just posting them here so you guys know they're here and you can do 'em. Keep up the good work!


WIDOMKR383:

Helliquin (Elite attire with color 2 in the multiplayer)
Mercinary (Elite attire with color 4 in the multiplayer)

I would like a three part signature. Starting from left to right.

Helliquin killing the mercinary-->mercinary lying on the ground-->helliquin walking away. (if you can maybe have her looking at her nails on one hand)

Across the top in quotation have the Helliquin saying "Shoot I broke a nail!" (I know it's strange but it is a request of my little sister that I sponser in Big Brothers Big Sisters)

The background I am not picky nor the colors of it whatever you think is best.

Lunarm:

Could you make me a sig with the Priest on the left side ( and on the background a picture of him stabbing someone in the neck) and on the right side the thief with on the back ground a free-running thief ( with her lvl 50 costume?) and my PSN Name ( Lunarm) in the middle.

and Ego's composition request on the sig request thread. Page 89.

LordWolv
02-15-2011, 12:08 AM
Originally posted by AlphaEnder:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by triforceman5:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Isaac500:
Can I please have a tutorial of GIMP? I wish to join this group, but I think it will help if I have abit of experience first. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif
I knew I'd see you here eventually, Isaac. There is a great video on Youtube here. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bn9rCsJEROQ)
And then you should go to the guy's channel. His name is GimpKnowHow, so you can tell what his channel has to offer. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Thank you Triforce. I had actually planned to ask, but I haven't been on the forums for a while and kinda forgot...good thing I have notifications for Isaac's post. They're interesting, okay? Not like I'm stalking him or anything... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/shady.gif </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif I didn't know that.. well, I'm flattered. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

Starting on my first signature soon - Don't expect anything amazing though.

Alpha Ender
02-15-2011, 12:38 AM
I will join you in making my signature on...Saturday. Wait, Sunday. This weekend. It's going into Google Calendar now, so it will happen. =D AlphaEnder will finally have a sig!

LaCava1
02-15-2011, 05:34 AM
Originally posted by d1sturbedme_468:
Hey all, I was able to get on real quick and see some of the stuff you've done. Looks awesome http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif I saw some sigs have not been taken yet, so I'm just posting them here so you guys know they're here and you can do 'em. Keep up the good work!


WIDOMKR383:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Helliquin (Elite attire with color 2 in the multiplayer)
Mercinary (Elite attire with color 4 in the multiplayer)

I would like a three part signature. Starting from left to right.

Helliquin killing the mercinary-->mercinary lying on the ground-->helliquin walking away. (if you can maybe have her looking at her nails on one hand)

Across the top in quotation have the Helliquin saying "Shoot I broke a nail!" (I know it's strange but it is a request of my little sister that I sponser in Big Brothers Big Sisters)

The background I am not picky nor the colors of it whatever you think is best.

Lunarm:

Could you make me a sig with the Priest on the left side ( and on the background a picture of him stabbing someone in the neck) and on the right side the thief with on the back ground a free-running thief ( with her lvl 50 costume?) and my PSN Name ( Lunarm) in the middle.

and Ego's composition request on the sig request thread. Page 89. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
I took a look/tried Ego's request. How can I cut out an outline of the Footpad??? I keep cutting into him/getting too much background. Keep in mind, I'm using GIMP.

EmperorxZurg
02-15-2011, 07:55 AM
Triforce, use the magic wand (pen tool) and zoom in. Then just use small intervals http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Ahxakri
02-15-2011, 10:20 AM
Well, I was told to seek out Zee. I'm guessing he is the top GFX artist here or something. I've come to be a part of this unofficial GFX group, so here I am.

http://s204.photobucket.com/albums/bb231/Ahxakri/

Here is preview of all the work that I am capable of. I figured I'd post it here to let Zee look at. If he thinks I'm any good, he'll let me join. I guess lol

FYI, anyone who sees the custom YGO card, do not ask. It was a joke for a friend...

T0xicLotus
02-15-2011, 11:46 AM
Originally posted by Ahxakri:
Well, I was told to seek out Zee. I'm guessing he is the top GFX artist here or something. I've come to be a part of this unofficial GFX group, so here I am.

http://s204.photobucket.com/albums/bb231/Ahxakri/

Here is preview of all the work that I am capable of. I figured I'd post it here to let Zee look at. If he thinks I'm any good, he'll let me join. I guess lol

FYI, anyone who sees the custom YGO card, do not ask. It was a joke for a friend...


^^^^ I sent him to you Zeejay, he's awesome :P, more the merrier right http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Ahxakri
02-15-2011, 12:06 PM
Tri, I can render the picture for you if you want. I know exactly how to do it and get as close to the edge as I possibly can. I have a page of pictures I've rendered in the past, if you like my work, you can PM me the picture.

zeejay21
02-15-2011, 01:48 PM
Originally posted by Ahxakri:
Well, I was told to seek out Zee. I'm guessing he is the top GFX artist here or something. I've come to be a part of this unofficial GFX group, so here I am.

http://s204.photobucket.com/albums/bb231/Ahxakri/

Here is preview of all the work that I am capable of. I figured I'd post it here to let Zee look at. If he thinks I'm any good, he'll let me join. I guess lol

Hey, you got talent so of course you can join! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Just incorporate or use the UUSDG logo in/as your sig and apply the 'Design By USSDG' watermark for your sig works. Both the logo and watermark can be found at the first page, top post but here's both of 'em, if you don't fancy going back to the first page:-

Logo:

http://img.skitch.com/20110101-dy5y9b348r1cgkcq32q35j6pua.png


Watermark:

http://img.skitch.com/20110214-ehxqf5xwpg273rcn6n98atcfpk.png



And thank you again for bringing in more members, T0xic. I'm grateful to have you as one of the group. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

LordWolv
02-15-2011, 02:00 PM
Well, I should ask -
My current signature was made by me, and I was thinking I might want to make another with a few new skills (Thank you for that to everyone who helped) but I was thinking that I might be good enough already? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif
What do you think?

Ahxakri
02-15-2011, 02:26 PM
I'll break out CS3 tonight and make an AC signature, I think. I really do love the Courtesan persona, not sure why but I think I will do one of her. The insignia will definitely be on that signature.

Where do any of you get your renders at? I get mine from Planet Renders...I hate rendering my own pictures from google is why I ask. You guys should probably post sites like that so people who make request can search through a render site. It would make it easier on the artist if people who requested already rendered pictures. Especially to those who aren't experienced enough in rendering.

BTW, Isaac, I must ask. You got that effect on your current signature via a combination of clipping mask and smudging, yes?

LordWolv
02-15-2011, 02:35 PM
Originally posted by Ahxakri:
BTW, Isaac, I must ask. You got that effect on your current signature via a combination of clipping mask and smudging, yes?
Yes, I did that by messing around abit. Obviously the original Ezio from google images.

Ahxakri
02-15-2011, 03:02 PM
Same style as I did for my Altair one in the OP...xD Different outcome obviously though. I just noticed it right off the bat. I kind of like your outcome for it better.

Can you tell me the smudge settings, brushes used, C4D's used, and how many clipping mask you used?

LaCava1
02-15-2011, 03:11 PM
Originally posted by Ahxakri:
Tri, I can render the picture for you if you want. I know exactly how to do it and get as close to the edge as I possibly can. I have a page of pictures I've rendered in the past, if you like my work, you can PM me the picture.
Yes, please! I'll send you the picture.

zeejay21
02-15-2011, 03:24 PM
Originally posted by Isaac500:
Well, I should ask -
My current signature was made by me, and I was thinking I might want to make another with a few new skills (Thank you for that to everyone who helped) but I was thinking that I might be good enough already? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif
What do you think?

It's okay but there's always room for improvement. Try variations - it's good to expand design knowledge and skills.



Originally posted by Ahxakri:
Where do any of you get your renders at? I get mine from Planet Renders...I hate rendering my own pictures from google is why I ask. You guys should probably post sites like that so people who make request can search through a render site. It would make it easier on the artist if people who requested already rendered pictures. Especially to those who aren't experienced enough in rendering.

Suprisingly, most of us cut our own images - it's good for practice. There are many types of cutting images, not just using the Pen tool - in PhotoShop, there's the Quick Mask, Select Color Range, Layer Masks, Quick Select (PS CS3 and up), Extract filter (discontinued in CS4 and above); they're some of the tools that can make cut-outs easier.

Also, there seem to be misconception of the term 'renders' circulating around the internet for years now. Lemme tell you what a render is:

It's not cut-outs of images, that's called 'matting' or 'matte' or simply 'pre-cut'. Why it was confused with 'renders' is because of the origin of 3D renders that was saved in PNG format - the format with transparency support and in high-quality image.

Renders are, in fact, image generation or the processing of an image. This is what REAL GFX, VFX and digital artists called renders as renders.


So please, don't say renders, say cut-outs or mattes. Why? Because it creates confusion especially for those who wants a career in graphic design especially in game companies such as Ubisoft. While you may not want to have a job or being hired at design and only does this as hobby, it's good to practice what the pros have practised. Misconception and being mislead can lead to disasters, if not loss of time.

Ahxakri
02-15-2011, 03:32 PM
Eh, never really cared, I know what they are even if I'm not using the proper term..xD It's what EVERY GFX artist has ever called them in front of me. Including one who is pro in more than just signature making. He's an epic GFX, Website builder, blah, blah, blah. Just saying, even pros call them renders.

So in turn I use sentences like "I rendered this picture." It is just what I'm used too. I can't promise the break of habit though.

Also, I know all of those techniques and such. I just loathe spending the time to cut out a picture. ._. It's a ****ing hassle to me and I would much prefer saving the time getting a picture already done. Why? I know I could it myself, but you see...I am a lazy person.

zeejay21
02-15-2011, 03:47 PM
Yeah, I understand that one - being lazy not to cut pictures. I also have that feeling from time to time. lol

Most of the time I don't cut images. I use the whole image and make my designs around that.


What I meant with REAL pros are people that are hired in the industry - meaning paid ones. Just go to design-centric websites such as PSDTuts+ (http://psd.tutsplus.com/) and see how they use the term 'renders' differently.

I know it's hard to break a habit, heck, I used to call mattes as renders when I first starting out making sigs but, soon, right after I know it from reading books on VFX and watching Dylan Cole matte painting Gnomon tutorial, I got used it. And so do you. Practice saying/typing it and you'll get used to it. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif


And, just a reminder for everyone, while UUSDG design sigs, it concentrates more on core digital design knowledge and improves on it. We are more into giving out tips and, if able to, tutorials. This is to make people as better designers not just in skill but also in discipline.

EmperorxZurg
02-15-2011, 04:06 PM
okay, this is weird...my parents said I'm grounded from the internet two days ago...but now I'm suddenly ungrounded....weird.

Anyways, for AC multiplayer characters, the AC wiki actually has a lot of matte pics of them ready for you if you don't feel like cutting them out. I usually do because I take screenshots of characters in cool positions and then cut it out. It's worth it to me for that cool variety http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_razz.gif

Anyways, I'll add your name to the roster. Zeejay, is there anyone else I missed while I was gone that needs added?

zeejay21
02-15-2011, 04:30 PM
Hmm, I don't remember. Perhaps we should check the previous pages?

Ahxakri
02-15-2011, 04:35 PM
I would enjoy cutting out a screen shot, why? I like custom pictures too, but I wouldn't take the time to do it if I could find a picture of the same thing online already cut out. And it would have to be a really epic pose for me to get excited. XD

However, I will go a looking for some good poses.

zeejay21
02-15-2011, 04:58 PM
An update on Matt Sim's (PlayerAffinity.com) sig, not complete yet, just the progress:

http://img.skitch.com/20110216-tpa1t6ubihkxw46imhgbm6tbp9.png

SBRedFlag
02-15-2011, 07:58 PM
Hey guys! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

You might remember me, I posted a lot between August and November last year. I see zeejay, disturbed, Slime and the a lot of the others from our old signature requests gang stayed on.
Well, I'm back, and I will be for a while (I hope).
So... can I be part of the group? I think I've improved a lot since we last talked :P

zeejay21
02-15-2011, 08:42 PM
Heeeey!!! It's sbred!!!

Welcome back, buddy! We miss ya! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

And sure you could! Just incorporate the logo in your sig and use the watermark for your sig works - both are found in the first page, top post.

SBRedFlag
02-15-2011, 08:59 PM
Like this?

zeejay21
02-15-2011, 09:24 PM
Cooooooooool......

Yeah, like that.


Anyway, here's a good speech from Creative Mornings (http://creativemornings.com/) about designers and clients by Michael Bierut of Pentagram:

http://psd.tutsplus.com/articl...hael-bierut-clients/ (http://psd.tutsplus.com/articles/inspiration/michael-bierut-clients/)


I recommend designers to watch if they want a glimpse into what to expect from design careers. This can also apply when doing a request - even when you're working for free.

TIP: Consider the requester(s) as early-bird clients. It's good practice when dealing with real clients in the future if you take up design career.

Speaking of requester(s), can anyone help victorjr? This is his post (http://forums.ubi.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/5251069024/m/5611016909?r=2181092019#2181092019):


Hi everone
I also posted this in the signature request thread, but I got no respond, so i post is on the uusdg.
Cuse once the pc version get released, i will start a commentaary, but first i will help a friend with commentary.
Can anyone help em create a background/signature?
i really have no idea where to start, csue as you can see on my profiel picture.
So, can anyone help me?
Pm me, or post a quote ;D
very kind regards
victor

If anyone is available, please do take up the request. God knows you might be expanding your 'career' into new territory. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

EmperorxZurg
02-15-2011, 09:29 PM
I sent him a pm yesterday...he didn't respond yet http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_razz.gif

IT'S SBRED!!!!!!!!! I thought you left for like foreverz! Sure you can join! I'll add you to the roster http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

and nice link Zeejay, It applies to film as well in some instances (I only know because I'm training to become a film director)

SBRedFlag
02-15-2011, 09:37 PM
Awesome!
Zeejay, can I have the playeraffinity logo png? I joined there today http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif
As for victorjr, if disturbed doesn't want to do it, I'll do whatever it is he wants to do (It's not very clear in his original post...)

EmperorxZurg
02-15-2011, 09:46 PM
yeah, once he messages me what he wants, I'll post it here so you can give it a shot too http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_razz.gif

EDIT: oh, Zeejay, I just saw that sig! Awesome looking http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif Do you think some more scratches on the left side might help balance it more..? Just seems a bit right heavy to me XP

zeejay21
02-15-2011, 09:51 PM
Sure thing, here ya go:

http://img.skitch.com/20110216...j6ytf4ce2jburded.png (http://img.skitch.com/20110216-8mpd642urij6ytf4ce2jburded.png)


It's pretty big so that's why the link. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Now, I'll be a bit busy later today so... just have fun designing, fellas! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif


Originally posted by d1sturbedme_468:
oh, Zeejay, I just saw that sig! Awesome looking http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif Do you think some more scratches on the left side might help balance it more..? Just seems a bit right heavy to me XP

There's a concept to it. You'll see it when it's done. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

SBRedFlag
02-15-2011, 10:15 PM
Thanks, zeejay, look what I got from it http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

http://img51.imageshack.us/img51/4909/luigit.jpg

zeejay21
02-15-2011, 11:24 PM
Holy ****! I need to rest! Just check this badass digital art from allenweis in ConceptArt.org (http://www.conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=209432) (yes, I'm a member there too but no, no art yet).

See all the freakish details there? MINDBLOWING!

EmperorxZurg
02-15-2011, 11:54 PM
wow! That is detail!

I stalk that forum, haven't joined yet though as I'm not a good digital concept artist. I was thinking of joining once I get better at Digital drawings (I'm still stuck at traditional http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_razz.gif )

LordWolv
02-15-2011, 11:58 PM
Is anyone going to answer my question, do I get in? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-surprised.gif
I'll try and improve it abit now anyway.

EmperorxZurg
02-16-2011, 12:04 AM
Isaac, you've already been added to the roster XD yeah, you're in http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_razz.gif

LordWolv
02-16-2011, 12:16 AM
http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif
Thank you.
Right, which one do you prefer:
http://img34.imageshack.us/img34/7814/ssigc.png
Do you like this one atall? ^
http://img23.imageshack.us/img23/5251/ssigremake.png
If you did like that one, do you like the softened/light added here? ^

Or the current one, I'm not so sure of the font on a first and the one bellow is abit boring. I can mix them up of course.

EmperorxZurg
02-16-2011, 12:19 AM
imo, the first one. It's the perfect combination and layout before it gets too crowded. the cut off at the top left is nice too. I just don't like the shine at the bottom of the second (which seems like the only difference to me XD)

LordWolv
02-16-2011, 12:23 AM
Okay. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif
I softened the second one slightly, but you're right - There isn't much of a differance.

Any comments on the font and colour of the writing? Do you think it matches the rest enough?

Ahxakri
02-16-2011, 05:30 AM
Eh, both versions are over crowded with text, Isaac. I hope you guys understand that I make all my text in my signatures quite elusive. I want the focal to be my matte, not my words. I make them visible yet not the first thing the eye sees. I see a lot of GFX artist doing it here, and it is quite honestly an eyesore some times. D:

zeejay21
02-16-2011, 06:34 AM
It's all up to the designer's wants, Ahxakri. Some want the subject to be the focus, some want all (in my case, it is).

If you don't want people to read the text, you can opt for no text at all but what about if others want it? Where will they put it? Most 'GFX' artist or in my words, usual sig designers would place them near the subject. To be honest, that's wrong. You SHOULDN'T place them anywhere near the subject, it'll create focal competition.

I'll invoke what usual sig designers used for creating sigs - The Rule of Thirds.

To them, they only know to place a subject in the center to be focused at so what they did was collect everything including text in the middle. However, did they know that the rule also has this rule:

- Never put another subject along or another hotspot or golden mean if there is already a subject one place. The eyes will focused on one thing at a time. Creating two hotspots will confuse the viewer.

You can read from where I learned this:

http://features.cgsociety.org/...story_id=3275&page=1 (http://features.cgsociety.org/story_custom.php?story_id=3275&page=1)


Also, in text rules, if you want the viewer to read them, make it visible and make them readable - even it needs to be large.

Have you heard about typography? A lot of usual sig designers don't focus on this. They should. It's essential to every designer - amateur or pro. Here's a good list of typography studies from SmashingMagazine.com (I need to read some of it as well):

http://www.smashingmagazine.com/tag/typography/

And here's the wiki on Typography:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Typography


For Isaac500, I would give him a slack, he's just starting out anyways and here, in UUSDG, we encouraged critiques or constructive comments and not criticisms. We don't need criticism in order to improve, we need lessons. So for Isaac, in order to improve, I suggest to you read this:

http://www.artention.ch/2010/1...ize-and-arrangement/ (http://www.artention.ch/2010/10/07/typography-correct-size-and-arrangement/)

This is good, basic study of text readability size and alignment. Others should read it too.

In my own personal opinion, the logo needs to be below left, if using PhotoShop, without much layer styles applied but use Color Overlay to changed the color to white. Same goes for your name but at upper right a bit. If you want, create a colored box underneath your name text layer. I suggest either yellow or light orange and give either a stroke if your want to integrate it or Drop Shadow if you want to make it pop.

I suggest to choose a better font as well. Choose something a bit modern or classic and control the spaces of the font via the Character tool palette. Give the font a bit of space so that it'll easier to read and the font to 'breath'.

The sig is a good experimentation and I really encourage people to have fun while designing. Sometimes, while experimenting you might find something's a bit odd and you can find some ways to fix it. Pros do this all the time so don't worry, just have fun designing. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif


Also to all:

Creating sigs are not just about pretty, cool & amazing images. It's about representing the person or a community - different from what usual sig designers' forums, clubs or factions have taught where cool is the main dish of sig-making. I say they have A LOT to learn in design.

the_atm
02-16-2011, 02:30 PM
ok look at Serrachio 's sig, see on the right side where the one layer (the picture) fades into the back round, i've googled and looked at tut every where and i cant figure out how to do that on gimp, can any one help?

T0xicLotus
02-16-2011, 06:13 PM
Originally posted by livfreorletmedi:
ok look at Serrachio 's sig, see on the right side where the one layer (the picture) fades into the back round, i've googled and looked at tut every where and i cant figure out how to do that on gimp, can any one help?

Well I made the Sig so I should be able to help you http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Basically all I did was add a Foreground to Transparent Gradient Layer over the top of the image, so to replicate it in Gimp all you need to do is ..

1. Create a New Layer
2. Click on your Blend Tool (Toolbox or you can find it in Tools/Paint Tools)
3. Scroll down to the tool tabs where your Blend Tool is active (below your Toolbox) and click on it
4. In your Tool Tabs Click on the box beside where it says Gradient (not the reverse button, well except if you actually need the Gradient to be reversed of course lol)
5. Select the FG to Transparent Gradient option
4. Go up to the colour palette and choose your colour
5. Now just drag the Gradient across your image until you are happy http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Most likely I have caused you more confusion with useless attempt at explaining myself lol, so if I have just let me know and I will try again lol, maybe with pictures if need be, unless someone else can explain better than I can which is highly likely lol


ooo also another tip for you seeing as you are a GIMP user, I noticed the watermark was very faint on your sig, not sure if this is how you wanted it to be or you couldn't change the watermark to white, but anyho just in case

Quick tip to turn the Logo White in Gimp,

1. Go to the Colours tab
2. Select Invert

hey presto, white logo, it will be a bit faint though, so when you have placed it onto your image, its just a matter of duplicating the logo layer and playing with the transparacy untill you are happy http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

the_atm
02-16-2011, 08:19 PM
ya i kinda wanted it to be faint, so it did not stick out as much but it's still there, thanks for the help with the blending, i'll try that towmorow :P

SBRedFlag
02-16-2011, 09:03 PM
Two requests from Planet Affinity:
http://img502.imageshack.us/img502/9712/seabadjer111.png
http://img265.imageshack.us/img265/1818/isnipezz.jpg

LaCava1
02-16-2011, 09:23 PM
I decided to make a new signature (for myself)
And here it is. I think it's kind of stu-ALL GLORY TO THE HYPNOTOAD. (feedback appreciated)
http://img407.imageshack.us/img407/672/hypnotaodwipp.jpg

SBRedFlag
02-16-2011, 09:34 PM
Mm, not very visually appealing, to be honest, especially the text. Try some variation in your font, and make it more complex, maybe try a clipping mask or something: http://cheltzey.blogspot.com/2...-clipping-masks.html (http://cheltzey.blogspot.com/2007/04/gimp-tutorial-creating-clipping-masks.html)

Also, try blending the toad with the background more. A great way to achieve this is gradient maps, (http://docs.gimp.org/en/plug-in-gradmap.html) but that's not the only solution.
Additionally, work on placing the logo so that it doesn't look out of place.

zeejay21
02-16-2011, 09:56 PM
I would just sharpen the toad and changed the text colors and pick a better font.

I would even do something crazy with the text but that's just me. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

SBRedFlag
02-16-2011, 10:02 PM
Right. Any feedback on my two sigs above?

zeejay21
02-16-2011, 10:47 PM
An improvement, I can say.

The first sig, the Seabager text needs some work. Decrease it's Bevel and Emboss size because it's at it's extreme and it's not working well.

I congratulate you on using a rounded rectangle shape as it's plate (the base shape where images are in) - that's what I would use though now, I'm more into custom shapes.

The second one looks as any common GFX sigs I come across. Try to have fun with it, not just the image. You did that with Seabadger's, why not with this one?

I would congratulate on the attempt on using the dark rock to cover a portion of the logo. However, it does not really work. Try to block some more portions or simply don't since the logo appears floating and not a part of the image.

Overall, try to experiment and have fun with with your sigs - don't limit your creativity. There are rules (the ones you learned in any 'GFX' or usual sig designers' forums), yes, but I recommend you to expand upon it, don't let it hold you back.

Be yourself, don't be like others you commonly see, BE UNIQUE.

zeejay21
02-17-2011, 05:35 AM
Man, after all that digital art learning, I'm gonna take a rest.

Update on Matt Sim's sig:

http://img.skitch.com/20110217-pc2f649yipidq1c3m2p6md7rcc.png

Will continue later.

EmperorxZurg
02-17-2011, 12:11 PM
nice work on that Zeejay! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif I like the rustic/wild machinery on the left. Can't wait to see how the left part will turn out http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_razz.gif

Telum-Dei
02-17-2011, 02:45 PM
Am I the only one who noticed his hand is groping her breast?

EmperorxZurg
02-17-2011, 10:33 PM
it seemed more like him motioning for her to stand back XD Her breast is a bit to the right

zeejay21
02-18-2011, 03:26 AM
Matt Sim's sig is finally done! Here's the final version:

http://img.skitch.com/20110218-fdtwt4f6aw2qb5q4rdh4g1cuh9.png

Size: 600 px x 190 px, 200kb


I'd also submitted this to deviantart.com:

Large showcase version (http://zeejay21.deviantart.com/art/Matt-Sims-Signature-L-197865270?q=gallery%3Azeejay21&qo=1)

Small showcase version (http://zeejay21.deviantart.com/art/Matt-Sims-Signature-N-197865508?q=gallery%3Azeejay21&qo=0)

T0xicLotus
02-18-2011, 12:09 PM
OH WOW http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif , that's awesome Zeejay, everything is so detailed, I couldn't even begin to make anything that even so much as resembles that lol, again though WOW, I bow in awe at your awesomeness http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

rocketxsurgeon
02-18-2011, 02:11 PM
wow zeejay!

Thats awesome! Its so detailed and colourful.

I http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/heart.gif it http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

EmperorxZurg
02-18-2011, 04:54 PM
diggin' the new sig Rocket http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

I like the cut face from the same picture being separated

Sprint-Please
02-18-2011, 06:19 PM
This is going to be an extremely nooby question to you guys, but how can I make an area of a picture transparent? http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

EmperorxZurg
02-18-2011, 06:28 PM
depends on the software you use so we know where the tool is, really http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_razz.gif

the thing that makes something transparent is called an alpha channel (created by Ed Catmull >Pixar founder< http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif)

to enable a picture to HAVE an alpha channel however, if if you have GIMP, right click on the layer in question. then scroll down until it says "add alpha channel" and click. then you can cut it anyway you want and it will be transparent. Remember to save it as a .png though as jpegs don't support transparencies.

oh, but any comments on this picture I made for someone? I just wanted some ideas to make it better http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_razz.gif (file size doesn't matter, their using it as a personal sig)

http://img837.imageshack.us/img837/2313/bioshocklove.png
LINK: http://img837.imageshack.us/im...313/bioshocklove.png (http://img837.imageshack.us/img837/2313/bioshocklove.png)

Sprint-Please
02-18-2011, 06:33 PM
Originally posted by d1sturbedme_468:
depends on the software you use so we know where the tool is, really http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_razz.gif

the thing that makes something transparent is called an alpha channel (created by Ed Catmull >Pixar founder< http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif)

to enable a picture to HAVE an alpha channel however, if if you have GIMP, right click on the layer in question. then scroll down until it says "add alpha channel" and click. then you can cut it anyway you want and it will be transparent. Remember to save it as a .png though as jpegs don't support transparencies.

oh, but any comments on this picture I made for someone? I just wanted some ideas to make it better http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_razz.gif (file size doesn't matter, their using it as a personal sig)

http://img840.imageshack.us/img840/2313/bioshocklove.png
LINK: http://img840.imageshack.us/im...313/bioshocklove.png (http://img840.imageshack.us/img840/2313/bioshocklove.png)

I'm using Photoshop CS4. My father's an architect so he's pretty knowledgeable about the topic.
In regards to your picture, I think it's cool that you reversed the heart, but I would change the font and color so that it will pop out. What do I know though, http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

This is the first sig I made, what do you think?
http://i466.photobucket.com/albums/rr27/DarreanJoshua/sig.png
As you can see it's quite basic. I want to change the shapes using transparency so it's not so generic. The signature I'm using now is my second attempt. :S I'm going to make another one using the Pariah!

EmperorxZurg
02-18-2011, 06:38 PM
ah, a more "pop" to the pic, okay http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif Should I still try the reversed style of fonts though? Like the scripty pilgi font for the heart and bland font for the hate?

I like the incorporation of concept art in it though, you see that so few times nowadays. it's mostly just mattes and stuff XP (like me!) If the wall is right next to the assassin though, I might put a shadow there once you make a matte of him so as to give some depth.

and the add alpha channel thing should work for it, although I'm not sure. Someone else that uses Photoshop (like Zeejay or Rocket) might be able to help more

Sprint-Please
02-18-2011, 06:44 PM
Originally posted by d1sturbedme_468:
ah, a more "pop" to the pic, okay http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif Should I still try the reversed style of fonts though? Like the scripty pilgi font for the heart and bland font for the hate?

I like the incorporation of concept art in it though, you see that so few times nowadays. it's mostly just mattes and stuff XP (like me!) If the wall is right next to the assassin though, I might put a shadow there once you make a matte of him so as to give some depth.

and the add alpha channel thing should work for it, although I'm not sure. Someone else that uses Photoshop (like Zeejay or Rocket) might be able to help more

Ah, thanks. (:
I think a script-like font would clutter it too much, unless you can make both script and sans-serif look good together, and if you can, I applaud you. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

zeejay21
02-18-2011, 07:25 PM
PhotoShop also has alpha channel but that's just one way. There are many options to do so.

One of them is my favorite: Layer Mask (http://photoshoptips.net/2006/07/25/layer-masks/).

Using Layer Mask, I can paint, draw, make paths then into selections and after its done, fill it with black to hide some unimportant parts and I use white to reveal it back if I made a mistake. It's pretty powerful for just one option and it's better than using an Eraser or the Pen tool.

My previous made sig, the Matt Sims' one? I use LOTS of layer masks amongst other things.

Try Layer Mask, fellas. Just remember that while masking, black hides and white reveals. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Sprint-Please
02-18-2011, 07:40 PM
Originally posted by zeejay21:
PhotoShop also has alpha channel but that's just one way. There are many options to do so.

One of them is my favorite: Layer Mask (http://photoshoptips.net/2006/07/25/layer-masks/).

Using Layer Mask, I can paint, draw, make paths then into selections and after its done, fill it with black to hide some unimportant parts and I use white to reveal it back if I made a mistake. It's pretty powerful for just one option and it's better than using an Eraser or the Pen tool.

My previous made sig, the Matt Sims' one? I use LOTS of layer masks amongst other things.

Try Layer Mask, fellas. Just remember that while masking, black hides and white reveals. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Thank you very much!

EmperorxZurg
02-18-2011, 08:23 PM
hey. here's an updated version up to criticism:
http://img217.imageshack.us/img217/2313/bioshocklove.png
LINK: http://img217.imageshack.us/im...313/bioshocklove.png (http://img217.imageshack.us/img217/2313/bioshocklove.png)

I used Zeejay's advice and actually used a layer mask for the drop shadow of the "hate" so it would only stay and the dark heart and help it pop more. Same with the inverse white drop shadow on "love"

Sprint-Please
02-18-2011, 09:49 PM
Originally posted by d1sturbedme_468:
hey. here's an updated version up to criticism:
http://img217.imageshack.us/img217/2313/bioshocklove.png
LINK: http://img217.imageshack.us/im...313/bioshocklove.png (http://img217.imageshack.us/img217/2313/bioshocklove.png)


I like it! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif
I used Zeejay's advice and actually used a layer mask for the drop shadow of the "hate" so it would only stay and the dark heart and help it pop more. Same with the inverse white drop shadow on "love"

rocketxsurgeon
02-19-2011, 08:54 AM
Originally posted by d1sturbedme_468:
diggin' the new sig Rocket http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

I like the cut face from the same picture being separated

Thank you disturbed http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/heart.gif

And i really love that sig you made, the red really makes it pop http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

The second edit is a great improvement (:

EmperorxZurg
02-19-2011, 12:33 PM
thank rocket http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

weirdly though, that same person also requested a gears of war one. I don't know why, but yeah XD feel free to give some comments before I send it to him http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_razz.gif
http://img594.imageshack.us/img594/4905/gears.png

rocketxsurgeon
02-19-2011, 03:20 PM
No problem! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

And as to the signature, i like it http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

The only thing i could say is maybe contrast the grey section to give it a bit more depth (:

Sprint-Please
02-19-2011, 06:45 PM
Can I join the UUSDG? http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Here are my beginner works, I think making sigs is a good incentive to practice!

First Attempt:
http://i466.photobucket.com/albums/rr27/DarreanJoshua/sig.png
Second Attempt:
http://i466.photobucket.com/albums/rr27/DarreanJoshua/SIG2.jpg
Third Attempt:
http://i466.photobucket.com/albums/rr27/DarreanJoshua/RandomSig.jpg
Fourth Attempt:
http://i466.photobucket.com/albums/rr27/DarreanJoshua/Sig2-4.png
Fifth Attempt:
http://i466.photobucket.com/albums/rr27/DarreanJoshua/sig3.png

http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Ahxakri
02-19-2011, 06:58 PM
http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb231/Ahxakri/Signatures/Bayonetta1.png

Is this good enough to show I'm a part of this GFX group?

ARIANit_
02-19-2011, 07:10 PM
That's very ... bright.

Ahxakri
02-19-2011, 07:13 PM
No, my Sonic signature is very bright. XD That's just colorful.

EmperorxZurg
02-19-2011, 07:15 PM
Both of your sigs are fantastic! I'm pretty sure I speqk for everyone that its fine for you to join, we accept everyone http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif (unless of course everyone else says no for some reason 0_0)
I'll add both of you to the roster, just remember the watermark for the pics and if you need any help, feel free to ask it here http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Sprint-Please
02-19-2011, 07:18 PM
Originally posted by d1sturbedme_468:
Both of your sigs are fantastic! I'm pretty sure I speqk for everyone that its fine for you to join, we accept everyone http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif (unless of course everyone else says no for some reason 0_0)
I'll add both of you to the roster, just remember the watermark for the pics and if you need any help, feel free to ask it here http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Yay. 8D

EmperorxZurg
02-19-2011, 08:19 PM
ahxakri....I just checked the first post and you were already on the roster XD

and I just added SPrint to it http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

oh, I tried joining the EPIC games forums so as to offer sigs and expand the UUSDG, but I just checked the rules:
no images sigs allowed ;_;

Ahxakri
02-19-2011, 08:24 PM
Whatwhat?! That's poppycock!

EmperorxZurg
02-19-2011, 08:42 PM
haha XD yeah, you were added around page... 8 :P

say, Sprint, where did you get the renders for those characters? I haven't even seen them before XD

Sprint-Please
02-19-2011, 08:57 PM
Originally posted by d1sturbedme_468:
haha XD yeah, you were added around page... 8 :P

say, Sprint, where did you get the renders for those characters? I haven't even seen them before XD

I'm assuming you mean the renders in this signature?
http://i466.photobucket.com/albums/rr27/DarreanJoshua/RandomSig-1.png

They are new DLC characters to arrive on Brotherhood in March! There's a lot of buzz about it.

EmperorxZurg
02-19-2011, 09:08 PM
oh, no wonder I don't know then XD I seem to just stick at the sig thread snow XP quick q before we derail, are they free? Or is the first paying one?

Ahxakri
02-19-2011, 09:16 PM
http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb231/Ahxakri/Signatures/Bayonetta1.png http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb231/Ahxakri/Signatures/Bayonetta2.png

I made a darker version of this one and Arianit was right. I like the darker version better. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_razz.gif It shows more depth and detail than the lighter version does. So, it is win!

Also, I know I was added but I was asked to have the logo in my signature, and I was asking if the way I had it was fine. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_razz.gif It's tiny and not noticeable unless you are trying to look for it past the focal.

Sprint-Please
02-19-2011, 09:31 PM
Originally posted by d1sturbedme_468:
oh, no wonder I don't know then XD I seem to just stick at the sig thread snow XP quick q before we derail, are they free? Or is the first paying one?

The first paying one, it's a huge update.

EmperorxZurg
02-19-2011, 09:52 PM
dang, I just had enough money for the new Halo map pack too >/ Time for some more babysitting! XD

oh, so just as an idea I got. Since Zeejay and Slime have spread onto other forums as well, do you think the group should try a movement to go inter-forum or become official or something? Just an idea http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_razz.gif

zeejay21
02-19-2011, 10:44 PM
Originally posted by d1sturbedme_468:
say, Sprint, where did you get the renders for those characters? I haven't even seen them before XD

I assumed you wanna call it mattes, right?


What's your idea about going inter-forum?

As for becoming official, unless a Ubisoft staff/official join us and officially announced our collective (via their Facebook page at least), we'll stay unofficial.

I rather just highly encourage members here to spread their own wings around the net and in real-life. It'll be a good practice and very good to earn experience.

God knows, members here might find a early-start career. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

EmperorxZurg
02-19-2011, 11:07 PM
yes, matte XP dang force of habit. I gotta work on that

for inter-forum, my idea was to do something where we see video game forums that allow image sigs and we send one member (as sort of an ambassador) and see if it can kick off there, then recruit more members and have links to come back here so more people can interact and share ideas/sigs

and as for the official thing, I was just wondering XD since I saw CrownedNorris somehow become official AC greeter http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_razz.gif

all just ideas though, nothing serious happening unless ya'll want it

zeejay21
02-19-2011, 11:23 PM
Originally posted by d1sturbedme_468:
yes, matte XP dang force of habit. I gotta work on that

for inter-forum, my idea was to do something where we see video game forums that allow image sigs and we send one member (as sort of an ambassador) and see if it can kick off there, then recruit more members and have links to come back here so more people can interact and share ideas/sigs

and as for the official thing, I was just wondering XD since I saw CrownedNorris somehow become official AC greeter http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_razz.gif

all just ideas though, nothing serious happening unless ya'll want it

lol Yeah, it's hard to break a habit, huh?

Hmm, it's a good idea. Try it. I promote you to be in charge of it. Heck, since you're assisting me from the start, what about if I give the title of UUSDG second-in-command? I'll PM you the logo later on. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Well, if you can make him join, it'll be great! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

EmperorxZurg
02-19-2011, 11:31 PM
awesome http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif I'll begin some scouting and send some co-responding PM's and such among those forums and see how well it works. It would be awesome if it does and we get more people. Much more ideas to go around and help for new beginners

zeejay21
02-19-2011, 11:53 PM
I've PMed your insignia, d1sturbed. Check the UUSDG thread PM. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

LordWolv
02-19-2011, 11:56 PM
Originally posted by d1sturbedme_468:
Do you think the group should try a movement to go inter-forum or become official or something? Just an idea :P
Hmm, becoming official. That would be pretty awesome. Still it's a big leap - I think possibly we should try for the 'Official Assassin's Creed Signature Designers' first, then if we get that, we would have more chance to move up to the whole of Ubisoft forums.

UUSDG hasn't got a leader, does it? Well, I'm quite warming to the chance of being official - Disturbed or someone should send a PM to Shade with some examples of our work.. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

zeejay21
02-20-2011, 12:03 AM
Originally posted by Isaac500:

Hmm, becoming official. That would be pretty awesome. Still it's a big leap - I think possibly we should try for the 'Official Assassin's Creed Signature Designers' first, then if we get that, we would have more chance to move up to the whole of Ubisoft forums.

UUSDG hasn't got a leader, does it? Well, I'm quite warming to the chance of being official - Disturbed or someone should send a PM to Shade with some examples of our work.. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Why restrict when you have the freedom? UUSDG was founded not just for AC but all things Ubisoft and others as well.

This group already has a leader and he's typing this words down. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif

As I said, unless a Ubisoft staff/official join us and officially announced our collective, we'll stay unofficial. Nothing wrong with suggesting this idea to the Ubi staff though. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

EmperorxZurg
02-20-2011, 12:29 AM
^ this. All hail the original leader who even made the first sig request thread http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif

http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_razz.gif

zeejay21
02-20-2011, 12:53 AM
Uhhh, the one that made the first sig & avy thread was Rompipalle1488 and it's a she. I luckily found that the thread when it was bumped to the first page when I was actually looking for a signature requests thread after I was getting to know the forum. Here's the first, legacy sig & avy request thread:

http://forums.ubi.com/eve/foru...024/m/4871070928/p/1 (http://forums.ubi.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/5251069024/m/4871070928/p/1)


The second (and current one) is lead by our own sbredflag. Here's where the UUSDG originates, from a couple of talks to challenges and tossing ideas around:

http://forums.ubi.com/eve/foru...1069024/m/5691095978 (http://forums.ubi.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/5251069024/m/5691095978)


The multiplayer section has T0xicLotus at the helm. Recognizing her talent, I and d1sturbed personally approach her (via PMs) to join UUSDG. We were grateful when she joins and has been not only actively doing request but also recruits potential members and sharing her design knowledge. Here's her thread:

http://forums.ubi.com/eve/foru...1024388/m/4521080909 (http://forums.ubi.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/2361024388/m/4521080909)

EmperorxZurg
02-20-2011, 12:58 AM
>_>
<_<
>_^

I knew about Rompipalle, totally XD


but it's past midnight here now, so I'm gonna have to catch some shuteye for my date tomorrow morning. I'll send out the PM's and threads I have jotted down on a couple notecards in the mornin' http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_razz.gif good luck with the designing for the rest of you http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Ahxakri
02-20-2011, 07:17 AM
I have a question. What do you guys think of signature battles?

In more detail, healthy signature competitions. A signatur battle takes place when one GFX artist challenges another GFX artist. It can involve more than two people, but you have the jist of where things are going.

After the challenge has been accepted, a challenge to both of them will be setup. They will both have to make a signature to some odd specifications. Restrictions can be placed, C4D's, Stocks, Mattes, and other such things can be put into the description as must use amongst other sorts of things.

Then whenever both are done (a time span will be given as well), they post them up and let the voting begin. I'm aware some of you won't like the idea of competition, but I fully believe in competition bringing out the best work in us. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_razz.gif

Just a suggestion, I'd like to get in on one with someone around here.

LordWolv
02-20-2011, 08:42 AM
Signature battles? Sounds interesting. Personally I think it would be great. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

zeejay21
02-20-2011, 09:50 AM
Originally posted by Ahxakri:
I have a question. What do you guys think of signature battles?

In more detail, healthy signature competitions. A signatur battle takes place when one GFX artist challenges another GFX artist. It can involve more than two people, but you have the jist of where things are going.

After the challenge has been accepted, a challenge to both of them will be setup. They will both have to make a signature to some odd specifications. Restrictions can be placed, C4D's, Stocks, Mattes, and other such things can be put into the description as must use amongst other sorts of things.

Then whenever both are done (a time span will be given as well), they post them up and let the voting begin. I'm aware some of you won't like the idea of competition, but I fully believe in competition bringing out the best work in us. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_razz.gif

Just a suggestion, I'd like to get in on one with someone around here.

Based on my experience, I would say no.

Let's just say that while it does boost members' activities but it doesn't boost skill or knowledge. UUSDG is made so that members can become better designers, not competitions.



Anyway, I was exploring PS CS4 3D capabilities since CS5 is too much for my iMac to handle (I uninstalled it) and this is one of the results from my exploration:

http://img.skitch.com/20110220-x6n7jwd1ebae5w3h7ium3gp3m8.jpg

The tommygun is rendered in PhotoShop from a Collada .dae file that was exported from Daz 3D Studio. Ain't much but I'm getting a hang of the 3D functions in PSCS4.

Telum-Dei
02-20-2011, 10:40 AM
That's really cool zeejay!

Never tried the 3d capabilities really but that's an incentive to give it a shot!

LordWolv
02-20-2011, 10:49 AM
Is much Zeejay, that's very impressive.

zeejay21
02-20-2011, 11:03 AM
Yeah but that tommygun isn't made by me. It's a stock 3D that I enhanced in PS CS4. PS CS4 can't really make anything so detail like that so it's either I still need to make my own models in a dedicated 3D program such as Cinema 4D or import ready-made models from sites such as Google 3D Warehouse (http://sketchup.google.com/3dwarehouse/). Right now, I'm watching video tutorials from Lynda.com on PS CS4 3D. I wanna know how to paint textures and creating bump maps*. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif


*Bump maps is awesome. Ever tried Bevel and Emboss layer styles in PhotoShop? Well, it's like that but for 3D models. I can make scratches to models or make it look all jagged-like.

LordWolv
02-20-2011, 11:12 AM
Oh - I thought you'd made the Tommy. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

zeejay21
02-20-2011, 11:31 AM
lol No. I'm not a 3D modeler...

But I want to become one. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/winky.gif

Ahxakri
02-20-2011, 11:33 AM
Nice, Zeejay.

Anyhow, was just asking. Only a suggestion and partially how I kept getting better. The main reason I got better was because we my opponent and I were doing the same thing, so I would be able to learn what they did. And eventually pick up yet another tool in sig making. I know I can always pick up something new, so I felt like seeing if it was okay around here.

It has nothing to do with bad vibes, arguments or showing who is better than who. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_razz.gif Simply shows a contrast between artist and where you could improve if you lost. -shrugs-

Oh well, whatever you say man.

zeejay21
02-20-2011, 11:38 AM
Originally posted by Ahxakri:
Nice, Zeejay.

Anyhow, was just asking. Only a suggestion and partially how I kept getting better. The main reason I got better was because we my opponent and I were doing the same thing, so I would be able to learn what they did. And eventually pick up yet another tool in sig making.

It has nothing to do with bad vibes, arguments or showing who is better than who. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_razz.gif Simply shows a contrast between artist and where you could improve if you lost. -shrugs-

Oh well, whatever you say man.

Trust me, I know a LOT about competitions.

But I allow sparring - it's like a mock battle but focus on improving both oneself and the opponent. It's much more friendly, respectful and more effective in exchanging ideas.

You can do it anytime and with anybody willing to take part. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

T0xicLotus
02-20-2011, 12:00 PM
Guys, a quick question here, but do you think that there should be some sort of restriction on who can apply for a Signature??, I know that sounds horrible so let me further explain ..

I have been getting a few requests from people new to the forums, that's all fine and dandy, but its seems that once the Signature is made, they are nowhere to be found, they just disappear of the face of the Forums, so the work kinda goes to waste, now I can put the work up for adoption, but not everyone wants it if it is too specific, so again do you think that there should be a post minimum before requesting a Signature? .... thoughts

rocketxsurgeon
02-20-2011, 12:01 PM
Originally posted by T0xicLotus:
Guys, a quick question here, but do you think that there should be some sort of restriction on who can apply for a Signature??, I know that sounds horrible so let me further explain ..

I have been getting a few requests from people new to the forums, that's all fine and dandy, but its seems that once the Signature is made, they are nowhere to be found, they just disappear of the face of the Forums, so the work kinda goes to waste, now I can put the work up for adoption, but not everyone wants it if it is too specific, so again do you think that there should be a post minimum before requesting a Signature? .... thoughts

I was thinking the same thing, i've made a few signatures now and the people never post :S

LordWolv
02-20-2011, 12:06 PM
Originally posted by T0xicLotus:
Guys, a quick question here, but do you think that there should be some sort of restriction on who can apply for a Signature??, I know that sounds horrible so let me further explain ..

I have been getting a few requests from people new to the forums, that's all fine and dandy, but its seems that once the Signature is made, they are nowhere to be found, they just disappear of the face of the Forums, so the work kinda goes to waste, now I can put the work up for adoption, but not everyone wants it if it is too specific, so again do you think that there should be a post minimum before requesting a Signature? .... thoughts
100% agree
I have so far got 7 requests, and I have never seen them again (Over the last month). When I check their forum posts, all 7 members put together barely make 10 posts. I think a number of posts should be an essential boundry, as I can spend almost an hour on some, to find out it's completely worthless..

T0xicLotus
02-20-2011, 12:11 PM
Originally posted by rocketxsurgeon:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by T0xicLotus:
Guys, a quick question here, but do you think that there should be some sort of restriction on who can apply for a Signature??, I know that sounds horrible so let me further explain ..

I have been getting a few requests from people new to the forums, that's all fine and dandy, but its seems that once the Signature is made, they are nowhere to be found, they just disappear of the face of the Forums, so the work kinda goes to waste, now I can put the work up for adoption, but not everyone wants it if it is too specific, so again do you think that there should be a post minimum before requesting a Signature? .... thoughts

I was thinking the same thing, i've made a few signatures now and the people never post :S </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Can be a bit annoying cant it, granted, it does keep you in practice with your skills, but at the same time, I feel that time would have been better spent on making a Signature for someone who is active on the forums and have been dying to get a Signature, but have had to wait while I make a Signature for a non existent member :S

zeejay21
02-20-2011, 12:11 PM
Yeah, the so-called 'bad clients' or 'I-forgot-it clients' problem.

I know because I'd experienced it as well but here's the thing, don't worry about 'clients' not taking them, worry about what new designs you can make and keep them as a portfolio if they're not taken (I would still keep them as a portfolio set though). You can then review back and use it so other 'clients' can see it and impressed by it.

Remember, we're doing this for free. If we're getting paid then it's a different story (by then we need to write down a policy).

LordWolv
02-20-2011, 12:19 PM
Originally posted by zeejay21:
Yeah, the so-called 'bad clients' or 'I-forgot-it clients' problem.

I know because I'd experienced it as well but here's the thing, don't worry about 'clients' not taking them, worry about what new designs you can make and keep them as a portfolio if they're not taken (I would still keep them as a portfolio set though). You can then review back and use it so other 'clients' can see it and impressed by it.

Remember, we're doing this for free. If we're getting paid then it's a different story (by then we need to write down a policy).
I knew you'd come and retaliate. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif

But anyway, you have a point, but it still doesn't eliminate the fact that work for people that are then inactive can be very annoying, because you can sometimes take a few hours. Yes it's true you can keep it for the future but you'd still feel a heavy 'What was the point' feeling.

T0xicLotus
02-20-2011, 12:20 PM
Originally posted by Isaac500:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by T0xicLotus:
Guys, a quick question here, but do you think that there should be some sort of restriction on who can apply for a Signature??, I know that sounds horrible so let me further explain ..

I have been getting a few requests from people new to the forums, that's all fine and dandy, but its seems that once the Signature is made, they are nowhere to be found, they just disappear of the face of the Forums, so the work kinda goes to waste, now I can put the work up for adoption, but not everyone wants it if it is too specific, so again do you think that there should be a post minimum before requesting a Signature? .... thoughts
100% agree
I have so far got 7 requests, and I have never seen them again (Over the last month). When I check their forum posts, all 7 members put together barely make 10 posts. I think a number of posts should be an essential boundry, as I can spend almost an hour on some, to find out it's completely worthless.. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

7 in the past month http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/sadeyes.gif, think I have only had about 4, just finished one last night for a non existent member actually, and I have to admit I am quite proud of the Signature, its a little different from my normal work, but I guess I got off lightly as it is only 4, thing is though, there are others in my Requests list who I know are nowhere to be seen, in fact one guy asked me to email him the Signature when it is done as he is not on the forums very often, I actually think he registered just to ask me to make him a Sig as he only has 1 post http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif , at least he was honest enough to let me know, but still, I cant help but feel that this isn't exactly fair, on us and other people who deserve the Signature more http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif

LordWolv
02-20-2011, 12:23 PM
Originally posted by T0xicLotus:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Isaac500:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by T0xicLotus:
Guys, a quick question here, but do you think that there should be some sort of restriction on who can apply for a Signature??, I know that sounds horrible so let me further explain ..

I have been getting a few requests from people new to the forums, that's all fine and dandy, but its seems that once the Signature is made, they are nowhere to be found, they just disappear of the face of the Forums, so the work kinda goes to waste, now I can put the work up for adoption, but not everyone wants it if it is too specific, so again do you think that there should be a post minimum before requesting a Signature? .... thoughts
100% agree
I have so far got 7 requests, and I have never seen them again (Over the last month). When I check their forum posts, all 7 members put together barely make 10 posts. I think a number of posts should be an essential boundry, as I can spend almost an hour on some, to find out it's completely worthless.. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

7 in the past month http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/sadeyes.gif, think I have only had about 4, just finished one last night for a non existent member actually, and I have to admit I am quite proud of the Signature, its a little different from my normal work, but I guess I got off lightly as it is only 4, thing is though, there are others in my Requests list who I know are nowhere to be seen, in fact one guy asked me to email him the Signature when it is done as he is not on the forums very often, I actually think he registered just to ask me to make him a Sig as he only has 1 post http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif , at least he was honest enough to let me know, but still, I cant help but feel that this isn't exactly fair, on us and other people who deserve the Signature more http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
So true. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/51.gif

zeejay21
02-20-2011, 12:28 PM
Originally posted by Isaac500:

I knew you'd come and retaliate. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif

But anyway, you have a point, but it still doesn't eliminate the fact that work for people that are then inactive can be very annoying, because you can sometimes take a few hours. Yes it's true you can keep it for the future but you'd still feel a heavy 'What was the point' feeling.

Does it surprise you that this is normal in the designing world? You spent late nights doing your best designs and then found out that your 'client' just vanished?

You really can't do anything about it. Anything can happen to the 'client' in and after the duration of the design - no internet connection, sick, famine and even death.

There's a risk that your designs - even your best work - may end up unappreciated.

Like I like said, don't worry about it.

Do it and move on.

Watch this video on handling clients:
http://psd.tutsplus.com/articl...hael-bierut-clients/ (http://psd.tutsplus.com/articles/inspiration/michael-bierut-clients/)

LordWolv
02-20-2011, 12:32 PM
Originally posted by zeejay21:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Isaac500:

I knew you'd come and retaliate. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif

But anyway, you have a point, but it still doesn't eliminate the fact that work for people that are then inactive can be very annoying, because you can sometimes take a few hours. Yes it's true you can keep it for the future but you'd still feel a heavy 'What was the point' feeling.

Does it surprise you that this is normal in the designing world? You spent late nights doing your best designs and then found out that your 'client' just vanished?

You really can't do anything with it. Anything can happen to the 'client' in and after the duration of the design - no internet connection, sick, famine and even death.

There's a risk that your designs - even your best work - may end up unappreciated.

Like I like said, don't worry about it.

Do it and move on.

Watch this video on handling clients:
http://psd.tutsplus.com/articl...hael-bierut-clients/ (http://psd.tutsplus.com/articles/inspiration/michael-bierut-clients/) </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
Lol, it is true that the client may die an unfortunate and painful death while I am creating his/her signature, I think I could probably let them off that. Indeed it doesn't matter ALOT, but it is still not a great feeling.

zeejay21
02-20-2011, 12:39 PM
Originally posted by Isaac500:

Lol, it is true that the client may die an unfortunate and painful death while I am creating his/her signature, I think I could probably let them off that. Indeed it doesn't matter ALOT, but it is still not a great feeling.

I know but what can you do? Even pros have experiences like this. What did they do? They just let it go and move on.

Dylan Cole (http://www.dylancolestudio.com/), I really admire the guy, one of the leading matte painters in the industry, did several matte paintings (that's paintings- large ones!) for a Halo-strategy based game company and when he completes them, the company shuts down and he's left with no pay. I can imagine if any of you had his experience, you guys probably just throw away the paintings but he didn't do that. He kept them as a portfolio and he's still working in the entertainment industry - still making huge bucks.

So no sweat. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif


PS. Dylan Cole also had worked for Ubisoft on several matte paintings on AC2's Venice. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

LordWolv
02-20-2011, 12:42 PM
Yep, I usually do move on, but a 7 streak isn't nice.. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/shady.gif

zeejay21
02-20-2011, 12:47 PM
DON'T WORRY!

You'll a get a good client soon enough. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Here's a tip:

Instead of just taking requests randomly, why not just rest and continue learning designs? Just leave a promotion note of yourself like the ones at T0xic's thread. That way, you can still create some new, great stuffs and by the time you have a good client to work with, you can already produce better designs than before! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

T0xicLotus
02-20-2011, 12:52 PM
yeah I usually just move on too, but still thought it may be worth mentioning that maybe there should be a minimum of forum posts before peeps are allowed to request, think it would save a lot of wasted work in my opinion, but oh well, such is life, just gotta move on and take it in my stride, there are worse things that could happen, Dylan Cole's Halo matte paintings are a perfect example of that http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif

Ahxakri
02-20-2011, 12:52 PM
I agree with all points, it has happened to us all, and it isn't the best feeling in the world.

But, I like keeping my old work with me as a 'portfolio' or simply to see how much my work has progressed, where I've improved, and where I need to improve.

Anyhow, new signature made today for a request, so I'm in a good mood that it's not an atrocity. Hopefully he comes by and picks it up with a smile. lol

LordWolv
02-20-2011, 01:02 PM
I'm not worrying! God.. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif
It's annoying, but it's not the end of life itself, lots of little things are annoying just like that, and it's life to be annoyed. So you know..

2 weeks ago I made this signature for someone and in the PM I said:
'Here it is, spend all my evening on it, missed some homework - but oh well! I helped someone. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif Hope you enjoy!'
He replied:
'yea probebly leavin forums now so yea'

http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/shady.gif

Ahxakri
02-20-2011, 01:03 PM
LOL! Now THAT is a slap in the face. Not even a thank you or show of appreciation.