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Black and white icons

June 27th, 2008 (12:54 am)
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Some black and white icons made for bwlims and bw_stillness.

Teasers: 1 3



Fifteen icons made for bwlims round 2. And...

I was the second-to-the-last icon maker standing!



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Ten icons made for bw_stillness, plus two others.
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Posted by: curiouswombat (curiouswombat)
Posted at: June 27th, 2008 03:24 pm (UTC)

Those are lovely. I think I will have to come back sometime - I am a bit icon-heavy at the moment!

Posted by: ningloreth (ningloreth)
Posted at: June 28th, 2008 07:02 pm (UTC)
legolas_bw1

I'm glad you like them! Feel free to take any you want :-)

Posted by: Becca (quiddity_)
Posted at: July 4th, 2008 03:54 pm (UTC)

Hi, you have about 12 hours to get your icon into challenge two @ bwlims.
If you'd like to use a skip, please let me know.

Posted by: .:Allison:. (vampirereverie)
Posted at: July 12th, 2008 07:46 pm (UTC)

This is completely random, but may I ask where you get the textures that you use, particularly the ones on your Lord of the Rings icons (like those in your userpics)? They're just lovely. :)

Posted by: ningloreth (ningloreth)
Posted at: July 16th, 2008 09:01 am (UTC)
eowyn_bw1

Hi -- sorry it's taken so long to answer.

Thanks for asking :-)

I have a huge collection of textures, saved mainly from texturize, and some really gorgeous resources from colorfilter.net, which I drool over a lot but seldom actually use.

The software I use is a bit obscure and works rather differently from Photoshop or Paint Shop Pro (which I couldn't afford when I bought my computer ;-) It's called Photo Explosion & it's really designed for making greetings cards with your kids' photos on them, so it does a lot of the work for you, which can be good or bad depending on what you want to do. I've tried to work out ways to mimic the textures I really like.

It has a Balance Colour tool, with 12 pre-defined RGB settings (plus an advanced mode that allows you to tweak R G & B separately); a Lighting tool with 8 pre-defined brightness/contrast settings (plus an advanced mode); various art tools -- you can apply a tint, or a charcoal effect, or a coloured spotlight, for example; and there are pattern fills and what they call texture fills, which are things like brick and marble patterns. The main drawback is that it doesn't do any sophisticated layer handling -- all you can do is change the transparency of the various layers so that lower layers show through the higher ones. I've found that one particular image of the Fellowship leaving Lorien works really well, layered on top of most things! Everything tends to end up in pastel shades but you can always merge the layers then re-adjust the lighting and/or the colour, and sometimes that really ties everything together, though sometimes it destroys all the subtlety.

So, really, my textures are a bit of a cheat! I do have old copies of PSP and Fireworks now, and use them sometimes, but I know Photo Explosion so well, I still use it for most things.

Edited at 2008-07-16 09:03 am (UTC)

Posted by: .:Allison:. (vampirereverie)
Posted at: July 16th, 2008 03:37 pm (UTC)
lotr Eowyn

Oh, okay. Thanks so much! :)

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