hi um how do you make moodboards/aesthetics? im new at making them and i honestly have no clue as to what im doing. (okay i dont wanna sound stupid but like you know the moodboards where you click on the picture and its separate from from the rest of the aesthetic post thingy? can you help me with that too??) im sorry i just wanna learn how to make them...
yeah, sure! I can show you how to make them (and no worries, you don’t sound stupid.)
& making moodboards is super simple once you get the hang of it.
(I recommend using photoshop, which you can get off a torrent, but you could probably do this on a photo editing website too)
anyways, here’s an example of what we’ll be making for this tutorial:
Hi! I don't have school right now because of the holidays and I have like, 1 month more without school, and I'm super bored. I do nothing all day! Do you have any idea of what I can do?? PS: I love your Instagram and your Studyblr so just just wanted to ad that you're the person that started my obsession with pens and notebooks.
Me too! It can get a little boring but here are a few things you could do (not all are productive but you’ve gotta have some down time right!!):
organise all your work/desk - archive old files, put current things in folders
clear out your desk of old books, files, etc
declutter your digital space - your email, desktop, hard-drives, etcs
back up your files, photos, etc - a good task to do every now and then!
exercise a bit
start a tv show (I could recommend soooo many!!!)
learn to meditate
clear out your wardrobe - donate any old clothes, etc!
start doing art
create a blog
play sims (definitely a simple way to distract yourself for hours on end!)
learn a new skill (maybe an instrument or software like Photoshop?)
read an old textbook/research something you enjoyed
learn a new language or sign language
find a series of books to read
met up with some friends
visit different museums or galleries
volunteer somewhere (maybe a local animal shelter)
Hope that helps! Thank you so much too! That is so cute hehe :-) xxx
okay so i'm sorry for asking what it basically a pretty selfish question but: i am looking into digital art software/hardware, and i was wondering if you ever feel restrained by the capabilities of photoshop, or if you think it is a really good software to use, and if you wish you were using a different tablet/software instead (if so what would that be)? basically, what is your professional opinion?
i LOVE photoshop. i’ve utilized it for multiple purposes, and it’s one of the programs that hasn’t let me down. i went up a ladder before getting to it, using free programs like, uh..i think it was called “Brush” that i found, then GIMP, fire alpaca, paint tool SAI, etc–but so far PS has beaten them all for me.
THAT BEING SAID, i do use windows as my OS, and windows supports a third-party plugin that i heavily use. that’s Lazy Nezumi Pro, and it’s what rendered SAI inferior for me. photoshop all day, every day. i do know a lot of people mix PS with Illustrator though, which i’ve not had the chance to do yet.
in regards to hardware, i really wish i was using a cintiq or some other graphics tablet with a screen display. after doing a lot of traditional recently, i really do like my organic, full-arm brush movements. it’d handle my humongous high res pieces a lot better, too. but it’s definitely not something i would say is necessary for someone starting out.
Thanks so much for the advice!! I’m going to try that as soon as I get a chance!!
you are super welcome! i try to help where i can!! ♥♥♥
could we meet up at chicon
only if you wear that gray face and sunglasses i love you in so much
(i’ll be vending, so i’ll be table-bound all weekend! feel free to stop by and say hey, maybe chat a little!)
*It’s Over Isn’t It ROCK CONCERT playing in the distance*
Since @cat-pun posted their video and the finished product today I thought I’d follow their lead! It is so much fun to collab with them and I’m really happy they could make time for this (and you should definitely check out their stuff if you haven’t yet)!!
Also, here’s a quick little video of me doing the sketch, feat. the original poofy plaid pants. What can I say, I got too deep into “punk fashion” on Google Images and lost any idea of what looks good and what doesn’t…
I always find it super cool and interesting to see before and after photoshop pics so I thought why not share some of my own!
if I can I will just stick to changing the colors of a pic like here but sometimes I will remove a few face spots or change the eye color also sometimes it can be a blessing to remove those annoying con bracelets.
I always wonder what do you guys feel like is too much photoshop for a cosplay picture? I personally feel a bit weird about changing the shape of you face/body but I do work with shadows/highlights to bring out those cheekbones sometimes.
anyway I always feel like it is good to remember that loads of pics online are edited and definitely not an accurate representation of the world.
You use (used to use) both Sai and Photoshop. Is there a noticeable difference when drawing in Photoshop? Because I know it has a LOT of different tools whereas Sai is meant for drawing alone, and I was wondering if it was better. Thank you 😊
The programs are pretty much the same but there are several differences; to keep it short imma use bullet points:
brushes in photoshop do not blend, they work on lowered opacity while in sai you can experience the smoothness of blending with basically every tool;
as much as sai can blend stuff it doesn’t have the gradient tool which sucks
in the long run; Photoshop has it and the variety of options is bombing
brushes in photoshop are bombing too, and definitely far more developed, textury and exotic than those in SAI (tho those in Sai arent half bad)
Sai is simpler which is both an advantage and disadvantage; the interface is very appealing while photoshop might be confusing at times (especially when it comes to brushes, holy shit)
ps has X^n more options and effects than sai, this involves layer effects, adjusting colours and B L U R I N G FILTERS that let you do super cool stuff with your art
photoshop allows big ass brushes and big ass canvas while sai is limited af in that area and for that reason crashes wayyy more often than PS (not to mention that PS creates a back up ver of your current work so you don’t lose EVERYTHING)
PS is EXPENSIVE AS SHIT while Sai is like 20$
To sum up, Sai is alright and definitely recommended for people who are starting, but oh boy there are reasons why I switched to Photoshop
your photos are always SO clear and gorgeous! do you have any tips for how you take/edit such lovely photos? love your legacies so much! hope you have a great day :)
hi nonny! thank you so much, this is so sweet <3
i have my in game graphics settings pretty high, which definitely helps a ton! i spend a lot of time messing around with angles when taking photos so that it’s not just the same view over and over, too.
as for editing them, i have actions in photoshop that i use for each legacy. both legacy actions use @poolbrop’s topaz clean actions to smooth things out, and then they each have their own adjustments to the coloring to get them how i want. for the weiss legacy, the action makes everything brighter and more saturated, and for the nerdiest vampire legacy, the action makes things dark and desaturates yellows to get the look that i like.
i also resize my legacy photos to 540 px because to me that looks the most ‘crisp’ once they’re on tumblr, though other simblrs definitely have their own favorite sizes to use. all of my images are pngs rather than jpegs as well, because i think they tend to look better.
The night action looks fantastic in my opinion. I don’t use the radiance mod (it makes the lighting too shadowy IMO) but I’d definitely be interested in that action. :)
Then I will plop it on my SFS account and link you to it…once I find where it is in the Photoshop program files… I don’t think you’ll need to really tweak it at all for your no-Radiance game since I don’t think Radiance really does much of anything with outdoor nighttime lighting anyway. Pretty sure it just adds dawn/dusk when it comes to outside lighting.
EDIT: Here it is! (Unless the instructions I found lied to me. Let me know if it doesn’t work…) I use Photoshop CS2, which is ancient, so I think it’ll work in just about any PS version that people are still using. It only uses really basic commands/filters, anyway.
This week saw me driving to Snowdonia National Park in North Wales. I’ve always loved it here and knew that having a drive around the park would inspire me. I decided to enter the park from the Anglesey side and make my way home down the A5, stopping when I could. Shortly after leaving Bethesda I saw a small weir on my right so pulled in at the first opportunity as water is my favourite subject. Upon grabbing my kit and leaving the car I saw the building (boathouse?) and tree and could not resist setting up a shot. Using my 10-18mm lens, I captured a series of images which would later be stitched in Photoshop. I experimented with using different strength filters and exposure times as I wanted to capture movement in the clouds but not too much in the tree which is always a challenge in windy conditions! After around 10 minutes I was very cold so decided to get back in the car and see what else I could find, although this subsequently ended up being nothing as the light had dipped too low behind the mountains. Once I was home, I stitched 6 images together in Photoshop to create the foreground and used a wider long exposure image to create an even sky and water surface. I used luminosity masks to achieve this along with the clone stamp. This was definitely one of my more edited shots as I never normally edit an image for longer than 5 minutes but I felt that to do the location justice, a more heavy processing technique was necessary. I chose this image to use as my entry into this weeks WPOTY competition due to the length of time I spent getting it perfect and am pleased to announce that it was shortlisted! This image has become my most popular on social media networks (especially #Instagram and #500px) in less than 24 hours!
I’ve seen so many neat and creative concepts of this little hell-spawn, so I decided to take a swing at it too! The difference being I couldn’t decide between drawing him cute and cuddly or menacing and nightmarish…but in the end I figured: why not both?
For my first shot at Paint tool Sai, I’ll say it’s not too different to how I shade in Photoshop (granted I sketched in PS and colored in Sai). I gotta get used to some settings, but it definitely has it’s benefits~
This is a more developed concept for a comic series I’m hoping to get rolling soon, which takes place a few years after FNAF 4 in the year 1993. What’s it about…? Well, without giving away too much: I’d like to think the Fazbear franchise as a whole is cursed…
And that you should never buy strange things at a garage sale.
so i finally decided to make a post dedicated to advice for coloring and shading! hopefully this is will help some people with their coloring because i know this is most people’s weak points in drawing. but don’t worry!! limlim is here to help!!!!!
i let people on twitter suggest what i should cover, so some things might be a bit random. here’s the topics covered (in order):
Choosing colors for shading and highlighting
Use of different layer settings (overlay/multiply) and adjustments
Color choices for red/blood
How to color a kappa (kinda goes over my drawing process too)
Shading hair sorta
this only covers some of the things people asked since i got kinda tired of talking about colors. hopefully, i’ll make a second post in the future
i should point out that just reading this won’t make you better at coloring or anything unless you put these things into practice. experiment helps a lot, too. maybe you don’t like what i’m doing, so you can tweak what i do a bit to achieve what YOU want in coloring. these aren’t set rules or anything, just what i think and do when coloring.
also, this is pretty tl;dr so make sure you read this when you’re not tired or sleepy!!! (i’m serious. i don’t think i would want to read something this long either)
process shots! first time ever drawing an eyrie/griffin and it was definitely a challenge *3* but even more so the colours gave me a few problems. bless photoshop (my secret weapon) for balancing the colours out in the end xD see captions for general musings at each step~
A Bishamon I finished yesterday that I really wasn’t happy with. But I made a few slight adjustments today that I hope improved upon it a little. I love her to death though, so this definitely won’t be my last attempt. XD
These are the tips that I would give personally. Like I said, there are people much more qualified to talk about this than me, so take what I say with a pinch of salt and consult the more knowledgable people too.
Never do things you’re not comfortable doing. I personally don’t offer any help related to photoshop, because it’s definitely not my strongest area and I don’t feel I’d be able to offer any practical advice that would help people. I know of other RPH blogs who don’t offer FC help because of how complex it can get, particularly regarding faceclaims who could be related, and some who don’t do gif hunts because they simply don’t have the time. Specify what you will and won’t do, and stick to what you know.
A good tagging system is more helpful than you will ever know. Set up a clear navigation page with an organised tagging system. This will not only help people who are looking around your blog for something specific, but you, as you may want to find something again in future.
Post original content. I recently compiled a masterlist of social media character PSDs, and gained a ridiculous amount of followers relatively quickly. It’s a great way to get you noticed in the community, and the fact you’re showing a willingness to help will make people feel more comfortable or eager in consulting you about things. Don’t wait around for people to come to you. Make something, promote yourself. Try and post things that the RP community doesn’t already have (no, we don’t need another Nina Dobrev gif hunt).
Try not to get too hung up on your URL. We all like to change now and then, but changing your URL and mascot every other week gets confusing for people, and to be honest, makes very little difference. Try and stick to a mascot and URL you know you’ll be happy with for a long time, and maintain your brand!
Learn from your mistakes. We all make them. Maybe you accidentally got someone’s ethnicity mixed up, or referred to someone by the wrong pronouns because you didn’t know better. As long as you apologise for your mistake and then learn from it, you’ll be ok. Ignore any hate you get, and only respond to reasonably worded asks that tell you about your mistake.
NEVER EVER (EVER) STEAL SOMEONE ELSE’S WORK. People have taken time to make things for people, and stealing what they have slaved over to pass it off as your own is completely disrespectful.
Make sure you have experience. It sounds obvious, but you need to have roleplaying experience if you want to be a good RPH. When I say experience, I don’t mean you’ve been in three appless high school roleplays over the past few months. I mean that you’ve been in a large number of roleplays of varying qualities and themes. If you’ve been in an appless high school roleplay before, that’s fine (we’ve all been there in our darker moments), but what did you learn from it? Compare it to another roleplay you’ve been in. How was it different? Why is one more appealing?
Most importantly, remember that this is not a requirement. We are all in the RP community for fun. If you don’t have time to make that playlist that someone requested because you have a test tomorrow, don’t do it. If you’re having a rough night and you really don’t feel like writing up a review of an RP, don’t do it. Give yourself breaks. Never stress about it. You aren’t getting paid to do this, so fit it to your own schedule. If people start harassing you because you haven’t done what they’ve asked you to do yet, that’s their problem. Stay chilled and do your own thing.