i think this looked better on photoshop

i was asked to do a tutorial on how i make my icons by anonymous, so here’s my super easy way of doing it. there’s no major editing or backgrounds simply because i’m super lazy and i prefer the look of clean, bright icons. i’ve only ever used this method on cartoons (voltron. i’ve only ever made voltron icons lol), so i can’t say for sure whether this method would work well with real people. just keep that in mind!

for some examples of what you can make, here’s my icons page.

please like/reblog if you try it out, and feel free to ask me any questions.

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QUICK BACKGROUND “TUTORIAL”

This will not teach you how to do backgrounds. This will (likely) teach you how to do a background with minimal effort and make it look cool - or, at least, acceptable. Because everything looks more cool if you put a background behind. 

NOTE: This won’t work if the background is an important part of the drawing, but works wonders for things like fake screenshots, or in drawings where the character is meant to stand out (for example, I always use it for screenshot redraws).

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anonymous asked:

do you have any advice for making sure characters of color aren't too orange in skin tone while editing? whenever this happens i try to increase cyans but then they look too pale and idk im obviously so bad at photoshop

Yeah! Normally I think people’s first instinct when something is too orange/yellow, they go straight to the blues. But actually, it’s a better idea to just color mix so that you don’t lose the skin’s natural undertone. If you’re using selective coloring, yellow and magenta both contribute to the orange. So you want to decrease both until things balance out.

So here’s one that’s too orange and we want to go from left to the right:

These are the Selective Coloring settings I used. Notice I never really touched the cyans much. It’s only the red and yellows and the magenta/yellow sliders within the colors that I played with.

The same concept applies to any kind of color mixing, whether its Color Balance or Curves. Don’t rely on the blues/cyan to do all the work or you’ll just end up with something that’s very white and pale.

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8 March » International Women’s Day

If you think someone is missing, it’s just your imagination∼ or maybe there’s no space anymore.
For this gifset I excluded animals, monsters and aliens, that’s why Fiona is not in Ogre version and some are missing.

missmisanthropic  asked:

Hard Question Time brought to you by yours truly: If you could date ANY iteration of a character Katie McGrath has ever played, who would you select? The character will come with her canon flaws, (Vampirism?, Family issues? Uh, Magic?) benefits ( Heck yeah, Magic?! Genius level smarts?), interests (Art?, Espionage?) etc. which may impact your decision. Happy ruminating. ;-)

…!!! @missmisanthropic WHY?! Why would you do this to me? Hmmm. I’ve got some drinks in me so that means rambling. Let’s consider all of this calmly and rationally. I would list each character but I fear my poor followers may run away screaming. Instead I will list my absolute favorites and carefully consider my options. Note that I will be leaving out minor characters such as Bess and others.

First up - Lucy Westenra.
Canon Flaws - Vampirism. In love with another woman.
Canon Benefits - GAAAAAY. Is the vampirism really a flaw though? I mean, come on.

With Katie’s portrayal of Lucy, it is hard to say as we, sadly, never got a good look at what Baby Gay Vampire!Lucy would grow to be. Unfortunately, prior to her change, Lucy was suffering quite a bit (Of course she was, Katie played her). She was confused, heartbroken, and really questioning her own humanity and life choices. It is quite possible that she felt she had no choice in who she was at all. She didn’t choose to be gay in Victorian England. She didn’t choose to love her best friend. She certainly didn’t choose to be a socialite and “proper wife” to an English gentleman. And she absolutely didn’t choose to be a vampire, a monster, as Dracula so aptly put it. MY BABY IS NO MONSTER!

It is possible that Lucy could have eventually grown to be the sweet and innocent looking, yet completely relentless killer vamp. I am not quite sure if I can deal with that. However! If she were to change me, ditch her feelings for Mina, and we could be super awesome killer vampires together? Yeah I could definitely deal with that. Throw that in with being charming, witty, and sweet, with the perfect amount of bite to her (See what I did there?), I would be a happy lesbian.

Verdict - Jury is out. Would I let her kill me? Yes, I would. Would I kill along with her? Yes, I would. Let us check out more options.

Originally posted by madqirl

NEXT! - Morgana Pendragon
Canon Flaws - Major daddy issues. Slight anger issues. Bent on revenge. Manipulative.
Canon Benefits - Um… MAGIC. High Priestess. Dresses fabulously even when living in a shack in the woods. Savvy af, That Smirk™ tho. Driven to fight for what she believes in.

Who doesn’t love Morgana? Good, “evil,” it really doesn’t matter. The unfortunate matter is, and this makes my deliberation quite short, Morgana was on one hell of a mission. She was single-minded in this mission and nobody, nobody, was going to keep her from it. This means, she definitely wouldn’t have had time for poor, little, non-magical me. I mean if I had an army of immortal warriors or dark magical abilities of my own, I would try to win her affections in a heartbeat. But the only thing I would be able to offer her is my heart… Which she probably would have used, along with some crazy incantation, to kill all of her enemies. I don’t wish to be sacrificed. I like my heart where it is thank you, my lady.

Verdict - Morgana, you do you, booboo. Imma keep my options open, love. You TOTALLY have my vote for Queen of Camelot. Please don’t kill me. Oh my poor heart. I love her so much.

Originally posted by rosheenonice

Third - Jodi Rutherford 
Canon Flaws - Hmmm… attraction to men that tend to mistreat her? Even Kobus was a bit of a dick at first but we aren’t talking about him are we? No love, we aren’t. This is about Jodi. She also seems to feel the need to ‘fix’ those she is with.
Canon Benefits - Complete sweetheart, excellent teacher, awkward and goofy despite her shy and sometimes anxious demeanor. Film/theater geek. Animal lover. She doesn’t care what she is, or what she is doing, as long as she can wake up next to the person she loves.

This… little bean. This absolute cupcake. I just… look at her. Jodi is another Katie character that just needs to be loved. She is described as someone that strives to be liked because she doesn’t like herself. Which is ridiculous. What’s not to like? She is kindhearted, generous and is really just looking for a place to belong. Total ball of fluff and I love her.

Verdict - Jury is out…but looking good for her.

Originally posted by crayonboxhearts

NEXT UP - The lovely, yet deadly, Gloria Miller, everyone!
Canon Flaws - She’s like some crazy CIA, Secret Agent, Jane Bond, Assassin.
Canon Benefits - She’s like some crazy CIA, Secret Agent, Jane Bond, Assassin.

This one is tough for me because this means she would always be off on some insane mission and I am totally one of those people that would be constantly worried that she wouldn’t come back to me. I’m soft. And let’s be honest, would I ever truly get a chance to know who she really is?

*gay gasp!* WHAT IF I am her mission?? What if she is actually working undercover to, I don’t know… I’m not special. I’m probably not her mission. But she would never be home and I need love and attention. Soft, remember? Sorry, Gloria :(

Verdict - I cannot date you. BUT PLEASE PROTECT ME I AM VERY VULNERABLE! Oh and teach me how to shoot things. Like, fruit and cans. I don’t want to kill anyone.

Originally posted by docclara

Hellooooo Kate Foster!
Canon Flaws - Biphobic af!!!! I’m not bisexual but, come on Kate! Not cool, love. Stop that shit. Angry af! Family issues aka homophobic parents.
Canon Benefits - Smooth af. Seductive af. Queen of eye-sex Consent kink, perhaps? Kate, …I like being told what to do… Ahem. I digress.

Lezbehonest. How many of you have been completely destroyed by the 20 minute episode of Dates? Hm? Thought so. Kate is very enigmatic. Which I like to a point. She seems to be making attempts at being cool and open-minded. But you can tell she has been burned before. Le baggage? Maybe. But we all have it, don’t we? My biggest worry would be that because of this, she is quick to pick a fight and run. We saw it. When things get serious and even a little difficult, she is out the door. That is… problematic.

She still strikes me as being kind, genuine and loving with the right woman in the right situation. But that fear of mine would always remain. Fear would lead to insecurities. Insecurities would lead to fighting. Fighting would lead to no more Kate. I could delve deeper into this gem, however I will leave it here.

Verdict - Kate, buy me a Bellini (or five) and we can certainly have a great time. (That totally wasn’t meant to be sexual). I meant we can hang out some time. But you know, not like a date? Flirty BFFs maybe? Do you like my bracelet? I got it in Tuscany!

Originally posted by haywoodyouboneme

Sigh …LenaLuthor! I have so many feelings about this woman it’s crazy.
Canon Flaws - A little shady. Family issues like you would not believe. Has a bit of a target on her back.
Canon Benefits - Highly intelligent. NERD! Working hard to make a life and name for herself outside of her family. RICH AF (take care of me please). Just wants a damn hug and thank you! Girlfriend of Supergirl. Looks better in prison blues than I do on my best day and with Photoshop. The Lip Bite™ tho.

Considering the fact that most of those that have endured my rambling are huge Katie fans and/or SuperCorp shippers, I will not get into the crazy long description for Lena. She has proven time and again that she only wants to do what is right, despite her upbringing. A most admirable quality is that she fights with her wits but also looks like she can defend herself when the time comes. A distressed damsel, she is not. I think here, I would have to go back to my argument regarding Morgana and Gloria. Lena simply would not have the time. She is running a billion dollar corporation, designing gadgets, and apparently she is constantly thinking up schemes to ensure justice is done. Oh, and um… hi… SHE LOVES KARA DANVERS! I can’t compete with that!!! I mean, I can be pretty awesome, but I am not Kara. So… problematic.

Verdict - Lena, I adore you. And I hope we can be friends. Do you need anything? Should I deliver flowers to Kara for you? Do you need me to proofread your love letters and poetry? I can run and get you more wine. Do you need company for the holidays? Do you need a bridesmaid for your wedding? Have you and Kara set a date? Keep me updated. My calendar is open.

Originally posted by agronskaya18

So here we are! There are more characters to consider, but we would be here all night/day. And I am pretty sure most of you already hate me. So I will keep this short. FINAL ANSWER: JODI RUTHERFORD. JUST LET ME LOVE YOU!

Originally posted by ladyandherarmour

Sorry for the long post and Katie spam!
LOOK AT HER JAW!!!!

Honorable Mention - Jules Daly
(Part 2)

How to sharpen gifs

When I learned how to make gifs, I could not find a single damn tutorial that helped me to sharpen them. Most of them assumed I knew what to do or where things were and I never did. 

So when I offered to help a friend with it, I thought it was easier to make a post about it. I hope you enjoy!

GIF tutorial by ginnys (this is how i learned how to make gifs)

BEFORE* 

AFTER*

*this is still a gif sharpening tutorial. I posted pictures because I’m using this gif on my soon to be posted gifset.

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I felt like drawing Sofia in a big poofy hoodie w/ spooky panties

so I drew Sofia in a big poofy hoodie w/ spooky panties

the hoodie design is from the “Green Hazard” skin for DJ Scully from Killing Floor 2 btw because I thought she’d look good in it and I was totally right

i have a couple more ideas in mind for something of a “casual” lineup of all 3 of my OCs in super casual outfits of course, but I think some other ideas i have in mind are of higher priority so those might be a while.

(also made some slight changes to her design, more on that in the Mod Commentary under the break)

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We don’t talk anymore (x).

Whatever you do, don’t think about Oikawa and Iwaizumi going their separate ways and losing touch. 

Drinny’s Pixel Tips and Resources

I never thought I would be writing a post like this but here we are. I hope you find it helpful in some way!

Tips

1. The Question - You’ve come across a really lovely piece of pixel art and you think ‘Oh wow, I want to make something like that too!’. After this initial reaction I always want people to think, ‘What do I want to do with my pixel art?’. This is in no way something that should discourage you from doing pixel art but it is good to have a vision or at least a short-term goal for what you want to do. Do you want to make a game, put it on the wall, make keyhcains or practice a new medium? Go for it! This also helps you look for other artists that are doing the same thing you want to be doing and you can pull inspirations from them and learn from them in the long run. 

2. Resources - Always use resources. I can’t stress this enough, especially for beginners of all mediums. Sure, you’ve seen a mountian a million times, doesn’t mean you can recreate one perfectly the first time. Start out by using visual references, pixel references, lighting references, colour references. All of these components will help you to understand what looks good together, and how things look together.

Find artists that inspire you. Find a style that you want to emulate. Practice copying that style. Don’t try to recreate the art pixel by pixel but try and understand how they did what they did and how you can recreate it. You might find a style in the process! For example, my chibi pixel people are based off a twitter avatar I saw a year or so back. It was a simple style and I came up with my own little base.

3. Program - ‘Oh, pixel art! That’s easy, I’ll just use Microsoft Paint!’. No. Just…no. While I myself started out in Paint I do not recommend it, and here is why, you can’t grow with the program. If you are using a program with more options than just Paint, then you’ll be able to try out new techniques and as you get better you’ll be able to make better looking stuff. Of course this goes back to what you want to do with your art but I strongly reccommend looking for a program with more options.

What I use: Photoshop CS6 (Pay)

Other Programs: GIMP (free), Aesprite (free), Paint Tool SAI (Pay), Krita (Free)

4. Practice - I’m terrible at this. It really is the truth though. Even just doing something in pixel art once a week I think has helped me in the slightest of ways. I want to practice more in the future to really push myself harder to get better but everyone has a unique situation right? I like to include that thinking about my next piece and having inspiration show up on my dash really helps. It helps me get excited to work on that next thing even if it is a simple redraw of a scene.

Resources

For Beginners

  • Mort - mnrart - Does a series of videos for beginners on Photoshop tools as well as important things to think about in pixel art. The colour tutorial really helped me!

Pixel Sprites

  • AbyssWolf/Ahruon - one of my first inspirations. A fantastic artist with some of the best sprites out there
  • Paul Robertson - an Adult Swim artist that has a great clean art style. His animation is on point too!

Pixel Scenery

  • 1041uuu -  another huge inspiration for me. Everything is just on point OTL
  • Pixelscenery - is a blog dedicated to reblogging pixel scenery of course! You might find you’re next inspiration here!
  • Waneella - so…good. Their art is a big inspiration to me.
  • @pixellane - In my head I like to call them a mutual but they don’t know me at all XD They have a diverse style that is just simple and clean and I sing the KH theme everytime I see it I strive to have clean lines like that someday O_O
  • 8pxl/@softwaring - beautiful scenery that evolves with every piece. Even have a little tutorial for you!

Other

  • Pixel Dailies - an account on twitter where participants are given a topic for the day and submissions come in from all over. A great snapshot at how one subject can be approached with different styles.
  • Pixelsthetic - Pixel + Aethetic. For those who like that kind of thing. A colleciton of many nice looking work.

Photo Editing

Photos location: Columbia River Gorge, Oregon

I don’t think I’ve ever shared what my process of photo editing looks like and I thought this would be a good example to show the before and after. To start off, as a little disclaimer, I usually don’t do anything extremely drastic to my photos. I don’t ever edit body shapes. I like and use photo editing to enhance lighting and details to better match how I felt or how I saw the moment/landscape with my own eyes. 

When I am on the go I edit a lot of my photos with my phone. My iPhone 7 Plus does a brilliant job with it, considering it’s still a phone. There are several apps I like to use to edit my photos. Sometimes using multiple apps to edit one photo. 

The apps I use

  • Photo Editor - I use this for its blur and sharpening features but it also had a lot of other very good and useful features.
  • VSCO - This is probably the one I use the least but if I am feeling spicy, it has a lot of fun filters. I just think it ruins picture quality sometimes.
  • Adobe Lightroom - This is my favorite app and the one I use most often. Lightroom as in it’s name, in my opinion, is best for lighting even on your phone. 

When I am not so on the go I do use my computer. I often save the images I am most excited about for my computer. On my computer I have Adobe Creative Cloud with access to Photoshop, Lightroom, Illustrator and After Effects (video editing software). I most often use Photoshop while on my computer, as it is what I am most efficient in. I use it to isolate parts of the image and edit it without editing the whole image. 

In the photo above I used Lightroom and Photoshop on my computer to complete the editing. 

Tried drawing they toys’ responses to a couple of gifts you guys have given to Sproing…

The bow tie was a gift from @icetigerkitten

The sweater was a gift from @peachdalooza

[WEIBO] Let’s Look Back on EXO During Their Debut

Aeriverse Translation Team: xPlatinumHeart 

[WEIBO] Let’s Look Back on EXO During Their Debut

#EXO#
Let’s look back on our Tea Egg during their debut.


Overall Upvotes; +4409

Top Comments:

[+1442] I think this might be a fake EXO.

[+1087] Tea Egg: “I think I might have joined a fake company”

(t/n: ‘Tea egg’ is a cute way of say 'exo’ in Chinese)

[+585] Cult hhhhhhh

[+413] I really do think their stylist is a Luhan fan.

[+274] As an old fan I don’t find this strange.

–> [+8] At the time I thought it was cool.

[+273] Cute.

–> [+41] Who doesn’t have an emo phase?

[+275] Is the black hole in the last picture Suho??

(baby is very angry)
–> [+2] I… only after reading your comment did I realise that: Ohhh there’s a person there..

[+145] I welcome you into my dark room.

[+113] I really want to ask myself why I liked such a non-mainstream group back in the day.

[+60] All SM newbies have that emo hairstyle. I think -apart from NCT who avoided being harmed- snsd, tvxq, shinee, f(x), tea egg and rv have all been attacked

–> [+5] Then please explain to me Yuta’s exploding ramen hair.
–> [+7]Forgive me but… I don’t think nct’s debut image is any better…

[+39] Please tell me, an aeri who has only stanned for a year, if these pics are real or photoshopped??

[+65] Zhang Yixing I can’t bare to look at your eye makeup.

[+63] Actually, at the time it looked really handsome… Why does looking at it now make it seem…

[+48] Back in the day I screamed while looking at this…. Now, looking at it, wtf even is this? Fancy tattoos? SM Town please let go of my exo!

(very angry)​

YouTuber Carrie Fletcher shares inspirational bikini photo as she hits back at bodyshamers

We have always had a whole lot of time for YouTuber and actress Carrie Hope Fletcher, with the 24 year old often using her high-profile to spread positivity and happiness among her thousands of followers.

And this morning, Carrie was even more inspirational than usual.

The star is currently reprising her role of Eponine in the Dubai production of West End musical Les Miserables, and poor Carrie couldn’t help but notice that she was being criticised for her weight by cruel trolls.

Taking to Instagram, the star showed off her absolutely amazing body as she posed in a bikini and wrote alongside the image: “Someone recently called me fat in the comments of one of my last pictures here on Instagram.

"I get this every now and then and I sometimes respond about being happy and healthy and what a shame it is that size 12 is considered ‘fat’ these days. But saying the same thing over and over starts to get boring and sometimes words just aren’t enough.

"So here. This is me. Whilst I’m in Dubai this is how I’ll be spending most of my days when not in the theatre. In my bikini, being very comfortable and at peace with my body. I am curvy. I have lumps and bumps, some of which, in all the 'wrong’ places.

"I have stretch marks, cellulite, scars and tattoos and I am not scared to wear a bikini whilst lounging by the pool that shows off all my wobbly bits. Coz guess what? Everyone has them. Everyone has imperfections! I love my body, including all the bits society has deemed unlovable.

"And guess what else? My body loves me back too! So you individuals out there, with your judgemental attitudes towards anything that looks different from the photoshopped women in magazines, don’t have to.”

Ooft, you tell 'em, girl.

This isn’t the first time that Carrie has spoken out about body positivity, exclusively telling Yahoo Celebrity UK earlier this year that she felt that it was her “responsibility” to provide a positive message to her followers.

She explained: “There is a choice you make about what you want to put forward to that audience and I just think why not use that platform to your best advantage? Why wouldn’t you talk about things that will make people feel better?

"It frustrates me so much - I get messages from really young girls saying they’re not 'normal’ because they’re such-and-such a weight or size and they’re absolutely healthy. It’s so upsetting.”

As well as being a successful West End star and hugely popular vlogger, Carrie is also an established author, with her first book, 'All I Know Now’, providing a warts-and-all insight into her experiences growing up as a helpful and reassuring guide for her followers.

We reckon that it’s pretty safe to say that Carrie is doing an amazing job of using her platform to her “best advantage”.

Never change, Carrie, never change.

Surprising No One

Are we still doing things for phantomrose96‘s ‘it’s not gay if he’s dead’ thing TOO LATE DID IT ANYWAY

Tucker clinically scrolled through his phone as he noisily sipped from his mixed soda-fountain concoction. “It’s official, dude: half of the school wants to jump your bones.”

Danny slammed his head on their usual booth’s table. “This is it. This is what finally destroys me. Move over Ghost King, it’s my real nemesis: necrophilic memes.” 

Homoerotic necrophillic memes,” Tucker corrected him.

Thank you, Tucker.”

“I got ya, dude,” he went back to his phone and noisy straw sucking.

“I’m honestly surprised something like this didn’t happen sooner,” Sam said. “You’ve been flying around in a skintight black jumpsuit for the past three years saving a bunch of hormonal teenagers like a real-life superhero. What did you think was going to happen?”

“I dunno. A fan club, some webcomics, girls with my face on their shirts? I wasn’t really thinking of that in the middle of stopping all the murder-happy ghosts trying to- wait is my jumpsuit really that tight?”

Sam told Tucker. “Break it to him gently.”

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anonymous asked:

Hello, i want to start making aesthetics, but I have no idea where to start... like for example where do you find the images? a how do you make them smaller without them getting blurry and then how do you put them together.. and how do you change the backgrounds to different colors.. like i'm so lost.. can you give me some tips? i would be grateful :)*

how to make aesthetics like this

okay, so idk if i’m the best person to answer this, but i’ll be doing my best to put up an easy-to-understand tutorial for you. we’ll be going step-by-step :) all the stuff is under the cut since it was rather long

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