is what i typed in google to get the original image i edited

anonymous asked:

Hey :) love love love your blog! I was wondering about the graphics you mentioned.. I would love it if you did a whole post on how to make them, I'm so lost in that area haha.. thanks a million

oh man oh man oh man okay. first, thank you so much for the compliment, it means so much to me that you like my blog, thank you bby <3 and okayyy let’s do this. oh boy. alright anon, i’m not a professional or all that good by any means and there are other amazing graphists that make amazing graphics but i got you, so welcome to-

let’s begin:

okay i use photoshop to edit my graphics but you don’t need to ok??

Size:

  • so when you make a graphic, you need to specify your image size.
  • tumblr photos (like the one i have above) has a horizontal length of 500 pixels 
  • so your image should be 500 x a number. the one i have above is 500 x 200 pixels. you can make it 500 x 300, 500 x 700, whatever your heart desires.
  • facebook timeline covers are 815 x 315 pixels, instagram photos are 500 x 500 (but they’ve changed so you can have any size)

Background:

  • so anon! i’m assuming you want to make graphics like the ones i’ve made before, right? (bc i dabble in lots of different graphic editing there’s a lot more different types of graphics but i think the one we want rn is like the one above)
  • so you should just start with a solid colored background
    • usually, light, pastel colors look the best. 
    • when you go dark, unless you go navy blue dark or some variant of gray or black, the background usually looks hard to look at and is less pleasing to the eye.
  • so yeah! solid, light colored backgrounds work just fine.
  • but you can hit that up with some Patterns
    • yah so you can add patterns to your background if you wanna spice things up a bit ey (waggles eyebrows)
    • either go black, white, lgiht gray or go home when you do patterns. don’t try and mix up colors for patterns for backgrounds 
      • unless you’re super super sure that your pattern will look ok
    • you can make horizontal lines, vertical lines, diagonal lines, crossed, etc. for your patterns and add them to your background!
    • do not make the patterns too bold or complicated or put too much, because the patterns on your background should be subtle. 
    • so yup, you can do things like i did in the header for this post! gray diagonal dotted lines. 

Text / Fonts

  • so next step is fonts or your text or whatever it is that you want to say in your graphic
  • typography and text is a whole thing in itself and you could write like, two hundred posts about it and not be done, but i’ll try my best to pass on a quick tuto for this
  • so first choose a text color that compliments your background. here this usually involves color coordination, but you can go by a few rules
    • and you can make cool text effects. for example make a few copies of your text and change the color just a shade lighter or change the color just a tad and kinda move the texts behind each other so they diagonally overlap to get a hella cool bg.
    • if you have a light / pastel bg
      • you can either do colors that are right next to what your bg color is (pink and white and orange, red and purple, remember the rainbow: ROY G BIV)
      • go with white. white is always an option. always looks hella good.
      • you can go opposite the color of your bg, so pink and blue, purple and yellow, etc.)
    • if you have a white bg:
      • you can work with any color, really, and it’ll look really nice!
      • go gray or black to get a more clean and crisp look.
        • special tip: to make your text pop but not look tacky, don’t go complete black. go very dark gray or just gray and the color makes a world of difference!
      • if you’re going to work with multiple colors, just remember to follow the color rules and u know what if u don’t know the color rules or just are too lazy just eyeball it
      • (no that’s not what i do with every. single. graphic i make hahaahaa h  aa (laughs nervously))
    • if you have a darker bg:
      • once again use white as ur text color
      • or just super light colors like sakura-color pink or something
  • then you’re going to choose a font
    • fonts are so darned complicated ugh ugh ug H
    • but okay. you can go on google and look up font tutorials to really get into the whole font thing but here’s a super basic rundown on fonts
    • use the basic, common fonts (but not comic sans please or i will poke you in the eyeball om g). here are the basics I use
      • vijaya, times new roman, arial (u can go all caps and get a super aesthetic thing)
    • use uniform, clean fonts (idk what to call these, i should know but wtv)
      • slim joe, big john, basic title font, brain flower, bebas, znikomit
      • whaTEVER idk these are the ones i can think of off the top of my head ok
    • use cool handwritten fonts
      • selima, levibrush, peach sundress, satisfaction
      • you can look on creativemarket in fonts to find more free pretty handwritten fonts
    • use weird but amazing fonts
      • fyi: never go overboard with the more complicated fonts never ever bc it only makes your graphic look yucky 
      • wolf in the city, men in black, franks, easy going stroke, a series of unfortunate events, romangridcaps
    • once again, there are rules to making different fonts and different styles go together, but once again, i say just eyeball it if it gets too complicated. 
    • i usually just slap a handwritten or cool font and add a preinstalled normal font to go w/ it in a smaller sized font

Shapes and Other Things 

  • you can then add different things and shapes to add extra dazzle to your edit
  • just add stuff
  • i don’t really know what to say for these shapes bc um honestly i don’t have a guide for doing this. i usually just randomly do whatever looks good to me.
  • squares, circles, and triangles are super cool though. you can experiment and play around and see what looks good to you.
  • also look on google for images that end with .png because those will have transparent bgs and are easy to use as shapes and stuff

Color Schemes / Palettes

  • i am way too lazy to explain all the color things but in general
    • go either similar or go opposite
    • light shades or colors go with light shades (pastel yellow with pstel orange) or color or light shades go with dark shades (dark dark gray with pastel pink)
    • colors go with colors right next to them on the spectrum (orange and yellow, purple and red, blue and green) or else opposite (red or orange with blue, purple and yellow)
    • and of course, white, gray, or black go with anything!
    • to look for nice color palettes to choose colors that go well together

umm so i don’t know what else to put on here. i’ll add stuff if i remember though. this was a super basic rundown on making a graphic, so sorry about not being able to answer your question more thoroughly, anon!!! 

but please, message me again if you have a more specific question like how i made my header for this post or how i made my minimalist edit, my ‘drink water’ edit, or my iphone wallpapers because i can answer your question if i know what type of graphic you want!!!

happy editing!! xoxo

-jo


more of my stuff: 

bihexualwitch  asked:

Hey, I happened upon your blog and saw that you believe that Sherlock is trans. How come? This is the first head cannon I've heard of this and I'm truly curious about your answer. What's your thought process? Thanks!

WOW BOY okay this is my first time actually being asked this question so here we fucking go!?!??! (edit upon actually having typed this all out: HOLY FUCK; read more:)

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meg-is-studying  asked:

I just wanted to say I love your bullet journal and ask if you have any tips for starting a tumblr in general. I've seen your studyblr intro/advice post and it was so helpful to me, but I'm just starting my studyblr and already a bit lost as to how to navigate everything. Thanks in advance!

Hey there! (and omg you’re so sweet lskdjflk) I’m not the greatest when it comes to tumblr, but hopefully I can still help you out! I’ll share some navigation tips and some starting tumblr advice!

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anonymous asked:

Can I ask, what's your typing and/or editing process to get a chapter ready for posting on ao3? Like, for paragraph formatting and italics and what-not? Do you type the html tags in the original document as you go? Do you copy and paste the document in ao3 using the 'rich text' feature? I'm just curious, cause I'm a pretty new user over there, and it seems like a lot of work to get a chapter ready to be post-worthy!

Hiya!

Okay, so, I write in Word. Though I hear Google Docs is a very similar process.

And then I copy the chapter, and paste it into the rich text editor on AO3 when I’m ready.

That’s it. That’s all the hard work I do. Zero coding. The only HTML coding I’ll do is in the notes and summary, if I need to add links or images.

When I first started on AO3 I didn’t realise what the rich text editor did, and so I just basically hard coded everything, with my basic knowledge of HTML. It took so long, and I did most of the SAL stories that way.

But now the Rich Text Editor is my best friend of all time, and it preserves everything I do in Word, so I only need to copy/paste when I’m ready.

I also save all my story stuff directly into Dropbox, so it’s there if my computer ever dies.

If Dropbox dies though, I’m screwed, lol.

That being said, I usually have Word formatted so that I only press Enter once to create a paragraph break. This eliminates weird spacing issues in AO3 t hat can happen (though if they do happen, such as extra paragraph breaks, or no paragraph breaks, I go back in and manually edit it so for me it resembles the way an ‘AO3 fic’ should look (clear paragraph breaks, but not double paragraph breaks). 

This formatting is super inconvenient when I’m writing original novels though, which needs totally different formatting, lol. I should really create different templates, but I’m too lazy. So I just format the entire novel at the end.

I pretty much write the chapters the way they’re going to look on AO3, I include the italics and stuff I need while writing, with Word’s shortcuts to get those into the text. Basically it will really help to learn shortcuts like ctrl+i (italics) or ctrl+b (bold) etc. but a word processor will be your friend - Google Docs is free. :)

LETTER TO BLACK TUMBLR. VERY IMPORTANT. [If you’re BLACK please READ & REPOST].


Black Tumblr/ Black people. We need to do better man. I love all races and all forms of life and it’s important to realize that every human is an individual, and there are a lot of White/Asian/Hispanic etc. people with good hearts. If you’re one of them reading this, it’s all love. I didn’t write this to promote hatred or cause division.

With that said, it needs to become a known fact that we as black people are the original human race. There’s a lot evidence to support this, and it is an idea which definitely resonates with me. I feel the reason why we are so heavily persecuted and hated across the world is because other races are aware of this and fear our potential.

Understand who you are. Before we were slaves, we occupied the entire planet. There were no other races. Heaven and Earth were one entity, and we were one with our creator. As an extension of ‘himself’, we would directly manifest his will for all creation on Earth. There were highly developed/technological civilizations in ‘Kemet’, now known as ‘Egypt’ (Africa), long before there were ‘cavemen’ in Europe. A lot of what I’m about to say is speculation, but then again, so are all other creation accounts, considering no one around today was alive back then. From what I could piece together from religious & historical texts/allegories/spiritual insight; we collectively manifested exactly what our creator wanted, before we turned against ‘him’ by seeking spiritual knowledge we weren’t supposed to have and learning how to sin (’spiritual knowledge’ represented by the Apple in the bible). Those who had sinned were banished from Kemet/Africa (represented as the Garden of Eden) and moved away from the equator (areas now known as USA, Europe, Asia) and, over time, genetically mutated into the other races we see today (most died off having spent so much time away from their natural habitat sun/climate of Kemet. Those who were able to evolve/adapt to the new colder climate of the other areas survived by growing thicker skin, thinner lips, pineal gland calcified etc, they became what we now know as Caucasian/white). The new white race (Ancient Aryans & Assyrians), had now hated/severed contact with the creator, came back years later to kill/capture the creator’s original people from Kemet & Nubia. Its been documented by Ancient Roman (white) scholars that Blacks back then were ‘wise’, ‘sagacious’ (meaning ‘sage’ like), and more spiritually inclined. They were so physically & tropically adapted to their habitat that they were termed ‘Super- Negroid’; leading others to believe that they did not fight back, as they understood the karmic consequences of sin/killing. They allowed themselves to be killed, then ascended directly into heaven having committed no sin (The Bible says turn the other cheek). These genetically mutated humans then enslaved the women and children of the fallen kings/prophets/teachers, brought them back to the western world and stole their identity along with their knowledge and teachings; later developing the Ancient Greek/ Roman civilizations with this new knowledge/people they had stolen. This brings us to present day… we are the children of the original people, lost and confused with no identity, still serving the new white race/oppressors/ mutations of ourselves. Our spiritual texts have been copied; every single religion in the world is based on the original allegories created by our parents thousands of years ago to teach us spiritual lessons… just edited slightly (‘Horus’, a black man, was the first messiah documented before Jesus and all others). The white oppressors have completely turned against God by developing a system which counteracts nature, killing and destroying eco-systems/animals after terrorizing the planet with war/ nuclear technology. After enslaving lynching, persecuting, killing… They still imprison, shoot, torment the direct descendants of Earth’s original people (Trayvon Martin, Eric Gardner, Sandra Bland etc).

Change begins with self-image and the perception of self. DO NOT allow parents, teachers, other races, to compartmentalize your existence into this idea of slaves picking cotton. You are nature’s original, with an ancestry of 30+ dynasties stretching over 5000 years, ruled by Black kings & queens. To compare, the U.S.has only been around for 200+ years (July 4th, 2015 marked the 239th anniversary of when the original thirteen colonies declared their independence). The history books in schools do not tell the full story, your past has purposely been hidden from you and is much deeper than what is documented in mainstream schools. We as black people are direct descendants of the first civilization…

We’ve fallen off…  ancient empires, historical monuments, social and mathematical sciences, illustrative arts, martial arts, inventions, even the United States of America (via slavery), were established off of the strength and collective life force of our black mothers and fathers. Evidence suggests that Kemet’s black people even developed ‘Chemistry’ (or ‘Kemet-mystery’) thousands of years ago. Yes, your parents developed chemistry. The very same blood, skin & melanin that flowed through them, is in us, but what do we as a generation have to show for ourselves? A couple rappers and basketball players? Fair enough we’re recovering from 200+ years of mental, physical and institutionalized slavery but I still very much feel that we have fallen off, especially when black people struggle to congregate in one area without there being some type of violence. We’ve fallen off a lot, and to me, it’s embarrassing…

Many of us are still slaves!  Truth is, you are not a sovereign being; we all need to labour/earn money to live, and therefore belong to the system. There’s not much that many of us can do to change this, but all of us can liberate our minds.  Unfortunately, the majority of people who are living happily oppressed are mental slaves. The fruits of mental slavery today include self-hate, emasculation of our males, division among our people and more. Harriet Tubman said she ‘freed 1000 slaves, and  could’ve freed 1000 more if they knew they were slaves’ which means, despite being raped, whipped, and forced to pick cotton they still didn’t realize that they were slaves. Let that sink in. This goes to show how powerful a tool mental slavery is, and why your oppressor uses it against you.

The black race is the only collection of people on the planet that doesn’t have their own mainstream religion. I understand the white oppressor robbed our inherent spirituality from us, but on a common-sense level, I rarely see Asian people worshiping a white deity, and I definitely haven’t seen white people worshiping images of a deity who isn’t white, so why are black people so quick to worship images of Cesare Borgia (the Italian pope’s son that most people associate with Jesus - google that). If we’re not worshiping ‘white Jesus’ we’re worshiping celebrities who promote pure ignorance. Your oppressor is now aided by celebrity black ‘coons’/’house niggas’ who are supposed to be setting an example for us; but have chosen to ‘sell out’ on their people and continue to perpetuate destruction and self-hate, in return for the devil’s riches. ‘Get money’,’Twerk’, ‘Fuck bitches’, ‘Kill that nigga’, ‘No Love’; it’s very easy to get caught up in these ideals even for myself, and it’s no wonder why these ideals have permeated our culture, our society, our minds, and collectively our reality. What kind of environment are we creating for our children? We no longer trust and support each other. We lack unity.

What you can do starting today is think about the effect these negative influences are having on your mind, and how they impact you every day.

No one person can fix an entire race on their own, but each of us can affect our two closest friends, with positive and constructive thinking by discussing these issues and elevating our mind-set, spreading knowledge and then taking action. It’s a bit idealistic, but if everyone did this on a small scale, you may eventually reach a whole community/town/city/state/coast/country/race.

Too often parents try to influence us with their slave-driven mentality but they’ve had their time. It’s a new age, arguably we’re more educated, and have greater access to sound information (i.e. at one time it was illegal for black people to read). With the use of social media now pretty much everybody has a voice. Change should start with us. It starts within our homes. We need to stop looking for handouts from the same people who enslaved us and accept that nobody wants us to win. They hate you, if you’re not profiting them in some way your oppressor wants you dead. This system is engineered for you, as a black person, to lose. Remember that. We need to learn to start thinking for ourselves. We need to start thinking militantly, creatively and economically, for our survival.

Promote any positive information which uplifts us as a people. All of that ignorance and self-hate shit needs to be deleted, and we need to start checking people living in ignorance. Try to educate yourself. Question everything. Be skeptical of anything you hear/read, do your research, even this post could have distorted information.

If you get your hands on some money; try not to fuck it all off on designer clothes, or popping bottles at the strip club. Invest in yourself. Take an educational course, start a business, pool your money together and start a youth outreach program, a small-medium sized corner store which can create jobs. If you sell drugs; look to invest in resources that will get you OUT the game, instead of a re-up. These are the things we should be thinking about.

I don’t have all the answers but if you take anything away from this, let it be the fact that our ancestors who died must be ‘rolling in their graves’ watching us piss away our inheritance.

They’re not pleased. It’s time to wake up. Our creator loves you and is with you…


Elijah Kaizen


*Please re-blog as many times as possible before Tumblr deletes*

Note: This post was intended to make you think & discover your own answers. If anyone would like to debate/discuss/critique anything that I’ve said, or would like to provide additional information; feel free to message me and I’ll try to respond when I can. General comments are welcomed. Thanks

Sometimes I feel like theme makers have no rights.

Why? Let’s see, theme makers generally have to:

  • answer things in their inbox politely on a regular basis
  • fix bugs on their coding as soon as possible
  • post codes on a regular basis (before people start going into the inbox and demand that they do so)
  • do all of this, as well as juggling whatever commitments they have in real life, such as studying, or having a job, or actually having a life.

In addition, here is a general process that goes behind making a theme:

  1. Plan the theme. Draw inspiration from various places, make sure you’re original enough, or just whack it and sketch something out.
  2. Open the tumblr customiser, and start translating the idea into code.
  3. Fuck something up, then spend ages trying to fix it, only to then break something else and end up having to fix that, too.
  4. Debug the code and add your credits, trying to make sure that people can’t delete them too easily.
  5. Code meta options into the theme and painstakingly design a colour scheme that works, while making sure that your booleans are all properly coded, that your colour options all work, and that common add-ons (music player, updates tab, freehostedscripts, etc) don’t fuck up when you install them.
  6. Make previews. Find appropriate posts of each post type to reblog, look for suitable header/sidebar/background images, photoshop accordingly if needed, test dimensions.
  7. Write feature lists and options, customisation notes, theme documentation, etc.
  8. Post the theme, ensure that your screenshot shows off the best parts of the theme, tag it appropriately, submit it to relevant places, etc.

And yet, many theme makers also have to:

  • deal with things like people removing the credit and other people stealing their coding
  • deal with customisation questions that they don’t want to respond to, or questions about things that have been asked over and over again and are written on the FAQ
  • deal with rude people demanding that their answer their message and/or fix their bug right now, at once, immediately
  • deal with even ruder people telling them off for being rude when the question was on their FAQ or in the theme documentation
  • deal with people demanding that they re-publish ______ theme that has already been revamped/deleted

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So after another case of ‘manip maker​ has to discover again that their work has been robbed alongside 2.3k notes and counting’, this feels like a good time to talk about please taking a second to look at watermarks before we reblog fanworks because note counts mean jack-shit as to whether something is the OP’s original content or not.

It’s been happening a lot lately in particular because twitter users have started making tumblr blogs specifically to steal posts, edits, manips and fanart directly from twitter - without credit - just so they can gain followers simultaneously across multiple platforms without having to invest any extra thought.

Jokes can be made about having to become numb to theft in order to ‘survive’ online, but it’s a very real possibility that any creator can suddenly just decide they’ve had enough when it becomes one instance of theft too many. No matter what type of fan you are or blog you run, the ‘creative’ aspect of fandom impacts everyone: fic, manips, fanart, edits, music videos and gifs have kept our fandom experience full of the life and vibrancy that it’s always been known for, and a couple of extra seconds is all it takes to preserve it. 

So, a PSA about visual works in particular - if the watermark and the OP URL is exactly/pretty much the same, then go ahead as per usual! But please, if the watermark doesn’t match the OP’s URL:

  • do the obvious thing and just tumblr-search the name in the watermark to reblog directly from the actual source’s blog
  • OR check OP’s blog description/bio because if OP actually is the source but just under a different tumblr pen-name (like a different spelling on a different platform, etc.) they will make it obvious
  • OR check OP’s blog to see if they have the post tagged with something like ‘my art’ or ‘mine’ - if they don’t, it’s probably because it’s not
  • OR check OP’s blog and if there’s just a bunch of uploads all with coincidentally different watermarks, well… I’m sure you can put two-and-two together (and the person who accidentally reblogged it onto your dash would probably appreciate knowing, too).

There’re always other methods of finding true sources (like doing quick reverse-image searches on Google), but if you’re really still unsure about the OP, leave it. I promise that one reblog missed is better than the five steps back taken for every note ‘rewarded’ to something stolen.

(A table of contents is available. It will be kept updated throughout the series. This series will remain open for additional posts.)

Part Four: Critique Over Long Distances

When you’re part of a class where you can just hand each other the work, or you live close-by, critique isn’t a big deal. You receive the work, you grab a pen or a highlighter that’s a different color than the font, and you write away on that piece of paper. Highlight, underline, cross out, insert, make comments in the margin, put little exclamations next to awesome things you love. When you’re dealing with long-distance critique partners (as I almost exclusively am right now), you have to become more inventive.

Evernote:

The most basic way to put your critique into a piece is basically the equivalent of grabbing another colored pen. As far as I’ve been able to find, Evernote has about the most rudimentary tools for collaborating. Sharing the document isn’t a problem, but the other person needs to have an Evernote account themselves to be able to participate. When the person you’ve shared the document with receives it, their edits become permanent without being able to see they’ve done anything. I suggest you let your critique partner know your preference for how they should work. Changing the color of font and putting comments and changes in that color works on a basic level, and Evernote does have a chat function to facilitate further discussion about the work.

Microsoft Word:

Word is built to allow for preservation of the original work. The Track Changes feature is a dream when working on projects collaboratively, and it’s actually the function we used at the press I worked at (although preferences in houses across the world differ). Turning on Track Changes and making sure it’s set to “All Markup” will allow you to delete, change, add commas and remove extra spaces without changing the original text. In the below image, the red strike through and underlined insertion were done with Track Changes on. It will change the color of the font and format appropriately for you.

Word also has a Comment feature that assigns a new color to each person who comments (usually pulling a name, too, but I don’t have that set up on this computer), making it easy to keep track of who’s saying what. Simply highlight what you want to comment about and click the “New Comment” button on the taskbar, and bam there it is.

If you’re the author, then when you receive it back, you want to make sure that your Track Changes is also set to “All Markup.” If not, you won’t see any of the original, just the changes, and that can be disconcerting and unhelpful! You can choose to accept or reject changes by right-clicking on them. Accepting a Track Change will insert it permanently, making it black text just like the rest. Rejecting a change will remove the change completely, putting the original back. A comment can be removed by right-clicking as well. All of this put together allows for a smooth critique that allows for multiple critique partners, and allows you to make your decisions all in one document with a couple clicks of the mouse instead of typing them in yourself.

Google Docs:

Gdocs are the other option for critiquing that I utilize, which is created with very similar options as Microsoft Word. Of course, this requires you to have a Google account, but it’s free?? That’s nice. As part of the sharing options, Google Docs allows you to choose how much editing you want to allow the person you share it with, so make sure you choose appropriately. There’s also a comment feature like Word that functions the same way: highlight, hit the button and type.

Comments are put in the side margin beside the highlighted part the comment pertains to, just like Word, with a name and the option to “resolve” which will remove the comment if you feel you’ve tended to it. Changes appear in red like Track Changes, and a comment put on the side with a check and an x. To accept a change, you click the check mark; to reject it and keep your original, click the x. It’s all very similar to Word, making the transition to a digital cloudspace for critiquing really easy.

I know there are other platforms out there, but these are my preference. If you haven’t checked out Track Changes in Word, or checked your platform for options like these, make sure you do. Utilizing your writing platform to its full potential and understanding all the features (whether you later use them or not) will help you be a more efficient user. Always check in with your critique partner to see if they have a platform preference and try to be open-minded if it’s something other than what you use. You want this to be as easy for them as possible, but don’t forget you have final say. If you only have access to GDocs, then you better stand up for yourself and say so. There’s no shame in not having a certain technology or needing help figuring one out. Find what works best for you and your partners, and get some nicely formatted feedback.

Next up: More about beta readers!

How To Mobile Rp.

So many people are on the move today that rping mobile is becoming more popular. The problem is not many people know how to do it. This tutorial was inspired by that fact and I may have also seen an anon ask someone else how to do it or if their was a guide and the person couldn’t help them. I also haven’t done anything rp related in awhile (I’m not counting graphics) so I’m helping you and myself. Look how professional I sounded at the beginning, what happened? Anyway omg look at my graphics, jk jk don’t look at them but I like them. Made them myself gotta toot my own horn. toot toot. So anyway, whether you need this or not… you should still read it! Or Like or Reblog. Do whatever, I hope you like it or something. Yup… Moving on up to the east side to a deluxe apartment in the sky. Btw yes this will help you reblog even with Tumblr’s new reblog thing. Its a long tutorial ahead so please be patient and if you neeed any questions answered or clarification, feel free to message me.

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A comprehensive guide to basic, pretty (Orphan Black) GIFs

Excuse me, sestras, long post!
Since the OBTumblr asked so kindly, here’s a tutorial on how I make my GIFs, not only for Orphan Black, but for any other show/movie as well.
Please also forgive my non-native speaker English.
Here are a few gifsets to see if you like it at all (shameless self-promotion, I know :P…)
Make me choose: Sarah Manning or Cosima Niehaus
Clones + Is not life a mirror maze?
The Clones and Layered Clones of Season One
Cophine in Season 1: “I just wanna make, like, crazy science with you.”
“I seriously underestimated you.”

I also made this one quickly:


Here’s what you’ll need (at least that’s how I’m working - there are many ways that lead to Rome):
1) A video file of what you want to gif. I highly recommend logoless WEB-DLs in 1080p. These give the best results.
2) KMPlayer (I work with version 3.8.0.117)
3) Photoshop CC
Oh, and I’m working with Rachel’s favorite operating systemWindows, so the shortcuts might be different on a Mac.

I’m dividing this into screencapping in KMPlayer first, the second step is the actual giffing process in Photoshop with coloring, tweening, sharpening and saving.

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Okay, I’ve reached my point. Seriously, all the reposting of gifs and edits going on in the Lee Pace, Thranduil and Richard Armitage tags needs to stop. Having been on Tumblr for a few years now, I’ve gotten used to the ebb and flow with this type of thing, but lately it has gotten way out of hand. So, here’s my rant and I refuse to put it under a “read more” like I usually do:

I realize that it may just be a sudden influx of Tumblr newbies, fresh off the success of the final Hobbit film, not quite knowing the ropes yet. That’s why the first thing I do is privately message those people who repost my edits or gifs. If they don’t have an “ask,” don’t respond, or refuse to take down the repost, I contact Tumblr support at abuse@tumblr.com and Tumblr takes it down, usually within 24 hours.

Also, once bloggers in a specific fandom are identified as chronic reposters, I immediately block them – I don’t care how clever you are.

That has been my usual modus operandi, but what I’ve seen recently in these specific tags has been such a tidal wave of reposted gifs and edits originally created by artists I adore that I feel the need to lay it all out in direct and clear language. Hopefully together as a fandom, we can make it better.

Before I reblog or “like” anything, I check to make sure that the watermark on the edit or gif matches the source. I do not reblog or “like” if they do not match. Period. Many of the reposts I’ve seen lately have had obvious mismatched watermarks and sources but unfortunately, they still get a nauseating number of notes.

If there is no watermark but I have a suspicion that it’s a repost (maybe because the resolution is for shit), I will continue to work my way through the tag until I get to the original post and reblog that instead. I’ve had to do this more often than not because some reposters have absolutely no scruples and will repost an edit or gif mere minutes after the original is posted in the tags. That’s really cold, people.

Sometimes I hear the argument that just keeping the watermark on the edit or gif of a repost is enough. It’s not. The classy, not ass-y, thing to do would be to include a direct link to the original post, either in the caption area or as the source link. That way, you’re giving bloggers the option to reblog the original edit or gif in all its high-resolution glory if they so choose. And, more importantly, you’re directing traffic to the artist who truly deserves all the credit.

Now, I understand that sometimes you see two different gifs or edits in your travels through Tumblr and you realize that together, they would make a really clever post – especially after you’ve added an imaginative quip or comment. Honestly, that’s part of what makes Tumblr so wonderful. But, should you still credit the makers of those edits or gifs? Absolutely. Send them a quick message, asking if it’s alright to post their work with credit and I guarantee that 9.5 out of 10 will give their permission – after they’ve picked their jaws off the floor, mind you. And here’s a little secret: when you show that you are respectful towards those who give us something of themselves through their creativity, blood, sweat and tears, many more of us will appreciate and support that. And, your post will get even more notes, but shhhhh…

I’ve seen this repeated ad nauseam on Tumblr but it doesn’t seem to be resonating at all: Facebook, Pinterest and We Heart It ARE NOT VALID SOURCES. They are just platforms full of stolen artwork that is not properly sourced. When I see any of them listed as a source on a Tumblr post, I will skip over it even if it’s the most awesome thing in the world. In fact, I will spend a few minutes to track down the original post and reblog that instead. Also, I want to humbly request that if any of you notice that I have reblogged a repost by mistake, please message me. I will be eternally grateful that you took a few minutes to let me know.

But back to the reposters. Maybe it all just comes down to plain laziness or a blatant disregard for artists in general because there is a very easy way to find the source for edits or gifs on all the platforms mentioned above and yes, even on Tumblr. It’s called the Reverse Image Search on Google:

  • Open the link above in a new window.
  • Click the camera icon and paste the direct url address of the image or drag the image from your desktop into the search box.
  • You’ll see a list of all the pages that have the gif or edit, including the original source or pages that can lead you to the source.

So now, there really is no reason at all to repost and be an asshole.

I also want to point out that this Reverse Image Search is a great way to source the photographs, videos and films that many of us use to create our edits and gifs. In fact, I see the problem of reposters here on Tumblr and the proper attribution of copyrighted works as sister issues; I just think that’s an additional discussion beyond this text post.

Finally, there’s a side issue that I feel needs to be addressed. I am well aware that some gifmakers or photoshoppers in our fandom have stated that they don’t care if their work is reposted (perhaps they take it as a compliment or something) and those of us who do care are being overly precious with our work. Of course, that’s their prerogative but I need to point out that not standing up for your art will contribute to the devaluation of ALL creative work in our fandom. Perhaps I feel very strongly about this because I see something similar play out in the real world of graphic design when many of us try to get payment for our work. There’s a well-worn joke amongst clients: “Why should I pay you? I can just get someone else to do it for free.” The very sad punchline is that there are indeed designers who will work without compensation because they’ve accepted that their creativity is not worth a plug nickel and this not only hurts them, it hurts all designers.

Please keep in mind that the wonderful designers, gifmakers and photoshoppers in our fandom – including armitageuniverse, richardcfarmitage, enfantdivine, loriendesse, 3intheam, lucasnorth, sunnydisposish, mrpuddingston, maivolchica, mezzmerizedbyrichard, and thorinds – freely give a part of themselves to us almost every day. They contribute to the good part of being in a fandom and through our combined vigilance they should be recognized, credited, and respected.

Here endth the rant.