Hi! I'm just dropping in to say that I love your voltron gifs! And I was wondering which sharpening settings you use for them? You don't have to answer if you don't want~ Hope you have a nice day! <3
Hey there! Thank you for dropping by with this nice message <3
So since a few people have asked before, I decided to make this post a very short rundown of the sharpening process I usually do! Sorry if any of this is confusing, I tried my best to explain it but if you’re still unsure about something, feel free to DM me for more questions if you’d like!
Sharpening Gifs using Surface Blur + Smart Sharpen
Basically, my sharpening process always involves surface blur and smart sharpen. I’ll show with screenshots the settings I usually pick, but I’m going to assume you already know the first steps of gifmaking so I’m going to skip ahead!
Once you convert the frames to timeline, then convert them to Smart Filters, I usually start with the Surface Blurs. (here’s a screenshot in case you’ve never used it before)
Usually, I do 3 surface blur filters, then 2 smart sharpens in a row, in that order. Each filter I put on, I use progressively lowered settings, like so:
I start with radius at 15, threshold at 8, then lower it a bit with each surface blur.
Next, I go through the Smart Sharpen filter (which is under the Sharpen tab as seen in the first screenshot above). This, I also do with progressively lowered settings, like so:
Only 2 Smart Sharpens though, because I find that over-sharpening doesn’t look so good.
Of course, feel free to play with any of the above settings as you will and see what looks best for you! These are just the standard I pick for myself personally.
THEN I do this other little trick I found. See the filters lined up here?
I right click each one and change the setting to Darken.
I do this for each one. All of them are under the Darken blending option. Once in a while, I experiment and change one of the filters to Soft Light, because it sometimes looks nice depending on the scene I’m gifing.
Again, feel free to play around with all of them though! Lots of options to try out. I heard some people only use one surface blur filter, then just a normal blur layer, and then one smart sharpen. There are lots of ways to play with this. You can also use “darken” on all of them, or just a few of them.
And.. that’s basically it! I think it makes a huge difference and I really love how it looks personally, so I do it all the time. :)
Other tips with gifs + coloring
Just a random piece of advice that I feel has helped me: A gif, no matter how big it is and despite the new 3MB limit, can only hold up to 256 colors. This is why some gifs look grainy even though you feel like you’ve gotten it to the point of being what you feel is the highest quality gif it could possibly be. So to help make it look even better, I personally find that singling out a few key colors and then desaturating the other ones individually through hue/saturation filter, makes an immense difference in the end result. Black/white Gradient Maps help a lot as well!
(Also, I used this video for reference when I first started)
So there you have it. These are the basics of my gifing process. After trying a bunch of different coloring options, I now like to keep it fairly simple when I’m just doing a normal gif/gifset. No need to get too complicated! :)
In the beginning we’re always perfect, because I honestly have no feelings. I’m always too smart to let them surface, because I know yours will start peeling. And I have this set of rules and guidelines that I swear I won’t stop following. It’s only a matter of time before the weight is too heavy and I am Staling. Two types of lovers in this life, One who sees all the struggle in my eyes. Tries and tries and tries and doesn’t lie, but it’s only a matter of time before she bores me half to death and I have to leave before I start to die. The other kind, so stuck in her eyes. Pounces on the first sign of weakness. She’ll start to question what she sees in this, so I’ll stop letting her breathe unless..despite all of my bitter weakness, she still loves me like we just met. It’s a silly display of childish games. Doesn’t make any fucking sense to me, why as being as nice as I can be always ends up with me being lonely. I finally realized to be happy with what I have. I always have to settle for something less, because I can’t be underneath her again.
This is the equipment i take to work on a daily basis.
The hard drives have all the projects i have completed over the years and an architectural library consisting of everything from rendering materials and stock images to photoshop brushes and tutorials.
I know many PS users that basically don’t know how to use smart objects. I, personally, rarely use normal layers; I use smart objects instead, because they give users a wider space to use their creativity and help them get rid of many PS constrains such as the blur of resizing for multiple times. Using smart objects has many other benefits which will be introduced in this tutorial.
Warning: This tutorial is kind of long!!
Contents of the tutorial:
How to turn layers into smart objects.
How to edit a smart object.
Benefits of using smart objects:
Filters editing (Add, edit, and delete filters).
Changing blending options of a filter.
Erasing parts of the filters using the smart filters’ layer mask.
hey, i've asked a few other people about this but so far i've just gotten the answers 'fewer frames', 'less colour' etc, just general google advice on making low size gifs. i sometimes see really long (as in a LOT of frames), super high quality 540px anime gifs from people and was wondering how they achieve this effect without going over tumblr's size limit? they look like they should be 4MB or something with the colours and the sharpening
Try using smart sharpen or surface blur. The smart sharpen option lets you sharpen and blur an image at the same time, and the more you blur an image the less “heavy” it becomes. Or, some people use surface blur on their gif to blur it, and then they sharpen it afterwords for a crisp clear effect. That’s it, that’s the secret.
Yo! Me again :) So I was a little late watching the new Cissy episode and so I watched it today. I wanted to ask for your thoughts, because I really love reading what you have to say :D I keep seeing people so offended and disgusted with the episode. I didn't see anything wrong with it whatsoever, of course they say I wouldn't understand. I'm transgender and I loved the episode. What did you think? Was it offensive in your eyes? And what did you think about Randy's story? I love Sharon now :)
I feel like I’ve talked about a lot of what I wanted to in an already existing post, but it definitely wouldn’t hurt to put it in one place. This episode was a fucking experience, because the very existence of the episode caused a reaction on tumblr before it even aired.
So there’s the 2 days before it was aired, the episode itself, and the afterglow.
It kind of weirded me out that everybody expressed fear towards this episode. People got nervous and scared because they thought Matt and Trey would say something bigoted. I could understand annoyance and anger. Maybe some people feeling insulted because of what Matt and Trey might say.
But holyyy shit, tumblr was fucking dramatic about it. Like… god damn.
There were fucking PARAGRAPHS, walls of text about how transphobic Matt and Trey were, how this episode was going to be absolutely HORRIBLE, people posting their thoughts on an episode that hadn’t come out yet.
I did expect them to throw some criticism at it, because that’s what they do. They’re critical. Criticism does not translate to hate. Criticism is important in all things. I am a firm believer of that, and I’d wager to say Matt and Trey are too.
Matt and Trey might be rude lots of times, but they are not bigots. They’ve shown time and time again that they are against silence and censorship and believe firmly in freedom of expression, so it wouldn’t make sense for them to be against something like transgenderism.
But really… this episode was really light on the criticism. Like. A LOT lighter than I expected it to be. They really didn’t touch on anything too deeply, and I feel like that was smart. They scratched the surface on transgenderism itself and focused on how transgender folk are treated.
That is a pretty safe move. I mean, we do get some of Randy’s mentality explained. He really likes the safeness he feels in female restrooms. It made him relaxed enough to write songs and developed a female persona.
Cartman was being completely insincere with his, obviously, but his insincerity allowed the introduction of the definition of Transgenderism. We get some more explanation of the subject as a whole from Mr. Garrison. And from the way he’s portrayed it seems like he’s definitely made some decent strides in not being a bigot anymore.
Also for those of us that don’t get the thing Butters said. “He’s not a woman, he’s not a man, he’s something that you’ll never understand. But he would die for me.” He was quoting Prince.
Wendy… I’m not really sure if she was being insincere. I mean, it’s easy to write her off as just being transgender just to spite Cartman. But she did it so straight faced, and didn’t seem angry at all at him by the time she changed her appearance.
Plus, at the end of the episode she didn’t change her clothes. Maybe she’ll stay that way.
Another neat detail was that the transgender children didn’t really fall under any scrutiny by the rest of the children. They didn’t joke about them, they didn’t question or try to test the transgender children, they just acknowledged it and went about their daily lives. They were not bothered by it at all.
Even when Cartman implied to Stan that people were going to start ripping on him for dating Wendell, Stan wasn’t really bothered by the idea. He just asked for clarity from his Dad. He was really open minded about it.
Speaking of that, I like the whole continuity of the season so far. It just strings together so nicely. First episode they started the “Go fuck yourself business,” second episode they go back to school and everyone’s all pissed off so they have to throw a party and have Lorde sing for them. This episode there’s a reporter wondering why Lorde played at a party in such a small town.
Continuity makes me so happy ugh
Also. The reporter says “It’d be a shame if someone was having fun at Lorde’s expense.” I’m pretty sure he’s talking about those articles saying “South Park calls Lorde a middle aged man” and getting all pissed off. It’s cool that they can make cute little jabs at the viewers like that.
But I’d like to reiterate, nobody in this episode, with the exception of two people, questioned or even had a problem with the transgender individuals in this episode.
The reporter and Randy’s co-worker.
And those people immediately changed their tune when Randy/Lorde expressed his/herself through her song, those few lyrics about how it made her feel to be isolated.
“The image of me that you see is distorted, twisted, broken, fractured isolated miles out to sea I don’t want a separate place I need to feel safe, not thrown away”
These people are part of our society. This episode acknowledged that. Acknowledged that they shouldn’t be isolated. That they shouldn’t be separated from us. Not even in bathrooms.
Simultaneously, we shouldn’t give them special treatment. That’ll develop a mentality that still separates them from us, on both sides. They need to be incorporated into our society, recognized as a norm.
I hear a lot of people say that they still had a problem with this episode, that they got some minute details wrong, or some shit. But is it not made completely clear that they support transgenderism? Especially with the ending? With Sharon’s speech?
What this episode did as a whole was bring to light that transgender people exist. It wasn’t a negative light. It was a light of acknowledgement. And it made it perfectly clear that if you feel uncomfortable with them, then you’re the one that’s not being normal.
All in all this episode was amazing. It’s one of my favorites now. It was one of the positive episodes of south park. Not one of those cynical ones like Biggest Douche In The Universe or Stanley’s Cup. It had a happy ending. It was positive as fuck. It left me with some really good feeling vibes. For the rest of the day I was left feeling pretty good.
….Feelin’ good on a Wednesday. > U >
[AND NO I’M NOT GONNA TALK ABOUT THE WHIP /)///(\]
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