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Post by TRF on Fri Apr 02, 2010 10:34 am

Not years, more like months. I've been doing signature-making since late September. Here's what I've done and how I've progressed:


-This one receive so much negative reception. It was literally my first time using GIMP, but everyone thought I was using Paint.

-This was my first time learning how to cut out graphics using the free-select tool. As you can see, I didn't do a very good job of accurately cutting out the render.

-This was my first time playing with the transparency of my render. It actually came in second place in a contest, surprisingly.

-This was when I first learned how to make a border. I thought it'd look cool if I put text on the edge of the border so as to give it a 3D effect.

-This was me trying to culminate all I had previously learned into one sig. I was originally super-proud of it, but further examination revealed to me that this is a total piece of crap..

-Me playing with transparency again. I wanted it to look wasteland-esque, but it ended up looking like garbage. I didn't even realize how bad it looked until I moved over to my laptop, which had a brighter screen.

-This was my first time playing with lighting. The problem was, no one could recognize what the render was of (many said Darth Vader).

-I don't even remember how I achieved this. I think I just fiddled with the coloring tools until I got this. Too much bright red in my, well EVERYONE'S, opinion.

-My first time using transparency to bypass having to cut out the blood splatter.

Fast-forward to now:


-This was the result of the first tutorial I followed. The tutorial used a Koopa, not Zero Suit Samus, but I applied the steps to my own creation. I learned to use Overlay in this tutorial.

-My first time using motion blur to add a flow to my background, or however much is showing, rather.

-My first time using gradient maps and experimenting with layer modes other than Overlay

-This was my first time using plain brushes against a black background, which I think can strangely work well.

-My first time using "Grow" to create a suitable text and render border.

-My latest signature, utilizing gradient maps and brush on black background technique, as well as Grow to create a text border.

So . . . how have you progressed in the art of sig-making? Feel free to show your work over the years, months, weeks, hours, etc., however long you've been doing it.

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Post by NIVÆL on Fri Apr 02, 2010 10:49 am

Well, you have gotten a lot better since you first started.


-This was my first time using plain brushes against a black background, which I think can strangely work well.
I don't, honestly.





In my opinion that is your best sig I've seen.

You have gotten pretty good fast. Most of your sigs aren't my style though. They still are good.
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Post by TRF on Fri Apr 02, 2010 5:41 pm

Nivael wrote:Well, you have gotten a lot better since you first started.


-This was my first time using plain brushes against a black background, which I think can strangely work well.
I don't, honestly.





In my opinion that is your best sig I've seen.

You have gotten pretty good fast. Most of your sigs aren't my style though. They still are good.
Thanks for the input. I encourage you to do something similar. I'm sure your progress is much more interesting since you've been doing this longer than me and you're better at it.

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Post by SlySonji™ on Thu Jul 01, 2010 6:16 pm

I'd like to ask you a question. Can I use the Zero Suit Samus one? ^^!
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Post by AnAsianKid on Thu Jul 01, 2010 9:25 pm

lol GIMP
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Post by TRF on Tue Aug 03, 2010 5:24 am

Sonji wrote:I'd like to ask you a question. Can I use the Zero Suit Samus one? ^^!
Wow, sorry I didn't see this comment. Yes, you can use it (assuming you still want to), as long as you give credit.

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Post by Teckno on Tue Aug 03, 2010 5:35 pm

I think the Metroid one is the best.
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Re: TRF Over the Years

Post by TRF on Tue Aug 03, 2010 6:06 pm

Here are a few more:












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Post by Zillah on Tue Aug 03, 2010 8:06 pm

Yo, Can you make a Street Fighter Ken one? =]

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Post by TRF on Tue Aug 03, 2010 10:58 pm

Zillah wrote:Yo, Can you make a Street Fighter Ken one? =]
I'll see. What dimensions do you want? If you don't care then I'll just do the dimensions I'm comfortable with.

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Post by Zillah on Wed Aug 04, 2010 12:12 am

ŦЯӺ wrote:
Zillah wrote:Yo, Can you make a Street Fighter Ken one? =]
I'll see. What dimensions do you want? If you don't care then I'll just do the dimensions I'm comfortable with.

Do you really think I give a fuck what dimensions it's in?

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Post by TRF on Wed Aug 04, 2010 12:27 am

Zillah wrote:
ŦЯӺ wrote:
Zillah wrote:Yo, Can you make a Street Fighter Ken one? =]
I'll see. What dimensions do you want? If you don't care then I'll just do the dimensions I'm comfortable with.

Do you really think I give a fuck what dimensions it's in?
Better I ask now and get a response like that than risk having to start over if I do the wrong dimensions, y'know?

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Post by Angelus the Wraith on Fri Aug 06, 2010 2:39 am

Could you also add a Viva la Insurgence one too?
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Post by TRF on Fri Aug 06, 2010 3:23 am

Angelus the Wraith wrote:Could you also add a Viva la Insurgence one too?
What is Viva la Insurgence?

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Post by Angelus the Wraith on Fri Aug 06, 2010 3:24 am

La Insurgence insurges against abusive MODs.
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Post by TRF on Fri Aug 06, 2010 3:34 am

Angelus the Wraith wrote:La Insurgence insurges against abusive MODs.
I'll see what I can do, as long as your little "group" doesn't bother me.

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Post by Angelus the Wraith on Fri Aug 06, 2010 3:38 am

We are not a group, we are insurgents.
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Post by TRF on Sat Aug 07, 2010 4:30 am

Here's another one:


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Post by TheStaticFox on Sat Aug 07, 2010 6:38 am

question, how do u make cool back grounds my are usually super lame and boring?
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Post by TRF on Sat Aug 07, 2010 6:52 am

Staticman2 wrote:question, how do u make cool back grounds my are usually super lame and boring?
I used a screenshot of a basketball game as a stock, then I used gaussian blur and then a zoomed motion blur. I added a radial orange/red layer on top and set the layer mode to either Dodge or Overlay (I can't remember which). The rest of it was composed of C4Ds and splatter brushes.

I use GIMP, by the way.

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Post by Zillah on Mon Aug 09, 2010 11:24 am

Everybody, that Ken one is property of ZILLAH.

One day you gotta post a tutorial on here TRF so maybe I can be better. =}

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Post by TRF on Mon Aug 09, 2010 11:33 am

Zillah wrote:Everybody, that Ken one is property of ZILLAH.

One day you gotta post a tutorial on here TRF so maybe I can be better. =}
I've been thinking about making one, but they do take quite a long time to make.

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