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Quick question from a newbie sig maker

Postby steelerfan04 » Sun Jul 22, 2007 12:23 am

Hey, I've just started making sigs using the Gimp. Took me a couple of tries to get the basics down, but now I'm able to make some moderately cool ones. Anywway, I'm having a lot of trouble with the backgrounds on my sigs, I can make some basic ones like the one in my Willie Parker sig now, but I can't really get past that. How do you guys go about making your backgrounds? I've seen a lot of people with one big picture and some text in the foreground and a few more translucent pictures and such in the background. How do you do that using the gimp? Any other background tips are appreciated, thanks.
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Re: Quick question from a newbie sig maker

Postby SJNez46 » Sun Jul 22, 2007 10:01 am

I dont know about for GIMP, since I use photoshop, but most of us use stock photos for the the background, YOu can mix these with gradients, or other stock photos at different opacities. YOu should check some tutorials from the link below thats on the baseball side. http://www.fantasybaseballcafe.com/foru ... p?t=128553 . THese are really helpful. THe site I use most often for stock photos is http://www.caedes.net/ it has a lot of great stocks in its abstract section. Mixing those at different opacitys can look really good. I hope this helps. IF you have anymore questions just ask
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Re: Quick question from a newbie sig maker

Postby South Park Cows » Sun Jul 22, 2007 11:45 am

SJNez46 wrote:I dont know about for GIMP, since I use photoshop, but most of us use stock photos for the the background, YOu can mix these with gradients, or other stock photos at different opacities. YOu should check some tutorials from the link below thats on the baseball side. http://www.fantasybaseballcafe.com/foru ... p?t=128553 . THese are really helpful. THe site I use most often for stock photos is http://www.caedes.net/ it has a lot of great stocks in its abstract section. Mixing those at different opacitys can look really good. I hope this helps. IF you have anymore questions just ask

It's not so much different opacities, but different blending modes.
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Re: Quick question from a newbie sig maker

Postby steelerfan04 » Sun Jul 22, 2007 9:52 pm

South Park Cows wrote:
SJNez46 wrote:I dont know about for GIMP, since I use photoshop, but most of us use stock photos for the the background, YOu can mix these with gradients, or other stock photos at different opacities. YOu should check some tutorials from the link below thats on the baseball side. http://www.fantasybaseballcafe.com/foru ... p?t=128553 . THese are really helpful. THe site I use most often for stock photos is http://www.caedes.net/ it has a lot of great stocks in its abstract section. Mixing those at different opacitys can look really good. I hope this helps. IF you have anymore questions just ask

It's not so much different opacities, but different blending modes.


Thanks for the help so far guys.

This may be a stupid question, but what exactly is meant by blending modes?
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Re: Quick question from a newbie sig maker

Postby South Park Cows » Sun Jul 22, 2007 10:55 pm

steelerfan04 wrote:
South Park Cows wrote:
SJNez46 wrote:I dont know about for GIMP, since I use photoshop, but most of us use stock photos for the the background, YOu can mix these with gradients, or other stock photos at different opacities. YOu should check some tutorials from the link below thats on the baseball side. http://www.fantasybaseballcafe.com/foru ... p?t=128553 . THese are really helpful. THe site I use most often for stock photos is http://www.caedes.net/ it has a lot of great stocks in its abstract section. Mixing those at different opacitys can look really good. I hope this helps. IF you have anymore questions just ask

It's not so much different opacities, but different blending modes.


Thanks for the help so far guys.

This may be a stupid question, but what exactly is meant by blending modes?


Overlay, lighten, darken, pin light, color dodge, etc. Those are Photoshop ones, but I think they're the same or close to it in Gimp.
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Re: Quick question from a newbie sig maker

Postby steelerfan04 » Mon Jul 23, 2007 11:21 pm

South Park Cows wrote:=
Overlay, lighten, darken, pin light, color dodge, etc. Those are Photoshop ones, but I think they're the same or close to it in Gimp.


Yea they're basically the same. Thanks for the clarification.
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