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Subject:Icons
Time:07:16 pm
So, I've been wanting to make my own icons because I have all this free time...not.   But I see so many great ones and want to try to create them myself but when I do, they can never been read and the quality sucks, etc, etc.  So, does anyone know of a decent icon maker (do they have those???) that is preferably free or comes with good recommendation so that if I buy it I know it will work.  I would also love to try vidding and I have the moviemaker software on my computer but my stupid computer won't read the discs from my DVR or my Season One DVDs so, I'm kind of screwed that way, too.  But I figure if I start with the icons I can always work my way up.

Also, FYI, started a new SGA fic today, probably just a short one but that just means I'll have it up in a few days instead of weeks.
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ladybeth
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Time:2007-03-14 03:21 am (UTC)
Well, I can't reccomand any free graphic software. I know there is one that starts witha G but I can't remember what it's called completely. I use Photoshop and Paint Shop Pro but both you have to buy to get the msot use out of them.

As for the DVD problem, you may need to get another DVD burner or an external one. They are realitively cheap right now (I bought one for only $78 and it's working great).
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liketheriverrun
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Time:2007-03-15 04:13 am (UTC)
Actually I have the graphic software (photoshop). I was just wondering if there was an actual icon maker that would help with getting the font size right/readable and the quality of the image correct for the smaller format. And I really need to get on the phone with Dell and figure out what is wrong with my DVD burner. I just don't have the patience to deal with tech support lately. ;-)
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ladybeth
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Time:2007-03-15 04:45 am (UTC)
Well, the size of a LJ icon is 100x100 pixels and I don't know about the font since I usually just make bases. I'm kinda new to the whole thing so I'm taking small steps.
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berlinghoff79
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Time:2007-03-22 08:16 am (UTC)
You need help? I could help! I'm using photoshop, too. Samples of my icons can be found at my journal. Just click the icons tag.
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liketheriverrun
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Time:2007-03-22 01:25 pm (UTC)
Oh, so cool! I just went and quickly looked at the tutorial page and I'll definitely go back. If I'm still having problems, I'll send you a note. I can't seem to get the text or the image to be as sharp as they are in some of the great ones I see (like yours!). Something to play with this weekend and the kiddies will be gone, too! Yay!
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pegasus_01
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Time:2007-04-06 11:28 pm (UTC)
I use photoshop too, and if you're having trouble with the text size not showing up correctly, chances are that you need to change your resolution (when you open a new canvas, make sure the resolution is 72 (it's what works best for icons)).
Other than that, now that you're part of LJ, I would recommend joining icon tutorial communities. They're much fun and they teach you a LOT! A great one is icon_tutorial (and you can span from there) ^___^ Also, what a lot of 'iconers' (look ma, a made up word!) do is use textures/brushes and the likes which we happily steal from absolutely amazing people in communities that do all the work for us and are happy to do it (good ones are: 100x100_brushes, and brush_fanatic. Again, more can be found on the icon_tutorial user info).
Have fun creating your own icons! And welcome to the wonderful world of LJ! Seriously, we're glad you're here *glomps you fics!*
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liketheriverrun
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Time:2007-04-08 08:21 pm (UTC)
Nope, I have the resolution set at 72 and they *still* look fuzzy. But thanks so much for the info on the tutorials. I will most definitely check them out and see what they have to say. Thanks so much for the info!
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