Aug. 12th, 2017 10:02 pm
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Made some icons last night. I posted some over in [profile] your_favorites, for the fantasy show challenge.

I'm feeling a bit rusty even though it's only been a couple months. I've forgotten where some things are and how others work, but it's slowly coming back. I'm trying to focus on making better crops. Making sure my subject is visible and the main focus.

Here's a bunch from Midnight, Texas:

city signdoorflyinggunswings

And a few from Younger:


S/N: if anyone can tell me what the html is to put space between my icons when making a table, I'd be very grateful! I hate that they're all up on top of each other. :/
lavenderspark: (glasses)
Made some more icons. Tried to just to more simple looking icons, just playing around with colors.

I am happy that I found a collection of Legion screencaps! Found them on simkl.

And then after talking about The NeverEnding Story, I wanted to make some icons from that as well. Unfortunately I only found one source (eternal fantasy) and the images were smallish. And of course the movie is from the 80s, so not exactly HD quality. I'll make my own caps if I decide to make more icons.

(hopefully those look right. I switched my image host to tinypic and they're using a .jpg even though my icons are .png :/)


Jun. 25th, 2017 09:14 am
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Made these last night. They're not great, but I wanted to do something.

These were some I was going to do for the rainbow activity for [community profile] icontalking

And this one was for the favorite scifi movie challenge for [profile] your_favorites

The quality of the cap on that one isn't very good. I can't remember where I got them from. :/ If I do any more for this movie, I'll cap some new ones myself.

I'm also going to look into finding a new image hosting site since I can't seem to get photobucket to cooperate any more. Last night I couldn't even get the page to load and then when it did, I couldn't click on any of the links to copy them here.

Even now the page won't load on my computer. I had to open it on my phone and copy/paste the links into an email so I could get them on my computer. Super annoying. Especially with all the pop up ads.
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I had some time last night and decided to try and improve some icons I've made recently. I've still got a couple I'm working on and a few I want to do, but here's a couple that I finished last night.

This one didn't need much improvement. Really the cap itself is gorgeous just the way it is, which is a testament of how good the cinematography was in this show. But I changed the font, moved it around and made sure the icon was actually square. It took me a while to realize I had a "square" cropping option...

Old New

I never posted the original of this one. I wasn't really happy with it, but at the time I couldn't figure out what was wrong with it/how to improve it. I think the text still needs work, but it looks MUCH better.


I've discovered the "curves" tool and it has become my new favorite tool. It brightens things SO MUCH easier and cleaner/clearer than the "fill light" tool. Though that does still have it's uses.

[personal profile] tinny, would this be something I could post over at [community profile] icontalking? I'd love some concrit, but don't know if you want members randomly posting things.


Mar. 3rd, 2017 02:47 pm
lavenderspark: (glasses)
I feel like my icons are looking MUCH better than they were. And I'm remembering where things are and what they do, so that makes things go a lot faster. My program updated today too, it now has a welcome screen with tutorials! I was surprised since it's PaintShop 7 and they're on like 9 or 10 now, but hey, I'll take it!

I spent some time yesterday screencapping a couple episodes of Emerald City and writing down any lines that stuck with me to use with icons. Tonight is the season finale!

I've got a bunch that I re-did and some new ones that I made when I re-did the Tumblr ones, but I think I'll work with those a bit more before I share them. Here's some I made today that I think came out pretty good.

lucas tall
never small
monster bw

I think my favorite is the second one, with the tree. I LOVE the font in the first one and I'm glad I got it to work.
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After some advice from [livejournal.com profile] tinnny, I redid two of the Tumblr sets to try and make them lighter. The first image in both sets looks better than the last two. :/ I didn't realize at first that some of the settings didn't auto save. :( In the future I can save them and reuse them for similar images. It's just hard to remember because MOST of the tools default to "last settings used" so I don't always pay attention to the settings.

First set )

Second set )

I've definitely got more fine tuning to figure out with the pixelation/softness/focus and once I remember to save the settings I use to lighten the image, the colors will match better. But these are MUCH brighter and easier to see than the first ones!

Icon Test

Feb. 7th, 2017 03:11 pm
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Testing to see if PNG or JPEG works better for my icons. Not sure if it will matter, but these were saved as JPEG first and then I changed them to PNG. When I have more time I'll try to save some as PNG first.

Left side is JPEG, right is PNG

Ev FriendEv Friend2

Ev waste yellowEv waste yellow2

Ev wasteEv waste2

lucas mirror BWlucas mirror BW2

lucas mirror Disturbolucas mirror Disturbo2

West love greenWest love green2


Feb. 1st, 2017 02:37 pm
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So I've been watching Emerald City on NBC and the colors and scenery are amazing along with the characters and story. I hate waiting for Friday to watch a new ep. :(

BUT all the prettiness has inspired me to start making icons again! I've posted some banner sets on Tumblr, but since it likes to stretch images, it really isn't a good place to post icons. They come out all pixelated and weird. I'm sure there's a setting to fix that, but I don't know where it is.

I also figured out how to add more/new fonts to my graphics program! So I actually have some variety in my font choices now! Incidentally I also figured out how to add new brushes, textures, etc. Now I just have to find some that are compatible with Corel, not sure if the ones for Adobe will work or not. Of course, I should probably figure out how to use the brushes, textures, etc. I already HAVE before I get new ones...

Anyway... Here are some icons!

lucas mirror BWlucas mirror Disturbolucas mirror SE brownlucas mirror SE

I was inspired by the challenge at [livejournal.com profile] total_icontest of "mirror". I don't know that they're anywhere good enough to be in any kind of challenge, but it gave me some much needed direction!

Ev CJ friendEv FriendEv Decode friend
I think the last one is my favorite. I know the font is a little too small for icon size, but it's so perfect for her and for this image, I can't help it.

And these are the sets I've already posted on Tumblr, so I apologize if you've seen them already.
Large Size Sets )
And while I don't expect it, since I'm leaving this post open to the public...if you'd like to use my icons, you can, just please leave a comment and credit me. :)
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I downloaded a bunch of images from the British Library yesterday (they have lots of new free images from books that are out of copyright) and spent today playing around with them a bit.

I have no idea what to do with this, but the titles of these booklets needed to be put together. Trashy romance novels of 1892!

Romance covers 1892

I didn't do anything except arrange them in what I thought to be a fun order. :)

I found a few illustrations that just begged to be colorized, so I played around a bit and figured out how to use the watercolor tool! It would work much nicer if I had a fancy drawing tablet, but I thought they turned out pretty nice.

water color kitty 300
Belle and the Dragon 300 Ha, didn't realize that there was a giant hole in the middle of the dragon one. Oops. It kind of looks like a heart though!

And then I did them in actual icon size. The dragon one loses some detail, so I don't think I'd ever use it as an avatar icon, but the kitty looks super cute in any size!

water color kitty 100
Belle and the Dragon 100

New Icon

Apr. 19th, 2016 10:41 am
lavenderspark: (hair)
Still can't figure out why GIMP ruins my images when making GIfs. I tried to download a plug-in, but it didn't show up in my software. I don't know what to do and the GIMP comm on here looks dead. :(

On the plus side, when making icons, they're tiny, so you can't really see how messed up the image is.


Screen caps from screencapped dot net and shanarachronicles dot net.

Icon set

Sep. 25th, 2015 12:59 pm
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Trying to play around with my program some more and learn how to better do some things.

Killjoys icon set )

Song lyrics are "Dark Paradise" by Lana Del Rey
Screen caps from [livejournal.com profile] yamiinsane123


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