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01 May 2008 @ 11:05 pm
Sunset Icons  
I made icons today.  This is a new thing for me...and proof of the lengths I will go to in doing anything but revision.
I read a few tutorials, but any advice from people who actually know how to make pretty icons would be very welcome.  I'm particularly wondering: do people usually upload the images straight onto livejournal or save them on photobucket or somewhere first?  And which is better for preserving the image quality?

Not that I see myself spending more time on icons than fic anytime in the future.  Speaking of which, I'm working on a very crossed-over crossover and a Lavender Brown story at the moment, as well as Weasley Fest and some Slytherin-love stories.  You know, alongside that revision.

Icon Samples:

Sunset Icons

All original images/photographs/bases by inkvoices.
Texts and effects from Picnik.
If taken, please comment and credit.  Thank you!

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feeling: artisticartistic
i don't want to be a song. i want to be loved.msmoocow on May 2nd, 2008 01:22 am (UTC)
Image quality shouldn't matter wherever you upload. PNG format is generally preferred, though.

Oh, and I'm not sure what you use, but I've uplaoded a copy of Photoshop CS3 somewhere. Do you want it?
i don't want to be a song. i want to be loved.msmoocow on May 2nd, 2008 01:23 am (UTC)
I forgot to compliment you on the pretty sunsets. PRETTY!
inkvoices: hp:hermione_smileinkvoices on May 2nd, 2008 01:42 am (UTC)
Meh, I don't know what PNG is. Is is like JPEG? A format you save the picture as?

I used Picnik, an online site photo-image thingy that sarahetc mentioned as being fun. Photoshop would definitely be nice!

Heh, I had a phase of photographing sunsets for ages...
i don't want to be a song. i want to be loved.msmoocow on May 2nd, 2008 01:44 am (UTC)
Yeah, it's like JPEG but higher-quality. It also preserves transparency and such.

http://www.elusivefuse.net/stuff --just click on the onyl file there. :)

Password to unrar will be given in a deleted comment. (I like to share, but I also like to know who I'm sharing with.) :)
inkvoicesinkvoices on May 2nd, 2008 01:50 am (UTC)
Thanking you!

Um, I didn't get the content of the deleted comment though. Maybe you could email it to me, if you don't want to spread it around? (Hmm, and that makes it sound diseased...shutting up now.)
Rhapsody's Shadowrhapsody032590 on May 2nd, 2008 02:21 am (UTC)
I just love these I'm taking 11 13 15 & 18 thankies.
inkvoices: LotR: yayinkvoices on May 2nd, 2008 10:04 pm (UTC)
11 and 18 are two of my favourites of the batch. :oD
Glad you like them!
sugar_feysugar_fey on May 2nd, 2008 01:18 pm (UTC)
I think those icons are beautiful! I may take some later.

What fandoms are included in the crossover?
inkvoices: F:goingmadSimoninkvoices on May 2nd, 2008 10:08 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you like them! Meh, I love the fact I have huge icon space now, because I have crazy iconlove - I go browsing through icon journals going 'ooo, pretty!' with shiny, glazed eyes lol. Not fun that you don't have much space *hugs*

Oh. My. The crossover is two Harry Potter characters...in a Sandman setting/situation...with a hell of a lot of other characters. *heads desk* It's a free for all, I swear! In the interests of hoping people will actually read and comment, because I doubt everyone will recognise all the fandoms, I'm thinking of saying 'guess the fandoms folks and win a prize'. *grins*

sugar_fey: washzoe2sugar_fey on May 3rd, 2008 08:46 am (UTC)
Yeah, not having a lot of icon space is annoying. I see such pretty icons all the time, but if I want them I have to get rid of others...

Heh! Cheers for the multi-fandom crossover love! I've often speculated as to what would happen if certain characters from various fandoms were to meet. Let's think... Zoe Alleyne Washburne meets Nymphadora Tonks. *ponders*

Or Severus Snape meeting Malcolm Reynolds.
inkvoices: hp:quote_identifyremusinkvoices on May 3rd, 2008 07:05 pm (UTC)
I read a really interesting (and funny) one the other day from a coffee and cho rec:


It's Buffy and Remus...in an employement office. :o)
(Sorry, I don't know the html coding for a link.)

Meh, and no more plot bunniese please! ;oP
sugar_feysugar_fey on May 3rd, 2008 10:14 pm (UTC)
Oooh! Will check out. I still think that if Severus Snape and Mal were to ever meet up, the universe would implode, but let us speculate...
inkvoices: hp:snape_prideinkvoices on May 4th, 2008 12:45 am (UTC)
I think when it comes to crossing Firefly and Harry Potter I get a little twitch in my canon eye because both have very definite timelines that mean canon-wise you can't cross the characters we know (although you could have their descendants or ancestors I guess...down bunnies!). I read one not so long ago that had Sirius entering the Firefly verse when he went through the veil, but I can't remember who it's by and I don't have a link. *grumbles* But yeah, if I were to cross Snape and Mal I'd have to make the set-up all murky instead of actual plot, because I have no idea how those two would come across each other!

Oh, but the fun when they did...

*feels challenged and bunny-attacked*