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Photoshop Question

Posted by Kragghle , in BZPower Jul 07 2012 · 183 views

:kaukau: I'd like my new banner

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To look like my regular banner.

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If you look closely there's a border in my Gali banner, but Gali herself and the items in the foreground fit over it. There's also some shine added to the picture coming from the upper right hand corner. Elements of the background have a little extra gloss added to them, and if you look carefully there are also diagonal lines.

These are features I'd like to apply to all my new banners from now on. If people could explain how each of these works, or maybe even create a full tutorial called "Banner Tutorial for Kraggh", I'd much appreciate it.


Your Honor,
Emperor Kraggh

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Engineer Alexandra Humva
Jul 07 2012 08:33 PM
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Is that what you were looking for? It's a bit of a rush job, I can clean it up if you want, but I just wanted to make sure I had the right idea going.

And I'd be happy to make a tutorial for you.
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Okay, so I went ahead and tried my best to whip up those effects and make the banner myself. However, I can also explain it.

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First, I created a single cell of diagonal bars, like so:

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Then, I saved this as a pattern, where I could use pattern overlay to place a repeating set of white diagonal bars at a 45 degree angle downward over the image. This was then set to ~15% opacity. I then duplicated the original image layer, and used a layer mask to hide the bars over her and the branch thing.

After this, I used the pen tool to create a path in a swooshy area downward from the right corner, like on the Gali banner.

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I then loaded a selection around the path, filled it with white, and dropped the opacity to 10%. This leads to the final image.

I can also adjust the bar size and opacity, and the white overlay's opacity, given that these are a bit less subtle than on the Gali image, upon closer inspection. But that's about how I did it. I can share the image of the bars with you. Otherwise, you can replicate all of this yourself. :)

Oh, and the new version is also about half the file size of the original, with almost no discernable drop in quality.


Edit: I do believe I forgot the border. Sorry about that, I'll see if I can add it. Fixed.

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Engineer Alexandra Humva
Jul 07 2012 08:40 PM
...I believe I just got owned by Ballom. xD
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Wasn't intentional, but I guess you were. :P

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:kaukau: Wow, thank Ballom! I feel kind of sorry for Alex, but it's a good thing he's an optimist. Thanks for the review, too. I might get the opportunity to work with Photoshop tommorow, and if so I'll definitely tinker around with a few new Avatar and banner ideas.

Your Honor,
Emperor Kraggh
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