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So having discovered how to add a glow affect around stuff – I’ve done some more playing.

Lots of flaws..  and the more I look at them the more I find things wrong with .  ( see that squared like affect that the glow  on the name made on the one below – need to fix that)   I thought I would make a banner for a friends guild – incase he decided they got big enough for a guild website  – the suit of armor is because thats what a Panoply is, a full suit of armor ( see you learn new things every day)   I will do a few more mock ups,  but I really need a little more creative direction

My  Banner Portfolio  shows the evolution of my gimpage skills.   I was going to do a evolution of PP in Banners,  but my earlier ones really scared me.

They are pretty basic to do.  I use Cooltext for the logos – I try and use Blizzard art or a part of the sky/screenshot for the image background, and what ever toon/accessories required  from google images or Wow Modelviewer, and Gimp because I can’t afford Photoshop,  and before you say  there are otherways of obtaining it. I know,  just think that there are some awesome free tools like Gimp that are  certainly useable.

I need to work on embellishing borders more as well so they aren’t as crisp.   So yes you can tell I’ve never done graphic design.

These are my two Priests,   one DPS which I was trying to give a purple glow, and the other one a green healing glow  – they also aren’t really priestly….

So  – I’ve got 2 free raid nights this week – and will have some spare time – and I enjoy fiddling with image tools – if you want anything,   A Banner,   A forum Sig,  A button, like these below. ASK!  I need stuff to practise on , and yes it’s free and I want to get better.

Need size / some creative direction /who / what ect ect

  Leave a comment and a way of contacting you by email ( very important when I need to ask questions)  or email me at  PugnaciousPriest @ Gmail.com    ( no spaces)

I will do also do Gimp Tut maybe over the weekend,  on using gimp for banners, 

OR

If you want to get creative on your own, and have no idea where to start

Make your own  thumbnail with  Photobucket like I showed you here “Make your own thumbnail for Azeroth United”

and

You can even make a pretty easy banner  using photobucket too,  How to make a  quick and dirty Guild website banner

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Another Banner made..

Need another one to do…

Making a Free Guild Website Part 2 – Making the background Purrrty

Adding Other Graphical elements to your Guildportal Website Is easy,   You just need a place to host the image. Unless you pay for membership, then you can host it on Guild portal.

Your Photobucket account can be used to host these images. 

I’m going to show how you can add a background image to your Guild website to further personalise it and make it stand out

The Background.

if you go into your Guild Control Panel, on the left hand side select “Site Pages” scrolling down you will see “Page Background”
You can keep the background colour that is there by default or change it to any colour you want by selecting the Artist Icon, this could look quite plain, to liven it up add an image, it can be anything but I would suggest that you keep in theme,
Somethings to be mindful about the image you pick
Use either Screenshots from Wow Eg like a shot of the sky, or a texture or scene in game you like, or have a look on Warcrafts Website for wallpapers and other promotional material, that under their creative commons agreement allow you to use, rather then potentially breaching copywrite by nicking someone elses image,
The image you select will be tiled, meaning that it will be replicated across your page, like floor tiles, this can make the background look crap if its busy, or there are incomplete things on the sides of the image, I’ve picked a simple shot of the sky, that fits with my reddish theme yet still has some texture. Upload a couple of images to Photobucket to use, and you can edit, and crop or change the colours as you see fit using their Image Editing tool.

To add the background to your Guild website use the “Direct Link” that photobucket provides you, and copy it, then paste that link into the Blank field that is next to “Page background Image”

Then go to your Website and Refresh the page to allow the new image to upload.
If you don’t like it, try another,
This is what the guild site looks like so far – while it may not win any design awards, its a start

I has a New banner..

I’ve been playing round with Photobuckets little Image editing tool.. and have produced the following

 

 

 

 It was a Log in Chararacter screen shot I started with – Duplicated it  and stuck some ‘stickers’ and text on it..  Blurred the edges…  and changed some colour hues

easy..

It amazes how many people in  Wow forums ask for a header to be made for them..   or even that  people charge an armload to make them for people – and Im sure that someone with formal design qualifications could do better with better tools..  but I have gimp.. and sometimes its a pain..   So I’m happy for now and it was simple enough to do inbetween farming fire primals.

 

 


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