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January 19th, 2009, 07:46 AM
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Some helpful hints/tips from other makers:
Try not to distort pictures. If you want to make a picture smaller, you can press and hold shift and then grab the corner of the picture and drag (at the same time) to size you want...it will make the picture smaller without distorting it.[/b]
Save as jpg, unless you are animating the siggy. Try to keep your siggy from looking "boxy." Make sure you have the pics as clear as possible...you can up the contrast, use the sharpening, tool, brighten the pic.... Use drop shadows on your elements and words, but make sure your drop shadow is small. Don't stress...just play around with the pics and have fun! The more you make the better you will become.[/b]
Save, save, save! You can never save your work to much. Just incase your program messes up you will still have what you saved![/b]
- Don't merge layers!!! lol. Save them separately.
- Learn to resize proportionately.
- Sharpen the pics after resizing because otherwise they will be a bit blurry.
- Check to insure the coloring on people's faces matches - different photos have different lightening.
- Avoid having "floating text" in mid-air.
- Keep siggies within proper size limits (read guidelines).
- Cut out any unnecessary white area you might have around the siggy.[/b]
Be careful with light colored text, text that is too small, and fancy fonts that can make your text unreadable.[/b]
Take your time, and have FUN! Don't rush through it, it will come out soooo much better if you take your time![/b]
You can move things in any direction one pixel at a time by selecting it and using your arrow keys

Try not to get offended when someone doesn't LOVE one of your siggies. Remember you do this because it's fun[/b]
-- Learn the basics first - start with re-sizing, cutting out and get the basics down before tackling more complex things.
-- Know how to match your text color to your pictures - using the color picker
-- start your canvas at 72dpi - that's all you need for web viewing
-- save all your layers in case you need to edit for spelling
-- don't be afraid to ask questions [/b]
23 Reasons Not to Get Discouraged. We ALL start as beginners. Here are some of the makers first siggies:




















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December 28th, 2009, 04:59 PM
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Thanks for the encouragement
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