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06 March 2008 @ 09:29 pm
New Header and stuff...  
In a week or two I'm going to be changing my header... I love the one I have up now but winter will be over soon (thank goodness). Plus I was thinking of having something up there to reflect all areas of my fangirlishness. I was playing around with Photoshop earlier and this was what I came up with:

(click on the thumbnail to enlarge... I think it's a bit large to just post normally here)

I don't think it's too bad but I'm still not 100% happy with it.    Maybe because I don't think everything is blended uniformly enough, or it's not as seemless as it could be.  I still have quite a bit to learn about making graphics. I make small leaps and bounds when it comes to icons and things like that (more of which I need to post soon), but still find things like this to be a challenge.

Is there any advice any of you more experienced artists could offer? I may try again with PSP and see if I can get better results, but I'm not really counting on it.  I'm basically too poor to afford PS CS, so I guess what I have to work with is pretty basic.

(and in case you were wondering, my fangirl areas in order of appearance are: 1. Cam and Vala/Ben Browder and Claudia Black (from Stargate SG-1 and Farscape); 2. Stargate Atlantis; 3. Stargate SG-1; 4. Sam and Daniel/Amanda Tapping and Michael Shanks (from Stargate SG-1); 5. Supernatural (Dean and Sam); and 6. Doctor Who)
Current Mood: okayokay
ckllckll on March 7th, 2008 03:57 am (UTC)
I like it although it's too purple for my eyes.
jessm78: AHBLjessm78 on March 7th, 2008 05:15 pm (UTC)
Thanks :) Yeah when I was looking at it on my screen here at work it seemed more bluish, but when I viewed it at home it looked more purple (I have to fix my screen at work because things look darker or a different shade of color).
discodiva76: Jack & Daniel Pantsdiscodiva76 on March 7th, 2008 04:53 am (UTC)
Very nice.....I like it very much Jess!.....I'm extremely envious of you talented people who can not only make headers but understand how to put them on your lj.....I get so bored of the pre-made ones I have for usage.....what wouldn't I give for a Pants Emporium Daniel one.....*snortle*....

Deeds xx
jessm78: Spacemonkey Hugjessm78 on March 7th, 2008 05:17 pm (UTC)
Thanks Deeds! Aw... well to be honest it took me a while to figure out how to put the header on lj. A friend told me how to do it when I changed my lj style/layout.

Pants Emporium one you say? Hmm... do you still have the pic for that? I could try something if you like. *grin*
blackbirdj2blackbirdj2 on March 7th, 2008 06:01 am (UTC)
It's great already as it is! Okay, yeah, maybe a little less purple would be even better, but it's good!
jessm78: Hollywood Babylonjessm78 on March 7th, 2008 05:19 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Yeah, like I was telling ckll, it looked more bluish when I was looking at it here at work. When I got it home and looked at it, I went... "whoa, okay that's a little too purple there." My work monitor makes things look weird sometimes.

But thanks, I'm glad you like it!
tiah15: AmandaMichaeltiah15 on March 7th, 2008 10:54 am (UTC)
The blending looks quite good in some parts, in others the lines are a bit more obvious. You could try to blur a little less in a straight line (to keep it from looking like you just put a few rectangular pics in a row - use more random shapes) or overlap the pics more and then play a bit with the opacity. I'm really bad at explaining in English, sorry. The colour is a bit much for me, but if you like it that way, it's all good :D
jessm78: hairsprayjessm78 on March 7th, 2008 05:23 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the advice, Tia! :) I think you explained it very well. I did have some trouble with the blending in some areas. For some reason I have a fear of blurring in a less than straight line... I guess I'm worried I'll cut off too much of each pic. If that makes any sense? But I know what you mean. I may try to find some tutorials on blending so I can overcome this fear. ;)

I was trying to make it with a blue sort of hue... for some reason it looks more blue on my screen here. But at home it looks more purple. Very odd... it is a bit too purple for my tastes. I'll try to make it more blue.
tiah15tiah15 on March 7th, 2008 07:22 pm (UTC)
I definitely know what you mean. I was scared of doing it more randomly myself in the beginning - especially since I'm a mathematician: we do all things straight !!! :D
But I've realized that it looks better, especially when you try to blur two areas with a big difference in brightness. I'm looking forward to more blue - I think that it'll look better especially the left corner (Sam/Dan). That's pretty reddish and kind of clashes with the darker Vala/Cam IMO.
And just in case I didn't mention it before - it does look good already.
jessm78: avatarjessm78 on March 8th, 2008 10:47 pm (UTC)
Hee hee... that's a good one :D

Thanks :) Well, I did some more tweaking of it and here is what I came up with:

Still not perfect, but it's more blue than the other one, especially the Sam/Dan pic.
tiah15: TeylaRonontiah15 on March 9th, 2008 05:09 pm (UTC)
See, it looks so much better. The pics are sharper, there's better blending, the colour looks better too and changing the sizes of some of the pics was a nice idea as well. Altogether better than the first, Jess :D
jessm78: Sam smiling in Salvationjessm78 on March 9th, 2008 10:27 pm (UTC)
Thanks! :D