Welcome everyone to this guide. Paint.Net or Gimp is a free software. For now, we are doing Paint.Net since I'm more accustomed to it. I did use Gimp in the old site. The only people I know who uses Gimp is Sonata. We can ask him if he's game for making a guide.
It might look a bit overwhelming. I have not explored or used all of its tools. I only used some of them to make the things we need in the Anime Vice community and its Wikia group. Instead of labeling everything, we go by making things. That way, you can practice and get used to the tools.
For this section, my example would be the profile portrait which we used to make headshots for our character wiki pages.
How do we make a template for cropping things and sorting things into need compartments for our daily use?
We need to plan on what the purpose of the template. This one here has two compartments to help us focus the whole face of the character. The top box allows us to make sure the ratio shows the face when you shrink the image, you can still see the headshot via icon size. You need to plan out the size.
Our profile portrait is 300:450 in pixel size which is 1:3 ratio. The top box is a square so it's 1:1 ratio, 300 by 300 for the top box. The bottom box would be 150 pixel leftover.
We made a box that is 300 by 300.
Make a new file that has the total dimensions which is 300 by 450.
On that file with the total size, make a new layer by going to the layer box located on the bottom right corner. I painted it red just to make things easier to see.
Now, we need to make a smaller box in another layer.
Put that third box on that upper box.
We are going to use that box to delete sections of layer 2 and background layer by using the magic wand.
We do the same process to the bottom box.
Then, we delete all layers in the layer box except for the background layer.
Example: Video Game Discussion Banner
The banner size is 1920 x 400.
1) You open the program. You find a background image that is bigger or equal to 1920 x 400. Try to find a background image that is bigger, so you can just crop. If you used a smaller image, stretching it will make it blurry.
2) Add another layer.
3) The logo - you have to find a render/transparent/vector version. You can either find it on the official video game company's website or its social media sites. Or you can Google it. If you cannot find one, you have to make a render which can be difficult or not depending on your experience. If possible, place the logo in the center.
4) Add another layer.
5) Characters - more priority to the main characters that represent the franchise if you have their renders. Once you have your selected character renders, resize them so they are visible. If possible and you have two, put them at the opposite ends of the banner. You can arrange the characters to any position you prefer. I put them on the sides so the logo or characters don't overlap or block each other.
6) Save as Jpeg and be sure to hit yes to flatten everything.
Dream: Will post a little later what the next voted anime will be that I will watch and review.
Jan 18, 2020 19:48:38 GMT
Dream: Next anime up to cover will be Dance in the Vampire Bund. Suppose a short anime will do for now following Chobits.
Jan 18, 2020 21:32:36 GMT
Dream: Concluding things at episode 2 with Vampire Bund for the night. Hoping to get back to Basquatch tomorrow, as long as I'm not swamped with anything.
Jan 19, 2020 3:00:33 GMT
Dream: Geez, it's really quiet. No activity in the forums since I posted my review from yesterday.
Jan 19, 2020 15:57:41 GMT
Taka: I'll email the receipts. The best anime and manga of 2019 will be extended to Wed. I don't get time off for Mon because of community service. Please vote if you haven't yet. Thank you!
Jan 19, 2020 20:44:07 GMT
Dream: Hmmmm... looks like the version of Vampire Bund I'm seeing on Funi's YouTube channel's an edited version. A couple minutes of episode 2 were clearly removed with Mina in nothing but underwear battling human assassins. Then again, recall there was a good...
Jan 19, 2020 22:49:15 GMT
Dream: ...deal of controversy with the series a decade earlier thanks to the seemingly underaged nudity of Mina while in her younger form.
Jan 19, 2020 22:50:13 GMT
Dream: Not sure if I should be donning the nostalgia goggles or not giving a damn. Looks like the original Digimon Adventure series is getting a reboot airing starting in the Spring season.
Jan 21, 2020 3:21:13 GMT
Taka: I'll watch it if there's nothing catching my eye in Spring. winter 2020 was a weak anime season for me.
Jan 22, 2020 18:29:46 GMT
Dream: Wouldn't say it's all bad for me. Have a few titles holding my interest. Just it typically doesn't have as many major titles of note that would hold me over.
Jan 22, 2020 23:54:44 GMT
Dream: Done with Vampire Bund. Will be working on a review of it before I hop into the next Funi series. Hoping to get it up either tonight or tomorrow, depending on how lengthy my thoughts get.
Jan 24, 2020 1:44:49 GMT