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This is a thread for card making pros who want to share their tipps and tricks with rookies to help them improve!
well i'm not a pro but i have a few tipps as well (if you think they're crap pls tell me^^):
- if you don't know which color you should use for the text chose a color from the picture, the color will match to 99%
- don't use too many different fonts, since it looks messy ( i use at maximum 2 fonts on one card)
- don't try to make the card too overloaded, a plain card looks normally better
- use a program which can create layers and then make everything in a new layer (for example the background image in a different layer than the text) it's easier to correct mistakes or to try different things out like this
- save your cards as png since it has a better quality than jpg and it is able to handle transparency
i use paint.NET to create my cards, it's available for free and easy to use, even a beginner will be able to work with it^^
Modified by xRay-chanx, Apr 24, 2011 3:23 PM
Joined: Jun 2010
I'm no pro either but I've been there as well.. most of you probably know these already but sometimes we still forget
the simplest and most basics of things..so I hope they'll be useful :D
■ be sure to familiarize yourself with the software/program you're using (knowing some of the keyboard shortcuts won't hurt right? coz
it's really gonna be useful when editing your cards...I know it's bothersome but when you get there, you'll know what I mean :P). For
photoshop users, you can open your keyboard shortcuts and menus by clicking Edit>Keyboard Shortcut/Menus or just simply press
Alt+Shift+Ctrl+K or replace K with M..you can also refer to this
■ for a perfect circle/square border/shape, just press shift while dragging the cursor
■ to choose a color from the picture, just click the eyedropper tool on the tools menu, also as addition to what xRay-chanx said above,
white always looks good for the text as long as you can read it, best on slightly or dark images..I think :P
■ try using and experimenting on different layer styles such as drop shadow, outer glow and pattern overlay..
■ always try to find big high/good quality images because you'll have more options on editing it (you can resize it the way you want to) unlike
low quality ones which have blurry, grainy and unclear lines.
■ and to save time and effort, look for images that you think are appropriate for the event, gather images as many as you can, well only
the good ones then save them to a folder, after that,..sort it all out.. choose or set aside the images you chose to use for the cards
and voilà!!! your ready to make cards...it might sound complicated but it is easy and more organize :3
Modified by incarnate, Apr 26, 2011 5:44 AM
Joined: Nov 2010
I'm also not a pro,but few tipy tips and tricky tricks for me you will recive also.(okay I'm not gonna tell you all my secrets but still :)
Okay than,you stoled enough secrets from me ^^"
Modified by Musician_Soul98, Apr 26, 2011 4:55 AM
Joined: Mar 2009
I'm not a pro at all. I use GIMP. Tutorial (with videos):
> Paint.Net, Photoshop and Gimp are good. You can use any of them. Peint.Net and Gimp can use Photoshop brushes. They are all free. You can download the trial version of Photoshop. Paint.Net and Gimp are really good enough to make cards.
> You can use more than 3 different fonts on your card. It's depened how it looks. 3 fonts are really enough for the start.
> Most cards have club name, member name and theme on the card.
> You find good fonts at dafont.com.
> The picture is the most important part of your card. Take your time to find good pictures. Zerochan.net is good enough ^^
> look for horincontal pictures, because it's easier to put text on them.
> Be sure 20 chars of letters fit on your card. Some requester have a long name.
> If you want to make many cards and deliver them, you should register by PhotoBucket. Albums are very good to organize the cards. You can name the title for the cards (It's easier to find the cards).
> If you make your first card: Take your time ;)
Joined: Mar 2011
Okay, here it goes. I'm not a pro at all, but I want to share you my knowledge about editing graphics. I hope it's understandable.. >.<
.:: HOW TO MAKE DOTTED BORDER WITH PHOTOSHOP ::.
The title explains everything, right?
First, select all of the image using selection tool. And then Right Click>>Stroke:
Set to 5px and white colored. So here's the result:
Second, click the brush tool, and choose brush with 2px size.
After that, press F5 on your keyboard, and brush window popping up, and it should be like this:
Then, click Brush Tip Shape
And set the spacing to 180%
Third step, drag the brush around the corner of image AND HOLD SHIFT WHILE DO IT. IT'S IMPORTANT.
WITHOUT HOLDING SHIFT:
Joined: Jun 2010
I was inspired by black-ALICE's tutorial so I made this. There are a lot of ways of doing this and this tut shows how I do mine :3
Rounded/Semi-Rounded Edges Tutorial
1) Click the rounded rectangle tool. In this tutorial, I put 10px for the radius.
2) On your image, draw on the area that you want to keep.
3) After that, go to Layer>Rasterize>Shape. In the layers palette, you'll see that the mask is gone. By rasterizing it, we'll be able to move the shape layer as we hide this by clicking the hide/show (eye) icon on the layers palette.
4) Then, point your cursor on the box highlighted on the image below then press CTRL+left click.
5) This will load selection on the shape on your image.
6) Now you can move the loaded selection by clicking the move tool then press the arrow keys. This is not a necessary step, only if you want to change the area on the image that you want to keep unless you are satisfied with your first selection.
7) Next, go to Image>Crop.
8) In the layers palette, highlight the image layer then click the layer mask icon below it. After that, you can delete the shape layer.
9) Lastly, change the canvas settings by pressing ALT+CTRL+C so that you can view the image better when adding border, effects, texts and other stuff. I only added 10 pixels for width and height.
Note: You can also make a white layer below your image so that you'll know what your image looks like in a white background. Just hide or delete it when you're done.
This is my final image. The effects I did on this are stroke, inner and outer glow. :3
1) Repeat steps 1-6 above. Radius: 35px.
2) Select the Rectangular Marquee Tool on tools menu then click the overlapping boxes on top.
3) Then draw two boxes as shown below.
4) Do steps 7-9.
5) Finally, you now have a perfectly semi-rounded shaped card. =D
Well... I hope this tutorial was helpful. It's my first one ever so I also hope I made it clear enough ^^
Modified by incarnate, Apr 28, 2011 7:22 PM
Joined: Nov 2008
I find it easier when you make your cards Make Two Templates for one card.
One Being a preview and one being a blank card. It makes
it a lot easier for those who don't have photoshop.
Blank (Has Added Red Marking)
And It Also Help If You Organize You folders some what like this.
Modified by otaku_Life, Jul 8, 2011 12:01 AM