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28 May 2010 @ 06:36 pm
Meme 001  

The BannerCrit Meme

❶ Comment with your username and post 3-5 best banners you have made.
❷ Others will reply to your comment with their opinions or critiques about your banners
❸ No drama, please!
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Lene: Hetalia » stay with mevai_rin on May 28th, 2010 11:48 am (UTC)
❝your disappearing heart❞: get set before you go!cielyshirou on May 28th, 2010 12:10 pm (UTC)
Personally I love those image banners, and how you can follow the icon's style. My favourite would be #1 and #3 because it follows the most of the icon :D

Maybe my critic would be about your text placement (and maybe, also the variation of them in your banners). Like in banner #4, I can't read the text very clearly and the composition is just.. uncomfortable (?). And in banner #5, the banner image is kind of hitting the main icon.

Though, overall I still heart the banners you made! \o/
Lene: Haibane » let it flowsvai_rin on May 28th, 2010 12:28 pm (UTC)
I'm an icon-copying machine
hahahaha thank you very much :)

yes I'm lack of variation
Breyzy and Yin Girl: Yin: surely there will be sunlight herebreyzyyin on May 28th, 2010 03:25 pm (UTC)
Well...I'm not very knowledgeable when it comes to graphic-making, but I always really love your graphics and icons. Your coloring is amazing in them, and I like the placement of any text you use in your icons as well--it fits in the icons themselves quite wonderfully. ♥ :D
Lene: Vocaloid » never been this happyvai_rin on May 28th, 2010 03:28 pm (UTC)
hahaha thanks, your graphics are awesome too :)
openyoureyeslefthandpenguin on May 28th, 2010 07:15 pm (UTC)
I really like all these banners and how you copy the icons~~ (lol I like mine especially. xD;;) Maybe if you're looking for criticism, on banner 1 the second text seems a little out of place with the others and the text on banner 4 is kinda hard to read. But your coloring and cropping is always ready pretty, and I really really love the texture use on banner 3~~~
Lene: Vocaloid » never been this happyvai_rin on May 29th, 2010 03:46 am (UTC)
hahaha thank you very much for liking my banners :D
and thanks for the crits, It will definitely help me to improve
isacchikarisaisacchikarisa on May 31st, 2010 05:57 am (UTC)
I thumbs up with your picture placements after all =D
maybe something that needs to be criticized is the double picture and text variations. You may see more samples so you can make better banners after all ^ ^

wish you luck /hug
thou art to me a delicious torment: FFXII; 4snm_queen on June 18th, 2010 04:58 pm (UTC)
I think you're very good at matching icon coloring and design. Although for the third banner, you have black borders whereas the icon has gray. It's the little things~

I feel your typography is your weakest point. Like for the last two banners, if you had changed to a serif font for the username & icontest and week number parts, there would have been more of an emphasis on the placement. The way it is now, all the text has the same weight so the banner doesn't have a focal point. And using all script fonts makes the text look all over the place because script fonts, having all those curly doo-dads, are harder to arrange neatly and legibly. Here's an example of what I mean; mixing script (this is a gothic font though, ( ̄▽ ̄) but it's got similar "busy" elements) and serif fonts creates a more compact, easy to read, and nicely composed banner. I think you could vary fonts sizes too; for the second banner, again, there's no focal point because, even though the placement is in a script font, which usually catches the viewer's eye, the username is the same size and so the two compete with on another. I also agree with lefthandpenguin about the first banner; I think if you had placed the theme first, then the week number, the text would have more smoothly tapered to an end. I hope that helped and wasn't too harsh or anything. ^^;
Lene: Trauma T » just to be surevai_rin on June 19th, 2010 12:44 am (UTC)
not harsh at all, it's the main reason I made the meme anyway;;

aah thank you very much for the crits :)
openyoureyeslefthandpenguin on June 15th, 2010 05:35 am (UTC)
I'm gonna do this after a million years lol~~

thou art to me a delicious torment: 天上天下; 1snm_queen on June 18th, 2010 05:28 pm (UTC)
Your matching of coloring and texture usage is great. Not sure if it was intentional (I know some people don't like the seamless icon meets banner) but on the fourth banner, Fuka's hair doesn't quite match; maybe use a soft round brush and color that area and set it to multiply or color burn?

I think your usage of different fonts, like in the fifth banner, is wonderful, and should be used more often. It gives part of the text emphasis and the banner a focal point which the first and fourth banner lack. Well, the fourth banner has one from the script capital A which is part of the username so that's not entirely true. ( ̄▽ ̄) Try varying your font sizes as well. Like for the first, second, third, and kind of the last banners, everything looks the same size so it creates kind of like a 'chunk-o-text' look. It makes the banner look a bit packed with text and, again, the focal point is lost. Maybe try the same thing with mixing serif and script fonts that I said to vai_rin? Like for the fourth banner, it's a little overwhelming and a tad difficult to read because everything's in a script font and the same size. Or you could change the font style. The caption in the third icon is in italics so you could mix italics and regular font to create emphasis. Also, not quite sure why there's a space between the text in banners two and three? In two, the composition's a little odd looking because the placement is in the center but the rest of the text is along the bottom of the banner; three's okay because everything's still relatively centered. Uh, yeah. I hope that helps? XD;
openyoureyes: Lightninglefthandpenguin on June 25th, 2010 10:43 pm (UTC)
*smacks forehead* AH! Why didn't I think of simply using a brush on Fuuka's hair?? xD;; lol I spent a lot of time trying to get Fuuka to match seamlessly, but everytime I got her hair to work, the clothes didn't, then everytime I got the clothes to work, the hair didn't, so I essentially just tried to reach a bit of a compromise. xD;; The brush idea is very helpful, thanks! :)

The 'chunk-o-text' critcism is also very helpful! (and just what I was looking for!) Thank you! :)
thou art to me a delicious torment: Asian Music; 3snm_queen on June 18th, 2010 05:38 pm (UTC)
I guess since I critiqued, I should comment as well. XD These are mostly old but I still really like them~

Tab style

Attempts at Seamless icon+banner

Texture banners kinda

Got a quick question to anyone who comments: do you guys prefer texture banners or the seamless image banner? I think quite a few people don't like the seamless kind because they feel it takes emphasis away from the icon, but that's my favorite style (as I'm sure you can see XD;) so I would really like to know.
Lene: Vocaloid » the missing hopevai_rin on June 19th, 2010 12:49 am (UTC)
not much I can say about your banners; these are gorgeous!

I love how you make seamless image banner, though for the 4th banner, it's hard to recognize the winning icon;; adding a border or using shadow in the icon would be great..? And for the second banner, it's very lovely though it's kinda hard to read the theme text. Well as for your texture banners, I don't have any comment for that they are great :)
thou art to me a delicious torment: DGM; 4snm_queen on June 20th, 2010 06:41 am (UTC)
Aw, thanks ////

Ok, so you prefer the kind of banner that, while seamless in general, still separates the icon from the banner?

it's kinda hard to read the theme text.

Yeah, looking at it again, I can see that. It looks almost like Torso Chop. LOL Thanks!
Lene: KH » I'll be waiting for youvai_rin on June 20th, 2010 06:45 am (UTC)
ahh yes like what you did to mine, I love it so much :)
openyoureyeslefthandpenguin on July 4th, 2010 06:18 pm (UTC)
I like all these they are so pretty ;; have you ever done tutorials?? lol xD;;

I think with the second one I'd say I'd prefer it if I could tell what the original icon is D| I don't know if most people like that or not though... but I actually did think it said "Torso Chop" at first. xD;; And I also didn't notice the "1" ^^;;

With the last one, her hairstrands that aren't part of the icon look kinda pixelated. D|

But overall amazing! ♥ 4 is my fav~
openyoureyeslefthandpenguin on July 4th, 2010 06:19 pm (UTC)
Whoops, should be '5' is my fav stupid internet didn't load banner #4 so I got mixed up D|