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wizz-o-matic
12-07-2006, 03:03 PM
Yes ... you read it right .... We are finally having an AF.com banner contest. So come and join it!!

Now, since the banner is auto stretch, it must follow the specific rules:
- Banner theme: WINTER
- Banner must be 900px in width and 122px in height.
- It's size (all 3 parts together) should not surpass 128kB for JPG format and 200kB for PNG format.
- There are 3 slices (parts): the left one is 750px x 122px; the repeating part is 5px x 122px and the right part is 145px x 122px (see the given psd and screenshot)
- Accepted formats: JPG and PNG (use PNGs only if you plan to make transparent banners, otherwise, use JPG)
- For easier work I made you a photoshop template file with guides and slices (you just need to make the banner in there and export the slices, using the "save for web" export -> saving the whole html, the slices will be in the “images” folder)
- There must be the animeforum.com link on it (as part of the main text)!
- The banner file can be found here http://wizzard.underground.si/AF/AF-new-banner.psd (made using Photoshop CS2; when opening in older versions the slices may disappear, but the guides should be still there -> in this case, export the banner to ImageReady -> go to Slices -> Create slices from Guides -> export back to PhotoShop and continue the work).
- See the current banners as an example.
- See the below image for tips on the repeating part. The repeating part should be as clear as it can be. Consider that some have high resolution screens (1280x1024 and higher) and that part, if done wrong, is the most noticeable one.
- No Fanart images allowed. We'd like to see only official images in the banners.


http://www.animeforum.com/image/thum_1102945787f785af99.jpg
(http://www.animeforum.com/image/1102945787f785af99.jpg)

Voting:
- There are 4 judges (for now) for the banners: The Wizzard, Princess Minako, Kaitou Ace and LadyPSerenity (the judges may change)
- There will be 3 winners.
- The banners that we decide worthy will be used as the main banner on the forums (not only the 3 winning ones).
- DISCLAIMER: if we decide that none of submitted banners are worthy (aka bad quality, not fitting with the layout, etc), we can refuse all of them. Nonetheless we will still pick up the 3 winners, just their banners will not be uploaded on AF.


Submitting:
- Post all 3 images in this thread, use the default naming that Photoshop gives. In one line, separated by space.
- I'll be creating previews of all banners on daily basis (using the default skin), so you can see and correct any possible mistakes.
- Only 1 banner per person.
- DISCLAIMER: by submitting the banners you're giving animeforum.com the permission of using it for any kind of promotions and displaying it on the forums/gallery or any other partner sites.
- Contest ends in 10 days from now! That's on Sunday 17th December.



I'll try to make this contest seasonal ... if not, at least for some main holidays.

Anyway, good luck to everyone ^_^


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As I promised, here are the layout previews (using the default skin)

MaruDashi
http://wizzard.underground.si/AF/maru.htm

-Ookami- [updated 13.12.2006]
http://wizzard.underground.si/AF/ookami.htm

buhbibutterfly [updated 15. dec. 2006]
http://wizzard.underground.si/AF/buhbibutterfly.htm

Reiako [updated 13. 12. 2006]
http://wizzard.underground.si/AF/Reiako.htm

red storm
http://wizzard.underground.si/AF/red_storm.htm

zeicer [updated 14.12.2006]
http://wizzard.underground.si/AF/zeicer.htm

-akichan- [updated 18.12.2006]
http://wizzard.underground.si/AF/akichan.htm

.mystic [updated 13.12.2006]
http://wizzard.underground.si/AF/mystic.htm

FlashD
http://wizzard.underground.si/AF/flashd.htm

MistressPookyChan
http://wizzard.underground.si/AF/pooky.htm

Thornwillow
http://wizzard.underground.si/AF/thorn.htm

Gandizzl
http://wizzard.underground.si/AF/Gandizzl.htm

Dawnrune [updated 17. dec 2006]
http://wizzard.underground.si/AF/dawn.htm

Ωmega
12-07-2006, 06:36 PM
Quick question. Since the banner will be chosen by judging and not voting, can we make more than one, post both in our show off threads, and ask which the members like better before submitting? Cause there two images I really wanna use <.<

wizz-o-matic
12-07-2006, 06:54 PM
Maru: Yes, you can do that ^^;

Ookie
12-08-2006, 08:00 AM
I think I got the instructions right ^^'

http://www.animeforum.com/image/532884579709510911.jpg http://www.animeforum.com/image/5328845796f04566bf.jpg http://www.animeforum.com/image/5328845796f1258964.jpg

wizz-o-matic
12-08-2006, 09:52 AM
1st previews are up ... I suggest both to correct the repeating part ;)

buhbibutterfly
12-08-2006, 03:30 PM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v735/purecrimson/entrycon_01-1.jpg http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v735/purecrimson/entrycon_02-1.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v735/purecrimson/entrycon_03-1.jpg


k...i tried fixing it...gotta see the results to know wat else to fix ^-^

and yes...this is harder than it looks...^-^ but still fun to make

wizz-o-matic
12-08-2006, 04:34 PM
buhbibutterfly: same goes for you, correct the repeating part ;)

Princess Minako
12-08-2006, 04:54 PM
This is harder than it looks :P

Ωmega
12-08-2006, 06:31 PM
Resubmitting! Hopefully there wont be any problems ^.^

http://img146.imageshack.us/img146/5471/untitled4copyjc5.jpg http://img454.imageshack.us/img454/9895/untitled3copyza1.jpg http://img213.imageshack.us/img213/2149/untitled2copyhw6.jpg

Thornwillow
12-08-2006, 10:18 PM
These submissions look wonderful. And trust me, this isn't as easy as it looks. >_> For the banner I made that they currently use up there on AF, it took me 3 versions of the repeating part before Wizzy and I could agree that it looked ok. lol So I sympathize with you people who are submitting. Heh. Plus! I'm making another banner so ... look out for it. =D

Fabala
12-09-2006, 05:01 AM
http://www.animeforum.com/image/10753457f5b1a91eb5.jpg http://www.animeforum.com/image/10753457f5b3dce8cd.jpg http://www.animeforum.com/image/10753457f5b3de0221.jpg

Reki of Haibane Renmei ^_^ *prays the repeating part works*

wizz-o-matic
12-09-2006, 09:59 AM
I've updated the 1st post. And also added a rule for image size ... max of 128kB for the JPG banners (all 3 parts together). 90&#37; JPG compression in PhotoShop should do.

-akichan-
12-09-2006, 12:30 PM
If not too late, i assume that this is the FIRST and HARDEST contest im joining since i joined AF. But one easy question, are the Japanese or Koreans letters allow? =)

wizz-o-matic
12-09-2006, 12:40 PM
If not too late, i assume that this is the FIRST and HARDEST contest im joining since i joined AF. But one easy question, are the Japanese or Koreans letters allow? =)
Japanese yes o_o; there's already a banner with Jap writings. As Korean, it'd be good as far as we know what it says ... but for now ... lets stick without it o_o;

red storm
12-09-2006, 01:21 PM
First contest I joined on this forum, as far as I can remember. Heh. Maybe I'll join more often, its loads of fun making something like this.

http://www.animeforum.com/image/15396457b0b6fdbd8e.jpg http://www.animeforum.com/image/15396457b0b6fed6b9.jpg http://www.animeforum.com/image/15396457b0b70030b9.jpg

Fabala
12-09-2006, 03:51 PM
Edited mine for what is hopefully the last time ;p The compression made the colors go wonky in the repeating bit. Should be fixed now.

Princess Minako
12-09-2006, 09:37 PM
I am loving the banners so far, keep em coming!!

buhbibutterfly
12-09-2006, 09:49 PM
i eddited mine more on the right hopefully third times the charm... ^^

zeicer
12-10-2006, 01:58 AM
http://i84.photobucket.com/albums/k35/zeicer/Winter-banner_01.jpghttp://i84.photobucket.com/albums/k35/zeicer/Winter-banner_02.jpg
http://i84.photobucket.com/albums/k35/zeicer/Winter-banner_03.jpg

wizz-o-matic
12-10-2006, 11:10 AM
updated the 1st post ... some of the banners still have a crappy repeat part ...

Fabala
12-10-2006, 03:31 PM
Some meaning mine XDDD I "fixed" it yet again. This is frustrating...it was fine before I started messing with the compression to decrease the file size.

wizz-o-matic
12-10-2006, 05:44 PM
Reiako: I just don't get how can be the 5px part of your banner 20kB big o_o; Everyone else has it less than 2kB
What's the output quality for jpg that you use?

red storm
12-11-2006, 08:39 AM
Reiako, this is just a guess on my part, but did you use the 'save for web' option? I did a test, and when I saved for web, even with high quallity, your repeating part was only 372 bytes, whereas when I saved normally on high, it easilly went up to 23,2 KB.

Ωmega
12-11-2006, 08:44 AM
I've updated the 1st post. And also added a rule for image size ... max of 128kB for the JPG banners (all 3 parts together). 90% JPG compression in PhotoShop should do.
Do they all need to be reduced? Or was it just certain entries?

Fabala
12-11-2006, 05:38 PM
Reiako, this is just a guess on my part, but did you use the 'save for web' option? I did a test, and when I saved for web, even with high quallity, your repeating part was only 372 bytes, whereas when I saved normally on high, it easilly went up to 23,2 KB.

Maybe... I saved the way I always do (and never have a problem doing), but it's possible. I don't know. I'll take a look tonight or tomorrow when I find some free time to fiddle with it. Thanks for the suggestion.

If I can't figure out what's going on I'll just withdraw altogether ^^; I have too much going on in my personal life for this to take over.

wizz-o-matic
12-11-2006, 05:58 PM
That happens when you don't really read the rules o_o;


- For easier work I made you a photoshop template file with guides and slices (you just need to make the banner in there and export the slices, using the "save for web" export -> saving the whole html, the slices will be in the “images” folder)

dawnrune
12-11-2006, 09:22 PM
hey ya all here is my entry i hope you like it.^_^

http://www.animeforum.com/image/51400457e200781216.jpg

wizz-o-matic
12-11-2006, 10:10 PM
eh, dawn ... slices please ;) and ... is that winter themed o_o?

MistressPookyChan
12-11-2006, 11:16 PM
it's winter in a very abstract sort of way. :)

.mystic
12-12-2006, 12:23 AM
Okay. So here is my entry x_x lets just hope it works

http://img154.imageshack.us/img154/8523/afnewbanner01ub2.jpg http://img182.imageshack.us/img182/5465/afnewbanner02ha2.jpg http://img154.imageshack.us/img154/4353/afnewbanner03ri3.jpg

EDIT: changed :)

-akichan-
12-12-2006, 12:56 AM
Umm though i read the rules for a few more times, but i was still confused while i was making it. So if i did something wrong from the expectations, please let me know. And since this is my first time doing something big...

I actually...s-u-c-k lol.

http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a78/akidachan/pictures/contest.jpghttp://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a78/akidachan/pictures/contest3.jpghttp://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a78/akidachan/pictures/contest2.jpg

wizz-o-matic
12-12-2006, 02:27 AM
@.mystic: JPG format please ;)
@-akichan- The repeating part is off, check the preview ;) and please, 128kB max of banner size ;)

Guys, please, read the rules o_o;

Edit: let me explain on this example ...

Left Part:
http://www.animeforum.com/banner_head/Kotori-banner_01.jpg
as you can see, everything on it fades before the end (except that blue line in the bg, that's why it continues on the repeating part and right part)

Repeating aka center part:
http://www.animeforum.com/banner_head/Kotori-banner_02.jpg
This part repeats ... those with larger resolution monitors will see more of it.
example -> http://www.animeforum.com/banner_head/Kotori-banner_02.jpghttp://www.animeforum.com/banner_head/Kotori-banner_02.jpghttp://www.animeforum.com/banner_head/Kotori-banner_02.jpghttp://www.animeforum.com/banner_head/Kotori-banner_02.jpg <- 4 images here!!

Right part:
http://www.animeforum.com/banner_head/Kotori-banner_03.jpg
The farest right part, the lonely part, the isolated part. Those with big screens may say that xD

.mystic
12-12-2006, 03:08 AM
I edited my post, its now the right file. :3

wizz-o-matic
12-12-2006, 03:12 AM
I edited my post, its now the right file. :3
It's the right file now, just ... the repeating part is off ... check the preview of your banner in the 1st post.

Andrew
12-12-2006, 03:12 AM
A lot of these are beautiful.. Is it okay to inform people what may be taken off or added to make their banners look even more nice? Just a question.

But keep up the good work guys! ^_^

wizz-o-matic
12-12-2006, 03:17 AM
A lot of these are beautiful.. Is it okay to inform people what may be taken off or added to make their banners look even more nice? Just a question.You can do it, the judges should not :3 But we still suggest about the defects on the banner (as in most cases so far, the repeating part o_o; )

MistressPookyChan
12-12-2006, 07:03 PM
I'm putting the finishing touches on mine. When is the contest closed and how many can we enter?

edit: finished one! I'd love to see a preview of it before I am am completely satisfied with it, though. ;)

Fabala
12-12-2006, 07:50 PM
That happens when you don't really read the rules o_o;
I did read the rules ;p I thought I was saving it properly, and would have immediately remedied it had I realized what I was doing was different.

But anyway, I edited my initial post with the corrected images ;p Should all be A-okay now. I'll check for color correctness next time you update the samples...should you be repeating mine ^^;

Thanks Wizzy.

wizz-o-matic
12-12-2006, 08:25 PM
Updated the posts ^^ ... from now one I'll also write the date of the last update.

MistressPookyChan
12-12-2006, 08:35 PM
how should a plain white repeating be fixed? it's looks fine and... white... to me.

edit: thornwillow told me that it was a little greyish, so I fixed the fade to white. Hopefully that will help. Please let me know if there is another problem (with specifics, please!).

wizz-o-matic
12-12-2006, 08:46 PM
how should a plain white repeating be fixed? it's looks fine and... white... to me.
It's not plain white. Ok, the 5px one is, but the right side has a #faf8fb color in there, that it's almost white, but still isn't pure white o_o;
the same goes for the edge of the left part ... it's in #fefefe color o_o;

See the attachment on what happens if I increase the contrast and reduce the brightness

MistressPookyChan
12-12-2006, 08:48 PM
you posted before I finished editing. :P Is that one better?

wizz-o-matic
12-12-2006, 08:50 PM
you posted before I finished editing. :P Is that one better?

Still noticeable o_o
Suggestion, use the layer mask ;) Or the blur/smudge tool

MistressPookyChan
12-12-2006, 08:52 PM
im just not seeing it on my computer... is it on both sides or just the left?

wizz-o-matic
12-12-2006, 08:58 PM
im just not seeing it on my computer... is it on both sides or just the left?
Left part looks good now, the right one is still kinda "cut"

hm, I bet you're using a LCD ... if not a laptop screen. If you do, try moving a bit the screen, and look at it from a different corner/spot

MistressPookyChan
12-12-2006, 09:01 PM
let me know if this is a bit better. sorry for the spamming, i just don't see it and am doing some guess work. I guess I shouldn't CG without wearing my contacts. XD and yes, I'm on a laptop. I zoomed in, got up reeeeeally close, and saw the issue. It might be the brushes.. I'll move them left if it's still an issue.

Thornwillow
12-12-2006, 09:42 PM
Yay! I finally finished this entry of mine, hope it's suitable and I'm sure you guys will like it. I'm thinking. lol

http://i12.tinypic.com/2r60fwl.jpg http://i16.tinypic.com/42um9w7.jpg http://i14.tinypic.com/2ufy886.jpg

EDIT: Redone. :D

wizz-o-matic
12-12-2006, 10:02 PM
Forgot to mention ... the banners will be up the whole winter season ... not only for holidays ... so lets avoid "happy holidays" banners o_o;

MistressPookyChan
12-12-2006, 10:10 PM
mine is ok, right? Winter is a season... XD

Thornwillow
12-12-2006, 10:29 PM
There! adjusted once more. Hopefully the blend looks better. ^^

.mystic
12-13-2006, 12:39 AM
Totally changed mine, it should be okay now :3 well.. lets hope it is.

zeicer
12-13-2006, 01:34 AM
:eek: i think my repeating part is fine..... why i should fix it?

Ookie
12-13-2006, 07:02 AM
I re did it (re done? re did? o_0U)

I hope it's right... much harder then it looks o.o; defenatly won't compete with any of the more awesome ones here but anyway ^^;

http://www.animeforum.com/image/53288457ff9071ae1c.jpg http://www.animeforum.com/image/53288457ff929bafd6.jpg http://www.animeforum.com/image/53288457ff950d52fd.jpg

-akichan-
12-13-2006, 08:03 AM
I always have problem with these kind of stuff ._.''' lol...-smashes her own head-

Ill see if this one i edited works. I just never had done something like this before, i need to practice more -sweats-

http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a78/akidachan/pictures/0010.jpghttp://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a78/akidachan/pictures/0020.jpghttp://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a78/akidachan/pictures/00031.jpg

Gandizzl
12-13-2006, 11:05 AM
My entry :3

http://i71.photobucket.com/albums/i140/Gandizzl/GandizzlAFBannerP1V3.jpg
http://i71.photobucket.com/albums/i140/Gandizzl/GandizzlAFBannerP2V3.jpg
http://i71.photobucket.com/albums/i140/Gandizzl/GandizzlAFBannerP3V3.jpg

Hope I've done it right <.<

Thornwillow
12-13-2006, 11:26 AM
@zeicer: With your banner, it is hard to see where the part Wizzy is talking about, but I do see it and I know where the concern is. I took the liberty of helping my bossman out and I cut out the portion where the issue is at and changed the levels a little bit to make the repeating part a little more clear.


http://i13.tinypic.com/49655e0.gif

If you look closely where I highlighted, it has a sort of 'saw-like' effect. It can easily be corrected. ^_^ Hopefully that helped.

wizz-o-matic
12-13-2006, 02:57 PM
updated the 1st post ^_^

MistressPookyChan
12-13-2006, 06:43 PM
I found a problem with mine. Not major, but would like to change it. When are the entries due?

FlashD
12-13-2006, 06:56 PM
December 17, Pooky. ;)

-akichan-
12-13-2006, 10:30 PM
Mine is still oversize? wow then i guess i still have 4 more days ><;

wizz-o-matic
12-13-2006, 10:32 PM
So will the edited ones be transfer into yourfirst post? or if there are any more things i missed.
What was the last time you checked the 1st post??

Everything was updated so far o_o;;

zeicer
12-14-2006, 01:24 AM
http://i84.photobucket.com/albums/k35/zeicer/Winter-banner_04.jpg
http://i84.photobucket.com/albums/k35/zeicer/Winter-banner_05.jpg
http://i84.photobucket.com/albums/k35/zeicer/Winter-banner_06.jpg

i hope now is right.....

red storm
12-14-2006, 02:57 AM
Mine is still oversize? wow then i guess i still have 4 more days ><;

Akichan, try saving using File-> save for web, it should get your pictures down to reasonable sizes.

-akichan-
12-14-2006, 08:15 AM
Akichan, try saving using File-> save for web, it should get your pictures down to reasonable sizes.


Wow thx for the help oO; I finally learned something new xD

wizz-o-matic
12-14-2006, 12:22 PM
eeehm .... no GIFs o_o;

Princess Minako
12-15-2006, 12:29 PM
They're all looking good, it will be hard to decide!!

buhbibutterfly
12-15-2006, 03:26 PM
updated version 1.sumthing....kinda lost track -_-

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v735/purecrimson/AF-new-banner2_01.jpg http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v735/purecrimson/AF-new-banner2_02.jpg http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v735/purecrimson/AF-new-banner2_03.jpg

hopefully i got it right this time ^-^

wizz-o-matic
12-16-2006, 01:22 AM
updated the 1st page and there's a new addition to the rules: No Fanart images allowed in the banners. We'd like to see only official images in the banners.

The banner that caught our attention was mystic's banner.

Princess Minako
12-16-2006, 10:06 AM
Only one day left! Get your entries in!!

Thornwillow
12-17-2006, 03:52 PM
Hey everyone! It's your friendly neighborhood Thorny and I'm posting dawnrune's new entry for you. He couldn't do it because I'm on the computer right now. lol But I did help him adjust his banner and fix a few things so it could fit the slices. So here it is and hopefully it isn't too late. :)

http://i16.tinypic.com/4fu9cnr.jpg http://i11.tinypic.com/2ahy2d5.jpg http://i10.tinypic.com/350j492.jpg

-akichan-
12-18-2006, 01:57 AM
Omg is it too late now?!?!?! I couldnt open the comp cos the power went off for 3 days by the storm T.T

I was in a hurry that day and i didn't check that i actually saved it as in GIF.

http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a78/akidachan/pictures/siggie001.pnghttp://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a78/akidachan/pictures/siggie002.pnghttp://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a78/akidachan/pictures/siggie003.png

FlashD
12-18-2006, 08:23 AM
The contest is over ... we will let you know the results as soon as possible. ^_^
Thanks for participating everyone ^_^