siberia: (hurting you for your own good)
Siberia ([personal profile] siberia) wrote2013-06-16 06:23 pm
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Shingeki no Kyojin icons

Shingeki no Kyojin:
--> Armin x 24
--> Eren x 28

If you want other characters, request!

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strategisch: (why I fight)

[personal profile] strategisch 2013-07-15 04:47 am (UTC)(link)
Hi! I'm an Armin rper and I really appreciate your icons, as they're pretty much... all there is that's good out there, haha. As a long time journal rper, it sure isn't as easy to find icons as it was in the past. This has really saved my butt. So thank you!

I hope this question doesn't bother you, but... I'm trying hard to make some more (not fanart) Armin icons of my own. I've capped and cropped everything, but of course, that on its own looks awful. Could I ask, in whatever program you use (I use GIMP), what do you do to get that smooth look and warm tone? Or what you do to a cap in general to make it usable?

If this is too much trouble, or something you don't want to say, don't worry about answering. Thanks for what you've done already :3
aberratus: (disaster oh)

[personal profile] aberratus 2013-07-15 04:54 am (UTC)(link)
Yeah, I imagine it's a huge pain if you can't make your own icons... one of the bad points of moving to DW haha.

Anyways, I use Photoshop 6.0 to make these! I'm sure there are fancier ways to make icons, but the adjustments I make to each image are basically the same: brightness/contrast, hue/saturation, and the "selective coloring" option, which allows you to change the hues of individual color types. I'm not sure if Gimp has that option - it's been a long time since I used it - but it's the most important one for getting a warm tone. I change the neutral tones to be more red/orange and make the shadows bluer/purple...r. I made this a while ago for someone else in like five minutes to show where the tools I used were.

In general, shrink the images smaller and don't overdo contrast/saturation if you want things to look soft! It depends on the quality of your screencaps too though. If you have really LQ screencaps, you should shrink them to the smallest size you can.
strategisch: (Default)

[personal profile] strategisch 2013-07-15 05:10 am (UTC)(link)
Right? After the great migration icons makers just died out. And I have zero skills, so it's a problem.

My screens are 720p and are generally 6:1 shrunk down so in theory I think they should look good, and yet they don't :| They look too sharp even though I haven't messed with their sharpness at all? And it's looking like Gimp doesn't have that tool, so I won't be able to do those things, darn.

I uploaded some of the ones I've made to my account in example.

(also thank you for giving me the time of day, it really helps me out!)
aberratus: (we can stop this unraveling)

[personal profile] aberratus 2013-07-15 05:14 am (UTC)(link)
No problem man! I'm just another roleplayer too.

Anyway, it looks like it's a problem with Gimp's resizing (or you're saving them as super low-quality jpegs, which I doubt...) You could try resizing them in another art program and then editing them in Gimp (I used to use OpenCanvas if you need a suggestion.) See if that works any better!
Edited 2013-07-15 05:15 (UTC)
strategisch: (working it out)

[personal profile] strategisch 2013-07-15 05:19 am (UTC)(link)
No, I'm saving them with the highest quality possible in png. I thought it might be a problem with Gimp... I'll try OpenCanvas quick and see if there's a difference!
strategisch: (ooc: GERMAN SUPLEX)

[personal profile] strategisch 2013-07-15 05:30 am (UTC)(link)
oh wow opencanvas doesn't open pngs

yaaaaaaaaay converting all my caps into jpegs B|

[personal profile] aberratus 2013-07-15 05:36 am (UTC)(link)
it doesn't? BLAH I didn't remember that. Try saving them as .bmps maybe?
strategisch: (ooc: BEST FRIENDS)

[personal profile] strategisch 2013-07-15 05:43 am (UTC)(link)
It's okay, there's really no way to resize images in Opencanvas from what I can see anyways. Lol I think fate just doesn't want me to figure this out. Maybe if I fiddle with the export setting on Gimp...
aberratus: (EEEEEEHHH SUGEeee)

[personal profile] aberratus 2013-07-15 05:50 am (UTC)(link)
Huh... Weird. Well, if there are any particular caps you really want iconned, I'd be willing to do it for you!
strategisch: (worried)

[personal profile] strategisch 2013-07-15 05:54 am (UTC)(link)
pthppppthhhhhhhpth I feel bad can I pay you to do it. I've got like. around 20 caps.
aberratus: (they stand in a pattern)

[personal profile] aberratus 2013-07-15 06:00 am (UTC)(link)
no lawd don't pay me to put filters on pictures I didn't draw!! and 20 is barely any LMAO. JUST LIKE put them in a zip and send me a link and I'll make them for you tomorrow! I'd do them tonight but it's already 2am where I live.
strategisch: (ooc: BEST FRIENDS)

[personal profile] strategisch 2013-07-15 06:13 am (UTC)(link)
DUDE YOU'RE LIKE A REAL ARTIST I DON'T KNOW THE ETIQUETTE SOBS GROSSLY here I am so ashamed and do them whenever you want I am in noooooo hurrrrryyyyy
eeek: (she was sipping a mai tai)

[personal profile] eeek 2013-07-15 06:25 am (UTC)(link)
HSDHFF LMFAO aww no i'm just a normal loser... AND DON'T BE ASHAMED I PUT THIS POST UP TO TAKE REQUESTS ANYWAY. I shall do it soon!
strategisch: (enjoying the day)

[personal profile] strategisch 2013-07-15 09:04 pm (UTC)(link)
ghdsgld well thank you very much anyways you're very generous to do this!
strategisch: (laughter)

[personal profile] strategisch 2013-07-16 01:50 am (UTC)(link)
You rooooooooooock thank youuuuuuuuu ♥
pennilee: (salutations)

[personal profile] pennilee 2013-08-08 07:13 pm (UTC)(link)
Holy shite your icons are so good ;A; May I request some Mikasa icons if it isn't too much?
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[personal profile] pennilee 2013-08-08 08:36 pm (UTC)(link)
Thank you so, so much! You have no idea how long I've been trying to look for Mikasa icons- only found a page of her so far ;A;
cawtastrophe: (for those who don't like my treatment)

[personal profile] cawtastrophe 2013-08-08 09:46 pm (UTC)(link)
URGH actually I just remembered I left my photoshop disc in my computer, which is in the repair shop right now, so I can't make them haha... If you still want them in three weeksish I can do it then! I'm sorry.
pennilee: (aladdin <3)

[personal profile] pennilee 2013-08-08 10:01 pm (UTC)(link)
Different account? xD

And of course! Been searching them for more than that, I can handle another couple weeks- but honestly thanks so much ;A;