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Post by Caprizant on 4th May 2014, 11:42 am



Welcome to Caprizant's Commodities, your most-purpose graphics shop for avatars, banners, and special requests!

There are a few rules and guidelines I'd like for you to follow.

RULES & GUIDELINES

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  1. You do not need to credit me. Unless you're asked who made the banner, or there's a misunderstanding, you don't have to credit me for your order. It would be polite, but not necessary, as I don't want to clog up space in your signature.


  2. Please be patient when I'm making your order. It's okay for you to prod me every once in awhile to hurry up, as long as it's polite. Message me about it and I will apologize profusely and get you a star product in record time. I will try to keep you updated if there are any delays.


  3. Please use the order forms. They can be found below the examples. The forms are not set in stone, but I highly recommend them if you want a high quality result.


  4. My standard banner size is 600x140. In addition, the standard user bar size is 450x30, plus whatever height a sprite may add. If you want a different size banner/user bar/etc., let me know. (Size is width x height in pixels.)


  5. My standard avatar size is 150x150. This is the full size allowed in our forum at this time. Let me know if you want something different.


  6. Please be honest and tell me what I can improve on. Polite, constructive criticism is welcome. I'd like my skills to grow and change, and you can help me by voicing your opinion.


  7. There is no queue. Unlike my Bulbagarden shop, I'll just take your orders when I get to it without a system for controlling the load, since this is pretty small-scale and I probably won't get too many over here at a time.


  8. If you want changes made, let me know! I will make sure to make them quickly. On the rare occasion I forget to save the request as a file with layers, I may need to start from scratch. Either way, it may look different since I use a two-step process to make these.


STANDARD SIZES
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Banners


User Bars


Avatars

Below are a few examples of each type of product. There are a few different types of each; let me know which you want if you order one. (Since they're mostly mine at this point, they're larger than the standard. In the future these will hopefully be all standard-sized images.)

EXAMPLES

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BANNERS
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All types of banners can have shadow applied to them. The shape of irregular banners is not set in stone. Basically, any combination of corners can be rounded by any amount. Specify in the "Other" category what you want it to be like, or just let me surprise you.

Regular, no border


Regular, border


Rounded, no border


Rounded, border


Irregular rounded, no border


Irregular rounded, border


User bar

AVATARS
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All types of avatars can have shadow applied to them, though all except transparent ones will have to be smaller to accommodate the shadow. The shape of irregular avatars is not set in stone. Basically, any combination of corners can be rounded by any amount. Specify in the "Other" category what you want it to be like, or just let me surprise you.

Regular, no border


Regular, border


Rounded, no border


Rounded, border


Irregular rounded, no border


Irregular rounded, border


Transparent, no border


Transparent, border
Shadow will be applied to the content inside the border if shadow is requested.

ORDER FORMS

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First I'll outline the parameters, then I'll give you a blank slate.

BANNERS
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Size: How big you want the banner to be, in pixels (width x height). This is 600x140 unless specified.
Type: See the examples above and choose a type.
Subject/Image: What you want the main focus of the banner to be. You can just tell me the subject (e.g. the name of a character), or provide an image.
Text: What you want the banner to say. If you want a specific font or look, tell me here. Put "N/A" or something similar if you don't want any.
Shadow: Yes or no? And... that's it, really.
Other: Go wild. Specify anything not covered above. If you're ordering an irregularly rounded banner, specify how you want it rounded here (which corners are more and less rounded, basically).

Size:
Type:
Subject/Image:
Text:
Shadow:
Other:

AVATARS
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Size: How big you want the avatar to be, in pixels (width x height). This is 150x150 unless specified.
Type: See the examples above and choose a type.
Subject/Image: What you want the main focus of the avatar to be. You can just tell me the subject (e.g. the name of a character), or provide an image.
Shadow: Yes or no? And... that's it, really.
Other: Go wild. Specify anything not covered above. If you're ordering an irregularly rounded avatar, specify how you want it rounded here (which corners are more and less rounded, basically).

Size:
Type:
Subject/Image:
Shadow:
Other:

Special requests depend on the type of request. Often it will fit in one of the categories above, so if it does, go with that. If it doesn't, try to tell me the best you can. I can't guarantee it's something I can do if it's too complicated.

I'd also like to clarify a few things about this shop. Some things I've run into trouble with over the years, what tools I use, good advice for ordering, that sort of stuff.

NOT-SO-FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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What program do you use to make these?
For the initial process of putting the project together, I use Paint.NET. It's a fantastic, free tool with an easy-to-use interface and many features. What can't be done with the base program can be done with plug-ins and the website I use for the second part of the process.

The second part of the process involves adding various effects with a website called iPiccy. This is where I mostly do the rounding of corners, adding of borders, and shadowing of shadows. There are also many visual tweaks I do here, one of my favorites being the scanline, which adds some faint lines to the product to add that little extra flair. The website has recently made some features members-only, but I'm hoppy with it nonetheless.

How long does it normally take you to make these?
It really depends on the product. I can suddenly get overcome with an idea and set down to make it in less than two hours. Sometimes it takes me much longer than that. Sometimes it's even taken me shorter. It mostly depends on how complicated the product is, how much time I have to make it, and how well I understand the order. However, while I make these pretty quickly, it may take me a bit to actually start on the project.

What kind of images are good for requests?
Let's assume here that you aren't talking about a background (most of the time it's best to give a description of that rather than a specific image).

A bad image would be one that's low quality, smaller than the product itself, is very busy (unless you just want it cropped and edited with visual effects), or is very very big and can't be resized properly without losing quality.

A good image would be one that is transparent (meaning it has no background, not even just white, though white is perfectly fine as well). And... that's really it, as long as it doesn't have any of the qualities of a bad image.

How can I contact you?
You can PM me or leave a message right here if you wish.

What if I want a specific font?
If you can find a reliable download for it, by all means, link it to me! Good sites are 1001 Free Fonts, Fontspace, or Dafont. If you have a specific style of font in mind but don't feel like looking for one, just tell me and I'll find it for you.

Alright, bye!
See ya! Have a nice day :D

Wait! Who are you talking to? Who am I!?
You don't exist, have a nice life :3c

Happy ordering! If I make any changes, I'll let you guys know.


Last edited by Caprizant on 6th May 2014, 9:10 pm; edited 4 times in total (Reason for editing : Doing a thing with editing the thing (for a second time because my Internet conveniently went out for half a second when I was confirming the first one).)


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Re: Caprizant's Commodities

Post by returnofmastercrazyhand on 4th May 2014, 12:28 pm

I want a banner and a avatar
banner
sizer:normal
type: regular, no border
text:returnofmastercrazyhand: nintendo master and stuff
subject: what I call "nintendo's big four", kirby, both of those italian plumbers we call mario and luigi, red with a pikachu, and link(preferably the one from skyward sword)
shadow: no
other: N/A
avatar
size: normal
type: regular, border
subject: one avatar for each character listed in the above banner.
shadow: no
oher: N/A


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Post by Caprizant on 4th May 2014, 10:09 pm

When you say "one for each character," are we grouping Mario/Luigi and Red/Pikachu together or keeping them seperate?


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Re: Caprizant's Commodities

Post by Lief Katano on 5th May 2014, 12:35 am

User Bar
Size: Standard
Subject/Sprite:  
Basically these sprites. 
Text: Erdrick Katano
Shadow: Yes
Other: ...I, uh, don't know what a user bar is. Are there (or can there be) links in them?


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Post by Caprizant on 5th May 2014, 12:45 am

A user bar would be something like this:


I can split up the image into different parts and link them each to something if you want. (It would be a lot easier on Bulbagarden since the code for overlaying text on an image actually works over there, but this is a usable solution. :B)


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Post by Caprizant on 5th May 2014, 1:07 am

Alright, I'll get to it tomorrow for you. I've barely been getting any sleep lately, I need it. :B


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Post by Nopon on 5th May 2014, 9:06 am

Size: standard!
Type: rounded border
Subject/Image: Isaac from paranatural :D
Text: An Agent of Justice
Shadow: I'll let you decide on which one looks better for you :D
Other: Go wild

Size: standard
Type: Rounded no border
Subject/Image: Paranatural's Isaac
Shadow: nah
Other: Go wild
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Post by returnofmastercrazyhand on 5th May 2014, 10:38 am

I want them together.


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Post by Caprizant on 5th May 2014, 9:34 pm

Hey Lief, do you want text over the user bar for your links, like what you have now?


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Post by Lief Katano on 5th May 2014, 9:38 pm

Yes, please.


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Post by Caprizant on 5th May 2014, 9:43 pm

What would you like it to be for each link?


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Post by Lief Katano on 5th May 2014, 9:56 pm

My DeviantART - DeviantART
Let's Play Pokémon Green - Pokémon Green LP
Pit Stop League - Pit Stop League


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Post by Guest on 5th May 2014, 10:07 pm

A'ight...uh...

Size: 600x160
Type: Irregular rounded, border
Subject/Image: Swerve
Text: Probably none
Shadow: ...Sure!
Other: I'd like to know what image you'll be using before you make it...or something.

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Post by Caprizant on 6th May 2014, 4:28 pm

Here you go guys! Sorry this is late, all these were ready last night, but something came up and it was way too late to post them when it was over.

ROMCH:
 
banner:

Lief:
user bar:


Code:
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Lux:

banner:

Let me know if you guys want any changes.

And how does this look, Charles?
the image:


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