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PostSubject: Re: [GFX] Banner Selection   Tue Aug 18, 2015 11:46 pm

I say put both of them up, just replace one from the old rotation. Very Happy I'll vote for AdvancedTerror's banner though cause you guys make a good point about the lack of AC banners.

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PostSubject: Re: [GFX] Banner Selection   Wed Aug 19, 2015 12:50 am

While I do agree we need a good AC banner I just think @xzisted's Mad Max banner is way better and we only have one mad max banner so far. So I vote for his banner.

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PostSubject: Re: [GFX] Banner Selection   Wed Aug 19, 2015 7:09 am

I love @xzisted banner, The font choice is just too great for me to not vote for it. So that one gets my vote.

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PostSubject: Re: [GFX] Banner Selection   Wed Aug 19, 2015 11:46 am

I vote for the Mad Max banner by xzisted as well. I like the AC one, but I can't help but feel that the words are placed too low (to leave room for the sharp A logo, I understand). It's a good banner, but the Mad Max one feels better overall. Still, tight race altogether. I'm also extremely happy that 14 made it into the cut, that's by far my favorite closed eyes smile

also, Rex signed off on this banner by @dusildorf
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and I think it's great so +1 from me.

AT also made these banners for my Skaal armor, which I appreciate:
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But to be honest, I don't know which one we should choose.
The first one is most representative of the armor cause it shows both helmets, the skaal bow and the proper environment to wear the armor in (winter, snow). But the blur behind the text didn't seem necessary. Kind of seems out of place, and I'm sure with "Content Aware" tool, we'd have something that doesn't look too out of place in its place. At the very least, the blur should be more gradual from the middle of the banner to the affected area, and perhaps less intense. Or we could just go with it as it is.
The second banner doesn't have the blur issue, but my character and the text don't seem placed right. There's too much space between the left edge of the banner and the text, and too little space between the character's hand and the right edge of the banner. I feel they could be centered better. Also, the fire enchantment effect near volcano doesn't really represent the armor at its best, or what it's supposed to be for. Don't get me wrong, it's a great screenshot, I should know cause I took it closed eyes smile but the other screenie represents the armors better. SO I'm torn between them at this point.
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PostSubject: Re: [GFX] Banner Selection   Wed Aug 19, 2015 12:08 pm

@DVAted I would also lean more toward the 1st Heavy Skaal Armour banner mainly because it represents the amour a lot better like you said. Seems your biggest issue is the field blur effect in the background.

I added the effect to make the text readable. When I'm home from work i'll have a quick tinker with it, remove the blur and edit the text effects so its readable. To be honest, on reflection I don't like the blur either, it was just an easy / quick fix to a problem because I really liked the effect I got on the text.

Also, the screenshot In used in the second banner is truly badass Wink

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PostSubject: Re: [GFX] Banner Selection   Wed Aug 19, 2015 12:16 pm

+1 for dusildorf's mod banner, it's good, there's just this huge black space which I feel could have been used. Nice text on that for real.

As for the Skaal banners, the first one's better mainly because of the armor's visibility in the screenshot and the colors have more variety. The blur's fine IMO, I would have used a different kind of style for the font, just my personal preference. Nevertheless it looks great already and it looks like AdvancedTerror's planning to address DVA's concerns with it anyway. I'll vote for the first one.

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PostSubject: Re: [GFX] Banner Selection   Wed Aug 19, 2015 12:27 pm

Hehe so we got again a tie at the #5 and #9. 3-3 votes. I dont think that The New Skynet vote also so i take the decission to take #9 in rotation. Reason - i like the mad max banner much more than the AC one. I only choose #5 because its the only from AC we got. so to keep this whole process going we got a winner. Its #9 mad max from @xzisted!

@DVAted - i would choose the first one cause it shows the armor perfect! Perhaps AdvancedTerror could make an other font to avoid the blur effect.?
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PostSubject: Re: [GFX] Banner Selection   Wed Aug 19, 2015 2:42 pm

I liked both the Assassin's Creed and Mad Max banners and either one would have been a fine addition to the rotation. I think @Cruz011 did a good job of flexing his leadership muscles and making a final decision.
@dusildorf did some really good work with his mod banner although I think a background would help tie everything together. Still it's some nice work and he definitely has talent.
Between the two Skaal banners I think the first one looks the best. As said before it does appear to be a better representation of the armor mod itself while the second looks like a picture for a magic spell mod.

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PostSubject: Re: [GFX] Banner Selection   Wed Aug 19, 2015 4:50 pm

Thanks for taking another gander at it, AT

ALSO! I just remembered, Dragbody gave his okay for this banner
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it's made by Drayce128 and I give it my full go though we have to round up the banners to a maximum allocated number, right? it was 10 max mod banners as the topic starter states. so we'll have to vote on replacements too.

Either way, I've implemented the 10 new regular banners in rotation
and I'll hold off on the mod banners till we sort it out.
we currently have 8 mod banners so only 2 more will fit.
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PostSubject: Re: [GFX] Banner Selection   Fri Aug 21, 2015 11:36 am

SO we have to choose 2 of these 3 OR replace one of the other 8 mod banners with one of these 3, so that they round up to 10 total mod banners. Start voting!

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PostSubject: Re: [GFX] Banner Selection   Fri Aug 21, 2015 12:12 pm

I vote for the Heavy Skaal Banner and the Dragbody's Armor Pack Banner.

If we vote to replace on of the existing banners in favour of having all three of the new banners. I think it should be my Tru-Enb banner, its the weakest one that's currently in rotation imo.

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PostSubject: Re: [GFX] Banner Selection   Fri Aug 21, 2015 3:59 pm

Between the 3 I vote for the Heavy Skaal Armor banner and Dragbody's Armor Pack banner.

Dusildorf's banner is good but I wouldn't replace any of the other banners already in rotation.

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PostSubject: Re: [GFX] Banner Selection   Fri Aug 21, 2015 8:27 pm

It's hard, I really like all three, but if I had to vote, numbers 2 and 3 gets it.

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PostSubject: Re: [GFX] Banner Selection   Fri Aug 21, 2015 8:55 pm

My vote goes for 2 and 3.

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PostSubject: Re: [GFX] Banner Selection   Fri Aug 21, 2015 10:44 pm

My vote goes also on 2 and 3.
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PostSubject: Re: [GFX] Banner Selection   Sun Aug 23, 2015 7:34 pm

I expected a scoreboard update to go along with your vote, Cruz TongueTril
anyway, 2 and 3 are now implemented
thank you all for your votes Thumbs Up
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PostSubject: Re: [GFX] Banner Selection   Sun Aug 23, 2015 9:51 pm

I am on vacation right now. Using a w-lan with my mobile phone in a diner. So in the next 2 weeks i am not able to make here any post. Sorry for that! So we need a deputy to manage the GFX topics during this time. Greetings from Austria Thumbs Up
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PostSubject: Re: [GFX] Banner Selection   Tue Sep 01, 2015 1:54 pm

Good morning to all team !.
Well, today I would like to make two nominations for banner rotation because I think they deserve it, the quality , the escene , effort and enthusiasm for the work (They are hard workers and in my opinion they deserve a lot), we will do so;

nominated The banner of @VeteranAlpha96  to replace the No. 47:
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Nominated The Banner of @me444 to replace the No.34:
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(If you test positive, it should choose between one of the two, I alone  can not decide)
Also I have to say that the banners are to replace personal taste, the least call my attention I do not like too and I could say that the oldest I think they are the oldest,, and it is important we do not have any banner in rotation of the great The Last of Us banners ,  and  fallout if we, but I really like these especially, convey feelings I did not explain it very well. I would also like to know what you think or if you want to change the banners that have chosen to replace.
Also wanted to give a big congratulations These two companions, for I have seen much strive every day in Their work, help others and very good feedback, They are model users. You guys deserve it for your hard work and illusion!.
well team, this is all I wanted to communicate. Hope you like the above, I wish you a good day and a big hug !!

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PostSubject: Re: [GFX] Banner Selection   Tue Sep 01, 2015 2:15 pm

hey Oaky
good for you for nominating some new stuff Thumbs Up

however, I'm gonna vote NO on all nominations, and here are my arguments:
the banner by VeteranAlpha96 says "Gaming Underground Network Network"
the execution is pretty good, although quite simple and perhaps ~5% stretched to include both character's faces... but yeah, nothing much going for it.

now onto me444's banners
The first one is alright looking, there is hardly any stretching on it whatsoever, and the sample pic is interesting though I can't quite tell which game it's supposed to be. I'm sure, however, that it isn't Fallout, because the little warning sign there is in Russian. Using Fallout text font (with the lightning O's) on a non-fallout base image is in poor taste. Also, I would not have chosen white as the font's base color. I would've tried to blend it better, maybe a filter of sorts, or several filters. instead of that super black stroke outline around the letters I would've used a discrete shadow, and I would've done away with the white glow out of the black outline. the text clips on the bottom too, that's what sentenced it for me.

The second banner is a surprise, as in - why would you nominate it?
The image is so squished that the characters look like dwarves closed eyes smile and its entire upper half is just sky. That's a massive waste of space, over which, had the characters maintained their height proportions, they would've fit in much better. The text/logo (albeit looks cool on its own) is only on one side of the banner, which causes a major unbalance. Text on one side is not advised on centered images. If the center of attention of the original image (in this case, the vault guys) were fitted more towards the left, then yes, the text could've covered the right side of it for ballance. But having the boys in the middle, the text on the right, and leaving the left side empty is disheartening.

now don't get me wrong, I appreciate these members' contributions. I think every new banner they upload shows improvement and they got a lot of things right. however, the mistakes I've pointed out rule them out of the race.
So NO to all 3.

Still, thank you, me444 & va96, and thanks Oaky Thumbs Up
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PostSubject: Re: [GFX] Banner Selection   Tue Sep 01, 2015 2:36 pm

I'd vote no on all three of them too for the same reasons as DVAted pointed out. I also think that the banners you proposed to replace them with are better than the ones you nominated. Aside from being stretched, there seems to be artifacts in the images too, just to add to what DVAted said about the banners. In the Last of Us one, I don't particularly like the text placement, and yeah, saying "GUN NETWORK" means Gaming Underground Network Network.  

It's good that these contributions are being made and I love how active the graphics section of the forum is. Just take this as advice on improving. Resize your images properly. The 200 pixel height is hard to work with when you want to implement focal points which are more or less vertical in orientation, I understand, but squishing them or stretching them to fit in the 900x200 size makes the image look worse than it could've been had you just resized them properly. Stretching small images to fit the 900x200 size also makes the image look blurry and low quality, so make sure to use large images and make them smaller.



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