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    American--Pi's Graphics
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    Hello! My name is American--Pi, but I like to go by Pi. I'm just a nineteen-year-old girl from the USA who likes a lot of things and likes to dabble in creative pursuits. I'm an amateur graphic designer and I know I'm not that great, but I enjoy graphic making nevertheless and I'm always hoping to improve my skills. Therefore, feedback is definitely encouraged here. This is the thread where I post all my kind of good graphics... there isn't much to explain, really. ^_^;

    This thread is for showcasing the banners, userbars, icons, and other digital graphics I've done that I'm at least somewhat proud of. Artwork is ordered from most to least recent.

    I also draw and make sprites. My art shop is here.

    For the record, all my art, including my drawings, doodles, and sprites, are posted on my Tumblr:
    http://american--pi.tumblr.com/tagged/my-art

    I also have two very old deviantART accounts that have some very old art on them, but I'd rather not link them here. I also have a Photobucket that I still use to host images. I have some good artworks that I've done on there, but I also have artworks done by other artists on that account (I've saved them to my own host because I like them; when I display the artworks I always credit the original artist). I also have some very old graphics that I'm not particularly proud of. Again, I'd rather not link that account. If you really want to see the accounts, you can go to my Tumblr and click on the "Usernames" link.

    List of Graphics
    • Banners
    • Userbars
    • Icons


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    Last edited by American--Pi; 22nd March 2016 at 5:13 AM. Reason: It's my graphic thread, so I think I can edit it. :>

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    Instead of doing productive things, I just spent an hour making this banner for a one-shot series I will probably never have time to write. I regret nothing.

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    I really do like the effort you've put into your work, especially with the pain that GIMP is. If you really wanted to delve deeper into graphic design, you can always find a way to get Photoshop without paying tons. I've used both GIMP and PS, and if you do decide to get PS then know that it looks intimidating at first, but check out some tutorials on YouTube for making something like a frag banner, and you'll learn the layout of the program as you create your own pieces.

    If there's one thing I'd tell you to improve on, it'd probably be touching up your images. What I mean by this is just using brushes to add a sort of "shadow" effect that blends your image more into the background to create a nice consistency in the image. If you practice this, you'll soon develop your own unique style.

    Other than that, keep up the good work and practice! Speaking of which, I need to brush the dust off the old PS book too...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Skarm™ View Post
    I really do like the effort you've put into your work, especially with the pain that GIMP is. If you really wanted to delve deeper into graphic design, you can always find a way to get Photoshop without paying tons (or for free in some cases). I've used both GIMP and PS, and if you do decide to get PS then know that it looks intimidating at first, but check out some tutorials on YouTube for making something like a frag banner, and you'll learn the layout of the program as you create your own pieces.

    If there's one thing I'd tell you to improve on, it'd probably be touching up your images. What I mean by this is just using brushes to add a sort of "shadow" effect that blends your image more into the background to create a nice consistency in the image. If you practice this, you'll soon develop your own unique style.

    Other than that, keep up the good work and practice! Speaking of which, I need to brush the dust off the old PS book too...
    Thanks so much for your advice! I'll admit that I've never tried Photoshop before, but that's partially because I've half-heartedly tried using Illustrator and ended up hating it. It was probably only because I was too used to GIMP and I didn't put enough effort into finding tutorials and understanding the software.

    That said, I do have a question: What's the difference between Photoshop and Illustrator? Which program would you recommend more for making graphics?

    Anyways, more graphics!


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    I'll post more graphics tomorrow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by American--Pi View Post
    Thanks so much for your advice! I'll admit that I've never tried Photoshop before, but that's partially because I've half-heartedly tried using Illustrator and ended up hating it. It was probably only because I was too used to GIMP and I didn't put enough effort into finding tutorials and understanding the software.

    That said, I do have a question: What's the difference between Photoshop and Illustrator? Which program would you recommend more for making graphics?
    Illustrator makes graphics using vectors, which are basically images that are defined by geometrics rather than bitmaps. Basically, vectors don't have a set resolution. You can zoom in and the image will never get pixelated/blurry. I personally don't have much experience with Illustrator, but from what I've seen it's used for different purposes than Photoshop. I believe that Illustrator is used more to create things like logos that can be resized any amount since they're made of vectors and don't have a set resolution. For graphic art, Photoshop is definitely the way to go since images on the Internet do have a set resolution, so zooming in/out won't matter. It's also more geared towards image manipulation than creation, which can be helpful like touching images up. Hope this helped!

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    american you banners as well as your userbars look pretty good for using the gimp program which reminds me alot of ppl which isn't a bad thing because her work was awesome ^_^ I love the way you do you banners as well the text over and top of the banners looks nice and neat for starting the digital graphics :3 I don't navigate much through gimp so I can't say to much but I think for starting off your doing pretty well which I would like to see more of your work in the future :3 I would explore through photoshop though which yes it can be pretty expensive though since now they have the newest one out which is called photoshop creative cloud which is just the same as the old one I use to have on my old laptop before it died which was called photoshop creative suite 6 but creative cloud has more stuff on it. Photoshop is a very nice program to use which if you do want to try it out don't hesitate to ask me or skarm how to get around the place :3

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    Thank you both for the advice! I was heavily inspired by PPA, because I like her graphics a lot. I'm not so sure about Photoshop though, because I'm just starting to get familiar with GIMP and I don't want to spend a ton of money on a software I have no idea how to use. Maybe I can get it as a Christmas present, or something. :P

    More graphics!


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    Quote Originally Posted by American--Pi View Post
    I think I may have found my new signature.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Monster Guy View Post
    I think I may have found my new signature.



    Anyways, I did a little experiment with extracted signatures.
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    More extracted signatures! I really like the Kitty one, actually.

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