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Working on a smiley

Discussion in 'Resource Discussions [Archive]' started by Lykke, Apr 13, 2011.

  1. Lykke

    Lykke Well-Known Member

    Hey :) Been working on a smiley - and would like to know what you think and if I should continue. The thought is to make them both as small text smilies, but also as bigger dynamic smilies, which can be used as avatars.

    I posted them on our forum now and did customize some to a few members:

    First a few flags - the bg color is here made white - and can of course be customized the forum's bg-color. The idea is to use those in the profiles when people add their 'flag'/country (today we use an ordinary flag)

    Danish_white.gif Canadian_white.gif Australian_white.gif English_white.gif Warrior_white.gif

    A member of ours asked for his own smilie - and I made him look like his avatar (with our forum's bg color for now) :

    RAZER.gif I am a Nun in game :D Nun_white.gif And we have an alien Alien_white.gif

  2. Lykke

    Lykke Well-Known Member

    Here are some more ordinary smilies (but with our forum's bg color for now)

    Very-sad.gif walk.gif sleep.gif View attachment 13795 Tongue.gif Thinking.gif Finger_white.gif

    Will also be working on some still smilies ...

    Thank you :)
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  3. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    Moved to resource discussions.
  4. Lykke

    Lykke Well-Known Member

    oh sorry - but thanks :)
  5. shenmuee

    shenmuee Active Member

    wow how cute :'D i would like to see if you could do Japanese, Korean, Chinise, Thai, Turkish flags too in cute smilies :' )
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  6. Lykke

    Lykke Well-Known Member

    Thank you :)
    I will work on those cute-flag-smilies tonight when I'm home from work ^-^
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  7. Shelley

    Shelley Well-Known Member

    First thing first, you should definitely continue. I do like these but the main issues I find are the sizes. If you're designing at this scale I'd probably ship a smaller sized set if this a potential release. And secondly, I noticed on the base image and feet you've introduced a drop shadow effect which I think entices blurring and throws out the perspective. Possibly remove the drop shadow and add in a 1 px stroke (border) to distinguish the edging. I'd also add some kind of hand holding the flag but apart from that these are shaping up very nicely. Good job. :)

    Ps. Really liking the alien and the sword smiley. (y)
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  8. Peggy

    Peggy Well-Known Member

    I like the indian smiley!

    I agree that the edges of the smilies are blurred, and definitely need to be sharper.
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  9. Lykke

    Lykke Well-Known Member

    Thank you for the nice comments and ideas :) I actually made the blurred edges in purpose, because I found it 'different' but I see what you mean, and it will be better with a more sharped edge for smaller icons!

    IRB BACK!!! ^^
  10. EQnoble

    EQnoble Well-Known Member

    Please do! :)
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  11. Lykke

    Lykke Well-Known Member

    Alright - new ones :)

    New_1.gif New_2.gif
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  12. Lykke

    Lykke Well-Known Member

    I have a slight problem though. At this moment I have to put in a bg color. If I don't have any (transparent) the border seems somehow 'flossy'. How can I make sure the gif has a 'clean' and sharper edge/border?

    :) Thank you
  13. Shelley

    Shelley Well-Known Member

    Using .gif will always come with problems when saving a dynamic (animated image). You'll be best using the matte feature in photoshop or whatever program your using and associate a colour for the matte (matte being the background colour it's being applied upon). Trouble with that is many people use different coloured backgrounds on their forums/site so you'll never get a matte colour that suits all. I used to release animated gifs in a black and white matte that way you have the two most common background colours catered for. For those that are wanting specific matte coloured images will need to ask for a support in the way of matte colour changes unless your releasing the source file which means they can do this themselves.

    I posted a guide about the save for web feature on the chance it may help you. http://www.theadminzone.com/forums/showthread.php?t=68783

    Looks like the screenshots are not showing in that guide I wrote.
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  14. Lykke

    Lykke Well-Known Member

    Thanks Shelley :) That's actually what i've been doing so far. I am making the icons in Photoshop, yes. Because that's the program, except for Indesign, I know best, which then was obvious for me to try out with :)

    I do believe the new one is much better, so thanks again for the advice.
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  15. Lykke

    Lykke Well-Known Member

    Australia_White.gif Canadian_white.gif China_White.gif Crezc_White.gif Danish_White.gif Dutch_White.gif English_White.gif France_white.gif German_white.gif Japan_white.gif

    Some updated flags :)
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  16. Kim

    Kim Well-Known Member

    Those are very cute Lykke, I like the new ones very much :)
  17. Peggy

    Peggy Well-Known Member

    Haha I love these new ones. Great job!
  18. Shelley

    Shelley Well-Known Member

    I nice improvement. (y)

    Just a thought, and I'm sure you've already thought of this but have you thought of integrating these flag smiley designs and make them into avatars? I think if you did that they would prove very popular but without the animation. Regardless of that, nice work. ;)
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  19. Lykke

    Lykke Well-Known Member

    Hey shelley, Thank you :)

    Yes, as I said in my first post here: "The thought is to make them both as small text smilies, but also as bigger dynamic smilies, which can be used as avatars".

    However, I would like to keep the animated avatars on our own forum if possible.

    Today we have some smaller flag icons on each avatar, to show what country they are from. The thought was, that they can use these :)

    I will be working on some more animated avatars - but also a set of smaller text smilies ^_^
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  20. Lykke

    Lykke Well-Known Member


    Alien_white.gif Indian_white.gif MindStar_White.gif

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