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#1 Hanz

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Posted 22 June 2009 - 10:56 AM

See this header. It is fairly awesome. I think we could make use of this alot more. If anyone wants to make some neat stuff for the headers that we have never used, let me know. Thanks to DP for giving me the idea.

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Posted 22 June 2009 - 11:12 AM

I'm not much for designing stuff, but I'll see what I can do about a General Zelda header.

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Posted 22 June 2009 - 11:13 AM

That's pretty cool.

What kind of dimensions should the images be?


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Posted 22 June 2009 - 11:15 AM

His is 600x80...so I would say from there to about 800x80 would work.

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Posted 22 June 2009 - 01:19 PM

So I made a banner for the "The Legend of Zelda" forum. There are three variations that I've thought of, each 800x80. The first has the names of all of the main games of the series that have been released so far, with Hearts from LttP in between. The second is the same, but with a Triforce fragment between each name. The third has no names or extra pictures.



Let me know what you think. If you have something else in mind, I can change it to whatever you'd like.


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Posted 22 June 2009 - 03:38 PM

Just my 2 cents - the text on the right looks like it was done in MS Paint. I really do not want to have to look at it... ever. There's an art to typography and it is not present here.

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Posted 22 June 2009 - 03:40 PM

I guess I'm not sure what you mean. I can delete the text easily enough (I've already done so), but I'm not sure what exactly you're looking for. Any tips?

EDIT: Actually, let me try something first.

Edited by Linkmaster30000, 22 June 2009 - 03:49 PM.


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Posted 22 June 2009 - 04:06 PM

For some reason, I never really thought about Photoshop having text. Now I've done something with it. It looks better to me - what do you think?



Also, any thoughts on Hearts vs. Triforce vs. Anything else?


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Posted 22 June 2009 - 08:25 PM

I think what Sabrage was picking at was the fact that the list of titles on the left look very raw - right to the point that it seems more informative than artsy. Additionally, you must consider the issue of the future titles that are coming out soon - you will not have enough space to add those in there. If I made a selection, I would go for option 3 - no wall of text.

The word art in the new banner you have provided looks slightly better. I don't mean to be picky here, but it feels like the text (or maybe more the bubble behind it) feels like it's competing with the banner image. If you could position the text in a more neutral position, I think you'll be able to balance the banner out.

My recommendation is to move the text over to the bottom left, and to remove the yellow bubble. Give that a try and see if it works better.

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Posted 22 June 2009 - 09:34 PM

Except that he said "right".

I agree about the "Legend of Zelda", but the image I took was only 804 pixels wide, so there isn't much room for movement. With 80 pixels as the maximum height, it's difficult to find something that works.

I also agree that the titles are mostly for "here are some titles". It just looked... empty. And I couldn't think of what to put there.

I'll try your suggestion, though, and post it soon.


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Posted 22 June 2009 - 09:43 PM

Ah, you're right... he did say right. <<;

I noticed something about these headers while browsing my blog - the headers are also visible within the topics themselves. That said, it would be a good idea not to make a header with bright and/or annoying colours - they'll distract readers from the first post of the page =P

Edited by Cpt. Axle, 22 June 2009 - 09:43 PM.


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Posted 22 June 2009 - 09:58 PM

I've been told by people that I don't understand what's an annoying combination of colors, since I think it's cool (this comment was made about the King of Hyrule's speech bubbles in AotL). However, I may have come up with something. Maybe.

Here's with your initial idea:


Here's it darker:


I don't really like it darker, now that I look at it.

Otherwise, I can try to find another picture, I guess, but since this is the most recent "new" Zelda, I thought it would be cool.

Edited by Linkmaster30000, 22 June 2009 - 09:59 PM.


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Posted 22 June 2009 - 11:06 PM

Can you post the header without the original text or the big yellow oval? I'll do it

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Posted 22 June 2009 - 11:09 PM



Once you're done, show me what you did, because I'm still pretty new at making things look better than just decent (I'm used to MS Paint with tiny bits of Photoshop and MS Photo Editor).

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Posted 23 June 2009 - 12:17 AM


The main thing that Photoshop has over Paint in terms of fonts is the anti-aliasing, and a couple of the fonts included look pretty nice (though I'm no expert) You can fiddle with the colors if you want (I didn't really like the yellow blob behind the title) I used Adobe Garamond Pro if you want to use the same font.

I don't really like the word shapes much to begin with, but they really don't fit The Legend of Zelda

And now that I look at it the font color looks terrible, so you should change it

Edited by Sabrage, 23 June 2009 - 12:17 AM.





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