Tips for wallers

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exentric

exentric

Plain Lazy

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Just thought I made a thread giving tips to the people who wanna or just become a waller. ^_^

1. Spend time on it
Always spend time on your wallpaper. Even if you have been working for 4-5 hours, unless its finished, don't stop. Some people even spent almost a week to finish 1 wallpaper to perfection. Don't rush when making em and spend as much time as you can.

2. Tutorials
Look for tutorial if you don't know how to make something. there's a lot of tutorial out there that teaches heck alot of stuff. here's a thread on Photoshop tutorial sites. http://forum.minitokyo.net/showthread/13/

3. Ask for opinion.
If you happen to know someone who have been a waller for some time, ask for their opinion and fixed whatever is necessary. If you don't, get into MT's IRC channel and ask for opinion there. [#minitokyo@irc.rizon.net]

4. Set as desktop wallpaper first
This is what I always do. Set the wallpaper you just made to your desktop wallpaper. Sit back and stare it for a few minutes. see if there is anything that is need to be fixed. this is a must do since when the wallpaper is set to desktop, you can see the wallpaper more clearly then viewing it in Photoshop or a browser.

5. Practice makes perfect
As it says, practice makes perfect. this is very true especialy when it comes to exraction.

6. Don't be satisfied too quick with what you've done
Some people when they've done a few cool effects, they're already satisfied with it. Don't. Alwayz looks for a way to improve your wallpaper even more even if its just the smallest detail.

7. Dont be like this. "I'm bored.. Why don't I just wall something?"
Don't wall if you don't have a mood for it. Though the result might be good, there is a possiblity that you wallpaper will look as boring as you are.

8. Inspiritaion.
Look for an inspiration when you wanna wall something. not a must but it helps. looks at your surrounding, the sky, or even just look around at other people's wallpaper to get some inspiration.

9. Don't give up
Don't give up if you can't make you wanna make. Ask people to teach you if you just cant figured out how to make that something.

10. Imagine
Imagine in your head what you wanna do. Start your wallpaper from there.

11. Blend in
Always make sure your character blends with the background. Color of the character fits the wallpaper, the emotion of the character fits how the bg is potrayed, etc. Don't go crazy and make a dark, grungy background for a happy looking character or vice-versa.

12. Don't go crazy on the effects/bg
Dont't go crazy and put too many effects on the background. it will only become messy and ugly.

13. Know what you want to do [by smilebit]
whenever you begin a wall know what you want out of it, what you want to express through it.
write what you are going for down so you don't forget.
don't lose that original intent/idea keep it in you mind throughout the process and refer back to it whenever you waver.

If anyone have any more tips to share, please do post em. ^_^

ManOnFire

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These are some good tips on making walls... thanks! One of these days, I'll try making a wall...

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  • Jan 10, 2005

Iyasis

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Thanks for the tips exentric ^^!! They're quite helpful and also gave me some much needed encouragment (i started my first wall ...um... almost a month ago but I've been too nervous to finish it :sweat: ). Hmm i will definately ask for another MT member's opinion before posting *points at exentric*. I don't have anymore tips offhand but if i think something, i will post. Thanks once again, I really appreciate it ^^ ~ *goes off to continue wall*.

  • Jan 10, 2005

smilebit

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i cried. i am sorry i haven't done all of those when i do my wallpapers. i guess i'm just not good at it.
but i have a tip as well.

whenever you begin a wall know what you want out of it, what you want to express through it.
write what you are going for down so you don't forget.
don't lose that original intent/idea keep it in you mind throughout the process and refer back to it whenever you waver.

that is what i believe helps whenever you are doing something. oh well.

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exentric

exentric

Plain Lazy

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Quote by Iyasis
Hmm i will definately ask for another MT member's opinion before
posting *points at exentric*..


*hides*
someone called me? o_O
nahh~
just go ahead and ask if ya need help~ ^_^

griffin

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I think the worst wallpapers are made by people who are just trying to get their points up. Sometimes they post a big mass of them and to be honest, well I think they look like rubbish.

I think your tips are very good and I espescially agree with writing down your intention so you don't get lost along the way. Also to visualise it before you start. I know from my drawing experience that if you can't see it in your head before you start drawing it, then you will not be able to draw it at all.

Nice work exentric

  • Jan 10, 2005

kenzuke

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Hey! Thanks for reminding me!! XD Very well made guide!! ^____^
ok! I really have to wall now!! XD

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woah cool tips ^^

some strong words =D
thnx for reminding me =P XD

cloud811

cloud811

Keitaro Sohma

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ohhh very nice sensai! i'll try to remeber all this! ^_^ this is sweet

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Weeee... more tips.....

Sure sounds encouraging..... maybe i should wall again.. ^_^

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  • Jan 10, 2005

Midori-chan

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wow! good tips...
i'm tryin so hard to get used to PS7....though i didn't know how to use it.... ^_^'
i'll practise more and try to finish up my school works soon so that i'll have more time to spend with PS^^
hope to hear more tips from you senior^^

  • Jan 10, 2005

shirahana

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I like tip 10... Whenever I wall, I usually have to have an idea in mind.. Same for layouts.. If I have no idea, I have no clue where to start x_x; Then I'd just be sitting in front of the comp for countless hours doing nothing.. x_x;

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Wow thanks for the tips, Ill keep these in mind, such as me wanting to make a wall right now but I cant ^_^ guess ill just learn the stuff before I do it

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Awesome, Thanks for the tips! But i am not good at making wallpaper, so i can't make any.. sorry to disappoint u.. but thanks for the tips.. it is very useful to other people :) :P

  • Jan 11, 2005

Makhan

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Only a week? That's nuts. I can spend up to a month on a siggy... God knows how long it'll take me to make a satisfactory wallpaper ^_^;;

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rezuke

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These seem like excellent tips! I hope to try and create wallpapers someday. When I do these tips will help a lot.

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  • Jan 11, 2005

Ganks

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I was thinking about making a wall thanks this should come in very handy.

  • Jan 11, 2005

euna

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You made a great ;list of what to do, big bro Kash!!
Wish I could follow all those 'guidelines' but i've been in no mood for walling these days... wonder why... =_='
Anywayz, thanks!

Haia

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Nice tips! Thanks for sharing them...it'll help alot! I'll keep them all in mind!

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nice tips....... I just seen this thread recently.

all i can give you is an advice: to being a PRO is not an easy job, DO NOT GIVE UP.

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ShueiTenshi

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The one way or the other I violate almost all rules here XD

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Those are some great tips! Should try to remember those when I do my first wall.

  • May 25, 2005
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any tips on how to cut out a stock picture image? The only way I know of is using a magnetic lasso tool for Photoshop. I don't really like it though because it leaves out some of the image sometimes. Thanks.

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thanks for the tips, i will keep them all in my mind.

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