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09 September 2005 @ 10:15 am
Damn I'm tired. Still no reason, got more sleep last night too ... I'm gonna be a bundle of laughs tonight I can tell ;) Nothing a beer or two won't cure, I guess :)

Post this morning included letters saying that the life insurance we cancelled is cancelled, so that's all good.

Mostly yesterday I played with The Gimp ... read a bit more of the book marble lent me, so messed around with overlays & multiplying the colour and stuff like that. J pointed me at a blog entry about making usable desktop wallpapers, which gave me some ideas about making icon texture sets, though I'm still not entirely sure why people use them (even though I grabbed some that Rilli was offering coz they look nice, and will try and think of something to do with them). I tend to make backgrounds/add text etc for icons on the fly, rather than use a pre-made texture or a brush for the text/border/whatnot. But then, other people win icon contests, so maybe there's a reason for this ;) I did use one of the textures I made for an icon that I might enter in the travel_icontest competition (said icon also uses stuff that I learnt from the book, too), but I'd've made it up for the icon itself if I'd not done a dozen in advance.

Started thinking about templates for Christmas cards too - need to cost it out and see if it's financially worthwhile (not gonna spend the time on it if it's also more expensive, I'd only end up resenting it I think). But it's easy to do outline text (put your text on, hit the 'make path from text' button, delete the text, then stroke path with a pixel width brush and hey presto! outline), so then I'd just need 50 or 60 on white card, and colour them in & add decor. It does look awfully small on A5 (folded in half), so maybe I need to think about A4 - I used to do cards on A5 non-folded (many many years ago), but they don't stand up very well. I should poke around for large decorative fonts - I know what I want it to look like, though I can't articulate it very well, the feel is half-uncial (I think, ack, I've forgotten my calligraphy names) and big fat capital letters. The two I have that have some of the right feel for me are Carolingia Bigfoot and Cry Uncial, though neither is quite what I have inside my head. Need to cost this first, before I get too carried away ;)
Current Mood: cheerfultiiiired
Current Music: Wham! "The Final"
Rillaithrillaith on September 9th, 2005 09:52 am (UTC)
Try dafont.com ;)

I like messing about with textures on icons - you get quite a different look, which often suits it better. Plus it's good for backgrounds if you only put a smaller piece or pieces of your picture on the icon. There's all sort s of things you can do, tbh. Maybe have a look through the memeories of icon_tutorial (or itutorial too) for things to try?
Rillaithrillaith on September 9th, 2005 09:53 am (UTC)
Oh yes, and thank you for adding that wallpaper link - shall read that later!
Margaretpling on September 9th, 2005 09:59 am (UTC)
Ta for the links :)
kierangiant on September 9th, 2005 04:31 pm (UTC)
Wham! ?
Margaretpling on September 9th, 2005 04:36 pm (UTC)
You've only just noticed that I listen to some pretty crap music at times?
kierangiant on September 9th, 2005 04:45 pm (UTC)
i guess balance must be maintained.