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I'll be making an update about my actual life presently, but for now, here's another batch of icons. [ profile] ugly_kitties linked me to Hirsute History, a website that takes famous people from history (and wrestlers) and make beautiful hair-focused silhouettes out of them, which go on t-shirts. I've posted these on my icon community [ profile] mycobacterial, but I'm spamming y'all with it since as yet I've got no damn clue where to advertise.

Also, those of you who make icons--do you have any idea how to make text clearer? I have some text-based images but when I resize they look grainy and crappy, and I'm not sure what to do about it. If anyone has any experience with this sort of thing and would like to help, I would be more than happy to be less vague about the issue later.

Anyway, onward! Here are the icons!


(Life is an endless struggle full of frustrations and challenges, but eventually you find a hair stylist you like.)

Date: 2010-09-19 03:49 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile]
Oooh~ They even included Fyodor Dostoyevsky! *u*

Ah, I assume you are using Photoshop? I'm using Paint Shop Pro though and I always adjust the resizing mode to "Weighted Average", and then proceed to "Sharpen". Photoshop should have a similar function for the resizing... I would try to find out for you but it always takes a long loading time or crashes on my computer, hence I never really use it anymore. ;~;

Date: 2010-09-19 06:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
The text gets grainy because of how JPEG images work (bunch of colored square pixels make the image, and making the image bigger basically just replicates those colors and groups them into giant squares to keep the pixels' original proportions).

If you're using Photoshop, you can cover up the original text with the background color and insert a new text layer so you can type out the caption yourself. That way you can resize the text without having to worry about pixelation, since Photoshop will render the text cleanly at whatever size you decide. If you're using paint, I'd still cover up the original text, but make sure that if you resize the retyping that you change the font-size value yourself instead of drag-resizing. I haven't used paint in a while, but I believe drag-resizing text makes paint treat the text like a pixeled image.

Date: 2010-09-19 08:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I second what [ profile] kaostic & [ profile] templar1138 have said--you could look for a sharpening tool in whichever software you're using to create icons with! I know for a fact that Photoshop has one; I'm using a program called Gimp and it has a sharpening tool as well. Or you could just type in the text individually--most image-editing programs have those; they show in the toolbox as a 'T' button, as far as I'm aware. (I think even Paint has one!) Hope that helps, and good luck with your icon-making! ♥♥


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