Someone tell Collin that the TGS design looks fantastic, fun, funtastic, and fun.
I may have left, but I never left you, or... no that is not right- what is the saying? Anyway, I just wanted to let everyone know that my latest project, thisMoment just launched. If you have a moment (cough - cough) please check it out. I've even made a few game, film and tv moments, who can forget Tales Of The Gold Monkey?!
1- make sure you can read the text that overlays on top of the banner image. After all the banner is to support the page title, not obscure or hide it. If any rule should be followed it is this one.
a few major criminals:Adventures of Robin Hood
2- there are better ways to achieve rule number 1 than a dark cloud of death fade to black- and if you do fade out- go naturally.
bad fade to black:usual suspects
e.t.-note how it fades to a similar color not just black.
alternative:seven samurai - uses supportive imagery to create a speration between focal image and dark background.
3-composition. find a focal point, focal image. don't just drop in random images, unless they are orgonzed in a collage. Also cropping can be good, but it can also be real dirty.
bad composition (two equal size focal images, not integrated, evenly spaced, no focus:
the big lebowski- sometmes, less is more, but sometimes, you don't have a good focal image to work with, then you need to collage it up...
serenity-good use of the old "photo-trick", soemthing I used far too often I admit when in a pinch:grease
bad cropping:rescue dawn
license to wed
good close up cropping: the good, the bad, and the ugly
underworld- can't go wrong with a good cropping of the eyes, just avoid showing the nostols, too much face and it looks uncomfortable.
4- contrast. A simple adjustment of contrast can make dull images more powerful and professional.
5- source image quality. If the image isn't good, don;'t use it. banners are to enhance.
criminal:back to the future
surf's up- this is an animated film there are tons of clear images to choose from.
6- sometimes a good screen is your best friend ...(to make up for bad source images)being john malkovich
Now these banners are not easy to make, hopefully these tenets will help any would be banner makers out there interested in the business. Good luck, and good banner making!
It's kinda scary that I instantly recognized that gun in her hands as a Soviet SKS semi-automatic assault rifle, that uses 7.62x39mm ammunition. In my teens i was exposed to guns more than I should have it would seem.