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Okay, so, as some of you might have gathered from my last post, I'm considering creating a website for my works of fiction.  I was playing around in PS today while not writing and started making a banner for said potential (as yet unnamed) website.

I've never made a banner before (well, I made one for Whispers but I wasn't trying very hard) so feedback would be great.  I can't decide whether I like the image in the background as obvious as it is or if I should make it more subtle?  Be honest!  I am NOT a banner maker!



The actual banner is bigger than this but it wouldn't fit full-size on my LJ.   Go here for the full-size one if anyone's interested.

EDITED to add a link for the updated banner.  Different font/colours and a few other small alterations.

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rivertempest
Aug. 27th, 2009 11:25 am (UTC)
I absolutely adore that banner!

The colors are beautiful! (purple and blue my favs)

I also like the blendy effect and the two of them kissing in the background.

Mmmm me likee muchly. :D
abelina
Aug. 27th, 2009 04:25 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

I picked purple because of SMG - her clothing and accessories (even her lipstick) is purply-pinky, and the only JM picture that I found and liked for this just happened to be blue, but I did brighten his eye a bit to match the shirt. I used about five different textures plus the cap for the background pick was really grainy and added some texture of its own. I wasn't sure if the kissing image was too much but I like it, I think.

Thanks again!
3xcereal
Aug. 27th, 2009 11:52 am (UTC)
Very nice! Lovely coloring. :)
abelina
Aug. 27th, 2009 04:26 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
maryperk73703
Aug. 27th, 2009 12:48 pm (UTC)
I think it's a beautiful banner, Abby. Good work.
abelina
Aug. 27th, 2009 04:26 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much!
xtanitx
Aug. 27th, 2009 02:03 pm (UTC)
I think it's lovely, Miss Banner Maker. :D I love the image of SMG you've chosen. The only thing I can suggest to tweak (and it's SO not a big deal, it really does look great as is!) is that her top's color matches the overall background color. She doesn't pop off the image the way JM does. Or maybe I have JM-bias, and everything but him pales in comparison. This is entirely possible. :D

Really, you've done a fantastic job. Go you!! (And good luck with the website! Neat!)
abelina
Aug. 27th, 2009 04:31 pm (UTC)
:D

I loved that pic of her, too. I was trying to find a JM pic that had them looking at each other, but I ended up going with this one because I liked the way it looked and yeah, he does pop out of there pretty good, doesn't he? And now we have Buffy smiling at her pretty vampire :)

Thanks for the feedback ... I do use PS for photography, so I can do layers and blending and yada yada, and I make my own photographic Christmas cards every year, but I've never attempted something this artsy before. I may have to keep dabbling!

I'll play around with SMG's shirt, see what I can accomplish :D

Thanks again!
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