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Great Tag Post New Members Update

Welcome to new members vendelina and ecaterin! I've added your names to the Great Tags Post. This means you now have a name tag to use whenever you decide to jump in and enter some of the Icon Challenges. We have the Kosh Challenge going on right now, and maybe you'll consider entering this Challenge. Kosh is Love, so the more Kosh icons the better! We hope to see you give it a try :)


Your icon looks fine :) You don't need to add text or anything fancy to them if you don't want. Cropped images would be wonderful too. We can't get enough of our B5 icons, and you'd add a new way of seeing the caps :) What program do you use?
Photoshop is very popular. I think most of the people who enter the contests here use it.

Looks like you're on the right track with the text icon. Are you concerned about the timing of each new sentence? That's taken care of with the number of frames which displays the length of time you see the words. I use PSP, but I believe that it's similar in both. I'll use one of my text icons with this post and you can see what I mean.

Have you tried these communities out? The second one has loads of great tutorials for both Photoshop and PSP. I believe you need to join them in order to see the tutorials though.

Also take a peek at the sidebar on the left. There's a link for "Photoshop Icon Tut Links". Lots of good stuff to try out there.

Look through those places, and then maybe you'd like to enter a few simple icons here to get your feet wet. If you'd like comments on your icons, just ask for it and we'd be happy to help you out. We're really harmless here, and all for encouraging new icon makers. So why not give it a try? Let me know if you need anything else :)

There are certain kinds of fonts called pixel or bitmap fonts. They're very tiny and can be seen in #2 of crazybee's Kosh icons.

Maybe you don't have the correct setting for the font you're using? Also is your font set at "bold" or "B"? I find that if I have my font set at bold, it'll make the font unreadable when it's small. Unless of course the font is meant to be a bold font.

If you look at the icons people enter, you can see which fonts work, which don't and if you like a font you see. That's why we ask that people supply the font name. On the #1 Kosh icon I made, I used the Franklin Gothic Medium. It was set at normal but was about 6px. Do you consider that too blurry? The intention was too make the text very light, and almost invisible but visible at the same time. Some other general fonts I like are the "Arial" fonts. It has wide, narrow, normal and dark and can be made quite small.