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Old 03-15-2012, 12:12 AM   #1
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Old 03-15-2012, 06:24 PM   #2
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This lady has wonderful resources (actions, tutorials, freebies and more) on her blog (all CU)!
http://sugarbuttdesigns.com/
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Old 03-16-2012, 09:50 AM   #3
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Old 04-11-2012, 08:58 AM   #4
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There are lots of good free CU resources here: http://www.deliciousscraps.com/

And a good little program to help you rename your files: Renamer
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Old 04-18-2012, 09:54 AM   #5
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Karen Diamond has some fabulous tutorials about quality control. Her topics include blurriness, missing pixels, gamut, stray pixels, smooth edges.

Check out her blog tutorials here: http://www.karendiamonddesigns.com/c...ality-control/
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Old 05-01-2012, 02:46 PM   #6
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For those of you that use Photoshop Elements, I just learned a very important tip.... when you are designing (or even creating layouts), always use a percent reduction of 25%, 50%, 75% or 100% when you are viewing your page. For some reason, if you are creating shapes, etc, you will get jagged edges if you are viewing your page at 23% (like I was doing to see the entire 12x12 layout on the screen), even if you try to smooth an element, it won't work as efficiently.

So now I'm always always viewing my layouts at 25% and then quality checking at 100%. Never knew this before, but it really makes a difference.
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Old 05-04-2012, 03:37 AM   #7
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In PhotoShop, using the "save for web" utility or the "export layers to files" script changes the resolution of your PNG files! Regardless of the dpi of your original file, these saving methods reduce the dpi to 72. Although it takes longer, saving items using the "save as" option is the best way to prevent those resolution problems.
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Old 09-17-2012, 03:15 PM   #8
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I can't post in the rules thread because it's closed, so I'll ask it here.

What are the rules for designing a character (or other element) that is NOT disney, but you can see it's disney related, like this:
allowed or not allowed?

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Old 09-17-2012, 04:06 PM   #9
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I can't post in the rules thread because it's closed, so I'll ask it here.

What are the rules for designing a character (or other element) that is NOT disney, but you can see it's disney related, like this:
allowed or not allowed?

Copyright questions are handled on a case by case basis. If anything about the image is copyright/trademarked by Disney, it is not allowed. I tend to be very strict on copyright questions to keep MouseScrappers and the design challenge participants out of trouble. In the case of your example, although the faces are definitely not Disney, the clothes are an almost exact copy. Although many of these characters were not created by Disney (Grimm fairytales, for example), the physical features, mannerisms, clothing designs, and many times sayings/quotes that we see in the movies were designed by and remain the property of Disney. My suggestion on items like these would be (if you want to make them), offer them as freebies during the design challenge blog hop (or as participation prizes for other challenges on the site). If you ever have a specific image you are questioning don't hesitate to send it to me by PM. I hope that answers your question!
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Old 09-18-2012, 10:43 AM   #10
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