Ann (kaitou1412) wrote in photographix,

Not a big post. But I'm pretty pleased with the way these came out. Thanks to merky for the tutorial on halftones!


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2. Is part of an oncoming typhoon (which never really hit my part of the country)
3. Is a very small spider with a face on it. It's hard to see, but it was the best I could do.
4. Is from the garden at the Heian Shrine in Kyoto.
5. Is from the Gion district in Kyoto, where all the geisha hang out.
6. Is two of my 3rd grade students making the letter 'P' from a class on the alphabet. It's the only one I'd rather no one uses. The rest are completely up for grabs.

Well, based on comments, apparently only I like the green border. *dramatic sigh* So here is a base for that. And a slightly brighter version of the butterfly icon.

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Can I make a comment? Your photographs are beautiful, but some of the icons have awkward border colors, such as the second and fourth one. For the second one, green isn't actually a main color theme in the photograph. Perhaps you should used a solid 1px black border. I really think it would enhanced the quality of the icon. For the text on the second icon, perhaps you should positioned it at the top left corner, using black text. It'd also better the quality of the icon if the text is capitalized as well. ^^ Another problem I have with the second icon is that the photograph is a bit fuzzy. Do you see that as well? Well, anyway.. I prefer solid 1px black borders around everything. It's a very simplistic sort of design, and works favorably with the results, usually. ^-^ Obviously, if the icon is mostly black, you may wish to use a very light color instead of black.

I really like the third photograph. The flowers are pretty.
- Sabrina
You're welcome for the tutorial :)

And I agree somewhat with the previous commenter. 1pixel black borders do wonders, but you shouldn't *always* resort to that. The way you did the border on the second icon is fine, it's just the color that kind of sticks out. For the colors, I suggest eyedropping a color out of the picture and using that. For instance, using a black for the border and using the white-gray color from the clouds for the text. For the 5th one, there isn't a really discernable border, so I suggest the red or orange from the lantern.

The colors in the first one seem a bit dull, like they aren't as bright as they can be (my photos are like this all the time). I suggest increasing the contrast a little bit to brighten up the colors.

I really think the last one is cute. It reminds me of Sesame Street :)

Anyway, great photos! I have never been able to take a photo of a butterfly nor a spider, though I desperately want to :(
....don't quit my day job? XD
Thank you both for your critiques. You're right about the first icon, it's a bit dark. It was taken on the same day as the second icon...typhoon day, so not a lot of light, even though it was around noon at the time. I was just so geeked to get a good shot of that butterfly. I've tried brightening it above...does that help at all?

I'm afraid as far as the second icon goes I'm going to respectfully stick my fingers in my ears and sing 'la,la,la' because I'm really fond of it. It might have something to do with my screen? I actually adjusted the image farther into the green scale than it apparently looks, which is where I pulled the color from. 4 and 5 are actually the only ones I didn't pull the border color from the image itself.

The 5th one, though you can't really see here, has a white border. Out of all of them, it's my least favorite, though. I think it may be a do-over. And I'll take your advice into consideration.

Thanks for the honest critique.