Here’s some helpful shite from threads of ye old past:
Q: Does my manip belong in this thread? A:
NS;DL (No Speakers; Didn't Listen):
Basically, if you take a preexisting image and alter it in some way, and either the original, the result, or both are in some way MSPA related, it belongs here.
Q: What about my fantroll or other fan character? A: While a sprite of a fan character is technically a manip, you're better off posting it in either the Trollslum or Chumroll thread.
Q: Am I doing this right? A: There is no wrong way to manip an image.
(Well, unless of course it's against forum rules, but that's a given.)
Q: What is all this nomination stuff I keep hearing about? A: If a manip is nominated four times, it is put in the Best of Thread. Please refer to that post for details.
Q: I want a better image editor than MS Paint, but I don't want to have to pay for Photoshop. What are some good free image editing programs? A: I would suggest Gimp; the UI isn't the most user friendly, but once you get things figured out, it's probable the most capable free editor out there. Paint.net is also popular and is more user friendly, but can't handle gifs.
Q: What are people talking about when they say they make images in Bondage? A: It's a little in joke from a couple threads back; they're talking about Gimp.
Q: When I saved my image, the quality diminished in a way worthy of Sweet Bro and Hella Jeff, what happened? A: It's called Jpeg compression, and happens when you save an image as a .jpg file. Save your image as a .png or .gif instead.
Q: I'm working with gifs and the colors are acting strange, what's going on? A: Gif images save colors in "Indexed" format, which prevents you from adding colors that aren't already in the picture when editing. Your editor should have a way to change the color settings to RGB (in Gimp go to Image->Mode->RGB); do this and your troubles will likely be gone. If you're using MS Paint, you'll have to copy and paste the picture into a new image.
Q: Why is my image not showing up? A: Did you make sure to use the direct link? If the url you are using doesn't end in the file's extension (.png, .gif, or .jpg), you are probably using the url for the hosting site's page for the image and not the image itself. If you can't find where your hosting site has the direct link, you can always right click the image, select properties, and find the value for the "address."
First and most obviously, you need a sprite. You may or may not want to remove certain facial features.
If you're wondering, Doc Scratch's colors are white, #BDBDBD, #08FF4A, and #19A519, though you'll probably end up adding different shades of gray. Becquerel is just white with a black outline.
Make sure to leave lots of space around the sprite.
Make a copy of frame 1 and fill it completely with black. Add yellow lightning around the edges. It's much easier and will probably look better if you copy the lightning from frame 2 of the Doc Scratch sprite linked above rather than drawing it yourself.
More lightning, in the same spots as the lightning in the previous frame. This time use the normal sprite you made in frame 1 rather than the black one from frame 2.
More lightning effect, using the normal sprite.
The exact same thing as frame 1.
Make a copy of the main sprite, scale to 105%, and fill with white. As with all image manipulations, it helps if there is no anti-aliasing.
In-comic, this is a transparent (I haven't bothered to figure out the opacity) version of Frame 6 on top of a black sprite. However, if you want to save headaches, it's usually better to do it a different way. Create a copy of the original sprite and fill with #292929. Now select the pixels in frame 7 and remove from the selection all the pixels in frame 6. Fill the selection with black. This normally will only affect a few pixels around the edges of the sprite.
Or if you aren't obsessive about this you can just fill the sprite with #292929 and be done with it. But if you're like me, and you probably are, you have to do it perfectly.
This is where the hard part starts. Make another copy of the original sprite, scale to 108%, and again it helps a lot if there is no anti-aliasing.
Now you're going to need to find a flicker effect. This is often extremely annoying! It's pretty hard to piece together the actual effect, and even harder if you're not using a smaller sprite like Doc Snout. I personally use the one here.
Use the sprite you just scaled up to make a cutout of the first frame of this animation.
Create yet another copy of the first layer, scale to 105%. Use this to cut out frame 2 of the flicker animation.
New copy don't scale frame 3 cutout.
Keep doing what you've been doing.
Do the same thing again, except this time set the opacity to 67%. Create another copy of the original sprite underneath.
Do the flicker effect one last time, this time set the opacity to 33%. Create a copy of the original sprite like you did in Frame 13.
Now crop the image, and make sure you didn't cut off anything or you'll have to do all that over again.
Set the delay for all frames to .05 seconds, except for frames 1 and 5. These can have any delay you want. For reference, Doc Scratch's introduction panel uses 1 second for both, Doc Snout uses 2 seconds for both, and the wiki uses 3.5 and 4.5 seconds.
And you're done! Yay.
Alternate Tutorial by Arcana:
Gimp Tutorial by Strokend:
The first thing you need is the image you want to scratchify. It helps to either give it a solid-colored background, or to remove a background. Right click the image, go to IMAGE, then MODE, then click RGB so that you can use all colors available.
The second thing you need is the green lightning, or whatever else you're using to make your flashy effect. I have it ripped and stored at http://i52.tinypic.com/4l1xtu.gif for your convenience.
Now, make sure your picture has enough empty space to support the growth that will be applied to three of the frames--if you aren't sure if it's big enough, make it bigger just in case. You can do this by right clicking the image, going down to IMAGE, and then clicking canvas size. The layers will not change along with it, so make sure you right click the layer and then click "Layer to image size". This will leave some blank space that may be a different color than the background you want--if it does, just use the eyedropper (on the left) to pick up the background color, and the paint bucket (also on the left) to fill it in. Something to keep in mind is that if your image has a side (top and bottom included) cut off, you DON'T want to leave blank space beyond that side. Also keep in mind that this ruins it if the image is cut off on two opposite sides--try to find one that at most has a corner cut off (ie. left and bottom).
The next step is to duplicate the layer until it says "Copy #12". Since the first two layers don't have those numbers, #12 is actually frame 14, which is what you need (unless you're already a pro at scratching and enjoy making longer flashy fazes). To help, you can go through the frames and rename them Frame 1-14; this will especially help on frames I'll be telling you to jump to in this tutorial.
Once you're ready to start editing the layers, you can follow the tutorials that guide you frame by frame or use my 'shortcuts.' Since you're reading this, I guess you want the shortcuts.
Turn off view (they eyeball on the right window) for all layers. It's not necessary, but it REALLY helps you out here. A quick way to turn them all off is to click the top or bottom layer, hit left a few times, then hit space-down-space-down (replace down with up if you clicked the bottom layer) until you hide them all.
Turn frame six on, then right-click on it on the right window. Click on "Scale Layer." Make sure the chain is connected--if it's severed, click it to connect it. Next, look at the dropdown box. By default it's probably "Pixels." Change it to "Percent." Change the width to 105 and then click on the height box. You may get a funky value just a little bit above or below 105--don't worry. It's just fine. Click on "Scale" and then center the layer (use the move tool on it--you can also select the image window once you select the move tool and then use the arrow keys to move it pixel by pixel. This is useful for counting how far it is from side to side and top to bottom, so that you can center it if it isn't centered by default).
When centering images with sides cut off, keep in mind that for those sides, being 'centered' means being against the canvas edge. For example, if the bottom is cut off, move it up until the bottom aligns with the bottom of the area where you can actually see the layer at (since below there it turns invisible). You may need to zoom in to get it pixel perfect. "Corner Cut" images are actually easiest here--no counting, just side matching.
Turn frame 6 invisible (if you're following my advice on this, always turn inactive layers invisible unless I say otherwise), then turn frame 8 visible (again, active layers become visible unless otherwise stated). Do the same thing you did with frame 6, only this time set the percent to 108 instead of 105.
Repeat with frame 9 at 105%.
If you want, you can add a tiny suffix to layers 6, 8, and 9--"Frame 6-105" "Frame 8-108" and "Frame 9-105" for example. This helps you recognize layers that you need to ignore on the next step.
Go to frame 2 (visibility rules apply here so you can see it) and use the COLOR SELECT TOOL on the left window (it's a hand pointing at either a red square or green square on a square tower of green, red, blue from bottom to top) on the background (even if the background is transparancy). Set your foreground color to black if it isn't already--you can do so by clicking on it and moving the sliders around, or by clicking the tiny black and white squares right next to the bigger color squares. Right click the image, go to select, and then INVERT. This will make you select everything BUT the background. Click the pencil icon (or hit N), set the 'brush' to Circle 19, and scale to 10. This helps you color it in REALLY fast--just color the whole thing. Since you only selected the thing you're scratchefying, nothing else gets colored
Keeping that area selected, 'activate' frame 8. Now, switch over to your GREEN LIGHTNING (you should have both pictures opened). Select all (CTRL+A), then click on frame 3 of it. Copy it (CTRL+C) Go back to your scratching image, and click on the upper left brush tool in the bottom of the right window. It'll be the green lightning. Set your pencil scale to 1 and see if the rectangle covers the whole of your scratch item (NOT the background, just the image). If it doesn't try scale of 2--and keep upping it by one until it's big enough. You SHOULD be able to make it big enough, otherwise your image is too big.
Once you make it big enough, activate layer 10 (yes, without having put lightning on layer , find a 'center point' (ie. the tip of something like a fang or tie) where you will click for each lightning application. (Note: if you don't actually click on frame 10 in the right window, you'll draw on whichever layer is selected. Make sure you don't do that. If you DO, though, you can simply undo it, fortunately)
Activate layer 11, COPY green lightning's layer 4, click on the center point on the scratch picture.
Activate layer 12, copy green lightning's layer 1 ("background"), click the center point of the scratch picture.
Activate layer 13, copy green lightning's layer 2. Set pencil opacity to 67, click on the center point of the scratch picture.
Activate layer 14, copy green lightning's layer 3. Set pencil opacity to 33, click on center point of the picture.
Activate layer 8. COLOR SELECT the background, invert selection. Copy green lightning's layer 1, set opacity to 100. Click scratch picture's center point. It wont be the same pixel as the other layers, but that doesn't matter.
Activate layer 9. Color select the background, invert selection. Copy green lightning's layer 2, click scratch picture's center point. Again, different pixel, but that's okay.
Activate layer 6. Do NOT deselect, or you'll have to reselect it--since it's the exact same area. Switch to Circle 19 and scale 10 again, set color to white. Color the whole selection.
Activate layer 7, color select background, invert select. Set color hex-value to "292929". Color selection. Activate layer 6, use magic wand (or color select if needed) and CONTROL+click the white. Activate layer 7 again and color the selection black.
Activate layer 2, set brush to Circle 3, set scale to 75, and edit the color. Increase RED and GREEN scales to max, and lower BLUE to minimum. This gives you yellow for the lightning--just draw it in place around the edges where you think it'd look neat.
Click layer 3 but do NOT make it visible--you should be seeing layer 2 still. Try drawing over the lightning, perhaps off of it a little, and bigger.
Activate layer 3 and click on layer 4. Draw 'broken' bits of lightning where layer 3's lightning is (this is why you're viewing layer 3 and not 4). If you think you messed up on either of these steps, you can simply undo--GIMP supports a lot of undos.
Right click, go to IMAGE, MODE, then INDEXED. 255 colors should be more than enough. SAVE AS, change the name if you want, but make the extension .gif if it isn't already. Even if it was already a .gif and had the name you still want it to have, you still need to SAVE AS for the next few steps.
If it asks you to crop layers, agree. Save as animation. When you reach a screen where you can add a comment, go to where it says how many milliseconds to show each frame and change that to 50. Also, where it says "Frame Disposal where Unspecified," set it to "One frame per layer (replace)".
CLOSE the image, then open it back up. This renames all the frames so that they're numbered, show how long they last, AND so that they replace the previous frame. Go to Frame 1 and change it to something like 1500ms (1.5 seconds), then Frame 5 to something like 1000ms (1 second). That's it!
Re: IMAGE MANIPLATION 13: The Good, The Bad, and the Nom
This is where all the best manips in the thread are placed. To get in, a manip must obtain four nominations following these rules:
1) Anyone can nominate any manip that they themselves did not make (or, in the case of a collaboration of some sort, that they contributed to less than 1/4 of the manipulating).
2) Any valid image manipulation (see FAQ above) can be nominated whether it has been posted on this thread or not (so long as is not already in a previous best of thread), however re-posting something from a long time ago solely to gather more nominations is discouraged.
3) A person can only nominate ONE image a page (or every 25 posts). You can go back to nominate a past image after 25 posts from your previous nomination has pass.
4) You must provide a reason with your nomination as to why you think this manip deserves to be here.
(Reasons such as "I love it" or "because of what he said" will not be accepted; note that you can have the same or similar reason to someone else, just don't blatantly say "what he said," copy and paste, or something similarly lazy)
5) **NEW** If you find an image manip on the internet (this includes other forum threads) you must give credit to the maker of the image manip. If it is something vague as "i found it on tumblr" or "i seen someone else post this, but it isn't their's either" that image CANNOT be nominated.
6) In the case of nominations getting out of control, I reserve the right to change these rules.
If a manip gets four nominations, there's no need to collect them all and quote them in one post, but it certainly doesn't hurt to do so, and significantly assists me in gathering these manipulations.
Remember, there are a lot of good manips, but not all of them belong in this post, only nominate those which you believe to be significantly high quality.
Originally Posted by ashdenej
Royal Hussie/Vriska Wedding
Originally Posted by Cerelan
You do realize why Hussie is not updating until 4/13?
He's getting ready for the wedding.
Originally Posted by ImperatorMortis
Finally finished! I actually felt a little sad after I finished the first animation.
WoNk. wOnK, Roxy.
Originally Posted by -Benedict
TG: There is no more booze, sis.
TG: And anyway, that stuff was poison, didn't you know?
GG: Kinda? I mean, I would never drink it, but...
TG: Get schoolfed about the news, my cotton candy little friend.
TG: It kills you.
TG: Rots your brain from the inside out.
TG: And then your brain screams at you, from the void deep down inside.
TG: But there is no void now.
TG: Only the delicious understanding of who I was meant to be all along.
TG: The beautiful, delectable understanding of who I've been keeping myself from being all along.
GG: Oh my goodness.
GG: No, no, no, no, no, no, no!
TG: I've been putting away all the terrible ignorance regarding this shit.
TG: I've been straight up slaughtering all the inebriated torpor.
TG: Lifelong denial about what I was meant to do.
TG: As an emissary for the Gods of the Furthest Ring.
TG: They are deeper then us, sister.
TG: They are deeper than just about everybody.
GG: Please, no!
TG: And now I'm off the juice, so I finally understand.
TG: I finally understand where I'm supposed to take you all.
TG: To take you out there.
TG: To them.
TG: And now, you see...
TG: And right the hell now.
TG: I'm going to kill you, Jane.
GG: Oh god, oh no! Oh god!
TG: I'm going to kill each and every one of you.
TG: I'll take you to the impossible dreamscapes of the Furthest Ring.
TG: In the void, we will stay for eternity.
TG: We will throw ourselves upon the mercy of the unknowable Old Ones.
TG: Welcome to the new extreme, Jane.
Homestuck, for the XBOX 360
Originally Posted by mas369
So I had to make a DVD/Video game cover in Photoshop, so I made this. I'm not exactly sure this really fits here, but I feel like I had to post it somewhere.
(Spoiler'd for HUGE!!!)
CRYPTstuck, Myst Crossover.
Originally Posted by ashdenej
Decided to try my hand at my own version! Tumblr link here.
Campfire, Jake and Jane. "Wish you were here."
Originally Posted by retardokoolaid
JackQuest, May 2012.
Originally Posted by Deadmeat
I decided to give it a try, as it seemed like a funny idea
You are a busy archagent simple bard forced invited to perform before a bored and grumpy queen. Your hands tremble as they clutch your humble instrument. You think to yourself "I'll murder that bitch! Forcing me to act as a bard of all things!"
You launch into an absolutely exquisite melodic paean about the queen's husband. You even throw a little dance number in for good measure!
The king is dead!
Trickster Lord English Zillyhoo!
Originally Posted by SirPwnington
Thanks! Also, does this look okay?
Also the FIRST ONE GOT NOMINATED OMG OMG OMG I'M FLIPPING OUT
someone asked if I was going to make a version for the derse kids well here you go. took 4 hours non stop (nopE NOT EVEN POTTY BREAKS).
and like wow rose's hair is super hard to draw properly without it looking like an afro.
Smupeta Quest 2012
Originally Posted by azhdrake
A few things.
First of all, I fixed up some things that were bothering me, mostly some discolored pixels although I also made one of the Nepeta's tails have more of a base and be less just juttening out of her ass.
Also, thanks for all the enthusiasm. It's nice knowing that my staying up till two not getting my homework done had some purpose.
Meenah/Arenea, Quest Bed.
Originally Posted by .Chika
Spoiler, because 17 images.
FOLLOW QUOTED POST TO SEE WHAT HAPPENS NEXT!!!!!
The Blue Arrow Right next to the Quoted User's Name.
Since we're going to learn what happened in the A1 session, I made something about a theory I had. Took me a loooooot of time.
Sorry, Aranea's land is the Land of Gradients and Random Clouds. And I guess Meenah is kinda OOC here ? Also, huge derpface in the last panel. And some others. I hope there are no spelling or grammar mistakes.
THE LIFE & SAWDEATH GAME
Originally Posted by Shadowbi
Here's a short story I've worked on all day. Spoilered for massiveness.
There's more stuff I wanted to put in, and some stuff that I wish I could have made better, but time isn't unlimited.
Mainly, I wanted to have SAWDEATH speak entirely with raps, but I'm not a writer and english isn't my first language. If you can and want to do it, though, I can edit it in.
Grandma English is a badass Ninja.
Originally Posted by phantasmalDexterity
So I did this:
You stop the Red Miles. It was just a warning anyway. Nobody hurries you, and you have a style.
Nobody can escape the Red Miles anyway.
Wait, what is that noise?
FOLLOW THE POST QUOTE TO FIND OUT NEXT!
Calvesprite: THE MELTDOWN 8Y
Originally Posted by ShieruKouto
Meanwhile, in an alternate universe... ==>
Dave: Say hello.
OH NOOOOO!!!! What's going to happen next?
Find out on the next episode of CLICK THE BLUE QUOTE ARROW!
Re: IMAGE MANIPLATION 13: The Good, The Bad, and the Nom
Originally Posted by Dentrala
You are a human being. We share the same God-given life. Through a series of marvelous coincidences, just the right sperm hit just the right egg to make you exactly the way you are. You are intrinsically worthwhile - no less than anyone else. What qualifies someone for existence? Good deeds? Accomplishment? Being a "better person"? If existence was based on performance (which sadly, our culture tells us) then we would be called Human Doings. Not Human Beings. Quit trying to "Do" to validate your existence. Your existence is validated already because you have been created valid. And as complete personal opinion, from seeing you around and whatever, I'd say you're pretty rad.
Don't let regrets go and spawn more regrets through inaction.
You mean, have a sig that is 228px too wide and 10px too tall?
Originally Posted by stealthyMonster
My gog, it all makes sense, no wonder karkat's ancestor was the sexiest
Originally Posted by Ace Rimmer
"wwait wwhat eqi wwhy are you doing this i am your superior gogdammit put me dowwn OH GOG THE PAIN"
Originally Posted by Vorked Larfleeze
MAN, A TRUE FANTROLL IS ALWAYS ON FIRE
AND IS A BEAR
HE ALSO NEEDS A LASER EYE AND A SHOTGUN
ALSO A CHAINSAW HAND
HE NEEDS FLYING ROLLERBLADE SHOES WITH MINI ROCKETS ON THE BACK
HE NEEDS COOL SHADES
MAN HE NEEDS THOSE CAPRI SHORTS WITH ALL THE POCKETS TO HOLD ALL HIS SHIT IN YO
ALSO A SHIRT OR SOMETHING
YEAH HE NEEDS A SHIRT WITH A SKULL ON IT A SKULL THAT ALSO HAS SHADES
AND HE HAS GOTTA BE SKATEBOARDING OUT OF AN EXPLOSION
THAT IS HOW YOU DO IT
Originally Posted by ectocal
Originally Posted by SWari69
Originally Posted by Patrick
Originally Posted by ectocal
No no no
This is all clearly a setup for the romantic comedy Hussie has been writing
"The Shit and the Handle"
The Fan comes along in Season 2 and causes some tricky love triangles.
Shit loved Hook more anyway
Originally Posted by crash826
On Alternia, the ice cream tastes like trees, the trees taste like mint, and the mint tastes like blood.
Everything else tastes like fudge and insecticide.
Originally Posted by The Cool
Originally Posted by voodooKobra
Theory: J. wields a gunblade, but he falls back onto IRISH PUB BOXING when he is disarmed.
J: Pick up Keyblade.
You pick up the GUNBLADE.
Originally Posted by newbonomicon
Well, nobody else touched the doorknob. If they had, humans might have had eight legs and whiskers and two heads and scales and been STRONG and lived underwater and could fly and glowed in the dark and been high all the time. And had red blood, I guess.
...I really hope to wake up tomorrow and find out that someone has drawn this overnight.
Originally Posted by BewareOfNerd
Originally Posted by projectlex
Originally Posted by audience_cat
No, I think you get rabid ostriches sent round to your house if you do that. MSB tried to send them to me, but I live in NZ and he couldn't get them through the quarantine laws.
Originally Posted by newbonomicon
Also, you know what would be weird? If there was a passage in Mindfang's journal about finding her ancestor's journal. Which contained a passage about finding her ancestor's journal. Which contained a passage about finding her ancestor's journal. Which contained a passage about finding her ancestor's journal. Which contained a passage about finding her ancestor's journal. Which contained a passage about finding her ancestor's journal. Which contained a passage about finding her ancestor's journal. Which contained a passage about finding her ancestor's journal. Which contained a passage about finding her ancestor's journal. Which contained a passage about finding her ancestor's journal. Which contained a passage about finding her ancestor's journal, which was a stone tablet with pictographs depicting her riding a plank of driftwood down a river and throwing hand-carved stone d4s at cave-trolls.
Originally Posted by Iamthebigman
PS in that pic is what I look like right now.
I'm even sitting in the legs of a nightmare beast.
Originally Posted by Snowmanne
Originally Posted by Ichimoto
I now constantly hear every action I make as if it is a command from an unknown 3rd party
It's pretty weird...
>YOU THERE! BOY!
>STOP BEING PRODUCTIVE AND BROWSE THE INTERNET!
Originally Posted by AProcrastinatingWriter
Originally Posted by pimudragonfeline
Do you like to use the full extent of your vocabulary? (Large words & expletives)
I hate defining words to people...
I digress, I use abscond more now but I believe it was one of the lesser used words in my lexicon.
[/Darn my verbosity organ has activated]
Originally Posted by SWari69
So, they could be a crescent roll about to descend into her mouth from the air?
Originally Posted by Rational Absurdity
I would rename Karkat Vantas to Michael Weir.
And I would change Equius Zahhak to Michael Weir.
Then, I would change Sollux Captor to Michael Weir.
Afterwards, I would rename Eridan Ampora to Michael Weir.
I would then follow up by changing Tavros Nitram to Michael Weir.
But I think, for Gamzee Makara, I would change his name to Michael Weir.
On an unrelated note, I'm very egotistical.
Originally Posted by newbonomicon
I remember the classic games, where dying set your console on fire and some guy would come over and punch you in the face. And this was before microtransactions, so you had to put in a mail order to get the next digit in the password for your level, which was on fire and came with a punch in the face. And instead of controllers, we had to use a pile of razor blades that were on fire and could punch you in the face. And when you won, instead of creating a universe and becoming a god, you got a congratulations screen that was on fire and punched you in the face. And you know what the games were about? GOOD HYGIENE, that's what.
Originally Posted by BlackholePA
Another conquest for the English language! "Asphalt" is ours!