Originally Posted by Shnao
Claimed. :3 I love colorful pics.
It looks wonderful on you. Nardack is the best. ♥
Originally Posted by Gladiat
Hao 2 get those avatar making skills? D: I screwed up with saturation and the hair turned bluish as a result lol.
Oh, and how did you make the dotted borders?
Still can't +rep... *Smash comp*
ffff, I don't even do much with the original. Usually, I resize, sharpen (because it gets blurry and shitty when resizing) and then I add a bit more color to the images. But this really depends on the original images. I want to experiment more, but I'm usually too lazy. :3
As for the borders, they're usually 1px black and white. I have another border style I use, which is actually slightly more complicated. I use that one on Twitter because for some reason I don't like my dotted borders there.
Anyway, to summon up my process in ImageReady CS2:
Open original image in ImageReady
Crop image to get the desired parts
Resize using canvas size (this will cut edges to make it square)
(Regular image resizing will resize without cutting, so it'll look weird)
Resize with regular image resizing to 158x158px (you need 2px for the border)
Mark entire image (ctrl+a) and sharpen with 30%)
Adjust levels to balance up the colors
Mark entire image and copy it
Open existing image with b&w 1px border in MS Paint
Zoom in 500%
Place the new image within the borders
Add a white border at 1px right within the borders
Save as (don't hit "save" cuz you'll overwrite the other)
tl;dr: You can open up one of my avatars in MS Paint and look at the borders. Once you have one saved, you'll just use that as a sample. It's so much better than manually making a 2px white border and add 1 pixels of black on every second pixel. @_@
Originally Posted by Sandrie
Claim bandwagon yes
Also, source please?
It's Reimu Hakurei from Touhou. Original image -> Danbooru
(The original pixiv link has gone dead ;ω;)