I do have photoshop, I know how to open it...that's about the extent of my Photoshop knowledge. I use GIMP for just about everything, for frames I use PhotoFiltre or make my own.
The only tip I can give is when taking pics in game use a plain background, makes floodfilling backgrounds or making transparent backgrounds easier.
As for thumbnail pics I suck at them especially if I add a text to them.
I use Photoshop CS5, but I normally don't edit my upload pictures too much. Most of my editing includes making a collage (because I take way too many pictures, and I want to show as much of them as possible at the same time, LOL), adding borders, text, and infamous lens flare if I'm going for a more artsy-fartsy look
For taking pictures of sims or clothing, I use the animation painting by Aikea and other animation boxes. Plain background is always a good idea, except if you're taking additional pictures that you want to be more lively and interesting. Taking pictures at more interesting angles is also something I like to do for additional upload pics - it can make the pics look more fun. I've attached some of my favorite collages
I often find it hard to make a good thumbnail, because many times the cropped pic won't look as good as the full-sized one. Sometimes it's tough just to figure out which part to crop. I just keep trying out pictures I like, cropping them, resizing, until I find the one that looks good as a thumbnail.
I'm like Misty- I tend to take oodles of screenshots. I don't really like to collage them, believe it or not. Yes! I know I do collages! That's because I get told to! Seriously, I do. My sets tend to be larger and at MTS you're only allowed the 12 screenshots. I think I've included enough and the mod disagrees. So I get told to make collages for some of them to add more views of my objects. And I do like to include a numbered swatch- I hate coming up with texture names unless it's something easy..like MMDarkWood. I see pink flowers on a green background with purple dots and have no idea what it should be called besides pinkflowersgreenbackgrdpurpdots, which is ridiculously long.
One thing I've started doing to my main screenshot that I really like? Adding a very slight lighting effect like I did to my main park screenshot. And a frame..and text. I like the way frames look and the text is only to tell you what a set is. I do add text to other screenshots- usually to point something out since people don't always READ the main text. But they do look at screenshots (I do, lol)- so if there's something they need to know they can read it on the screenshot.
Pictures I take for my stories though... now that's a different kettle of fish! I take millions.
RebaLynn1960;14744 Wrote:A good way to make thumbnails quickly is with a thumbnail maker like EZ Thumbnail Maker.
Yes, that is a nice way to make a thumbnail picture in terms of size etc (I have the thumbnails built in on leefish - we use GD image thingy) but it was more the actual picture content rather than it's size.
I am ok at the big "money shot" (I think) and I know how to show an object in use and so on so the downloader knows what they are getting, but a punchy thumb that grabs attention often eludes me.
Ok - you thought "money shot"? Is she selling stuff? Well, not exactly, but I have a theory about upload posts
I think that there are three kinds of pictures in an upload - presentational, informational and look at ME. The thumb is the look at me. The presentational is the big shot at the top of the post - the one that makes the user read the post. The informational is to show them what they are getting.
I always do my posts the same way. I have a line or so of brief yadda yadda and then I have the money shot with the room/street whatever all decorated up, then some actual useful information and then in the gallery I have the rest of the pictures.
Leefish is actually set up for that kind of post layout.