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Garithras (Member) 8/25/2010 6:52 AM EST : Deathwing & Bleeding Cowboys

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So is this a template change, or does someone know how to use Photoshop and like bleeding cowboys?  The font treatment is very nice.

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jakalas (SuperAdmin) 8/25/2010 1:40 PM EST : RE: Deathwing & Bleeding Cowboys
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Are you a designer?

I'm...  impressed to say the least...

I had an hour to kill during a render yesterday.  With Cataclysm coming out, I figured we needed a new look. 

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Garithras (Member) 8/25/2010 3:24 PM EST : RE: Deathwing & Bleeding Cowboys

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I am.  Most of my practical experience is with print -- not my first love, but beggars can't be choosers.  My wife makes fun of me for hating Papyrus.

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jakalas (SuperAdmin) 8/25/2010 4:18 PM EST : RE: Deathwing & Bleeding Cowboys
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Too funny.  When I first read the title I was like "What the hell is 'Bleeding Cowboys'?"  I was thinking and thinking and then it suddenly hit me that you recognized the font.  lol

It was one I had never used before and found in a search, so I didn't recognize the name.

I do motion graphics (after effects) and editing (Final Cut/Avid) for a living.  So Photoshop and Illustrator are in my arsenal or tools.  I tell people "I can design, but I don't consider myself a designer".  So, like I said earlier, during an AE render yesterday I was on the site and thought that the 2 year old Lich King banner and blue theme could use an update.  I'm the first to admit, I did it quickly. 

Do you like Bleeding Cowboys more than Papyrus? (/fingers crossed)

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Garithras (Member) 8/25/2010 4:52 PM EST : RE: Deathwing & Bleeding Cowboys

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A tiny bit ....

What I have against Papyrus isn't that its a horrible font (although its not really anything special), but its the new Times New Roman/Arial -- its so overused that just using it makes whatever it is you're working on look amateur.  Helvetica is similar amongst designers, but its such a simple, classic form that it stands up better.

So here's my geek admission: most of my characters are some form of "Gar-".  Garithras, Garanfir, Gargantuan, etc.  It's because I really really love the font Garamond, named after one of the early printing press typeface designers, Claude Garamond, who lived in the early 1500s.  His work has stood the test of time and remains one of the most easy-to-read in print and timeless typeface designs even now.

You are doing what I wanted to do when I graduated but couldn't manage to find a job in without moving, and I was putting my wife through school at the time so that wasn't really a possibility.  Nowadays I work primarily in InDesign, using Photoshop and Illustrator for the images.  I actually created and still manage ephguild.com.  It looks good on a resume and keeps me at least a little abreast of what's happening in the world of design, programming, and database administration on the web.

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nicat (Associate) 8/26/2010 12:45 AM EST : RE: Deathwing & Bleeding Cowboys

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Does look nice, though seems a bit larger then previous header images, takes a few seconds to load the first time.  You all don't get charged for bandwidth right? >.>
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jakalas (SuperAdmin) 8/28/2010 10:56 AM EST : RE: Deathwing & Bleeding Cowboys
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nicat said:
Does look nice, though seems a bit larger then previous header images, takes a few seconds to load the first time.  You all don't get charged for bandwidth right? >.>


They're both about the same.  This one's about 60kb more than the old one.  It's because I used a transparent PNG.  I originally did it because the border was transparent, but I'm not a huge fan of it anymore.  I kept it that way because I could do it faster.  The plan is to fix the border and give it a graphical "glowy" one instead of the transparent "dirty" one.  I just haven't done it yet.  When I do, I'll be able to save it out as a JPG and make it much smaller.

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Garithras (Member) 8/28/2010 11:52 PM EST : RE: Deathwing & Bleeding Cowboys

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Here, I'll save you some trouble.  Same file format, but 1/4 the size and roughly the size of a jpg.

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