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Next Designer Contest 2011
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Round 1: Starts September 1, 6:00 am Ends September 5, 24:00 pm
Round 2: Starts September 8, 6:00 am Ends September 12, 24:00 pm
Round 3: Starts September 15, 6:00 am Ends September 19, 24:00 pm
Round 4: Starts September 22, 6:00 am Ends September 26, 24:00 pm

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Old 08-18-2011, 10:55 PM
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You will still be able to get a good gauge of user response to your designs by views & downloads. The #1 tip I can offer is to work on your previewing skills. Especially shadow work on previews can make a huge visual impact.
Toiny,

Do you have any specifics about what makes good shadow work? Previewing is one of my weaknesses and I have never gotten any concrete advice on it....

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Old 08-19-2011, 02:37 AM
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There are tons of opinions out there on what is best. Mix those opinions with what looks best to you, remember the #1 person to make happy is... YOU!

Here are my rules for me:
  • Not too dark. I keep mine at 50% opacity or less. (occasionally darker for darker kits/LO's)
  • I set "size" smaller for frames, ribbons, papers
  • I set "size" bigger for flowers and larger elements
  • I increase "distance" for ribbons and elements I want to pop off the page.
I create a shadow style set for each preview I make. I use the same shadow on all papers, then a similar style on all elements. I adjust the style for the flowers (ie increase "size"), and ribbons (ie increase "distance"). This gives the preview a looks-from-the-same-kit appeal.

I also like putting the shadow on it's own layer and then using the Distance tool or Warp to highlight a favorite element. Not too much because then, well, it gets confusing to look at. I do Warp each item in the same direction, remembering my light source.

Some of my fave Shadow Tutorials:HTH's!

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Toiny,

Do you have any specifics about what makes good shadow work? Previewing is one of my weaknesses and I have never gotten any concrete advice on it....

Thanks!

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Old 08-19-2011, 05:51 AM
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I like the sound of this I think I will give it a go.
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Old 08-19-2011, 06:25 AM
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Ohh wow what a good crowd !! I can't wait for the contest to start !!
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Old 08-19-2011, 07:59 AM
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Thank you for posting the links to shadowing tutes. I've been trying so hard to figure out the shadowing thing, and this helps so much!
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Old 08-19-2011, 10:59 AM
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hadn't thought about changing the shadow attributes. thanks
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Old 08-19-2011, 05:28 PM
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There are tons of opinions out there on what is best. Mix those opinions with what looks best to you, remember the #1 person to make happy is... YOU!

Here are my rules for me:
Thank you so much for the tips! I am getting so excited!
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Old 08-19-2011, 05:38 PM
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So fabulous to see some familiar faces, and some new ones! Good luck, ladies, and I hope you have a blast along the way!!!
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Old 08-19-2011, 06:06 PM
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OK, counting now...

13 more days to go.
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Old 08-20-2011, 03:57 AM
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Eeeeek 13! I'm ready, totally ready. Why do I want to start early every year?
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Old 08-20-2011, 05:42 AM
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well I"ve read thru the old archives and looked at the tutorials...thanks Ambowife for the links for youtube vids...found out better ways to do old stuff and some new ones too...the main reason I decide to join this contest is because there is NO public vote...I have had some bad experiences with friends voting for friends so tend to keep away from contests so this one sounds like it will be fair and level playing field...can't wait for the action to begin
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Old 08-20-2011, 05:58 AM
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I'm having a problem, it says I dont have permision to view the previous yeasrs details from the 2nd link in post 90, please can someone help
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Old 08-20-2011, 06:33 AM
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You can now! You need human moderation (ahem me, or admin team) to view archives & post LO's. It helps keep our spam in the forum down to a low level.

Welcome!

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I'm having a problem, it says I dont have permision to view the previous yeasrs details from the 2nd link in post 90, please can someone help
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Old 08-20-2011, 06:34 AM
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Yeahhh only 13 days to go !! You will love the experience
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Old 08-20-2011, 06:42 AM
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You can now! You need human moderation (ahem me, or admin team) to view archives & post LO's. It helps keep our spam in the forum down to a low level.

Welcome!
Thats brill, thankyou
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Old 08-20-2011, 06:52 AM
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13 days ... Now I'm panicking. I have tons of CT work to do before the end of August LOL
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Old 08-20-2011, 12:49 PM
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Oh, wow, this sounds great . I'm definitely going to have a go at this!
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Old 08-20-2011, 12:51 PM
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I also can not view them and would like to be able to. Any help would be appreciated.

Rachel

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Old 08-20-2011, 02:16 PM
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And you are approved as well Rachel! Welcome on board.

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I also can not view them and would like to be able to. Any help would be appreciated.

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Old 08-20-2011, 07:23 PM
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I'm so sad. Looks like I may not have internet for a little while once we move at the end of this month. I may not be able to participate. I guess I'll be watching from afar.
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