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> OFFICIAL Sig Challenge Thread, Can YOU handle it?
Ethos
Posted: Jan 10 2009, 10:14 AM


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Well, might as well get the ball rolling. I'll face you Thir13Teen...I really didn't want to be in the first battle, but it seems like more people want to judge than acctually compete. I'm looking at you Sensation!...

Type: 1v1 battle, Thir13Teen against Ethos.
Theme: Freestyle
Size: No bigger than 400x180
Due Date: January 15th, 2009
Other: None

These rules okay with you Thir13Teen?

This post has been edited by Ethos on Jan 10 2009, 10:23 AM
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Posted: Jan 10 2009, 11:42 AM


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the rule seem fine to me.

Let's do this!

and I do agree, maybe we should just have judges from the outside.

This post has been edited by Thir13Teen on Jan 10 2009, 07:06 PM
BOZZ Savage
  Posted: Jan 11 2009, 01:59 PM


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For the first time, just to get things rolling I'm going to be the judge.

PM me your entries, DO NOT POST THEM HERE, you will be disqualified.




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  Posted: Jan 14 2009, 03:32 PM


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I'm extending the first challenge to one more day because I was gray in the area of changing entries. I'm doing this to allow both parties to change if they don't feel confident in what they entered.




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Posted: Jan 14 2009, 04:53 PM


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QUOTE (BOZZ Savage @ Today at 4:32 PM)
I'm extending the first challenge to one more day because I was gray in the area of changing entries. I'm doing this to allow both parties to change if they don't feel confident in what they entered.




Ian

Well, personally, I think 5 days was a little too much time. I'd like it to end when it's supposed to, instead of extending it a day. But that's just me, I don't know how Thir13Teen feels. It may just be that I'm anxious to see what he made lol.
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Posted: Jan 14 2009, 07:35 PM


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Well if I didn't have applications to do out my ass, I'd be much better off and I'd be set a lot sooner than I was right now. I mean what you see right now as my current piece was going to be the competing sig, which IMHO was not that good at all.

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Well I could use your second entry and just end it now? Is that okay with both of you?




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Posted: Jan 14 2009, 09:57 PM


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QUOTE (BOZZ Savage @ Today at 9:11 PM)
Well I could use your second entry and just end it now? Is that okay with both of you?




Ian

Fine with me. I'd really like to see how this turns out ^^
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Posted: Jan 14 2009, 10:23 PM


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No problems here; fine with me.

Go for it, BOZZ.
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  Posted: Jan 15 2009, 08:53 PM


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Here's the final desicion!

THIR13TEEN WINS!

It was a close match. I judged each sig upon the principles and elements of design.

Ethos: 111.9/140
Thir13teen: 127/140

I've attached the Word document I wrote up that has each indivdual score and comment for each element and principle.

Great job guys!




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Posted: Jan 15 2009, 09:45 PM


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shock.gif

How can this be?!?!?!!?

I won?

I WON!!!!! w00t2.gif

Congrats, Ethos, you put up one helluva fight man. Close-ass fight is close.


So what does this mean now



Oh, and BTW, here's my sig at the bottom here. \/ Now lemme see yours Ethos. I'm curious....

This post has been edited by Thir13Teen on Jan 15 2009, 10:03 PM
Sensation!
Posted: Jan 15 2009, 10:14 PM


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^oh crap that is good
the lines are something i would do :D
the dig the color and effects
and im in love with the text :D

but the one thing i suggest you work on is blending.
im not feeling the back end, it looks like you tried to smudge parts of the effect to the outline of the GTR. Instead, play with layers, cut from layer, feather, opacity, and the eraser for a much realistic look. you can even use some blurred cloud patterns for a cool foggy look.

your blending is the ONLY flaw. it also feels like your missing half your spoiler xD




say bozz, can you post up ethos's sig as well? hes tending to his sick cousin in arizona, and im not sure if he'll be able to post up w/e he submitted
and no i havent seen it either




this makes me wanna make a tag.




...and no im NOT up for ANY challenges






so what does this mean now? lol
someone ahs to step up again

This post has been edited by Sensation! on Jan 15 2009, 10:18 PM
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  Posted: Jan 16 2009, 01:11 AM


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Once I get photoshop installed I'm up for a fight. smile.gif

This was Ethos' entry:
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Posted: Jan 16 2009, 01:28 AM


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ah, i see you had a tough decision to make xD

13's sig might have some flaws
but ethos' is sig relatively uninteresting

though im not seeing the repetitive brushing, im seeing the lack of effects that makes it feel way too open.

Pros and con's time
pros
-i rather like the color, as well as the glow
-if im correct, i can see a very well executed general theme. its a mini photomanip. it looks like its lifting off fro earth and into the stars. that would explain the massive glow behind him wink2.gif
-finally, text that DOESNT suck

cons
-im not digging that background c4d behind him toward the upper right corner, im also not digging the fractals on his left arm.
-as mentioned, it feels open

I think the BIG thing your missing in this sig is a nice splattered radial blur, the stuff you used to do. that would look gorgeous with this sig, especially with the orange glow.
I think thats what kept you from winning....



lol and bozz, finally moving out of elements?

This post has been edited by Sensation! on Jan 16 2009, 01:33 AM
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Posted: Jan 16 2009, 10:59 AM


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Congrats Thir13Teen. Nice work on your sig.

And Sensation, I generally don't want your imput. If you even knew how I made that, you wouldn't think it lacked effects.

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who cares how it was to made?
it all comes down to how good it looks in the end.
you out of all people should know that by now. that's why slap around gradient art are the shit now, even though they take 10 minutes to make


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Well, back on topic...

Anyone up for a stab at this fluke champ? I'm taking on all.

rules: Same as before.
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QUOTE (Thir13Teen @ Today at 10:24 PM)
Well, back on topic...

Anyone up for a stab at this fluke champ? I'm taking on all.

rules: Same as before.

I'll take you up. Let me get photoshop working (maybe tonight?).




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Sounds mucho bueno.


Deadline: Jan. 21

Judge: Whoever steps to the plate
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Photoshop is being installed at the moment. smile.gif

EDIT: Photoshop is completely installed. smile.gif




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im willing to judge

i will judge much differently than bozz, and i will go with personal instinct to bring out my result.

My categories are each out of 10
with 1 being you didnt even try
and 10 being oshit

-Originality- If you slap a render and tack it over with grunge brushes, i will smack you.

-Composition- im not very good at composition, so ill be easy going with this. as long as your render isnt showing 1/4 of itself at some random corner, your fine.

-General Theme- sometimes, computers and dogs go together, sometimes, they don't.

-Text-I'm a text lover, 12pt times new roman in white at the bottom of some corner will get you marked down (unless your doing some newspaper theme, then that would fit)

-Effects- This is a big one. When i mean effects, i'm including everything from brushing and blurring to lighting and lazers coming outta shit. i'm gonna be quite anal with this one, as im all about effects. Ive also separated messiness/cleanliness from composition to this category. Im one to think effects can make or break a tag.
THIS WILL BE OUT OF 20

-Attention to Detail- I broke this outta effects and i thought this might deserve its own category, i wont be strict with this. but it just makes a tag something special. Chances are, the higher you score with this, the higher you'll score with effects. its relevant xD

-Flawlessness- Michelangelo's David just wouldn't be quite as famous if one of his shoulders were bigger than the other now would it? stuff like poorly enlarged renders, bad erasing etc etc.

-Color- this is basic stuff and you cant really go wrong here. im not a hard judge with this. reasonable transitions are key. as long as you don't go around slapping spectrum gradients for no reason, i wont mark you down.

-Blending-i also stemmed this outta effects (and composition as well) cuz i thought it was important. make everything piece together and you win.



total score is out of 100

Bonus!
this wont effect your score, but as mentioned on a previous post, id rather see people step up to the plate and do something challenging instead of just flying gradients all over your tag.

Rank S is the highest, this means you probably scratch made just about everything. you totally went beyond the effort needed to make a forum tag.

ranks A,B,C,D are in between

Rank F is the lowest. all you did was mess around with the shape tool in MSpaint. GG


well thats if you guys WOULD let me judge, its all dependent on bozz.
Personally, id rather have one more judge on the panel. it just doesnt feel right when there's one judge :\

ask me a question about any of the categories if you don't understand. ill go though it in much more detail. If you feel that my categories are a farce, GOOD. the point is to impress other people, in this case, that would be me.

some examples of tags that are sure to impress me:

user posted image
user posted image
user posted image
user posted image
user posted image


What NOT to do xD

user posted image

This post has been edited by Sensation! on Jan 17 2009, 12:23 AM
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I've submitted mine, Thir13teen. tongue.gif




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I'm in too.

Now it's all up to Sensation! Good luck, Ian! You're gonna walk all over me. laugh.gif

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wow my photoshop just "expired" :P

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QUOTE (Sensation! @ Today at 9:41 AM)
wow my photoshop just "expired" tongue.gif

you need photoshop cs2(with crack)? just add me to your msn sensation and ill send it over to you... and who says i dont try to help out in this community dry.gif

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