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Old 08-11-2009, 11:30 PM   #1
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Default A Problem I see in Avatar & Signature Shops

Hiya!
Now, I am an owner of what I believe is a successful shop owner, over 500 posts (w00t!)

I look around at other people shops at times, but when I see them, I am pretty upset. (not all, just the ones that apply below )

All I see in their shops are things that are already image simulated from a website.
Now, I am not trying to be rude, but a shop is not a place for you to use something from a website liek wigflip - toys and tools for the web or ImageChef - Customize Photos, Clip Art .

If you are going to open a shop, make the graphics yourself by hand.
I know that there are members who don't get enough credit for making handmade graphics because it is harder than writing in the words and then here you go! because it doesn't take much. i mean, anyone would go on a site, type in words, and post it. I mean really?

i am kinda venting sorry.
(please dont post anything rude and im sorry if i offended anyone)

View Post Originally Posted by PaperBlossom
I agree all the way.
I mean..I'm not trying to offend anyone but..
If I wanted one of my pictures glittered or get some text I'd go and get it myself instead of waiting for someone else to make it for me at their shop..
View Post Originally Posted by luckyfunky3
I agree. All my stuff is made on GIMP and I work really hard on everything I make. Some websites like lunapic or picnik can make things that look prfessional if you learn the skills. If people use websites or graphic generators like imagechef or wigflip, they would just make them theselves. Those are easy to make. Also, a lot of people use blobs/kaoanis. I know those are popular but you can search for them on the internet. It is not hard. People make handmade ones and they are pretty good. This is my opinion.

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Default Re: A Problem I see in Avatar & Signature Shops

I understand your point, but some people don't have much artistic skill on the computer. I have seen a lot of minifestos, mosaic words, etc. but that could be...

1. All the person knows about
2. An option for someone who doesn't have anything cool like Photoshop.

There are also plenty of shops with BEAUTIFUL hand made stuff. I have also seen plenty of shops with the generic online editing you are talking about.
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Old 08-11-2009, 11:50 PM   #3
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Default Re: A Problem I see in Avatar & Signature Shops

Your point is well taken. Personal creativity and artistry represent the pinnacle of success. Unfortunately, few possess both. A category I fit neatly into.

IMHO a few are dabbling while others are learning/honing their chosen craft from an entry-level position (the ground up so to speak) with hopes of developing the expertise to go original.

Took a few moments to browse your shop-- you're gifted.

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Old 08-12-2009, 12:00 AM   #4
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yes, i totally agree! i make everything by hand but my slideshows (not the pics) i use a website and upload pics i made. good point!
Old 08-12-2009, 07:10 AM   #5
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View Post Originally Posted by cookiemonster96
Hiya!
Now, I am an owner of what I believe is a successful shop owner, over 500 posts (w00t!)

I look around at other people shops at times, but when I see them, I am pretty upset. (not all, just the ones that apply below )

All I see in their shops are things that are already image simulated from a website.
Now, I am not trying to be rude, but a shop is not a place for you to use something from a website liek wigflip - toys and tools for the web or ImageChef - Customize Photos, Clip Art .

If you are going to open a shop, make the graphics yourself by hand.
I know that there are members who don't get enough credit for making handmade graphics because it is harder than writing in the words and then here you go! because it doesn't take much. i mean, anyone would go on a site, type in words, and post it. I mean really?

i am kinda venting sorry.
(please dont post anything rude and im sorry if i offended anyone)
I agree and disagree.

I agree, because I don't really call something a graphic when you just slap a picture on something from imagechef,or just go to wigflip and slap on some text. Or just go to go glitterfy and slap on some glitter. : P
Yes,you can just crop the logo out,but I think some people are still going to notice.

But then,I disagree. I personally use picnik,but I don't really call that a graphic generator,because if you use it correctly,it can actually look professional. And some people have never heard of sites like picnik and such,and can't download GIMP or Photoshop,so they just use imagechef or something.
Anyways,great thread and rep if I can give you any!
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Old 08-12-2009, 07:44 AM   #6
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Yeah, I don't even order from those. (well, I barely order from shops, but I would never for those.)
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Old 08-12-2009, 08:06 AM   #7
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I disagree. Most people can't have the great artistic skills that some people have. I have those good skills and so does my partner that helps and runs my shop with me. You didn't offend me, I just spoke my mind is all. Sometimes it's all they can really do.
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Old 08-12-2009, 08:11 AM   #8
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Are you talking about mine? Because on mine I also make cool fonts and stuff. I am just giving away graphics from a free site, and often I tell people the site.
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Old 08-12-2009, 08:12 AM   #9
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I don't really agree...

Sometimes, people don't know about the graphic directory, but I also like home made
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Old 08-12-2009, 08:25 AM   #10
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Default Re: A Problem I see in Avatar & Signature Shops

I think that for those people who make all their own graphics and have that talent should applauded! Most of us here can understand how difficult and time consuming it can be.

I do however think that those shops who use other other types of websites like imagechef to build graphics are doing their best as well.

Not everyone is artistically inclined (if I ever tried to make a graphic I am sure my computer would rip itself in half laughing lol). I think that most of those shops are just a person or people trying their best. They want to feel like a better part of this wonderful community and feel a small sense of pride when someone visits their shop and hen uses their creation.

I can understand the frustration but am pretty tolerant of everyone here and understanding.
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