You give the best advice. Any tips for RPHs with running their blog?
I have a lot of tips.
- My guide on Being an RPC
- Critique vs. Opinion
- On Producing Original Content
- What you have to Offer
- Rant about Mascots
This isn't directly graphic related, I was just wondering how people get it so their sidebar gif is different depending on where you go on their blog? I have not found anywhere that explains this
would you have a tutorial for a graphic like this? i checked the tutorials page but i couldn't find something like it. help please? once-storybrooke[.]net/photos/themes/ipodlounge/images/header[.]png from the coloring to the effects and all of it
Hi, can you make or tell me a tutorial on the first graphic here kahniss12(.)tumblr(.)com/ but with text? Thanks!
You mean this?
Tips by Naomi.
Originally Posted on: Confessions of an Opinionated Book Geek :-)
1. Character development.
Think about your first reaction of Mr. Darcy and your last. Almost 100% different reaction to him and his thoughts.
That, ladies & gents, is called character development. You have to take your characters places. They have to change. One of the best scenes in literature is the confrontation between Darcy and Elizabeth where they just let each other have it. In that scene you get them. You get where Darcy is coming from and you get Elizabeth Bennet and then they change.
There has to be a change in your characters between “Once Upon a Time” and “They Lived Happily Ever After.” Falling in love changes you. Not everything about you. We’re not writing The Little Mermaid, you character doesn’t have to give up everything they are for love, but there must be evolution. A true love story is about how this new person comes into your life and ruins you. The character has to ruin you for other people, because we have to believe that there will be no infidelity in the future. The characters should just ruin each other for life, because they should have no interest in a life without each other.
Character evolution it is so important. Don’t ignore it. Don’t end the book with your characters being the same.
2. Internal thoughts, emotions of characters.
Actions speak louder than words, but not when we’re in the head of the person. If I could read the minds of everyone around me, I wouldn’t care so much if they bought me flowers, because I would know if the flowers are a legitimate gesture or just a way into my pants.
If a characters internal thoughts about their love interest is “oh, she is so sexy” or “God, he’s got the most beautiful eyes” then your love story is weak. If your characters think “he gets me” or in a moment of intense emotional peril the one thing they think is “I should have kissed him one more time” then I will believe it.
We are in the head of book characters. Even if it’s not first person POV. We have look into a persons head and as writers we have to use that to our advantage.
3. Emotional scenes.
I mean more than loud declarations of “I LOVE YOU” but scenes where everything is raw and their emotions are on edge and our emotions are on edge and everything is on the table.
I am going to turn to a film for an example of an emotional scene over a book. That scene is Ron and Hermonie in the chamber of secrets at the end of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows part 2”
Ron & Hermonie were afraid for their lives and then there the other was and they couldn’t help it, they had to kiss. They had to be in each others arms, those feelings just exploded to the surface. THAT is a great first kiss scene. In Mansfield Park by Jane Austen, the character Edmund Bertram says one of my favourite lines of all time “Surely you and I are beyond speaking when words are clearly not enough.” Sometimes words are not enough and you have to give us a scene that tells us that.
This tutorial is about achieving the text effects shown on the image below. This can be useful with banners, etc.
1. Open in Photoshop the image file that you’re going to use. To do so, click File > Open. (or use the shortcut Ctrl+O)
2. You’ll see on the Layer panel the Background layer. Right click on it and click Duplicate Layer. You can also use the shortcut key Ctrl+J.
3. Now there are two identical layers: Background layer and Layer 1. Select Layer 1 and click the Create new layer icon to make a new layer between Background and Layer 1. (If you’re new with this, note that the new layer you create will always appear atop the selected layer, so in order to make a layer between two layers, the lower layer must be selected.)
4. The new layer created is transparent. We can fill it with color by clicking on Edit > Fill. Choose the color that you want to use.
5. Once done with the color fill, it’s time to add the text. Select Layer 1 so that the new text layer will appear atop it. Then click the Type Tool.
6. Choose the font style and font size you desire.
7. We placed the text layer atop all the other layers so we can see it. Now that we’re done with typing the text, we’re going to place it below Layer 1. To do that, click the text layer and drag it below Layer 1.
8. Next, we’re going to mask Layer 1. Select Layer 1, then click on Layer > Create Clipping Mask. You can also right click on Layer 1 or use the shortcut Alt+Ctrl+G.
9. Something like this should appear. Note that Layer 1 on the Layer panel got indented with a small arrow pointing to the text layer. That’s the result of clipping mask.
10. You can make the background transparent by deleting the last two layers or by just hiding them. To hide a layer, click on the Eye icon beside that layer. If you want to make the layer visible again, just click on the square where the Eye used to be.
11. We’ll add effects on the text to make it look more precise. You can right click on the text layer and click Blending Options or you can use the fx icon at the bottom of the panel and then click on Drop Shadow.
12. The Drop Shadow will add, well, shadows behind the text. It looks better now, right? You can also adjust the shadows by tweaking the Drop Shadow structure.
13. You can also use Bevel and Emboss to make the text look 3D-ish. Feel free to experiment with the other Blending Options combination until you’re satisfied with the result.
14. Once you’re done, save your file as .PNG.
I’ve said this before, but nothing you write will ever be completely original. I’m not trying to discourage you; I’m just trying to share some important information with you. There will always be someone who says “This sounds like [insert any novel written in the history of the universe]. Did you get your ideas from that??” You have to realize that EVERYTHING sounds like SOMETHING. Even if you do all you can to avoid all stereotypes, clichés, plots, etc.—you’ll never be entirely successful. Most of the things we right fit into certain categories because THOSE CATEGORIES WORK.
When it comes to character building, generally all characters fit into a basic archetype. Now, you can switch up these archetypes, but it really depends on how your characters develop. That’s what makes your story interesting. You want your readers to care about where they’re going and what happens to them. Don’t worry about a character not feeling “original” enough because that’s such an unattainable concept. Work on developing how your character will grow and making them feel like a real person. That will get you much farther.
Anyway, I wanted to jot down some basic character archetypes that will hopefully help you develop your own characters. Use these archetypes to build your characters. If you know the general categories, you might be able to flesh out or combine them to create something really great.
[REMINDER:] this is my take on character archetypes. Different people might call them different things, but they mean the same thing. These are also very basic definitions.
The Brains: the smart one, the one with the plans, the scientist, etc.
Anti-Hero: the hero who is reluctant to get involves or doesn’t exactly display “heroic” traits
Bully: the antagonist who does not tolerate weakness, preys on the weak.
Coward: afraid of everything, difficulty with standing up to others
Guardian: watches over the protagonist and protects
Mentor: helps the hero understand and work toward his or her goals
The Hermit: usually wants to be left alone, but will help for the greater good
Soldier: strong, muscle type character
Politician: usually a manipulative character who acts in his or her best interest
Artist/Creator: huge imagination, visionary, creative
Victim: was hurt by someone and lives in fear of another character or characters
Visionary: sees how things should be, understands, thoughtful
The Child: Obviously this is very broad, but it usually means a character that brings on new beginnings.
Manipulator: knows how to control others through their emotions and uses it to his or her advantage
Rebel: part of a resistance or revolution, refuses to be part of the status quo
Leader: in charge, competent, people follow him or her
Comic Relief: provides laughter in a story and breaks up the tension
Hero: the main character, always tries to do what’s best, usually has admirable qualities
Unwilling Hero: the hero that never wanted to get involved, but always does
Villain: stands in the way of the hero and wants to thwart the hero’s plans
Instigator: the cause of tension between characters, is usually manipulative
Dreamer/Innocent: head in the clouds, longs to be somewhere else
Adventurer/Explorer: wants to see everything and has very little-to-no fear
Scholar: intelligent, always trying to learn and understand
Perfectionist: always wants to get everything right, looks down on people who don’t
The Orphan: learned how to live without family, strong, survivalist