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larryb123456

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  1. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Let me try to summarize and make clear to everyone what I want to achieve here. I will work with you -- in a collaborative manner -- to develop an avatar and/or signature that *totally* satisfies you. I will respond to your feedback and alter the images to try to get them closer to *your version* of perfection -- for however long it takes. The developing images will be HOSTED online, and I'll provide links so that they can be viewed on MSFN and downloaded from the 'net by you. THERE WILL BE NO "USE RESTRICTIONS" WHATSOEVER FOR ANY OF THESE HOSTED IMAGES. FEEL FREE TO DOWNLOAD THEM AND DO WHATEVER YOU WANT WITH THEM. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- August 1, 2011 Hello, everyone: I have been a member of MSFN for a year now, but it was only today that I discovered this section of the site. By means of introduction: A major interest of mine is art -- specifically, painting. But, sad to say, I had to give up painting because I developed allergies to all types of paint (even acrylic). So, as a substitute, I have been trying to learn -- over the last year or so -- my Photoshop 5.0 program. This PS version doesn't have nearly the capabilities of the newer versions, but it accomplishes a great deal. Also, I've found that I can usually "finagle" with PS 5.0 to get a more modern look. By no means do I consider myself a PS expert, but with each *specific* project that I define for myself, I learn a little more. Examples of my work are shown in my avatar (very simple), my image signature (more complex), and my photo in "My Profile". What I'd like to achieve here: As my time permits, I'd very much like to work with any MSFN member to create a *custom* avatar and/or signature. I'd rework and revise the images, based on your feedback, until you had something that suited your tastes. It is by completing such *specific* projects that my PS skills improve. I feel that my traditional art background (non-digital) provides me with additional creativity. If anyone knows a forum member who would like my "services", please alert them to this Post. For anyone wanting a custom avatar and/or signature, just respond to this Post. (If it happens that there are a lot of "interested parties", we might have to put each person in a separate "New Topic", to keep everything straight.) Many Thanks
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    custom avatars and signatures

    Hello, everyone: This post, made today, February 6, 2016 and my last post in this thread, made exactly one year ago, on February 6, 2015, bracket a time span of exactly one year. The union of this post and my last post, then, to me, represents something of an art performance, in that it denotes and characterizes an aspect of the nebulous -- (collectively-agreed-upon objective in nature, while being mysteriously individually experientially subjective in nature) -- concept of "time." Thank you all for being part of my art performance by not posting anything on this thread that would lead to my responding and thereby terminating my art performance before I had planned to end it, today, February 6, 2016. Sincerely, Larry, AKA larryb123456 A simple graphic I made to celebrate the completion of my one-year-long art performance: Sources for images: https://tribesofcreation.files.wordpress.com/2010/03/grand_universe_by_antifan_real1.jpg https://nazyusa.files.wordpress.com/2011/07/stopwatch.png?w=472&h=200
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    What Are You Listening To?

    Sade rules !!!
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    My Signatures

    That's great, Trip. Love the concept, the background and text shades, the composition, and the way the figure is in front of the black border. This is just my first response, a reaction based on my own "style," and not meant to be a criticism. I like the way the "aqua" text gets brighter toward the bottom and I'm wondering if the figure might look a little better with an "aqua" outer glow, with a value roughly equal to that of the text where it intersects the figure. I think the figure would "pop out" from the blue background (and the border) better, and maybe "unify" the whole image and the text might "flow" into the figure better, as well.
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    My Signatures

    Thanks, bphlpt. Doin' great!
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    My Signatures

    Oh the Windows 7 "donut"? I thought this was the Windows 7 "donut":
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    My Signatures

    Thanks so much, my friend, dencorso. That means a lot to me. You have always been there for me, in so many ways, and I do so appreciate it. Happy new year to you, as well !!!
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    My Signatures

    I just changed my previous signature, shown first, below, to my new signature, shown below that one: " What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality." Plutarch " What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality." Plutarch Guess that shows that in the time I've been away that I have been on the ball ... the eyeball, that is. Sorry for the groaner of a pun ............................................................................................... NOT! lol
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    The Happy Birthday Thread

    Happy birthday, Kel.
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    it's a NEW day, so I'm kind of a new member

    @jaclaz: Noted. I will if you will ... or should that be, I won't if you won't ... or should that be, I will if you won't ... or should that be, I won't if you will ... ? ? ? ? Finis
  11. Hello, all: It's a NEW day, so I'm kind of a new member, in my bumble humble interpretation. I hope that qualifies, and allows me to make this post and not get banned for abuse of the forum, in the process. I just want to re-establish the fact that I know absolutely nothing about the internal mysteries of computers, in the way that all you other geeks do. And I do appreciate your allowing me to hang around here for the last few years, contributing absolutely nothing! Sincerely, NEW member, Larry
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    it's a NEW day, so I'm kind of a new member

    Today is a new day, and, again I find myself to be a new member of MSFN, but I won't make a post to state this obvious fact, since, in my humble opinion,obviousness oxidizes onerous obloquies, overwhelming overjoyed obsequies, objecting opaquely, oftentimes, obliterating obviousness, in my humble opinion. And that's all I have to say about that. Finis
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    it's a NEW day, so I'm kind of a new member

    Thank you, jaclaz, for your input and your K9 machine gun. But don't you realize that your statement, "Your argument is invalid", invalidates your argument that "Your argument is invalid" ???
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    it's a NEW day, so I'm kind of a new member

    @jaclaz, The Finder: Firstly, I sincerly hope you find an acceptable avatar for yourself. Secondly, I do so appreciate your feeble attempt at elucidation and the irrelevant image in your spoiler. I see you came with your humor gun loaded to respond to my heartfelt, passionate, and very sincere introduction of myself. The proof is found in this picture of you taken this afternoon, in Italy, by the anonymous photographer, A. Nonymous: Finally, the world sees how you waste your life, immersed in frivilous play, while posting pseudo-intellectual nonsensical gibberish on MSFN, a charge of which I will never be accused. I understand the sentiment in your spoiler, "Old pros studied their way to the top", but I more so strongly feel that, possibly, my apropos previously posted precarious prose poses possibilities preempting practical professionalism, possibly.
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    it's a NEW day, so I'm kind of a new member

    @bphlpt: Thank you so much for the warm welcome into your universe. Since today is another new day, again I find myself as a new member, but I shan't make a new post, because I am not a proponent of repetitive repeating redundancy repeating repeitiively in redundancy. But, if you wish, you may welcome me again, if you wish. And you may welcome me each and every day, if your heart desires, but that isn't necessary. Please do whatever makes you happy, and you, and you alone, are the one to make the momentous decisions, such as this one, in your own life. Since you are a responsible adult, I have complete faith in knowing that you will make the correct and appropriate decision for you. And I will be able to deduce, by your action, or non-action, which choice you have made. So, the best thing for you to do is to ignore completely everything I've written here, and go back to living in a fantasy in your own little nasty world. @dencorso: I fully realize that your post was a thinly-disguised reference to the fact that you believe that I'm blissfully ignorant of all intellectual matters, floating in a netherworld of my own creation, bobbing up and down, drifting aimlessly in my self-created sea of Nirvana. My responses: #1 -- You hit the nail on the head! #2 -- You are very perceptive! Re: It's good to have you around! Will it still be good to have me around if I become a square (?), like the rest of the geek cats at MSFN! LOL sincerely, both in "sin" and "cerely", Larry
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    custom avatars and signatures

    Today, I Googled my name, Larry, just to see what would pop up. I was very gratified to see that the dictionary definition of "larry" was totally correct and 100% accurate in all the important particulars: http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=larry I fully suspect that my friends fiends dencorso, bptzxbpt, and jaclaz will not accept this definition. Why? They're just jealous, that's all. Finis Terminating Finis Final Terminating Finis Final Terminating Finality Finis Ultimate Final Terminating Finality Finis Absolute Ultimate Final Terminating Finality Finis Infinite Absolute Ultimate Final Terminating Finality Finis Infinity-To-The-Infinity-Power Infinite Absolute Ultimate Final Terminating Finality Finis
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    What Are You Listening To?

    Morris Day and The Time, a classicfrom the 80's, "Jungle Love":
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    custom avatars and signatures

    I made a YouTube channel cover art for a friend, and he uploaded it at https://www.youtube....er/xXLino2011Xx Here is the complete graphic I made, and you can see it in a larger size here: http://s1.postimg.or...33/Version2.jpg Complete details are given in the post I just made at http://www.msfn.org/board/topic/173334-how-do-i-move-a-photoshop-layer-12-pixel/?p=1093814
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    How do I move a Photoshop layer 1/2 pixel?

    Thanks again, everyone, for your comments. They were invaluable! I finally completed the YouTube channel cover art, and the requester uploaded it at https://www.youtube.com/user/xXLino2011XxHere is the complete graphic I made, and you can see it in a larger size here: http://s1.postimg.org/hdmoyxq33/Version2.jpg I put the 423px tall central region 509px down from the top of the black area, and everything looks good on my monitor, and I can see the complete width of the central region. If anyone has the capability to see what it looks like on TV, I'd sure like for you to tell me how it looks, especially with regard to the areas in the black immediately above and below the central region, i.e., I'm wondering how the 1/2 pixel rendered. Summary: He gave an example of what he wanted: http://i.ytimg.com/vi/hXYKVq9bmzs/maxresdefault.jpg I had to find out the specs, so I looked on the internet and found this to be the best illustration: http://s9.postimg.org/6imwd18fz/You_Tube_One_Channel_Coverart.png He wanted to use these 2 images, so I had to remove the backgrounds: http://www.fanzorate.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/1_Neymar_2012_Wallpapers-07.jpg https://fbcdn-sphotos-c-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xaf1/v/t1.0-9/10559934_802830106405802_3732671751294531043_n.jpg?oh=49c3e7bc8a3ddedec80ad98570fb31bb&oe=5538ED45&__gda__=1429496052_8232681b0e829ca7d816a342bf5a2ff9 For the background, I used a picture of a soccer stadium in Brazil: http://s9.postimg.org/ugit0ks8v/The_Maracan_stadium_in_Rio_de_Janeiro_Brazil.jpg I found a transparent PNG of a hexagon pattern to use over the soccer stadium picture, and cropped and scaled it. http://s23.postimg.org/iufgam563/hexagon_pattern.png I had to adjust the opacities of the above 2 images to get the background to show up as desired. This is my final result: http://s23.postimg.org/byzt5902z/Version2.jpg I used various text effects, a drop shadow on the 2 figures, and the white background behind the figures uses a transparent-to-white and white-to-transparent linear gradient fade on the left and right end, respectively. This is how it looks on his website: https://www.youtube.com/user/xXLino2011Xx ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Link on my userbars site, so you can see how this project developed: http://www.userbars.be/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=30735 I'm LBBL. In the first post, where he says My youtube: http://www.Youtube.com/xxlino2011xxoriginally that showed what he had before he uploaded my version. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Here is a link for some other graphics that I did for him: http://www.userbars.be/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=30743
  20. I'm making a YouTube channel cover art for a friend and I need to move a rectangle by 1/2 pixel. How do I do that? See the image below, and you'll understand why. Thank you, Larry _________________
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    How do I move a Photoshop layer 1/2 pixel?

    Thanks, dencorso: With regard to your comment, " I'll answer your question all the same because mine was a "Galilean Experiment" (= an experiment conducted fully inside one's own imagination)": It was a "Galilean Experiment" that led Einstein to his E=mc2, so it's clear you have an Einsteinian mind. I've been telling you for the last 4 1/2 years that you're the Little Brazilian Einstein. Perhaps now you'll believe me. Since we're friends, may I call you LBE for short? Less wear and tear on my tongue. Thanks in advance. My friend, LBE, can you Galileanify up about a million dollars for me, in a kind of an m=E/c2 frame of mind? Thanks in advance. Rest up, you're gonna need a lot of energy. Larry Added in Edit, Jan. 30, 2015: I finished the YouTube channel cover art today, the person liked it, and when he uploads it to his channel, I'll post the result. Also, I found a video of dencorso taking a little stroll, in the process of doin' a little more LBE Galileanifying:
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    How do I move a Photoshop layer 1/2 pixel?

    @Tripredacus: Re: Here is where their error is revealed. If you download the actual template from Youtube (I tested the Fireworks PNG) and take a look where that center block starts, it is Y509. Thanks so much, Trip, for that very informative bit of writing and your detective work. I know that took considerable time, and this definitely closes the book on this question. I did download the actual template for reference, but didn't actually measure where the center block started, as you did. I just took YouTube's word for the 508.5px. Great thinking! I really appreciate your effort! What I've mostly learned from this exercise are two things: #1 -- As former U.S. President Reagan said: TRUST BUT VERIFY #2 -- NEVER TRUST THE MAN Just to be safe, I'm gonna go with #2 from here on out! Thanks again, Trip! Larry
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    How do I move a Photoshop layer 1/2 pixel?

    Thanks, everyone, for your input. @Tripredacus: I wanted to try to make my YouTube channel cover art as they directed, if possible, rather than take matters into my own hands and come up with all kinds of other approximations. Those approximations, really deviations, were to be as a last resort. I take it that you were unable to exactly center my 51px tall red rectangle in the 200px tall gray square, as you said you could do in your post describing a positioning feature of Fireworks. Is that correct? Or maybe you didn't want to take the time, about 3 minutes or so, to do as I asked when I said: "Can you do the above scenario for the original JPEG above and post your result here? (It will post at the correct size, since it's small.) Thanks!", which is at the bottom of that post, in between the two dashed horizontal lines. If at all possible, I'd like for you to do what you can, the best you can, and post the result so that I can see the capabilities of Fireworks, in case I ever run into this situation again and might want to purchase Fireworks. But, of course, as you well know, you don't have to do it just because I asked you. @dencorso: Thanks, again my friend! You always have a knack for getting down to the real nitty gritty. If I make the central rectangle in my YouTube channel cover art 2560x422px, instead of 2560x423 as they recommend, and center it 509px above and below as you suggest, then the non-TV YouTube channel watchers will see a 1/2 pixel dark border at the top and bottom of the central region on their devices. Am I correct in my thinking here? A little dark border at the top and bottom might even improve the graphic. If I have no other alternative, I'll employ your suggestion. Thanks again!
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    How do I move a Photoshop layer 1/2 pixel?

    @dencorso: Many thanks for always responding to my questions. I really appreciate it. You did it from day one, back about 4 1/2 years ago, and your input, in the many areas in which we have communicated, has always added so much. I guess I'm just taking this opportunity to say, "Thanks for everything!" -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------@uid0: Thank you very much for your input! I did as you suggested, and it didn't work. For completeness, I'm showing what I did, just to make sure that I followed your suggestion correctly. Please tell me if I didn't. At a resolution of 72 pixels/inch, I made a Photoshop (PS) file with 2 layers: a gray 200x200px background layer and a red 200x51px rectangle on top. It's clear that for the red to be centered exactly on the gray, there needs to be (200-51)/2 =74.5px of gray above and below the red. Using the standard PS center command this is what I got: original: The red needs to be moved down 1/2px for it to be centered. Then, I changed the resolution to 2x72=144 px/inch and moved the red down by 1 px. Then I changed the resolution back to 72 px per inch. I did that for 2 cases: #1 -- constraining proportions and #2 -- not constraining proportions. I got the same final result for both cases. final: What happened is that the red was stretched vertically by 1px, an undesired result, and was centered. But the interesting thing is that the top and bottom 1px of the red was not red, r,g,b=255,0,0, but became r,g,b=223,32,32. Do you have any more ideas? If so, I'll happily try them. Thanks again for your input. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------- @Tripredacus: Thanks for your help. I think if/when I get the YouTube channel cover art done, I can save it as a JPEG and mail it to you. Because I know for a fact that Fireworks can open a JPEG. Then you can crop out the middle rectangle and easily reconstruct the background layer by filling in the area where the middle rectangle used to be with the dark background color. That will give you your 2 layers in Fireworks and you can then center the layers as required in the diagram in my first post. Then you can save it as a JPEG and mail it back to me. (Mailing is required, since if it's posted here, it will be resized smaller). I can then double check the centering with the PS ruler tool, which can register the 0.5. Can you do the above scenario for the original JPEG above and post your result here? (It will post at the correct size, since it's small.) Thanks! ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Thanks again, everyone, for your help. Larry
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    How do I move a Photoshop layer 1/2 pixel?

    @Tripredacus: Thanks again. Is CoffeeFiend still active? Does Fireworks open .psd files? I'm pretty sure it does. When I finish my YouTube channel cover art -- (it'll be at least a week or more, probably) -- can I send you my .psd file with 2 layers -- (the one in the middle with the graphics and the black background) -- and can you move the graphics layer 1/2 pixel so it is exactly centered, 508.5 px from top to bottom as in the diagram in my first post, and save it as a JPEG at the highest quality and mail it back to me? I can double check it with the measure tool. It's funny that in Photoshop, the measure tool, the ruler, can measure in small increments of pixels while the move tool only knows 1-pixel increments. To satisfy my curiosity, for you, what are the advantages of Fireworks over Photoshop? I use CS5, BTW. Thanks again, Larry
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