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  • 21.01.2018 I'll be closing requests for a while as I'll be taking a break from requests! You can still NM me to put you on waiting list if interested. And I'll still be adding new graphics when I have the time too :) For today, +1 new status banner!

  • 10.01.2018 New addition: +2 new icons!

  • 08.01.2018 Good news! Alright, so now that I gotten my sites back on track, I have decided to reopen layouts section as an independent site on its own named Mint! Mint is a premade site and currently not taking any requests.It is seeking affies/listers/collaborators! Click on this button here to visit!

  • 06.01.2018 +4 new neo-related large & small banners!
  • Welcome to my site!

    Hi everyone! Welcome to {Simplified.}, a place to find unique premade banners/buttons of various designs. I created this page on Apr 2016 out of pure interest for designing and has since expanded it and opened another resource site, Quartz as well. Please always read the rules before using any of my graphics and don't hesitate to contact me at my main account NM (jhvi_236) if you have any questions! Now take your time to explore through here and hopefully find something that suits your taste. :)


    Rules & Such!



    + Always leave my credit for all graphics intact. For banners/icons, you only need to leave the the auto-link back to this site when image is clicked untouched for credit. You are only required to use a text or button link back if you edit or remove that url in the coding (for instance, if you want to use a banner/icon to link to your own sites or if banners are being used as site headers etc). For buttons, a separate text/button link back is compulsory!


    + You are not supposed to use any graphics here to create your own premades for requests. You are, of course, allowed to use graphics here at your premade sites for decorative purposes such as to embellish your site layout, etc, just not for making requests for other users.


    + You are also allowed to edit my graphics here further to suit your needs as long as you don't plan to redistribute them to others.


    + For requests, I will accept at most one graphic request at a time per person. However, this rule is flexible depending on the situation. I usually state that I will finish each request within a week(and this is just in case anything crops up that I can't work on requests cz most likely I can finish it within a few days x])


    + I do not backup any of the graphics here regularly so please download and save a copy onto your own desktop if you really don't want to lose the work in the future. This is especially important for requests that I've taken as I do not keep backup copies of them!

    Requests


    Graphic request form



    Please fill up and NM me the respective form below (by clicking on the NM button) for requests! Select standard for banner/status banner/icon, and button for button requests. The parts within the straight brackets are for you to replace with your own preferences.

    You can find many past examples of my requests at my portfolio


    Standard request:




    Button request:









    Counter





    Pick ups



    Pick up your requested banners from this page! Please acknowledge my emails and let me know that you have collected your requests so I can make room for others.

    Premade Banners

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    HOW TO USE: Right click on the banner img you want and select "copy image address" to get the banner url. Then replace the url in the code below with the new one you just copied:

    Large (600 x 200)



    Neo-related


    Small (300 x 200)



    Neo-related


    Status Banners (360 x 230)

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    HOW TO USE: Right click on the banner img you want and select "copy image address" to get the banner url. Then replace the url in the code below with the new one you just copied:

    Hiatus


    Under construction


    On a Vacation


    Moved


    Closed




    Premade Icons (100 x 100)



    HOW TO USE: Right click on the icon img you want and select "copy image address" to get the banner url. Then replace the url in the code below with the new one you just copied:



    Buttons

    Choose your border and animation here! Some borders and animations work better together and on certain images/text. I'll try my best to accommodate to your preferences but I'll have to change the border/animation (with your permission) if your choices don't really work well for your image/text. The choices I have now are rather limited for animation and I'll add more along the way!

    To note:
    + Buttons work best with lesser text as it will be more legible given its small size.

    + If you are providing me specific images, please ensure that they are of decent quality- not blurry/pixelated etc. I do accept non-neo images but not animated images. I don't make buttons with animated images as base.

    + I am aware that the examples shown here have some styles that are not listed here for request. They are just for your reference so you roughly know my button styles. Please be patient with me as I add more stuff here, as despite doing graphics for some time, I'm still quite new to button-making!

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    Examples

    Editing graphics

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    Hello, silver here :) So, I've actually gotten some comments in the past about how I go about editing my graphics to get that more sparkly/dreamy" effect, and that's why I decided to do a write-up on how I go about editing those images to help anyone who's interested in doing graphic editing themselves. These steps are by no means professional, it's just some steps I more or less came up with myself to go about editing my images over time, after reading other tutorials and experimenting with the software. To sum up, what I normally play around with to get these effects are blending options (specifically gradient and pattern overlays) and brushes. Please open the images you see here in a new tab as trust me the effects look nicer in its original size. Yes, it's really all just that simple and you can do it yourself too! x]

    1) Okie, so first thing first! I use the software photoshop (a VERY old version) for most of my graphic editing (banners, background etc). I'll first get an image, normally from google or for neo-related ones - swf sites, dr sloth image emporium, official neopet bg page. And so, I've selected an image as seen above! The rest of this write-up assumes that you understand the basics of photoshop and some general terms cz I won't have time to explain where to find all the tools etc.



    2) Now we start with the more fun part, the editing! What I do is normally to play around with the blending options of the existing image layer first. Two important sections I use are - gradient overlay and pattern overlay. For each section, there is a blend mode which you can change and what I normally use is: for gradient (overlay, hard light or screen) and for pattern (overlay or hard light). From experience for gradients, I realise that overlay generally works most of the time but hard light or screen works better when the images are more on the darker/lighter side, and when you want more heavy looking effects. For patterns, this is the case too, I only rarely use hard light when overlays do not appear well enough on images even at an opacity of 100%. Oh and yes, go ahead and experiment with the options within each section, normally I'll at least toggle with the opacity and scale. The above images show examples of gradient overlays- screen, overlay and hard light respectively at varying opacity. For this image I chose to go with hard light.



    3) Now this is one of the important parts for that dreamy effect- a particular pattern overlay I use for almost all my graphics- if you hover over the pattern, you can find it's name, which mine in this case is molecular. And it's also conveniently a preset gradient found in photoshop! I'm not sure about newer versions but you can always experiment with other preset patterns for a similar effect! There you have it, a simple edited image base for you to work on already c:

    4) Next come the brushes and always create a new layer for brushing just in case you screw up! I also normally create multiple brush layers for different brushes as I need to toggle the main blending option and opacity for each brush style. I normally get my brushes from deviantart and I often choose styles like bokeh, glitter, grunge, snow and swirls but of course you are not limited to only choosing these! After doing graphics some time, I realise that bokeh, snow and glitter helps to give a very "sparkly" effect when you combine them with certain blending styles, which is what I'll use here in this example.



    5) Let's start with the bokeh first as bokeh is a good friend of mine and works well on almost all images x] How I go about selecting my main brush colour is to consider the main colours of the edited image itself, generally go for a darker brush colour against a lighter image and vice versa. White is a very good colour for bokehs for that light effect and I normally set the main blending for that layer to overlay. For this image I used both white and purple both at overlay for some variation as too much white can make things too bright sometimes. Good blending options I mostly use are hard light, screen, overlays, or color burnfor brushes so go on and experiment further on your own!

    6)Now we add brushes in relatively the same manner each in a new layer :) For snow and glitter I usually choose screen, as I find this mode good for brushes which you want to use for sparkle effects. Overlays can also work if you don't want the sparkles to look as glaring against the image for a more natural look. So above I have the images with bokeh then with snow and glitter respectively.



    7) Lastly you can work on other brushes for extra embellishments such as swirls and patterns. I've decided to stop at the glitter for this one though as I don't want to over-effect the image too much. Again, experiment with blending options especially the few I mentioned above. Above is just a simple before and after comparison!

    So that's it! How I generally get most of my graphics done. :) Hope these techniques help you and who knows maybe you'll develop your own style along the way as you work with more images!

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  • Textures from Details, chaotic road and takmaj.
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