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It's a brisk fall day and you decide to go for a quick walk. You really just want to do anything to get the drought off your mind. Enjoying the autumn air and beautiful fallen leaves, you suddenly notice something shiny in the corner of your eye. Huh,you think to yourself. Weaving yourself around the leaves, you halt, starled by the gorgeous woman sitting quietly right by a clear blue pond. Water? How?" You think. Turning to leave, thinking you would come back later to investigate, it looked as if the woman was emitting rainbows...

Hello! Welcome to Iris, a review site by Abi and Joaquin. Iris was founded on date with the goal in mind of creating fast, helpful, in-depth reviews. Iris is also the first review site to offer the two-way rubric, essentially giving you two reviews in one! I hope you enjoy your visit!

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This rubric will be slightly altered depending on the site. Say if we were to review a Guide then we would focus more on the content section, rather than the sitely thus altering the points given out slightly.

First Impressions? 10%

The first reaction to your site. These questions will be going on through our head as we complete this section:

Introduction 5%

The introduction is a very important part of your site. It explains your site's concept and lets your visitors know who you are. These questions will be going on through our head as we complete this section:

In this section, we will also be inspecting for grammatical errors.

Content (will change depending on site) 40%

Content is a very important aspect of a site. This section will change depending on the site. For example, if we were to review a review site, this section would be broken down into multiple parts:
However, if you are still curious to what we will be looking out for in this section, the big thing we will be looking at is the quality of your content.

Grammar & Spelling 5%

For this section we will be looking through your site and see if you have any grammatical errors. (The introduction will not be included in this section, all grammar mistakes are already stated in the introduction section of the review).
(-0.1 for every grammar mistake)

Professionalism/Convenience 10%

Professionalism and Convenience are essential parts of a site. Without having professionalism, the visitor wouldn't feel very welcome and without convenience, it would be very hard to get through the site. These questions will be going on through our head as we complete this section:

Layout 25%

For this section, it will be divided into 3 different parts. Organization, Aesthetics, and Capabilities.

Aesthetics:

In this subsection, we will take a look at the 'look' at the layout. These questions will be going on through our head as we complete this section:


Organization:

In this subsection, we will take a look at the overall organization of the layout. These questions will be going on through our head as we complete this section:


Capabilities:

In this subsection, we will see how your layout works in other browsers, ease to the visitor, and overall mechanics. This section is similar to organization. These questions will be going on through our head as we complete this section:


Sitely 5%

For this section, we will be checking your sitely section. These questions will be going on through our head as we complete this section:

Conclusion

The conclusion section will consist of two parts, whether or not I'll revisit your site and the final comments section.

Revisit (Yes/No):

After reviewing all of your content once again, we will determine whether or not we would want to revisit your site or not.


Final Comments:

In this section, we will be rehashing all of the positive content your site has shown to us, but we will also restate the major negative aspects your site has and repeat the ways to improve those negative aspects.

FINAL SCORE ???/100

This section will be our score, not the collective score from all 3 of us.

FINAL SECTION

Recommended? Yes/No

For this portion, we will be determining whether your site is recommended or not. Basically we will be determining whether we would recommend your site to someone or not.



Final Comments (again? or not)

In this section, we will be rehashing all of the positive content your site has shown to us, but we will also restate the major negative aspects your site has and repeat the ways to improve those negative aspects.

TOTAL SCORE ??/200

*We will be adding up all of our scores and totaling them all up. This section includes all 2 (Abi, Joaquin) scores from our separate review.



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Cons

For this section, we will be listing the negative things we saw around your site.

Final Comments

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Abi | Joaquin | Final

First Impressions 9%

My reaction to visiting Sugarpop is positive! You have a layout that is quite pleasing to the eye. However, it is a little on the sharp side, and the text is a little distracting. Though I will go more in-depth on these problems later. Immediately I know what sort of site Sugarpop is. You clearly state the name and the site type, which is very important! I love how you also feature your newest content. It gives you quick insight on the quality of content Sugarpop provides. Your site seems very organized at first glance, and upon looking quickly through your site, I love how you separated your icons. Having a different section for each specific type of icon is very convenient. The colours of your layout are very beautiful; I've always been fond of orange, pink, and purple. They flow nicely together. Note; My first impression was taken in Chrome. Overall, Sugarpop leaves a great impression and makes me want to look more!

- 1 point for minor layout issues

Introduction 4.5%

Your introduction is well worded and gets the main point across. I appreciate how you provided a link to both your userlookup and neomail. It's very convenient. I can clearly tell your goals for the visitor and can see that you care about your site. However, a few things were bothering me slightly.
You said, So why not take a look around? I might just have something you like." These statements slightly bother me. They seem rather pushy, and you don't want to seem too eager. I would change this to;
I hope you take a look around and find something you like! It's less aggressive and friendlier.

Your introduction is pretty well-written and informs us of what we need to know.

- 0.5 point for wording

Content 33.5%

Note: I am only reviewing content that is available as a premade

Sugarpop definitely has it's far share of content! With over 500 images, you definitely have enough quantity. Content at Sugarpop generally does not disappoint! I've seperated this into sections based on type.

Icons Most of your icons are very high quality! However, there are a few I had trouble with. Hover for a description why.



The majority of the problem is with sharpening/blurry-ness. You really just have to pay attention to how much/how little you sharpen. I'm not sure what program you use, but generally I recommend trying 20 in gimp and use one sharpen in Photoshop. You also have a few problems with colouring, just be aware that you can adjust the opacity of the textures/effects.

Now, I'll list some of my favourite icons!


All of the icons above are very high quality!! They are sharpened perfectly, and the colouring is stunning. The cropping is also perfect and captures the gist of the image. There are virtually no problems with these ones. When creating new icons, use these ones as a model!

Fake Avatars



Most of your fake avatars are great! However, the colouring generally is too overpowering. The original colours are so drastically changed. I recommend slightly adjusting the colours, rather than just completely altering them. You can see this problem clearest in the icons above.



These are your best fake avatars. They are perfectly cropped and the colouring isn't too bad! You still need to be careful with fake avatars, I'd recommend colouring them like your icons, only with lower opacity. Basically, you use the same techniques, but put the opacity on 60% rather than 100%. However, they still look great!

Signs

All of the bases of your signs are to die for! They are LOVELY! They are perfectly coloured and the subtle bokeh is gorgeous. Never ever change the way you make your banner bases. I love them!!



However, your weak point in some of the banners is the text. Some of the text designs fall flat and do not match the button very well. This only happens with a few banners though, so just be wary of it. You can see what I mean above.



Above are your two best signs! They are extremely gorgeous, I wouldn't change a thing. The text also matches perfectly! I'd recommend using these as a model for future signs/banners.

Resources

All of your resources are fine and I have no problems with any of them. They tutorials are extremely well written and in-depth, I applaud you for that. Most site owners tell how to do it with minimal explanation. You show what you need to do and explain it for anyone to use, even a novice.

Scoring

Sugarpop's content is generally very high quality! You definitely have enough quantity, so keep working on improving what you have!

- 3% for lower quality icons
- 2% for lower quality fake avatars
- 1.5% for low quality text on signs

Grammar & Spelling 4.9%

In rule five on the request page you said, "And always make sure the request you want is open before you neomail me." I would change it to, "Also, make sure that the request you want it open before you neomail." Since this is mostly just a pet peeve of mine, I will not be deducting points.
You wrote, Want to know exactly what Sugarpop has to offer, then check out the Graphics Map.
It should be, If you want to know exactly what Sugarpop has to offer, then check out the Graphics Map." Or even, "Want to know exactly what Sugarpop has to offer? Then check out the Graphics Map!

No other grammar/spelling mistakes were noted, 0.1% deducted.

Professionalism/Convenience 7%

One thing I noticed upon looking through your site was that you were very stiff. It was a little unnerving at times, you seemed a little cold and unwelcoming. It's always best to be as warm and friendly as possible. Below I will show a few examples.

You wrote: Need some tips on requesting an icon? Well, here are a few." This sentence just sounds a little cold. It doesn't flow very nicely or make the visitor feel welcome. You have this problem with some of your other request pages as well.

I would change this to, Below, I have listed a few tips on requesting an icon. Feel free to use them if it helps you!" This one however, while still portraying the same message, is much friendlier.

You wrote: These are the borders you can choose from. I'll add more over time. Just put the number of the border you want in the form" In these sentences, you aren't connecting to the visitor very much. You want to make the visitor feel welcome with requesting, rather than making them nervous.

I would change this to, Here you can find the borders you can choose from. When requesting, put the number of the border in the form or let me choose for you. This one allows you to connect more and sounds more polite.

You wrote, Fast. I've been able to requests pretty quickly lately. So take advantage of that! This sentence doesn't make much sense to me, I wouldn't tell requesters to take advantage of you.

I would change that to, Request speed is fast! I've been able to finish requests pretty quickly lately, so I'd recommend sending a request now! It still gives the visitor the same message, but sounds better.

Your rules are well written and assertive. They aren't rude or unwelcoming, and have just the right amount of backbone. I have no other comments.


Your site is very convenient! I had almost no trouble finding my way. Though, there are a few situations where the navigation leads to the wrong location or there is no back button. Joaquin explained it further in his review.

The first thing that I find inconvenient about your site is your confusing navigation system. When you go to the Graphics section when you click neopets icons you get led offpage and the navigation reverts back to the original navigation. I have provided screenie reference as this explanation may sound a bit confusing. " ~ Joaquin


As mentioned in my first impressions, I love the way you separated the icons/content/banners. The side menu is very helpful, and it's convenient to find exactly what you need with virtually no difficulty. I had a few problems in the icon section, but I'll talk further about those in the layout section.
Most of your problems lie in improper wording. While you seem to try to sound professional, you are also sounding a little cold. I'd recommend going back and checking over your paragraphs. Convenience however is no problem. - 3% for professionalism and word choice.

Layout 20%

Aesthetics:

Your layout at first glance is very simple, yet captivating and interesting. However, I'm not very fond of a few things on further inspection.

Text - I feel like the navigation and subtitle distract you from looking at the headline. The headline fades more into the background while the other texts are vibrant and bright. You want the main title to be the most noticeable, so this could be a problem. I'd recommend using the dark purple colour for the layout rather than the orange.

Focal Point - While the anime girl is beautiful coloured/textured, I think she is slightly over-sharp. The edges seem a little rough, but it is minor. I'd recommend to pay more attention to how much you sharpen next time

Bokeh Textures - I actually love the bokeh in the background! I think it gives a nice touch! I don't think it should be lowered, like Joaquin said.

Style/Design - The layout is very design efficient, though with your amount of content, I think it would make more sense to have a one-paged scrolling layout. You would have much more room and it would feel less crowded. However, I do enjoy the simplicity of the design!!

Counter - I'd recommend moving the counter elsewhere. I think it looks a little out of place where it is.


Organization:

The layout is very well organized! I don't have much to say here. Just like I said above though, I think it would be more efficient to have a one-paged scrolling layout. Also, pay close attention to the navigation, like I mentioned in the Convenience category.

Capabilities:

I have checked your layout in Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Sarfari. It appears to be working fine! That is good sign, and is convenient to the visitor.

Like I mentioned above, be sure to fix the navigation links. This is fairly important.

I had trouble finding the sitely section. Next time, I'd recommend putting the link on the layout itself.

- 3% for layout image and text
- 1% for counter base position
- 1% for navigational issues

Sitely 4%

Most of your link back buttons are very high quality, but I'm not very fond of the two below. I'd recommend removing or replacing them.



The first button - I understand what you were going for, but buttons are already extremely tiny. I'm not fond of how you cropped it to only fit the text, I think it would look better regularly sized. The text itself also looks slightly squished, which can happen if its size is too small. The button would be very inconvenient towards visitors, if they were to put the button in their sitely section for example, the button would look awkwardly smaller in height then the other ones.

Second button - The border cuts out part of the image and takes up space that you could have used to make the focal point clearer. While the colouring of the base is nice, the text design falls flat. I think it would look better if the text had a gradient.

I found no dead links while searching through your sitely section.

Pixie Dust has now been renamed as Vita Directory; I'd recommend to change the button. You have provided neomail links in your affiliates & listers section which is very convenient to the visitor.

- 1% for link back buttons

Conclusion

Revisit (Yes):
At this time, I'd definitely re-visit and recommend Sugarpop! While it has its few faults, it is definitely high-quality. Sugarpop has enough quality stuff to last you a lifetime.

Final Comments:

Sugarpop is a very high-quality graphics site with tons content. Though Sugarpop has a few issues every now and then with professionalism, colouring, and text, most of the content is top notch! Sugarpop will be my first place to go if I need an icon.

FINAL SCORE 82.9/100 (B)






Abi | Joaquin | Final

First Impressions -- 8%

The layout definitely catches my attention. The use of bokeh textures enhances the flat color of the banner making it high-quality. The transparent PNG of the banner is crisp and clear and the edges are nicely smooth. To add on, putting that harsh shadow of the png makes it look more interesting. However, the bow on the girl is the same color as the shadow, which makes it a little confusing. I'll address this more in the layout aesthetic section. The use of the lighter bokeh textures in the banner though does make my eyes divert from looking at the text to looking at the little light balls. I suggest that you decrease the opacity of it by around 20-30%

Another thing I have noticed though is that counter base on the top right corner of the layout. I suggest you put that into the credits section as it looks awkwardly placed there.

Overall, my first impression of your site is positive. You're stunning banner skills makes me want to explore more into your site.

-.5 points for the awkward placement of the counterbase.
-1.5 points were deducted for the strong opacity of the light bokeh textures.

Introduction 4.5%

You're introduction provides the visitor what to expect. You conveniently linked the visitor to your userlookup and where to contact you which is very nice because your visitor knows where to find you. I suggest though to bold and italicize certain things in your intro to emphasize important parts of your introduction. I have provided you with an updated version of your introduction that bolds and italicizes the important words.


Also, in this sentence, I suggest you change it from...
I'm here to provide you with premade graphics, resources, and customs.
to I'm here to provide you with premade graphics and resources as well as custom graphics..
The wording of the sentence makes it seem like you offer premade customs, which you don't. Also, make sure to indent your welcoming paragraph by either using the ( p ) code or indenting it yourself using the tab buttons. All in all, you provide the visitor with a wonderful intro that states the essential information for your site.

-.5 points were subtracted for minor errors -- not indenting, a small grammatical error, and the lack of bolding and italicizing

Content 31%

This section will be broken down into two parts for your site: Graphic Check and Other.
Graphic Check:

For this section, I will be commenting on your graphics that either excel with excellence or does not meet up to quality content.

Banners



This banner is beautifully textured. The textures definitely compliment the image and enhances all of the colors of the image. The text design is also amazing. The way the "closed" text was produced is very creative. It looks very modern, fun, and glossy. I recommend however to lower the opacity of the white stripe as that does cover up the main focal point a bit. Also, the subtext at the bottom does lower the quality of the layout because of the banner because it covers important parts of banner such as part of the text and the focal image. Also, it's awkwardly sitting there between the white box of the closed text and the background. I recommend either making the text smaller and moving it down a bit or just leaving it out completely.

Also, the color of the text is a little strange. The green is a weird choice because it is not the most apparent color of the image. I recommend using #4a4b57 or #746773 as they are the most apparent color in the image.



This banner is beautiful. The textures help enhance the image greatly making the atmosphere of the banner feel dreamy and fun. The banner is very interestingly cropped. I love the text design as well. The placement of the text is very nice and the stripe behind the main text is very effective.

These are examples of banners where the text colors don't really match the itself. For the first two images, the use of one color is a very contrasting choice for the text. Be very careful with choosing the color of the font on the banner. I suggest using the most apparent colors for the images as it will fit in better. However, there are ways for the not-apparent text color to work.



These are two banners where the colors work very well. The reason this is is because the colors don't contrast as much as purple or gold do. The colors of the banner flow very well which makes the text very effective.

Icons


These icons are all beautifully cropped. The major problem with these icons though are the texturizing techniques used in them. Colorizing an image isn't bad, however in these images they completely wash away the main colors of the image which you want to steer away from. To counteract this, put less textures or lower the opacity of the textures or colorizing techniques you use. There needs to be a balance between the colors of the main image and the textures used.

This icon is very blurry. Bluriness in icons lowers the overall quality of it. I recommend to sharpen images after you have completed your image editing. However, make sure not to sharpen too much, these are examples of icons where you have sharpened too much:

Even though sharp images are superb, images that are too sharp lowers the quality of the image greatly. For some of them, the sharpening starts pixelating the image. This is not appealing to the aesthetic eye. I recommend duplicating the image when sharpening it, and then after you sharpen the image, decrease the opacity of the sharpening. Make sure though you don't make the image too blurry either! Sharpening is a hard thing to accomplish, you have to be in the complete medium of not too sharp and not too blurry.

Fake Avatars


The text is easy to read and the animation compliments it very well. The only issue I have with it is that the frame where the dots form a hexagon shows up less then the other frames. I recommend to duplicate the same amount of layers for both frames so they can be the same length.

Even though the animation helps the readability of the avatar a bit, the major problem with this is that the text is too light. What you probably should have done is to make the animation color the main color of the text, while make the main color of the text the color of the animation.

The cropping of your fake avatars are stellar. They capture the neopets' emotions very well, and they are very crisp and clear. The only problem though are the coloring techniques used. As similar with your icons, the colors you used on these buttons are very overpowering and it makes the quality of the avatar go down. I recommend either lowering the opacity when you recolor the image, or just not add it at all if it over powers it!

These are your best fake avatars in my opinion. For the first one, even though you used coloring techniques, instead of washing the image's original colors away, you complimented the image with the textures yet recolored it without overpowering it. For the second one, the cropping and texturing is superb because of the mood you gave to the avatar. The avatar now has a dark and mysterious mood to it, and the disappearing text definitely adds to the effect. For the third avatar, the simplicity of it makes it work. The door is perfectly cropped and the text is perfectly placed.

Resources


Some of your counter bases are too bright. This is a complete turnoff because if you make it a counter, it looks like the numbers are over nothing. I recommend either taking these off or making them a slighlt darker color.

No further issues with your resources.

Other

Not a big deal, but I recommend to add All content on Sugarpop © Kiwi unless stated otherwise. This ensures that you're content is officially copyrighted and is officially yours.


-2 for text coloring in banners.
-1 for bright counter bases
-3 for coloring issues in fake avatars
-3 for sharpening issues with icons.

Grammar & Spelling 4.3%

Tutorials

You said: I enjoy helping others but if I should find that my tutorials are being posted elsewhere, this page will come down. Saying the page will come down is a little strange. Change it to: I enjoy helping others but if I should find that my tutorials are being posted elsewhere, this page will be taken down by me.

You said: That said, I can most likely make a tutorial about any aspect of those graphics like adding text, using textures, coloring, resizing, ect. The last wird is misspelled. It should be changed to That said, I can most likely make a tutorial about any aspect of those graphics like adding text, using textures, coloring, resizing, etc.

You said: Icons are probably one my favorite things to make. You left out the word of which makes the sentence sound incomplete. It should be changed to Icons are probably one of my favorite things to make.

You said: They're probably the most requested graphics on Neo and there's so many things you can do with a 88x31 canvas. The last part of the sentence has an error. A 88x31 canvas should be changed to an 88x31 canvas since 88 (eighty-eight) starts with a vowel

You said: In this tutorial you'll be learning how to do the "pulse" animation I like to use on my buttons at Fiasco. First, this sentence is a run-on sentence and should be split up or have a conjunction added in it. Also, you left out the word this in I like to use on my buttons... which makes the sentence sound incomplete. It should be changed to In this tutorial you'll be learning how to do the "pulse" animation. I like to use this on my buttons at Fiasco.

Sitely

You said: Need a link back to Sugarpop? Want to affiliate with the site or list it? I recommend that you change this to Do you need a link back to Sugarpop? Want to be affiliated with the site or list it?. For the first sentence, it's not a complete sentence, which isn't a big deal, but it's still something that needs to be looked at. Also, for the second sentence, you missed the word be which makes the sentence seem incomplete.

You said in the Sister Site section: Maddie offers recolors of her web resources. This sounds a little strange with the word recolors. I suggest that you change this to Maddie offers different colors of her web resources.

-0.7 points (7 grammar errors, .1 point each)

Professionalism/Convenience 4.5%

Professionalism:

In your Site Poll section you said: There's no poll right now. Check back later. c:. Try to stray away from using smileys as that will lower your professionalism and make your visitors not take you seriously.

This sentence in your Fake Avatar Requests Section: Need some tips on requesting a fake avatar? Well, here are a few. sounds way to aggressive. It kind of sounds rude so make sure to change it to: Here are a few tips to requesting a fake avatar. I noticed you also used the same sentence with Icon and Banner requests so change them as well.

You said: Don't ask for a lot of text. Icons only have so much room to work with. This sentence sounds a little too pushy because of the word don't. It makes it sound like you are forcing them. I recommend to change it to: Considering the amount of room there is to work with in an icon, I highly advise you to make the amount of text you ask small.

In your Fake Avatars section, make sure to state that picking a border is optional. I didn't see that anywhere and this may make the visitor think that they must pick a border, which they don't.

-1 for unprofessional-sounding sentences & other minor things -- first and fourth paragraph.
Conveniency:

In your front page, I notice that you have a newly added section. This is a big plus as the visitors will know what your latest work is. I recommend though to link the images to the section where they are found so the visitors can see where they can find more.

The first thing that I find inconvenient about your site is your confusing navigation system. When you go to the Graphics section when you click neopets icons you get led offpage and the navigation reverts back to the original navigation. I have provided screenie reference as this explanation may sound a bit confusing.


This screenie explains what happens better. My suggestion is that when you lead someone to a different petpage, let there be the same navigation so the visitor will find their way and won't get lost in the navigation.

With your color palette section, I notice that you make the visitors find the colors out themselves. This is very inconvenient for the visitor and possibly they could just ignore this section as it's just a bunch of images to them. My suggestion is to include the hex codes so the visitor won't have to find them out themselves. An example of a site doing this is Kleur. Christy includes all of the hex codes so the visitor wouldn't have to find them out and just use them immediately. A way you can format it is like this:



Colors used on this palette:
#a56390, #ecd13b, #c34275, #ed841e

The downside to this is that it takes up more space, however, no matter what I completely recommend to include the hex codes with your color palettes.

I notice that your fake avatars section is placed on a separate petpage. The amount of fake avatars you have is scarce, so I recommend that you place it on another petpage with a page that is connected to Sugarpop. You can place it with the petpage that has the banner signs since the amount of banners you have is scarce as well. This is because directing the visitor to a separate petpage is inconvenient since everything has to reload, and the amount of pages connected to Sugarpop is a lot, so lowering the amount of petpages connected to Sugarpop will make the site more convenient.

At your Graphics map section, I noticed that you did not include back signs to the front Graphic page. This is very inconvenient as the visitor must go back to the front Graphic page themselves. I recommend adding one of these back signs and linking it back to ( /~Joneru ) or making a back sign yourself using CSS:


*If you use these back signs, make sure to link back to Bedazzled.

I also noticed you have not included to the back signs for your requests, graphics, and resources section and I completely recommend that you add them there. Even though there's a navigation towards the site, for more convenience, you should add a back sign.

Add hover codes to your navigation if they lead off site. This will signal the visitor that the page leads offsite, incase the visitor doesn't see the sitemap. If you do not know how to do a hover code, the diagram below will show you:

a href=" LINK GOES HERE " title= " this link is offsite "

Your sitely section is very convenient. You provide links to your neomail in the affies + listers section just in case the visitor wants to be your affiliate or listed you which is very helpful.

-2 points for confusing navigation.
-1.5 point for color palette issues
-.5 points for having fake avatars and banner signs on a separate page.
-1 point for lack of back signs
-.5 points for lack of hover codes for off-petpage links

Layout 17%

For this section, it will be divided into 2 different parts. Organization and Aesthetics.

Aesthetics:

Your layout is amazing like I said in the first impressions section. First off, the way the anime character pops out of the page is stunning and a great touch. Is really makes the layout seem lively and fun. You even furthered this effect by making the item the anime character is holding overlap the navigation bar, but not completely blocking a section of the text which is a big plus. Although, the anime character is on the sharp side. Images being too sharp can lower the quality of it, thus you must be careful when you use the sharpening tool. My recommendation is to lower the opacity of the sharpening with one of your image editing tools.

The colors of your whole layout flow nicely together. The purples, oranges, pinks, and yellows are such calm, soothing colors that definitely bring your layout together very nicely.

The subtle borders and shadows surrounding the main image works. It compliments the image in such a subtle way that it doesn't overpower the image and is not too subtle either. Great job! However, the counter base sitting there on the top-right corner ruins the aesthetic appeal of the layout. The counter base ruins the smooth edges. I recommend taking it off of there and putting it in your credits section or somewhere else suitable.

The borders around the buttons for your site are too subtle. The problem with too subtle is that it just takes up space pointlessly. Although, the textareas' borders are a very nice color as I can notice it with them better then the buttons themselves. I have provided you a code to put in your stylesheet:


The textareas (with the button on top) and the buttons in the sitely section that are not paired up with a textarea have different codes. The codes are #textarea td and #graphics td respectively.


Organization:
In your pickup section, the textareas under your icon section are very small and they stick to your icons. This makes the appearance less appealing to the eye and the lack of height of the textareas makes the textarea hard to find especially since they blend in to your background. Replace your textarea icon code in your style section with this (i have put a dash next to the places I either tampered with or added, you can always adjust the number of pixels to your liking):

With your icons I recommend that you take off all of the textareas you provided. First off, it's inconsistent because you do not provide textareas in your other content. Also, it takes up more space. If you take all of them off, you are able to reduce the amount of scrolling for the icons.

I noticed that some of your text in your sitely section is centered. This looks unappealing to the eye because the left margin is looks jagged. Turnip explains this more in her Top 10 Common Mistakes section of Frequent Flyer. take a look?

To fix this, I recommend that in your style part of the layout, the #main section of it says: text-align: center;. Make sure to change this to text-align: left; to make sure the bodies of texts are always aligned to the right.

In your requests section, I notice that you squish all of the graphic pickup sections into one. This looks very squished and it doesn't look appealing to the aesthetic eye plus, for the visitor picing up their graphic, it might be hard to find. This may be troublesome especially with banners. I recommend to make separate pickup pages for each of your graphics, so they won't look as squished and you will have more space. Possibly make a sub-sub navigation under the requests pickup section.

Capabilities:

After testing the Internet Explorer, Firefox, Google Chrome, and Safari your layout functions in all browsers.

The sitely section was pretty hidden, I usually look for the sitely section in the main navigation of the whole layout. Instead, it was in the sub navigation at the bottom. This is a problem because your visitors are not able to find a very important section. Next time you make a layout, make sure to include the sitely section in the main navigation so people can find it easier. To add on, your extras section is pretty abundant, so I recommend you add it to the main navigation as well due to the amount of links and content it has.

-1 for awkward counter base placement.
-1 for border issues with buttons
-2 for textarea problems in pickup section
-1 for not centering text
-1 for pickup organization issues
-2 for hidden sitely and extras links

Sitely 5%

I have no problems with your link back buttons as all of your buttons are top-tier quality and represent your site's quality very well.

There are no dead links in your sitely section.

Pixie Dust is now renamed as Vita Directory. I suggest that you change her button.

You have provided neomail links in your affies & listers section which is very convenient.


No points deducted from this section.

Conclusion

Revisit (Yes/No):

I will definitely be revisiting Sugarpop! All of your content is gorgeous and beautifully textures and crafted.


Final Comments:

Overall, Sugarpop is a very high-quality graphic request site. All you content is beautful, you organize everything well, and you seem to keep it it good shape. I'm mostly concerned about your sharpening. I notice that you oversharpen a lot of images, good thing is that it can be easily fixed. Also, your conveniency in your site is the downfall. Make sure to add the stuff I recommended you to add so your site can reach it's full potential. If you keep on improving and improving, you can be on of the most high-quality graphic sites around!

FINAL SCORE 74.3% (C-)






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FINAL SECTION

Recommended? Yes

Sugarpop is definitely recommended! It has some great content! Though it needs some work, none of it is too much effort!



Final Comments
Joaquin: Overall, Sugarpop is a very high-quality graphic request site. All you content is beautiful, you organize everything well, and you seem to keep it it good shape. I'm mostly concerned about your sharpening. I notice that you oversharpen a lot of images, good thing is that it can be easily fixed. Also, the convenience in your site is the downfall. Make sure to add the stuff I recommended you to add so your site can reach it's full potential. If you keep on improving and improving, you can be on of the most high-quality graphic sites around!

Abi: Sugarpop is a very high-quality graphics site with tons content. Though Sugarpop has a few issues every now and then with professionalism, colouring, and text, most of the content is top notch! Sugarpop will be my first place to go if I need an icon.

TOTAL SCORE 78.6/100% AVG

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First Impressions? 8%

My reaction visiting Opaque is positive! Your layout is stunning (to say the least), very creative, and original. The textures/styles within the layout are very delightful, and work well with your site name. Though, the actual site name text is slightly hard to read. I had to resort to looking at the smaller title, which is not convenient, since it is tiny. I love the colour scheme, it's very pleasing to the eye! However, the size of the layout is quite overwhelming at times. The giant dividers and the background change is quite distracting in my opinion. I think it takes away from the content, drawing your eye away from what you are supposed to be looking at. It also makes it harder to read the text, which is not what you want. Despite those few things, Opaque looks like a lovely site!

- 2% for layout

Introduction 4%

Opaque's introduction is well-written and tells the reader exactly what they need to know. Your introduction includes a link to your userlookup, which is very convenient and an important thing to have. However, I would also recommend you add a neomail me sign or text which would boost the convenience factor especially considering you keep talking about customer feedback.
You include exactly what Opaque offers and it's goals, so I can easily understand the gist of your site. I would change this sentence however. It seems very long, and run-on.
You said, Hello visitor and welcome to Opaque, a premade graphics and resources site established on September 9th, 2013 and run by Maddie (virteous).

I would change it to, Hello visitor and welcome to Opaque, a premade graphics and resources site! Opaque was established on September 9th, 2013 by Maddie (virteous). This revision sounds much smoother.


- 1% for sentence structure & missing neomail link

Content (will change depending on site) 34%

Most of the content within your site is very nice! I love most of them! Below, I will go in-depth on some of the great things I noticed, and some of the bad things.

Icons

Blurry/Low Quality Icons


These and a majority of your neopets icons tend to be blurry and not very attractive. I'd recommend you sharpen more, or adjust the amount of textures. Both can lead to a better and higher quality icon.

Too Bright Colouring/Too Dark Colouring



As depicted above, some of your icons are either too bright or too dark. This can easily be fixed by using the contrast or saturation functions. You can also apply a different .psd or different textures.

My favourites



These icons are super high quality and gorgeous! Love them! (Especially the Dean one ♥)

Conclusion

Most of your icons are very gorgeous, except for the few examples above. One suggestion is to add some Castiel icons though! ;D
resources
A lot of your resources are very high quality. I especially love your arrows! They are all gorgeous and look really nice. However, some sections, such as textures and button placeholders, need work.

Textures



Your light textures are basically just black with a coloured line. This truly serves no purpose and the visitor could easily make this themselves if they tried. Like Joaquin said, it would be smart to add some depth and design to your textures. He wrote a pretty good example.

Try to aim for light textures more like the one above, but even then, it could use a little more work.

button placeholders

The few things I noticed with your button placeholders is that the text is slightly blurry. I'm assuming you may have forgotten to turn off the text affect "sharp" to "none" in photoshop. If you do that, it will make the text much cleaner. I would also add more of a border on these, because it looks kind of strange the way it is.

Overall, Opaque has high-quality content!

-2% for blurry icons
-1% for icon colouring
-2% for texture quality
-1% for button placeholder quality

Grammar & Spelling 5%

I did not find anything unsatisfactory.

Professionalism/Convenience 7.5%

Professionalism
You remain adequately professional throughout the site. However, there are a few situations where I'd recommend you change your wording.

You said, You may not modify, change, or redistribute my work. This is considered stealing and I will report you. Do not claim that you made these graphics or resources.
I would change this to, You may not claim my work as your own, modify, change, or redistribute it. This is considered stealing, and I will report you. The original statement, is quite long for an individual rule, so I just slightly shortened it.

Overall, your tone throughout Opaque is friendly and inviting. You keep your sentences friendly, while still being firm. I like your wording a lot because you sound professional, and yet also keep me interested. Good work!

Convenience


For the most part, Opaque is easy to navigate and find my way about. However, there are a few things I question and a few that I especially enjoy. I have listed them below.

Tutorials link location - The link to your tutorials section is inconveniently placed. You randomly placed it in the rules, which I don't understand since it's not one. It's harder for the visitor to find it there, so I would recommend you make an extras section with the tutorials, requests, and Opaque About. That would make things much more convenient for the visitor.

Sub-Navigation - The sub-navigation for both your resources and icons makes things very convenient! It's a lost easier than having to press a back button within the scrollbox.

Site Navigation - I noticed you didn't have a navigation for the whole site. I'd recommend you add one to boost convenience for the visitor, especially do to the size of the layout and the type of site you have. While this is just a preference, it would be smart to add one.

Resources Requests - It would be smart to add a neomail sign in your resource request section. The visitor would have to scroll all the way to the top just to find your userlookup, so it wouldn't be very easy for them.

-.5% For poorly written rule -.5% for missing neomail sign -.5% For tutorials link location -1% for missing overall navigation

Layout 20%

For this section, it will be divided into 3 different parts. Organization, Aesthetics, and Capabilities.

Aesthetics: Your layout is super pretty, everything generally flows nicely together! However some things aren't best suited. The colours look really nice, although some of them are quite dark. At the top banner of your site, the pinkish-purple stripe really stands out and I don't really like that. I think it takes away from some of the other features in the layout such as the bokeh textures and the brushes. It would look a lot nicer if it was less noticeable and more subtle.

Another thing I notice on your layout, is the blocked letters are difficult to read. It would work better if you could see the lettering so people can easily see what your site name is. The title below, which you might have to refer to, is much smaller and inconvenient. I would consult your layout maker to clear this up.

Another thing I'm not fond of in your layout is the dividers, I feel they are big, bulky, and not very space efficient. I would use smaller dividers, like the ones provided at The Lunch Box.

I also do not like how your layout changes background colours half-way through. I feel as if it's distracting and takes away from the text. I would suggest keeping the same colour throughout the whole layout. It also leads to in your resources section backgrounds on your images which give the impression they aren't transparent.

Organization: The top half of your layout is perfectly organized and I can find everything really easily. However, in the bottom portion (sitely, extras) I was slightly confused. First of all, you have no indicator of the different sections and it would be smart to do so. That way I can know which is the extras, what you have in the extras, and know where your sitely section is. Other than that, everything is perfect!

Capabilities:

The capabilites of you layout are oustanding. I inspected your layout in multiple browsers and found there are no issues. I also checked the navigation and found no broken or improper links.

- 2% for title visibility
- 1% for stripe and dividers - 2% for sections not indicated

  • Sitely 4%

    Your sitely section is organized nicely, but there is really no indication that it is a sitely section. There is also no indication of the affiliates.

    Link backs - Most of your link backs are high quality and really nice! However, there are a few that are lower quality and should be replaced in my opinion.

    The First I find that the colours of this link back do not do it justice. I also think the text is rather plain and the border doesn't go. The sparkle animation is also blurry and uncrisp.

    Second - I'm not too fond of the colouring for this one. I think it's rather drab. The text looks really nice and clean, however!

    Third - The colouring in this link back is rather washed out. The faerie focal point is also kind of sharp, and unattractive. I also noticed that the text is kind of smushed and hard to read.



    These ones are super high-quality, and are my favourites!

    -1% for linkbacks

    Conclusion

    Revisit (Yes/No): Yes At this time, I would revisit Opaque! The content within Opaque is high-quality and nice. I'd love to see what you come up with in the future, and will definitely be using some of your resources!
    Final Comments:
    Opaque is definitely one of the highest quality resources/icon sites out there. The content is beautiful, though some places need work, Opaque is definitely a site to watch. Though there are some issues now and then, you will really enjoy your visit at Opaque. Keep up the good work!

    FINAL SCORE 82.5/100 B+







    Abi | Joaquin | Final

    First Impressions? 7%

    My first look at Opaque is positive. The layout is very well designed and the brushes and textures used in the design help compliment the whole layout. Your site name is pretty small though compared to the layout, and the design on top of that that is supposed to represent your site name doesn't stand out very well. The cube design doesn't stand out because it's white and looks a little overlayed in the image. I would ask your layout designer to possibly edit the image so the text on top can stand out more (like maybe making the side with the letters a different color) or possibly making the Opaque sign under that larger

    Because you do not have a subtitle under your main title, I recommend adding a header on the top of your layout stating that you are a graphics site. This is because Opaque isn't really a name that indicates that you are a graphics site, so the visitor may be a bit confused as to what type of site they are visiting. The statement in your introduction doesn't do much justice since it's so small and miniscule compared to the rest of the layout. If you do not want to add a header, adding a subtitle under the main title under your layout would do some justice as well.

    Other than these issues, I am very intrigued to look throughout the site because of the very eye-catching and aesthetically appealing layout.


    -2 for small, hidden main title.
    -1 for no big explanation on the site's concept.

    Introduction 3.8%

    In your intro, you said: Hello visitor and welcome to Opaque, a premade graphics and resources site established on September 9th, 2013 and run by Maddie (virteous). This sentence is kind of jumbled because you included the site's opening day and the site type. While this isn't an issue, the way you worded the sentence sounds confusing. I would change this sentence to: Hello visitor and welcome to Opaque, a premade graphics and resources site run by Maddie (virteous)! This site was established on September 9th, 2013.

    I notice that you mention how important customer feedback is which is amazing because customer feedback is a very important part of the site. However, in your introduction you keep on referencing how the visitors should mail you and you do not provide a neomail link. This is very inconvenient especially due to the fact that the visitors don't even have a link to neomail your account, virteous. Even though you have a link to your UL, the conveniency of linking to your neomail would be higher. Turnip the owner of Frequent Flyer talks about this more in her Top 10 Common Mistakes section located here. I recommend you either link using a neomail image or a traditional link. If you do decide to use a neomail image to put in your introduction, I have provided you with a neomail sign that matches your color scheme and that links to the neomail. Just copy and paste this somewhere in your introduction (putting this at the bottom of the intro would be the most suitable place to put it in).



    If you use this, make sure to credit Bedazzled as this sign came from her site.

    You said: Your feedback is what will make Opaque grow and what will encourage me. This sentence is worded awkwardly. I recommend that you change it to: Your feedback makes Opaque grow and encourages me to keep going!.

    Other than that, your introduction is fine! One thing I enjoy about your introduction is your emphasis on visitor feedback. This is very professional and definitely helps encourage me to mail you about feedback!

    -1 for lack of neomail link
    -.2 for grammatical errors (2 grammatical errrors, 0.1 point each)

    Content (will change depending on site) 27%

    This secion will be split up into two parts. A Graphic Check and the Other section.

    Graphic Check

    Icons:

    You have an abundant amount of icons on your site which is a major plus, because the visitor is able to have a vast variety if they are looking for any icons.



    I notice that these icons are very blurry. The bluriness can be because of the fact that you put too much textures possibly. Bluriness on any graphic can tone down the quality of the whole graphic because of the fact that the image isn't crisp and sharp, it's blurry and uninteresting. To counteract this, I recommend that you sharpen every time you are finished with texturing an icon.


    Resources:

    I noticed that all your light textures (except for the blue one) are all the same. They are basically a brush of color on a black background. The problem with this is that the texture is boring and doesn't do much justice. Take a look at a light texture I got from swimchick.


    This light texture has a lot of things and colors going on around it. It makes the texture more diverse and it serves a great purpose on the image used. I recommend to do something like this, add more color and style towards your textures instead of making it one color.


    All of these banners are designed beautfully however the obvious border around the banner is really reduces the quality of the banner because it's obvious and makes the banner's edges feel harsh. I recommend next time to lower the opacity of the harsh border or to not have one at all. Not having a border makes the whole text feel more smooth and not harsh.



    These bases are very nice and have a clear focal point, however I recommend that you move the focal point over to the side, so the button can have more room for the text. I've also notice that you only make bases and don't put any visual artistry towards the base. I recommend that when making bases, you use textures to enhance. I've noticed that none of your buttons seem to be edited, which is a problem as the button base may seem kind of unappealing.


    Overall, after these issues, I believe that you offer very top-tier quality graphics at your site. These are my favorite graphics you have made at your site:



    -4 for textures that don't do much justice.
    -4 for unappealing button bases
    -2 for harsh borders around text banners.
    -3 for blurry icons

    Grammar & Spelling 4.8%

    You said: Oh well :) life can't be perfect.
    Fix it to: Oh well. :) Life can't be perfect.
    I fixed this sentence because it's a little strange how the smiley face is being used to separate the sentence, so I decided to split up the two sentences.

    You said: And so, Opaque was born. I learned from all my past sites that I never worked well with stress. And so, Opaque was born as a premades site.
    Fix it to: I learned from all my past sites that I never worked well with stress. Therefore, Opaque was born.
    I changed the order because before, the first and third sentences sounded too repetitive as they were basically the same thing.


    -.2 points (.1 for ever grammar mistake, 2 grammar mistakes found)

    Professionalism/Convenience 7.5%

    Professionalism

    In your rules section, you said: No matter what, always leave the credit visible. This can confuse the visitor because it says keep the credit visible. The visitor might think that they must have a link visible in the page their using the graphic on, when the image can be linked to your site for credit. That is not visible, however it is still crediting you. I recommend that you change this to: No matter what, leave credit. or even No matter what, either leave credit on the image, or leave visible credit elsewhere on the page.

    In your rules section, you said: You may not modify, change, or redistribute my work. This is considered stealing and I will report you. Do not claim that you made these graphics or resources.

    The reason I had a problem with this rule is just because you fit two different points in one section. I recommend that you split these rules so the second point you make in the review (Do not claim you have made these graphics or resources) can be seen easier. You should change this to:
    • You may not modify, change, or redistribute my work. This is considered stealing and I will report you.
    • Do not claim that you made these graphics or resources.

    You said in your rules section: Tutorials have been relocated to here.

    I don't think this really belongs in the rules section, because it's not really a rules. I recommend making a Other Acknowledgements section under your rules, so you can say other things that aren't really rules. Though this is not really used in other graphic sites, putting an other acknowledgements sections is like what my site, The Gift, does under the pickup sections. I do not add the points I made there as those are not really rules.

    You said in your recoloring section: The same rules here apply to these resources

    This sounds a little strange, because in your first sentence of the sentence you said Opaque offers resource recolourings so visitors can use premade resource styles made in a custom color for their site. This sentence implies that the rules below are for resources, because of you saying resources in the sentence stated. I am a bit unclear about that rule, do you mean icons? Make sure you fix that sentence, and if it was for resources, I recommend taking that off as it is a little repetitive.

    Convenience

    I notice that you have decided not to include a navigation in your layout. That may be a problem convenience wise because instead of the visitor being able to jump around between section to section, the visitor has to scroll through the section and fine their way through the site. I recommend you add a fixed navigation on the top, or even add a site map where the navigation is at the beginning of your page by the welcome. However, if you do decide to do a site map at the top of your site by your intro, be sure to include back to the top signs. I recommend using some of your own to showcase your stuff!

    In your rules section, you said: If any of the codes for the graphics and/or resources are wrong, please neomail me as soon as possible so I can make changes.. For the visitor's convenience, I recommend that you link neomail me to a link to your neomail. This is so that while the visitor reads the rules, they can have the link to neomail you conveniently there.

    Under your recoloring section, you put a neomail link on top of the form. This serves as a problem as a visitor may copy+paste the form and look towards the bottom, as our eyes usually look top to bottom and neomail signs are usually under the form. I recommend adding a neomail sign under your form there. I have provided some neomail resources you can add:


    If you do decide to use these resources, make sure to link back to Bedazzled as these neomail signs do come from that site.

    -2.5 for unclear statements in multiple sections -- rules, recoloring rules
    -1 for lack of navigation.
    -.5 for minor issues -- no neomail links or small neomail links.

    Layout 16%

    For this section, it will be divided into 3 different parts. Organization, Aesthetics, and Capabilities.

    Aesthetics:

    Your overall layout is professionally crafted. The overall aesthetics are breath-taking and phenomenal. The layout-maker definitely crafted the layout well as the textures help compliment the overall layout but doesn't overdo it. The dividers between the sections are amazing because of the originality of it and also it divides the sections very nicely.

    The main part of your layout is beautifully crafted, and the main imagery of the layout is amazing. However, as I stated in the first impressions statement, the text of the main image is hard to miss. The blocks can be easily missed, as I didn't realize that they stated the title until I looked even closer. Also, the text under that doesn't do much justice either because of the fact that it's so small compared to everything else. I recommend that you make the title bigger or make the letters from the block stand out even more so that the visitor can see a clear title and not have to look through.

    The borders around your icons should be taken off. After looking at your icons at a glance, I noticed the border around the icon, and at first I thought the border was part of the icon. The border led to me believing the icon was weirdly textured around the edges which it wasn't, so I recommend taking it off, and if you still would like a border around your icons, I recommend using a solid color like #D2D2D2.

    Your header 1's are too bright when put on a light tan background as seen in your icons section with the title Howl's Moving Castle. The color makes the headers hard to read. I recommend that you change this to a darker shade like #C6B668. This is also shown in your h4's, like with the title Princess Monokoke. I recommend changing the shade for header 4's to #5DAD92. The header 4's main issue however is mostly shown in the resources section since the colors don't really contrast and they just blend in with each other making it hard to read, I would go with my last suggestion and change the color for the text too.

    While hovering over your navigation in the content area, I notice that the shade of blue-green used is too light making the text hard to read. For Icons you can see this when hovering over the movies and TV shows link. For Resources you can see this when hovering over the Bullets and Placeholders section. I recommend changing the hover text color (res3 or navi3) to #3B896B

    The textareas in your recoloring part of your site are too dark. This serves as a problem to the visitor because of the fact that they visitor may easily miss the textarea, making them either having to make up their own form or ignoring the section completely. I recommend that you change the textarea (.recolor in your style sheet) to this code:


    I have marked the place where I have tampered with the code, in case you would like to still make changes to the background color.

    To conclude, due to the amount of different background colors you have on your site, be careful with the colors of the text, mainly the headers as there was a recurring problem between section to section of the colors.



    Organization:

    The final section before your sitely section and your sitely section has no clear indication on what the section really is. Even though anyone can assume that those sections are your extras and sitely section, a new visitor who stumbled upon your site may be confused as to what section that is. I recommend possibly adding headers there like the ones with your content. I recommend contacting your layout maker to help you with this.

    In your listers section, I notice that you have added li codes to it. This is completely fine however it spaces out the links too far apart. Spacing the links too far apart leads to scrolling which is inconvenient because the visitor can't see all the links without scrolling. You should make good use of space, so I recommend that you lower the margin-bottom code by about 5-6 pixels, or until it stops scrolling.

    In your affiliates section, the margins of the top and bottom are different from the margins of the left and right. This is an issue because it is unappealing to the aesthetic eye. The problem here is because you didn't add large enough padding, so I recommend adding a larger padding between those images until the margins of all the sides are equal. Adding about 5-7 pixels of padding between the buttons would fix it.


    Capabilities:

    In your sitely section, you didn't label that the links under the link backs are your affiliates. This may confuse the visitor because of the lack of specifications. Make sure you add somewhere by those links that they are your affiliates.

    Your layout seems to be functioning in the browsers I inspected in (GC, FF, Safari, IE). Great job!


    -5 for hard-to-read or see headers and textareas in multiple places
    -1 for margin spacing issues in sitely section.
    -1 for no indications in extras or sitely section.
    -2 for small title.

    Sitely 4.8%


    Most of your link backs are top-tier quality! These are my favorite link backs from you, shown above:


    This is the only link-back you have that I have a problem with. The light-blue used near the A and Q is hard to read because of it being so light, and the animation doesn't do much justice either because it blocks out the text at times and makes the text unreadable.


    -.2 for a link back button issue.

    Conclusion

    Revisit -- Yes/No

    I would revisit Opaque because of the high-quality graphics and high-quality service offered at your site!
    Final Comments:

    Overall, I think you have done a marvelous job running Opaque. With your high-quality content and service, Opaque is becoming more and more better. Although, watch out for certain things in the graphics you make, such as a lack of visual artistry in some cases. Also, you have run into multiple color issues with your headers, however that problem is easily solve. To summarize, Opaque is an amazing graphics site.

    FINAL SCORE 70.9% ( C- )








    Abi | Joaquin | Final

    final section

    Recommended? Yes/No

    Due to Opaques, mostly amazing content and fabulous service, your site is recommended.

    Final Comments

    Abi: Opaque is definitely one of the highest quality resources/icon sites out there. The content is beautiful, though some places need work, Opaque is definitely a site to watch. Though there are some issues now and then, you will really enjoy your visit at Opaque. Keep up the good work!

    Joaquin: Overall, I think you have done a marvelous job running Opaque. With your high-quality content and service, Opaque is becoming more and more better. Although, watch out for certain things in the graphics you make, such as a lack of visual artistry in some cases. Also, you have run into multiple color issues with your headers, however that problem is easily solve. To summarize, Opaque is an amazing graphics site.

    TOTAL SCORE 76.7/200 C






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    Abi's Credentials

    Positive:
    • I am very familiar with many sites, such as application sites, and most graphic sites.
    • Owning a button/layout site myself, I am very familiar with creating graphics and I can pinpoint very small adjustments you would need to make on your button.
    • To add on, texturizing is one of my strong points because of my experience with graphics. I can give you in-depth help with your editing to make it as high quality as it is!
    • I am very familiar with coding to an extent. Most of the time, I can provide you with a solution to any coding issue.

    Negative:
    • My grammar skills aren't that swell. I know most grammar mistakes, but like Joaquin, I can not pinpoint small mistakes on with grammar.
    • I cannot review premade layout sites and about me pages very well.
    • Due to school, my request speed will be very slow due to me being occupied with lots of things. I will try my best to complete your review however!

    Joaquin's Credentials

    Positive:
    • I have a vast knowledge of button making and graphics in general. After owning a button request site for a few years, and reading through lots and lots of guides, my knowledge of graphics is fairly advanced.
    • I can guarantee for in-depth reviews that will help you improve. I'm not one of those reviewers that would give you a con of your site and not tell you why. I will make sure that I will support all of my statements with a reason.
    • I will take a closer look at everything and critique you at things most people don't even notice. For example, I will take a look at the sitely section and see if you have alphabetized your affiliates + listers section.
    • Since I own a directory, I know the inner-mechanics of most sites, as I have inspected almost all types of sites. However, my knowledge is to an extent, of course.

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    • My coding knowledge is very limited. Most of the time I must refer you to the creator of the layout if I am unable to give you the solution to the coding problem.
    • Due to school, my request speed for the reviews may be a bit slow, however I will try my best to complete your request in a timely manner.



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