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Keef

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 26, 2007 1:31 am    Post subject: Sticker Basics and Tutorials Reply with quote

Help build the ‘Sticker Help’ sticky!

If you have made or know of any great tutorials or resources that can be used in sticker making please share your links!!! Please only post recommendations to this thread. All other posts will be removed.

Sticker Basics

There are four file types for IMVU stickers

JPG A basic file type that does not support transparency or animation.
GIF A compressed file type, that supports basic transparency and animation.
PNG A larger file type that supports transparency gradients.
SWF Flash animation. A specialized file type for supporting advanced animation, vector graphics and interactive elements.



Programs

Image Editors

What is an Image Editor?
Comparison of raster graphics editors

Common Image Editors IMVU devs use...

Just the basics
MS Paint: Comes with MS widows. Will only do the very basics.
Photoshop Elements

Great Hobby to Semi Professional
GIMP & Gimp Shop: A powerful free Shareware program
Paint Shop Pro (now owned by coral)

Professional Grade
CorelDRAW
Adobe Photoshop


Gif Animators

What is a Gif?

Image Ready (bundled with Photoshop)
Animation Shop (bundled with paint Shop pro)
CoffeeCup Gif Animator
Ulead GIF Animator

Flash Animators

What is Flash?

Macromedia Flash (now owned by Adobe)
Adobe Flash CS3 Professional

Screen capture Programs

What is a Screen Capture?
Screen Capture Programs listing

3D imagery for 2D Image Making
DAZ Studio by keith2791


Tutorials

Official IMVU
http://www.imvu.com/catalog/devtools/devtools_stickers.php

IMVU Dev Made

Gimp

KipDarklight in 'Gimp Tips?' (Trasparent text)
http://www.imvu.com/catalog/modules.php?op=modload&name=phpbb2&file=viewtopic.php&t=33249

Photoshop

T70's Sticker Making Tutorial (avatar stickers)
http://www.imvu.com/catalog/modules.php?op=modload&name=phpbb2&file=viewtopic.php&t=36692

Yaoilover's sticker tutorial (avatar stickers)
http://www.imvu.com/catalog/modules.php?op=modload&name=phpbb2&file=viewtopic.php&t=139256

Flash

Tutorial : Flash sticker by SPY00


Copyright and Trademark

It is the responsibility for every developer to follow IMVU’s Copyright and Trademark Policy. Any item that you do not have express permission to use for resale purposes does not belong in the IMVU catalog. Copyright and Trademark infringement is a serious offence and can cost you your account and further legal action by the infringed upon parties.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 27, 2007 4:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey there, I made a sticker and transparent avatar-making tutorial for GIMP that is in .XCF format so it opens up with GIMP. It's pretty simple, but it's quick and straightforward, so it's good for beginners. It's available for download (about 5MB) at the following link:

http://www.fileden.com/files/2006/12/7/479478/Tutorial.xcf

Hopefully, people will find this helpful.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 31, 2007 6:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Image Converter/manipulator Program

IrfanView

http://www.irfanview.com/

It's freeware, and allows you to convert resize and lots more on the fly
Additionally it can do batch conversion and resize if you have a lot of images
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 31, 2007 11:16 am    Post subject: Helping Out =] Reply with quote

I Use paint.NET, and sometimes GIMP 2
I use paint.NET for animations, i trhink its easier
srry no dev sticker turtorials.... Rolling Eyes
Haha i wishes i knew alot of things, that theres diffent types of files like png gif and jpg, yea i kinda messed up on the first products..haha
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 09, 2007 3:02 pm    Post subject: So Confused Reply with quote

Can u browse pictures on photobucket and alter them to make a sticker?? From my understanding as long as the DEV has a good faith feeling that it is not a copyright image... I see tonz of stickers on Avi pages that I have seen on Photobucket as images is this in violation??
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 22, 2007 9:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Can u browse pictures on photobucket and alter them to make a sticker?? From my understanding as long as the DEV has a good faith feeling that it is not a copyright image... I see tonz of stickers on Avi pages that I have seen on Photobucket as images is this in violation??


I don't personally see why they would be, unless they are copyright or trademark protected. If they are in the public domain we should be able to use them freely

Here's a little info on the public domain - it should help a little.

"an author's copyright in a work begins when it is fixed in a tangible form; neither publication nor registration is required, and a lack of a copyright notice does not place the work into the public domain," -wikipedia-

However keep in mind that in order to make a public domain image yours you must alter it noticeably - then the altered image becomes copyrighted to you.

According to US law an image goes into the public domain either if it was created before 1923 or earlier if the creator voluntarily puts it there.

((and I'm too lazy to look up other countries laws))

See this article for more info http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_domain

Though there is a mid ground between public domain and copyright in which the creator makes the image available to be copied and shared freely but restricts it from being altered in anyway or used to obtain a profit by anyone other than by themselves or anyone they have granted a license to use the image to.

So in other words, Ricalatina, if you can prove that the image is in the public domain (old enough and not altered from its original form, or placed into the public domain voluntarily) the law says you can use it.

oh and, Floweraater, I can't download that tutorial - my computer says that it can't recognize the source. And, yes, I do have the GIMP (version 2.215). Thanks.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 26, 2008 8:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

please help how do u make icons for ur products?
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 24, 2008 9:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hiya, i am a complete beginning at this product making but i want to start with something simple, and i thought maybe a mask, or maybe gloves, BUT i'm not sure how this programme works, a little help please?
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 27, 2008 11:16 am    Post subject: icon. Reply with quote

Hi, I have some more reading to do. From the downloads I just did. But will ask the question any ways. Is there any way I can put the stickers I make on my home page first to see what they look like? ( Beginner) Thank you.
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PostPosted: Mon May 05, 2008 8:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Note:

Being in Photobucket or posted anywhere on the Net does NOT Constitute being Public Domain. To be in Public domain a few things applies:

1) The Copyrighted Item has been around 75 yrs with no claims to the copyright during that time frame.

2) The original artist has declared it Public Domain.


Chances are, if you find it on Photobucket, it was swiped from another site without permission.

Though if anyone needs help with Poser or Daz Studio, they can feel free to drop me a PM.
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PostPosted: Sat May 10, 2008 9:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cali's GIMP Tutorials & Tips

all my gimp knowledge in one place. tutorials will be added on a regular basis. i will also answer any questions about gimp to the best of my abilities in that thread. check it out! you might learn something Wink
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PostPosted: Sun May 11, 2008 9:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello Smile
I want to make stamps, but I can't find a way to do it. I know how to make stickers, but stamps have that border. Where can I find?
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PostPosted: Sun May 18, 2008 6:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

CoffeeCup Flash Firestarter may be a good alternative to Adobe's CS3 and it only costs 50 bucks as opposed 699!

Download the trail version from C|NET here:Coffee Cup Firestarter

Peace ~ Shiva
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 22, 2008 6:24 pm    Post subject: Trouble with Stickers Reply with quote

Hey,

I would appreciate any help I cant get. I recently made a sticker and it was working when I created it but when it passed peer review and was updated to the catalog and someone bought it it all of a sudden didnt work.

Anyone got any ideas?

Please email me at Deadly_Insomniac21@yahoo.com

Thanks for any help,
Flawedbybelief aka Ashley Wink
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 29, 2008 3:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

hey! im having trouble with animated gifs...i made a movie of my avatar dancing in avi format and converted it to gif and made the background transparent. the problem is you can see all of the layers through the transparency while its animating. does anyone know how to fix it? thanks. Smile
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