boundbooks: Zhang Ziyi (otter and ferret)
Boundbooks ([personal profile] boundbooks) wrote in [community profile] otterandferret2011-09-28 02:29 am

Art Resources

The following information was written with a broad range of experiences in mind, from someone who is making Otter and Ferret their very first exchange or venture into fanworks, to an experienced exchange participant who just wants to know the details of Otter and Ferret's workings. As someone who was terribly confused by my first exchange sign-up, I decided to err on the side of too much information rather than too little.

Free Graphics Editing Programs / Photoshop Replacements

GIMP - Pretty much a free Photoshop replacement.
Supported Platforms: GNU/Linux (i386, PPC), Microsoft Windows (XP, Vista, but also works fine on 7), Mac OS X, Sun OpenSolaris, FreeBSD

Paint.NET - less features than GIMP, but an easier learning curve.
Supported Platforms: Windows

Inkscape - "An Open Source vector graphics editor, with capabilities similar to Illustrator, CorelDraw, or Xara X, using the W3C standard Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file format."
Supported Platforms: Mac OS X, Windows

Cultural Betas

When creating a work about a culture, ethnicity, language, religion or other identity that is not within your experiences, it can often help to have a cultural beta. A cultural beta is someone who's willing to lend their expertise or experiences in order to help make your work better.

[community profile] dark_agenda offers several cultural beta resource posts. Some are betas are fandom-specific, but other betas are broader: Beta Post 1, Beta Post 2, Beta Mailing List.


Hawthorn & Vine: Wands | Canon Draco | Canon Hermione | Side-by-Side Hermione and Draco Comparison Table
[ profile] pottermorespoilers: Wand Woods | Wand Cores | Wand Lengths and Flexibility
[ profile] potterwords: A resource for canonical Harry Potter vocabulary


[community profile] gimp_gate - A shared resource for design

Why You Should Use PNG Format and Not Use JPG When Making Graphics/Icons/Etc

PNG vs JPG: 6 simple lessons you can learn from our mistakes: "JPG is a lossy format, and every time you re-encode a JPG the quality deteriorates. After a few passes compression artifacts pile up and can become easily visible to the human eye."

Raw vs JPG vs PNG – What’s Best For Me?: "[PNG is a] lossless format. Your images will be kept at its highest quality. You can keep saving the exact PNG file and you don’t have to worry about lossing image quality every time."