Terms and Definitions
For new bannermakers who need help understanding tutorials and the likes.


BA- An abbreviation for the BanerMaker's Association
Blending- The use of layer masks, smudge tools, and blending options in the layers pallate to seamlessly combine to images.

Colorization - 1. Taking a black and white photo (for use in a banner or simply for fun or practice) and applying color to it. (BA's tutorial.) 2. The use of different coloring techniques and adjustment layers on banners, usually involving selective coloring. (ex. split toning, monochrome, black and white, etc.)
Composition - The way the banner is arranged. How you place images and textures together to create something that is pleasing to the eye. Original composition can often make or break a banner, but is hard to achieve.

Dialog Box - Upon opening your program, you will generally have a box on the right side of your screen that displays your layers, paths, RGB Channels, etc.- this is your dialog box. If it does not open automatically you can go open different dialogs (or 'Windows') by going to:
For PS CS2: Windows (located in your top navigation bar) --> Check off which dialogs you'd like to have opened. *Note: In PS CS2, you can drag these dialogs in and out of their boxes by left clicking in the box and dragging it out, then proceeding to drag it into your desired box. This is useful for arranging your workspace.


File Types - The two recommended file types for hosting banners and/or avatars are .jpg (or .jpeg) and .png. To maintain top quality in your banners, it is recommended that you save them as .png; for avatars, however, .jpeg is generally recommended as the file is smaller and MNFF doesn't allow avatars to have more than 19.5 KB, a limit than .png nearly always exceeds. Remember though that by saving with "save for web", you can avoid losing the quality of a png file while still lowering the size.
Filter - In both GIMP and PS there is a toolbar drop-down called Filter, and it is pure magic. Within it are options such as, but not limited to: Artistic, Blur, Distort, Render, Noise, Pixelate, Stylize, Texture.
The options vary between programs. Within each categories are, generally, more options, shown in another menu. Experiment with them all!

Gradients- The tool that goes from one color to another and is dragged across the screen. Can also be used on text.

Hot-Linking (aka Evil) - The right click, properties, copying of the URL of the banner that links to the bannermaker's photobucket/image hosting site. This is bad if you are using their link and the bannermaker decides to delete the banner from their site. The you get an ugly 'this photo has been deleted' picture instead of a pretty banner.




Layer masks- A handy dandy tool that allow an image to ~fade~ gradually into another image or a background. Makes pretty blends. ayer masks can also be used to hide certain parts of images. By using black you can erase bits of, say, a texture from a face, and, by using white with a fuzzy brush, you can gradually fill in the edges so as to blend them better. Layer masks have uses in, but not limited to, gray-scaling, split toning (see Split Toning), rendering (see Rendering), etc..
Layers - Individual slices of a banner, which can be visible or hidden and allow you to make changes to one facet of a banner, without disrupting the other images. This can be achieved, say, by setting one layer to <screen> and then adding a color <bucket fill> to another layer.


Not-Hot-Linking (aka Good) - The right click, 'save image as' of a banner to your own computer, and uploading said banner to your OWN photobucket or other photo-hosting site. Makes everyone happy.




Render - An image that has been taken out of its original photo and 'cut', abling the bannermaker to place it into another image. Techniques used to do this are, but not limited to, high pass layer-masking, the pen tool, the free select or 'wand' tool, etc..

Selective coloring - A more advanced tool that allows you to alter specific color tones of an image. Takes a bit of practice, but is great for detailed coloring.
Split toning - A coloring technique that uses Hue/Saturation and layer masks to incorporate two main color tones in an image.
Stock images - Images that are totally legal to use in anything and everything. They are often rather basic and easy to manipulate and incorporate into banners. There are quite a few awesome stock image websites which allow unlimited free downloads. Good quality, ahoy!

Textures - Gorgeous, often abstract images used to create different effects when incorporated into banners. You can find libraries of them if you go looking~
The pen tool - Used to cut things out and make paths, and extremely complicated to use, but once you unleash its full power you will be master of the universe!







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