Every pitcher tells a story, donut?

Say it fast. You’ll get it.

It’s fairly common for freelance writing jobs to require some basic image editing skills. It’s an area that already interested me a fair bit anyway, so yesterday, I downloaded Gimp, a free image editing program recommended to me by the awesome artists at GalacticaBBS, and starting tinkering in the hopes of gaining the necessary skills.

It turned out to be much easier and more fun than I expected. I clearly still have a long way to go, but considering I had absolutely zero experience with anything related to image editing before yesterday, I made much better progress than I ever expected to.

Being me, I started with a subject I was familiar with–namely WoW.

This was my first attempt. Very basic.

This one took a bit more doing. I had a hell of a time figuring out how to combine elements from two different images.

Even though it was one of the easiest to make, I think I like this one the best. Old Gods FTW.

For this one, I took a screenshot of one of my characters, cut her out, and added her to another screenshot of Stormwind. I got a little bit of the background when I cut her out, but it turned out better than I expected. I’m thinking of doing similar banners featuring all my toons and their home cities.

This one is based on images from a very old series of video games called Myth. I’m thinking of doing a retro review on them, but for now, let me just say that the mission briefings took the form of journal entries from an anonymous soldier. They were thoroughly awesome, due in no small part to fantastic artwork such as the images I composed this banner from.

I hope you all enjoy my first shaky attempts at graphics work. I will probably post more as time goes on.

I now hope to create an official banner for this blog, though I will probably need a bit more practice first.

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