artist tips

thefrogman:

suchirolle:

rileyav:

don’t save as jpeg

as a former yearbook editor and designer, let me explain this further

if youre only planning on posting your art online, them please save it as .png ;this is also better for transparencies as well

BUT

please, if youre planning of printing your art, NEVER use png. it makes the quality of the image pretty shitty. use jpeg or pdf instead. and always set your work at 300dpi to get a better printing quality - this means, the images are crisper and sharper and theres no slight blurriness. i had a talk with my friend who is currently taking design, and pdf is much better to use when youre working with a bigger publishing company because it still has the layers intact, but if youre only planning on printing your stuff at staples or at some small publishing store, the jpeg is the way to go.

this has been a public service announcement

This post has about 30,000 notes and a lot of back and forth on what you should and shouldn’t do. Part of this is because there is a lot of personal preference when it comes to printing. People like to work with different formats and equipment because that is what they learned on. They achieve basically the same things through different methods and much like Mac/PC… there is much debate.

I don’t have a degree in anything but maybe I can clear a few things up.

First of all, if you are printing things yourself, there is no reason to convert your photoshop or illustrator document to anything else before printing. So keeping it a PSD or AI file is fine. If you are having someone else print your document, ask them how they prefer the file to be formatted. They will choose the best option for their experience and equipment.

Keep in mind you will get sharper prints if you adjust your document’s pixels per inch to match the printer. Epsons are 360ppi. Most other manufacturers are 300ppi. Sometimes people erroneously refer to this as dpi, so just be aware of that.

I wrote a more detailed post on how big you should make your art here.

On file formats…

JPEG - This compresses your image to make the file size smaller. This can cause quality loss because it is basically throwing away data. This is especially hard on text, graphics, and simpler artwork. Fine lines can get jagged and pixelated during the compression process. However, photos and photo-realistic art will look just fine. 

That means JPEGs are ideal for posting photographs or highly detailed artwork online. They are compatible with all browsers and will load much faster for people with slow connections. At the sizes people view JPEGs on the web, it will be hard to see the loss of quality.

As long as the resolution is good and the compression is minimal, you can still get nice prints from a jpeg, but it is not ideal.

TIFF - This is basically a super JPEG. It has no compression and is compatible with most image editors. It handles colors well and prints nicely. Due to its robust compatibility, most printers can handle TIFFs with no worries. If I had to save a file into a flattened format, TIFF is probably my choice. The disadvantage is that the file sizes can be very large and you cannot publish TIFFs online in very many places. 

PNG - These are typically used for web-based graphic design or simple artwork. They are compatible with all browsers and allow you to preserve transparency. They also render text and fine lines much better than JPEGs. If you were posting more cartoon-like artwork online or something very graphical (charts and graphs) this would be a good option. File sizes can get big with more complicated images. I don’t recommend saving photos or photo-realistic artwork as PNGs.

In my experience I have found that color rendering with PNGs is a bit unreliable, so I would probably avoid this format for printing purposes. 

PDF - This is basically a container. You can throw whatever you want into a PDF. It will maintain the quality of the images you put inside it. PDFs are great for multi-page documents. Especially if they are a mix of graphics, art, text, and photos. If you don’t have experience using publishing software like InDesign, this is a good alternative for these types of jobs. If you only have one page to print, I’m not sure it is worth the trouble of making it a PDF. 

RGB vs CMYK 
I recommend always starting your document in the RGB colorspace and converting it later only if needed. It is rare that you do not publish on the web, and RGB is much more suited for that. Converting from RGB to CMYK is much easier than the other way around. 

If you are printing yourself, you are probably using an inkjet. Modern inkjets do great RGB conversion and in some cases will handle it better than CMYK. You can try both formats, but in the end you will just have to accept the fact that nothing you can do will get you a perfect color match. The goal is to get a good print. View it and judge it independently of what is on your screen. Do not drive yourself mad trying to get them to match perfectly. 

If you are having someone else print your work, again, ask them what they prefer. If they have large offset printers, they may ask for CMYK. If they have inkjets, they may just want RGB files. If this is a very large printing operation, your printer should want to do any color conversions themselves. If they do not, I might suggest looking for a different printer.

I hope that is helpful. Happy printing.

natsubutart:

BEWARE FOR NSFW CONTENT!

hi-res non-cropped version: part I | part II 

They asked me for a body tutorial, but first a bit of must-to-reads:

  • This tutorial is NOT for beginners
  • Yes, I made this tutorial BUT I’m in no position to say this is 100% correct. This is how I draw, these are my tips that solely adapts to my drawing style and I’m sorry if there are anatomic mistakes. I know I do a lot of them. 
  • When I was cropping this I noticed a lot of grammar mistakes, I’m so sorry I don’t have the time to correct them.
  • I don’t think there is any absurdity here but if I made some big and harming anatomy error please tell me and I will change/delete it
  • I never attend art school or art course, as I said on the tutorial. What I can do is self-taught, that’s why there’s so many errors.
  • the most important: USE REFERENCE IMAGES WHEN DRAWING! If they are real photos and not other drawings is better. This is the truth, you have to copy pictures in order to improve. That doesn’t mean you have to trace them, but observe them until you are able to reproduce it. Especially if you are drawing semi-realistic bodies like me! 

Hhhhh I’m not good with tutorials sorry very much (??)

yoyonaki:

I really tried making this tutorial (I aM SO HORRIBLE AT MAKING TUTORIAL SO PLEASE DON’T ASK ME TO MAKE ONE FOR YOU LMAO….*turns head*)

I’ve been getting a lot of messages on how to paint w/gouache…so here’s a step by step process on how I paint gouache. You can find what kind of brands I use on my about me page (you just need to scroll down and you’ll find it)

Also for the palette I use. I highly recommend this palette! Why? Because you can save your gouache (or acrylics)…and the special palette paper absorbs the water from the sponge (and it lasts pretty long…like about five weeks?)

If you have any questions, please message me lol……

perchancetodance:

i’m so sorry i just need to organize my reference tag so warning for long post and organization system that only makes sense to me
writing
names, dead languages, ancient cultures
99 ways to beat writers block
remember to deal with criticism
advice for writers vid
character bios
eye colors
writing prompt generators
naming things
character flaws
things to research
types of crying
rare words
injuries
format manuscript
can’t find the right word?
stop procrastinating
best apps for writers
online whiteboard
possible fanfic aus
(kind of) synonyms for said
character development worksheet
words
more words
even more words
writing resource masterpost
british vs. american english
surnames masterpost
character development chart
emotions vocabulary
things i’d put under writing references but aren’t actually specifically for writing
monsters
simple noble ranking thing
traditional japanese outfits
palm reading
palm reading 2
guns
ships (like ones on the sea not otps)
holding knives
knife blades
different kinds of knives
use for a plastic knife
fictional world generator
deterioration of the human body
movies/shows
movies for the nights you can’t sleep masterpost
version of romeo and juliet that sounds hella rad
pushing daisies
2013 movies
movie night masterpost
british tv
food
mug cookie tutorial
pastry folding 101
tomato basil pasta
mug recipes
fruit roll ups
desserts
kawaii holiday cookies
citrus gingerbread tree cookies
gingerbread stars
cookies
candy meth
apple pie in apple
pretty cakes
chocolate
pumpkin spice everything dear lord
pimp that snack
grilled banana nutella sandwich
cute food things
the science of chocolate chip cookies 
cute raspberry chocolate thing
beauty
how to cover up tattoos
game of thrones hairdos
beauty tips
homemade conditioners
diys
sugar scrub
makeup tips masterpost
spoons
face lighting? idk
burned paper nails
diy crayola lipstick
christmas tree nails
kool aid lip stain
eyeliner styles
more eyeliner style things
dry nail polish fast
health
hiv morning after pill
exercise like a superhero
period cramps
tone the lower stomach
free condoms
for sore throats
ginger tea cider
college/education/school
college survival masterpost
survive finals
college life hacks
reminder
educational websites
mit college courses
music
the best of whatever artist
british bands
arctic monkeys downloads
find new bands
make good music better
sounds
soundrown
art
shoulders
perspective
noses
paint tool sai
mouths
lots of tutorials
lips
get rid of art block
drawing lips with the help of beans
perspective thing in photoshop
adobe creative suite
typography
combining fonts
typography masterpost
fonts
more fonts
even more fonts
sewing/clothes
skirt sewing tutorials
shoe names infographic
visual coat glossary
taking measurements
visual skirt glossary
dress necklines (other guides in caption)
8 foot giant squid
diy draped vest
bra fitting
men’s suit fit with bonus tom hiddleston
make your own dress form
clothing life hacks
fix pilling
languages
swear in lots of languages
learn to read korean
why english is dumb
language of the fan
military sign language
cuss in french
nice words
communication
line (skype on steroids)
synaptop
personality things
myers briggs personality and characters
aura color
lots of personality tests
important things
how to find your dog
alternatives to leaving dogs at the pound
worst case scenarios masterpost
keys in the hand
for when you’re sad
break out of zip tie handcuffs
what to do when stopped by police
bleeding and don’t have a band aid?
vital strike points
how to tell if someone’s lying
how to tape hands for a fight
just click this
survive the apocalypse
being an adult
becoming an adult cheat sheet
balancing a checkbook
getting an apartment
buy the things
free shipping omg
eyeshadow with funny names
general diy
calm bottle/glitter jar
pretty lace windows
flower crown
cool knots
bracelet
gifts in a jar
tumblr/computer things
hella lot of backgrounds
hd space wallpapers
themes
more themes
snow code
tumblr keyboard shortcuts
deactivated theme
airplane window textures
emergency dashboard
gif tutorials
save audio posts
anon hate
idk just things
how to disappear online
body language and interrogation
cheap things to do in nyc
why people slip on ice
book about aliens invading earth and being fought off by wildlife
filipino legends/stories/etc
make yourself do the things and form good habits
different kinds of islamic head garments
fantasy/historical clothing
how the uk flag works
how to walk like a queen
logic flaws
life hacks
arts and crafts blogs
fruit charger??
helpful websites
jar won’t open life hack
find people you’ve met once
video and photo editor things
banana wins all the awards
useless websites
time wasters
life hacks again
read minds
things to remember
uncapitalize caps lock things
masterposts by other people
icanttellyoubutiknowitsmine 2014 masterpost
blacklistecl’s bad days masterpost
some tips
a masterpost of all the things
im5-official 2014 resource masterpost
abercrombier’s 2014 help post
random websites thing
things for when you’re sad
more things for when you’re sad
cute games
cute games again
again very sorry for the hella long post but maybe this’ll be useful to some of you

perchancetodance:

i’m so sorry i just need to organize my reference tag so warning for long post and organization system that only makes sense to me

writing

things i’d put under writing references but aren’t actually specifically for writing

movies/shows

food

beauty

health

college/education/school

music

sounds

art

typography

sewing/clothes

languages

communication

personality things

important things

being an adult

buy the things

general diy

tumblr/computer things

idk just things

masterposts by other people

again very sorry for the hella long post but maybe this’ll be useful to some of you

helpyoudraw:

Matte Painting Tutorial

tobleronesandbreadsticks:

battasenpai:

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some nice programs to draw

  • mtPaint: free source tool designed to make pixel art. for Linux or Windows.

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  • character maker: it’s to make charsets for rpgmaker but you can use it for whatever you want. it’s in both english and spanish.

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  • sekka: free source tool to draw things like these:

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Can I add Pixen? It’s Mac OSX only, but it’s really nice. You can make gifs and animations with it, too!

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s0rrysunshine:

MASSIVE GIVEAWAY!:)

So this is my first big giveaway from this blog, since I deleted my old one. And there’s tons of things to win!!:)
Rules:
-You must be following my blog (s0rrysunshine.tumblr.com)
-You must reblog. Likes don’t count.
Reblog as many times as you want, the more you do the higher chance you have of winning!

Winner Gets:

  • Autographed book “It” by Alexa Chung
  • Alex Turner’s guitar pic from the Arctic Monkeys MSG show 2014
  • Polaroid 300 camera
  • Live at the Apollo Arctic Monkeys DVD+CD (only the dvd is pictured but you’ll get both)
  • Is This It - The Strokes
  • The 2nd Law - Muse
  • Contra - Vampire Weekend
  • Deja Entendu - Brand New
  • AM - Arctic Monkeys
  • Nevermind - Nirvana
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix - Phoenix
  • Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not - Arctic Monkeys
  • Modern Vampires of the City - Vampire Weekend
  • Suck It and See - Arctic Monkeys
  • Plans - Death Cab For Cutie
  • Humbug - Arctic Monkeys
  • Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend
  • Coexist - The XX
  • Favourite Worst Nightmare
  • Donnie Darko DVD
  • 500 Days of Summer DVD
  • Harry Potter Box Set (DVD’S)
  • Scott Pilgrim VS The World DVD
  • My Neighbor Totoro DVD

reblog as much as you want, you MUST be following (i’ll check) &the winner will be picked May 10th. I’ll ship worldwide, and i’ll message the winner and post it on my blog when they’re picked. Good luck!

rosydrops:

WARNING: EXTREMELY LONG POST.So, recently, I’ve been seeing a lot of tumblr love going around and I wanted to join the action, for all my followers because I know what it’s like when you’re going through a tough time and then you stumble upon something and it makes your day, maybe your week or your month, idk, I’m rambling, but I love you and I worked really hard on this so I hope you love it, I hope it helps you in some way
SCHOOL
Studying

study techniques


tips for a productive study break


study tips


How To Pull An All Nighter And Do Well On An Exam


thinking & memorizing tips


how to get motivated to study


Make flashcards


tips to help you focus


chrome site blocker


time management & motivating yourself tips

Essays

Essay Structure Guide


bibliography maker


How to cite


how to write an essay


google citations


social media citation guide


The Five-Paragraph Essay


Using Punctuation Marks


Deadly Sins Checklist


Formatting Your Paper


Writing About Literature


Basic Essay


Revision Checklist


Planning and Organization


Editing and Proofreading


Latin Terms


Essay Structure


Tips on Introducing Quotes


Academic Writing Tips

Learning
 Solve any math equation
Solve any math equation (2)

Alternative to Wikipedia


Can’t Do Your Homework?


Take online college courses


How to multiply big numbers


Science equations simplified 



Teaches Everything


STRESS
Meditation

Tips to Start Meditating


8 Ways to Make Meditation Easy and Fun


18 Minute Guided Meditation: Blissful Deep Relaxation


1 Hour Universal Mind Meditation


Guided Meditation for Sleep and Good Dreams


Guided Meditation and Progressive Muscle Relaxation


Progressive Muscle Relaxation


Guided Relaxation

Anxiety
Anxiety disorders explained

learn more about anxiety

Help Guide 

stress relievers


how to help a friend with anxiety


a list of stress relievers


Let it Out

How to handle panic attacks
Exploring and coping with panic attacks
Identifying and Managing Anxiety
10 Rules for Coping with Anxiety and Panic
11 Assorted Anxiety Tips for Anxiety Sufferers

Managing Stress

Interactives

Emotional baggage check


The Dawn Room


The quiet place


The thoughts room


Stress Analyst

cloudflowing
imagination
planetarium
weavesilk
Yoga

Foundations in Flow Yoga Class


Heart Opening 30min Yoga Class


10min Shoulder Yoga Routine


9min Yoga Breathing Exercise (Pranayama) 


Kundalini Yoga Breathing Exercises (3 min)


Yoga Poses

Sounds

1 Hour of Nature Sounds


1 Hour Rain


relaxation playlist

calmsound
do nothing for 2 minutes
rainymood
looking at something

thunderstorm


being underwater


waves


tsunami


Fireplace


waterfall


dripping water


sound of a coffee shop

DEPRESSION
Information

depression information
Coping with Suicidal Thought
10 Tips on How to Work Through Feelings of Social Isolation
8 Tips to Overcome Loneliness
What to expect with antidepressants
Ways to deal with depression/stress

having a bad day?


Make a comfort box


10 Things to Do When You Feel Like Crap

how to find a new normal in the middle of depression
you are not alone in the way you think you are
reasons to stay alive
how to stop trying to think yourself into happiness and actually arrive there

Self-Harm 

Cut something that’s not real skin

How to care for cuts
Resisting cutting
25 ways to avoid self injury and prevent self harm
Tips to help stop cutting

99 Coping Skills: Things to do Instead of Cutting

Friends

How to deal/talk with bipolar and depressed people

What to do when your friend is talking about suicide
What to do if someone you know is overdosing
What to do if your friend is hurting themselves
How to help someone who is suicidal
here’s what you tell someone who wants to commit suicide
Insomnia
Tips to beat insomnia (+) (+)
Understanding insomnia and how to cure it
Everyday basics

trouble sleeping


when to go to sleep/wake up


tips for waking up


Tips to Fall Asleep Fast


tricks to sleeping more


how to stop falling asleep late


How to Get up in the Morning

Hotlines
Crisis Text Line: Text “SUPPORT” to 741741
Crisis Call Center Call 1-800-273-8255 (24/7) Text ANSWER to 839863 (24/7)
Thursday’s Child Call 1-800-872-5437 (24/7)
The Trevor Project Call 866-488-7386 (24/7)
National Safe Place Text SAFE and your current location to the number 69866
National Runaway Safeline Call 1-800-786-2929 (24/7)
National Domestic Violence Hotline Call 1-800-799-7233 (24/7) 
Self-Love
how to stop putting yourself down

radical self love project


Self confidence


how to improve your self-esteem


How to be ok with yourself


tips on self-love


Confidence


Learn to love yourself

when told you are not pretty
lessons for self-love
Eating Disorders

281 Reasons to Recover


Relapse Prevention


Bloating, Indigestion, & Feeling too full


Why You Must Eat


Learning to Love Your Body


Tips to Overcoming and Eating Disorder from Women Who Have Recovered


Tips to Stop Restricting


Dealing With Weight Gain


10 Steps to Bulimia Recovery Workbook


Coping with Exercise Addiction

LIFE
Money

how to save money


how to interview for a job


how to coupon


create a resume

Home

first apartment essentials checklist


how to fix a leaky faucet


how to keep a clean kitchen


removing stains from your carpet


organize your closet


clean bathroom tips

Tumblr

url shortener


Ever Looking For A GIF Reaction?


see problems with your blog/website


how to make a gif

WRITING
Writer’s Block

Don’t know where to begin


Pinning down your first chapter 


Unable to pick and stay on one idea


Worried your idea isn’t original or belongs to someone else 


You know your characters but don’t know what to do with them 


When you start strong and the writing just dies


Staying focused


Dealing with writer’s block


Writing too much of one thing


Writing prompt generators


good brainstorming/ organizing tool


Writing Prompts


Getting Inspired


Great Inspiration


Creative Writing Prompts


Story Starter


Language is a Virus

Writing Confidence

When you don’t enjoy writing anymore


Everyone says you’re not good enough 


Suffering from self doubt/finding self belief


Having and coping with envy


You’re close to done and convinced you suck


Worried about the people you love reading your work


Tips on managing insecurity


How to deal with negative reviews


The Writer’s Guide to Overcoming Insecurity


10 ways to avoid Writing Insecurity


Backhanding procrastination


More troubles with writing motivation


The inner critic and ways to fight it


Additional inner critic strategies

Characters

Name Generators


Universal Mary Sue Litmus Test


Character Chart for Fiction Writers


100 Character Development Questions for Writers


How to Create Fictional Characters


Character Flaws List


How to Craft Compelling Characters


List of 200 Character Traits

Plot

Writing A Novel Using the Snowflake Method


Effectively Outlining Your Novel


Outlining Your Plot


How To Write A Novel


What is Conflict?


Outline Your Novel in Thirty Minutes


One-Page Plotting


How to Organize and Develop Ideas for Your Novel

Revision/Editing

Revision tips


Falling out of love with your work before you’re done


Brief strategy suggestions for major revisions 


A Guide on Punctuation


Common Writing Mistakes


Revising A Novel 


300+ Sophiscated and Underused Words


How To Rewrite


20 Common Grammar Mistakes That (Almost) Everyone Makes


Synonyms for “said”


Emotions vocab sheet


Common Fragrance Descriptions


Instead of ‘whispered’


Synonyms for the Most Commonly Used Words of the English Language


Common Grammar Mistakes

Poetry
Understanding and Explicating Poetry
How to Read A Poem
Types of Poetry
Poetry Glossary 
Writing Prose
My Favorite Tumblr Poets
writingsforwinter
fleurishes
alonesomes
commovente
ENTERTAINMENT
TV & Movies
A list of movies with links
Stream/watch tvs or movies
watch free movies/tv shows
Music
get the best sound from your iTunes
YouTube to MP3 converter
8tracks playlist downloader
Books
textbooknova
reddit
bookboon
textbookrevolution
math textbooks
ebookee
freebookspot
free-ebooks
getfreeebooks
bookfinder
oerconsortium
gutenberg project
ebook3000
readanybook
Free audio books
10 sites to download free audio books

rosydrops:

WARNING: EXTREMELY LONG POST.So, recently, I’ve been seeing a lot of tumblr love going around and I wanted to join the action, for all my followers because I know what it’s like when you’re going through a tough time and then you stumble upon something and it makes your day, maybe your week or your month, idk, I’m rambling, but I love you and I worked really hard on this so I hope you love it, I hope it helps you in some way

SCHOOL

Studying

Essays

Learning

STRESS

Meditation

Anxiety

Interactives

Yoga

Sounds

DEPRESSION

Information

Self-Harm 

Friends

Insomnia

Hotlines

Self-Love

Eating Disorders

LIFE

Money

Home

Tumblr

WRITING

Writer’s Block

Writing Confidence

Characters

Plot

Revision/Editing

Poetry

My Favorite Tumblr Poets

ENTERTAINMENT

TV & Movies

Music

Books

jessehimself:

ultrafacts:

10 Useful websites that you can use.

More facts on Ultrafacts!

helpyoudraw:

semi realism lips!

(Source: old-helpyoudraw)