norfolkdumpling (norfolkdumpling) wrote in ci5_boxoftricks,

Weekly Check In

So.  Busy week then!  Artists' claiming has been and gone, and everyone should have their author's rough drafts.  I'm excited - are you excited?  I'm excited!  *bounces*

It's time to get those cogs turning and clicky-fingers flexing, ready to open up your image software and go to work.  Plenty of time between now and the September submission deadline to work on that perfect accompaniment to your author's hard work.

I've put together a few resources that might be useful for our artists:

Photoshop tips, tricks and tutorials

GIMP (if you're like me and sadly can't justify the cost of PS)  tips, tricks and tutorials

VLC Player.  A free opensource media player that will play pretty much any file type and is very useful for making screengrabs from DVDs.   I do have a tutorial for screencapping that I made for another fandom, so if anyone would like that, just let me know and I'll upload it here.  ETA - the lovely snailbones  asked,  so I've reproduced the tutorial at my graphics comm here.

Fanlore page on vidding, including a link to an essay/tips on LJ

Image/screencap resources for Pros:

Daily Professionals on Tumblr
Screencaps of all episodes from Tauna's Slash Den
Caps from selected episodes at The Professionals Image Library

Please feel free to share any tips, tricks or resources in the comments - and don't be afraid to ask for help or advice.  We're privileged to  have some very experienced and talented artists on our list!

If any artist hasn't received their rough draft, or if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to PM any of the mods, or email us all at

Happy pixel/paint/vid-fiddling - let us know how you're getting on!

Tags: check in post 2011, handy links 2011

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