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#35697 My Dear One Canvas

Posted by Baka on 13 June 2014 - 02:22 PM

Hello members of One Canvas, 


I would like to start by thanking you all for registering and being so active and dedicated. I really appreciate you guys putting your time in One Canvas. SirMoo and I are really happy that so many fantastic artists share their amazing works on our website. We also appreciate it a lot that you guys are so helpful to newcomers and help them to someday be amazing designers like yourselves. 

You are all an inspiration and an example of what a great artist is.

We are all artists here and we had to start somewhere. I am really thankful that many of you decided to start your art career or hobby on One Canvas.

Thank you to everyone donating and buying VIP. We thank you for helping us with our server costs. We really appreciate it that you guys are willing to help this community stay alive and well. We will do all I can in return, and try to keep One Canvas active and fresh. A friendly and artistic environment for all you wonderful people.


All of you members, old and new, are and always will be the heart of the website. I hope that you all beat forever. 


Thank you all...

#6240 Graphics Terminology Thread

Posted by Fireclaw on 22 October 2013 - 02:29 PM

This thread will be dedicated to explaining the different terms used it Graphics and Art. :O
Some people who are new to the game may not know what some terms mean, and may find Tutorials and resources confusing.
Feel free to post Your own definitions, but make it noob friendly. >: o
Like, your talking to a 6 year old who doesn't know what a computer is.
*Note: This was copied from another forum that I am a member on, so some of the links may not work, I tried to fix all of them but please inform me if there are still some that need fixing.

**Also know that these definitions are a compilation of definitions gathered from many different people all of whom are not on this site. That being said, props to ClyDeft for contributing a lot of his knowledge.


List of Common Abbreviations:

KIU: Keep it up
KAI: Keep at it
GFX: Graphics
IMO: In My Opinion.
IJS: I'm Just Saying
FG: Foreground
BG: Background
B&W or BNW: Black and White
CnC: Comments and Critique
FX = Effects
GJ = Good Job
SotW = Signature of the week
LaotM = Large art of the Month
VotW = Vertical of the Week
VSotF - Vertical signature of the Fortnight (a Fortnight is 2 weeks for those that don't know this)

Brush / Brush sets
The Brush is a tool that pretty much every image creator or editing program will have. The default use of this tool, it to simply create a line on your artwork, as it it was done by a paint brush. However, you can make it so the brush is not just a line, but can be pretty much anything. You can download Brush sets from places like DeviantArt and Brusheezy. An example would be to download a Splatter brush pack, and instead of using the brush tool to colour something in, you simply click once and create a splatter effect. This can give artwork that much needed life and depth. Of course, since it is still a brush, you can change the colour, size and effect just like any other brush type.
C4D stands for Cinema 4D. In Photoshop/ GIMP term, it is pretty much a 3D render that is abstract. A program such as Maxon C4D can be used to make these renders but don't be mislead. Just because a C4D doesn't come out of this program, it doesn't mean it is a C4D. C4Ds can be made with a lot of other programs as well such as blender, 3DS Max, Maya., etc.
C4Ds are used to give work an edge and generally add that shine or polish a piece of work, they also can be used as the main aspect (focal) of a piece of work when doing an abstract piece. Some advice to those working with C4Ds is to not spam it. Consider how you are going to apply it and try to match the flow in your piece of work. A lot of artists use Photoshop's blend controls to change the light settings on a C4D image, this can create a range of nice effects.
Renders / Extracts
A lot of people call extracts renders. An actual render is the image outputted by a 3D modelling program such as Blender, Milkshape, etc. after a model has been rendered. When we talk about renders in a forum like this or in the general sense, it refers to an extract. It is accepted to call extracts renders these days but if you are around people who do 3D modelling, it is better to call them extracts.
An extract is an image that has been taken out or "extracted" from another image. Extracts are used as the main element (focal) in a piece of work, they often create flow. Some advice for those working with extracts is to pick a high quality one. It is much easier working with a clean render than something that has been cut out from a scanned magazine in most cases. To create an extract, a program that offers a pen tool, a magic wand  or a similar tool, like those found in Adobe Photoshop, can be used. For the best results use the pen tool and blow up your work 4x before you start and then shrink it once your done.
Click here for a tutorial on rendering
Depth is the attempt to make your tag as 3D as possible. With it you're trying to create realism. Generally for this, things in the background are smaller and less focused, whereas things up front are sharper and crisp. 
Techniques to use: Normally the blur tool is a very good way to show distance, but using light and shadows can also be a good way to accomplish that. 
When people talk about 'Flow' they usually mean the relation of the background/effects to the focal point of the sig. All effects and that things that are happening in your sig should all be pointing to the same thing, or in the same direction. Flow is the path across your sig that you want your viewers eyes to follow. It's usually done to highlight good effects and makes the sig look less cluttered and messy.

Color is an aspect that often depends on the preferences of the maker, however to make it easier, there's a few general tips one can follow. Here's a few different color schemes that are commonly used:
Monochromatic (colors that are the shade or tint variation of the same hue)
Complementary (colors that are across from each other on the color wheel)
Analogous (colors adjacent to each other on the color wheel)
Triad (3 hues positioned at equal distance of each other on the color wheel)
You often hear artists compliment sigs for their good 'composition' but what does it even mean?
Composition is the way the tag is made up. The positioning of the elements in  way which is pleasing to the eye. They are looking how blending, flow and depth play together and guide the eye along the effects and to the focal point. 
Something that is really important here is the Rule of Thirds
Imagine you split your signature into 9 equal boxes, actually instead of trying to explain it, I'm just going to show you:
Tutorial to set it up by jax
It makes it easier to determine where you want to place important things on your sig. Placing things along cross sections and along the lines is more pleasing to the eye. If you look at other sigs, will notice that the main points are rarely in the center of the boxes. I mean it can look okay in some situations of course, however especially in the beginning it can be very helpful.
Dimensions and KB
If you've ever wondered what those limits beneath your avatar and  signature on your profile mean, this is the right place for you.  Dimensions are the numbers that sites put in place to limit the size of  signatures utilized by the user, for example, a signature limit of 500 x  100 means that the signature may be 500 pixels in width and 100 pixels  in height, if you try to upload a signature or avatar with a larger  size, it will be automatically resized and some quality will will be  lost when it is. KB, on the other hand, means Kilobytes. This is the  amount of data your signature takes up on the site. Images with a lot of  special effects, gradients, and whatnot will take up more KB than those  without them, so a KB limit is enforced to keep things running  smoothly. When making a signature it is important to keep KB in mind  because lowering the quality is the fastest way to lower the KB size,  but at the cost of some appeal. Uploading a signature or avatar with a  larger KB number than you are allotted will result in the quality being  reduced, or sometimes it won't upload at all.


Any and every piece needs a lightsource, there are multiple reasons why a lightsource is needed in any piece of art or any design, from signature to large art.
- a lightsource helps blend the render/focal in and make it look as a whole.
- Light helps create dept.
- Light helps with shadows as well, if there is no light there is no reason for shading.
To determine where to add your lightsource sometimes can be tricky mostly I myself look at the highlight on the render, though sometimes even then its hard to really know where to add it if the render has more then one actual reference to where light should come from.
Sometimes light can come from behind and sometimes from the front, the way I do my lighting is add light on a layer above the render/focal.
This way it helps blend the render in and creates your lightsource which also helps for the dept at the same time.
Unless the light is coming from behind, wich sometimes a render can have light coming from behind, then I would suggest adding the light on a layer behind the render, though I would still highly recommend to add some highlight on a layer above the render, to show the light from behind is falling on the render at places.
A piece is unfinished if there is no lightsource, this is mostly due to how light and shading works in reality, if you have no light your eyes cannot determine any shapes or colours.
Think about night time, your eyes can determine no real colours in a really dark place, but in light places they can determine the colours fairly easy.

Check out this tutorial for lighting: Lighting

As well as this quick guide on how to set up your signature with proper lighting.



Comments and Critique
CnC is a form of giving constructive criticism towards a work made by another artist.
When giving Constructive Criticism it helps to start off with a positive comment, then after that adding points for the person to work on to improve their piece.
Lets say as example, if it has bad light: 'Your lighting could be improved, it looks to white or to much as a brush' it helps to say it a certain way also, dont say it like the following: 'Your lighting sucks, it looks like crap' or similar things, try to say it a bit more positive as following: 'Looking at your lighting I think it could use some work, maybe try and make it less white'. This style is effective because the  average confidence level of someone just starting out is very fragile,  so this helps them ease into it and work on improving bit by bit. It is  also a good idea to throw in some tips or terminology to help them  along.
Also it helps as was said to add some tips on how to create a certain look or how to work on these things to improve upon.
For example: Here a tip on how I create my lighting, I use a big soft brush on a new layer around 400 pixel widht and click just outside of the canvas and put the layer on linear dodge to make it glow.
I sometimes lower oppasity or delete parts that look like they are to glowy and unfitting.
Also to figure out where to add your lighting it helps to look at the highlights on your render.
Dont forget to finish the CnC off with a positive comment, something like 'I like your colours', 'I like how you placed the render' or 'nice effects' can go a long way for someone that is fresh in designing and makes them feel at least somewhat appreciated.
Example of a good, in-depth, CnC:


#37865 Advanced Smudge Tutorial

Posted by Saif on 06 July 2014 - 08:33 AM

Hello artists, here's my new tutorial, hopefully the tutorial will be your liking.

Previous tutorials:

Splatter Signature

C4Ds signature

Smudge Signature


#21742 Beginner Photo Manipulation Tutorial | Neon Asteroid | PS Tutorial

Posted by Baka on 16 January 2014 - 02:16 PM

New tut up

Here's what we will be making 



#17369 Sig Text Tutorial

Posted by InfinityDreamer on 27 December 2013 - 09:02 AM

my second tutorial here at OC.. :D
And I hope it helps. Enjoy! ;)


#27719 Smudge

Posted by MatrixGfx on 12 March 2014 - 12:35 PM

Hope it helps



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FAUX & Maid






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Apex Designs



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#20926 Baka + Thunder Collab

Posted by Baka on 14 January 2014 - 03:39 AM

I started




He added more stuff




I finished



#40469 Udyr smudge tutorial :D

Posted by Muppie on 15 August 2014 - 09:00 AM

Hay all here is a tutorial ;)

If you have any questions you may ask them




#30759 Denial | Photomanipulation

Posted by Baka on 27 April 2014 - 12:50 PM

New manip.




hope ya like


#46568 (Speed Art) Us against the World

Posted by SleeN on 06 March 2015 - 02:19 PM






#45146 (Speed Art) Absorb

Posted by SleeN on 09 January 2015 - 12:44 PM


Decided to give some you to my graphics tablet and put some more time and effort into my tracing 

style of signature, I hope you guys like it.






#42978 Reconnecting Spirit

Posted by DaHazard on 27 October 2014 - 11:31 AM

Been super busy lately with all kinds of stuff, but I found some time for a new piece :)



#34023 Expedition | Concept Art

Posted by Baka on 29 May 2014 - 08:57 AM

learning, doing simple stuff


full size: http://fav.me/d7k6xnu

#20281 The Chat Topic

Posted by Genesis on 11 January 2014 - 11:40 AM

hahaha i haven't received any Like yet XD

#47202 Concept Art | The Hunt

Posted by Baka on 19 April 2015 - 11:12 AM

Was playing some Minecraft with some shaders and I saw a nice view, screenshotted it and made it into a concept art







#45413 Soraka sig

Posted by WyvernAbstracts on 22 January 2015 - 03:44 AM

cnc please 

#45053 w/ the homie

Posted by keoni on 06 January 2015 - 04:09 PM

30_12_2014babe4_zpsfcf472f5.png w/ renelzio 


#38177 Don't lose yourself - sig

Posted by Baka on 11 July 2014 - 07:52 AM


#15 Rules, Regulations, And Policies

Posted by SirMoo on 10 October 2013 - 02:01 AM

We want One Canvas to be a fun, open, and engaging community to foster ideas and creative knowledge. In order to do so rules are needed to maintain order. Below is an extensive list of our views on certain issues that may arise. Be aware that consequences and punishments are at the sole discretion of staff member who attends to your incident. Keeping within the following policies will provide for an optimal experience of all One Canvas user!

Adult Content:  To a degree, we allow for adult content to be posted, this my include things like partial nudity (non-exposure of genitalia), however, we prefer to keep the site at a level of maturity that is reasonablely acceptable for all users. With this in mind, if you create a thread that may not be appropriate for users under the age of 16 you should post the traditional “NSFW” (Not Safe For Work) in the thread title, as well as post all content that could be deemed inappropriate in [spoiler] tags as to hide it out of general view.
To be clear on what is not allowed keep away from posting the following: nudity, pornography, hentai, or any images that show genitalia.
One Canvas staff will have the final say on any content we deem to be inappropriate for the site and may remove content as we see fit. Users may report any content they find inappropriate or without the NSFW tag by using the “Report” button and filling out the proper form.
Advertising Policy:  We allow people to post content for sites they like as long as it does not constitute spam/disruptive advertising. The same goes for posting links in your signature. While we allow you to post links to other sites in your signature, we reserve the right to remove the links if we deem it to be in the best interest of our users. We may also prohibit specific outbound links at our discretion. Any links that pass through a pay per click (or other similar concept) advertising system are prohibited.
Age of Use:  One Canvas intends to provide content for those 16 and older. However, we are bound to get users younger than 16 using our site. Please keep this in mind when posting things. At our discretion we will remove content deemed to be too inappropriate for younger viewers. No part of our site is intended for use by children under the age of 13.


Art Theft:   We will in no way tolerate art theft. No, we don't mean stealing a van Gogh. (Though I am more of a René Magritte fan.) Using someone else's work and claiming it is your own is is not only wrong, it's a violation of law in many countries. One Canvas takes a very strict stance on this and will not hesitate to ban/restrict violators.
Behavior:  Open Canvas is not a strict place. We encourage you to have fun. However, we do expect you to behave in a somewhat mature fashion. Obsessive trolling, cyber stalking. and/or harassment are not something we will tolerate. There is fun, and then there is being a nuisance. We're more than happy to ban anyone who engages in such disruptive behavior. If you are experiencing any disruptive, targeted attacks by a user please report any posts using the proper procedure.
Board Specific:  Some boards may have their own set of rules. You should look for a “Read First” thread before posting in that section. Users are required to be aware of the rules for those specific sections. Failure to follow posted rules may result in warnings, post removals, prohibition of posting in certain areas, or other action.
Illegal Content:  We do not condone or allow the distribution and discussion with regards to illegal content. Posting links and distributing things like warez, cracks, keygens. and/or other piracy related content is not allowed. Our staff may allow discussion pertaining to certain things as long as you do not aid in assisting users to engage in content deemed illegal.
Intense Language:  We don't like censorship. We encourage you to speak freely. Language normally considered profane is allowed on One Canvas within reason. You may use such language in sentences as you wish as long as it does not offend the general population. If a staff member finds your content to be too extreme we will modify your message as we see appropriate. With freedom of speech comes responsibility.
Offensive Content: Any content tha t is intended to directly offend users is strictly prohibited. Content that promotes racism, bigotry, hate, or engages in libelous activity will not be tolerated.
Promotional Links: We're a free community dedicated to improving digital artists. Users are allowed to post links to items that they have created and intend to sell as long the transaction for the product is conducted by a preapproved sites. Be aware that while we may allow you to post for-profit graphics work we do not allow blatant advertising. Furthermore, in most cases users are prohibited from posting links to affiliate marketing programs unless preapproved by site staff.
Signature Rules: We have a very open policy on signatures. However, anything that is found to be disruptive, obnoxious, or annoying (this includes rapidly flashing graphics) may, at the will of the staff, be removed. We do not have a direct policy on signature size (though the system will limit you) but signatures deemed to be too large or that take too long to load may be removed for the sake of forum efficiency.
Spam: As with most forums, this is not tolerated. Posting multiple threads or posts with the same content (or on the same topic), or posting content with no relevance to the thread it is in will not be allowed. The staff will issue warnings in a case like these. Posting links (or advertising) to other sites when it has little relation to the topic in question may result in warnings or temporary banning.
Thread Derailment: Users are encouraged to stay on topic. We don't mind if things take a detour for a while, but please keep things on task and create a new topic for any matters unrelated. Users who purposely attempt to derail topics may be subject to penalties.