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[font=franklin gothic medium]It's that time of the year again, folks! :catgirl:

As you may remember, we had a special Halloween theme for uh...Halloween. But that was designed by me. This time, I'd like to open up the design process to our entire community. So I thought I'd hold a little contest.

I am looking for a member to design an incredibly cool Christmas-themed banner for OtakuBoards. But before you dive right into Photoshop, let me layout a few really basic guidelines first.

[b]1) Dimensions/Requirements[/b]

Basically, your banner needs to be the same size as the current banner. If you wish to view [i]only[/i] the OB banner itself, you can either right click and save it to your computer, or you can go here: [url]http://www.otakuboards.com/images/liquid/image_top.jpg[/url]

That link will show you the banner on its own. As you can see, it has a single pixel border running along the left, bottom and right (with none at the top).

[b]All[/b] banner submissions must use this format. In addition, all banner submissions must include the word "OtakuBoards" somewhere. You may choose whatever font and colour you like for the word itself, though. That's up to you.

So, apart from sizing and border, you can pretty much design the image as you like. You may want to keep the banner the same as it is now, but add a few decorations. Or you may want to do something radically different. The choice is up to you.

[b]2) Other Stuff[/b]

I will probably close this competition on the 20th of December (in about ten days from now, or about five days before Christmas). The winner will obviously have their image on the top of the page, but I will also make an announcement about it too.

You may ask questions within this thread if you like. And you can submit your banners here too, as attachments or external links. Please try to keep your banners sharp and clear, without blurriness or muddy colouring.

Good luck! :animesmil [/font]

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[font=franklin gothic medium]You can submit as many as you like. But don't forget that a) you can only attach up to five images per post and b) I want to ensure that people don't double-post in the thread.

So, feel free to work on as many ideas as you want. :animesmil [/font]

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[COLOR=Indigo][SIZE=1][FONT=Arial]This is my entry. If anything it was fun to make, heh. Credit goes to Ajeh for the wonderfully ironic Christmas message (given the gun-toting image of course.... though it could be a comment on society as a whole. :o Who knows, that boys mind works in [i]mysterious ways[/i]). Enjooooooy.[/FONT][/SIZE][/COLOR]

[img]http://www.otakuboards.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=24939[/img]

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[FONT=Trebuchet MS]At first I thought I was going to go all out, and blend a variety of pictures togher, and get very graphical. But I think some things are best left simple and clean. As you can see, there are only minor details.

[B]Christmas Banner #1[/B]
[IMG]http://www.otakuboards.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=24941&stc=1[/IMG]

[B]EDIT:[/B] I removed two of them.[/font]

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[SIZE=1]Not anime based, but I hope somebody likes it anyway.

[Have you ever considered a rotation of special event banners, James?]

[img]http://www.otakuboards.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=24945&stc=1[/img]

Stock from [url=http://www.morguefile.com/archive/?display=96306&]MorgueFile[/url]
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[COLOR=DarkOrange]Hehe! This looks like fun! ^_^ Even if I?m not as good as the others are. ^_^ It was still fun to make just the same.[/COLOR]

[IMG]http://img232.imageshack.us/img232/9272/otakuboardschristmasbanner010w.jpg[/IMG]

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[size=1]I'll try to make many, but here's my first. I stuck to the original banner style on this one. It kind of failed though -.-'[/size]

[IMG]http://www.otakuboards.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=24946&stc=1[/img]

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[COLOR=Sienna][SIZE=1]Hey. Just gave it a shot. Sounded like fun.

[IMG]http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y274/Forgetful_Me1010/Otakuboards/OtakuboardsBanner.png[/IMG]

[IMG]http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y274/Forgetful_Me1010/Otakuboards/OtakuboardsBanner2.png[/IMG]

Made two attempts!! ^^[/SIZE][/COLOR]

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Well, I have two designs here, I may do more, I haven't decided.

[img]http://www.otakuboards.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=24954&stc=1[/img]

[img]http://www.otakuboards.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=24955&stc=1[/img]

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[size=1][color=indigo]It's hard to get good pictures of Christmas-y anime/manga. But, here's my whack at the anime style. I might spin out a couple more when I get more time. I'm just not that great with loads of colour >_>; [/size][/color]

[IMG]http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b7/anne-mae/christmasban.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b7/anne-mae/rlwban.jpg[/IMG]

[size=1]^Has sentimental value. [/size]

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[COLOR=DarkOliveGreen]Here?s an anime one. ^_^ I?ve got a few non-anime ones in mind too, if I can just find the picture I need to scan. [/COLOR]

[IMG]http://img526.imageshack.us/img526/8094/otakuboardschristmasbanner028j.jpg[/IMG]

[COLOR=DarkOliveGreen]EDIT: I found one of the pictures I needed to scan for the non-anime banners, so here it is. ^_^ It's from a picture I took of the Lower Falls in Yellowstone National Park a few years ago.
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[IMG]http://img263.imageshack.us/img263/1081/otakuboardschristmasbanner032w.jpg[/IMG]

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[size=1][color=crimson]

This year, I decided to do one image and several variations of it, instead of doing all different themes as such... As well as that one-theed Idea, I decided to keep the banners real simple, I reckon they worked.

[img]http://img496.imageshack.us/img496/1096/banner1b.jpg[/img]
Teal gift, teal text
[img]http://img496.imageshack.us/img496/706/banner1.jpg[/img]
Teal gift, black text
[img]http://img496.imageshack.us/img496/4860/banner2.jpg[/img]
Crimson gift, crimson text.
[img]http://img496.imageshack.us/img496/1732/banner3.jpg[/img]
Crimson gift, black text.
[img]http://img496.imageshack.us/img496/8266/banner-4.jpg[/img]
Blue gift, blue text.
[img]http://img496.imageshack.us/img496/5682/banner5.jpg[/img]
Blue gift, black text.

Critiques welcomed.

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[size=1][color=royalblue]Hu-zaa! I used green! XD

[img]http://www.otakuboards.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=24962&stc=1[/img]

I've had this image sitting around for a while. And this is the perfect time to utilize it. Yotsuba the reindeer! ^_^

About the "changing the theme " stuff...that would be hilarious, and yet really cool at the same time. For some reaosn, I keep seeing a bell in place of the dot on the "Launch Jukebox" button. With little circle sound waves...XD

So now, a week later, I've finally made some variants. ^^;; Still the same image, just tweaked slightly in color. My favorite one is (technically) the second one. The red and blue just look right.

[img]http://www.otakuboards.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=25004&stc=1[/img]

And number three is a mish-mish of the first two. XD

[img]http://www.otakuboards.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=25005&stc=1[/img]

I have finally been able to figure out my style, and that's this sorta grungy, colorful, and - this is the key part - hand made feel. I have no clue where that came from, but it actually makes sense now. XD Wooh, I need to get off those drugs.[/color][/size]

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[COLOR=Indigo]Quite interesting. I am very impressed by all the entries. Certainly a lot of talented people here at OB. Anyway, here is my attempt at a banner. It's a pity I won't get to see which one is finally choosen as I will be home for the holidays and my parents do not have an Internet connection. Good luck everyone and have a good Christmas. [/COLOR]

[IMG]http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c374/indifferencecry/OtakuBoardsChristmas01.jpg[/IMG]

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Okay I figured I might as well give it a go:

I probably won't create another entirely new banner but I may change this one up a bit before the deadline:

[img]http://img518.imageshack.us/img518/7291/obchristmasbanner6qy.jpg[/img]

Demo of how it would look with the current OB skin:

[img]http://img518.imageshack.us/img518/8445/obchristmasbannerdemo7yy.jpg[/img]

edit: The "T" is suppoed to look like reindeer antlers >_>... And the "theotaku" and "myotaku" text/boxes are meant to be hotspots/image-maps/links to the respective sites theotaku.com and myotaku.com...

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[COLOR=DarkOrange][SIZE=1][IMG]http://www.otakuboards.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=24967&stc=1[/IMG]
More Winter than Christmas...but I like it...

[IMG]http://www.otakuboards.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=24968&stc=1[/IMG]
Pretty snowflakes. :D[/SIZE][/COLOR]

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[IMG]http://img209.imageshack.us/img209/1921/banner3ym.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]http://img209.imageshack.us/img209/8967/banner12pf.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]http://img209.imageshack.us/img209/4398/banner55ry.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]http://img209.imageshack.us/img209/8496/banner81fm.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]http://img209.imageshack.us/img209/8932/banner97tg.jpg[/IMG]


[FONT=Tahoma]*remembers PiroMunkie's banner from last year(?) with fondness*[/FONT] It's hard to compete with something that set the standards so high! lol

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[COLOR=SlateGray][SIZE=1]Here are my two entries. [b]Edit:***[/b] [i]Added in 'Merry Christmas.' Due to the conversation that's arisen. =P[/i]

[b]Banner:[/b] 001.
[IMG]http://www.otakuboards.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=24992[/IMG]

[b]Banner:[/b] 001. [i]v2 + Merry X-Mas Text.[/i]
[IMG]http://www.otakuboards.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=25008[/IMG]

[b]Banner:[/b] 002.
[IMG]http://www.otakuboards.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=24993[/IMG]


Good luck everyone, and happy holidays.
[i] - Epsilon.[/i]
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[size=1][color=crimson] I've decided to enter this with a banner celebratng the reason for the season. After all, had it not been for this event, you wouldn't have Xmas, Winterval, or 'holidays.' :p

[img]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v26/Shinjiotaku/xmas.jpg[/img]

Merry Christmas! (rather than 'happy holidays' which could be any time of year and celebration. -_-) [/size][/color]

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[QUOTE=Shinji][size=1][color=crimson]
Merry Christmas! (rather than 'happy holidays' which could be any time of year and celebration. -_-) [/size][/color][/QUOTE]

[size=1][color=indigo]You never know who all could get offended or dislike the "Christmas". Some people don't believe in Jesus Christ, some people do. It's easier to say "Happy Holidays" as to please [obviously, almost] everyone.

Here's another submission. I am actually happier with the way this one turned out, than my last two attempts.[/color][/size]

[IMG]http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b7/anne-mae/happyholidays.jpg[/IMG]

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[size=1]Nonetheless, 'Happy Holidays' is such a pathetic and empty expression, which to me reeks of consumerism and petty mindedness. More people are concerned about offending others than people who are being offended.[/size]

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[FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=1][COLOR=Navy]Well, I'm not going to be religious or anything, but I just put Merry Christmas because that is what I always say. n.n

Anyways, I wanted to try this out because I've just started using Photoshop, so..yeah. I didn't do much to it but add some stamps, text and a bit of shine on the words. I'm just using the same pic and text as my banner that I made. I know it might not be as a good as the rest, but it was fun anyway. Go Sora!! XD

[IMG]http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c307/CloudsOnly189/OtakuBoardsChristmasBanner.jpg[/IMG]

Merry Kurisumasu!! XD[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]

[FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=1][COLOR=Navy]I just made it again, except with Happy Holidays instead of Merry Christmas in order to make everyone happy. XD

[IMG]http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c307/CloudsOnly189/OtakuBoardsChristmasBanner2.jpg[/IMG]

Again, Merry Kurisumasu!! XD[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]

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[size=1]I'd like to congratulate Epsilon on winning the competition. Top effort. Of all the pieces submitted here, my favourites were your winner, and Hittokiri Zero's submission. Once again, great work ^_^;[/size]

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