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Postby PonderThis » Tue Jul 13, 2010 12:50 pm

Do you want to contribute your art to the banner at the top of the website? Before we get too far into this, remember that we have several different board styles available and they all have different looks and available space. When this thread was first posted there was only a single banner image per style but I am in the process of putting in code to all the styles that rotates through all available images for each style.

Note that I don't plan on changing the Milky Way style but I've included it in the list to show you the sort of drawings I'm expecting.

OK, instead of that confusing specs page, below are the basic patterns for each style that you can work from to make your own banners.

Preferred format is 24-bit PNG but will also accept 8-bit PNG or a GIF with a transparent background. If you have trouble with those you may start from the non-transparent version and submit a BMP and I’ll convert it.

You are also allowed to make your banner wider and to move the text around. For those styles that have text, that is.

Banner Patterns
Spamuser
This is the default style and so it is what is seen by casual viewers.
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prosilver
This is the old default style and so is still seen by a lot of viewers. Note that the "Skip to content" text in the lower left corner needs to stay where it is, although you may mess around with it (draw around or on top of it).
Image Image

subsilver2 and SkyLineBlue
These two have identical size requirements so they'll share their banner art. Start from the first (transparent) image or one of the two non-transparent images below.
Image Image Image

Hestia
Just because there's a box there doesn't mean you have to stay within the lines.
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Views of the Banners with the Old Graphics
Each style name links to the old image file that was used for that style.
Spamuser
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prosilver
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subsilver2
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Hestia
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SkyLineBlue
Image

Milky Way
Image

proglass
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Re: Banners!

Postby PonderThis » Tue Jul 13, 2010 1:50 pm

Oh hey I suppose I should go ahead and repost Null's pics from the other thread. Based on their size these are all entries for the Spamusers style.
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PS - I picked an image. Because I wanted to. :P
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Re: Banners!

Postby EvilJekyll » Tue Jul 13, 2010 3:46 pm

I see you still don't like the idea of a banner that would change every time the page was loaded.
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Re: Banners!

Postby chrismachine » Tue Jul 13, 2010 4:06 pm

PonderThis wrote:Eventually I’d like to put in some sort of code that rotates the banners on a regular basis, but for right now we will have just one standard banner per style.
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Re: Banners!

Postby PonderThis » Tue Jul 13, 2010 4:44 pm

I.e., I'm a lazy bastard and haven't gotten to it yet. :P

Oh, and pics do not have to be Eggplant Mike. While inclusion of classic Spamusement characters is appreciated it is not required.
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Re: Banners!

Postby Binkatron5000 » Tue Jul 13, 2010 4:53 pm

chrismachine wrote:
PonderThis wrote:Eventually I’d like to put in some sort of code that rotates the banners on a regular basis, but for right now we will have just one standard banner per style.

Once this is instigated I will use the Spamusers style. Until then, SWITCHING TO MILKY WAY!
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Re: Banners!

Postby Clueless » Tue Jul 13, 2010 5:19 pm

I might do some banners later. Right now, I'm too lethargic due to heat.

EDIT: Also, wasn't there a "Spamuser"-style with the avatars on the left, like they should be, in development at some point? There ought to be a style like that.
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Re: Banners!

Postby chrismachine » Tue Jul 13, 2010 5:26 pm

Yeah I would have that one already.
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Re: Banners!

Postby PonderThis » Tue Jul 13, 2010 6:10 pm

Clueless wrote:... wasn't there a "Spamuser"-style with the avatars on the left, like they should be, in development at some point? There ought to be a style like that.

chrismachine wrote:Yeah I would have that one already.

Hey, yeah! Why's that not done yet? Oh yeah,
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Re: Banners!

Postby PonderThis » Tue Jul 13, 2010 8:37 pm

OK, so I decided to work on the rotating banner code. First, I found a set of four (ahem) "beloved" characters from classic spamusements and cropped or shrank them to the right height. Then I spent an hour or so debugging the rotate code, or rather adding sufficient error messages until I figured out what it didn't like so I could fix it. Anyway, temporarily change your board style to "proglass" to see it in action. Then change it back to normal because really who thought of that style? Yuck.
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Re: Banners!

Postby Clueless » Wed Jul 14, 2010 2:14 am

I like how Toilet Woman is pointing at the "skip to content" link.
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Re: Banners!

Postby Null » Wed Jul 14, 2010 2:54 am

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Re: Banners!

Postby Null » Wed Jul 14, 2010 3:32 am

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Of course, if that one is offensive we've got the example of the folks trying to market Peter Jackson's first film to follow.

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Re: Banners!

Postby MysticalDescent » Wed Jul 14, 2010 6:38 am

Was it just me that heard you mention other characters and instantly thought of Troy?

But yeah, if you did get round to it, a Spamusers style with the stuff on the left hand side would be absolutely fantastic. It's a brilliant style.
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Re: Banners!

Postby PonderThis » Wed Jul 14, 2010 9:30 am

Null wrote:Image

Of course, if that one is offensive we've got the example of the folks trying to market Peter Jackson's first film to follow.

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Ha ha! Trying to suck up to the board administrator, eh? Well, it's working. :wink:
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Re: Banners!

Postby OP Tipping » Wed Jul 14, 2010 9:54 am

"how Toilet Woman"

Boohoo, I can't see Toilet Woman.
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Re: Banners!

Postby PonderThis » Wed Jul 14, 2010 10:10 am

Meanwhile, here's one I just did:
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After I did that the sequel just popped into my head:
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Re: Banners!

Postby Clueless » Wed Jul 14, 2010 11:17 am

OP Tipping wrote:"how Toilet Woman"

Boohoo, I can't see Toilet Woman.

Not in this thread, but she's in one of the random banners for the "proglass" style. either that, or I've lost my sanity completely and hallucinated it.
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Re: Banners!

Postby PonderThis » Wed Jul 14, 2010 12:16 pm

Clueless wrote:... she's in one of the random banners for the "proglass" style. either that, or I've lost my sanity completely and hallucinated it.

Oh she's there alright. I'm guessing that OP Tipping just didn't feel like temporarily changing his board style, which is fine. NO TOILET WOMAN FOR YOU!

Meanwhile hey look I've converted all of Null's pics to pngs with transparency and uploaded them and put in the banner rotation code! WOOOOO! :n/
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Re: Banners!

Postby Null » Wed Jul 14, 2010 1:28 pm

AWESOME work, beyond awesomeness.

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Re: Banners!

Postby PonderThis » Wed Jul 14, 2010 8:54 pm

Hooray for KUPO doll!

OK, I've updated Prosilver theme to have a rotating image as well. I took most of the items from the proglass test and simply reused them. I also included the "Skip to content" link in the image itself so you'll need to include that.

EDIT: Removed pattern images and moved them to the first post.
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Re: Banners!

Postby chrismachine » Wed Jul 14, 2010 11:02 pm

subsilver 2 next?
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Re: Banners!

Postby Null » Thu Jul 15, 2010 1:15 am

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Re: Banners!

Postby chrismachine » Thu Jul 15, 2010 1:39 am

That's not subsilver 2!!!

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Really nice work, those are awesome!
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Re: Banners!

Postby PonderThis » Thu Jul 15, 2010 9:43 am

UPDATE: I've edited the first post considerably in order to hopefully make it easier for all of you to have a starting point for your own contributions.
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