Ozzu Banner Competition #2

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This is a more unique competition which includes a potential prize. I am looking to have a 728x90 banner developed for our newly redone website templates section on ozzu that will be coming soon:

http://www.ozzu.com/designs/

The purpose of the banner is to encourage members to signup as a Gold Premium Member on ozzu. For those of you who do not know you can see the premium member's benefits here:

http://www.ozzu.com/membership_upgrade.php

The main drawing point here for this banner is the fact the Gold Membership provides a lifetime discount of 20% off of all of our website templates that we sell. There is really no restriction as far as the format of the banner other than the pixel size. It must be 728x90 pixels. These banners can be in JPEG format, PNG format, GIF format with animation, or Flash format with special effects or anything else you want to use to dazzle the visitor and potential Gold Member.

Most of the people who view our website template section are looking to buy a template and the goal of this banner is to catch their eye and see that they could get 20% off of their template purchase, and any future template purchases by paying a one time fee to become a Gold member. This not only encourages people to become gold members, it also encourages our template customers to come back to us because they know they will always get 20% off of their purchase once they become a Gold Member.

There will be one guaranteed winner to this competition, with possibly a second winner. The guaranteed winner will be the favorite banner that members vote for. If I decide to use a banner other than the favorite then there will be a second winner. The winner(s) of this competition will get their account upgraded to a Gold Membership which at this time normally costs $100.00 USD to obtain.

Current Gold Members and Moderators would be exempt from receiving any prize since they all currently have that access. Everybody is welcome to participate, however.

If you have any questions on what I am looking for or what I would prefer you are welcome to ask them in this thread.

Please save your banner source file(s) as I may need to modify it slightly if I end up using it. Thanks!

Deadline: June 30, 2008.
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what colors would you prefer?
what text do you need in the banner?
do you have other text you would like to see in the banner?
do you want something with flash and flare or low key and simple?

more questions to come based on what you/others say.
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CowKiller wrote:
what colors would you prefer?

I am fairly open to colors, something that is catchy and grabs attention, but not enough to annoy the visitor.

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what text do you need in the banner?

As far as text in the banner some examples could include (but not limited to any of these lines):

  • Become a Gold Member and receive 20% all templates for life.
  • Learn how to get 20% off templates forever!
  • 20% Off Templates for Gold Members!
  • Gold Members get a 20% Discount on templates!
  • Gold Member == Huge savings on templates! 20%!
  • Pay once to become a gold member and get 20% off templates forever!

Basically it doesn't really matter as long as you communicate that it is possible to get 20% off of ozzu's website templates. You can be as creative as you want as long as you communicate that information somehow.

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do you have other text you would like to see in the banner?

There is nothing else that really needs to be put in there, its optional but you could mention the word Ozzu in the banner to make it clear the ad is for Ozzu templates -- but that is up to you. Everyone is welcome to come up with their own text if they feel it can help communicate the message better. I would emphasize being creative and unique.

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do you want something with flash and flare or low key and simple?

I want something that seems to do a really good job at communicating the message and grabs attention without annoying visitors. If it extremely flashy I would suggest to not have the banner loop and instead run once with a final static message at the end.
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It'd be help full if we had some base elements, like if this was a design job. I at least ask for the logo in a esp/pdf outlined file.

Sounds like fun... i'l give it a go... after i figure out my dran question i have that is plaging me right now...

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Sounds like fun and incentive is good enough. I'll try my best on this one...

I'll certainly try to come up with something...
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Can you tell us the intended placement, is it for this site or are you going to place it on other sites as well. As this would effect what colours I use.
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Bigwebmaster wrote:
This is a more unique competition which includes a potential prize. I am looking to have a 728x90 banner developed for our newly redone website templates section on ozzu that will be coming soon:

designs/
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The banner ad will be placed on this site in our website templates area to encourage our template customers to purchase a gold membership on ozzu. The banner doesn't have to fit in with the ozzu theme, but it can if you want. Either way is acceptable.
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Can you tell us about page placement (I.E. header, footer, sidebar ect.) This is a giant factor in my book.
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Based on the size requirement
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728x90 banner

I would assume a header. That size would look silly in a sidebar. Also since this banner is to attract customers to sign up for a Gold membership, placing it in the footer would be counter-productive.
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It would be in the header area as Grinch said. We only have one 728x90 spot on ozzu, it would be in that location.
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will deffo be having a go at this
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considering entering
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Is it permissible to use screen shots of some of your actual templates in the banner? Or is that against copyright regulations?
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How do you want them submitting?
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Just provide a link to any submissions here in this topic. You can also use the BB code to also link the image directly.
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Is it permissible to use screen shots of some of your actual templates in the banner? Or is that against copyright regulations?


It would probably be fine, I could possibly get it all approved if I were to use that banner. I would try to keep everything at a distance (sized smaller) instead of using a real time screenshot of anything. If you do use any please also include what template numbers you took part of so that I can use that for reference.
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And where do we have to post it when done? So that users can rate it
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pedrokost wrote:
And where do we have to post it when done? So that users can rate it


Post it in this thread. Once the deadline is reached I will put a poll up for all of the entries.
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Do you have any file size limits and is there a limit on the number of entries?
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No there is no limits to the number of entries. I would say file size should be reasonable. Maybe anything under 50 KB.
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Excellent! I'm in!

How do I do it exactly?
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I'm in...I agree on the need for a logo; and some guidelines if they are part of the judging element. Thanks. Fun idea! O^O
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Bigwebmaster wrote:
No there is no limits to the number of entries. I would say file size should be reasonable. Maybe anything under 50 KB.


So what you are saying is that if I make 5 or 6 different banners, I can enter them all and each will be eligable? Sweetness!
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That is correct, I see no reason to limit the entries. If you submit 10 entries and they all pretty much look the same (as in maybe just different colors), I will probably only allow one to be entered. Each entry should look quite a bit different from the previous you made.
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This is my banner its small in size so it will load fast

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to view the banner properly right click and push view image or just follow the image address and it will show it in full size with no corrosion!
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That one's good, it kind of pops out at you.
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dxlwebs, I was under the impression bigwebmaster was giving a bunch of possible lines to put in, not a big chunk of text that says the same thing over and over ;)
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Yes those are all ideas for lines, it wasn't intended as a big chunk, and anybody is welcome to use whatever they want. They are not a requirement. You guys are welcome to come up with your own creative text.
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Looks interesting..where can i get a clean transparent logo(dragon)?
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lol i just put it there as a example if i was to win ofcause there would be only the best lines
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dxlwebs wrote:
lol i just put it there as a example if i was to win ofcause there would be only the best lines


The idea here is to submit your final version, so if that isn't your final version, go ahead and recreate it and we can nix the first one.
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Ok i did it, its complete now and updated check it out
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That looks much better.
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Thank you! i can't wait to see the other banners i bet they will all rock
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Looks like fun
Here is my submition

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my first entry.
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not bad hats off to the creators very nice banners
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don't know if this matters, but I could edit my post in here, and I am sure that's not supposed to be able to happen ... ?
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my second entry.
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i think your first one was better but this one is still good
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Here is my second banner
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So far all really great entries. Looking forward to seeing more!
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Look at his avatar. See? He's begging!
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brentjlaf wrote:
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Reminds me of X-Files.
Or should I say it eminds me ;)
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ATNO/TW wrote:
Look at his avatar. See? He's begging!


I still think that's a ZZ Top beard.
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Ha ha, I like the old geezer.
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Quite fancy having a go at this. Wondered about the closing date as I've been away for a while and got the message late. However, from the closing date listed I see I have an infinite amount of time in which to complete.... :o)

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Well, not quite an infinite. Deadline is June 31st.
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Can you tell me on what day June 31st falls this year?
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Since when did June have 31 days?
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LOL, took you guys awhile. Fixed.
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Nice to see you passing on the blame :lol:
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SB wrote:
Nice to see you passing on the blame :lol:


Haha!
Exactly what i was thinking.
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and here is number three.
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Hey here is my last one i think lol

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just change the name from OZZY to OZZU ... that may be a good idea ...
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oops sorry that was a font error
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My first concept; more to come as I get time..
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Second one:
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My First One
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It needs to be 728x90 pixels Bogey ;)
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Bigwebmaster wrote:
It needs to be 728x90 pixels Bogey ;)

Yeah, I'll change that... forgot about that oops.
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here goes.

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Ooooh I like the gold dragon!
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Here's my first submission, I just threw it together. It probably won't be voted for, but what the hey I'll enter it anyway.

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Not bad kc0tma... better photoshop skills than I have :lol: I just got my full version of Photoshop and now started to learn... you guys have better advantage :lol:

[EDIT] I've being trying to follow this tutorial trying to make that effect but Photoshop CS3 Extended doesn't do the desired effect... it doesn't even do anything... and if I click off the layer mask I get some distortion :( Any help? Please? :P
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Wow SpooF, I have to be honest... that looks great and awesome! Wait until I am done... :lol: Just kidding, yours is probably better :(
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I like that second one of the SpooF's, the contrast of the color stuff on the grey scale background makes is cool.

@bogey, I'm actually a gimp person and I take great pride in the fact that I've never ever bought a piece of software, bootlegged yes, but purchased no.
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kc0tma wrote:
I like that second one of the SpooF's, the contrast of the color stuff on the grey scale background makes is cool.
I like the first one a lot... I like the touch of red on the background I think that it fits.
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@bogey, I'm actually a gimp person and I take great pride in the fact that I've never ever bought a piece of software, bootlegged yes, but purchased no.

I used to use GIMP... and still awful at it... In fact... I still have it
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Here's my entry.. I did it in Flash, so I don't think there's a way to display it, but here's a link to it.
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My first correct release :) (Took some ideas from already submitted ones :P )
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jameson5555 wrote:
Here's my entry.. I did it in Flash, so I don't think there's a way to display it, but here's a link to it.


I love it. Really good entry. It's good to see entries from Flash as well as Photoshop/GIMP. So far there has been a good variety of banners.
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Thanks SB! I was hoping to use this as a chance to learn ActionScript 3.0 (just got Flash CS3), but I finally gave up and used 2.0.
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Just looking at the rules for this comp, it looks like the only restriction is 728x90 right? So it isn't limited to a certain kilobyte size or anything? Although we should try and keep them as small as possible...
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kc0tma wrote:
Just looking at the rules for this comp, it looks like the only restriction is 728x90 right? So it isn't limited to a certain kilobyte size or anything? Although we should try and keep them as small as possible...

I think Bigwebmaster said they needed to be under 50kb.
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jameson5555 wrote:
kc0tma wrote:
Just looking at the rules for this comp, it looks like the only restriction is 728x90 right? So it isn't limited to a certain kilobyte size or anything? Although we should try and keep them as small as possible...

I think Bigwebmaster said they needed to be under 50kb.

Yeah he did say that... Mine is 48.6kb... I think :lol:
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I thought for sure that 50kb would make Flash out of the question, but mine ended up at only 26kb somehow...
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I thought for sure that 50kb would make Flash out of the question, but mine ended up at only 26kb somehow...

:lol: Good job on that. I guess compression?Compilation? went good?
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I'm finding that with Flash it's more about optimizing the images you bring in from Photoshop than anything you do in Flash to compress. I just used the default settings to export the .swf.
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Got another one:
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Entry #3

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lol ... nice spork ... I like that ...
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:lol: you have my vote spork, with no doubt
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My Second Submittion
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[EDIT] (How about now kc0tma?)x2
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Sweetness Bogey! The only thing though is that the black text towards the top is a little hard to read.
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Sweetness Bogey! The only thing though is that the black text towards the top is a little hard to read.

What color do you suggest I'm asking because it looks ok to me but that may be because I created it...
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I'm using the dark theme, and the black doesn't jump out with the dark grey background, right now it still looks the same. I wonder if you gave it kind of a fuzzy white drop shadow like the other text if it might rise into view.
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kc0tma wrote:
I'm using the dark theme, and the black doesn't jump out with the dark grey background, right now it still looks the same. I wonder if you gave it kind of a fuzzy white drop shadow like the other text if it might rise into view.

:shock: I forgot about the dark theme... I'm ashamed :oops:
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I just looked through this again, and wow, this is going to be a really tough comp to vote on ...
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so far I'm swinging between spork's cat and r_t's second entry....
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Hey Brian - would you be interested in a set of banner's that could work well together if they were displayed at random or are you simply looking for a static fixed solution?
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Its possible I could rotate if I saw more than one I really liked.
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I was just wondering if it would be worth creating a few that worked well together.

Since I have you here, are you looking for something clean and professional looking or more fun?
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Fun, professional, or both. Doesn't matter as long as it grabs the visitor's attention.
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flash banner made at

http://www.digitaldesign.helloweb.eu/qzzubanner.html
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kc0tma wrote:
Schnazzy


Not really. Purely for the fact that they have added a website link to the "digital design" i'm pretty confident that would disqualify it.
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kc0tma wrote:
Schnazzy


Not really. Purely for the fact that they have added a website link to the "digital design" i'm pretty confident that would disqualify it.


LOL ... i added as a form of copyright, not as spam. Same as you do with whatermark in pics.
Is obvius that if i will bee choosen i 'll remove it when and if i give the project
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I didn't even notice it went to another forum, I just clicked the link. It's kind of nice to have a few flash banners that actually do something visual instead of just sitting still.
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Here is my submission. It is an non-looping animated gif. So do a Shift-Refresh to see the animation again.

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To see the image at full size, view it here.
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I don't see any animation occurring in the image, artcoder...
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I don't see any animation occurring in the image, artcoder...

It appears only once... click on that link and you will see it.
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I don't see any animation occurring in the image, artcoder...


Yeah, the animation is very short because I tend to think long animations that loops can be too annoying.

You might have to view the banner in its full size as linked here.
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Alright, so I finally gave in and made one:

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Took me about 2 minutes in Fireworks... Don't ask me how long it would take me in Photoshop. :scratchhead:
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I thought for sure that 50kb would make Flash out of the question, but mine ended up at only 26kb somehow...


Flash compiler is very good at making small file sizes.
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Here is my final banner

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man its gone quiet in here :D how many days untill the comp finishes again ?

there are some great banners here its anyones win in this one
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it's not until the end of june i think...

yeah this one is gonna be a toughie. i thought of making more but if there are 50 entries you're likely to end up with 6 tied winners of 3 votes each.... then again maybe we all get surprised.
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Here is my second submission called "artcoder comp2" ...

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Full image here.

Stock image references:
Girl: DreamsTime.com #2646246
Background: DreamsTime.com #4764405

Banner is an animated GIF with a subtle button glow effect. Human faces tends to attract viewers attention. The orange and blue are good complementary colors that go well together. Slight drop shadow to give the text a little "pop".
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artcoder, your most recent submission is probably my favourite (animals aside ;)) submission.
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I would have to agree, I really like that one.
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it's good. very different - that's what I like. a completely fresh take on it...
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Thanks. Here is my third and final entry: "artcoder comp3"

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Link to fullsize image

It uses Dreamstime stock image #2426729 and the Baveuse font.

Stock images are good for backgrounds, but they are also good for selecting color schemes. The dark brown text over the light brown background goes very well together. This is known as an "analogous color scheme" and the two colors had been sampled from the stock image.

The white outline on the text with subtle drop shadows give the letters better definition and make them stand out from the grunge circles. The grunge circles were a bit too strong in the stock image, so I had to decrease its opacity to 40%. I also had to move the circles around to make appropriate room for the text.
You can see the original stock image here.

I didn't animate this one this time, but certainly can do so if bigwebmaster wants it.
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Heyy,

Wow, it's been a while since I was last on, :oops: sorry, but I hope to change that now, since school's over. :P

Uhm, I'm not too sure how to attach my banners, lol, help me?

If it's under the "Additional Posting Preferences", for some reason I can't click 'Option' (although it shows up as a link)...I'm using FF3. :S

Thanks, and sorry for my stupidity 8)
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Under advanced reply, just click the Img button and then put a link to your image between the "img" tags
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Ok, this is my last entry... well not much time for more even if I wanted to make some.............
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My last submittion(s)

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:lol: These would probably scare users away from GOLD membership
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WOOOOOHOOOOOOO last day
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Haha thanks,

Here it is:

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I'll be posting a few more entries later today, but goodluck everyone!
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This is a reminder that this competition will be ending in about 17 hours from this post at the end of the day on June 30 PDT time.
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THE COMPETITION IS OVER!!!

Hmm... I wonder who will win this one. Looks like the voting would be hard...
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This is going to be tough ...
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This competition is now closed, I will put up polls soon.
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Awhh damn :(

I guess it's too late to put up a couple more, huh?
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gsgfx wrote:
Awhh damn :(

I guess it's too late to put up a couple more, huh?

The voting is already up... I would guess so

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