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#1  Edited By Jax

Ok thanks Seneku. =)

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With the new wallpaper system, some of you may be wondering how to make a banner without having it stretch, or tile. If you take a look at my profile, you'll see that I was able to do this with a little help from Moose in IRC, and some Photoshop skills. Here are the dimensions that you will need to work with. If you aren't a hands on person, you can check out Alexanders pre-made template file. You should follow mine if you want to do it yourself. We didn't know each other was working on a fix for this issue, but I give him props. Anything to get your banners to work guys.

Your initial canvas size for your image should be:

Width: 1424
Height: 195

(This means the image you want, just make it within these parameters)

Now you will need to create a new transparent canvas with these dimensions:

Width: 1424
Height: 390

(because the background system centers the image, so you added a 195 extra buffer from top and bottom.)

Paste your original image into the new canvas.

You will see transparency at the top and bottom (because your canvas is transparent by default). You should use paint bucket to fill in whatever colors you want, black, white, whatever. It probably won't show, it's a buffer, but just encase it overlaps. REMEMBER: Layers. New layers for everything you paste, or type. Don't want to have to press "step back" 20x.

The font that I used to add extra text next to my name was Arial (Bold - 32pt.)

If this is confusing to you, are you are having issues with lining up text and what not, I have uploaded my PSD file for you to use as a template. The font is in the proper place, but since your name is probably longer than mine, you will need to figure out how many spaces to move your sentence over (upload mine to your banner, take screen shot, paste in Photoshop, use rulers to calculate).


Banner Sample/template (PSD)


(Edit, after thinking about it, there MIGHT be a resolution difference in how the system recognizes your image to your screen. So if it does not sync well with your resolution, I can give you these tips.

Upload anything (preferably the picture that is overlaping/tiling to your background. Take a screenshot and paste it in photohop.

Cut out the entire banner area, from left to right, top to bottom, even under the transparent GB toolbar.








Next you will want to use selection tool >  copy >  new file >   add  195 to the height
> paste

(This creates the top and bottom buffer which causes the system to not tile your image.




(As you can see, I took the screenshot from an already WORKING banner, so my pictures were properly placed beforehand. Just work within that image, you can paste your images in it (and size them within the image, delete everything in my image or whatever, but don't overlap the buffer zone! Make SURE you delete your name, avatar and the GB toolbar, that is not an image, it's compiled over the image through ajax/css/js from the website. Be sure to keep in mind placement of borders, where your name will appear on GB, and what not.)

The bufferzone probably WONT show, but just encase, I can't stress enough, use simple colors (red, green, blue, black, etc.)


(Fill in transparent top/bottom with whatever color matches your picture - the system most likely won't show this part, but encase it does.) I used black.

Make modifications as necessary; copy, paste, cut, fill in, etc. Like I said before, if you are doing this on your own (without my image file) and you are working with your own screenshot you took, be SURE to delete the GB toolbar in the picture, and your name. My banner was more dynamic because I didn't just want a picture, so I had to keep in mind where my name would appear in respects to where I wanted my sentence.


And in the end, it's all about editing the file to fit perfectly. Might have to upload different sizes of your picture, because it could be off by 10-20 pixels in either direction. But the outcome is worth it in my opinion. =)

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#3  Edited By Jax

You make valid points, although what I was trying to do was connect how social networking website CAN and in most ways are taking the aspect of vanity and self admiration to the NEXT level. I understand that there are always different viewpoints and reasons why people do what they do. I was simply pointing out one aspect of this paradigm which bothers me. I know that this is a social network, but the purpose of this website doesn't really encompass the point I was trying to make. The social networking websites which are more like classified adds are the ones which tend to bug me. People always seem so happy and content, when you know that in person, they usually aren't. It's just another way of making people view you as something you're not - which is normal, but at the extent of how easily we can do it now (photoshop, camera angles, the ability to write exactly what you want to say how you want to say it).

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With the introduction of Myspace, Facebook and other parallel models of social networking websites throughout the past seven years, the world has undoubtedly become a much closer place than ever before. Technological brainchildren like Twitter, Youtube, Digg and similar social networking portals have evolved past the typical mainstay of profile based "friendship websites". It would be uncultured as well as naive for anyone to deny that social networking hasn't brought people closer to one another than ever before with tools like messaging, instant updates, comments, and multimedia based communication. Yet, with the great increase in connection, declaration of personal freedom, social approval and validation that these websites bring, there is also an underlying issue which I believe faces our youth and community: vanity.

Yup, me.
Yup, me.

The internet has for a long time been an environment for anonymity and freedom of speech in which individuals are free to express their opinions and viewpoints on topics ranging from politics and technology, to love and culture, and so on. Yet, with the arrival of websites such as Myspace and Facebook, the aspect of the anonominity of communication is no longer the exception. Average people from everyday walks of life are now able to connect with their friends, family, co-workers and strangers with the click of a mouse and some basic background information. Not only are websites like Myspace and Facebook used for staying in contact with friends and family, they are also used as form of personal advertisement and self assessment. In a realm of society where a user is free from the restraints and confines of social approval, they may often find it easy to be whoever and whatever they choose to be without the fear of condemnation from their peers and interpersonal relationships. These social networking websites are an easy dimension to find yourself lost in, while still maintaining a feeling of perceived self. In a world where fantasy, liberty and pleasure are the intent, the bi-product however is indulgence, instant gratification and confirmation of one's ideal self.


If, let's say, an average person who doesn't fancy themselves as being tech-savvy, were to look at a Myspace profile for instance, they would probably compare it to what one would think of as a classifieds ad. As a user of these online social networking websites you can communicate a version of yourself to people that you most likely wouldn't admit to in real life. Users poses the ability to add their own aesthetic touch to the design and layout of their profile; add their favorite images and music, as well as stay updated to what their friends are doing. However, when you take a closer look at a user’s profile, you will typically, but not always see a disturbing trend in how an individual will broadcast themselves to their peers. The typical girl, for example, will portray themselves in a promiscuous way while still maintaining an image of independence and self worth. If you look at the average Myspace-esque photo, fashion plays a huge role. However, the trend in the style is not the issue; it's the trend in the openness and fabrication of their real lives which they lead other people to believe.


The yearning for approval is nothing new. Society has always played a large role in how a person views their own self image. As children we are raised by our parents and society to fit into certain orthodoxies, and play our gender roles. Men are told as boys that they are rough, rugged and independent; while women on the other hand are handled with a different prudence. For example, a girl shouldn't be hit by a boy, because it's wrong. So in this instance the parents are assigning a weaker more submissive role to a woman. Yet, on the reverse spectrum, this enables women to play a more gentle and important role as they grow up. A father of a girl is their protector, hence the phrase "daddies girl". A girl is given much more care as they are growing up. So when a woman reaches puberty and begins to look at guys, they typically don't want a weak submissive guy, because they've been handled with care all of their lives. So, we see that our gender roles are set at a very young age to establish who we are supposed to become in our society.


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Anyone who has a Myspace account, or a Facebook account has probably felt a feeling of jealousy or admiration when they see a profile of someone who appears to have everything in order. You know, when you login and you see that bulletin that says something along the lines of: “That was so fun last night! I got so drunk =)!” Or when they write a blog exclaiming how much better their life is now than it was before. This is the same thing humans do in our day to day lives. We are at a constant war with one another to see who is worthier of acceptance – and it all stems from the idea and need to reproduce. Men are hard coded to find women who are fertile, and they see this in their physical beauty. It’s a natural programming encoded in our DNA which asserts us of the statistical probability in how well a woman is able to reproduce. That’s why men really only think about sex appeal as opposed to women who look at a group of men, and will decide the best candidate based on how successful, healthy and optimistic of the future they appear. Women are looking for a man who can be a good provider, as well as bear a child with a low likelihood of genetic defects (which is why women look at a guy and gauge how attractive his features are).


Now, I may have side-tracked a bit there up above, but it all fits into this self perceived concept which we have that asserts that because we are individuals, we think that we are specifically unique, and our lives are not co-dependent upon one another. Yet, the fact of the matter is, is that everyone is seeking everyone elses approval, no matter what they say or how they show it. This is where social networking comes in. It’s an easy avenue for making yourself appear to be completely different than who you really are. The level of transparency and honesty on the internet is vague, and hard to be found even while looking at a friends profile. There is a trend, in my opinion, happening with our youth which needs to be addressed. It’s not healthy for young girls and young boys to constantly have to compete with one another and trick others into thinking that they are what they feel people think they should be. I see dozens of my friends profiles and they appear so different on the internet than they are in real life, and it always seems to be that they want to show off, or seem like they are perfect and infallible. I suppose this why Myspace and other social networking websites are often used to meet people and date them. Users are simply mimicking how they would compensate in the real world, ie: nice car, cool clothes and the appearance of a lot of money and wealth. Yet, I think that the ability to be so open and connected is teaching young kids who have unlimited access to this form of socializing that tricking others into thinking you are someone you’re not is a good way of getting people to like you.


It is my hope that as our generation ages, we will be able to avoid some of the mistakes that many of our predecessors have made. Our society rewards instant gratification and applauds success. We falsely believe that at the end of the road, how much money we have and how popular we are will make a difference. A very intelligent professor who teaches at UCI once told me, “It’s not where you end up at the end of your journey through life, it’s the experiences you went through which will make you the person you are.” Happiness is the bi-product of finding yourself, not the goal and means to the end. If we can put aside popularity for self admission, and stop comparing our lives to other peoples, maybe our generation can overcome the many disorders such as depression, drug addiction, alcoholism and murders which seems to grip man-kind. And maybe the way we can accomplish this is through communication on the internet. Using tools that are at our disposal to better our race, instead of to gain personal gratification may be the only way in which we can reverse the past, and look forward to the future.
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#5  Edited By Jax

Yeah this was pretty funny when I saw it on Digg a few months back.

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#6  Edited By Jax

Hope that tourny image works out fine bro. If you need me to add anything or make a one just hit me up. =)

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#7  Edited By Jax

Edit; Thought we were talking about horror OR comedy :-p

I'd say Suan of the Dead is my favorite by far.

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#8  Edited By Jax

Lol yeah I uploaded that back when the movie was out.

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#9  Edited By Jax
Jayge said:
"Similar topics only pops up when you're authoring a thread, broski.

Welcome back though.
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Oh well, all I was saying was it's a new feature since I've been gone :P
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#10  Edited By Jax

Hey guys, been a while since I've been around these parts. Grandfather passed away back during Thanksgiving, so I had to move out to Mississippi to take care of my grandmother. A lot here has changed - I can see >>> that similar topics feature, pretty sweet. Well it's good to be back, hope to get familiar with all these new face.

Peace.