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Postby Universezero » 2009.07.15 (03:46)

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Aphex has created this guide because of the huge amount of signature shops that are opening up on image board street. This large amount of signature shops, has lead to a lot of great signature makers being neglected, due to the fact they are pushed down the pages by other new shops. I'm hoping that this this will stop that, and will be a good resource for the community.

This topic was created by Aphex, and edited by Universezero. Descriptions and shops will be added as they are received.
Any shops in orange are closed. Shops will be listed from most-active at the top to least-active/dead at the bottom.

NEW! Activity meter.
5 stars = active, on first page
4 stars = idle, on first page
3 stars = idle, on second page or more
2 stars = inactive, on second page or more
1 star = closed

Name: Vyacheslav's Sig/Avatar Thread
Author: 987654321
Location: http://forum.droni.es/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=5353
Opening date: March 18th, 2010
Activity: *****
Examples of work:

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Author's description: Can do animated GIFs/convert video to gif.




Name: Izzy's Sigs
Author: Izzy
Location: http://forum.droni.es/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=203
Opening date: June 3rd, 2008
Activity: *****
Examples of work:

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Author's description: About a year ago, Izzy discovered the wonders of the magical potato through the works of T3chno. He got that potato eventually and began to make sigs himself by skimming over tutorials and changing stuff. His preferred techniques include smudging, depth-ing, and rendering out stuff to add in his sigs. Styles may vary.




Name: Universezero's Image Requests
Author: Universezero
Location: http://forum.droni.es/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=1273
Opening date: December 28th, 2008
Activity: ****
Examples of work:

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Author's description: I use photoshop. I usually make sigs with stock images, but I do heaps of renders too. I make quite vibrant complex sigs, but I also do simple ones with stock images too.




Name: Techno of the West :: Founded 1856
Author: Techno
Location: http://forum.droni.es/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=212
Opening date: August 16th, 2007
Activity: ***
Examples of work:

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Author's description:




Name: southpawPOWPOW
Author: Manus Australis
Location: http://forum.droni.es/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=262
Opening date: October 18th, 2007 (May have been even earlier)
Activity: **
Examples of work:

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Author's description:




Name: Why Me's Sigs / Why_Me's new Sig Thread
Author: Why Me
Locations: http://forum.droni.es/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=818 (Old)
http://forum.droni.es/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=5282 (New)
Opening date: November 16th, 2008
Activity: ***
Examples of work:

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Author's description: My style has changed a few times since I started creating sigs. I used to create sigs with renders and a grid-style overlay (like my Kirby or 1up sig), but I have stopped creating sigs like that, and I am now looking for my new style, so I would be open to creating almost anything. I create sigs with Photoshop, and while I might not know how to use all of the tools expertly, I do know how to use almost all of them pretty well. I will usually make sigs whenever anyone asks for one, unless it is a completely nondescript request or I am being flooded with requests. I don't really have any definite techniques when I create sigs, but I will try to learn better smudging techniques as well as other special skills, as to better all of my sig-creating skills and create as many different types of sigs as I can.




Name: MCKY's Tags
Author: MyCheezKilledYours
Location: http://forum.droni.es/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=2374
Opening date: April 11th, 2009
Activity: **
Examples of work:

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Author's description:




Name: THE HARBIN INDUSTRIAL SIGNATURE CORPORATION
Author: bok_choy (formerly ortsz, formerly maestro)
Location: http://forum.droni.es/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=213
Opening date: October 8th, 2008
Activity: **
Examples of work:

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Author's description: Signatures par le maestro are generally produced with Paint or Photoshop. Minimalism is the watchword. The signatures are only sometimes based on pre-existing imagery, including original photographs. Quality is deliberately variable. Applicants can expect to wait a very long time.




Name: NicNac'z Narcotic Night-store of Sigs *remodeled*
Author: NicNac14
Location: http://forum.droni.es/viewtopic.php?t=372
Opening date: October 14th, 2008
Activity: **
Examples of work:

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Author's description: Its a give and take place. give me a picture or idea and you take home a sig. I use photoshop 7.0, and has been schooled in the art of photoshopping for years. I prefer pictures and brushes.
My style ranges from simple to complicated. as shown in my examples.




Name: Tep's Siggy Emporium! :p
Author: TheEverPresent
Location: http://forum.droni.es/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=3754
Opening date: September 9th, 2009
Activity: **
Examples of work:

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Author's description: Style: cluttered, also like... dreary I guess you could call it.
Program: Photoshop CS2
Frequency: I check my thread every couple of days. If I see a request I jump on it rather quickly.
Techniques: uhh, cluttered-ness?
Knowledge: Been doing PS stuff as a hobby for a couple of years.




Name: GTM's Sigs: New System
Author: MattKestrel
Location: http://forum.droni.es/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=436
Opening date: October 19th, 2009
Activity: **
Examples of work:

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Author's description: Generally I only do simple stuff; I've only got paint.net so don't expect complex brushes, special effects and what not. Even if I do say so myself, though, my images are generally pretty well composed, and so long as you don't mind blurry text, I think you'll like it here.




Name: Donfuy's Sigs, Pics and Random Images.
Author: Donfuy
Location: http://forum.droni.es/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=2621
Opening date: May 9th, 2009
Activity: **
Examples of work:

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Author's description: My sigs will come out, sooner or later, but they will come. So ask away, and be aware that you can be surprised, in an extravagant and awesome way.




Name: Images by gloomp
Author: gloomp
Location: viewtopic.php?f=12&t=605
Opening date: November 2nd, 2008
Activity: **
Examples of work:

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Author's description:




Name: Jackass's sigs
Author: Jackass
Location: http://forum.droni.es/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=562
Opening date: October 30th, 2008
Activity: **
Examples of work:

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Author's description:




Name: Kablamo's sigs a plenty
Author: Kablamo
Location: http://forum.droni.es/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=1729
Opening date: February 5th, 2009
Activity: **
Examples of work:

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Author's description: When it comes to sigs, i'm probably not the best, but I really enjoy making them. I use the program corel paint shop pro and like putting heaps of effects on my sigs.




Name: 29403's sig supermarket
Author: 29403
Location: http://forum.droni.es/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=2639
Opening date: May 11th, 2009
Activity: **
Examples of work:

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Author's description: Simple sigs. I don't do complicated stuff, I specialise in simple, easy, cartoony sigs. Photoshop CS3 used. Still learning




Name: incluye's amazing image gallery!
Author: ǝʎn1ɔuı
Location: http://forum.droni.es/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=201
Opening date: August 17th, 2007 (May have been even earlier)
Activity: **
Examples of work:

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Author's description: Photoshop CS3 signatures of a long range of styles. I come from the old days where people still used effects, not just stocks + text. I also don't really image anymore, but if you're lucky you might get something.




Name: Lachesis Brand Siggyz!
Author: Lachesis
Location: http://forum.droni.es/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=2079
Opening date: March 8th, 2009
Activity: **
Examples of work:

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Author's description: Program: GIMP 2.6
Style: Failness
Complexity: Not very complex
Renders that are rendered well are my favorite!!!




Name: Daikenkai's sigs
Author: Daikenkai
Location: http://forum.droni.es/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=1782
Opening date: February 12th, 2009
Activity: **
Examples of work:

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Author's description:




Name: Ye Olde esay Signature Shoppe
Author: Esay
Location: http://forum.droni.es/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=1785
Opening date: February 12th, 2009
Activity: **
Examples of work:

None (Photobucket account inactive)


Author's description: I make cool Sigs? Haha. And I use Photoshop.




Name: SkyRay tries to make pretty things..
Author: Skyray
Location: http://forum.droni.es/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=2321
Opening date: August 3rd, 2008
Activity: *
Examples of work:

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Author's description:




Name: Aphex's Image Stall
Author: Aphex
Location: http://forum.droni.es/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=2645
Opening date: May 12th, 2009
Activity: *
Examples of work:

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Author's description: Im relativly new to image making, but with the help of photoshop, i feel my images are quite good. I use renders and stock. I don't really have a style, but i do use glowing lines a lot ^^




Name: Octo's Images (Or something)
Author: Octopod squad
Location: http://forum.droni.es/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=2344
Opening date: April 9th, 2009
Activity: *
Examples of work:

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Author's description:




Name: Tags by toasters
Author: toasters
Location: http://forum.droni.es/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=528
Opening date: Octobe 27th, 2008
Activity: *
Examples of work:

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Author's description: it was Photoshop
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Postby origami_alligator » 2009.07.15 (04:23)

This will be edited shortly.
Mostly I'm going to change the examples of their work. Rarely did you choose one of the better images from that person.
You have been given fair notice.
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Postby PALEMOON » 2009.07.15 (06:16)

this must've taken a lot of effort! thanks for putting this together, aphex and UZ!

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Postby Universezero » 2009.07.15 (06:50)

Manus Australis wrote:This will be edited shortly.
Mostly I'm going to change the examples of their work. Rarely did you choose one of the better images from that person.
You have been given fair notice.

Aphex did that bit. You can offer some better ones if you like.
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Postby Tunco » 2009.07.15 (08:56)

Nicely put. Thanks for making this, guys.
Some are written in orange, which means closed, but some shops are not making sigs either, but they are not closed, like incluye's.
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Postby unoriginal name » 2009.07.15 (16:18)

I find it odd that you chose my two of my most starkly minimal images. It's really not what I usually do. Also:

[12:12:39] <gloomp> ortsz, why is is that for that image shopping guide thing Aphex selected http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y55/ma ... iotsig.jpg and / http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y55/ma ... oozyav.png /?
[12:13:09] <ortsz> Not a clue. I think I was given the option of picking others, but I don't care.
[12:13:17] <gloomp> Mm, me neither.
[12:13:30] <ortsz> The yahoozyav choice is rather baffling.
[12:13:41] <gloomp> I know, right?
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Postby Donfuy » 2009.07.17 (23:21)

I request for adding mine, as now I'm able to work on it.

Description: I usually take some time making the sigs, as I put the effort necessary to it to come pretty in my sights. If when in the process of making a sig, the idea I was working on for an hour doesn't work at the end... I'll just reluctantly rethink and do another, this time much better and refined. So I would say my sig complexity is based around the theme and ideas around that theme. Quite boring isn't it? Well, I quite like them.
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Postby a happy song » 2009.07.17 (23:35)

Pinned. Nicely done; keep it up do date and it'll be a useful guide.
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Postby Cheez » 2009.07.18 (00:20)

Hah, I remember Aphex PM'ing me about this, but I never saw it done.

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Postby Universezero » 2009.10.07 (23:32)

Updated. Shop added, somenames changed and dates fixed to include shops on the old forums. Please tell me if I've missed something or made a mistake. Note: Malde37, this guide is mainly for signature shops. N related shops tend not to get on.

Also, could people PM me descriptions of their shops if you don't already have one? Thanks in advance.
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Postby Universezero » 2010.01.13 (08:21)

Another update; a couple of name changes and links work on the new forums.

I would also like to reiterate that if there is anything that you would like me to change/add to this list, please don't hesitate to ask/demand.
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Postby Donfuy » 2010.01.13 (12:57)

Change my description please.

My sigs will come out, sooner or later, but they will come. So ask away, and be aware that you can be surprised, in an extravagant and awesome way.
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Postby Aphex » 2010.01.24 (19:43)

1) The examples of esay's sigs are links, should be images
2) I never thanked you for posting and keeping this up-to-date. Thank you (>^_^)>
3) My sig shop is now closed
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Name: Vyacheslav's Sig/Avatar Thread
Author: 987654321
Location: viewtopic.php?f=12&t=5353
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Postby Universezero » 2010.04.10 (03:45)

Shop updated: New shop added, many shop names / user names changed, all shops moved in accordance to the date of the last post made on it. Enjoy.
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Postby Universezero » 2010.10.13 (02:34)

'Nother of my infrequent updates. Some shops moved according to activity. Speaking of which, I have added a new 'activity meter'.

NEW! Activity meter.
5 stars = active, on first page
4 stars = idle, on first page
3 stars = idle, on second page or more
2 stars = inactive, on second page or more
1 star = closed

The reason for this is because almost all the shops have little to no traffic, which is a little sad. However, the customers must be aware. So, anyhoo, this thing is still up, so if anyone has anything they'd like added, don't hesitate 'cause you think this guide's getting no attention. :) Not that this thing needs much attention... the image forum is practically dead. :(
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