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Welcome to the banner effects class!

I'm Nikki and I will be your banner effects mentor this term.

I know I may not be the best mentor on the site, but I do my best =)

My overall goal is to show everyone the simple, yet fun ways to make your banners POP within your blending techniques and texture.

Now somethings I know you know. And other things you may THINK you know (xD, JK)

But maybe I do something differently whether that is technique or pressing a different button.

Again, I know I'm probably not who you were expecting for teaching such an AWESOME class, but hopefully I'll grow on you =)


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S  T  U  D  E  N  T  S

Well, I have a list of you below, and I will check your name off on the list regularly.

What I mean is, every time you complete an assignment or just respond to a tutorial, I put a check reminding me who has been "handing in" assignments. Every week will be a different colored check so that way you will be able to think: "Oh, I'm missing the red check. Let me do that assignment!"

Unlike school, there is no punishment for not turning in homework, I just recommend you do it so that it may help you in the future =)


Pupil List

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This is just where the links to tutorials are because it is just more convenient to post them here rather than you going through the whole discussion to find your assignments.

(Click banners to go to lessons. You may have to scroll up or down depending on when I posted the link)

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A  S  S  I  G  N  M  E  N  T  S

Okay, so I'll be posting all of your assignments here at the bottom of the discussion so it is the last thing you will look at and it sticks in your head.

I hope to have 1 to 3 assignments per week, depending on how long it takes to teach each tutorial.

I generally like posting assignments in Word Documents (it just looks neater to me)


This way, I can post them in a different format.


Now, your assignment(s):


Assignment: Complete the form I have posted as a comment to the discussion. Basically tell me what you know, and what you want to learn. =)

Assignment: Say what you think banner effects means. Include if you can find/download brushes.

Assignment: Complete the tutorial. Find an image that you can use your gradient on. Feel free to use layer modes if you know how to use them. If you cannot do the image thing for any reason, just post a screenshot of your gradient and I'll give you a check. I also ask, do you know how to use layer modes? Answer that question along with your image.

Assignment: Complete the artificial gradient tutorial and share your results. Preferably: Post a before/after product =)

Assignment: Do your best to complete this tutorial and share your results. IF and only IF you are a person who CANNOT download brushes, you are excused from this lesson. Just leave a little comment reminding me so that I can give you an orange check =).

Assignment: Okay, so I know Claire taught you Layer Modes with text, and I showed you gradients, and most of you knew what Layer Modes were already.

So, in this assignment, I want you to combine the two.

The twist? Your text can only be ONE SINGLE WORD.

This is a banner effects class, not text, right? Oh, and you must use at least one gradient. Excited?

Assignment: I want you all back in the habit of making textures. So, this will be an ongoing assignment. Once a week, I want you to make a texture and share it. At the end of the term, you'll get your yellow check even if you only did it once =) But, I'll give you guys something really cool if you do one a week til the term's end!!

Assignment: Create a "crack brush" effect with only ONE image.

I'll show you the two image one tomorrow.

Don't forget to make another texture going towards your yellow check assignment!!

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Alright, so here is that form:

Your Name:

Your Username:

Can You Open Word Documents?:

What do you prefer I post tutorials as?: (comments, discussions, documents)

What do you wish to learn more about?: (if you'd like a list of things I'd like to teach, let me know, I have one handy.)

Your Favorite Bands/Singers?:

Your Favorite Actors/Actresses:

Your Celebrity Crush?:

Favorite Color?:


I know the last few questions sound senseless, but it is just so that I know what you like, and I can post GIFs with your interests on them =)

Complete this ASAP so we can get to the good stuff!


Your Name: Hunter

Your Username: ❄ {사냥꾼} ❄

Can You Open Word Documents?: Yush

What do you prefer I post tutorials as?: Anything but separate discussions?

What do you wish to learn more about?: . . . *shotdead*

Your Favorite Bands/Singers?: B.A.P, B2ST, Big Bang, EXO, NU'EST, 2PM

Your Favorite Actors/Actresses: Robert Downey Jr.

Your Celebrity Crush?: Bang YongGuk

Favorite Color?: Blue.

~ Yay Nikki I Can't Wait.

No Really.

Yay, because I'm not the biggest fan of separate discussions either ^-^!

I like Robert Downey Jr. as well, he's AWESOME!

Anyways, Welcome!

Your Name: Taniya

Your Username: HeartStealer™

Can You Open Word Documents?: Yes

What do you prefer I post tutorials as?: Documents because I can save them and look at them later

What do you wish to learn more about?: How to make things pop and stand out

Your Favorite Bands/Singers?: A.N. Jell, All Time Low,Maroon 5, Black Veil Brides, The Wanted

Your Favorite Actors/Actresses: Ariana Grande, Ian Somerhalder

Your Celebrity Crush?: Booboo Stewart, Channing Tatum

Favorite Color?: Pink&Black

Maroon 5 and The Wanted! Some of my favorites too!

Teehee they are awesome <3

Your Name: Kelsey

Your Username: Synful Masterpiece

Can You Open Word Documents?: Yuppers :)

What do you prefer I post tutorials as?: Documents and comments

What do you wish to learn more about?: Anything you're willing to teach

Your Favorite Bands/Singers?: Marianas Trench, Hedley, Avenged Sevenfold and Florence and the Machine

Your Favorite Actors/Actresses: Channing Tatum and Will Smith

Your Celebrity Crush?: Josh Ramsay and Darla Taylor

Favorite Color?: Midnight Blue

(^Josh and Darla^)

Florence <3

Welcome to the Banner Effects

Your Name: Rachel

Your Username:♥Rachel♥

Can You Open Word Documents?: Yes

What do you prefer I post tutorials as?: (comments, discussions, documents) Comments

What do you wish to learn more about?: (if you'd like a list of things I'd like to teach, let me know, I have one handy.) I'm looking forward to learn everything that you will be teaching. :)

Your Favorite Bands/Singers?: The Pretty Reckless, Paramore, Florence and the Machine, Taylor Swift, Demi Lovato, 30 Seconds To Mars, Hey Monday...

Your Favorite Actors/Actresses: Taylor Lautner, Victoria Justice, Bradley Cooper, Johnny Depp, Kellan Lutz, Lucy Hale...

Your Celebrity Crush?: Taylor Lautner, Nathan Sykes, Zayn Malik, Alex Pettyfer, Paul Wesley...

Favorite Color?: Purple and black

Paul and Alex... *dreamy sigh*

We have VERY similar interests, haha.

Your Name:Courtney

Your Username:C.A. Drake

Can You Open Word Documents?: i assume so

What do you prefer I post tutorials as?: (comments, discussions, documents):comments, like screen caps ya know?

What do you wish to learn more about?: (if you'd like a list of things I'd like to teach, let me know, I have one handy.):anything

Your Favorite Bands/Singers?: A Day To Remember, There For Tomorrow, Maroon 5, and thats just the main ones:)

Your Favorite Actors/Actresses: ._. omg...i dont have one anymore!Dx

Your Celebrity Crush?: <3 Jeremy Mckinnon <3 Chris Kamrada <3 and Neil Westfall <3

Favorite Color?:blue^_^






Sorry, i couldnt pick a gif!xD

Hehe, I do that too. Welcome!


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