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Hi, I'm Cyan! This journal is a place for me to share about icon-related stuff, stuff I'm up to, and events.

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5 fun facts about Cyan:

1. I use GIMP to make my icons. I guess this impresses some people. If I can ever afford Photoshop, I'll let you know.

2. I've been iconning since late '08. Here are some icons from '09 that I'm not completely ashamed of.

3. Unpopular opinion. I like pretty anime girls over pretty anime boys.

4. My first anime series was Fruits Basket. I shipped Yuki/Tohru and wanted Haru all to myself.

5. I'm not this cool in real life.

Random recommendations: anime, Hidamari Sketch // manga, Crescent Moon by Haruko Iida // soundtrack, OST from Ouran High School Host Club // song, Honeybee by Steam Powered Giraffe // font, Two Cents // non-animated movie, Secret of Moonacre // website, ayoungscores.com, your new favorite male character, Nozaki Umetaro // your new favorite female character, Kitashirakawa Tamako // your new favorite OTP, Miniwa Tsumiki & Otonashi Io // go crazy.

Drop a comment if you're feeling friendly, need another recommendation, or have a request!
Current Mood: pleasedpleased
12 October 2018 @ 02:04 pm
I recently returned to LJ after a crazy-long hiatus and learned (belatedly) that my favorite fanfiction writer, forthrightly, has an original book out! I can't believe I missed out on this...

Because I'm feeling nostalgic and excited, I'm opening up a special request post specifically for the Inuyasha fandom!

Speed Requests!

[x] Requests must be for the Inuyasha fandom only!
[x] You may request up to two (2) images for me to icon, or request a favorite character/pairing.
[x] Manga panels are okay!
[x] HQ images if possible, please
[x] No fan art.
[x] Reserving is fine, but please come back within 12 hours or less or I'll give your slot to the next person in line
[x] Icons will be made as quickly as possible. All requests will be shareable

Please use this form when requesting~

Current Mood: ecstaticecstatic
22 September 2018 @ 01:02 am
After a lot of thought, I've decided that my life and schedule are too erratic to continue moderating calendarsquares. I'm really sad to give this up, since calendarsquares has been one of my favorite creative outlets over the years. To celebrate the community and its many creative members, I've decided to throw one last Rumble for everyone who's participated over the years. If you'd like to take part and help me close out the community with a bang, please consider signing up for this farewell extravaganza!

Current Mood: sadsad
07 February 2018 @ 03:00 pm
For the Winter Solstice challenge @ theseasonwheel
2 Cardcaptor Sakura
1 Frozen
2 Kobato
2 Natsume Yuujinchou
2 Rise of the Guardians
1 Magic Knight Rayearth
1 Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir
1 Mulan
1 Ranma 1/2
1 Tiger & Bunny
3 Tsubasa Resevoir Chronicles
2 Yuri!! On Ice
1 XxxHolic

here @ classic_shades
Current Mood: creativecreative
14 January 2018 @ 10:20 pm
I've revamped classic_shades in the hope that I can bury the posts with broken links and put out some brand new icons this year. To celebrate, I've opened up a request post. Feel free to shower me with caps from your newest favorite shows!
Current Mood: excitedexcited
10 January 2018 @ 11:32 pm

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27 November 2017 @ 12:00 am
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27 September 2017 @ 05:48 pm

Current Mood: hungryhungry
21 August 2017 @ 10:30 pm
Originally posted by unreal at Mod post
There is a plugin that makes all pb images visible again: Firefox / Chrome
Current Mood: giddygiddy
20 July 2017 @ 06:20 pm
Requested by rizbef.

a beginner's guide to GIMP

GIMP is a free image editing program that brags on offering many of the same features that Photoshop provides. Based on most comments I’ve received over the years, I’ve come to the conclusion that GIMP is actually nothing like Photoshop.

Now, before I get any further, I’d like to share a few disclaimers.
1. I actually use a backdated version of GIMP, partly because I’ve been using the same program since I started iconning, and partly because the one time I did try an updated version I had a panic attack and ended up digging around in the archives to find my old version again. If you can find and download an older version (I use GIMP 2.6) you’ll probably have a much smoother, stress-free GIMP experience.

2. From what I can gather, Photoshop gives you more options when it comes to text effects, plus has handy filters that automatically apply them for you. Some of my tips and tricks might seem like a long way around to get the same basic look, but that’s because I’m using a cheap knockoff. Feel free to share about your process and typography hacks, but keep in mind that they might not translate the same way in GIMP as they would in Photoshop.

3. I’m slightly lazy when it comes to some of the more complicated features of image editing programs, so you may have noticed that my text placement is usually pretty simple. That’s also why you won’t see any tips on how to get your text to follow a path, warp, follow a circle, etc. If you have questions about any of my icons specifically, please let me know and I'd be happy to share~

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how about you?
+ What are your favorite typography hacks?
+ Which text-heavy icons inspire you the most?
+ What are your favorite fonts?
+ Did you try something new? Let me see!

Have more questions? Check out my thread!

Ask The Maker 2017 || My Thread
Current Mood: groggygroggy