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[ red_a02 ] Shuzhen – The first episode was a lot of fun, cos it had an interesting cocktail of sexual tension and smooth fight choreography. This episode is like the awkward aftermath...
27 Aquarius 13 18:13
[ vermilion_2 ] YAPX – I understand that most of your stories are dialogue-based and heavy on retorts and counter-retorts. This one felt unnecessarily circular. It starts with a cool premise: a killer/villain/vigilante uses Lent to swear off something that should be second nature to him (I suppose), and then talks about a story. The link between the two (giving up killing & the story) isn’t a 100% fit. Maybe instead of “let me tell you a story”, it could be “hey, you see I even passed a guy up for death today!” or equivalent. Something to drag Lorelei into the banter and the premise. // That’s my only complaint. I’m not a big fan of dialogue-based stories, but I can make a exception for this.
14 Aquarius 13 08:03
[ 130204 ] YAPX – Good pace, good characters, great dialogue. The thing I like best is a combination of the three: how you build up their pseudo-relationship through all that back-and-forth exchange. Somehow, you craft a unique, strange relationship: from any one point in the story, both of them are manipulative, victimised and hypocrites - though not all at once. // On word choices, I felt you could change the word “janitor” (“cleaner” or “uncle” would’ve given a different, but more acute local flavour to it). Mostly because, it’s connotes an added level of difference through: class. Whether or not you intended it, by portraying the “janitor” and “student” you bring out the fact that he’s stuck there socially in all sense of the word. It made the part where he says he reads books during weekends completely out-of-context and weird. // Also, there’s too much “sliding” in and out of the room. Not sure if that’s intentional repetition, or just a lack of other words. // I thought that the girl’s own background is pretty compelling. Even after everything, I can’t tell if she’s speaking the truth. Because I’m all for unreliable narrators and characters, I can still find her well-thought out. But other readers might lose patience or wonder at her sudden change of heart at the final moment.
04 Aquarius 13 08:48
Finished the Final Fantasy X-2 skin, after all that angst and agony.
So this is what I spent hours doing. Because Photoshop hates me. Even after all this, I still had to use Paint with Photoshop to get it done. Because I suxx0rz.
The conundrum works thus;
The image has to be saved in high res. The image must have tranparency, because I use three colours on the skins.
Now high res images can’t have transparency, because transparency can only be used on .gif and .png, and IE can’t recognise PNG-28’s transparency, which restricts me to 256 colours, which isn’t high res.
IE, however, allows you to set a transparency colour outside of the image, as a filter. But .jpg compression creates distortion all over the place, like so –
So I decided to create an overlay, which is where the travails of Photoshop come in. BECAUSE PHOTOSHOP FUCKING BLENDS. It creates all sorts of colours – around the edges of an image, to blend it with the background – that I don’t want and I have no idea how to get it not to fucking do that.
But I made do, mostly with Paint. Which gives us the overlay –
Which, because I’m obstinate about doing things the cool way, uses a MaskFilter to set the colour (which is why it appears dotty), instead of using a seperate overlay for each colour.
And the final result. A little bit too frilly around the edges, but it’ll do.
Very ironically, I figured out how to stop the damned blending after I finished this.
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