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Graphical Resources for Themes

Post by Inspired » Wed Apr 25, 2018 10:49 am

Hi Everyone!

As you probably noticed, the old forum theme is gone, and our brave overlords are doing their best to replace it with something more visually updated.
Since the old theme was for a previous version of the phpBB Engine it would need some tweaking to come back, but I think here is a great chance to get new styles done...

Now, I started to create another theme that will have a "green"-ish scheme in the hopes of fitting the old Goblins forum a little - and also because my eyes feel a bit strained by the black theme. I switched back to the prosilver in the meantime, but you know what they say: "If you want something done, do it yourself."

What I've done so far is "backported" the green-theme's (link posted by Mort in the forum update thread) color scheme to the original prosilver skin, and it kind of works, all I have to do now is changing the Logo and the forum icons to something more fitting.

And here comes the part where I require your help:

I'm looking for art from either the comic or your own that is Goblins themed.

If you remember the old theme, it had shields instead of the round text-buttony bits. I want to bring back something similar, but things that are actually more in the style of the comic. So scrolls, shields, whatever I can find in the comic. Obviously, I'm starting to look for these through the archives, but if someone has the patience to get these - maybe even create alternatives -, I would greatly appretiate the help.

So please help me finding adequate pieces by posting a link to the page! My only intent is to use them specifically on theming this forum so I hope I won't hurt any copyright issues with that. If you are good at photoediting, feel free to help in creating the variations of the icons!

An idea for a basic icon set:
  • standard forum post: a round shield, just like the old forum
  • an important post: a shiny shield of wonder, or an opened scroll with an exclamation mark
  • a pinned topic: a shield with an arrow shot in it (or that multiplying bone spear chief had I forgot the name of)
  • a hot topic: a shield with a flame logo painted on it, or just a simple campfire (no shield)
  • deleted thread: a broken shield
  • a locked thread: a shield with chains across, or (with) a lock
... you get the idea.

I'm also willing to help in creating different themes.

You don't like green or you have your own idea? That's okay, I'd be pretty happy in helping your own theme, assuming our mods approve of this.
I have some ideas for other themes, but first I'd like to create only one to see how much hassle is there with it.

Some ideas in the mean time (spoilered to not distract from the original question):
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Ah, before I forget, here is the color scheme so far (logo and icons unchanged, obviously):
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@Mods:
- If you think this idea is worth more visibility, feel free to re-post it to somewhere more adequate or link to it in a post. I deliberately posted here (where it belongs), risking it might not be seen by artsy/ enthusiastic members who would be able to help but do not check all the forum...
- If you think this is not that good of an idea or downright terrible, feel free in NOT advertising it more (I won't do it), or downright delete the thread. I promise not to re-post it or attempt to create an undesired theme anyway.

Cheers!
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Re: Graphical Resources for Themes

Post by Wolfie » Thu Apr 26, 2018 7:34 am

I like the idea of using the KISS method for things. Keep them simple.

I do like the current black theme, but then I've always been a fan of dark backgrounds since bright lights tend to trigger my migraines. Go figure.

That being said, I do like how you're approaching an updated version of the Goblins theme. Personally, I'd change the background green to something with less yellow in it, more blue, but that's just my opinion.
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Re: Graphical Resources for Themes

Post by Inspired » Thu Apr 26, 2018 3:59 pm

Wolfie wrote:
Thu Apr 26, 2018 7:34 am
I like the idea of using the KISS method for things. Keep them simple.

I do like the current black theme, but then I've always been a fan of dark backgrounds since bright lights tend to trigger my migraines. Go figure.

That being said, I do like how you're approaching an updated version of the Goblins theme. Personally, I'd change the background green to something with less yellow in it, more blue, but that's just my opinion.
Thank you for your feedback!

I tried the palette you linked, but the end-result is a bit "too cold" to my tastes, dunno if it would work well with the imagined items.
I'm not sure you wanted something like this, but this is what resulted with the palette:
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Re: Graphical Resources for Themes

Post by Wolfie » Fri Apr 27, 2018 5:24 am

That's better. I think a "warmer" theme would be better, but then I'm not really partial to yellow colors, unless it's pure yellow hues. Yellowed greens and oranges.... ewwww.
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Re: Graphical Resources for Themes

Post by Inspired » Sat Apr 28, 2018 10:34 am

As soon as I get proper icons, I'm willing to give it up for voting on color schemes. It would be nice to know whether we could have any big backgrounds or allowed to use one (as afaik there is only this rocky wall+big ears combo but that works only for dark themes).

To be honest, I think some of us are reading the forums via phones / tablets, so unsure whether it would do good crunching in extras like that. (I don't yet know how the stylesheets work in mobile mode so yeah.)

By the way, I faintly recall that the current Goblins logo had a "simpler" variation initially, with either wooden or metallic letters, or something? Does anyone have that one saved anywhere? Might fit certain themes better. Nevermind, found it in the resources Mort shared.
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Re: Graphical Resources for Themes

Post by Synch » Sun Apr 29, 2018 4:30 am

I know he has a lot on his plate, but maybe Tarol might like to draw some icons and logo for us?
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Re: Graphical Resources for Themes

Post by Inspired » Sun Apr 29, 2018 7:06 am

Synch wrote:
Sun Apr 29, 2018 4:30 am
I know he has a lot on his plate, but maybe Tarol might like to draw some icons and logo for us?
Yeah, that would be the best solution, but given that he has to work on G:AR (is that thing still going?), the Animated Series, the Comic itself and who knows what else, I highly doubt he would be bothering to draw icons for the forum. Just as a reminder, he did not do that for the previous forums either...

Update progress
I ended up grabbing a shield image from the internet and modifying it manually as I didn't find any suitable buckler in the comic. (There have been only 2 or 3, but neither of them full front and also partially covered.)
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Re: Graphical Resources for Themes

Post by M0rtimer » Sun Apr 29, 2018 9:41 am

Looks decent to me at least. :)

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Re: Graphical Resources for Themes

Post by thinkslogically » Sun Apr 29, 2018 6:01 pm

Yeah, that's looking cool so far Inspired :) I like the colour scheme too.

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Re: Graphical Resources for Themes

Post by Synch » Sun Apr 29, 2018 6:45 pm

Well done mate, looks good.

I'm a Graphic Designer in my spare time, if you want me to tweak any icons you find or add bits and pieces to em just yell out. I'm probably not good enough to create em all from scratch but I know my way around Illustrator and Photoshop.
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Re: Graphical Resources for Themes

Post by Inspired » Tue May 01, 2018 9:14 am

Synch wrote:
Sun Apr 29, 2018 6:45 pm
Well done mate, looks good.

I'm a Graphic Designer in my spare time, if you want me to tweak any icons you find or add bits and pieces to em just yell out. I'm probably not good enough to create em all from scratch but I know my way around Illustrator and Photoshop.
Well, I'm not quite satisfied with the "flame" painting on the topics marked hot, neither with the paint on topics that are "moved". That being said, locked topics are greyed out in my version (to me it conveys "lockedness" better than a lock in the corner), but maybe drawing 2-3 rounds of chain around the icons would be fitting better, thematically. I also "stickied" the shields with some arrows shot into them, but it doesn't look as great as I initially thought, so that could use a round of touchup too. I can send the source files over. (in xcf as I only have Gimp for photo editing, none of these fancy and expensive stuff like PS... :D )

I still need to do Anouncement icons, then I'm sending everything over to Mort for final revision as I assume the template HTMLs still have to be tweaked to fit with other parts of the forum. Then we could maybe do a poll on color schemes, or maybe have some variety on the icon sets, as changing those are the smaller parts of the project.

Also thx for the positive feedback, Everyone.
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Re: Graphical Resources for Themes

Post by Glemp » Mon May 14, 2018 7:44 am

Maybe it's just me, but something I liked about the old forum was how it had a background texture so it looked like cloth - not enough contrast to be distracting, but less plain than the current solid colours. Would that be possible to implement?

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Re: Graphical Resources for Themes

Post by Inspired » Mon May 14, 2018 3:21 pm

Glemp wrote:
Mon May 14, 2018 7:44 am
Maybe it's just me, but something I liked about the old forum was how it had a background texture so it looked like cloth - not enough contrast to be distracting, but less plain than the current solid colours. Would that be possible to implement?
As for me, I didn't particularly like that cloth/scroll like background, but you are right, something could be used to cheer the theme up a bit.

Which part of the background you wished to change? See the picture below!

Mort shared with me the old theme's graphical resources, so I quickly added the background in question.
Spoilered, In two versions (A and B):
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Re: Graphical Resources for Themes

Post by Wolfie » Tue May 15, 2018 10:36 am

I'd prefer side A, personally.
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Re: Graphical Resources for Themes

Post by Glemp » Tue May 15, 2018 3:11 pm

Would it be possible to put two different textures on the background and, uh, squashed background? Like a stone effect or something. Side A looks more like the old forum, but the solid colours on either side are distracting and emphasise how squashed the middle is.

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Re: Graphical Resources for Themes

Post by Inspired » Tue May 15, 2018 3:52 pm

Glemp wrote:
Tue May 15, 2018 3:11 pm
Would it be possible to put two different textures on the background and, uh, squashed background? Like a stone effect or something. Side A looks more like the old forum, but the solid colours on either side are distracting and emphasise how squashed the middle is.
Sure, everything is possible. I don't think the "black rocks + BE background" the dark theme has would work as the "second" outer background, so we have to find something more suitable. Alternatively we could ditch the inner background entirely but that would make the forum fallen apart.

I welcome every image suggestion you guys got. :)
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