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Old 04-22-2007, 06:27 AM
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Lightbulb Skin/Theme...

It's been busy here for us but Mike did manage to create this for maybe the new upper left corner Logo instead of the V- Bulletin.



You like? It's not done yet but he did this 100% on his own one night.
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Old 04-22-2007, 09:45 PM
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Still a little sketchy, I know, hopefully I can find some time to take some better pictures, ones where I don't have to worry much about cropping out a background, and also gotta brush up my skills on making some nicer looking curves
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Old 04-23-2007, 05:55 PM
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want me to take a crack at making one? I'm pretty good with the GIMP.
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Old 04-24-2007, 11:13 PM
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Here are 2 I just whipped up in about 15 minutes before going to bed.

Note that the background wood can be changed. I would rather have a nice blank plank of ebony for it. Also, thinking about terminating each side with a Smith brass nut, or I can taper it into the page's background. Whatever ya like.

I took the lettering from Mike's logo, and from pictures I had, the Smith insignia off my bass, and the quilt from my bass.


1st is a simple bump map:


2nd is the same bump mapped quilt over a morado background I pulled from Ken's site:


Let me know if you have any suggestions, or a nice picture of a blank ebony plank. If you want to use one I'll assign any copyrights to Ken. I really can't do anything else with them anyway as Ken owns the copyright on the morado image and trademark on the S inlay
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Old 04-24-2007, 11:25 PM
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Ah, let's not forget about my favorite personal Bass, ok?..
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Old 04-24-2007, 11:33 PM
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This is the Smith Logo;



Your image is just the Pearl inlay but close..
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Old 04-25-2007, 01:26 AM
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Is someone being just a little pedantic here?


Hey, nice work Bob and thanks.
Well, someone needed to say it!

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Old 04-25-2007, 01:01 PM
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I was going for the inlay since the background is wood. I thought it would be an interesting idea. I can take the logo you provided and use it to bump map the quilt or background wood. If you would like to get the DB into it a good straight on picture of the unstrung fingerboard and headstock, and another with it strung would be nice. I was trying to focus more on the electric since I'm assuming that's the larger part of your business.

Another interesting idea would be to use a picture of a block of the pearl inlay material to map the writing. It would provide much better contrast. Like I said I made those in about 15 minutes(between rocking my 1yo daughter to sleep and crawling into bed). I'll add some more sparkle when I get more time to work on them.
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Is there a link to this forum from the sale/factory website? I had a quick look this morning and couldn't find anything.


BTW guys, you can make the forum logo as long or as short you like so long as the background of the logo is the same as the background of the banner. The background of the banner should take up any slack width between the end of the banner and the edge of the browser window.

For instance if you had a background that was black, you could use a logo with this kind of layout:



Real simple and the photography says warm, organic, smooth and sexy.

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Old 04-25-2007, 07:26 PM
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Question the main website you mean?

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http://www.kensmithbasses.com/

Right under the Flag at the top of the home page. One day, we will hae links on other pages as well. Most people come over here from that link. Or, are you referring to something else?
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http://www.kensmithbasses.com/

Right under the Flag at the top of the home page. One day, we will hae links on other pages as well. Most people come over here from that link. Or, are you referring to something else?
Not at all. I just need my eyesight tested.
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Old 04-26-2007, 12:49 PM
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Nice logo Steve! Just clean up the edges a little more and that would be great! My plan was to spend some more time on them and either terminate each end with a brass nut, or to simply fade the ends to transparency so it will blend in with whatever they change the background to in the future.

Ken, would it be possible to get a good resolution picture of a plank of ebony, or an unlined ebony finderboard with the camera angle perpendicular to the plane of the board?
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Old 04-26-2007, 01:00 PM
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Thumbs up good resolution pic?

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Nice logo Steve! Just clean up the edges a little more and that would be great! My plan was to spend some more time on them and either terminate each end with a brass nut, or to simply fade the ends to transparency so it will blend in with whatever they change the background to in the future.

Ken, would it be possible to get a good resolution picture of a plank of ebony, or an unlined ebony finderboard with the camera angle perpendicular to the plane of the board?
Not sure on the Pic. Why don't you guys make up your own Logo and put it in your signature like I did mine. Don't forget that the Double Bass needs to be in there to for my taste. After awhile if we pick a winner there may be a prize for creating the Logo. With the way you guys post, I like the variety of different ideas in the signature. So it's not just a contest but a private club to logo it as you see it fits your personal needs.
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Old 04-26-2007, 01:07 PM
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Cool Exactly.....

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Is there a link to this forum from the sale/factory website? I had a quick look this morning and couldn't find anything.


BTW guys, you can make the forum logo as long or as short you like so long as the background of the logo is the same as the background of the banner. The background of the banner should take up any slack width between the end of the banner and the edge of the browser window.

For instance if you had a background that was black, you could use a logo with this kind of layout:



Real simple and the photography says warm, organic, smooth and sexy.

Ken, I was going to stay out of this one, however, something along the line of what Steve has provided here (utilizing photography) was what I was going to suggest. Instead of trying to "photo-shop" your way towards a finished forum banner, why not have Mike piece together exactly what you want, take a photo shot of it, adjust size, resolution, etc., and use that?
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I'll work on a more detailed one this weekend. I have an idea on how to incorporate both the electric and DB into the banner.

Mike, what is the limit on vertical resolution for the banner? I've been using 81 pixels as that is what your banner is. the vbulletin banner is 85 though.
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Nice logo Steve! Just clean up the edges a little more and that would be great!
Cheers! Yours took 15 minutes, mine took 30 The photography says warm, organic, smooth and sexy - just like the basses.

BTW: Ken, the img tags are disabled in signatures and there's no upload function so no-one can post these logos there.

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Cheers! Yours took 15 minutes, mine took 30 The photography says warm, organic, smooth and sexy - just like the basses.
I actually like yours more than mine.. You've inspired me to make a new one this weekend
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I actually like yours more than mine.. You've inspired me to make a new one this weekend
Sir, you flatter me indeed! Good luck for this weekend!
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As a complete contrast, here's one I did last Saturday for Basstalk. Not sure how long Basstalk is going to be around but I got a sense of satisfaction out of putting something together. The players are Robert Trujillo and Billy Sheehan because they've got the most dramatic poses but I've replaced their heads with speakers to avoid any issues over using their likenesses. The speaker on Billy Sheehans head is my very own Yammy HS50 because I couldn't find one at the right angle on the internet. The theme was thunder and lightning and power (again for drama and to express the feelings associated with loud bass) and for laughs I stuck a pair of singing bass in the corner. Would have liked them to be singing scales (fish scales - geddit?) but its Bach instead, I think.

Then it got duo toned (so we can match it to a web safe colour scheme) and I reintroduced some coarseness to make the differences in resolution between the photographic images less obvious through using a posterisation filter.

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nice.. in keeping with the theme of lightning and power, here is a promo pic I made for my brother to appear on the band's website and in the cd jacket.

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