I guess this could be considered a semi-process thread, even though I'm not going to show a lot of the process, but will try to explain it. GOOD LUCK WITH THAT!
Since I don't know a whole lot about Photoshop, I decided that the next Derby Dolls flier I did would have me trying stuff in it and using an action shot from one of our games.
Luckily I periodically gather fun action shots from our games, so all I had to do was rifle through a file folder o' photos and found a great shot of Tough Cookies' Iron Maiven trying to put the smackdown on Fight Crew's Vulvarine. And flailing.
I imported the photo into Photoshop and immediately put Vulvarine and Maiven onto separate layers. Then I desaturated the entire image and upped the brightness and contrast. Next was going to the skater layers and changing the color so that each skater was the color of her respective team. I then switched to the track layer and blurred it out a bit and made it pink.
Next I imported the tweaked photo into Illustrator to do the background and type. For some reason I HATE doing type in Photoshop. I hate doing a bunch of stuff in Photoshop. It's not as if I'm that great with Illustrator; I just feel more comfortable there.
I found a fun font that one wouldn't ordinarily think to use with the Dolls(it's called "Bicycle") and laid everything out information-wise. The result was this:
Not too horrible.
I then sent it along to the rest of the Dolls' amazing Art Dept. and got critiqued. The main critiques were about color and futzing with the photo background more. I let them do that, and here is the finished result:
I think it turned out pretty good. The rest of the league seems underwhelmed. Pfffffft.
I think it's a perception that anything done internally isn't going to get the notice and respect that stuff from an outside source gets. As if it's the same ol' same ol' if it comes from one of us, but it's special when it comes from someone who ordinarily doesn't do stuff for the league. I'm not just talking about Art, but of the whole works. Ignoring the usual and ordinary, I guess? I dunno.
Sometimes it's disheartening. But sometimes I get over it. I'm such a sensitive artist-type!
At any rate, I'm looking forward to skating the game on the 13th.