I am currently using Photoshop CS5, but this can be done on other versions of PS. I am not familiar with other programs so I don’t know how much this tutorial will help if you are using something different.
So, first thing’s first. We make our gif. For this tutorial I will be working with this sexy thing right here:
I like it when gifs are crisp, so I do sharpen each individual frame, which can take a while if you have a lot of frames. Reason why I try not to exceed over 20 or 25 and avoid myself a headache.
Now that we have our base, I do some coloring. you can download the psd I used here
And now we have coloring!
When you finished coloring your gif and fixing the brightness and contrast to your liking, create a new layer all the way at the top and fill with black. Then go to Filter > Texture > Texturizer and choose these settings:
Click ok, and then change the layer to lighten. Now go to Image > Adjustments > Brightness/Contrast and change the settings to:
Brightness: -35 Contrast: 30
Now, the fun part. Save your gif so that we work just with the frames and we don’t get distracted by all the coloring layers.
Decide where you want the glitch to happen. For this I’m going to I want it right when he opens his arms, so I’m using frames 5 and 6. Go to your layers, and duplicate layer 5, then double click on it to go to the blending options menu.
Once you are there, unselect the Red in the channels option. It should look like this:
Select ok. Not move the layer either to the right or to the left to see the effect. Go to Layer > Merge down, and you end up with one single layer that looks like this:
Do the same with Layer 6, but this time move the duplicated layer in the opposite direction.
I’m going to go ahead and do this again to frames 10, 11, 16 and 17. The final result is this:
Now, if you want just the flicker but not the blue and red coloring effect you skip the blending options for duplicated layer. Instead, you change that layer to lighten and move it to the either the right or the left. It gives this effect:
And then do the same with the frames you want to flicker, giving you this result:
Hope this makes sense because it’s my first tutorial ever. Please like if you are going to try it out <3
Emperor/Empress, Kaiser/Kaiserin, Tsar/Tsaritsa: rules over everyone
High King/High Queen, Maharajah, Pharaoh: rules over other kings
King/Queen, Sultan/Sultana, Shah/Shahbanu, Raja/Rani, Rex: rules over everything (Europe) or leader of a large area or province (ancient Egypt, Persia, India)
Crown Prince/Crown Princess, Emir/Emira, Dauphin: also called the heir apparent, next in line for the throne
Prince/Princess: other children of the imperial or royal family
Archduke/Archduchess: ruler of an archduchy
Duke/Duchess: ruler of a duchy; highest rank under the royal family; While some duchies have their own lineage, members of the royal/imperial family can also be dukes (ex. Queen Elizabeth II is the Duke of Normandy)
MARQUESSATE, MARGRAVIATE, OR MARCH
Marquess, Margrave, Marquis/Marchioness: the ruler of a marquessate, margraviate, or march
Count, Earl/Countess: ruler of a county; known as an earl in England, but their wives are still countesses
Viscount/viscountess: ruler of a viscounty; rank below counts/earls
Baron/baroness: ruler of a barony
Baronet: British title ranking below baron and above knight
Seigneur/Knight of the Manor: rules a small local fief
Knight: basic rank; used to denote someone who owned land and fought on behalf of their overlord
Baron/baroness (Scotland only): ranks below a knight and above a laird; hereditary position
Laird (Scotland only): ranks below a Scottish baron and above an esquire; landowner’s title
Esquire: indicates someone who attends or is apprenticed to a knight
Gentleman: the lowest rank of gentry; owns a small manor or plot of land
Cursor*10 - little game where you have several “lives”. you use your cursor to navigate the floors, and when the time runs out, you go back to the beginning. however, the previous cursors will go through the same path they made before, thus allowing you to get further each time.
Daymare Town - creepy point and click game. very inky, interesting drawings. you have to find your way through (or perhaps out of) Daymare Town, which is inhabited by obscure prickly people.
Grid Game - there are a bunch of little circles. click one, and watch it rotate and set off a chain reaction. mindless distraction game.
Samsara Room - a strange escape game where you’re stuck in one room but pass through different dimensions to get out
Feed the Head - more like interactive art than anything. there are several different things to do in this game.
Factory Balls - a bit of a puzzle game. you have to paint a bunch of balls to match the model shown, using various options and paints.
Grow Nano Vol. 3 - one of my favorites of the Grow series. you have to click the options in the right order in order to make the sick person feel better. this one just warms my heart.
make sure to click the tags to find more games by the creators and companies and the rest of the games in the series!!!
I find Tonypa’s games to be simple, unique, and enjoyable. A lot of them involve patterns, colors, and matching, so they’re very calming as well.
some from me!!
deep thinking games with exploration themes…
6 differences - a pretty cool find the difference game that’s very atmospheric and somewhat soothing in the first levels, mostly takes place at night around a city, features sound effects and music and even moving cars down the highways. content warning for some surrealism and acid-trippy effects in the later levels (a person with a deer head, some kind of alarming music, the level’s walls moving as you look for the differences, etc - sometimes the level changes after you find all but one clue, and in one instance a train goes by rather suddenly and loudly, but it didn’t make me jump and i am sensitive to jump scares)
i wish i were the moon - short and sweet game about two people and a moon! clone things and move them around to get different endings :3
small words - a soothing platformed-style exploration game that lets you uncover different maps/pictures as you walk around
don’t look back - a creepy game based on the myth of orpheus and eurydice, this is a platformer-style game that has you going to the underworld to get your lover back. very atmospheric, but a slightly creepy atmosphere that (of course) references death, so take care
alight in dreams - during a dream you get wings, and explore the dream to find out about the history of a person who has never dreamed before. mentions death and suicide.
a house in california - explore an old house and learn its history, very atmospheric. can be a bit confusing for some, you may need a walkthrough.
silent conversation - a soothing game that makes levels out of passages of classic books; you win by toughing every word. not my preferred reading material, but the way the levels are built kind of force you to drink it all in stead of speeding through it.
games that are a bit creepy…
prior - you, a little box creature, wake without your memories in an unknown place. you must explore to find your family and figure out what happened before you woke. a dark game with multiple possibilities - can be a little creepy.
immorTall - an alien makes friends with a human family after crashlanding to earth. defend them as long as possible!
loved - a dark sort of game where you go through the levels deciding if you will choose to obey the voice giving you orders or defy it. in some casing obeying makes things easier, but in other cases the voice asks you to make things hard on yourself - throwing yourself onto spikes so you have to start over, etc. sometimes it is almost impossible to do what the voice asks. (serious warning for emotional manipulation, just to be safe - the question at the start will purposefully misgender you depending on your answer, and continue to do so throughout the game, but, depending on your actions, will then correct the mistake at the end.)
one chance - a kind of dark game; in the impending apocalypse you have one chance to decide what to do with the rest of your life. there are many endings, but you really do only have one chance…refreshing the page will not let you play again! content warning for death,suicide, impending doom, hopelessness, etc
every day the same dream - another fatalistic game with multiple endings, but this one allows you to find them all. same warnings as the one above.
elude - a metaphorical representation of depression. dark melancholy levels, nice atmosphere, but can be a little moody.
symon - you play as an elderly man stuck in a hospital bed. you sleep to dream and relive your past. this game is pretty much endless and features endless combinations of the same tasks, to reflect what that sort of life might be like. cw for death and end-life blues.
now for some lighter ones…
pizza king 2 - i found this sim where you run your own pizza shop weirdly addictive. food cw, of course, and it’s the only sim on here because they usually aren’t my thing, but, well.
boomshine & obechi - two colorful games where a well-placed click will start a chain reaction and see how many points you can collect!
music bounce - release bouncing balls to hit platforms to get the perfect rhythm!
dropsum & dropsum colors - math games where you combine numbers to eliminate them. you can choose where to drop the numbers, turn the board, and use powerups! (dropsum colors isn’tloading for me rn, but it might for you)
first person tetris - you spin with the tetris blocks! fun for pros, but it can make you dizzy.
flash tron - a recreation of the original tron game as seen in the movies. here you can play with others online!
dolphin olympics - super fun game where you swim and do tricks as a dolphin to score as many points as you can in two minutes. there’s also a freeplay mode. if you jump high enough, you may even see the moon ouo
mirror’s edge 2d - i adore the 3d version of this game for ps3, but if you don’t have access, you can play the mini/2d version. no real story, but it’s a very challenging game with rad animation!
bloons - i started playing the tower defense game, but they’re all pretty fun and complex. scroll down a bit and click any of the ones under “bloons games”
elephant games - a sort-of series with gems like “achievement unlocked” & sequels (where there is no objective except to complete all the achievements) and “this is the only level” (where you go through the same level many different ways). you grow to be quite fond of the little guy. :’D
some of these i haven’t played in awhile! i pulled from my bookmarks, because i used to spend all day curating links to these things. if i’ve missed a content warning PLEASE feel free to contact me about it or add it yourself!
guys, would you please do me a favor and reblog this if you use screencaps from screencapped.net? they are a wonderful site that is essentially screencap heaven, but they’ve been receiving a lot of hate and rude comments as of lately which resulted in the site being put on a hiatus. this is in no way to push them to change that, but this is simply to show them that people do love and appreciate that site very much. i am an avid user of it myself and i would hate to see it go. it only takes a minute to reblog and they really seem to need the reminder of how much they are loved. bonus points if you actually message hq-screencaps, because a few kind words can go a long way. even if they don’t come back, they deserve to know how helpful they were to anyone who used the site :)
hello, can you please recommend any skincare stuff? you have a lovely complexion :3
thank you! this is basically my routine
exfoliate. a lot of people will accumulate dried up skin over time and it will show through foundation as dry patches. an easy way to do this at home is to wash your face with sugar and water.
i’ve been washing my make up off with fresh’s soy face cleanser for years now. it’s gentle, gets the job done and smells yummy. taking off makeup with oil products and cotton pads or even wipes in general feels like im damaging my skin because of all the rubbing im doing.
try not to overwash your face. it will dry out. i only wash my face with cool water in the mornings to wake me up
you need a decent toner and moisturizer and make sure you use it every morning and night. this is what i use
drink lots of water
use a really nice filter when youre taking selfies
Hey Lena, I love your blog and your edits! Would you mind doing a tutorial on how you do this amazing face manips? (like the one on your sidebar) Thanks!
oh man i can try
i cant promise its going to be any good tho
the most important thing about face swapping is the base pictures. you need to pick the right ones, otherwise no matter how much you edit it, the manip will look weird and fake.
so now im going to show you how i made this
so, to make it look as real as possible i chose pictures where both hayley and margaerys heads are in [more or less] the same position
and this one
the first thing i always do is selecting the face i want to swap [in this case hayleys] and dragging it onto the the picture with the body
the next, and probably most helpful thing i do is this
[you need to create a new layer, and then paint the dots over the eyes,nose, chin and just frame the face]
then you set the opacity of the face you want to swap to 60% [or what you prefer]
and using free transform you make sure it actually matches the dots. this way the face or head will be the exact same size as the original one, so it wont look weird. sometimes it needs to be a little bigger or smaller tho.
once youve done that, delete the layer with the dots, create a layer mask and erase the parts of the face you are swapping you dont want [in my case it was hayleys hair and neck]
the last step is the coloring of the face. make sure it matches the base pic.
im really bad at explaining. i hope i helped you at least a little bit tho.
Most religions started off as animism, which then led to polytheism, which then led to monotheism. When polytheism comes up, gods and goddesses are assigned to what is important to a culture. This can range from animals to the sun to certain values such as bravery in war. Therefore, you should establish what is important to the culture you’re writing and assigns gods to that, if you’re writing a polytheistic religion. They often have ties to animals, which is left over from when animism is prevalent (or there may be other reasons).
Monotheistic religions may arise when one god or goddess becomes more important than the others and then “absorbs” the values other gods and goddesses represent.
However, the pattern mentioned above is not true for all societies. Monotheism may come up from the worship of a cultural or historic hero who becomes a deity over time or the worship of many cultural or historic heroes could lead to polytheism. There are tons of ways a religion could occur.
When creating a religion, consider where your characters are and how this religion reflects their life. If they live in a society that relies on agriculture, gods and goddesses relating to the harvest, grains, crops, the sun, livestock, and rain will be important. Think about how the characters in your world will approach these gods and goddesses. Do they have sacrifices when asking for good crops? Do they perform a ritual? Do they have prayer?
If your characters have a written language, there may be a written text about that religion’s moral code. This may roll over into government. Many cultures have integrated their government laws with the values and morals of their religion. Some cultures saw their leaders as the embodiment of gods and some leaders claimed they were actually gods (that’s how the Egyptian sun god came to be).
Along with rituals and sacrifices, consider forms of worship. Are there certain days to worship deities? Are there special holidays? Are there places of worship or sacred grounds? Is there prayer? Are there shrines? Some religions have common places of worship (like a church or a temple) while also having areas that only certain people can be in. In that case, those allowed in those areas are often authorities within that religion (such as a bishop rather than a priest within Catholicism).
Also with priests and bishops, consider a hierarchy of power within the religion. This can go over into the hierarchy of deities, such as how Greek and Roman mythologies have “the big three” along with all the other deities. Within the hierarchy of religious officials and authorities, there may be certain ways in which they live or dress to show who they are.
Religion is also an explanation for the unknown. Some cultures, before they knew the earth orbited the sun, believed the sun was a god that lived and died each morning and night. What do your characters believe? Are they unaware of mental illnesses and thus believe something like demons or a maleficent deity have possessed or cursed someone who suffers from one?
Back to deities who are associated with animals, many cultures see those animals as sacred and will not eat them even if another culture does. For deities who are associated with certain herbs, directions, stones, trees, seasons, and certain objects or appearances (like hair color), those associations may be used in rituals or may be considered sacred. However, some cultures may do the opposite of not eating a sacred animal and eat it in copious amounts to honor the deity it represents.
You don’t necessarily need an afterlife, but it’s very common. And if there is an afterlife, there doesn’t need to be a “heaven vs hell” kind of thing. There doesn’t need to be a place to punish the dead. Whatever your afterlife is, it will have an effect on burial practices. Some burials are simple while others are quite complex, especially for those who were powerful in life. Are your characters buried with anything when they die? Is this so these objects can accompany them in the afterlife? Some cultures sacrificed people to assist powerful rulers in death while the terracotta warriors of Xian were made to assist a powerful ruler in death.
You’ll also need names for deities, though there are a few exceptions to this. The names, especially in polytheistic religions, often come from root words that are related to what that deity represents. You’ll also need to consider the attitude people have toward certain deities. Some deities may have their own group of followers that go by a certain name. There’s also the factor of nearby cultures who have different religions. They’re bound to influence one another, especially in the early stages of a religion. They may worship the same deity, but under a different name, or they may have a similar creation story.
Recap/More Elements to Consider:
Morals & Values
Names for god(s)
Sacred text (though some cultures have quite extensive and accurate oral histories)
Beliefs that explain the unknown
Mythologies surrounding god(s)
Benevolent vs maleficent god(s)
Sacred animals, herbs, objects, times of year, etc.
Many travel blogs are written by people who’ve sold all their possessions and have taken a huge plunge into the world of long-term travel. This can sound expensive at first, but when you consider that you don’t have rent or…
For all of those who want to learn a language but don’t know where to start, need extra help as you learn it, or if you’re just bored. These are the resources I’ve gathered over the last few months (feel free to add to it!)
General sites with grammar/sounds/pronunciation for a wide variety of languages
This was requested by myavatardis! This tutorial will explain how to do a creepy/sad flickering/static/3D effect. The result is seen RIGHT HERE, but the original request was based on the effect of the gif within THIS GRAPHIC.
Okay so first to be clear, I originally learned this concept from THIS TUTORIAL here, although I do it a different way somewhat, so I’m going to show you my method for this technique.