Making a SKINNY top 8 with Photoshop

These seem to be quite popular recently. In this tutorial I will explain how to make your friends pictures look like this:

and I will explain how to implement them in a top eight.

The first thing you need to do is hide your top 8. the tutorial is HERE

You need to decide who is going to be in your top eight, then save each of their display pictures (or a good picture of them) to your computer. Now open Photoshop. Go to FILE>OPEN and select the first picture.

Now you need to make the canvas. This is going to define the size that your images will be. Go to FILE>NEW and copy what i have done in the following screen:


I HOPE YOU ARE FOLLOWING SO FAR!

you should now have this: SCREEN 1
Go back to the picture of your friend. find the layers palette (bottom right on my SCREEN), click and hold on the only layer there is, (should be called "Background" and drag it into the window of your blank canvas.

You should now have something similar to THIS
Notice there are two layers in the layer pallete now.

The image will probably not fit the canvas, so resize it. click on the move tool (or press V on the keyboard), hold shift and click and drag one of the corners of your image so it fits in the window the way you want it. SCREEN 4

Now that may be good enough, but some people like them to be grayscale. if you want to do this, click on IMAGE>MODE>GREYSCALE.

Now you have your desired result, save it. I recommend saving as a gif. Click on FILE>SAVE FOR WEB. make sure the preview looks ok, then click ok.

This should be your result:


Simply repeat the process for the rest of your mates' pictures.

Now you need to implement your top 8.

This is the basic code for each of your friends:

But first upload your first picture (in a seperate window i recommend, also i recommend using [url]www.imageshack.us[/url])

[code:1:a002aa4c36]<a href="LINK TO YOUR FRIENDS PROFILE"><img src="LINK TO THE PICTURE YOU MADE" /></a>[/code:1:a002aa4c36]

You need to have the url of your friends profile, put that in where it says. then put the url of the picture you made where it says LINK TO THE PICTURE YOU MADE. Make sure you do not delete the ["] quote marks.

once again, repeat the process for the rest of your friends.

If you understood that, you should have this:



obviously all your pictures and links should be different.

You may want your top eight in a seperate table. To do this you need the following code:

[code:1:a002aa4c36]</td>
</tr>
</table>
</td>
</tr>
</table>
<br />
<table bordercolor="ffcc99" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="435" bgcolor="ffcc99" border="0">
<tr>
<td class="text" valign="center" align="left" width="300" bgcolor="ffcc99" height="17" style="word-wrap:break-word">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<span class="whitetext12">XXXX's Friends</span></td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td>
<table bordercolor="000000" cellspacing="3" cellpadding="3" width="435" align="center" bgcolor="ffffff" border="0">
<td valign="top" align="center" width="435" bgcolor="ffffff" style="word-wrap:break-word">

<a href="LINK TO YOUR FRIENDS PROFILE"><img src="LINK TO THE PICTURE YOU MADE"></a><a href="LINK TO YOUR FRIENDS PROFILE"><img src="LINK TO THE PICTURE YOU MADE"></a><a href="LINK TO YOUR FRIENDS PROFILE"><img src="LINK TO THE PICTURE YOU MADE"></a><a href="LINK TO YOUR FRIENDS PROFILE"><img src="LINK TO THE PICTURE YOU MADE"></a><a href="LINK TO YOUR FRIENDS PROFILE"><img src="LINK TO THE PICTURE YOU MADE"></a><a href="LINK TO YOUR FRIENDS PROFILE"><img src="LINK TO THE PICTURE YOU MADE"></a><a href="LINK TO YOUR FRIENDS PROFILE"><img src="LINK TO THE PICTURE YOU MADE"></a><a href="LINK TO YOUR FRIENDS PROFILE"><img src="LINK TO THE PICTURE YOU MADE"></a>[/code:1:a002aa4c36]

That code needs to be at the VERY END of your "Who I'd Like To Meet" section. you will need a manual submit button for this. get one HERE

I hope you have followed that, if there is anything i can do to make it easier to understand, dont hesitate to ask.

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