Resources So this thread will have lots of useful things to use in your creations so get stuck in and EXPERIMENT : D Programs This is obviously vital, it's what allows you to make these pieces of work xD Different programs will allow you to do different things but the fundamentals are all still the same (Photoshop will have a wider range of tools and things you can do compared to GIMP but GIMP is still great for signature making) Photoshop CS6 (30 day trial free- full program must be brought) Other free trials of other Adobe programs Photoshop CS2 (full version of an older version, Adobe released it as freeware) GIMP (Free software and very useful alternative to photoshop especially for beginners) There is always Paint : D Fonts Text is a great addition to your pieces and the type of font can make a lot of difference as you want one that goes with the flow of the signature and a lot of the fonts Photoshop give you are great but these will allow you to make the piece more interesting. Dafont.com (you can download fonts to use on Photoshop and GIMP) Renders These will make up the main part of your signature and will be the subject- it's important to get a good quality one as it can make a huge difference to your piece. Planetrenders.net Also check below in "Forums filled with tutorials and other resources" Brushes The standard brushes will normally be enough for basics and even advanced things you want to do (whether it's painting or smudging) but there are loads of brushes out there that can snazz up your work (one of the main ones I use are splatter brushes). Deviantart.com (PS for signatures- use the search bar for variations) Deviantart.com (GIMP) Google searches also will bring up good results Photoshop/artist magazines with a disc attached may also provide good materials to use like brushes and renders (these aren't free but are very useful and can be found in local stores, I sometimes buy ImageFX http://beta.imaginefx.com/ ) My photoshop brushes (for Photoshop) Tutorials Pretty self explanatory but these will teach you the ways of making a good signature. Some will give you full on step by step ways of making a signature while others will teach you how to create a nice effect so look around and experiment, it's the best way to learn. Deviantart.com (for photoshop) Deviantart.com (for GIMP) Tutorialized.com (mainly for photoshop- contains many tutorials on how to create awesome effects that will be able to broaden your creative abilities) Digital arts online (For photoshop, illustrator. Contains loads of useful tutorials for all levels on things from touching up on photographs to typography to general effects) (Lost? This is a good list of the best for photoshop: (40 best photoshop tutorials) Other Useful tools that could help you in whatever walk of the crreating process you are at : D Colour blender (for easily creating colours to use) Stock photos These have loads of great uses from making up backgrounds to textures to just being used as nice effects. Sxc.hu (requires free registration) Pertifity.com (advent children stocks) Fanpop.com (has pages on a lot of different shows/films/actors etc. which are full of various things including images such as screen caps or other images- use the search to navigate) Textures These, funnily enough, add texture to your work whether that's painting or signature making Deviantart.com Lost and taken Forums and other sites filled with tutorials and other resources There will be loads of forums out there that help with signature making or painting filled with loads of useful resources and tutorials to help you improve. I'm sure a google search would bring up loads of others as well. Gimp talk (for GIMP) guildinn.com (Mainly for photoshop) gamerenders.com 99mockingbirds.com (very good for textures) User Resources This is a gathered list of everything you guys have posted here, organised for your viewing pleasure! :3 If you find a broken link then please tell me! User tutorials Go here for those. User Sources Sadly, over the years, a lot of these links have broken but here is a list of everything our glorious and generous members have shared with us. These include stock images, renders, effects, fractals, C4D's and textures. No doubt a lot of these will be very useful to lots of you. Also, there are links to download PSD's which are raw photoshop files which will allow you to pick apart already made signatures to perhaps learn a thing or two- they are NOT for ripping and using as your own. http://www.kh-vids.net/threads/kingdom-hearts-stocks-high-quality.112582/ (HQ KH stocks) http://www.kh-vids.net/threads/my-first-fractal-pack.111606/ (Fractal pack) http://www.kh-vids.net/threads/fragmented-memories-premiere-psd-pack.110340/ (PSDs) http://www.kh-vids.net/threads/a-couple-stock-photos.107359/ (model stock photos) http://www.kh-vids.net/threads/tkk-premiere-resource-pack.103008/ (General- EVERYTHING!) http://www.kh-vids.net/threads/jade-fractal-pack-01.102322/ (Fractal pack) http://www.kh-vids.net/threads/texture-resources.102053/ (Light textures) http://www.kh-vids.net/threads/kingdom-hearts-caps.86953/ (KH screen shots) http://www.kh-vids.net/threads/kingdom-resources-package.68697/ (KH stocks, renders and wallpapers) http://s47.photobucket.com/albums/f199/Cin999/Stocks/#!cpZZ2QQtppZZ24 (stocks and renders) http://www.kh-vids.net/threads/stocks-photobucket.61081/ (stocks) http://www.kh-vids.net/threads/wristcutters-a-love-story-moviecaps.56985/ (wristcutters stocks) http://www.kh-vids.net/threads/c4d-homebrew.13782/ (green C4D) http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i76/flyingcloud11/Renders/effectrender1.png Eclipse's Chain shape render http://s69.photobucket.com/user/flyingcloud11/media/Renders/render.png.html Eclipse's block render Broken links (just incase they ever work in the future or it's just my computer 0.o) http://www.kh-vids.net/threads/download-photoshop-cs3-how.12561/ (downloading PS) http://www.kh-vids.net/threads/mini-clips-from-kingdom-hearts-credits.13119/ (mini clips) http://www.kh-vids.net/threads/popular-out-now.13979/ (wireframes) http://www.kh-vids.net/threads/for-photographers.104141/ (Photography post production) http://www.kh-vids.net/threads/blacknumberss-giant-cabinet.61459/ (general) http://www.kh-vids.net/threads/moar-resources.84786/ (general) http://www.kh-vids.net/threads/actions-from-misty.80462/ (actions for photoshop) http://www.kh-vids.net/threads/high-quality-kingdom-hearts-images.17546/ (HQ KH photos) http://www.kh-vids.net/threads/my-flares.104935/ (flares) http://www.kh-vids.net/threads/first-psd-pack-lro.104917/ (PSDs) http://www.kh-vids.net/threads/creative-elegance-and-fringefx-present-june-pack.111388/ (general) User Questions A User FAQ is in the progress of being made to help you with any questions you need answering. If you have any useful resources you would like to share then please post below and I shall add it to the list.