Teeny, Tiny Announcement

After an hour or two of playing around with ideas and layouts in Photoshop, I’ve finally finished and published my blogroll page. It’s pretty late and my brain is elsewhere right now so it would be great if you could check that #1 I’ve included your Animal Crossing blog, #2 you’re happy with the avatar I chose and #3 the link to your site actually works!

Edit because I can’t function after 11PM: I forgot to actually link to the page. It’s on my blog’s menu under the title of “Nearby Towns“. Thanks a bunch, guys!


Improving 3DS Screenshot Quality

I should premise this with a quick heads up; this tutorial requires photoshop so if you don’t own a copy this isn’t the post for you but I’m trying my hardest to get a second tutorial up using a freeware image editor (GIMP), as soon as possible! Thank you for your understanding.

SeperatorSo, the 3DS is a great handheld – it’s lightweight, portable and has a fantastic range of exclusive games *looks to the New Leaf cartridge sitting comfortably in my 3DS* but one thing all models of the 3DS have left to be desired is the screen resolution. With the 3D turned on, the pixelation is barely noticable but in screenshots (or simply with the 3D effect switched off) there’s a clear lack of display quality. Let’s fix that! Well, kind of… I mean the screenshots will look pretty at least!

Step 1Take your screenshot and transfer it to your computer. For the best results, use Miiverse for capturing your moment and download the image from there. For the purpose of this tutorial, I visited a dream of Citàlune, the beautiful town of Amy! Here’s the picture taken directly from Miiverse:

1 - Miiverse Copy

Step 2 – Create a new Photoshop document. Simply open Photoshop, go to File > New… and create a document of these dimensions. Name it whatever you’d like!2 - Menu - New

Copy and paste your screenshot into your new document.

Step 3 – Resize to fit. The next step is to scale your image up to fit the dimensions of your workspace. I find increasing the overall image size works better when it comes to applying the reduce noise filter. To resize, simply right click your pasted screenshot and click ‘Free Transform’ like so:
3 - Free TransformFrom here you can simply resize the image by dragging on its corners until they’re in line with the corners of your canvas. When your size seems good, hit the enter key to apply the transformation!

Step 4 – Applying the filter! We’re almost there, just one last step. Go to Filter > Noise > Reduce Noise and take a look at the dialogue which appears:

4 - Dropdown   5 - Dialogue

The above settings are what worked best for this picture although I encourage you to mess around with the ‘strength’ and ‘sharpen details’ sliders until you find the perfect balance for your screenshot! When you play with the settings, you’ll notice both the picture in the dialogue box and your screenshot (in the background) will change. Unchecking the ‘preview’ button is an easy way to switch between your edit and the original photo without having to leave the Reduce Noise window. When you’re happy with your work click the ‘OK’ button.

Step 5 – Save and pat yourself on the back! That’s it, you’re done! Head to File > Save As… and save your new silky-smooth image in a supported format (e.g. jpeg, png…).6 - FinalThanks again to Amy for, um, having a really, really pretty town!

An(other) Apology – Valentines Day Edition

With flushed red cheeks allow me to lay my cards on the table. For those of you who aren’t aware (why would you be?!), I moved on to college September of last year and since then things have been pretty non-stop. My aim is to study medicine when I travel to university next year but that’s a lot of work and I’m sad to say it really does take up a large portion of my time – so apologies for that!

Although everything is still pretty hectic – and only getting worse as I’m nearing my exams in May – I’m making a real effort to find the time to relax during the week and New Leaf has become a huge, huge part of that. I have a habit of dedicating too much time to my studies, and not enough to what I need recreationally (it’s actually #349 on my list of bad habits), I’m still trying to fix that. So why am I writing this post after months of inactivity and totally bleaching my blog clean of content? Honestly, I’m still asking myself that as I type away, and the real reason seems to be “because I felt like it.” Just this once, I didn’t plan my post. I didn’t spend 20 minutes formatting the text. I didn’t promise this grand scheme of weekly content. I just felt like an update was necessary and as I’m writing this, I can tell you I’m really enjoying the freedom of expression a blog post like this gives, even in its most messy, unstructured form.

[I just this second realised what compelled me to write and chose an appropriate title for this mess]

So what am I promising this time ’round? I promise to try blogging, I promise to stop making deadlines for content, I promise to post whenever I have the creative urge to do so and, most importantly, I promise to have fun doing so!Isabelle Sprite

[Just thought of a witty alteration to the title heh.]

My next post will be animal crossing related, I promise. I have a bunch of photos just sitting around on my SD card waiting to be uploaded and I’m looking forward to clearing some space on there! Happy Valentines Day everyone! Spend it with those you love, or spend it doing what you love – just have a great one!

-The butt who can’t stick to a schedule (Mayor Tallo)