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Updates

02/06/2014 I have an exam tonight but I was able to change the layout. I like this one because it looks more advanced.
02/05/2014 Added 3 icons and some new affiliates. Thinking about adding some CSS layouts but I want to make my style really original. More stuff coming soon!
02/01/2014 Valentine's Day isn't far away. I'm in love with this new layout. Going to keep it for awhile. Considering doing requests of some kind. Any ideas?
01/31/2014 Another new layout. Yeah, I know! Why not just stick with one? I am trying to get the look I desire.
01/25/2014 I am going to go ahead and put the graphics under construction. I have made some icons but I would like to make more before I post them.
01/23/2014 With a late start to the new year, I announce the opening of Retro-Spective. Construction will continue.

Credits

Bullets & Blank Bases By The Lunch Box.
Color Palette from ColorPicker.
Unedited Css from Eight Is Even.

Welcome

*You are on your way to work when you hear a mix of Jefferson Starship, The Killers, and Bonnie Tyler, echoing down an alley way that you are passing. You are curious about the memorable tunes, so you take a cautious walk down the unknown path. With one sharp turn, you happen upon a "parking lot party" complete with chunks of orange shag carpet and a pea green, velvet couch. You are asked to join the party, motioned over with the promise of a cold drink and a stellar story. You sit down, terribly ecstatic about the unknown.*

Hello, one and all! Welcome to Retro-Spective. My name is Katherine and I have decided to compile a collection of fabulous resources for site owners and Neopians, alike. I add new stuff all the time because I like to be creative. I, also, change the layout WAY to much. If you use any of the graphics or resources listed here, we ask that you source our site in your Sitely Credits. Adoration is not required. It's usually just anticipated!! Just joking, but we hope you have a killer time. Any questions? Just message me and I will get back to you as soon as possible. I am a college student so give me some time to do my homework!! *The tunes start to the play & the guests start to sway. The unknown becomes appealing...*

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Site Names


Never Stray
- Link Directory, Guide, Graphics
Ridiculousness
- Contests, Site Help, Guide, Graphics, etc.
Strawberry Fields
- Graphics, Custom Requests, Link Directory
- You could go with a fruit-farming theme.
Purified Inc.
- Site Help, Guide, Review Site, Link Directory
- You could go with a water theme.
Satisfaction Guaranteed
- Custom Requests, Reviews, Graphics
Make-A-Mess
- Guide, Reviews, Graphics, Custom Requests
- You could go with a messy/scattered theme.
Alphabetcha
- Link Directory, Guide, Reviews
- You could go with a classroom or book theme.
Maybe It's Rain
- Graphics, Reviews, Custom Requests, etc.
- You could go with a storm/rainy day theme.
Little Stories
- Blogging, Reviews, Guide
Frozen In Place
- Link Directory, Guide, etc.
- You could go with a snow or ice theme.
Take My Breath
- Graphics, Guide, Review, etc.
Optical Illusion
- Graphics, Custom Requests, etc.
Making Memories
- Graphics, Custom Requests, Guide, Contest Site, etc.
Falling Into Step
- Guide, etc.
Matco Dreams
- Graphics, Custom Requests, etc.
Eternal Boredom
- Misc., Contest Site
Solutions Co.
- Guide, Reviews
Serendipity
- Graphics, Reviews, etc.
Marvel In Awe
- Graphics, Contest Site, etc.
Lazy Hammocks
- Guide, Link Directory, etc.
- You could go with a lazy day or tiki theme.
Strung Out On Love
- Graphics, Guide, etc.
- You could go with a Valentine's Day or love theme.
Susie's Shanty
- Graphics, Portfolio, etc.
- You could go with a lazy day or bungalow theme.
Melodious Me
- Blogging, etc.
The People's Pleaser
- Site Help, Guide, Reviews
Purple Thunder
- Graphics, etc.
- You could go with a thunder storm theme with purple tones.
You See Me Now
- Link Directory, Reviews, Graphics, etc.



Quality Theme Possibilities
Katherine's Favorites

I went ahead and included a list under each site name of the kind of sites the name would be good for. Also, I have included information, in regards, to the type of theme you could go with if one is fairly obvious.


Make Your Own Font



Copy & Paste - The first code is your NeoHTML and the second code is your NeoSignature. You will be posting your information here. This location is where you will pick your avatar from the default Neopet options or from the unlocked avatar options (at the bottom). After copying and pasting, go ahead and Submit so that you can see your font active in the preview section.
Editing - Below, you are going to find color palettes. You will use the number codes (i.e. #000000) to change the color on your coding. ONLY replace the FIRST 6 CHARACTERS. Leave ANY lowercase letters in place. You can go offline to find symbols that are useable. Potential Site: thegenxmom[dot]com.
*If you have any questions, message me!!




Simple Icon-Making Guide

Start by downloading Gimp 2 (it is free from the core website www[dot]gimp[dot]org). It should take about 30 minutes but it will vary depending the speed of your computer's processor.
Once it has finished downloading, open it from your desktop or start menu. It will open to a blank page with two extra windows filled with tools present. Do NOT delete these windows.
Find an image via google to use that is larger than an icon. You will resize it. Save it to your image library on your computer.
Return to GIMP. File - Open; locate your image. Your chosen image will download in full size form in GIMP.
In the left side bar, you will see small images. Click on the Rectangle Select Tool (the first one) and draw a square over the area of the image that you would like to use in your icon. Once selected, Right Click - Edit - Copy.
File - New; Make your dimensions 100x100 and an icon sized window will open. In the right side bar, in the big white box where it says "Background", are your layers. Under the Layer box, there are tiny pixel-sized images. Click on the first one to create a new layer.
On the new layer, Right Click - Paste; your image will appear entirely oversized. In the navigation in the top left corner of the main screen, go to Layer - Scale Layer. Scale the layer as small as you like and position the image with the move tool (in left side bar) to get your desired icon image. Anchor the new image by creating a new layer.
In the left side bar, there are two color blocks. Pretty much ANY color you can imagine, is available to you by clicking on the blocks and moving the cursor around. IF you are making, let's say, a Doctor Who Tardis icon, you might want to make it slightly more blue. Change your foreground color block to a shade of blue that you prefer and on your new layer, go to Edit - Fill With FG Color. This will create a solid, colored block of blue.
In the right side bar, above your Layer box, are a few options. Change your mode from Normal to Overlay and change how intense the coloring is using the gray Opacity sliding bar. You can continue to add more colors if you like and make them very faint to create new mixed creations. I, prefer,to go light blue on dark blue to keep a continuous theme, in regards to the Doctor Who Tardis idea, but make the colored layers very faint to keep the composition of the original image.
Select the layer that includes your orginal icon image. After adding your color blocks before, as a finishing touch, go to Colors - Brightness/Contrast. Edit your brightness and contrast to emphasis the original image. If you have not clicked on the layer with the image, you will see no difference when moving the sliding bars.
File - Export As; This will allow you to save your image as a PNG file, which is ideal for upload and Neopets. You could visit an image provider, like TinyPic and upload it to recieve your posting code there.


Icons By Katherine

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Frequently Asked Questions

How long have you been on Neopets?
I started playing around on Neopets, roughly 7 years ago. I had three very popular sites about 2 years ago. I was doing great! Then, school got in the way. I made the choice to close down the sites and move on. It gave me time to tackle all of the tasks in my regular day-to-day life. Now, I am attending college classes and I have the ability to make my own schedule. So, I figured I could give it another try.
Why have a site?
Having a site provides you with the opportunity to express your creative freedom. I love being able to interact with other site owners to broaden my horizons and make friends.
Could you help me with my site?
Of course, I can! I am very open to helping site owners build the sites of their dreams. If, at any time, you find yourself in a pickle or if you just want to chat and get my opinion, you can neomail me using the available navigation. You'll never be encroaching on my time!!
I have an idea for YOUR site. Can I share it?
If you can think of a way I can make my site more fulfilling for the viewer, please do not hesitate to make me aware using the available navigation. I give opinions and I, gladly, accept them when they are being given.











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