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You may remember the Season 6 Version of this duty officer signature, from this topic New Duty Officer Signature. Its grown pretty big on the forums, and I love seeing all the different versions of the sig. But its that time again... Legacy of Romulus is less than a month away, and is redoing how the Doffs look again, so it was time for me to update for the new faction. The template is much the same as the old one, but includes pieces for the full Romulan faction as well ad the Legacy of Romulus doff borders.

The template contains:
  • Every rank from on the Federation side from Ensign to Fleet Admiral, including two special ranks: Deputy Director & Fleet Captain
  • Every rank on the Klingon side from Bekk to Dahar Master.
  • Every rank on the Romulan side from Romulan Civilian to Romulan Fleet Admiral
  • All 24 Duty Officer Trait Icons
  • Every Veteran Accolade icon up to 1000 days.
  • Miscellaneous currency icons (Refined Dilithium, Dilithium Ore, EDCs, EC, Expertise, etc.)
  • Some random medal icons
  • Every Doff rarity overlay from Season 5 (Common Fed and Klink, Uncommon to Very Rare, and a Unique Gold overlay done in the Season 5 style)
  • Every Doff rarity overlay from Season 6 (Common Fed and Klink, Uncommon to Very rare, incl. Unique and Ultra Violet)
  • Every Doff Rarity from the Legacy of Romulus expansion (Common Fed, KDF and Romulan, Uncommon to Very Rare, incl. Unique and Ultra Violet
  • Federation Civilian, Tactical, Engineering, Science, and Temporal backgrounds
  • Klingon Civilian, Tactical, Engineering, Science, and Temporal backgrounds
  • Romulan Civilian, Tactical, Engineering and Science backgrounds
  • Colour matched (to rarity border) name fields (incl. a proper gradient for the Fleet rarity)
  • All 12 commendation catagories (Including Marauding for the Klingons and Diplomacy for the Feds)
  • Federation, Klingon, and Romulan Faction icons
  • Federation, Klingon and Romulan Profession icons
  • 3 Special fields, where you can find the above mentioned veteran, medal or currency icons (or you can add you own if you like)
  • a quote field
  • Federation, KDF and Romulan background colours with complementing text colours for each text field to match the background.

You can download it here: Download (400x100)

Font used in text layers is Century Gothic. There are 3 different text fields for each Special section and for the quote, each coloured to match a Fed, KDF or Romulan Doff.

This was done in Photoshop CS5 I can not guarentee that it will work in Elements or earlier versions. I do not know if it is compatible with GIMP or other similar programs.

But wait, theres more!!!:

Now introducing a full sized (500x150pixel) version!

The MaxSize template contains: (in addition to everything the smaller version has)
  • A field for your @handle, that can be clolour matched to you character name and rarity border.
  • A text field for your fleet name (if applicable).
  • All 3 reputations (Omega Force, New Romulus, Nukara, (including an Alternate Omega Mark and Romulan mark icon.))
  • A location to input your ship name and registry, with icons for every ship in the game (they are the same icons seen on the side of the ship selection window).

You can download it here: Download (500x150)

This version is the maximum size that these forums allow for signature images. This is the version used in my signature.

In addition here is the tutorial by anazonda for taking a picture of your character and cutting their headshot out:

How to make a proper character avatar:

-Set your display settings to as high as possible.
-Take your character to ESD. (under the Bar on Qo'nos works for KDF)
-The big "white wall" outside Admiral quinns office. Move your back to it, and zoom in -relatively close (so you have a frame sufficiently above your characters chest).
-Press Prt Scr on your keyboard. The screenshot will now be saved in the Screenshots folder in the STO game folder. (Live).
-Open Photohsop, and then the picture.
-Doubble-click the layer in the layer box, and just press enter in the dialouge that appears. (To allow for transparency).
-Find the Channels-tab. It's usually in the same box as "Layers"
-Find the channel that has the highest contrast between light and dark colors, by clicking through the red, green and Blue channels. Usually it's the blue or green.
-Duplicate that channel, and click it, so it is selected.
-On your keyboard, hold Ctrl, and L. A box will now appear.
-There are 3 "indicators" and a level curve. Move the most left, and right closer together untill theres a really hard contrast between light and dark colors. It's gonna look odd... Ignore that.
-Once you feel you have the proper contrast (you may have to play around a little), press "OK".
-Select the magic wand tool (W). Set Tolerance 5 (depending on the contrast). Click on the area closest to your char that is white/bright. This should select a very large area.
-Now with the angular Marquee tool (M) set to "Add to Selection" (located as 4 icons just below the "Edit" menu option. Hoover your mouse over the 2'nd icon...) select all remaining areas that havn't been selected, and pretty much everything below the shoulders of your char.
-Select the Lasso Tool (L), and set it to "Substract from selection" (Located to the right of the "Add to selection").
-Zoom in close on the hair and carefully remove any selection inside the hair. (this takes time, patience and lots of Ctrl+Z).
-In the channels overview, re-select RGB, and click back to the normal layer overview.
-Once again zoom on on your char and move around the contours to see if you've missed any holes. If you find any, remove them.
-On your keyboard, Click DEL.
-You should now have a nicely cut out of your char, ready to use in the template.

Last edited by amayakitsune; 04-30-2013 at 06:11 PM.
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# 2
04-30-2013, 06:42 PM
Quick question. I have only started using photoshop recently in order to make my own sigs, so do I just open the file as normal or do I need to place it somewhere specific?
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# 3
04-30-2013, 06:56 PM
Originally Posted by abaddon653 View Post
Quick question. I have only started using photoshop recently in order to make my own sigs, so do I just open the file as normal or do I need to place it somewhere specific?
All you should need to do is double click on the PSD you want to use and it will open up in Photoshop.
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# 4
05-01-2013, 09:16 PM
Want to make sure people see this.
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# 5
05-16-2013, 04:25 PM
Thanks dude! I can see you worked really hard on this! Been trying all week to make this, icon by icon in paint... gah! But this is so much better! thanks again!


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