There is only one Raydog

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Leonardo Dicaprio Cheers Meme | NEVER GIVE UP. TRYING IS HALF THE FUN | image tagged in memes,leonardo dicaprio cheers | made w/ Imgflip meme maker
Excellent. Great use of this GIF. Upvote!
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I kind of had you in mind when I made this. Notice the lack of my name on it and it was you who told me my original memes weren't that original. I guess you can only put your watermark on memes and not GIFs, correct?
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Unless you've got a good GIF making program. I used several different tags on my animated GIFs over the years. I ended up using a headshot watermark of me. Here's one of my early works that I just posted. Good example of how tagging a pic or meme can go wrong

i.imgflip.com/1mknue.gif (click to show)

I've been doing graphics on the web for 20 years. I constantly learn.
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I think it looks good, but this is coming from a guy who thought it was okay to put his name on all his GIFs and memes. Hehe
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Different time, different place. Im working on a series right now, seeing if I can develop it into something ongoing. Working title on it is "The Diners" right now, I'm using the same stock art I snagged from the web, but if it goes well enough, I'll see if I can come up with the art on my own. I haven't tried serious art in decades.
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Well good luck on it man. Maybe you can use your art on here for some memes if it all works out...
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Memes and text. I can point to dozens of posts that aren't original, and often see memes complaining about those old jokes that make it to page one. Take your page one GIF. It's been making the rounds for several years, but I didn't think it was standalone funny. But the text you added is what made the GIF, for me, to go from meh to ROTFLMBFAO.Take some thing old, but present it in a new fresh manner, like you did. I'm currently experimenting with a series I call the Diner of Despair. So far, I've just done old jokes, but putting them in a "crying in his beer" setting gives it a fresh aspect. Add in a theme week, and it boosts the originality by being at the right place at the right time. Here was the one I did for Dog Week.

i.imgflip.com/1mx88q.jpg (click to show)

Another one I posted was one I did years ago for a web series I posted. This one was original because I did everything from the art to the text.

i.imgflip.com/1n0wzs.jpg (click to show)

Technically, this shouldn't have been posted because of the logo on top, but since I own all rights to it, pointed out in the title what it was, and have a pro account, I can do more. It's a weird twist on an old cliche.
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While I would like to take full credit for that gif all I did was add the "Treadmill Wins" to it. I thought about not posting it, because it made me feel fake like I was taking credit for someone else's work, but then I've seen some people add gifs on here that had no words at all. They just straight up copied a gif from the internet. Even if I knew how to put a watermark on a gif, I wouldn't have put mine on the page one submission, because most of the work wasn't mine.

At least in my case I did add a little something and besides that, I felt like just like on facebook, it's not always about sharing your own creations and ideas, but rather, at times, it's appropriate to share something of someone else's to make others laugh and/or brighten their day.
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I understand that. That treadmill wins is what I mean by presenting something in an original manner. I did something similar today.

i.imgflip.com/1n5u6i.gif (click to show)

All I did was add a title from the YMCA lyrics, replacing man for dog, then added the caption. It worked.

Myself, I can go back a decade of more and select from a large, personal library of animated GIFs I've made, or friends have made, to post here. If you get a chance, go to YouTube and look for Swiggy1957. I have several videos there of some of my animated GIFs collections. I even narrate a few. Most of the videos are just a hodgepodge of the GIFs with music added, although there are a few with storylines. One, in particular, was a report I helped my ex-wife with on food safety.
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[image deleted]I finally made myself a watermark, one black, one white. Here's the white one. What do you think is it too distracting?
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Thanks for the compliment. Eventually, ill have a meme stream to cover all the little things I've picked up over the years that add up. Some things I learned by trial and error, others I listened to those wiser, often older, than I. Since I'm pushing 60, you can imagine how old those wiser heads are.

Sorry about the insult flavor of my first post. I'm glad you made me show you I wasn't trolling.

One final observation: don't try to save a transparent PNG file to your templates here. Imgflip will convert it to a flat jpg, I keep those transparent files on my phone and upload as needed.
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I already had that covered about not saving my watermark on here. I have it saved on my computer. Yeah I'm old school, no smartphone here, just an old laptop. Hehe

To tell you the truth, it never even occurred to me to save it here on imgflip, but now that I know I shouldn't, I won't.
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It's fine. My rule of thumb has been to keep the signature between 50% and 70% of the text size. Only recommendation is lower the bottom text: try to avoid covering the face.

You've got the basics of contrast down well. That's an important aspect of layout and you may want to experiment with that in the future.
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I guess I misrepresented what I was asking. I wasn't asking what you thought of the meme itself, I was simply asking what you thought of the watermark. The right size, transparency, placement etc. I don't usually try to cover the face either. I was just going to place the picture with only my watermark and not text, but in order to add a meme to a conversation, you must put text on it as well.

So what I'm asking is, how do you feel about the watermark? It's size, transparency, placement, etc..
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Great you made front page. Now others will keep their eye out for you. I'm slowly putting together a meme stream of tips and such. Ghostofchurch and Socrates also have some.
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I'm guessing "a meme stream of tips and such" is just simply a word meme telling others how to make the most out of imgflip. Such as making awesome memes that will get upvotes. Is this correct?
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Size. Use my rule of thumb: 50% to 70% of the text size. The difference in size actually helps it stand out without overpowering the meme.

Location? Perfect. Transparency? Perfect.

This was a perfect meme, aside from the text over the face, but I can't fault your reasoning. In the future, unless other design priorities require it, put the bottom text slightly above the signature. Just enough to show a slight gap. You're a fast learner.

One thing I used to do, although imgflip is a little limited on graphics design, is I used to hid my watermark in the picture. Since I was using my face as a watermark, I would incorporate it within objects in the pic.

I experimented with a lot of signatures over the years. If you're Interested in that evolution, Google swiggy1957 Imgur gif. I'll check my Facebook pics to show how I handled still pics that weren't part of my PUNography series.
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I really appreciate all your help and advice. If someone would've told me the day that I felt insulted by your post, "People see you as a poser" etc. that I would come to like and admire you, I would've told them to stop being so damn positive and optimistic. But you know what, your pretty damn cool Swiggy-back.
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Hey man, I wanted to thank you for your help and I wanted to let you know, I finally made the front page! I'm so happy!
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