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THEME EXPLANATIONS & EXAMPLES

Below you will find a complete list of the themes with explanations and examples. Please note, the examples are not what your icon needs to EXACTLY be -- it is JUST A GUIDE to help -- which doesn't mean you need to copy them :)

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abstract - your subject and/or icon should be abstract instead of detailed. use of shadows, fading, cropping, etc is recommended


accessory - focus on an accesory (hat, watch, bracelet, headband, shoes, etc)
(needtakehave)


alphabet - open to interpretation


artist choice * - this theme should be from 1-5 icons total - these are free choice -- they can be anything you want of your subject


at odds - open to interpretation


autograph - make it as if your subject has autographed the picture


back - focus on the back of the subject
(needtakehave)


bad ass - your subject in a bad ass moment


barely there - basically the same as "negative space" but usually even less of the subject is shown
(needtakehave)


beautiful - open to interpretation


beginning - open to interpretation


behind the scenes - a behind-the-scenes shot. your subject(s) can be in costume, but must be candid (from bloopers, behind-the-scenes specials, etc)


best friends - open to interpretation


betrayal - open to interpretation


black & white - the icon is all black & white with NO color
(needtakehave)


black & white/color - there are usually two images within the icon, one that is all black & white and the other that is in color
(annaxbanana)


blending - blend two or more images together
(neonobility)


bling - focus on jewelry


bliss - open to interpretation


blood - open to interpretation


blur - blur some part of the icon


body parts * - this theme is 5 icons - focus on body parts such as the mouth, eyes, hands, feet, etc
(needtakehave)


bold - open to interpretation


book quote - add text to the icon of a book quote


border - add a border to the icon
(hallonpaj) (no_delusion) (anarya_snow)


bored - open to interpretation


bottom - make the bottom of the icon your focus
(sjlnechnaia) (deternot)


break - open to interpretation


breakdown - open to interpretation


bright - your icon should be bright, whether using adjustments or bright colors


camera shy - your subject’s face should be partially (or totally) hidden


candid - candid shots of your subject


captivated - open to interpretation


center - make the center of the icon your focus
(setentpet) (needtakehave)


circle - have circles on the icon or use a cicle mask, etc
(needtakehave)


city - open to interpretation


close crop - crop your subject close usually do the face or even closer to lips, eyes, etc
(setentpet) (needtakehave)


close your eyes - your subject’s eyes should be closed


color splash - your icon should be all black & white with just a SMALL portion with color
(needtakehave)


contrast - use contrast in this icon (either a lot of contrast or a little)


conversation - open to interpretation


corner - the focus of your icon should be in a corner of the icon


costume - focus on some kind of costume, like your subject wearing a mask, etc
(needtakehave)


crying - your subject should be crying


cute - open to interpretation


cut off - part of your subject or icon should be abruptly cut off


dance - open to interpretation


danger - open to interpretation


dark - open to interpretation


death - open to interpretation


different crops * - this theme is 5 icons - each icon should be of a different crop (examples: rotate, close, very close, wide, etc)


dirty - open to interpretation (keep it PG-13!)


distant - open to interpretation


dorky - open to interpretation


down - open to interpretation


dramatic - open to interpretation


dressed down - your subject dressed more casual than usual


dressed up - your subject should be looking pretty whether in a tux, dress, really nice clothing, something


echo - usually this is an image repeated


elements - usually something on your icon has to do with water, fire, air or earth using color or a texture, etc


embrace - your subject should be hugging someone or something else


emotions * - this theme is 5 icons - each icon should showcase a different emotion


epic - open to interpretation


eyes - focus on the eyes of the subject


face - focus on the face of the subject


faceless - no part of the face should be seen
(needtakehave)


fade - your subject should be faded to some degree


fairy tale - open to interpretation


fake background - cut out the background of an image and put a different background in the background
(annaxbanana) (marcia993)


family - open to interpretation


far away - your subject should look very far away in the image


favorite moments * - this theme is 5 icons - each icon should showcase a favorite moment


fight - open to interpretation


floral - open to interpretation


focus - mess with the focus on your subject (more or less focus)


forever - open to interpretation


friendship - open to interpretation


full body - focus on the full body of your subject
(setentpet)


group - your icon should include 4 or more people together


half & half - exactly half of your icon should be one picture, the other half should be a second picture


half - half your icon should be the focus and the other half a solid color, a texture, or something
(needtakehave)


hands - focus on the subject's hands


happy - open to interpretation


horror - open to interpretation


hurt/comfort - open to interpretation


hush (no text) - your icon should not have ANY text on it


illuminated - your subject should be illuminated/glowing


internet slang - include text with any internet slang like LOL, ROFL, BRB, DND, etc


in your eyes - open to interpretation


jealous - open to interpretation


jubilant - open to interpretation


kiss - your subject should be kissing someone


landscape - your icon should have NO people in it or the people should look VERY far away and small -- everything should be scenery, or a building, etc
(needtakehave)


large - your subject should look big in the icon


large text - your icon should have text that is large in size
(janie_tangerine) (mediocrechick) (lightthesparks)


leaving - open to interpretation


left - the focus of your icon should be on the left side


legs - the focus of the icon should be on legs


letters - open to interpretation


light & dark - your icon should feature the contrast of light and dark


light - your icon should be light, whether by adjustment or color scheme


lines - your icon should feature lines


lips - the focus of your icon should be on lips/mouth


LOL - open to interpretation


lonely - open to interpretation


look away - your subject should be looking away
(needtakehave)


looking down - your subject should be looking down
(needtakehave)


looking up - your subject should be looking up
(needtakehave)


loser - open to interpretation


love - open to interpretation


lust - open to interpretation


lyrics - your icon should feature song lyrics


magical - open to interpretation


magnifying glass * - this theme is 5 icons - your subject from icons 1 to 5 should go from small to big each the subject getting bigger and taking up more of the icon as you go until so that from left to right the subject is small to big
(annaxbanana)


man - open to interpretation


minimalist - your icon should have no extras like text, textures, brushes, very little (if any) coloring, etc. the icon should be very basic.
(needtakehave)


motion - your subject should be doing something; walking, talking, etc.


multi level - 4 square - your icon should show 4 different images or one image 4 times
(needtakehave)


multi level - double - your image should be doubled
(hermionesparkle) (lemonpunch) (wickedgrdn)


multi level - first/last scene - this should be of two images; 1 with a image from the first scene of an episode and 1 from the last scene of the same episode


multi level - many - you should have many images, whether the same image duplicated multiple times or multiple different images
(darkpalace) (calin_durus)


multiple - open to interpretation


multiple characters - your icon should include more than 1 character


mushy words - open to interpretation


my mood - open to interpretation


mysterious - open to interpretation


name - your icon should include your subject's name (or one of the subject's name)


natural - open to interpretation


naughty - open to interpretation


negative - open to interpretation


negative space - your subject should not be in the main focus of the icon but as a smaller portion of the icon
(setentpet) (needtakehave)


night - open to interpretation


not 100x100 - your image should be smaller than 100x100 --- the icon is still 100x100 but the image itself should be smaller, either by resizing or using a mask, etc.


not square - your image should be something other than a square. icons are usually all square -- now you should use a mask or something to make it look like a different shape/size


numbers - open to interpretation


off center - your subject should be not in the center of the icon but more to the left some or to the right some
(needtakehave)


OMG / OMFG - open to interpretation


one - open to interpretation


one color - your icon should be all one color or use only one color
(annaxbanana)


opposite colors - your icon should have two colors -- both opposites of one another like black & white, a light color and a dark color, etc.


out of the box - open to interpretation


outside - open to interpretation


overlay - open to interpretation


panorama * - this theme is 5 icons - your icons should be one image cut into five icons so that when they are lined up together in order from left to right they look like they are one image just cut up
(needtakehave) (christinaa88)


party - open to interpretation


plus one - your icon should include your subject + 1 (characters = char + 1, ships = ship + 1, groups = group + 1, etc)


pose - your subject should be posing somehow, like if they were posing for the camera


pretty - open to interpretation


profile - your icon should show your subject with a side profile
(needtakehave)


promo pic - your icon should show your subject in a promo pic (here is a great place to find promo pics)
(needtakehave)


provided texture - you must use one of the provided textures in your icon


quote - your icon should include some kind of quote with your subject


reading - your subject should be reading


reflection - open to interpretation


right - your icon should show your subject to the right of your icon


romance - open to interpretation


rotate - your icon should show your subject rotated somehow from it's original position in the original picture


sad - open to interpretation


same cap* - this theme is 5 icons - your icons should be the same image, just iconned with different variations (like the image is of one character and the image is split up among the 5 focusing say; the lips, entire face, eyes, full body, hands, etc)
(revivingophelia)


same scene * - this theme is 5 icons - your icons should all be from the same scene and from left to right be like if you were watching a scene in your fandom
(needtakehave)


saturation - open to interpretation


scared - open to interpretation


seasons - open to interpretation


secret - open to interpretation


seeing double - open to interpretation


sepia - your icon should have a "antique" coloring, like if it was from and old movie -- if you can't figure out how to do that, then you can do black & white
(needtakehave)


seven deadly sins * - this theme is 5 icons - your icons should showcase 5 of the 7 deadly sins


sexy - open to interpretation


shadow - open to interpretation


ship - open to interpretation


sidekick - open to interpretation


sitting - your subject should be sitting down


sleepy - open to interpretation


small - your subject should be somewhat small in the icon
(needtakehave)


smile - your subject should be smiling


soft color - your icon should have soft color(s) or pale colors


soft focus - your icon should have a "soft" look
(needtakehave)


song title - your icon should have a song title on it along with your subject


squares - open to interpretation


star - open to interpretation


surprise - open to interpretation


symbol - open to interpretation


symmetry - open to interpretation


texture - your icon should use some kind of texture


tiny text - your icon should have tiny text on it
(needtakehave)


top - open to interpretation


toy - open to interpretation


tv tropes * - this theme is 5 icons - your icons should be interpetations of tv tropes -- to find out more about them, check this site out


two-toned - your icon should use two different colors
(darlingbones) (wild_sibyl)


unf! - open to interpretation


up - open to interpretation


upside-down - open to interpretation


vibrant - your icon should use bold, vibrant colors


vintage - open to interpretation


warm colors - your icon should use warm colors


white background - your icon should have some sort of white background


wide crop - your subject should be cropped in a wide crop
(needtakehave)


woman - open to interpretation


zoom - you should use the same image twice, once big and the other small
(talli_approved)


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