[Updated] Black Pearl Clarification

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We'd like to clarify a few things concerning the proposals for the Creative Space. We've had the time to see how things went and made some changes along with some additional advice.

For the Horses, Pegasus, Unicorns, Donkeys, and Ponies.


Using shadows in your creations:


We are probably going to add them ourselves in the future to have something that has the right perspective on the backgrounds, and that has a uniform texture across the coats.

You can use shadowing, but we ask that you keep them very light so that the images will fit with most Helios Ray backgrounds.

Cut out your edges more.


When we place the coats on a dark background in a lot of cases, there are stray light colored pixels all around the drawing. This makes it impossible to use on a dark background.
Tip Please take the time to take a look at your coat on a white and on a black background, in order to get rid of any leftover smudges or pixels. Also, look a little further away on just the outline. Often the coats have a smudge around the corners or along the border of the image.

Use the smudge or blur tool sparingly.


It's a pity to see a coat that has been worked on then filtered with a blur filter, and it comes out all smudgy. It's also a pity to see a coat with smudge marks on one side and not the other.

Be careful when playing around with reformatting an image.


Sometimes we get perfectly nice drawings of Sausage horses because the file has been altered, and the horse has been squashed or pulled in another direction.
This might be a great way of transforming an Irish setter into a Teckel, but it isn't very pretty on horses. Also, avoid making your resolution too low and giving the picture a pixel art look

Backgrounds


Using brushes is allowed.


They can be used as well, but we'd like to also remind you of the Black Pearl page information as seen in the quote below.

“Excess airbrushing is not allowed”. It is allowed but not too much!"

We have received tons of entries like this and have been very cool about it up until now. However, seeing the same tree used 4 times in different backgrounds is starting to get a little old.

From here on out, we'll start to be a bit more strict about this type of thing. This is due to the fact that it's unfair and the aim of the Creative Space is to work things with your own hands, not make photo manipulations. The same thing goes for photos or bits of photos.

Painting, blurring or smudging landscape pictures.


Moving forward, we'll simply remove the right to propose any creations to the Creation space forever for those who do try to do this.

Check the perspectives.


When you make a background, please consider that there has to be something for the horse to put his feet on. It's quite strange the have a picture with a nice pond in the background and the horse is floating in the middle of it in thin air.

The same goes for outer space and clouds etc. Just try and make the backgrounds usable for everyone, not just the Pegasus. Also, make sure that the horses won't look like giants in the middle of a forest when you decide to draw trees or other items.

Rules


Plagiarism is forbidden!
Respect the author's rights: we do not steal images off of the Internet; we do not trace photos; we do not use the basis of someone else if they have not given their authorization, preferably publicly.

What is plagiarism? Plagiarism is taking someone else's work and passing them off as your own.

We can take inspiration from a style, a movement, a mane or a coat without copy-pasting it. It’s the same idea for literature, graphic arts, video games or cinema - there is often inspiration taken from another creation. Inspiration is imbued with another creation in order to interpret it and create something new! Copying is recreating identically. Copying is not having a style or a vision of your own. Try to have the imagination and bring your unique personality to your creations.

Please also note that any cheating can get you excluded from proposing any artwork to the Creative Space forever and/or be followed by sanctions.

Otherwise, all the usual rules still apply.

Before posting:


It is forbidden to mock or ridicule creations/creators
Don't post too many steps regarding your work to avoid flooding of the topic.
IT IS FORBIDDEN TO ASK FOR VOTES!

You are welcome to promote your creations or creations you voted for using #HowrseBP on social media or promote your creations on your profile page.

This topic can be used to help each other understand the Black Pearl rules with respect to your creative content.

Players who do not follow the rules are exposed to sanctions.

Regards
The Howrse team
cailow
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Helios ray format with transparent center

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boobrrypiegrl
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Explain what a black pearl is?
gypsyqueen
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Black Pearl page.

It's the item you purchase to be able to submit entries into the creative space.
boobrrypiegrl
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Sorry if this doesn't belong here, but what are some good, reliable programs that I could use to draw my golden apple? I'm not able to download Adobe Illustrator for some reason. Thanks! default smiley :)
omgpop
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I use GIMP and Krita. Both are free downloads.
boobrrypiegrl
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boobrrypiegrl wrote:

I use GIMP and Krita. Both are free downloads.


Thank you!
omgpop
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I recommend Photoshop, not Illustrator. Illustrator is better suited for vector art (think, logos)
henslk1
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henslk1 wrote:

I recommend Photoshop, not Illustrator. Illustrator is better suited for vector art (think, logos)


I've used Illustrator before and I like it fine. My new laptop won't let me download anymore though. I don't have the $$$ for Photoshop, unfortunately.
omgpop
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Just here to throw Corel Painter Essentials into the mix. it's not free but it's really cheap as far as art software goes. It is so nice to work with, just started getting a feel for the tools on it and honestly in some ways i prefer it to photoshop CC. It's uncomplicated and the media brushes are so clever. Plus it's nice to actually own the software I'm working with. default smiley (8) Though I will say it helps to have something like gimp (or in my case a really old copy of photoshop) for formatting and colour adjustments.
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Hello! I have presented this. It's the first one I do.

mishi
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OMGPOP wrote:

Sorry if this doesn't belong here, but what are some good, reliable programs that I could use to draw my golden apple? I'm not able to download Adobe Illustrator for some reason. Thanks! default smiley :)

i use fire alpaca, it works really well for me.
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Am I allowed to get permission from someone to use their art and add some stuff onto it but give them credits?
capricethepony
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CapriceThePony wrote:

Am I allowed to get permission from someone to use their art and add some stuff onto it but give them credits?


Even if you have permission to edit someone else's art you can only submit your own work. It is not your work if you are just adding accessories to a horse someone else has created, for example. It is debated if we are allowed to use line art or not. If you do choose to use someone else's lines make absolutely sure that you have permission to use it for the black pearl on howrse as not everyone allows it, and try to do something creative with the colouring. If you are editing its shape make sure you have permission to do that as well.

Overall it's safest to stick to something you have made by yourself. It's more satisfying that way too. default smiley :)
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I'm not used to using very small dimensions or photoshop, and my images are always turning out blurry when I size them down. Is there a common way to combat this (in photoshop)?

So far the best thing I've tried is not starting out TOO large and then using the sharpen filter after reducing the size to the template default smiley (o)
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In photoshop I use image>image size, type in the dimensions I want in pixels, and sharpen slightly after so the edges are crisp. I think slight blurring is normal as you are losing some of the "information" when you make the image smaller. I believe it is worse when you use the free transform tool vs the image size tool, however.
sylvanas
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Hello Everyone,

Like to draw or just like the creations your fellow community members make? A player, Nono6412, from our French server will be hosting a live drawing session on Twitch this Saturday, 16/03/2019 16:00 showcasing her art and drawing horses that might be submitted to the Creation Space.


You can find the live stream through her artist name Mikonow and via her channel link below. (She has a surprise for those who can be there following the stream!)

Drawing Session

See you there,

The Howrse Team
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I've been wanting to submit a drawing for about 2 years now, but never got around to doing it because I can never get the image to fit on the template, and always lose way too much detail. Can I submit a drawing I did on paper, or does it have to be done with a computer program? default smiley :s I've never used a drawing app, and it always seems harder than doing it on actual paper.. Please help default smiley :(
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@bettyboopluver26

You can scan in your drawing and then resize the image! You may have to do some fixing to sharpen it up, but traditional drawings definitely can be submitted. default smiley (l)
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Euphoria wrote:

@bettyboopluver26

You can scan in your drawing and then resize the image! You may have to do some fixing to sharpen it up, but traditional drawings definitely can be submitted. default smiley (l)


Thank you so much! default smiley :-))
bettyboopluver26
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For anyone interested in making Helios Ray backgrounds:

Here is an advanced template I made for myself to help understand how your creation will look in the game (it's a PNG). Howrse has game features that overlap parts of your drawing, as well as zones where the background begins to blur. It may be easier to make a good design/composition with that in mind.

[Without Notes]:
https://imgur.com/coKrGOj

[With Notes]:
https://imgur.com/zR4rgSP

Hope this is allowed, PM me if you have any questions
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tamara
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Are there programs that work on chromebooks? Kind of curious...
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