[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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Help! What's the best way to scale an image down (in photoshop) with the least amount of blur/pixelization to fit inside the 400x400 ga template?

I've tried numerous things such as rasterizing my coat, making it a smart object and setting my resample to bicubic sharper (reduction) but they all turn out too blurry.

A little background info, I made my coat in procreate on my ipad using a 2800 x 2800 size canvas then transported that to photoshop on my pc.

Any help or tips would be greatly appreciated!
pinapple98
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I really struggle with this (I use GIMP). 2800x 2800 is really large - I struggled so much scaling down my 1500 x 1500 that I'm not even submitting it because the quality has been compromised so much. Have you tried Youtube perhaps? So I can't be more helpful.
emmakate66
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EmmaKate66 wrote:

I really struggle with this (I use GIMP). 2800x 2800 is really large - I struggled so much scaling down my 1500 x 1500 that I'm not even submitting it because the quality has been compromised so much. Have you tried Youtube perhaps? So I can't be more helpful.


If you talk about the image getting a bit blurry after resizing, I suggest to use the sharpen tool to sharpen the image.(either way since the image becomes smaller some of the quality is bound to be lost and nothing can fix this.) But like I suggested, use the sharpen tool (in moderation) to make the details pop out.
When you upload an image on a site it always gets blurry or pixelated, even if you see your work looking better on GIMP or photoshop.

I hope this helps.
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Alina, do you sharpen before or after re-sizing?

I'm also hoping to improve my resizing. I do think though that the versions in voting tend to be a little more blurry than they are when they go through?
rowangreen
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Just to clarify, I mean go through as in win in the vote and get selected...
rowangreen
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EmmaKate66 wrote:

I really struggle with this (I use GIMP). 2800x 2800 is really large - I struggled so much scaling down my 1500 x 1500 that I'm not even submitting it because the quality has been compromised so much. Have you tried Youtube perhaps? So I can't be more helpful.


I debated even submitting mine too because of this reason! I did find that my coat didn't look quite as bad after I saved it as a png once I put it inside the template so I decided to just submit them anyway.

I did also realize I was using a stylized brush in procreate that wasn't completely solid so that also must've contributed to the not as crisp look.

I ended up doubling my resolution when shrinking down my image, although I didn't see that much of a change.

This was my first time submitting so I think I got caught up comparing my drawings to others and wondering why it didn't look as good haha
pinapple98
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When it comes to the blurry thing, here is a small guide:


1) The main file (coat size) should be created at the canvas that is at least 1300 x 1300 px.

2) When you resize your coat, remember: do NOT use scale-thing tool. Using scale-tool will ALWAYS make your coat blurry! Instead,save your 1300 x 1300px coat as PNG,open it in new window,go to image -> image size, and resize it to fit the GA-submittion form.

Riding horses usually have to be downsized to 450-500 range pixels to fit, but that depends on the pose, the tails pose, length and much more. If the downsized image is still too big, hit CTRL-Z and resize again, check if it fits. Once you find a size that fits, save the GA-form as PNG.


Remember NO scale-tool use!


3) When you check your coat that has been put on the GA-form, remember to have the zoom at 100% and not at closer range than that. If you zoom in , the image will look pixelated and blurry.

4) Make sure your big-file is not blurry! If you use too much blur/smudging tool, the coat will look blurry. Make sure to define sharp areas/soft areas as needed, and make transitions as smooth as you can!


Reminder: The coat will always look a little blurry. The coats are very small in size, so they will always look as if they are blurry(especially when you zoom beyond 100%.

You can use the sharpening tool in Photoshop/another program to make it sharper,but don't overdo it! If you apply too much sharpness, your coat will look more blurry than it was before...but this time it will have better contrast around the blur. Use it carefully!
shishi no seirei
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RowanGreen wrote:

Alina, do you sharpen before or after re-sizing?

I'm also hoping to improve my resizing. I do think though that the versions in voting tend to be a little more blurry than they are when they go through?


I use it after resizing the image. But i prefer to sharpen it by heading to Filters-Enhance and then select "Sharpen"...Then a small window pops up and you can see and select the intensity of the sharpen tool (and also because it sharpens the whole image, in comparison with the sharpen tool where you have to swipe over the image to get the result),it's just a more quick and efficient method (from my point of view).
aℓina
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Shishi no Seirei wrote:

When it comes to the blurry thing, here is a small guide:


This was so helpful! Thanks so much default smiley (l)You're amazing - I submitted my second coat.
emmakate66
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Grrrrrrr.... Didn't quite get my pegasus entered, not quite ready! So the old version is the only thing I got up before I ran out of time. And I missed entering the Grand prix as well I think so that's no fountain next week either. Double grrrr
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What are the rules on tack? I remember it was not allowed before, but since then I've seen so much conflicting information.. default smiley 8-)
singlass
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@Singlass, I've heard that it's allowed by now. I've seen some horses with polo wraps a couple of years ago in the Golden Apple and an artist from my country sent a saddled Arabian into the Creation Space for this month and it was submitted. default smiley ^)
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Anyway, I've completed the pony I've posted here a week ago. I've put A LOT of effort into it, so I hope you like it. I'll send it to the Black Pearl in January 2020, because I'll have about 150 days of seniority at the time (on the Czech server).

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@horseamry - very cute default smiley (l)
emmakate66
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horsearmy wrote:

@Singlass, I've heard that it's allowed by now. I've seen some horses with polo wraps a couple of years ago in the Golden Apple and an artist from my country sent a saddled Arabian into the Creation Space for this month and it was submitted. default smiley ^)
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Anyway, I've completed the pony I've posted here a week ago. I've put A LOT of effort into it, so I hope you like it. I'll send it to the Black Pearl in January 2020, because I'll have about 150 days of seniority at the time (on the Czech server).



It's a very neat creation, though i would suggest to make the lighting of the horse a bit brighter so it won't be too dark and the details will be more visibledefault smiley (y)
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Thank you both. I lit it up a bit and added more curls. I'll also try to draw a donkey or a draft next time and it will be furry, too. default smiley ^)
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I have a question about the golden apple coats. Do they need to exclusively be horses (or ponies, donkeys, unicorns etc.) or are they allowed to be other similar animals too? Like, say, a zebra, a ram, or a deer.
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CelestialSitcom wrote:

I have a question about the golden apple coats. Do they need to exclusively be horses (or ponies, donkeys, unicorns etc.) or are they allowed to be other similar animals too? Like, say, a zebra, a ram, or a deer.

It needs to have at least some horse features, though there are creations that have ram or deer horns (also similar to chimeras). There are some zebra creations also.
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OKay, thanks for answering my question default smiley ^)
celestialsitcom
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Hey guys! I'm new to the BP scene and am trying to submit my first coat for voting. However, each time I go to submit it it says "Your coat does not use the compulsory format (display format for the Golden Apple, for Helios' Ray)". I just can't figure out a way to get around it, despite having messed around with it for several hours. If you have any tips for what could be up, please let me know! Also, how can you paste a picture here so I can show it to you, in case that would reveal more hints as to what I'm doing wrong?
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Are you using the template provided? Is your final coat on the template and saved as a .png? Are the final dimensions 400 px * 400 px?
emmakate66
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Do you purchase the black pearl with passes? Or can you just DO it once you have the requirements?
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PoTaToEs_WiLl_RuLe wrote:

Do you purchase the black pearl with passes?


Yes, in the beginning of the month for a few days you can purchase the black pearl with passes and you submit your creation then.
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