[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:


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Don't post too many steps regarding your work to avoid flooding of the topic.
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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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whitetiger
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starynight
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One more question (very sorry lol ive asked in gameplay too but wanted to be sure)

Do you place your horse right in the middle of the template, or move it down to the bottom of the template so that its hooves touch just above the bottom line of the template?


I don't want it to be floating in mid air if someone uses a landscape with it and ive never submitted a coat before so i dont know what is best
whitetiger
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WhiteTiger wrote:

I don't want it to be floating in mid air if someone uses a landscape


I wouldn't worry. I placed my submission in the center and when players use a coat with a landscape they can move it around so it really doesn't matter.
emmakate66
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WhiteTiger - dont worry about that. You just have to make sure it doesnt extend beyond the inner frame.
pusik553
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Okay thank you both =] I've submitted two coats thanks to your help its much appreciated default smiley (y)
whitetiger
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Hi! I know I'm cutting it a little close to the wire, but having issues uploading my GA coat and unsure as to why. The error message I'm getting is:

"Your coat does not use the compulsory format (display format for the Golden Apple, for Helios' Ray)"

I've used photoshop and it's a PNG, transparent background, fits within the confines of the square box and is the same px as the template (I've not made the file bigger). Any ideas?

Thanks in advance
flipper4
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Problem solved! Please ignore, thanks
flipper4
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WhiteTiger wrote:

One more question (very sorry lol ive asked in gameplay too but wanted to be sure)

Do you place your horse right in the middle of the template, or move it down to the bottom of the template so that its hooves touch just above the bottom line of the template?


I don't want it to be floating in mid air if someone uses a landscape with it and ive never submitted a coat before so i dont know what is best


In regards to this, I have started putting mine more towards the bottom; I play with coats and rays a lot, and I find it very frustrating when the bottom of the square hits the lowest point it will go, and the horse still doesn't have it's feet low enough to be 'standing' on the ground...
gaff
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Already submitted now but I will definitely keep that in mind next time. That’s what I was fearful of, thanks gaff. Appreciate the input
whitetiger
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Still not got the flowers and leaves background done! Decided to re-do all the stems. I'll get it done one day... Old one in for this month! I only had the passes for one.
rowangreen
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If I were to draw one by hand instead of using a program, is that allowed? Also, if it is, do I need to print off the template to use or no?

Thanks
imaginingdragons
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ImaginingDragons wrote:

If I were to draw one by hand instead of using a program, is that allowed? Also, if it is, do I need to print off the template to use or no?

Thanks


You can draw with traditional media yes! To get it sent in you will have to scan it in/take a photo of the finished drawing, cut it out in a program and put it on the GA -template default smiley :)
shishi no seirei
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Finished this earlier tonight. Going to add a bg.
But I think I have something new to submit for May. =D

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wolf of the north
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Shishi no Seirei wrote:

You can draw with traditional media yes! To get it sent in you will have to scan it in/take a photo of the finished drawing, cut it out in a program and put it on the GA -template default smiley :)


Ok. Thank you!!!
imaginingdragons
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i don't have the seniority to submit stuff yet, but I'm doing some now. If I were to use my own photos for reference (a cityscape) and there was a recognizable logo in the back, I would have to change it, correct? Thanks.
chenk0802
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Also, how do you get the template to be transparent so that the frame sits on top without blocking the rest of the drawing?
chenk0802
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Wolf of the North wrote:

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Love it! default smiley (l)default smiley (l)
starynight
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chenk0802: if by change-it you mean manipulate it/photo bash it/paint over it/ then no. All coats have to be hand-drawn. However, since it is your photo you can use it as a reference for your painting.

Helios Ray doesn't need transparency. It is saved in JPEG-format so the transparency wouldn`t be there even if you erased parts you wanted transparent. I usually resize my image so it sits on the top of template and save it as JPEG (make sure your art isn't touching the canvas!).
shishi no seirei
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Shishi no Seirei wrote:

chenk0802: if by change-it you mean manipulate it/photo bash it/paint over it/ then no. All coats have to be hand-drawn. However, since it is your photo you can use it as a reference for your painting.

Helios Ray doesn't need transparency. It is saved in JPEG-format so the transparency wouldn`t be there even if you erased parts you wanted transparent. I usually resize my image so it sits on the top of template and save it as JPEG (make sure your art isn't touching the canvas!).


Thank you!
chenk0802
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e.p.o.n.a wrote:

well i didn't get my background finished, but there's still next month! i sent in this cutie along with a unicorn version this morning default smiley (l) (without the watermark of course)
I NEED the unicorn version of this. I'm in love. default smiley *-)
maryeirin
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Sad to find out it was submitted on the US version and not here. I love it so much. default smiley :$
maryeirin
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maryeirin wrote:

Sad to find out it was submitted on the US version and not here. I love it so much. default smiley :$


Coats are universal. You can get any coat on any server.
All of my coats are at 500 uses on this server, but have a total of over 1500 for all servers combined.
wolf of the north
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Wolf of the North wrote:

Coats are universal. You can get any coat on any server.
All of my coats are at 500 uses on this server, but have a total of over 1500 for all servers combined.
That's right! Totally forgot about that. Thanks for reminding me & getting my hope to get this coat back! default smiley :d
maryeirin
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Heyia

Would a very thin horse (like you can see the ribs outline and very thin legs and such) be allowed to be made into a coat? default smiley :)

Just asking because it states that it
"mustn't include content that could be unsuitable for young players"
And I've seen horses in creation space which have a bit of gore in them but not a lot default smiley (8) so I just want to know if it's allowed with a thin / malnourished horse, and like where does the line go?
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