[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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Wxstelands wrote:

Does it cost 10 passes to send a coat/ladnscape through? I'm a bit confused on that...


No, it cost only 2 passes to send one coat/landscape.
barbara von danzig
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No tips on mine.......
xamanjique
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Xamanjique wrote:

No tips on mine.......


Because english isn't my native language and thus my vocabulary is limited, all I can say is: study equine anatomy. How skeleton and muscles looks like, proportions, shapes, everything.
Of course keep in mind that some breeds have different shapes/proportions than other.

Compare these with your drawings.
photo 1
photo 2
Compare shape of every part of the body and then check out proportions.

After you learn anatomy of the horse, learn how to shade it. You have to know shape of the object before you can shade it properly, same goes for horse body.

Thanks to internet you can find a lot of tutorials and other useful things about anatomy, shading, etc. Also I see dA watermark on your drawings, there are so many tutorials which can teach you greatly, just go and search.
barbara von danzig
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Ok, so I need help! I'm new to this and would like to get into creations. Only problem is I don't know what apps or whatever you all use to make coats. Help!!
arabreiner98
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Arabreiner98 wrote:

Ok, so I need help! I'm new to this and would like to get into creations. Only problem is I don't know what apps or whatever you all use to make coats. Help!!

Sending you a PM
s_gamer96
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Wxstelands wrote:

Does it cost 10 passes to send a coat/ladnscape through? I'm a bit confused on that...

It costs 2 passes, and if the coat goes through you win more passes, and if it doesn't you get the original two back.
bonfire.
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So I am just wondering, what do you use to make the GA coat/landscape? And how do you make your drawing the correct form? Send me a PM please!default smiley :)
maestar30292
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Maestar30292 wrote:

So I am just wondering, what do you use to make the GA coat/landscape? And how do you make your drawing the correct form? Send me a PM please!default smiley :)


Making coats/landscapes is just by drawing them, people use drawing programs such as : Photoshop, Paintstorm Studio, Medibang, Krita etc.
The correct form is a transparent PNG file!

Hope it helps
Ƭhe lasɬ pinɬo
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^A coat must be png and a landscape must be jpeg/jpg default smiley ;)
bonfire.
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When you are putting the template on the background and you clear out the white portion, how do you get the few white pixels completely off of the horse or is there suppose to be white left on it? I know you're not suppose to alter the template so I have no idea how to go about this.
tigress26
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Tigress26 wrote:

When you are putting the template on the background and you clear out the white portion, how do you get the few white pixels completely off of the horse or is there suppose to be white left on it? I know you're not suppose to alter the template so I have no idea how to go about this.


Dont put the template over the background, put the background ON the template,resize if needed so it fits the background and save as JPEG default smiley :)
shishi no seirei
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Shishi no Seirei wrote:


Dont put the template over the background, put the background ON the template,resize if needed so it fits the background and save as JPEG default smiley :)


Thank you so much!
tigress26
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How pixelated is too pixelated? I haven't yet found a trustworthy drawing app that is entirely pixel free. It's not horribly pixelated, mind you, but slightly.
nightmare_of_old
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Or, I suppose it's better to ask if I would lose my passes if my horse it too pixel-y. It warned on the submission screen that you might, so I came here.

I would post the picture, but I don't know how to bring it from my gallery. default smiley (8)
nightmare_of_old
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remember to zoom out to 100% before you decide it is pixelated. When you submit your coat and see random harsh square-like edges (or the coat is blurry and looks like small square-pattern is all over it) then it is too pixelated.

To show the picture you need to upload it on a free image hosting site like postimage.org.Upload it there, cophy the link,and post it here.
shishi no seirei
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I'm sorry, this may sound dumb, but.., is there a way to vote for creations on the app?

Thank you!
ilovearaps
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When will the new coats be added to the game does anyone know?
charliepuppy♥
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CharliePuppy♥ wrote:

When will the new coats be added to the game does anyone know?


If you look on the creation space page, it tells you the dates and times for each section of the process - submitting, voting, adding to the game etc. They are usually added on the 26th.
raf's mum
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Can anyone walk me through the process of making a Golden Apple ?

I made an outline on speedpaint and saved it to my computer, but I'd like something nicer for the coloring process.

I have a MacBook, so if anyone has a good free program that they recommend please let me know!!!
lilmiss24
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lilmiss24 wrote:

Can anyone walk me through the process of making a Golden Apple ?

I made an outline on speedpaint and saved it to my computer, but I'd like something nicer for the coloring process.

I have a MacBook, so if anyone has a good free program that they recommend please let me know!!!


Try Krita,GIMP,Firealpaca or Medibang Pro, all of those are free programs you can download,unsure with one works with Mac default smiley :)
shishi no seirei
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ilovearaps wrote:

I'm sorry, this may sound dumb, but.., is there a way to vote for creations on the app?

Thank you!

Aw there are no dumb questions! default smiley :)
I know you can vote for the creations on the mobile version, but I am not sure if it is the same on the App (I doubt it). To vote on the mobile version, press the 3rd button in the blue bar at the bottom, go down and press on "Creation Space". If the voting is on you can press on the creation you want to vote on, and press the vote button.
dcs
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So.... Just curious. Are linearts allowed or not? :P Is it still the "kinda but we prefer you not to use them" or has it changed to a definite ban?
phönix
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phönix wrote:

So.... Just curious. Are linearts allowed or not? :P Is it still the "kinda but we prefer you not to use them" or has it changed to a definite ban?

I have seen Daryas lineart go trough from time to time,so I guess we are allowed to use lineart as far the lineart artist is okay with us using them here :P

Also hi,my extinct Phoenix-friend XD
shishi no seirei
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By Retired breeder, 20th January 2018 17:23:17
Does no fan art apply to all characters made by others, or does this just apply to horse characters?
Retired breeder wrote:

Does no fan art apply to all characters made by others, or does this just apply to horse characters?


No fanart allowed at all since it would raise copyright issues if people started to send in Assassins and Halo and whatnot-characters (in horse form) to CS.
shishi no seirei
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