[Updated] Black Pearl Clarification

The Black Pearl

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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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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?


It's pho!!!!

um i'm not really sure i think they still allow them but i haven't been back on here for that long
snvsiv
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If a character is in the public domain, can we use inspiration from them?
mairys
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If linearts are clearly available for people to use then, yes, you can use them. As for charcaters in the public domain, it depends a bit on what you mean. Can you make an image that's clearly based heavily on a cartoon figure? No, that counts as plagiarism. But if you take inspiration and make an image that's all your own work and which just has the character as a start point, that's probably ok - a hint of what got you going on the image.
minkthepink
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I hope you are well phönix

Linearts should still be fine because they still get accepted. Just to add (I know you already know this phönix, just saying for everyone else), if you want to use a lineart you have to make sure the creator is okay with you using it for Howrse. On here you can't give credit to the creator which is usually a requirement that they ask. Also make sure that if the creator used any reference, that they have official permission from the owner of the reference that it can be used. If they don't, and you submit the lineart, eventually you will get into trouble.

mairys, if there aren't any copyright issues at all with a certain character, you should be able to *inspire* from them. However I wouldn't advice it as through voting most players might not know about the lack of copyright issues and report your submission, if enough players report your creation it could be taken out of voting.
dcs
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I'm fine! I'm just busy with IRL horses and uni studies so I don't have much time to play howrse anymore default smiley xd

I find it super weird because the swedish admin now says it's not allowed at all. Which I found odd. Which was why I wanted to check if there had been some sort of update on the rules :P

But good, then there hasn't been some sort of rule change, just maybe they didn't want them used on the swedish server anymore? lol
phönix
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phönix wrote:

I find it super weird because the swedish admin now says it's not allowed at all. Which I found odd. Which was why I wanted to check if there had been some sort of update on the rules :P

But good, then there hasn't been some sort of rule change, just maybe they didn't want them used on the swedish server anymore? lol

I'll poke the Admin for you lol, but it should be fine. On the Black Pearl page it even still says "You cannot use a line drawing without the consent of its creator", meaning linearts. I'm not sure if it says this on the Black Pearl page on the Swedish server?

Good luck with university and everything else. default smiley :)
dcs
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Well all servers have their own rules...don't remember if it was the german server (or some other server) that had "No photo references allowed" rule default smiley (lol)
I wish it was possible to know with server the coat has been sent from (but not by who) to know with rules the creator had to follow. Would stop a headache for some people who report close-references coats because their server doesn't allow photo-usage, but the server the creator is on allows it.
shishi no seirei
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Well I checked with the Admin and they said it was fine. I know the English speaking servers try to have the same rules across, I just wish they do it for all servers. It would make things so much easier and more fair too. Eventually the coats end up on all servers across (except if it is one of the special ones that is limited to only that server, which in that case it would be alright if there are special rules for them).

Shishi no Seirei, how are you doing? Have you been making any new coats lately?
Your username is so much more difficult now than the old AC, I still have to get used. default smiley (lol)
dcs
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DCS: Haha dont worry about it XD you can call me AC if you want,it is my "standard" nickname if we say so :3 Or Shi XD (Seriously I have more nicknames than I am old. XD)

Of course default smiley :d Working on 2 right now.Will show you one of them, since the other one is still a total mess default smiley (lol)

Warning for big file,you will see all my mistakes.

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shishi no seirei
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By Retired breeder, 2nd February 2018 17:52:19
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Hello there. I'm new to the international server. Usually I play on the german server. And yes, sadly there is a no photo references allowed rule. First you had to ask the photographer if she or he allows the use of their photos as reference for the black pearl. But since there have been several complaints of people using photos without permission they banned it completely several years back. Is it allowed on this server, though?

@Shishi no Seirei: Love the shading, it looks so smooth

This is my latest coat. Sadly my GT broke, so all is drawn with a mouse except the outlines since they are older. Do you have any tis for me? I'm always struggling to make my colour gradients look nice. When I use the smudge tool it looks so blurry, but otherwise you see my every stroke....
Retired breeder wrote:

Hello there. I'm new to the international server. Usually I play on the german server. And yes, sadly there is a no photo references allowed rule. First you had to ask the photographer if she or he allows the use of their photos as reference for the black pearl. But since there have been several complaints of people using photos without permission they banned it completely several years back. Is it allowed on this server, though?

@Shishi no Seirei: Love the shading, it looks so smooth

This is my latest coat. Sadly my GT broke, so all is drawn with a mouse except the outlines since they are older. Do you have any tis for me? I'm always struggling to make my colour gradients look nice. When I use the smudge tool it looks so blurry, but otherwise you see my every stroke....



Thank you!

As far the photographer allows it (and dont forget to give them proper credit!) it is allowed default smiley :)
Your coat looks good to me. There is nothing wrong with seeing the strokes,and remember that when you shrink them down to GA-size,those strokes will be nearly impossible to see default smiley :)
shishi no seirei
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By Retired breeder, 2nd February 2018 18:54:05
Sorry, i meant: Do you have any tips for me?
Retired breeder wrote:

Do you have any tis for me?


Its a lovely coat, really original and creative. I would darken the shadows on the stomach and legs, and maybe define the ears more?
starynight
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So I put my coat on the GA template and when I went to preview it the horse was on a white background instead of beige like it's supposed to. How do I fix this problem?
fearless
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How do i put my creation on the template?
happy days
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Fearless wrote:

So I put my coat on the GA template and when I went to preview it the horse was on a white background instead of beige like it's supposed to. How do I fix this problem?


remember to save your coat with the template as PNG. The background behind the coat is transparent default smiley :)
shishi no seirei
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i have my image saved as a PNG, but the image is on a black backgorund when i view it. i know its on the template right, theres no backgrounds on it yet it still shows up black. anything i can do?
dark~warrior
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So, I just finished a Helios Ray Background, but when I try to put it in the template, I can't because the template isn't actually transparent, its white. So it covers up my image. I tried making the white part transparent in GIMP, but when I tried to submit it it said it was not in the correct format (using the template). How do I use the template?
jessiethecowgirl12
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jessiethecowgirl12 wrote:

So, I just finished a Helios Ray Background, but when I try to put it in the template, I can't because the template isn't actually transparent, its white. So it covers up my image. I tried making the white part transparent in GIMP, but when I tried to submit it it said it was not in the correct format (using the template). How do I use the template?


Most popular problems with backgrounds:

1) Did you download a good template? For example on PL server there were 2 templates for backgrounds and players used to download the older one- with Fallabella. The new, working template has an arabian on it.
2) Do not use option "change colour to alpha", because it makes the grey edges of the template half transparent. Add transparency to the layer in layer's menu, use any marquee tool or a magic wand tool, mark that white rectangle and delete it. The horse in the square in the middle has to be erased (that tiny black square too).
3) Check if the black lines of the frame do not lack any pixels. I don't remember if that was the problem with backgrounds or with coats, but one of these frames didn't have black lines reaching the edges of the canva and game didn't let to submit an artwork.
4) Remember to save the background file as .jpg, not .png! Png is required for coats and jpg for backgrounds.
sikora
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Hey guys, I just tried to submit a Helios Ray background, but it said "Your coat does not use the compulsory format (display format for the Golden Apple, for Helios' Ray)" after I submitted it. It is JPG.
How do I get it to the correct format?
buckin'n'rearin
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Retired breeder wrote:

Hello there. I'm new to the international server. Usually I play on the german server. And yes, sadly there is a no photo references allowed rule. First you had to ask the photographer if she or he allows the use of their photos as reference for the black pearl. But since there have been several complaints of people using photos without permission they banned it completely several years back. Is it allowed on this server, though?

I mean I could understand not copying a photo but no photo references at all? That's just insane lol

I used refs all the time (which was allowed). I used to draw pretty much exactly like the photo (obviously not traced nor colorpicked and always used my own photos/had permission to use the photos) but they didn't want that any more like... 2? years ago, at least on the swedish server. But just because my coats didn't look exactly like a photo reference didn't mean I didn't use any lol.

As for the swedish server, it still says on the BP-page that you can use lines as long as they're okayed by the creator which makes it weird that the admin said you can't use them lol.

By the way Stargirl, I think your creation looks really nice default smiley :d I like the color!
phönix
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Thanks for the response Sikora, unfortunately I still can't get it to work. The template I am using is the one from the link on the black pearl page and it does have the arabian on it. I tried to figure out how to do what you suggested, but there doesn't seem to be any other way besides color to alpha. I'm new to GIMP so I may just not know what I'm doing, but I searched through every menu on my screen and couldn't find what you described.I have tried figuring out the exact number of pixels and putting my picture on top of the white template inside the lines, I have tried doing the same thing but on a different program. I also downloaded a template that someone had made transparent, and posted online, but it wouldn't accept any of that. Do you have any other ideas?
jessiethecowgirl12
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Haha Never mind I got it! I discovered that not my actual drawing but the white background of the layer was slightly over the edge of the black line. So hard to see! Thanks for the help!
jessiethecowgirl12
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I'm trying to submit my coat that I have made with the BP, but it won't let me. It says that "Your coat does not use the compulsory format", but I have used the template provided for the GA. The backround is transparent and I have drawn within the border of the template. I have tried erasing everything outside of the border (Even though there is no visible lines there) and I have also tried downloading the template again and using the newly downloaded template.

Does anyone know what might be the problem?
speeddemon
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I managed to fix it!
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