[READ THIS] GUIDELINES BEFORE POSTING IN THIS SECTION

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  1. Sai

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    GUIDELINES FOR THE SPRITE SECTION



    ALL OF THESE RULES APPLY TO ALL PARTS OF THE SPRITE SECTION.

    -THE MISCELLANEOUS SPRITE SECTION IS NO LONGER IN USE. DO NOT POST ANYTHING THERE.

    -If the thread starter begins a thread with a sprite that contains too many shades, the thread will be closed. For example, if a sprite such as clothes, or weapons has more than 30 shades each, that is too many colors. The standard amount is typically less than 12-15 shades. If there is no glow and I see partially transparent shades, it will also be closed.

    -WHEN POSTING NON-MAPLE SPRITES, put "[MISC]" in front of the thread title or put it in the description of your thread that it is not Maple intended.

    -Edited sprites go into the 'Edited Sprites' section. This includes, but is not limited to: Characters (WITH CUSTOMS YOU MADE YOURSELF), Emotes, Poses, Palettes, or Sprites you edited that was made by someone else.

    -DO NOT POST EDITED CUSTOM POSES YOU DID NOT MAKE. This means poses you simply sprited already existing clothes over for a character as well as resized images and other things from scratch.

    -DO NOT Post Sprite sheets in this section. Sprite sheets are considered as resources, not sprites.

    -If you have 5 or more DIFFERENT and ORIGINAL (NOT EDITS) pieces, you should make a thread in the gallery section.

    OFFENSES THAT MAY LEAD TO AN INFRACTION OR BAN:
    -DO NOT take or use sprites you did not make without the consent of the creator, unless otherwise directed. (WARN/BAN)

    -DO NOT post, or claim work that DOES NOT belong to you. (WARN/BAN)

    -DO NOT necropost. This means posting in a thread that is older than 2 weeks old. Please check the date of the first and last post of each thread to make sure you are not posting in an old thread.(4 POINT WARN)

    -DO NOT in any way abuse or harass another artist's work. This counts as 'Art Harassment'. (5 POINT WARN)

    -DO NOT make useless comments that are strictly just compliments, such as: awesome, cool, looks good, godly, thanks, no problem, you're welcome, etc. YOU MUST BE SPECIFIC WITH YOUR COMMENTS. If the same comment could have been repeated in another thread, then you are not being specific enough. (2 POINT WARN)

    -DO NOT create multiple threads every time you make something new in less than 2 days and counts as spam. The maximum thread limit is 4 threads within a 2 day period. Simply update your current thread. (2 POINT WARN)

    -DO NOT go off-topic. You may only go off-topic if the rest of your post is on-topic. Off-topic posts are counted as spam. (2 POINT WARN)


    OTHER THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW:
    -RESPECT the thread starter's rules.

    -You may post animations to display what the sprite's action as long as it's something you have made.

    -If you think someone posted work that does not belong to the poster, report it and present the PROOF before accusations.

    -If you are making a request or asking to use an already existing sprite, please PM the member instead of posting it in one of their threads. Posting a reply in the thread will count as spam.

    -You may bump a thread if it contains significant updates.

    -Report any spam/rule breaker.

    -These rules only apply to the Sprite Section. General rules of the forum still apply.

    -MAKE SURE you are not breaking any rules when submitting a post.

    -If you are simply thanking someone or praising them, just click the "THANKS" button at the bottom right corner of their post.

    -If your thread is closed, PM Me or another Mod/Admin to reopen the thread for you if you have a good reason for it to be reopened such as an update.

    -You may make an argument over any warns, or infractions you have received if you think you have valid reasons, but this should be done through PM's.

    -Keep checking back to make sure you are updated on all the rules.

    BY POSTING IN THE SPRITE SECTION, YOU AGREE TO ALL THESE TERMS AND REGULATIONS. PLEASE CHECK BACK OCCASIONALLY FOR UPDATES ON OLD/NEW RULES.

    The point of posting comments about sprites is to help the member improve. Compliments to motivate a member is fine as long as you give reasons why you like a piece, but you should not forget that all good things have bad sides as well. You may say whatever you want about a sprite as long as you give valid reasoning to it. This is not a chill zone. That's what the off-topic section is made for. There is no such thing as a perfect sprite. If you have nothing to CnC on, don't post at all. Same with a person posting a sprite to share it. If you don't want CnC, there really isn't much of a reason to post it.





    PM Me if you have any further questions about these rules or anything sprite related.



    LAST UPDATE: February 23rd, 2012
     
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    COMMON TERMS/EXAMPLES YOU SHOULD KNOW
    These examples are explained in a way to get only the point across and not in depth. There are various forms and examples of each and not limited to these. Zooming in to each example will be helpful to better observe and understand them.
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    ADDITIONAL TERMS/PHRASES:
    Palette: The shades/colors used in the piece.
    Light source: Where the light should be coming from. In Maplestory, the sprites should be facing left, and the light source comes down from the top left.
    Canvas: The size, or amount of room the piece takes up.
    Dimensions: The height, or width of a piece such as 450(height)x500(width).
    PNG: The best desired save option for an image file.
    JPEG: Worst option to save an image file as. NEVER save an image in .JPEG format.
    GIF: Usually used for animations or transparency.
    BG: Short for background.
    Dull: Close to gray, or lacking color.
    Saturation: How vibrant the colors are. Dull colors have low saturation.
    Monochrome: Colorless - black, white gray
    Contrast: The difference in shades from one shade to the next. Shades that are hardly visible from one shade to the next has low contrast.
    Messy/Clean:
    Example A is messy while Example B is clean. The outlines in B is much cleaner and less jagged as well as more refined shading.
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    DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PIXEL ART AND NON-PIXEL ART
    There are certain requirements that gives pixel art its own category. It should contain no more than 256 colors in its palette. The canvas should not be too large such as a 900X900 canvas which is considered too large for pixel art. There should be no assistance from tools such as, but not limited to brushes, filters, or gradient fills. Effects such as glow will be accepted here. There will be leniency on canvas sizes, but try not to exceed over 900x900.
    Examples of pixel art and non-pixel art:
    PIXERL ART:
    Has no assistance from effects, or brushes that distort pixel count.
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    NOT PIXEL ART:
    Contains assistance from brushes.
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    ADDITIONAL NOTE: DO NOT RE-SIZE PIXEL ART. Keep them at its original size so you do not distort the quality.


    DETECTING COLOR COUNT: CLICK HERE
    Use this site to help detect color counts on your own work as well as others' pixel art.
    Simply place the URL of the image into the text box without any code, JUST THE LINK. Then click "Check."

    In this case the NOT PIXEL ART piece's color count is a whopping 162 (excluding the white background) which is WAY more than a simple hair sprite should need.

    The color count on the actual PIXEL ART version has 10 (excluding the white background) which is fairly standard. Though usually, Maple hair should not need more than 20 colors. There may be rare exceptions, but in cases with sprites like hair having more than 20 colors, the thread will be closed due to sprite disqualifications.

    PM Me if you have any questions.
     
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    HOW TO UPLOAD AND SHARE IMAGES

    Step 1: Go to http://www.iaza.com

    Step 2: Click 'Load Image'

    Steop 3: Click 'Browse'

    Step 4: Select the file you wish to upload and click 'Open'

    Step 5: Click 'Load'

    Step 6: Click on the uploaded image which will take you to a new window.

    Step 7: Copy and paste the URL, or right click, and go to 'Copy Image Location'

    Step 8: Paste the link along with your post using the IMG code:
    Code:
    [IMG](Replace the text and parenthesis with your link here.)[/IMG] 
    Step 9: Preview your post to check if the image shows up properly. If the image stretches past the forum's capacity, use a spoiler code.

    If you wish to upload another piece, go back from the window with only the image to the iaza page, then click 'Load a different image' at the bottom of the current uploaded image.

    HOW TO MAKE IMAGES TRANSPARENT

    Step 1: After uploading an image (Step 1 to Step 8), you can choose to make it transparent. Go to 'Transparent' under the 'Create' column.

    Step 2: Click the area of color you would like to make transparent within the canvas. Only one color can become transparent. If you used a white background and you click the background, the entire background will become transparent as well as any white within the pixel art itself. If you are uploading a sprite, it is recommended you use a different colored background than any colors you used in the sprite, so if you used green, a different color such as blue, or any color lighter or darker than that green can be used in the background .

    Step 3:
    Click 'Convert'

    Step 4: Use the same methods from Steps 6 to Step 8.

    Step 5:
    Finished!

    NOTE: Images uploaded on iaza have a tendency to expire (will stop displaying), so it is best to right click the image, click "Save Image As..." (for PC users) and save the image as a .GIF and upload and post the image by using a more trust worthy site like ImageShack if you are thinking of keeping the image for things such as galleries. There is the option to upload images right below the quickpost/textbox at the end of every page of a thread using ImageShack.

    You can also go to the site directly: http://imageshack.us/
    And upload from iaza directly to imageshack by uploading by the URL method. Just copy the image location from the image on iaza and paste it onto the Upload box and click "UPLOAD NOW." Then copy and paste the URL next to where it says "Direct Link" with the proper image code provided in the instructions above to make it viewable to the forum as a direct image.

    (ANIMATED IMAGES ARE FOR SUBSRCIBED REGISTERED USERS ON IMAGESHACK ONLY)


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    LATEST UPDATES:


    2012
    UPDATED RULES: FEBRUARY 23RD
    Removed some rules to make it easier to read and less repetitive.

    2011
    UPDATED RULE: MAY 20TH
    -DO NOT POST EDITED CUSTOM POSES YOU DID NOT MAKE. This means poses you simply sprited already existing clothes over for a character as well as resized images and other things from scratch. You can post clothes you made yourself (original design and made from scratch) in the edited section, but it can also belong in the custom sprites section as well.


    UPDATED RULE: MAY 20TH
    -DO NOT make useless comments that are strictly just compliments, such as: awesome, cool, looks good, godly, thanks, no problem, you're welcome, etc. Do not post if you only intend to praise (especially after several praises within the same thread). YOU MUST BE SPECIFIC WITH YOUR CRITIQUE. DO NOT simply/vaguely say something "irks" you, or "shading is a bit odd/needs work." This counts as spam. You may only repeat a critique if you are going more in depth/detail about what a previous person has said. You must be specific by explaining WHY/HOW the sprite makes you think a certain way about it. NEVER state your lack of experience in spriting because that ruins the whole point of your post and will also be regarded as spam if multiple offenses occur. (2 POINT WARN)

    NEW RULE: APRIL 20TH

    -If the thread starter begins a thread with a sprite that contains too many shades, the thread will be closed. For example, if a sprite such as clothes, or weapons has more than 30 shades each, that is too many colors. The standard amount is typically less than 12-15 shades. If there is no glow and I see partially transparent shades, it will also be closed.


    NEW RULE: APRIL 10TH
    -Edited sprites go into the 'Edited Sprites' section. This includes, but is not limited to: Characters (WITH CUSTOMS YOU MADE YOURSELF), Emotes, Poses, Palettes, or Sprites you edited that was made by someone else.
     
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