[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.
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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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What are the best places to create horse coats or landscapes?
crystal
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ilovezombieapoc
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By Retired breeder, 4th March 2018 00:43:50
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I'm really confused. It won't let me submit a Golden Apple Creation I made because I don't have the "compulsory format" but how does that work!? I did the template and put my GA in the middle and then I snippy tooled it. but it won't accept it.

There is no way for me to upload it using the template! I am really confused and really sad because I can't upload my creation default smiley :(. This whole template thing doesn't work for me default smiley :k
There is probably an almost invisible pixel floating around on top of the frame. It can be a 1% opacity pixel. As soon as the frame isn't "clean", you can't upload your creation.
Make sure the layer(s) with your creation in it, is placed under the frame layer. Than save as PNG. Most of the times that will fix the problem.
bimmerd
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I like these changesdefault smiley (y)
lipizzan
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What websites do you guys use to create coats just wondering whats best.default smiley ^)
rainbowpony05
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It's not really websites to much as drawing programs,
But the ones I use are GIMP and Sketchbook (although I prefer GIMP better) these are both free programs to download so an added bonus
cle0004
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How many days of seniority do I have to have before I can use the creation space?default smiley (o)
tinker bell
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150 days of seniority
cle0004
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tinker bell
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Only seven days!!!!!!!default smiley :-))
tinker bell
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Oh oops I thought you said 105 daysdefault smiley :(
tinker bell
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How do I get started?
tinker bell
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Are you allowed to have a shadow beneath the horse for a GA? Or is it optional?
jiemba
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@Tinker Bell, I'm not sure exactly what kind of help you need, but a good place to start is by having the templates used for the Black Pearl
Template for Golden Apple
Template for Helios Ray

@Tinka Electrona, I think its more down to preference, I haven't put a shadow on coats I've made, but other people have
cle0004
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@cle0004 Thank you for your reply! default smiley :d
jiemba
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Do I have to buy my first Black Pearl?
tinker bell
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@cle0004 thanks what next?
tinker bell
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Hello Everyone,

Like to draw or just like the creations your fellow community members make? A player, Nono6412, from our French server will be hosting a live drawing session on Twitch this Saturday, 16/03/2019 16:00 showcasing her art and drawing horses that might be submitted to the Creation Space.


You can find the live stream through her artist name Mikonow and via her channel link below. (She has a surprise for those who can be there following the stream!)

Drawing Session

See you there,

The Howrse Team
cailow
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@Tinker Bell
I would recommend downloading a drawing program, GIMP is the best free one and is the one I use for my creations. The reason we need a program like GIMP is so we can put the creation (this is mainly for Golden Apple creations) on a transparent background

GIMP might look a little confusing but play around with the different settings and watch some online tutorials if your getting stuck
cle0004
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cle0004 thanks again!default smiley (l)
tinker bell
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Tinker Bell wrote:

How do I get started?

I haven't done many BP coats but I like using the program Medibang Paint Pro, which is also free. default smiley ;)
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