Creative Space - Black Pearl Clarification

<img src="http://us.howrse.com/media/equideo/image/produits/200/perle-noire_v1828806360.png" ALIGN="right"/><h1>The Black Pearl</h1><b>You need at least 150 days of seniority and 5 karma points to use the Black Pearl.</b>

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.

<img src="http://us.howrse.com/media/equideo/image/produits/32/pomme-or_v1828806360.png" ALIGN="left"/><h2>For the Horses, Pegasus, Unicorns, Donkeys, and Ponies.</h2>
<h3>Using shadows in your creations:</h3>
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.

<h3> Cut out your edges more.</h3>
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.
<b>Tip</b> 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.

<h3>Use the smudge or blur tool sparingly.</h3>
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.

<h3>Be careful when playing around with reformatting an image.</h3>
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

<img src="http://us.howrse.com/media/equideo/image/produits/32/rayon-helios_v1828806360.png" ALIGN="left"/><h2>Backgrounds </h2>
<h3>Using brushes is allowed.</h3>
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.

<h3>Painting, blurring or smudging landscape pictures.</h3>
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.

<h3>Check the perspectives.</h3>
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.

<h2>Rules</h2>
<b>Plagiarism is forbidden!</b>
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.

<b>What is plagiarism?</b> 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.

<h2>Before posting:</h2>
<b> It is forbidden to mock or ridicule creations/creators</b>
<b>Don't post too many steps regarding your work to avoid flooding of the topic.</b>
<b>IT IS FORBIDDEN TO ASK FOR VOTES!</b>

You are welcome to <b>promote your creations</b> or <b>creations you voted for</b> using <b>#HowrseBP</b> 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
meow
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No, you do not have to use real money for anything on this game. To use the black pearl you have to use passes, which can be obtained without use of real money. You can get them from mortal horses over 30 dying and being sent to heaven (10 guaranteed a month), selling horses, or by the loyal player pass.
evee4ever228
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Can we please have the links to the templates available outside of the submission window? It'd be great to make sure my landscape is proportioned correctly etc. in advance of the submission window...
lazuli123
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Ooh nvm assuming that the other black pearl forum topic has the correct template...found it

Why are those links not anywhere in the creation space itself?
lazuli123
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Is PNG format alright for submitting Black Pearls?
time flys for fun
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So all I need to do to format the black pearl is have it in png format? I have it like that, and I don't need to put it into a template, or is that required? if it is required, how do I put it into the template without using some kind of internet program?
quincy
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