[SIZE="6"][COLOR="darkGreen"]Hello there and welcome to the Graphics Department of GameFront Forums![/COLOR][/SIZE]
As moderators of the Graphics Department, we are obligated to enforce the guidelines of GameFront, just like any other single forum bound to this domain. As such, all content posted in the Graphics Department is subject to the guidelines of FileFront. These guidelines can be found here. General forum rules are shown here:
Don't play silly buggers.
Playing silly buggers includes but is not limited to: *Purposely acting to annoy others. *Using abusive language. *Advertising. *Posting pictures you couldn't post in the babe forum. *Resurrecting a load of ancient threads. *Plagiarism of work that is not your own.
This is not an exhaustive list.
[SIZE="6"][COLOR="DarkGreen"]The Contents of this Forum[/COLOR][/SIZE]
In order to make the forum easy for everybody, please use the provided forum labels to indicate what the thread contains. Here is a list of the tags and their meanings:
- [COLOR="DarkGreen"][SotW][/COLOR] - The tag used for the official Signature of the Week contest. The SotW contests will be open for submissions following a set theme for, you guessed it, a week. Then, entry will be closed and voting will begin for another week, after which a winner will be announced.
- [COLOR="DarkGreen"][Showcase][/COLOR] - A thread containing your graphic designs. Please make only one thread with the label [Showcase], for example "[Showcase] Museum's Showcase" into which you can put all of your designs. Please don't make multiple threads each time you create something, to keep the forum tidy. Remember that everything you post in the forum is open to constructive criticism.
- [COLOR="DarkGreen"][Request][/COLOR] - Request what you want, be it signature, avatar or a tutorial. A form is provided here for use with signature and avatar requests:
The Graphics Team Signature Image(s) : Text : Extras (If any?) : Avatar From Signature? = Yes or No If no, Image : Extras (If any?) : However you MUST provide an image for your signature otherwise we will have nothing to work with. Make sure the image is of a reasonable size.
Be aware that animation won't always be able to be included, however if you request this then designers will try to do it. Please don't continually request signatures, and if you want to change signature a lot then why not try your hand at designing them?[COLOR="DarkGreen"][Tutorial][/COLOR] - Have you made a tutorial to show other users how to get an effect just right? Post it in a thread with a [Tutorial] tag! Please be descriptive in the title, as this will help members to locate tutorials that interest them. [COLOR="DarkGreen"][Contest][/COLOR] - Official Graphics Department contests. Often, these will be on a larger scale than SotW contests and will take a longer time to complete before the voting begins. They will also run less frequently. Contests may vary, but may include photo manipulation, creation of a specific item like a web layout, or many variations on these themes. [COLOR="DarkGreen"][Challenge][/COLOR] - A challenge is similar to the official contests, but created by members! [COLOR="DarkGreen"][Battle][/COLOR] - Battles take place between two or more members who have agreed beforehand that they wish to battle. The battle rules should be posted in the first post, along with the combatants, with a thread title along the lines of "[Battle] Fred vs Jim" and the designs should be posted by each combatant in the thread. Once all taking part have posted their designs
We hope you have a great time here. Hopefully you'll find our section here at FileFront useful and fun. If you have any questions, feel free to contact any of the moderators here, using the PM system provided to you.
Enjoy, The Graphics Department Team
Here is a list of some free design software. Please keep in mind that this list is far from complete.
Normal Raster graphics editors [INDENT]GIMP - The GNU Image Manipulation Program www.paint.net[/INDENT] Painting simulation raster graphics editors [INDENT]Artweaver Alchemy | An open drawing project[/INDENT] Vector art [INDENT]Inkscape. Draw Freely. Graphics and Illustration Software by Xara: Photo & Graphic Designer and Designer Pro http://www.synfig.com/[/INDENT] 3D art [INDENT]Google SketchUp blender.org - Home Wings 3D Ayam - Start Pixologic :: Sculptris -zbrus|mudbox alternative[/INDENT] Complete suites [INDENT]Aviary[/INDENT] Non-Windows only [INDENT]http://opensword.org/pixen/ - pixel graphic program - Mac OSX+[/INDENT]