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Old 09-17-2012, 07:42 AM   #1
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Design Challenge #7 - October 2012 - DISCUSSION & QUESTIONS

Here is where you can discuss and ask questions about DC7 (October's villian themed challenge). If you missed the post about the challenge, it is posted here.* That is also where you can see which villains have been taken. This is what it says:

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I know it is a bit early to be talking about the next design challenge but since it is going to be different from anything we've done before, I want to give you a head start.

The October design challenge is a theme challenge.* And the theme is Disney Villains!

So, here's how it's going to work...each participant will choose a villain and make a mini kit based on him/her (and side kicks if desired).* Note: this is not about the heroes/heroines, it should be 100% evil! If you would rather, you may choose to do a general "evil" kit although my hope is that most people will choose a specific villain.* With all of the talent I've seen coming out of these Design Challenges, this is sure to be a go-to villain kit for any Disney fan!

The villains will be assigned on a first come, first served basis starting on Saturday, September 22 at 9am CST.* You may only sign up by posting in this thread (not by pm).* This thread will remain locked until that time so everyone has the same opportunity to get their villain of choice (I really tried to choose a time that would be convenient across time zones of at least our regulars).* Mark your calendars!


Deadline - Friday, October 26 (by 11:59pm CST)
Reveal and Blog Hop on Friday, November 2.

As you are planning your contribution, please look through the things others are making so the kit doesn't have a lot of duplicate items. We want this kit to have tons of variety! Try something new, learn a new technique, and stretch your boundaries a little! Check out this thread for resources, tutorials, tips, and tricks for designers.

We need someone to create a charm for the DC PP charm bracelet. The charm should use the colors from or follow the current month's theme. Send me a PM if you are interested.

Charm:

Submission Guidelines:
  • Submissions can be any combination of papers, individual elements (such as ribbons, scatters, frames, etc), word art, alphas, and clusters. The minimum number of unique items is 5; the maximum number of unique items is 25. The same paper/element in different colors counts as one. A full alpha fulfills the minimum requirement. Although you may submit any combination of items you want, we would prefer to see themed mini kits (which include a combination of papers, elements, and possibly a coordinating alpha).
  • You may not submit items for which you do not hold the copyright. If you use overlays, elements, etc. to create your items they must be labeled for commercial use (CU) and if their terms require, include with your submission a statement that gives proper credit.
  • You must include a TOU/copyright notice in your submission. A basic fill-in-the-blank TOU can be found here if you don’t have one of your own.
  • There is no mb maximum for submissions, but please make sure you are sizing a saving your items according to the following guidelines.
    • Papers should be:
      • 12”x12” 300dpi (which is 3600pixels x 3600pixels),
      • Saved as a JPG file that is about 3mb.
        • In Photoshop, after clicking on the “Save As” button, enter the desired file name and select “JPG” from the dropdown menu; click on “OK”. A popup screen should appear entitled “JPG Options”; change the quality value to “8” and click on “OK”. Saving the file with a value of “8 or 10” for quality will ensure it is the correct size (approx. 3mb).
    • Elements/Alphas should be:
      • Sized appropriately for a 12”x12” 300dpi layout; make your items the same size you would want them to be when creating a layout. For example: 12"x12" is not a reasonable size for flower elements; 2"x2" is more appropriate,
      • Trimmed so there is a minimal amount of blank canvas around the item,
      • Saved as a PNG file—the file size (mb) will vary based on the size (inches) of the element.
    • A preview of your submission is required. It should be:
      • 600pixels x 600pixels 72dpi,
      • It must minimally include your name (the one you used to save the files) and pictures of the items that you created for the challenge,
      • Previews may be as basic or elaborate as you want them to be.
        • A basic preview would tile the papers and/or line up the elements,
        • A more elaborate preview would arrange papers and/or elements in a more creative manner—as designers do to advertise their kits.
Some quality issues to pay attention to are listed below. If you have questions about what these things are or how to prevent/fix them, please ask! Everyone can benefit from adhering to these bullet points.
  • Do not pre-shadow elements or elements on papers.
  • Make sure paper textures aren’t blurry at 100%.
  • Check that elements are not cut off or missing parts.
  • When extracting or creating elements, be sure the edges are not jagged. Do NOT use the paint bucket tool to recolor elements--you will get jagged edges every time!
  • After creating a paper or element, check to be sure it is in gamut.
You can find more information on QC issues here.

IMPORTANT:
You may NOT include:
  • Any items trademarked or copyrighted by Disney. This includes but is not limited to names, words, song lyrics, and phrases (for example, you cannot create word art that says “Cinderella”, “Splash Mountain”, “Pop Century”, etc.).
  • Photos, clipart, silhouettes, etc. of Disney characters—no Mickey heads either!
  • Park, attraction, resort, restaurant, or movie signage/symbols/logos.
  • Photos of buildings/structures on Disney property.
  • Elements that are too similar to images copyrighted by Disney (for example: you may create a turtle that has similar coloration as Crush, but you may not create one with the same markings, eyes, expression, etc).
Your papers/elements should be useful for Disney layouts without infringing on the copyrights that Disney has on its characters, movies, parks, rides, attractions, etc.
The following website has a searchable database where you can look to see if a name/phrase is trademarked: http://www.uspto.gov/trademarks/index.jsp

*** If there are any questions about minimum requirements or copyright infringement, please ask. ***

Files and Zipped Folder(s):
Naming your files:
Your MS username_DC#_element type_description
Paper Example: MMouse_DC50_paper_green.jpg
Element Example: MMouse_DC50_button_red.png
Alpha Example: MMouse_DC50_alpha_uppercase_A.png
Naming your folder(s):
Your MS username_DC#
Example: MMouse_DC50
If your username is longer than 8 characters, please use an abbreviation. Avoid using spaces anywhere in the file/folder name. If you design under a different name, you may use that name instead of your MouseScrappers name.
Please limit the size of each zipped folder to 50mb. If your submission is larger than 50 mb, please split it into separate zipped folders to help control download times. If you have more than one zipped folder, name them in this manner:
Your MS username_DC#_folderletter
Example: MMouse_DC50_A & MMouse_DC50_B
To zip files place all your elements and a TOU inside a folder, then zip that folder. This is automatically creates a folder containing your files in whatever folder the user unzips to.
There are many ways to compress (zip) a folder. You can use a program such as WINZIP/WINRAR or, if you are on a Windows operating system, there is a utility built into Windows that you can use.
  • Right click on the folder containing your items and select “Send To”. Click on “Compressed (zipped) folder”. A new folder will be created in the same directory with the same name but it will be compressed (zipped).

Uploading Submissions:
We will be utilizing DropITtoME to collect submissions this month. When you are ready to submit you items, send frogfish (Christina) a PM for the link and password. Don't worry, it's super easy and I will receive your submission immediately (no waiting to download).

Disclaimer:
The completed kit will be added to the MouseScrappers store for anyone to purchase. All proceeds from the sale of the kit will be used to keep MouseScrappers running. Every month you participate in this challenge, you will receive the resulting design challenge collaboration kit (for that month) free of charge, but will receive no compensation (monetary or otherwise) for your submission to the challenge or for the sale of the collaboration kit. Any and all proceeds from the sale of the completed kit go to MouseScrappers. Copyright of your submission remains with you.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me. You DON'T have to be a designer; anyone can do this! The more people who participate, the bigger the monthly kit will be!
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Old 09-17-2012, 12:39 PM   #2
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This is a PHENOMENAL idea! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE IT!

Oh, I'll have to make this one FOR SURE!

Great idea for the villans... Off to make my list...
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Old 09-17-2012, 01:29 PM   #3
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I love when you add the suggested uses for each DC Christina, it makes it so much nicer to use the Kit and to Design it. Thanks for doing that! It helps!
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Old 09-17-2012, 02:30 PM   #4
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how fun! so excited - really want to participate in this one!!
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Old 09-17-2012, 02:52 PM   #5
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Yes I really love to participate too! I know which villain I want already too .
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Old 09-17-2012, 03:52 PM   #6
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Hmmm, I might actually sit out on this one. We'll see what time allows.
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Old 09-17-2012, 04:08 PM   #7
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lol

Gosh Darnet!!! I just did a whole kit for Sept on the Villains.... lol. Oh well I'm sure since I didn't upload I can figure something out...
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Old 09-17-2012, 04:10 PM   #8
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Hmmm, I might actually sit out on this one. We'll see what time allows.
No way! You have to do EVERY design challenge
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Old 09-17-2012, 04:13 PM   #9
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Gosh Darnet!!! I just did a whole kit for Sept on the Villains.... lol. Oh well I'm sure since I didn't upload I can figure something out...
No big deal, a lot of people are doing Halloween for DC6. Just submit your general villain kit for DC6 and concentrate on a specific one for DC7. MNSSHP is huge on MouseScrappers. You can't have too much!
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Old 09-17-2012, 04:24 PM   #10
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Don't get me wrong, I will participate with both. I've learned new design tricks after doing 2 challenges. And I love the Villains.
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