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#1 winter soldier

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Posted 31 July 2014 - 01:42 PM

Please be aware that you need to have 5 posts to be able to see the Tutorial Central and 10 posts if you want to see advanced full graphic tutorials


Writing Tutorials

Writing tutorials can be daunting for anyone who hasn't written one before! Fortunately, a some members have already written a topic on tips for writing tutorials here+. It may seem like a lot of text to read, but it can definitely help in getting you on your way!


Tutorial Types

There are two types of tutorials at TDA:

  1. Step-by-step tutorials: A step-by-step guide on how to make a particular graphic. Some of these are marked with [Feedback Available] at the start of their topic title - when you post a graphic made using that tutorial in the topic the author of the tutorial will give you feedback and critique on your result.
  2. Technique tutorials: These tutorials focus on a specific technique, such as composition and blending, text, coloring, animation, image quality, etc.
  3. there is also the Artist Q&A: here you can ask the artists for advice about how to achieve a particular effect, colouring etc, or anything they're willing to answer.


Writing Tutorials Do's and Don't's


  1. Do make your tutorials as cross-platform/translatable as possible. Tutorials are subject to cross platform review. Clearly, no-one expects you to be able to tell someone how and where to find something in a piece of software you don't use, but instead of saying "create a new layer and set to soft light, then hit ctrl-u and desaturate it", try saying "adjust your contrast settings a smidge - I used 32% opacity and a desaturated soft light layer". While it may seem like this makes tutorials more vague - and it does - each tutorial section has tutorials teaching people how to use their specific software and this is simply teaching them how to make a specific graphic.
  2. Do make sure you are credited properly. If you have a case where someone made a graphic using your tutorial, but hasn't credited you for it, please use the guide posted here+ for when you're not quite sure how to proceed! 
  3. Do check to see if the tutorial you want to make hasn't already been made in a similar fashion by someone else. This way we can prevent tutorials from getting too repetitive!
  4. Do give your tutorial a proper title. "Emmy Rossum sig" is not a title - it could mean literally thousands of things! Try to come up with something descriptive and make sure it isn't already taken by another tutorial.


  1. When posting specific images (i.e. stock images, people, etc.) in a Step-by-step tutorial please adhere to the Copyright rules - link to the original source of the image if possible (if not, upload it to a reliable image host) and always credit the author
  2. Don't post any PSD files in your tutorial. TDA has a blanket ban on PSDs. For more information, please click here+.


Posting a Tutorial

All new tutorials need to be posted in their proper categories.


Please note that Members and Member Artists cannot submit specific graphic tutorials, only technique tutorials.


What to include:

  1. In the title of your topic, give the tutorial a specific name relating to what the tutorial is meant to teach. For example: "red coloring banner", "light texture icon", etc.
  2. In the topic description, include the original program you used and a general skill level (beginner, intermediate, advanced) depending on how difficult the tutorial is to follow.
  3. As many images of the process as possible of the steps of the graphic/technique so that people can "see" how you are making the graphic and how the graphic should look at particular steps. Also try to describe your steps in enough detail so that those less familiar with the program can attempt to understand your tutorial
  4. The skills needed to complete the graphic as you made it. For example, 'this graphic mostly uses hard-cutting'.
  5. Links to other tutorials that are relevant. For example, if the graphic requires hard-cutting, you might link to a blending tutorial.

Placing Your Tutorial on the Masterlist

Once you have posted your tutorial, please fill out the form provided in each tutorial category for your tutorial to be added to the Masterlist.



If you have any further questions, please feel free to send a personal message to a Staff Moderator (a full list can be found here+) or Admin (a list can be found here+) or feel free to ask in the Question & Answer Center+ or the shoutbox on the main forum page   :)

Edited by starbuck., 27 April 2018 - 02:32 PM.

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#2 winter soldier

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Posted 31 July 2014 - 01:53 PM

Using Tutorials

Welcome to the Tutorial Center user guide! The tutorials are here to be used and learned from and are here for everyone! However, if you use tutorials to better your skills, there are a few things to take into consideration.
Please be aware that you need to have 5 posts to be able to see the Tutorial Central and 10 posts if you want to see advanced full graphic tutorials.



Using Tutorials Do's and Don't's


  • Do credit the artist who made the tutorial when posting a tutorial-based graphic in your gallery (a graphic made using a tutorial). Tutorial-based graphics are only acceptable to include in your gallery with proper credit (a note saying 'this banner was based on the tutorial called 'Example Tutorials are Fun' by tryitout@TDA' will be fine). Please be aware that graphics made using the step by step tutorials in the step by step forum are NOT allowed to be posted in your gallery. Not crediting will be considered ripping and/or stealing and can result in a warning raise.
  • Do be careful when using tutorial-based graphics to fill requests. It is allowed, but it can get messy (regarding credit and originality, and so on), so it's not preferred. If you do use tutorial graphics to fill requests, try and use the same guidelines as for using those graphics in challenges (so parts of tutorials can be used, but not complete areas/parts of tutorials).


  • Don't use tutorial-based graphics in challenges or for your 'Your Best Work' entry. Parts of tutorials can be used (for example, you can use the fancy curved text you just learnt from a tutorial, or the brilliant new way of blending, etc.) , but not complete areas/parts of the tutorial (for example an entire coloring scheme, the composition of the graphic, the exact font and text, and so on)!
  • Don't copy/steal any other artist's style by directly copying/closely recreating tutorial graphics. Tutorials are for helping you learn new things, not to steal styles from others. If you're clever enough to steal someone's style without using a tutorial, then kudos to you. Creativity and originality, however, it always preferred. Remember, the TDA staff are omniscient and know all the tutorials and styles.
  • Don't bump tutorials. Bumping means double-posting (instead, please edit your post by clicking 'edit' in the bottom-right of your post) or posting 'randomly' (for example, a post saying 'Yay, tutorial!' is considered bumping).



I have a question about a graphics program. What should I do?

  • The Magical List of Assisting Artists+ was created to help you with this! PM an artist on the list that shares your program, or the program you have a question about. If you don't get a response in a timely manner or if you need the answer quickly, please feel free to go ahead and post your question in a tutorial using that program right away.

Is each tutorial only applicable to a specific graphics program?

  • The software version noted next to these tutorial names (for example 'Photoshop CS5', 'GIMP', and so on) refers to the software that the author of the tutorial used to make the graphic - this does not mean that the tutorial cannot be adapted for another program. Some are very translatable, especially those that dont involve Selective Coloring (a Photoshop tool).

I've tried a tutorial. Can I post the results?

  • Brilliant! It's always nice for the author of the tutorial to see your results. Please do post them as a reply to the tutorial post!

I've found a tutorial in the incorrect section. What should I do?

  • If you find a tutorial you believe to be inappropriate for a particular section (for example, something that cannot be translated as it cannot be executed in different software, a tutorial that is improperly explained, etc.) please PM a Staff Moderator (a full list can be found here+) or Administrator (a list can be found here+) regarding the subject. Please remember to include a link and an explanation of why you are questioning the tutorial's location or validity.

How Tutorials Are Organised




All tutorials are sorted into sections. They are either technique tutorials or step-by-step tutorials.


Technique Tutorials

These guide you through a certain skill or way of doing things, for example colouring or animation.


Step-By-Step Tutorials

These guide you through different graphics programs or the making of a graphic.






Each tutorial is tagged (the box before the title) with the program the tutorial maker used to create the tutorial.

If you click on this tag, you'll be taken to a list of all the tutorials made using that same program.






Underneath the title, each tutorial has 3 labels, for example:

(I've added numbers here for the purposes of explanation)


Photoshop | Intermediate | Translatable

1                    2                     3



Label 1

This the graphics program the tutorial maker used when creating the tutorial (this will match the tag).

This can be Photoshop, GIMP, Paint Shop Pro, Illustrator, etc. Tutorials that are universal and don't require a specific program are labelled 'all programs'.


Label 2

This shows the difficulty of the tutorial.

This can be beginner, intermediate, or advanced, or a combination of these (e.g. beginner/intermediate)


Label 3

This is how translatable the tutorial is across graphics programs, for example if a tutorial was made using GIMP, can the same skill be achieved in Photoshop, or Paint Shop Pro?

This can be translatable (works on multiple graphics programs), semi-translatable (parts of the tutorial can be done in other programs but some parts, for example colouring, are specific to one program), and non-translatable (was written for/can only be done in one program).

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