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#1 ForgottenFace

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Posted 12 June 2013 - 07:42 AM

You read that right. We are having a site contest! :D

 

As you can see our lovely main page, although very nice, is already 4 years old. “Has it been that long?” some of you ask yourselves. Yes it has, that’s why we decided to have a site contest to get a new design.

 

Relax, you don’t need to have HTML or CSS knowledge to be able to participate, nor do you have to be an artist of any kind. Any member from TDA can submit an entry.

 

Entries should be submitted as a flat jpg/png/gif of what your skin will look like. All you have to do is the photoshop work.  If your design is chosen, I will do all of the coding - so that should open things up to a wider audience of participants.

 

SUBMISSION RULES:

 

- you must be a tda member (duh)
- your design must be submitted as a flat .jpg/.gif/.png
- you must be able to provide a .psd/.pdf version of your design
- your image must be submitted by June 26th

 

TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS:

 

Fonts: (only if they are not being used in images)
- To be safe, etiher use one font that is commont to all computers (+LIST)
- Or use a font from +Google Fonts

 

Size:
- your skin must either scale (grow or shrink to fit the users screen resolution) or be no larger than 780x450 pixels

 
Content:
- somewhere on it, your skin must say "the dark arts"
- your skin must incorporate an area for rotators. Dimensions must be 335x172 pixels (the current size)
- TDA doesn't often have a lot of main page content. we really prefer to keep things to the forum where possible, but we do reserve the right to occasionally say SOMETHING, so give us somewhere to do it.
- Somewhere for the main links (Request a Banner, Visit our Galleries, Visit the Forums)

 

JUDGING CRITERIA:

 

Admins reserve the right to ultimate and final say on a skin, with no explanation offered. BUT, of course we try not to be trolls, so here's some idea of what we're looking for.

 
First, of course we're looking for something that puts the site's best foot forward. Over time, TDA has grown to be more than just a place for HPFF banners - and that's a great thing - but it also means that slapping a picture of Harry on the main page isn't really the best plan for us, so try to avoid any obvious fandoms unless you're really knocking things out of the park. Also, rotators are very important to the TDA main page as they showcase our artists work. For that reason, making sure that your skin will be able to "work" with them is important.

 

Try not to keep it overly complicated. Sometimes less is more and the more it has the harder it can be to code and the longer it will take. If your design is too heavy to code or to load and if we see that it might cause some browser incompabilities, we will choose  another one. I’m not being mean, just trying to advise you :)

 

HOW TO SUBMIT:

 

Images may be submitted by posting them in this thread anytime between now and the deadline date of June 26th.

 

PRIZES:

 

We at TDA are all very much broke, so no prizes will be awarded besides the satisfaction of having your own design on the front page of the site :)

If you are in need of some inspiration, this site offers a lot of amazing colour schemes (it’s actually what heaven is made of) +Design Seeds

 

If you have any questions, please post here as well :)







#2 daredevil

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Posted 13 June 2013 - 11:51 PM

I have a question! :D

Would I be able to do this on GIMP? Since I'm pretty sure GIMP can't handle .psd or.pdf files :/

 

Thank you!

 

edit: v really? I'll have to play around with it later. Thanks, Becca!


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#3 ForgottenFace

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Posted 14 June 2013 - 01:19 AM

Yes, you can use GIMP, I think you are able to save as a PSD as well with it :)



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Posted 16 June 2013 - 01:58 PM

Hi! :) I was wondering, how would we submit a psd/xcf version? On here I mean? :mellow:

 

Edit: Okay, thanks! :D


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#5 ForgottenFace

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Posted 16 June 2013 - 02:11 PM

Upload it to sendspace and post the link :)



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Posted 16 June 2013 - 07:18 PM

For anyone uncertain about whether they can make something like this... you can.  All you have to create is the prototype - a background with the site's name, a place for the links, a space for the rotators, and whatever design you feel best represents TDA. 

 

Here is the original contest for the current TDA start page, and here is what Hafsa's entry looked like.  As you can see, when BitterEpiphany added coding, she also made the design more elaborate.  Perhaps seeing the old entries will give you some added inspiration.  :)


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#7 Asphodelic

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Posted 16 June 2013 - 07:24 PM

Question: Do we make the rotator... separate from the design or... we make a new layer with the size of the rotator and add to the design?

 

I'm just trying get a better picture of this. :couch:

 

Never mind. Design coming soon. :D

 

 

Here it is. ^_^

 

 

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+Click <-- and there's my xcf version. :)

 

 

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+here's the link to my second version.


Edited by Lady Asphodel, 17 June 2013 - 03:35 AM.

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Posted 16 June 2013 - 07:25 PM

After looking at Hafsa's entry, I noticed that the background is blank, unlike the actual main page. We don't have to make an elaborate background because you'll just code it to look like the chocolate theme - correct?

 

Okay - thanks, Becca :D


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Posted 16 June 2013 - 08:38 PM

i'll be the first one to post.

violet, you were correct--seeing those old designs really did help ~inspire~

 

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+psd link


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#10 sugar & spice

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Posted 16 June 2013 - 10:47 PM

^ I agree, the old posts were definitely inspiring. :wub:

 

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Posted 16 June 2013 - 11:35 PM

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PSD: Click.

 

 

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PSD: Click.

 

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PSD: Click.


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#12 ForgottenFace

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Posted 16 June 2013 - 11:37 PM

After looking at Hafsa's entry, I noticed that the background is blank, unlike the actual main page. We don't have to make an elaborate background because you'll just code it to look like the chocolate theme - correct?

It doesn't have to be like the chocolate skin, it doesn't even have to have a background. You can be as creative as you want with this, don't let a forum skin influence you, they don't need to match and even if they did, the skin would match the main design, not the other way around :)



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Posted 17 June 2013 - 12:51 AM

Can we submit more than one?   :P

edit:  Fantastic!  Now to keep myself from making 20 of these...

 

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Posted 17 June 2013 - 01:06 AM

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Posted 17 June 2013 - 01:20 AM

Can we submit more than one?   :P

Yes, definitely :D



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Posted 17 June 2013 - 01:31 AM

will probably redo :P

 

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Posted 17 June 2013 - 04:12 AM

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four? time to stop vee  :lol:

 

+psd1 +psd2 +psd3 +psd4


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Posted 17 June 2013 - 07:25 AM

here is mine:

 

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