Your gallery will first be reviewed by an administrator who will be checking for the following:
1. The date of last update (the age of the newest graphic) is included in the topic title or description. This is mandatory for all galleries.
2. There is a list of credits for your graphics. For more information on credit lists, go here.
3. Your graphics adhere to TDA's Copyright Rules.
Please note that we cannot move your gallery to the Member Artist section until you have 5 posts.
Now, if you have come this far without being in possession of a graphics program (and are instead using Paint, Photobucket, or one of those online banner-makers, then stop, read this topic on available programs, and get yourself one. GIMP is free, and you can always get a trial version of Photoshop to see whether graphic-making is for you. We will not accept your gallery if you only use Paint, Photobucket, or an online banner-maker, not when there are free reliable programs to be had.
Once your gallery is posted, amazing things will happen. Suddenly you will be able to enter yourself in Member Challenges, you'll find that you can fill Member Requests (here, for instance, are the member requests for banners) and really participate in the action. You will also find that you are suddenly eligible for promotions, which take place in the first week of each month. Here you can find an example application topic for Member Artists - a new one is posted in the final week of each month.
A gallery, for the sake of definition, is merely a showcase of your work. As a Member, you might not have that much to showcase or, because all artists start out as Member Artists here at The Dark Arts, you might have a lot of work to show off. Either way, remember to put your best foot forward because this gallery will be viewed...a lot. This thread may help you to get started in your gallery posting endeavours.
For additional tips geared directly toward members, read on....
1. Know The Difference Between A Variety & Everything You've Ever Made When you're just getting started, you may be compelled to post everything you've ever made - and thats OK, but if you don't really like it, you shouldn't post it. Remember, you can only have 50 images in any given gallery, so at some point you will run into the barrier. When you're new, no one expects you to have fifty images. If you only have one or two signatures that you think are really good, you should post only those few that you like rather than posting a bunch of things you don't think are your best work.
2. Be Organized Just like we tell the artists who have been around the block a little bit more, order helps. Whether you organize your gallery by type (avatar, banner, etc...) or style (grungy stuff, light texture stuff, clean stuff, etc..) you should organize things somehow. It makes it easier for us.
More helpful tips and tricks to make the best of your gallery can be found in the Gallery Design & Organization topic.
Please remember that if you do not include this by the next gallery clean-up at the end of the month, your gallery will also be removed to the Hidden Galleries regardless of when you last updated. By including the date, you are saving the time of admins and other members who may be following your updates.
Also, TUTORIAL-BASED graphics are not permitted in any gallery at TDA. Tutorials are there for all of us to develop and hone our skills, but not to make a mirror-image of the tutorial graphic. Artists who do this cannot expect to be promoted, and you might even get a note from a Staff Mod telling you to remove them. So use tutorials, but be original as you do!
And that's really all there is.
What To Do When You've Posted A Gallery And An Admin Hasn't Approved It...
If it has been more than two days (48 hours) since your gallery has been marked 'approved' and an admin hasn't moved it and promoted you to Member Artist (or contacted you via PM, or posted in your gallery topic to ask you to make changes or some such thing) you may PM either myself or any other admin and we will take a look at it as soon as we are able.
If you have any questions, you can post them here.
Edited by Modthryth, 29 April 2014 - 02:05 AM.