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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!
There are two types of tutorials at TDA:
- Step-by-step tutorials: A step-by-step guide on how to make a particular graphic.
- Technique tutorials: These tutorials focus on a specific technique, such as composition and blending, text, coloring, animation, image quality, etc.
- 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
- 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.
- 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!
- 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!
- 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.
- Try to avoid posting specific images (i.e. stock images, people, etc.) since we have the Resource Arena+ for this. You may provide textures if needed, but please make sure these adhere to the Copyright Rules+ and are credited to their original creator! You may link to specific images but ONLY in the step-by-step tutorial section.
- 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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Names of the fonts used. If you can also provide a link this would help greatly, but this is not necessary.
- The skills needed to complete the graphic as you made it. For example, 'this graphic mostly uses hard-cutting'.
- Links to other tutorials that are relevant. For example, if the graphic requires hard-cutting, you might link to a blending tutorial.
- At the top of your tutorial, please post the following form to outline your tutorial:
[b]Graphic Type:[/b] (banner/header, icon/signature, blend/other) [b]What is the specific focus of your tutorial?[/b] (ie, text, blending, coloring, etc.) [b]What makes your tutorial unique? (please be specific) [b]What level of difficulty is your tutorial?[/b] (beginner, intermediate, advanced) [b]Who do you think can best use your tutorial?[/b] (ie, senior artists, photoshop users, beginners, etc.) [b]Can your technique(s) be used outside of the specific images, etc. used in the tutorial?[/b] [b]How translatable is your tutorial?[/b] (can it be used with a variety of programs, or is it more specific?)
Placing Your Tutorial on the Masterlist
Once you have posted your tutorial, a Moderator or an Admin will take a look and then 'accept' your tutorial by posting a reply to it.
Once your tutorial is accepted, 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., 05 August 2017 - 07:10 AM.