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Old 11-01-2012, 10:25 PM   #1
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Design Challenge #8 - November 2012

Color Swatch for Design Challenge #8 - November 2012
TEMPLATE DESIGN CHALLENGE


Deadline - Friday, November 30 (by 11:59pm CST)
Reveal and Blog Hop on Friday, December 7.
(I'm still brainstorming on how a blog hop for this challenge will work. I'll keep you posted)

This month is our first template design challenge! To participate you must create a template. A PhotoShop template with at least 25 layers will fulfill the minimum submission requirement. You should submit both a layered PhotoShop document and untrimmed PNG files named 1,2,3,4,5,etc.

PLEASE BE SURE THAT ALL OF THE ITEMS YOU USE ON YOUR TEMPLATE ARE LABELED FOR COMMERCIAL USE, INCLUDING FONTS!!! I don't want anyone to get into trouble.

We will also 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:
  • 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 11-01-2012, 11:42 PM   #2
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Old 11-02-2012, 12:24 AM   #3
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Sound like a lot of fun!
But I'm going to sit this one out. I'm not really into template making.
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Old 11-02-2012, 12:39 AM   #4
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Oh, templates! I love using templates, but I'm not very good at making them so I think I'll sit this one out as well. Have fun!
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Old 11-02-2012, 05:39 AM   #5
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Thinking this might just give me the break I need. As much as I'll miss not being a part of the blog hop (My favorite part of the month), I think I'll be sitting this one out.
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Old 11-02-2012, 05:49 AM   #6
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I'm not sure how to make my own templates. I'll do my best to make one using google search and you tube instructions.

I have an idea in my head. I just hope I know what I'm doing enough to make it transform into something I'd put my name on.

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Old 11-02-2012, 11:27 AM   #7
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My November and December are very busy, so I will not be able to participate in either of those 2 design challenges.
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Old 11-02-2012, 06:17 PM   #8
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templates whoopie! i will play!
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Old 11-03-2012, 03:38 AM   #9
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Have a page made, which one I was thinking of to turn into a template. Now it's time to do so!

Just wondering, I know there are people who like to have templates as 'page'-files (haven't a clue what they are, but I see it at the challenges). Is someone turning our submitted templates into them? Think that would be great to!

And thanks for hosting again! You are very busy with it every month!
Maybe we can make a Christmas themed/Very Merry Christmas Party minikit for the bloghop? That way people who don't know how to make a template can join in the bloghop and we have some mini's to fill the templates. It's just an idea.

Just one other thing: maybe there's someone who has or knows a tutorial about how to change a page you made into a template? That way people who are skipping now, might join after all.
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Old 11-03-2012, 09:12 AM   #10
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Just wondering, I know there are people who like to have templates as 'page'-files (haven't a clue what they are, but I see it at the challenges). Is someone turning our submitted templates into them? Think that would be great to!
Scrappinnewbie (Melinda) has graciously been converting all of the DC templates to page files for SBC users. I'm getting something lined up to have all of these templates converted as well!
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