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Did You Know?

In Photoshop, just because you have used the pen tool to create something, it does not necessarily mean it is a vector - and it also does not necessarily mean it is vexel just because it was done in Photoshop and not in Illustrator.

The pen tool has two options in this respect, which are called "Shape layers" and "Paths". If you are using the shape layers setting, you are indeed making vector shapes, if you're using the paths setting, you are making raster layers, which are made out of pixels and do not have the vector qualities of scalability.

If you are unsure whether you're making vector shapes or layers, here are three simple ways to tell the difference while you're working:

1. Look at the pen tool setting - is it set to shapes, or is it set to paths? Hover over the selected icon to find out.
2. Resize your picture to about 50-100 pixels across - make it really small. Then resize it again back to its originial size. If the quality has been damaged in any way, you are not using vector shapes.
3. Start a new path. Does it automatically create a new shape layer or are you still working on the layer you previously had selected? If it is the latter, you are not working with vector shape layers.

Lastly, if you merge any layers or add any Photoshop filters, your image will no longer be a vector. You can use layer effects such as 'gradient overlay' and 'stroke' which you find in the FX menu beneath your list of layers. Why? These will scale along with the vector shapes, but filters (noise, lens flare, texture) will not.

Here endeth the lesson!

See this deviation of mine for the visual tutorial version of this Did You Know? box.

Nordanner Newbie Gala 2016

Wed Feb 10, 2016, 7:58 AM
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Mahfouzah and  dragon by MUSONART The Battle of the Eldwyrm - Dragon Hunt 2015 (1ST) by 11IceDragon11 Walking On Flames by 11IceDragon11 N-RPG Mandatory|| Ch. 4: Get Wrecked by SpytFyre-Ranch Nordanner Fall Masquerade | Samhain by Enharmonia




Calling all Nordanner-newbies! Want to get into the breed? This is your perfect chance. Welcome once again to our Newbie Gala! For those of you who remember the 2014 edition, this one is a little different. We have taken some of your thoughts and critiques from the last Gala and come up with something that, we hope and believe, is even better!

Overview


A Newbie Gala is an opportunity for anyone new to the breed to get involved, make new friends, and win some stuff. You'll see the words 'Newbie' and 'Sponsor' a lot in this blog, so let's start with defining those, shall we? Newbies are people without any Nordanners, and Sponsors are people from the Nordanner community who want to help the newbies find their feet! This is further explained in the next section, titled 'Gala Teams'. Why teams? Well. Newbies and Sponsors will be put into teams of 5 this year to ensure that no one is left hanging on their own without a newbie or a sponsor in sight. It also gives you the chance to make friends with new people, and that's always fun.

In your teams, you'll be competing together as a team, and also individually against everyone else involved - super fun, right? This year there are two events: one Main Event for newbies (though Sponsors may also enter if desired), and one Team Event, which is for both Newbies and Sponsors, and is mandatory for everyone.

Interested? Read on, my friends! The blog is a little bit long, but honestly, the longest section is the prizes so hopefully that redeems the length a little. Yes? No? Anyway, rules for both newbies and sponsors are different this year, so please do make sure you read everything!

After reading this blog, you'll be able to sign up. Sign-up period is open from now until 25th February 2016. Events will begin on 27th February.

Let's start with who qualifies for each role, shall we?

Newbie Sign-Up Rules:


:bulletorange: To qualify as a newbie, you must not already own a Nordanner, including genotypes from a recent breeding. If there are any IDs to your name, you don't qualify as a newbie.
:bulletorange: If you have previously owned Nordanners, within the last 12 months, you also do not qualify as a newbie; however if you are returning to the breed after 12 months or longer, and have not owned any Nordanners within the past 12 months, you may enter as a newbie.
:bulletorange: You may, however, have slots to your name. We're okay with that. As long as you have no actual Nordanners, you're alright.
:bulletorange: Accounts must be at least 1 month old, and contain artwork posted prior to this blog. This helps us to know that you are serious, and ready to commit to the responsibility of owning a Nordanner.

If you qualify, and would like to sign up as a newbie, please comment here with the word "Newbie" and the ID number of the group horse (below) that you would like to lease, and you shall be added to the list!

Sponsor Sign-Up Rules:


:bulletorange: To qualify as a sponsor, you must have been a member of the Nordanner breed for at least 6 months and know how things work within the breed.
:bulletorange: You must be active within the breed and around dA, and be available to be a valuable member of a team, answer questions, and generally get involved.
:bulletorange: Sponsor sign-ups are first come, first serve - once all newbies have been placed into their teams, any sponsors left without a team are placed on the reserve list, so that if any sponsor drops out or isn't pulling their weight in a team, we have people that can be contacted to replace them. Teams are picked completely at random from the list, so commenting immediately after your BFF will not guarantee you're in a team with them.
:bulletorange: If you joined in the Nordanner Stocking and donated artwork, but did not finish your stocking stuffer gift by February 3rd 2016, you are not eligible to sponsor.

If you qualify, and would like to sign up as a sponsor, please comment here with the word "Sponsor" and you shall be added to the list!

Once in your teams, you should spend some time getting to know each other, and also getting to work on your team entry.

How The Gala Works


In your newly assigned teams, you will be competing against the other teams AND individually against your own team mates (and everyone else). There are two events within the gala, which will be announced when the gala begins on 27th February. Newbies must be prepared to draw for both events, and sponsors must be prepared to draw for at least one of them.

One event is an individual event for the newbies, for which they will lease group horses (below), and sponsors are more than welcome to enter their own horses into it as well. The other event is a team game to test your team's strength and how well you work together (newbies AND sponsors must enter this one).

Newbies must lease one of our gorgeous group Nordanners for the Newbie Gala - here they are:

1025 Group Horse Import by Cloudrunner641026 Group Horse Import by Cloudrunner641027 Group Horse Import by Cloudrunner641028 Group Horse Import by Cloudrunner641029 Group Horse Import by Cloudrunner641031 Group Horse Import by Cloudrunner641032 Group Horse Import by Cloudrunner641034 Group Horse Import by Cloudrunner641035 Group Horse Import by Cloudrunner641036 Group Horse Import by Cloudrunner641037 Group Horse Import by Cloudrunner641038 Group Horse Import by Cloudrunner641040 Group Horse Import by Cloudrunner641041 Group Horse Import by Cloudrunner641042 Group Horse Import by Cloudrunner64

Newbies, please remember to let us know which one (ID number) you would like to lease!

Details of the events will be revealed on 27th February.

Gala Team Event


As mentioned, many times, this year you will be working in teams of five, with two newbies and three sponsors to each team. In your team, you will be completing a Team Event where you will all need to work together to win. You also get to give yourselves a fancy team name.

Teams will be picked at random, and I will send a note to the team letting you know your team number, who is in your team, and... your quest. It is then up to you between yourselves to:
a) figure out a team name and send me a note to tell me what it is, and
b) work together on your quest.

The aim of the quest is for you all to communicate and work together. There will be artwork involved in every quest, and the quest for each team will be different, but all of the same 'level' and have the same amount of work involved. The artwork can be done as a single-piece collaboration, where you all work on one drawing together, or you may all do separate parts. It's up to the team and how they feel they can work best, and what ideas they get from the quest, etc. Whether your team submits a one-piece collab or 5 individual pieces from each of you, or something in between, they will all be judged in the same way. The only rule is that every member of your team must contribute to the quest, including the quest artwork.

You will have a full month to work on your quest, as notes will be sent out to all teams on 27th February, when the Gala officially begins. The deadline for team event submissions is 27th March. The main event is happening alongside this one, so Newbies are going to have to work hard (as are any Sponsors who also wish to enter the main event) but we believe in you.

Once you have finished your quest, you will need to upload your team collab artwork(s), and make sure you have any other information relating to your quest (details will be given in your team notes) in the description, and leave ONE comment on this blog with your team's quest - this means if you all submitted separate pieces, then one of you needs to comment with it all on behalf of everyone in the team. You're welcome to collect it into a stash file and submit, if that's easier for your team (make sure the artwork itself is actually uploaded to dA though).

Effort plays a large part, but we're mostly judging you on your ability to work in a team, on this one.

Tracing is accepted but not encouraged, and please be sure to credit any stock! Photo backgrounds are not permitted.

Newbie Main Event


This part is mainly aimed at the Newbies but, as mentioned, Sponsors are welcome to enter as well with their own Nordanners, if desired.

On 27th February, this blog will be updated, giving details of what you need to do for the main event. It will involve drawing your leased group Nordanner doing a certain sporting activity in a certain setting. For example, it may be 'Show Jumping in the rain' - except it won't be, because that's what it was last time ;p 

Tack and riders are necessary and you will lose points if they're not included. We're not judging you on your ability to draw humans, don't worry, we just want them to be there. Your entries will be judged against your own gallery, and including stories will be a bonus. If you need any help with anything, remember to ask your teammates - that's what they're there for!

As with the Team event, tracing is accepted but not encouraged, and please be sure to credit any stock! Photo backgrounds are not permitted.

Prizes


Newbie Prizes


All the prizes here are up for grabs to our newbies! This is what you're competing for, guys!

Main Event


Prizes for the individual event are as follows:

First Place

:bulletorange: A custom natural Nordanner starter of your very own! (max. 7 genes)
:bulletorange: First pick of the horses from the prize pool below
:bulletorange: 2,000Ag of Alerian Gold
:bulletorange: +10 kaaring to each of your new starters that you've won
:bulletorange: First Place Gala rosette

Second Place

:bulletorange: A custom natural Nordanner starter of your very own! (max. 6 genes)
:bulletorange: Second pick of the horses from the prize pool below
:bulletorange: 1,500Ag of Alerian Gold
:bulletorange: +8 kaaring to each of your new starters that you've won
:bulletorange: Second Place Gala rosette

Third Place

:bulletorange: Semi-custom natural Nordanner starter of your very own! (max. 5 genes)
:bulletorange: Third pick of the horses from the prize pool below
:bulletorange: 1,000Ag of Alerian Gold
:bulletorange: +6 kaaring to each of your new starters that you've won
:bulletorange: Third Place Gala rosette

ALL newbies who enter the Gala will receive a Gala Participation rosette, a small amount of kaaring for their first Nordanner, and any horses in the prize pool not chosen by the first three winners will also be up for grabs to others we feel perform really well! Prizes for everyone! :dummy:

Team Event


Prizes for the team event are as follows; both newbies in the team each receive these prizes:

Winning Team

:bulletorange: Semi-custom natural Nordanner starter of your very own! (max. 5 genes)
:bulletorange: 500Ag of Alerian Gold
:bulletorange: +15 kaaring to any (one) Nordanner of choice
:bulletorange: Breeding slot to the natural group Nordanner you entered the Gala with
:bulletorange: Gala Team Event Winner rosette

Runner-up Team

:bulletorange: 250Ag of Alerian Gold
:bulletorange: +10 kaaring to any (one) Nordanner of choice
:bulletorange: Breeding slot to the natural group Nordanner you entered the Gala with
:bulletorange: Gala Team Event Runner-up rosette

The winning team and runner-up team will also each receive a trophy that has been 'engraved' with their team name.

Sponsor Prizes


All the prizes here are up for grabs to our sponsors! This is what you're competing for, guys! Alongside these prizes, all sponsors who successfully complete the Gala in their teams, and their newbies have good things to say about them, will be entered into a prize draw for a custom Riddler.

All Sponsors who successfully complete the Gala events will receive +5 kaaring to the Nordanner of their choice and a Gala Sponsor rosette.

Main Event


Should you choose to enter the main event (not mandatory for sponsors), you will be entered into a raffle. Three winners will be chosen by RNG; person at the top of the RNG list gets to pick first, second person picks next, and then the third person may pick from what is left. In this raffle, you could win any one of the following (once a prize is chosen, it is removed from the list):

:bulletorange: +1 extra breeding slot to any natural Nordanner you own
:bulletorange: 500Ag of Alerian Gold
:bulletorange: +10 kaaring to any Nordanner of your choice
:bulletorange: RNG trait on next breeding of choice; excludes Mimicry & twins
:bulletorange: Gene guarantee on next breeding of choice; guarantees any natural het (nGene) to pass; exclues Glimmer

These prizes may not be sold/gifted/transferred, except the Alerian Gold, which may be gifted/transferred.

Team Event


Entering the Team Event part is mandatory to Sponsors, so this is where your bigger prizes are! Work well as a team, and you could be winning great things together. Prizes for the team event are as follows; all three sponsors in the team each win these prizes:

Winning Team

:bulletorange: Custom natural Nordanner starter (max. 6 genes)
:bulletorange: 1,000Ag of Alerian Gold
:bulletorange: +30 kaaring to any Nordanner of choice; may be split 15/15 or 10/10/10 if desired
:bulletorange: +1 extra breeding to any Mutation horse you own (includes Glimmer)
:bulletorange: Breeding slot to any Mutation group Nordanner (excludes Peafowl, Fawn, Christmas Light, Moulin, Tabby, Bloodsplash and Glimmer) nMut (het) foal only
:bulletorange: Breeding slot to any natural group Nordanner above
:bulletorange: Gala Team Event Winner rosette

Runner-up Team

:bulletorange: 500Ag of Alerian Gold
:bulletorange: +15 kaaring to any (one) Nordanner of choice
:bulletorange: +1 extra breeding to any Mutation horse you own (includes Glimmer)
:bulletorange: +1 extra breeding to any natural horse you own
:bulletorange: Breeding slot to any natural group Nordanner above
:bulletorange: Gala Team Event Runner-up rosette

The winning team and runner-up team will also each receive a trophy that has been 'engraved' with their team name.

Alerian Gold


You may have noticed that one of the prizes for this event is Alerian Gold. It is a new in-game currency that is able to be used around the group for various things, including some import sales (Oooooooh...) and other shiny things. Gold will be winnable in contests from now on, and once the Gala has come to an end, it will also be available to purchase directly from the group, and is transferable between members. It's like the Nordanner-only version of dA points, in a way, but don't worry, we have no intention of replacing point sales - Gold is simply another option, but with added Nordanner bonuses! Gold will have its own blog, detailing its uses, terms, and prices, etc., once the Gala has come to an end.

Import Prize Pool


These are the imports that our newbies can pick from when they win!

Nordanner Import 1180 by ShadowRaven1Nordanner Import 1185 by s1088Nordanner Import 1194 by ThatDenverNordanner Import 1188 by Astralseed
Import 643 by ThatDenverNordanner Import 1186 by s1088Nordanner Import 1187 by s1088Nordanner Import 1196 by ThatDenver




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I work with digital media. I also bake, and I enjoy food dye.

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Horsey To Do List

:bulletpink: Registrations for two nCd foals
:bulletpink: Registrations for three two Quirlicorns
:bulletpink: Registration for new Cavitto foal
:bulletpink: Registration for new Cavitto birdie
:bulletpink: Breeding image Wingcat x Ferrari
:bulletpink: Draw more things

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