Submissions Forums for beginners
(or “Submitting sprites for Dummies”)
Welcome to tSR’s Submissions Forums, I am Ultimecia and I’m writing this guide because many newcomers join the forums everyday to submit their work, and many of them have doubts but are too shy, afraid or clueless to ask. I’m going to keep stuff as simple as I can, but if you still have doubts, feel free to ask.
First of all, get your sheets ready. If you don’t know how to rip sprites, you can try our tutorials at the site
. There’s also a very good GBA sprite ripping tutorial by Belial right here
Please note that only .png and .gif (static, not animated) formats are accepted
, so don’t even think to submit .bmp or .jpg images. Also note that no resized sprites are accepted
Any ripping question can be questioned at the Ripping Questions thread
, feel free to stop by and ask around.
IMPORTANT! Wrote:After all set, CHECK OUT THE RULES. I can’t really stress how important is that part.
If you got a custom, this isn’t your session yet
. It’s a forum rule to have a thread at Spriting & Pixel Art forums
for critiques, comments and improvement, and only after that you may post your custom. Also, please refer to the Spriting & Pixel Art Rules
and don’t post your work as an attachment.
- OK, we are all done, let’s submit stuff already!
You’ll need a image hosting site. There are plenty of them, and those are some of the best services around:
Upload your sheet to any of this image hosting sites, and you’ll eventually get an URL. The URL (Uniform Resource Locator) is the “address” of a page, site or anything on internet that you can reach out using your browser.
Select the URL (by selecting it all and pressing Ctrl+C or right click, Copy). It’s going to be something like http://www.somesite.com/yourimage.png
, this is your image URL.
Then, at the Submissions forums
you’re going to see many different sub-forums, each with the name of a system. Just select the appropriate system and click “New Thread”.
Name your thread with the game’s name or something like that. If it is a submission to Other Systems
(consoles that don’t have their own sub-forums), it’s a nice idea to add which system it is at the name of the thread too.
Then, write something. You don’t need to write much if you don’t want to. Just write down your mind (if it is relevant to the sheet, it is).
Now on the sheet, it’s time to submit it. There are the “tags” that allows you to make all sorts of things, like writing something in bold
or post images, like we are going to do now. We are going to use the img tags.
[img](Insert URL here)[/img]
See? Pretty simple. Between those tags all you have to do is to paste your URL by pressing Ctrl+V or right click, Paste. It should be something like that:
The result should be something like this:
Now you’re done! That’s it! Just click “Post Thread”. Or, if you want to check out your thread before posting it, click “Preview Thread”.
- But I want to do better!
Okay, tSR got sheet icons, so you can preview what kind of sprites you’re going to find inside. You don’t need to worry about because the site updating crew can do it for you if you don’t know how to do it. But if you want to be a nice person and help them out, this would be much appreciated.
You can get the icon templates and the icon maker program at this thread
, the icon-making program got a nice tutorial and the icon itself is pretty much self-explanatory. There also is an in-browser icon maker over here
Now you got both the sheet (http://www.somesite.com/yourimage.png
) and the icon (I’m going to call it imageicon.png). Upload both the sheet and the icon. To help you out, I suggest you to put both URL at the notepad program which cames with Windows (Start > Programs > Accessories > Notepad). You’ll have something like the following:
You can just post both of them like before
Or you can do it in a fancy way
You’re going to use now the URL tag. You can use the URL tag in two ways: associated with text or with the img tag.
[url=(the url address goes here)] (something)[/url]
An example using text
Simple, fast to load and somewhat bland, right?
Now, let’s combine it with what you just learned from the img tag
Big, isn’t ? But not too hard. Let’s see how it’s supposed to look like:
As you can see I decided to use the character portrait at the icon with a semi-transparency at 50%. You don’t need to do anything like this, just post one of your sprites and you’re good
That’s all guys. Thanks for reading this far.
TOO LONG! DIDN’T READ!
- Save your sheet in .png or static .gif. No .jpg or .bmp
- If it is a custom, submit to the Spriting & Pixel Art forums
before submitting to the site.
- Use one of the image hosting sites mentioned ( try http://imgur.com
if you’re too lazy to scroll up) to upload your sheet.
- Create the thread at the appropriate forum.
- Use the img tag.
[img](the image url goes here)[/img]