[Design Tip]: Pixel vs. Smooth
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Posted 11/25/08 , edited 11/25/08
Hello, this is Pikangie. I hope you are all enjoying Crunchyland~

Anyway, here's a very short, but useful tip/guideline, for those who don't know. As simple as it sounds, it's actually probably one of the most common reasons of items getting disapproved(aside from copyright and other quality issues like shading).

Below are examples of two types of lines(There are others, but I'm just explaining these two for now):



Pixelated lines:





Smooth lines:



Whichever type of line you choose is up to you really, but just know that the quality of your item can greatly be affected by the lines you use, and having better quality will help you get your item approved!

Using a pixelated line for a smooth-lined avatar base is usually bad.
Using a smooth line for a pixelated avatar base is also bad, because it just doesn't match.
Also keep in mind the thickness of the lines of the avatar base.

So knowing that, you should know by now that the very simple programs like MS Paint cannot produce the smooth lines shown above, nor can it produce the proper transparency(had you actually tried to draw the anti-alias around it).

You should use a more advanced program for creating item designs for smooth-lined avatars, such as Photoshop, GIMP, Sai, and other programs. If you do not know where to get it, simply try searching it on Google.com or Download.com(or any other sites), as there are many free programs you can download.


With all of that explained, I wish you the best of luck in creating quality items!
Post in this topic if you have any further questions, and I will try my best to help(anyone is welcome to help)!
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who needs ur smooth lines >:\
Pixel Avatars away!!
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Posted 11/25/08 , edited 11/25/08
Just trying to point out that it's bad to mix the two together, lol. Not saying pixel is bad... I used to make pixel dolls.

Actually, I might probably submit one of my old pixel dolls as an avatar... I think it's harder to make stuff for it though...
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pikangie wrote:

Just trying to point out that it's bad to mix the two together, lol. Not saying pixel is bad... I used to make pixel dolls.

Actually, I might probably submit one of my old pixel dolls as an avatar... I think it's harder to make stuff for it though...


1question moderator of what u are?

it will be good if u make a avatar that can be boy or girl at the same time :S
also it could help ppl that dont know how to use photoshop or good programs to make items, and make those ppl that are new in using paint and the kids that like to play CL to make pixel items
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Posted 11/25/08 , edited 11/25/08
I'm just a mod for Crunchyland.

My Chibi avatar is already unisex... just that most people make female items for it... But there are male items for it as well.

My pixel base is on my Profile, btw. You will probably think it's a girl, but it can also be unisex with the proper hair/eyes/clothes. I modeled the body after a ball-joint doll, and gave it anime eyes.
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wooow i want to be CL mod! XD
haha yeah i know chibi is unisex.. but i dont see any item for male chibis XD
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Posted 11/26/08 , edited 11/26/08
Just have to keep refreshing the shop page, lol. The items shown in the shop are random, and not all of them will show up at once.

So I just made a boy version of the pixel doll now, and I hope others will understand that this one is a boy, lol.(But I suppose I ought to make new eyes which will look more masculine...)
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