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PetrifiedJello



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 15, 2009 9:58 am Reply with quote
If it's okay, I'd like to ask some questions...

Is Nina required to be in the logo, and if so, can we crop past strips (only because the Sunday deadline is cutting it pretty close to draw from scratch)?

Are the boxset offerings still the same?

Are borders allowed?

Is there a determined size of the lower right that's covered by ads or was this an IE6 issue?

Are transparent backgrounds allowed?

What format of PNG is required (8, 24, or 32)?

I may just have to give this a try! Sounds like fun.
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Tempest
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 16, 2009 5:53 pm Reply with quote
PetrifiedJello wrote:
Is Nina required to be in the logo, and if so, can we crop past strips (only because the Sunday deadline is cutting it pretty close to draw from scratch)?


Yes and Yes. But we're likely to look more favorably on original art.


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Are the boxset offerings still the same?

No.

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Are borders allowed?


Yes

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Is there a determined size of the lower right that's covered by ads or was this an IE6 issue?

Approximately the size listed in the template, 130x100 pixels. It varies based on the visitor's resolution. People with high resolution won't have any of the logo covered.

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Are transparent backgrounds allowed?
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Yes

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What format of PNG is required (8, 24, or 32)?
Any color depth as long as the file size is 75kb or less.
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myochan



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 18, 2009 2:38 pm Reply with quote
Can I send more than one entry? (crosses fingers) Anime smile + sweatdrop
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Etrien



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 18, 2009 10:24 pm Reply with quote
Sounds fun, I'll prolly give this a shot, but that's one tight deadline...

Now it's a just battle between greed and the ol' H1N1!
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Sakura-Alchemist



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 18, 2009 10:59 pm Reply with quote
I'm almost done with my entry ;;u;; But i have to work Saturday i hope i can finish it in time. It's always the final touches that end up taking longer than you think. OTL
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Etrien



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 19, 2009 2:03 am Reply with quote
myochan wrote:
Can I send more than one entry? (crosses fingers) Anime smile + sweatdrop

I think the answer is yes, judging from last year's entries, but I'd also like to know for sure.

I really liked the 2008 winning image, so I'm having a tough time deciding on something that would be a worthy successor...
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myochan



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 19, 2009 9:34 am Reply with quote
Another question- I've made two entries, and they're both over that 75kb limit! I don't know how to make them less (I don't really get that kb thing), so how important is that? Is that something they'll overlook if my picture's good enough?
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 19, 2009 9:51 am Reply with quote
I think PNG is a troublesome format, as it is always bloated in terms of filesize. So I feel your pain, myochan. I really do.
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myochan



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 19, 2009 10:02 am Reply with quote
dtm42 wrote:
I think PNG is a troublesome format, as it is always bloated in terms of filesize. So I feel your pain, myochan. I really do.


Thanks. I'm glad someone understands. Anime cry
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Etrien



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 19, 2009 10:28 am Reply with quote
myochan wrote:
Another question- I've made two entries, and they're both over that 75kb limit! I don't know how to make them less (I don't really get that kb thing), so how important is that? Is that something they'll overlook if my picture's good enough?

I'd say it's very unlikely.

What program are you using? If it's Photoshop, don't use "Save As". Instead, choose "Save for Web & Devices". This will bring up a different menu that will let you a) save at a much, MUCH lower file size, and b) let you make minor tweaks (color range, etc) that will shrink the size further. I was just able to get a 500x800 350kb png file down to 70kb, so I'm sure you can get your banners to work. Smile

Unfortunately, I work almost exclusively in Photoshop, so I can't really help with other programs. I think that Painter has the same "Save for Web" feature, though. Hopefully this helped.
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myochan



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 19, 2009 12:28 pm Reply with quote
I tried reducing the colors like Etrien suggested, and it worked!

But when I tried to enter, this message came up- "Sorry, you already entered that contest" WTF!?!?

The one I sent the other day was the original with the too-big filesize, so I'm screwed!

Please, whoever's in charge of the contest, allow us to enter more than once! This is a silly, unnecessary restriction and I worked so hard! I don't want my efforts to be nullified by such a dumb technicality!
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Endlessly-Dreaming



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 19, 2009 5:17 pm Reply with quote
I made two designs, but I'm only able to submit one! I didn't know that there was a limit. Is it really impossible to submit another design?
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Sakura-Alchemist



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 19, 2009 9:18 pm Reply with quote
Thank you for the advice Etrien >3<! with out that i would have had alot of trouble trying to get the my entries file size down.
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Tempest
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 20, 2009 12:38 am Reply with quote
If you have additional entries, e-mail them to [email protected]

Do this only if your first entry was submitted by the form.
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Etrien



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 20, 2009 3:59 am Reply with quote
Wow, that prize list is absolutely amazing! I guess I was underestimating what "at least $500" meant. Even so, I'm going to have to bow out of this contest for a number of little reasons. But, good luck to everyone else - I'm eager to see what you come up with! Very Happy
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