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03 August 2009 @ 05:57 pm
regarding text brushes/text textures  
It came up in voting that there was an icon (which one is irrelevant, and don't ask, as I'm letting it pass) using a text texture/stock text, so I thought I should clarify the rules regarding them. We're barely on our second challenge, so some confusion is understandable. :)

So, as stated in the rules in every challenge post, text brushes (like a set made of lyrics, for example) are banned. It further states in the faq that a text texture/brush/stock text is Text which font, words, placement (relative to all the words in the phrase or letters in the word) and general design is not your own, but was done by someone else. Text brushes, for example, can come in sets of song lyrics.

I apologize if my use of only the word 'brush' added to any confusion (and I have corrected that in challenge two's post, and have added a link to the faq). Anything in which the words/letters are not arranged by you and are not your general design are banned. This may seem harsh, but I assure you I have a good reason. As per the faq:

Q) Why are stock text and text brushes banned?
A) Because voting can weigh heavily on how well done the text is, as well as how it interacts with the image. The vote should be based on your work, not someone else’s.

If you use stock text/a text brush/a text texture I will inform you that you have to change your entry. If I don't see it until voting, I will disqualify the icon and use one of your skips. If you have no skips, you will be eliminated. If you are unsure if what you are using is banned, please ask - I am always available to answer questions and will get back to you as quickly as possible.

If you see someone using a text texture/stock text/text brush, please let me know via PM/screened comment and I will handle it. I want the competition to be as fair as possible, and I believe banning text brushes/stock text is part of that.

I hope that clears things up, and if you have any questions, objections or concerns, please let me know! :)
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endearest on August 4th, 2009 02:05 am (UTC)
This is really well clarified + a rule I'm going to impliment in the next rounds @ my lims, I might steal your reasoning XD
oba: cameron - danceobaona on August 4th, 2009 06:16 am (UTC)
Thanks, I'm glad it's clear. :) Feel free to steal my reasoning. ;)
electricskiesselectricskiess on August 4th, 2009 06:05 am (UTC)
Ohhhh
I used a text texture in the last challenge :(
Sorry, I thought you only meant the brushes.

I'm glad I understand it now.
Sorry!
oba: cameron - danceobaona on August 4th, 2009 06:17 am (UTC)
Yeah, that's my bad, so don't worry about it. I should have had all the terms in the rule. *headdesk*

But I'm glad the clarification makes sense to you. :) Have fun iconning!
fullonswayzeed on August 4th, 2009 11:40 pm (UTC)
Oh, sorry, that was probably me. I used a text texture. It wont happen again, I assure you. *facepalm*
oba: sga - facegrassobaona on August 5th, 2009 06:41 am (UTC)
Actually, it wasn't. Though it amuses me no end that there was a lot more text textures going on than I realized. At any rate, thank you for your understanding, and happy iconning! :)
- la raboni!inamotelroom on August 5th, 2009 04:19 am (UTC)
wow. i never really thought about it, but makes huge sense. i may implement it on my lims too. :)
oba: cameron - danceobaona on August 5th, 2009 06:42 am (UTC)
Cool! :) I'm always pleased when I make sense. ;)
Meganmegalicious on September 11th, 2009 12:11 am (UTC)
Just curious, but the quote about why text textures are banned: "...voting can weigh heavily on how well done the text is, as well as how it interacts with the image. The vote should be based on your work, not someone else’s." ...doesn't that apply to all textures and all brushes, then? I don't really see a difference. If I use any texture made by someone else, isn't that the same thing as using a brush/texture with text on it that was made by someone else?
oba: cameron - danceobaona on September 11th, 2009 07:27 am (UTC)
*nods* I see what you're saying. Actually, someone else asked me this same question by PM. For me, it has to do with the level of difficulty. Text brushes are often the last thing applied to an icon, and generally speaking are not modified that much. Much of the work of a text brush is already done for you, as in the placement of words relative to each other/etc, which can be the hardest part of creating text that fits in a 100x100 box.

Textures usually require more modification to suit the image (deleting part of it, changing the layer to soft light/some other effect, cutting a character out of an image so you can use another texture as its background, etc). It's true that is not always more difficult, but in my experience a normal texture requires more work and skill to use than a text brush.
Megan: actress: amy adams: bwmegalicious on September 11th, 2009 07:30 am (UTC)
I understand what you're saying. :) I asked darlingbones the same thing, since she posted this in one of her LIMS, and she said pretty much the same thing as you did. It all makes more sense to me now. Thanks for explaining :)
I refuse to give up my obsession: Stock - Flower 1endlessdeep on April 29th, 2010 08:34 pm (UTC)
Hi there, I was wondering if it would be okay for my to link to this entry for my rumble challenge community. You've explained it all so well. Thanks.

I forgot to tell you which comm. truebloodrumble. :)

Edited at 2010-04-29 08:35 pm (UTC)
oba: spn - sam (journey)obaona on April 30th, 2010 02:13 am (UTC)
Sure, go ahead. :) I'm glad it's clear!
I refuse to give up my obsessionendlessdeep on April 30th, 2010 02:26 am (UTC)
Thanks. :)