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  • I. The Gallery Rules
    II. FAQ
    III. Helpful Tips
    IV. User Tutorials
    V. Media Resources
    VI. Gallery Dictionary
    VII. Sam's Helpful Resources


I. The Gallery Rules


  • The Gallery is for For posting and discussion of photographs, conventional and digital images, signatures, and all other forms of art!
  • Signatures used on this forum may not have a combined total size over the board limits, that is a width of 450 pixels, a height of 200 pixels, and a file-size of 100Kb.
    Note: This applies to the total size of the signature, meaning if two or more images are used next to each other (top/bottom or side/side) their sizes are added together to get a total size.
  • Excessive use of blood and gore is not allowed. These Signatures and Avatars will be dealt with on a case by case basis and are subject to removal at the discretion of the Admin team.
  • All images must be placed inside of image tags (). This is for the safety and security of our users. If you do not post images with these tags, the images will either be placed in the tags (if at all possible), or the link removed/post locked.
  • Your final product must include somehow some of your very own work. Blatantly posting copy/pasted parts together from materials by others is not allowed and in many cases - considered ripping.
  • Ripping will be taken very seriously. If you are caught ripping in your signature/art, disciplinary action will be given at the discretion of the Admin team.
  • Do not break into a users thread to flame their work, that is considered spam, if you have c/c to offer you may do so in a professional constructive manner.


Whether someone is a beginner who draws stick figures, or an accomplished artist who paints like Van Gogh, NO ONE deserves to have derogatory comments and flames posted about their work.






Can I sell Images/Signatures/Avatars/Items for rs gp?

No, Selling Signatures/Avatars etc. for RuneScape items/money is not permitted and is against Jagex Rules.


How do I post an Image or add a Signature?

Read the How-To Guide: Posting an Image


Where can I find someone to make my Signature?

Check the Searching for an Image Artist. thread.


III. Helpful Tips:


  • Don't post your first ever sig. To be quite honest with you, they are hardly ever decent. Remember, if you think it doesn't look good, it doesn't. For those of you who truely feel that you are hot stuff, ask for a second opinion such as family member, friend, or messenger buddy if you want a real opinion as to if it's any good. If they give good feedback, post away.
  • Being blunt here, but if you are New and using MSPaint for your sigs, chances are they aren't very good. There are a select few who can use MSPaint and make excellent pixel sigs. They know who they are. If you aren't one of them, I suggest you practice, practice, practice. It will take dozens of hours (only an assumption) to get decent at making pixel sigs. This type of art is incredibly detailed when done right, and takes many hours (just ask a pro) to complete successfully. Most importantly here, don't post your first pixel sig. They are rarely good and most times don't stand a chance.
  • If you posted your first sig and got medium to negative feedback, don't go off and open a Free shop. A Free shop should be made when you have multiple sources saying that they think it is a good idea, and you get good feedback regarding your art. You can ask the same friend or family member that commented on your first work.
  • Some people aren't genuine on these boards. When you ask for a rating (I personally think ratings are overrated, use comments and constructive criticism to 'rate' a work please), some people will use sarcasm, or try to be nice and give it a good rating. A good reader will give a comment that they truely feel is just, rather than be soft and post a rating that they feel the artist will prefer. You'll never learn this way, it corrupts you. Take in every comment that someone makes, and apply it to your learning. Also think about the fact that some people are just mean and will tell you things just to anger you but they might not mean it.
  • This is a biggy here: DON'T RIP! This means don't go and Google an image, crop it, and post it on a background you got off of a tutorial. This also means do not rip from other Signature Artists! The biggest problem lately is people seeing pro-pixelers and getting a bit envious, leading them to copy their image and change some things in it and calling it good to go. The next thing you know it's in a "Check out my first ever pixel sig!" post.
  • So you make your first visit to the Gallery, see some amazing sigs, and say "I want to do that!" First of all, don't make a post asking about how to make sigs. This is possibly the most ignorant thing you can say on these forums. Next, many people don't have expensive graphics programs and don't know how to use them. I suggest downloading trial versions of a program you're interested in, and learn how to use it as much as possible in that time. Hopefully you can decide if you want to purchase that program. Illegal downloading of graphics programs is against forum rules and the law.It cheats many people out of their money, violates copyrights, and raises prices for those of who purchase programs legally. Don't do it.
  • Signatures with poorly edited screenshots are generally frowned upon. This takes minimal effort and usually generates negative feedback. Remember, people like effort. Most people with the eye can tell how much time was spent on a piece. Amazing detailed pieces are rarely done in a short period, and a lot of time (often it's spanned over a few days) and effort is put into them. They often have a lot of meaning and are a unique style to them.
  • Without posting every Signature you ever make, try to have a unique style to your work. Most pixel art is does not have a unique style and it's way overused on this forum. There are only a couple of artists on these boards that have a unique look to their art. Be original, and have a style that when people see it, they know it's you.
  • Don't test your sigs by making a new thread about it. If you want to test your sig/avatar, please use The Signature Test Sticky which is always located at the top of the Gallery.
  • Just because you get negative feedback from a post doesn't mean you should give up. Learn new styles and techniques from friends or even tutorials (Such as Good-Tutorials or Web Machine). Don't post your results from every single tutorial you do and ask if people think it's cool. Many times people are on top of things and your first reply will be a dozen links to tutorials you could have used.


IV. User Tutorials: - PM A Gallery Mod if you wish to have a tutorial added or removed from this list.


Ganondorf's Pixel Guide By ganondorf656
Saving images as .JPEG without much quality loss in Photoshop And the GIMP by navyplaya and dsavi_x4
Burnt Out Sky Tutorial - For Photographers By Greenslime89
Planet Tutorial By Metroid
DementedHero's Full Pixelsignature Tutorial By DementedHero
Photoshop FAQ By Metroid
Imhomer's MS Paint Tut for Beginning and Advanced Pixelers By imhomer
Cadburys' Complete Signature Tutorial! (Photoshop) By cadburys_egg
How to crop pictures! -~-~- Fast and easy! By Kill_Life
Converting Paint BMPs to GIFs and Making Transparencies By pokemama
Coloring and adding renders to an abstract sig - By magictv
The Animated Text Tutorial (in Adobe Image Ready CS) - By woopidoo2
Science Fiction Tunnel in Photoshop - By woopidoo2
~Ultimate fake making tutorial~ - By Bloodveld
Paw's Advanced Fake Making Tutorial - By Paw_Claw
Dragonsaber's Guide on How to Make RS Video's - By Dragonsaber
Guide to Setting up a Random Sig Script (not uzzisoft) - By Mercifull
Beginner's Tutorial to Pixel Sigs - By Terley
Pixel Art Tutorial - By Quer_Skulll
Gold's Paint.NET Tutorials - By Goldwolflord
Saving/File Types - By tttia
Cutting out an RS Character - By tttia
Face Painting - By tttia
Coloring Anime Art - By Tenshi
Various Abstract - By venomai
Abstract - By Failed_Time
Cropping Detailed Images - By ghghth
Transparent Images - By tttia
Terrain Tips - By Nadril
Pixel Tutorial + Shading - By Quer_Skulll
Drawing Lessions - By tttia
Layer Modes - By tttia
Color Masks - By tttia
Pixel Tips - By axeraider70
Pixel Art Guide - By Punkage
Pixel Art Using Graphs - By gandorf_101
Pop Art Tutorial - By bulch
Userbar Tutorial - By Hoopster211
Hoop's Fake Tutorial - By Hoopster211
Understanding The Blender User Interface - By dsavi_x4




V. Media Resources:

Here is a compilation of resources special thanks to User and Tyler for posting these links. All links are current as of 03-30-06 ~Alduron.



Not all of the programs listed are free. Listed artwork may be copyrighted. Be sure to read any copyright notices or user agreements before using any of the sources.


The following is a list of Programs commonly used on this forum:

  • MS Paint - A basic drawing program generally used for Pixel Images. This program is generally found on all Computers.
    Adobe Photoshop - Quite possibly the most popular image editing software available. Very powerful, and can be used in a variety of ways.
Jasc PaintShop Pro - An imaging program similar to PhotoShop but not as powerful (in my opinion), but is an inexpensive alternative to achieve similar effects created with PhotoShop.
The GIMP - A free imaging program similar to PS and PSP. Not very user friendly, but it's free!
DAZ/Corel Bryce 5 - A 3D rendering program. Used in a variety of ways, from modeling to landscape scenes. A very good entry level program for someone starting out in 3D.
Maxon Cinema4D - Another 3D rendering program, but this one is very powerful and is intended for the more intermediate user. I kinda consider it the "User Friendly Version" of 3D Studio MAX. I highly recommend this program.
discreet Studio MAX 6 - By far one of the most powerful 3D programs I've had the opportunity to use. This program will do almost anything imaginable. Unfortunately its VERY expensive to buy licensing, as its targeted toward game developers and movie makers. Instead of this program, I suggest using gmax, a lite version of 3ds Max.
Alias Maya 6.0 - Another program similar to 3ds Max yet even more expensive. This program is used by most techical schools to teach intro to 3D modeling and animation. (Great program)
e-on Software Vue D'Esprit 4 - Vue d'Esprit 4 is the ideal tool for creating realistic, natural 3D graphics and animation. Designed for ease-of-use, both for the traditional 2D graphics designer and for 3D artists, Vue d'Esprit lets you create incredible volumetric skies, realistic landscapes, glowing materials, planets and more. SolidGrowth technology lets you generate completely unique vegetation.
Terragen - Terragen is a rather powerful, free, and easy to use landscaping program. Creates very nice pieces when used correctly.

The following is a list of additional resources:

Coolarchive - backgrounds
David Gurrea's Texture site
GRSites.com - Textures
Marlin Studios - Free Textures
NVidia - TransmogrifyingTextures Vol. I (.DDS format)
Anime Model Sheets
Character Photo References
3dCAT (register to download)
3D Cafe
3D Lands
3D Total
Planet Quake (needs GameSpy subscription)
Polycount (needs GameSpy subscription)
1001 Free Fonts
Astigmatic One Eye Foundry (free fonts)
Coolarchive - fonts
GRSites.com - Fonts
Zone38 - Font Stuff
3D Flash Animator (both 2D and 3D)
Adobe Systems Incorporated
Aha-soft.com Utils
B-Zone Software
Corel Software
Macromedia (flash, shockwave, etc.)
Mask Maker
Project Dogwaffle
Pro Motion 4
Serif DrawPlus
The World Creator / The Button Maker
@icon Sushi
Tile Studio
3D Flash Animator (both 2D and 3D)
3D Canvas
3D Studio Max
Art of Illusion
Cinema 4D
Delgine 3D Tools
G3D C++ Library
Gmax (Essential Gmax Tools)
Milkshape 3D
Tattoo Mesh Skinning Tool
Terragen (Terra Dreams)
Truespace (newer expensive version)(older free version)
Wings 3D (Site #1)(Site #2)
3D Text Maker
ASCII Generator
Coolarchive - Logo Generator
Coolarchive - Button Generator
Bitmap Font Builder
Bitmap Font Writer
Font Creator Program
Avi to Gif Converter
Fraps Real-Time Video Capture
Free Software Downloads
Gif Movie Gear
Bulent's Screen Recorder
screenrip32 - capture specific area of a screen
Explorations - Free Resources
Fated Circle Online
Graphics For Games
Shy Guy Kingdom
Tatakau - Game Sprites & Picture Gallery
Reiner's Tilesets
Retro Game Zone
The Mushroom Kingdom - download section
Pokemon Ruby/Sapphire Pokemon Sprites
Pokemon Sprites
GTA\GTA London User Cars
Designing Arcade Computer Game Graphics
Google.com - Photoshop tutorials
Google.com - Paintshop Pro tutorials
How to Draw Anime
Isometric Tutorial
Mark's Pixel Art Tutorial
GM Pixelation
Graphics forums]
Free Image Hosting
AltaVista: Image Search
anfinder.com/img/][bleep]an Finder: Image Search Engines
Google Image Search
Lycos Multimedia Search
Proteus Image Search


VI. Gallery Shops, Gallerys and more:


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    Artist name: Ard_Choille
    Style(s): Digital, Fractal
Ard's Tip.It Gallery
Artist name: Brammy7
Style(s): 3D, Abstract, Cel-Shaded
DeviantArt: Click
Artist name: Chaosvuistje/Dharockslayer
Style(s): Pixel
Gallery: http://chaosvuistje.deviantart.com
DeviantArt: http://chaosvuistje.deviantart.com
Artist name: Doomcreator
Style(s): Pixel Art
Gallery: Doom's Pixel Art, Pixel Joint Art
Artist name: Gold_Tiger10
Style(s): Abstract
Gallery: Gold's Gallery
Shop: GoldWork's FREE Graphics!
Artist name: hawkxs
Style(s): I dabble in many things. Mostly GIMP/some traditional art
DeviantArt: hawkxs on DeviantART
Shop: Hawk's Graphics Shop
Artist name: Hiimben
Style(s): Pixelling
Gallery: HiiM's Gallery
DeviantArt: Deviantart
Shop: I has no Shop...Yet :P
Artist name: Littleboy
Style(s): Fractal, Abstract
Shop: Littleboy's Graphics
Artist name: Loaf2000
Style(s): Pixel Art, DigiPainting, Traditional
Gallery: My Pixels
DeviantArt: DevaintArt
Shop: PM me.
Artist name: Mrshinyredplanet
Style(s): Photography, Real-Life pencil drawings, Gimp User
Gallery: My Gallery..Photos, Gimp Sigs and Drawings
Shop: No shop yet, but pm me if you want something done
Artist name: misterxman
Style(s): Pixel art, Pencil
Gallery: Pencil Drawings
DeviantArt: misterxman
Shop: Misterxman's OLD pixel sig shop
Artist name: Nadril
Style(s): Abstractual, 3D, Landscape, Sci-Fi.
Gallery: Nadril's Gallery
DeviantArt: DA link
Artist name: Navyplaya
Style(s): Photo manipulations and photography
Gallery: Navyplaya's Gallery
Shop: Photomanipulation sigs by Navyplaya
Artist name: Rainy_Day
Style(s): Freestyle
Gallery: Rainy_Day's Graphics Gallery
Artist name: re4p3r1
Style(s): freestyle, 619
DeviantArt: re4p3r1.deviantart.com
Artist name: Runemetsa
Style(s): Photoshop, Photography
Gallery: Tif gallery
DeviantArt: runemetsa
Shop: PM me for orders
Artist name: ThruItAll
Style(s): Abstract/Grunge/Photomanipulation
Gallery: My Gallery.
DeviantArt: ThruItAll
Shop: Shop


To submit your information:

[b]Artist name: [/b][color=green]name[/color] 
[b]Style(s): [/b]styles   
[b]Gallery: [/b][url=link]gallery name[/url]
[b]DeviantArt: [/b][url=link]DA link[/url]
[b]Shop: [/b][url=link]shop name[/url]
[b]Example: [/b]
[img=image link]


When done correctly your post should view exactly like this:


[b]Artist name: [/b][color=green]misterxman[/color] 
[b]Style(s): [/b]Pixel art, Pencil  
[b]Gallery: [/b][url=http://forum.tip.it/viewtopic.php?t=143821&highlight=pencil+drawing]Pencil Drawings[/url]
[b]DeviantArt: [/b][url=www.misterxman.deviantart.com]misterxman[/url]
[b]Shop: [/b][b]Example: [/b]


Please then PM that to a Gallery mod with a link to this topic requesting to be added.


You will not be added if you PM your submission to someone other than a Gallery Mod or if your submission form is not of the format above. As usual, artists can also request by PM to be removed from the list. The maximum dimensions for an example work are 450x175[/hide]


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VI. Gallery Dictionary

If you don't see a word your looking for or have a word you would like to see added, PM a Gallery moderator.


Also if you're looking for a certain definition, use Ctrl + F. :wink: Click on the hide tag below to reveal the dictionary.




Abstract A piece of art that has no real meaning, it is just random, however it consists of flow.


Anti-Alias Anti-Aliasing (often abbreviated to AA) is making lines that are made of pixels look smoother. Sometimes this is done automatically by a graphics program. Some pixel artists do this by hand, by placing pixels of a color that lies in between the color of the (out)line and the background next to the (out)line.


Avatar The icon that you can find on your posts top left corner, under your name. You can change it from your profile to make people remember you. Avatar can be max sized 100x100x8kb.




Banner- A large image used as the header for a title page in blogs/shops/ect.


Blending Mode A mode which you can set a tool or a layer on, which have different advantages for you, some to cut the black out, like linear dodge, or addition, and some to add colors and invert.


Brushes Brushes are downloadable from sites such as http://www.deviantart.com and are made from filters and smudging. One of the easiest ways to make a background.


Buddies or Buddy kits- A group of premade items/objects usually pixeled that a person can rearrange to make their own character.




C4D Abbreviation of the program 'Cinema4D' which creates 3D renders known as C4Ds.




DeviantArt Currently the leading art community in the world which provides you the most tutorials, skins, brushes and other resources. Used to show off your art work for others. Click me


Dimensions The size in pixels of a canvas, usually by height then width, eg 450x175 is the max dimensions in a signature here.




Fake A picture (usually a RuneScape screenshot) that has been edited .


Focus point The place in the signature, which you're going to watch first. Usually the render in the middle of the signature.


Font This is the style of the writing, not the text itself, different fonts can be found at http://www.dafont.com.


Flare A lens flare, which is used to add lighting, I do not advice this for your lighting though, I'd use a soft brush.




GFX Short for graphics.


GIMP- A free program that functions similar to Photoshop.


.GIF An image format, commonly used for animating, and supports transparency.


Gradient A gradual change of different colors. Nice for fading.


Grunge A style which is quite messy, but has a nice effect still.




ImageShack The most well known uploading website for you to upload your signatures. Click me




.JPEG A file type which compresses the image, sometimes degrading quality. Not to be used for pixel signatures.




Pixel A pixel is a square when zoomed in, but from far away looks like a dot, everything you look at on a computer is made up of pixels. A pixel, which is a style of art, is where you manually place every pixel onto the piece of art.


Photoshop Adobe Photoshop, the industry leading graphics design program. It costs alot, but can produce almost any image. Works in a bitmap, as opposed to vector.


Photo manipulation- A type of sig that is made from a stock photo manipulated in A Graphic Program.


.PNG A file type which is best for pixel signatures, as it doesn't lose quality. Not good for graphical images, as it has a high file size.


.PSD File Stands for Photoshop Document. It's good to save your uncomplete graphics designs as one of these, so that you can pick up where you last finished.


Photobucket An image uploading site.




Render A render is a picture with its background cut out. This makes signature making easier.


Rule of Thirds If you divide a picture into thirds horizontally and vertically, the intersections of the lines will be a good place for a point of interest.




Scanlines Lines going in direction which a direction which doesn't change. Usually diagonal.


Signature And Image which isn't too big, used to recognise people on forums.


.svg [scalable Vector Graphics]] Vector graphics in the form of a file, see Vector. Can be edited with a text editor, in the form of XML. Click here for more.


Stock Used to create the focus. You can use stock or render. Only difference between these is that stock has the backround left, render doesn't.


Stroke To make something grow by how much you want, useful for adding borders.




Tag Synonym for 'signature'.


Tablet Hardware which uses a pen to draw directly onto the computer, like a piece of paper. Achieves better results than a mouse.


Tech Another style consists of arrows and simple shapes.




Userbar A small graphics usually 300x25. For support and adverts usually.


Uzzisoft Probably the most easiest to use multiple signature generator. You can make your signature change every time, when refressing the page. Click me




Vector Uses mathematic principles to create curves and lines which can be coloured etc. Is infinitely scalable, you can zoom in 6000% with no quality loss. Bitmap programs would just show the pixels it consists of.




WIP Work in progress.




.XCF The local format for GIMP.


Always under construction.[/hide]


danke Schon Sam!^^

"Blood runs thicker, oh were thick as thieves you know"

-Carl Barât

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VII. Sam's Helpful Resources


Layered Image Files

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[hide=Pat_61: Samus Tutorial]Samus_Sprite_Tag_Tutorial_by_Pat_61.png[/hide]

[hide=Littleboy: T Pain]T_Pain_Signature_Tutorial_by_sillysamowild.jpg[/hide]

[hide=Hawkxs: Guy Sig Tut]ikesigtut.jpg[/hide]

[hide=Tutorial Links] CREATIVE SPRITE Tut

Gimp Sig Tut


Emoticon Tutorial[/hide]




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Tuts+ Network - A fantastic network of design tutorial sites.

Tutorial9 - A photoshop-tutorial-blog kind of thing, popular too.

Abduzeedo - A tutorial blog with tutorials for Photoshop, Pixelmator and even the occasional GIMP tutorial.

SmashingMagazine - A popular design blog offering resources, interviews and insights on the creative world.

Bittbox - A design blog offering top quality freebies, made famous by it's themed "Texture Thursday"

Béhance- A creative site that lets you showcase your work, gain exposure and perhaps help your career, as many big companies and industry leaders use the network to recruit the top talent.

Everystockphoto - This site is an index for the large majority of photos on the top free stock image sites.

VectorStock - This section of the vectorstock site enables you to download free vectors to use in your work

sxc.hu - The world's biggest royalty free, cost free stock image site.

deviantART - deviantART is the world's biggest art community, featuring galleries, collections, community forums and even a huge IRC-type message client/network.

wellstyled - A generator of color schemes for artists to create well balanced and harmonious designs.

Kuler - Another colour scheme generator, but also lets you create swatches and also enables you to save them to your computer as photoshop swatch files.

Grappa - A nifty piece of kit that lets you create rainbow fractals by using the movement of your mouse


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