Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Shield and Sword Guidelines





Uploading Guidelines (Updated 03/01/2011)

If you have never created a shield or sword before, you should use a template as shown below. The images are generally made with a PC and if you have Windows you can draw with Microsoft Paint. Other great free programs include Paint.net, Gimp (Mac), and Graphics Gale*









*UPDATES*

(5/21/2011) Rapture
-Several changes due to the new uploading system. Emails are no longer accepted to upload shields, you must visit tinyurl.com/classicupload and upload through the website. Please visit the FAQ room for pricing info.

(3/01/2011)
-The wing template has been edited below. Please delete the previous template if you have saved it. We cannot accept shields that are more then 512 in width. Check your dimensions.
-Transparencies must be set for all shields png OR gif.
-We will be rejecting shields without notice. From now on we will only be accepting the most creative shields that come our way.

(11/20)
-No more armor or clothing shields. Basically if it covers the body and acts like a body, it will not be accepted.
-Please CLICK the shields below then save the image on the new page. The pics below are resized for this blog.

(8/12)
-If you do not know how to set transparencies (you REALLY should know how to) then the background color for your shield/sword must be one solid color that's NOT a color in the shield/sword.

(8/1)
-We've been getting a lot of players submitting their shields with the template on top of a GIANT WHITE BACKGROUND. These shields will be automatically rejected, please make sure the image file is the right size, don't include a giant white background behind a template.

(7/31)
-Any gray areas of offensive content not mentioned below will be judged by the up-loaders whether or not it would be suitable for a server with many children under 18. Please keep that in mind when sending in a shield that might offend others. If you're not sure about it, there's a good chance it can be rejected.

(7/19)
-We are no longer accepting gun shields.

-We don't accept shoulder pads as shields

(7/16)
-Although we upload new shields and swords every day, due to the overwhelming amount of submissions (we get about 200+ emails a day) we cannot upload a submission right away. Be patient, DO NOT send the same shield/sword more than once. We will eventually get to your e-mail. Anyone caught sending multiple e-mails with the same files will have their submission rejected. If everyone follows these rules, we will be able to upload shields/swords faster instead of rejecting half of them that come our way.


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Shield Uploading Guidelines


If you have never created a shield or sword before, you should ask for a template first. The images are generally made with a PC and if you have a windows you can draw with Microsoft Paint.
Rules:

1. NEVER save anything as jpg! It ruins the image and will not be accepted by the uploading website. Only png and gif are accepted ( note: the website will NOT add transparency to your image if it is a gif so make sure you have done this yourself)

2. Keep everything appropriate. Meaning no profanity, nothing drug related, nothing sexual, nothing racist, nothing sexist, no guns and in game Graal sprites

3. Draw everything yourself. Do not use Google'd images, do not use game sprites, do not use predefined textures, or anything like that. Also, nothing that would be copyright protected. Such as things you would find in a specific anime, video game, or movie.

4. No shields that can be worn as hats, heads, or bodies. Meaning no glasses, masks, hairstyles, or anything like that--even if you drew it yourself.

5. Do not send in repeated graphics or multiple recolors. Meaning, if a shield was already uploaded, don't rename it just to have a copy under your name. A few recolors may be nice but we don't need to upload every shade of the rainbow off of one kind of shield.

6. Do not exceed image sizes past 512 x 120. A lot of big images such as wings, in most cases, are rejected. If your wings do fit into the guidelines then we can accept them. Also, only small animated shields can be accepted.

7. Do not name your files after existing files. Or do not upload files under the same name (such as a sword and shield under the exact same name). If you want to update a shield, have us delete the original one and upload the new one under a different name. Do not use any symbols in file names except - and _. And keep file names appropriate. Please limit your file names to 24 characters (not including the .png).

8. The uploaders are NOT in charge of uploading the following: Hats, bodies, heads, furniture, levels, or anything else! Only swords and shields are accepted at this moment!

9. We do not convert images into shields for you or draw shields for you. You draw everything yourself. We don't do touch ups either. Also, everything is uploaded in order. Do not ask us to upload something before someone else, because they may have been waiting a long time!

10. Please use the templates we provide! Adding color to one side of the template does not actually change it. Also do not keep text or extra space outside the templates. Templates can be found at tinyurl.com/graaluploading

11. Any shields and swords that pass 20kb will be deleted and reimbursed.

If you agree to follow the guidelines you may upload your images at http://tinyurl.com/classicupload

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Please CLICK the shields below then save the image on the new page. The pics below are resized for this blog.

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(This is a great template to use for drawing freely. Just make sure not to save your image with the template attached.)



(This is the ONLY wing template we accept)
























































RULES FOR SUBMITTING SHIELDS AND SWORDS
  1. NEVER save anything as jpg! It ruins the image. Converting image types won't fix the graphic. Save as .png or .gif (for animated shields).
  2. Keep everything appropriate. Meaning:

    NO profanity
    NO racism
    NO sexism
    Nothing sexual
    Nothing drug related

  3. Draw everything yourself. Do not use Google'd images, do not use game sprites, do not use predefined textures, or anything like that. Also, nothing that would be copyright protected. Such as things you would find in a specific anime, video game, or movie.

  4. No shields that can be worn as hats, heads, or bodies. Meaning no glasses, shoulders, masks, hairstyles, or anything like that--even if you drew it yourself.

  5. Do not send in repeated graphics or multiple recolors. Meaning, if a shield was already uploaded, don't rename it just to have a copy under your name. A few recolors may be nice but we don't need to upload every shade of the rainbow off of one kind of shield.

    Also, NEVER USE SOLID BLACK PIXELS. Solid black at 0 0 0 shows up as transparent on the server, so instead use a dark dark grey. It can be 001 black, so long as it's not completely black. Avoid using solid white as well.

  6. You don't need to set transparencies but it would speed uploads up if you knew how to. When you visit tinyurl.com/graalupload you will notice a checkable box that will set the transparencies for you. It will detect the top left pixel and erase that color, so make sure your that color (background color) is NOT in the shield or that color in your shield will be deleted as well. It doesn't matter what the color is so long as it's not in your shield, but it's best to use something bright like hot pink or neon green so you can see you shield better when you edit.

    Please make sure the final image has a SINGLE COLORED BACKGROUND! Please, no gradients, checkered backgrounds, or template backgrounds.

  7. Do not exceed image sizes past 512 x 120. A lot of big images such as wings, in most cases, are rejected. If your wings do fit into the guidelines then we can accept them. Also, only small animated shields can be accepted.

  8. We do not convert images into shields for you or draw shields for you. You draw everything yourself. We don't do touch ups either. Also, everything is uploaded in order that it is received. Do not ask us to upload something before someone else, because they may have been waiting a long time!

  9. Please use the templates we provide! Adding color to one side of the template does not actually change it. Also do not keep text or extra space outside the templates.

When you're done visit tinyurl.com/classicupload and follow the process. You will have to enter the email associated with your Graal and iTunes account in order for us to track you and transfer you shield/sword.



-NewYorkerNick and Diz (Artwork by Punk182)

114 comments:

  1. Also some more on my website www.tantarus.co.cc maybe we can make a link? Great job guys this will help alot of people and make it much more clear.

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  2. By the way its Tannus first followwr ans commenter.

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  3. how would you make a shield useing two templates at the same time?

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  4. I think I did it a hard way I imported my avatar into photoshop and did all that tricky layer stuff. I did it with a necklace scabbard and tail just sent in a few days ago. xP hope you guys accept it.

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  5. I used to draw 3 lines and draw a view inbetween, i guess that wasnt correct!

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  6. Very nice. It's sad that players still send in hats though lol. You should maybe put something in the news on graal saying that we will not upload hats all hats sent in will be rejected.

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  7. I dont know how to take the template =(,This is iSoul b.t.w.

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  8. Also...How do you make the pictures on the guild news smaller?

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  10. But how do i get the templates onto paint?

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  11. Y cant we make hats? P.s. Graphics gale does not work for me

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  12. Photofiltre is much easier to work with n save

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  13. You guys can make hats, just the regular uploaders aren't in charge of that. I'll ask NYN to change that. And you'd copy and paste the template on paint.

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  14. Awsome keep up the good work even though I decant draw on the computer it's nice to see the people who can I can't wait for the codes... If you can please give me them at this email address.. tabpole96@yahoo.com thanks.!

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  15. Cool this will really help me a lot! Thanks!

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  16. if we make the background pitch black will it be transparent in game?

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  17. what is an example of each template when someone is done?

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  18. We make the background transparent, just make sure it's not a color used elsewhere in the image.

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  19. Great work but a scabbard template would be helpful if you could do that ^.^
    -Doctor

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  20. There is a scabbard template here. It's green.

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  21. I sent in a shield today. It was a mix of shoulders, a scabbard, and a mask. I think I messed up by puttin mask view on side. If u could please make an exception and allow this one I would be forever thankful. I worked really hard on this one and I want it to uploade so bad :(

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  22. Btw my graal name is also grif.

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  23. will shoulders get published?? or are they not accepted??

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  24. How do i send it from paint also,I made a shield and its my first one!!OMG

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  25. if i have more than one shield to submit at a time, do you want me to send them all in one email or seperately?

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  26. i need to know how to do a transparency on paint

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  27. You can't on the original microsoft paint. I'm not sure about W7 though.

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  28. on paint just save as .png its automatically made with transparity LOL! and this is my backup email aiight

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  29. New songs uploaded to my chat box! http://www.xat.com/GraalOnlineClassic

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  30. I had my first shield ever accpted! I was so pumped. but as soon as I got on graal I put it on and was crushed. it was a wing and scythe code that was fitted into a body template, looked nothing like it was suposed to. could you help me out and send me a template that is the wings and scythe? and if your not accpting every color of te rainbow and only the small lollipopwins... why are the hundreds of big shields WAY outside of the templte? name:Xipe email:xipe0@gmail.com

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  31. I am looking to switch ipods...But before i do this...I want to know if this changes your itens in house,Hats+Accesories...Gralats...And inventory...Please responnd,Oh...And guild

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  32. I have a mod of the rabbit. Is it possible it will be accepted and put in the game?please reply

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  33. O wait... The background is white gotta fix that.

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  34. Easy way to set transparencies:
    1. Make image in Paint
    2. Go to http://www.sumopaint.com/app
    3. Go to File in the app, then Open from My Computer and open the image
    4. Click on the "Magic Wand" tool on the right
    5. Click on the background of the image
    6. Press the backspace key
    7. Go to File then Save to My Computer
    8. Save the image

    After you've done it once or twice, and know where all the buttons are, you can do it really quickly and easily. Hope this helped

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  35. do you need to erase the blue, green, and red boxes on the sword template

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    1. yeah, that's what GraalDepot says, its templates r exactly the same as on this web...

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  36. ok if u use paint you click on the template (most dont work for some reason just basic shield pic of noob and swords work for me) then save them, open on paint. use the bucket to make back round the same and get rid of stuff u dont want. then draw. when your done save it and open ur email. attach the file and email to graal with the subject ATTN: sword submission or ATTN: shield submission

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  37. I was just wondering if anyone had the link for the Hat Uploading Site Guide Thingy? Lol... please post it here?

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  38. this is very helpful thnx! :)
    qwik question: does graal have any open gfx team spots? i love designing gfx :) im not pro cuz im only 15, but as a future career i want to be a gfx person for other games.

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  39. can anyone give me a good program to make shields move/ animated? thanks, p.s my name on graal is slider... pm me for any consern or help.

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  40. mask template would help loads:L

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  41. I wanted to add a musket shield so my guild could look like a huge Napoleon-style army (you know, line up, shoot and hope somebody doesn't kill you). Could you please add this one acception to the "no longer accepting gun codes" rule? I assume you added that rule because everyone was submitting every gun they could think of, but a musket would be a very loose use of the word (when you think of gun, do you think of a musket?) I'd be forever grateful if you would!

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  42. can u make a thing where you can make hats??? just dont put the hat in there let us draw them...

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  43. how come when i open most of the templates in paint no matter what color i choose it will only let me use 1 color plz help

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  44. can I just use the common paint program that comes with windows?

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  45. Thanks for making this website!! Now i can send my shield without a lot of mistakes!

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  46. Upload was not done though I defended the size, and used the template of noob.

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  47. Hey, sorry but im new to shield making. With paint.NET, how do you make the black anything besides solid black?

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  48. hey admins could you please go on graal and find my guild pic its my shield and tell me if i made it right my user is Ryan and my guild is the hang out guild i usually dont wear my tag

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  49. wow.... i'll pretend this isnt retarded.

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  50. @Brandon XD
    ummmmmmmmm this is bullshit i set the MOFO trancparencies and u bitches fucking ignored it u asswipes i sent the shields in 4 fucking months ago to u sons of bitches

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  51. what do u use to draw the shields

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  52. U can use paint, paint.NET, or GIMP for mac

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  53. If i make a Finn hat and its good will u accept it?

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  54. Is there a wing template with character attached my wings are always misplaced slightly.. Thank you.

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  55. WHen I upload shields, iDisneyworld always says I have too much extra space, do u know how to get rid of it? btw i'm JSlayer on Graal :)

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  56. Also is there a sight with head templates? let me know.

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  57. hey ummmmmm ive been waiting for over 5 weeks for my shields, i resent it during the fourth week, also, they were NOT rejected because i never got a reply saying they were rejected and why

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  58. yes were is my shield
    i wait 2 weeks

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  59. i uploaded my shied 1 month ago and no reply!!!

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  60. In lieu of all the people asking for help with making their shield, I felt it would help uploaders and admins to create a shield-making page on my graal website. It's a comprehensive step-by-step guide with screenshots, and I'm planning to add more guides on different graphic topics later. I hope it helps!

    amarantheshields.weebly.com

    -- Graal player Amaranthé

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  61. If you submit a shield/sword and there is no reply then your shield/sword does not meet the standards.

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  62. I Just made a really good valentines day hat and a really good Easter hat!But i just realized that i dont know where to email them too......

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  63. Everything needed is in the article.

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  64. I herd some stuff about not uploading anymore. Just wondering if the rumors were true. Email me if you can or just post a comment.

    nøm-nøm64

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  65. i have a few private shields that have been accepted that are now in public hands. i would like to delete them like how I've seen several others. how do i get them deleted/removed? on the same note: how do i get one to be edited. like first one was messed up, made correct one. how do i get the correct one to replace the incorrect one?

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  66. your loyal player:
    1-0001 Xipe (Afterlife)

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  67. If you would like a step by step process of how to make anything for Graal that has a 100% sucess rate if you actually follow the steps go to

    tinyurl.com/tpndesigns.

    Look under The Complete Guide to Graal Design Making for videos and step by step descriptions. Pm me any questions you might have about the subject I'm Tpugman on graal!

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  68. wat would u do to update ur shield and sword?

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  69. @JSlayer57 Use photoshop to crop it.

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  70. very cool and creepy eyes ahh!!!

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  71. hey how long will it take to upload a shield?

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  72. i wanna know so i can tell if mine have been rejected

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  75. if i made a head and it got accepted, will i recive it like i would a hat?
    i have made two and diz said they were accepted but i do not know if i will recive them. ive also made a hat that diz said is uploaded.
    if so when will i get said hat/heads?

    your loyal player:
    Xipe(Afterlife)

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  76. Yo guys making shields is easy just use gimp or photoshop. Gimp is free!!!

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  78. We have to pay for shields i hope this means they get posted faster.

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  79. I wanted to re-color a head that has already been made, but the problem I'm having with that is.. I cannot find the files for that.. Where do I go to get them?

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  80. Where can i find the files for a head that is aready been made can i just recolor it?

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  81. @David, please look at the newest post on the blog :-D

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  82. so where is the newest post? only one is the rapture update

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  83. How do you upload hats? I have made a hat that has took me a long time and I don't know how to upload it.

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  84. What about heads I'm confused... I don't know what the head specifications should be... HELP I just want to up load my head so if I could have some help on where to do this and what size the pic should be that would be great. Thank you!

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  85. Dear Bob:

    just email me at xipe00@gmail.com
    im not an admin but id gladly help you get your head uploaded.

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  86. Bullshit we have to pay a shitload of gralats just to get shields and swords uploaded? That's the main reason I don't play anymore

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  87. sir please watch your language. they have made it to where you pay so much so that you are ABLE to customize your charatcter, but not everyone WILL. thus resulting in less files to be uploaded, less lagg from your ipod trying to download/use these files, and over all no useless stuff like somone re-coloring a shield or adding a name tag.
    the payment method is for the good of all. if you do not wish to pay, do not create/upload. if you do i suggest you farm and be proud that you aquired so much money on your own to get your hard earned body/head/shield/sword.
    -Xipe

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  88. go to the information kiosk within the Classic server. there will be a sign with the website URL in the top right corner. use the website to upload your gfx.
    -Xipe

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  89. huh,i tried to upload my image,but there was too much pixels!how can I reduce them?

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  90. is the uploading place down?? when i try to upload a head it says "website is down or permantly moved?
    please help

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  91. ALSO i make head and body watch my youtube vid to see how to http://youtu.be/kYRL8VeIGj0
    i also make head and bodys on request (for a small, reasonable free less than 1500 gratals)

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  92. I STILL HAVE NO IDEA HOW TO UPLOAD A HEAD!!! Plz help me out

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  93. Um, I didnt see a wing template up there...is there someone who has it?

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  94. The template creators should make an outline of where the body is in correlation to the shield. Ive been able to do it with the scarf/necklace/sword shields(they're all the same template) but the tail/wings template is hard to tell. It would help everyone to know where the shield will be worn once uploaded.

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  95. Its been a long time since I last posted here. and apparently that goes for everyone else. In the time that has passed I have made 35 heads, 21 bodies, 14 hats, 3 swords, and 37+ swords. I have been told that my creations are good, by players and by admins. Archi(Magic) has given me the application to become gp admin but I wish to be a graphics admin instead. Though I will be gp if needed. All I really wish is to have these graphics uploaded for public use.

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