[Testing] Skins and Customs Revised

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[Testing] Skins and Customs Revised

Customize your pets with a new and unique look, or create entirely new species within the world of Novilar.


Note: When wearing a skin, all pets can still breed and battle as normal - the changes are purely visual, applied only to the pet wearing the skin. Skins do not affect the rest of gameplay.

Please read this article in its entirety before submitting your first skin.

[size=21]Basic Skins[/size]

Skins appear on top of a pet image, but cannot alter the pet below. Like painting a hat on a sheet of glass, and then looking through that glass at your pet. They don't really have a hat, but it looks like they do through the glass.


Skins are items on Novilar that can be applied to on-site pets to help users create original, patterns, accessories, and body parts. Because Basic Skins are overlaid on top of the base pet's image as a .png, leaving parts of the skin blank could create interesting tattoos or details that still reveal the pet's base colors and markings in a creative way.

Skins cost the same regardless of how much they cover the pet below, but the pet's image may NOT be moved within the space of the canvas. Doing so would cause it to mis-align with official site apparel, which pets with skins can still wear!

To obtain a skin, you can:

Upload a Skin with a Paintbrush!


When submitting your own skin, you can either make the skin yourself, or commission one from a different artist (including, if they have time, official Novilar artists). The best method for finding an artist capable of making a skin would be to advertise in the Art and Skin forums; however, it is also possible to commission an artist from a different site. When doing so, you must direct the artist to the Submit Pet Skins page, so that they may find the PSDs upon which they must create the skins; and to afford them the opportunity to read the rules for doing so.

Unique skins can be commissioned between users for “real” and/or in-game currency before they are submitted as an on-site item. However, remember that real-world currency is only permissable in the sale of art. Selling the on-site skin item for real-world currency is not permitted.

Skins MUST:
  • Be a custom color or accent on an official Novilar base
  • Line up exactly with the pet's original image within the 600 x 525 pixel .png frame


Skins CAN:
  • Be used to create accents that exceeds the lineart of the pet. This is a way for artists to create "custom pet apparel" or extra body parts. If this method is used, the skin cannot also include a complete recolor or cover the entire pet's image - Lineart edits that take up significantly more than 50% of the pet's image are considered Deluxe Skins.
  • Still wear official site-wide pet apparel when uploaded.


Skins CANNOT:
  • Move the image in any way that will make it misalign with the original base.
  • Have item art that does not match the skin itself or was made incorrectly. Skins with incorrect item art will be rejected and require re-submission with valid item art in order to become an approved skin.


You may display your skins on a personal website or portfolio as long as you clearly credit the base to Novilar, provide a link or url back to www.novilar.com on or near the image, and not resell or misuse the bases under any circumstances (including theft of the official novilar bases by selling adoptables off-site). 

[size=21]Deluxe Skins[/size]

Deluxe Skins replace the pet image, meaning that you will have to use your pet as the base if you wish to retain certain features.

 


Deluxe Skins allow you to make major changes to an official Novilar base. You are allowed to make significant, complex changes to official pet base, as long as it is still apparent to staff which pet base the edits have been made from. You are allowed to use minor elements of other bases for your Deluxe Skin (adding the antlers from deer, for example, to a different species). Deluxe Skins replace the pet's official image when applied. The final .png of the Skin when uploaded will replace your pet's image, and not be laid on top of it, which allows a Deluxe Skin to have greater edit freedoms than a Basic Skin. Most significantly, this allows you to change the pet's silhouette, such as removing a body part or making that part transparent.

Upload a Deluxe Skin with a Deluxe Paintbrush!


Deluxe Skins MUST:
  • Be a custom edit on an official Novilar pet base, and it must be obvious which species' base was used
  • Line up exactly with the pet's original image within the 600 x 525 pixel .png frame


Deluxe Skins CAN:
  • Be used to create custom apparel and/or major body edits to a pet's official base.
  • Flip, rotate, and resize the base within reason in order to make additional room for edits.
  • Contain human features, as long as these do not overpower the rest of the design and remain under roughly 50% of the pet's total construction (example: a centaur).
  • Contain smaller, secondary pets within the image (such as a minipet), as long as the smaller creature(s) follow all other site rules and do not overpower the main pet.
  • Include some background elements, such as a tree or grassy ground setting. However, full-painted background scenes that cover all or almost all of the canvas are only allowed for Custom pets (see below). Roughly 25% or less of the canvas may be used for background elements specifically on Deluxe Skins.


Deluxe Skins CANNOT:
  • Show less than a full body image. You cannot simply upload a part of an animal. If only altering one part of the pet, remember to save the pet's original art and insert it below the Deluxe Skin before submitting.


[size=21]Custom Skin[/size]

A Custom Skin completely replaces your pet's image on-site! It is not required to use any official Novilar base, and is completely custom-made by an artist.

 

Custom Pets are unique pet images that may be applied to any adult pet to permanently replace its image on site. In addition to altering the pet's appearance, it is also permissable to create a completely unique background for the pet. Unlike other skin tiers, a Custom Skin allows the artist to completely cover the canvas however they wish, provided a single pet is still clearly visible in it.

Like all skins, Customs can be applied to and removed from pets at will; and traded, purchased, or sold in user shops. That pet will still be able to breed, battle, and level as normal (as if it were still the original pet), but its image will be replaced with the one you provide as long as it is wearing the Custom Skin.

Each Custom Pet must be unique, even if it is a recolor of an already existing custom pet on-site. An artist could, for example, open a shop on-site selling pre made original colors on their adoptable-like custom pet base. Your custom pet may be any kind of non-human animal or mythical creature (even if of your own creation). Images may be commissioned or sold with the intent of uploading them onto the site as custom pets. For any submission of a custom pet image that is not your own exclusive work, you must have the artist’s written permission to upload as a pet. Anyone who is discovered to have uploaded other’s work without written permission from the artist or having full rights to the image will be treated as Art Thieves, and dealt with according to our TOS.

Upload a Custom with a Crystal Paintbrush!


Customs MUST:
  • Depict a single living being, or in the case of multiple creatures, one must be significantly larger and clearer than the rest.
  • Be no wider than 600 pixels, and no taller than 525 pixels.
  • Be submitted as a .PNG


Customs CAN:
  • Include user-painted backgrounds or background elements that fill the entire canvas space.
  • Include part of an official Novilar base, such as in the case that a deluxe skin has been ruled to be over-edited (in which case it can be submitted as a Custom)
  • Include more than one creature in the image as long as one is clearly a very small accent pet, such as a butterfly, mouse, or small cat.
  • Incorporate some human aspects - a mermaid or sphinx, for example, would be acceptable. The rule of thumb is that a maximum of 50% of the creature is allowed to be human. A minotaur, with a bull head and all other features completely human, would be rejected.
  • Include user-created apparel.


Customs CANNOT:
  • Wear official on-site pet apparel. It can technically be equipped, but will not show up in the pet's image. This is because customs are not required to align with the pet's base image.
  • Depict a character that is more than 50% humanoid.
  • Be an inanimate object. A tree or rock, for example, with no obvious features or limbs, will not pass as a custom pet. A creature of living rock, such as a golem, is permitted.
  • Obscure or hide the pet, or custom pet artwork. Backgrounds are allowed in custom pet images, but [b]the pet must be immediately distinguishable from its surroundings.
  • Show less than a full body image. You cannot simply upload a part of an animal. If only altering one part of the pet, remember to save the pet's original art and insert it below the Custom Skin before submitting. Smaller parts of the image being covered in a sensible way, such as hiding feet in tall grass, would be acceptable. Apparel is also completely acceptable, both as a means of covering parts of the custom pet and in general.


[size=21]Universal Skin Rules[/size]


In all cases, skins MUST:
  • Depict a single living being, or in the case of multiple creatures, one must be significantly larger and clearer than the rest.
  • Be no wider than 600 pixels, and no taller than 525 pixels.
  • Be submitted as a .PNG


In all cases, skins CANNOT:
  • Have item art that does not match the skin itself or was made incorrectly. Skins with incorrect item art will be rejected and require re-submission with valid item art in order to become an approved skin.
  • Display the nipples or obvious genitalia of any species.
  • Display the nipples or obvious genitalia of any species.
  • Be controversial or in bad taste, such as sexual content or excessive gore. This is to the discretion of the administration. Please feel free to send an inquiry to the staff to see if your idea will be accepted or rejected to the ModBox before or during the artistic process.
  • Use any materials you do not have permission to use, such as textures, photographs, or other images you did not create and do not own.
  • Use any copyrighted images, such as logos or identifiable characteristics of a copyrighted character.
  • Be of very poor artistic quality. We strive to maintain a basic level of visual aesthetic across the site, and if it doesn’t meet our basic standards, it may be rejected.