What are the rules?
The only rule that matters is "Post a piece of art every day". No posting old images! Only stuff you worked on that day.
But in order to post an image, you gotta create an account first...
How do I create an account?
Sign up here!
Now, you can upload pictures!
How do I upload a picture?
After you’ve logged in, click on the upload button at the top of the page, fill in the information, click "Submit".
Can I submit stuff that isn’t a "drawing" (e.g., music, 3D stuff, photography, whatever)?
Yes! Anything you consider "art" is cool! Keep in mind that SatelliteSoda is an image-based website (in order to create a post, a post needs an image) so you will need to upload some sort of image to accompany your post. If you’re submitting video or audio, you'll have to host those on another site (and then post a link to them in your comment). We recommend YouTube or Vimeo for video, and SoundCloud for audio.
Can I work on a single image over multiple days?
YES! Just upload a work-in-progress shot each day to prove you’re not slackin' off.
If I miss a day, am I out?
NO! The only way out of February is to make it to March. If you miss a day, and you're still alive - get back on the horse! Hit as many days as you can!
Those among us who do manage to successfully post a piece of art each and every day, on time, for the duration of DDF2014, will get rewarded the glorious title of "Streaker". If you miss one day, any day, you don't get this glorious title of champions.
What's the "tally"?
The Tally is a giant list showing who posted an image on each day. The days on a user's tally are based on the time zone that that user selected (so Day 2 for a user in New Zealand is not the same time as Day 2 for a user in Mexico).
All days start / end at Midnight, according to the timezone the user selected. So if you post after Midnight on Day 2, that post will just count for Day 3.
To change your time zone at any time, go to your profile. (Yes, you can select any time zone you want, even if you don’t live in that part of the world.)
How do I change my Timezone?
Easiest way would be to change it in the forum profile settings. While you're there fill out any other info and it should show up on this part of the site. We're working on making that an easier and more streamlined experience before all is said and done, and be certain we'll let you know.
Get an avatar! Very important! SatelliteSoda uses gravatar.com to host all our users avatars.
To get an avatar, visit http://gravatar.com and click on "Create Your Own Gravatar"
Note: In order for your avatar to appear on SatelliteSoda, you have to use the same e-mail address on both gravatar.com and SatelliteSoda.
Image Sizing Keep the size of your uploads reasonable. Some general guidelines to keep in mind are:
Keep your images to 1,200 pixels (largest dimension) max.
Save as RGB, not CMYK (RGB is smaller/optimized for web, CMYK is for print).
Using the "Save for Web" function in Photoshop can help optimize your filesize.
OR! Just "Save As" make it a .jpg file, and 9 quality, NOT 12! All of this will help keep the file size under 2MB.
THEME IT UP! If you're not sure what to draw, setting a theme (Draw 28 of "something") can help.
Browsers This site is best viewed in Chrome or Firefox. It's hiccuping in Safari at the moment but we're working on it.
PUSH YOURSELF! Work hard, don't slack, and be social! Don't expect comments on your work if you don't comment on anybody else's.
If you see somebody who's been working all Feb and nobody's commented on their thread, feel free to drop a quick note and help keep them going. It's a nice gesture and can be rather motivating.
That's pretty much it! Have any other tips or questions we haven't listed? Post 'em in the Discuss thread! Let's help each other out!
I can't wait to invite this girl over to show her my cintiq.