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Sat Jan 14, 2006, 7:57 PM
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yeah, after answering questions like "May I plllleaaase use your emotes on my site" and "WHAT PROGRAM DO YOU USE" a couple hundred times I thought it'd be easier to write a journal thoroughly answering common questions I get asked on this site.

if you've been linked here by me, the question you asked is definitely answered in this journal

heheh, zikes helped me get the links to work :]

Answers about emotes in general
A1 When I type a title of an emote deviation the emote doesn't come up. Why?
A2 How do you make an emoticon?
A3 If I want to suggest an emote deviation as a DD, which admin do I ask?
A4 What programs are the best for making emoticons?

Darkmoon-specific answers
B1 can I use your emotes on my site?
B2 ok...can I use your other emotes on my site?
B3 What program do you use to make your emoticons?
B4 Do you take requests?
B5 Do you take commissions?
B6 Will you give me specific help on with making my emote? (and/or help with problems I can't figure out)
B7 Will you give me an in-depth critique on my emote?
B8 Can I make major/minor edits to one of your emotes and enter it, giving you credit as the original artist?

Stuff about the "fabulous" darkmoon that no one cares about, but I'm answering anyways out of boredom. Aka, Miscellaneous
C1 Who are you?
C2 I tried messaging you on the AIM name you posted but the person said they were Sum140. what's up with that?
C3 what's your friend code on Animal Crossing DS?



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ANSWERS ABOUT EMOTES IN GENERAL

A1 When I type a title of an emote deviation in colons :: the emote doesn't come up. Why?
This is because it hasn't been added to the official emoticon legend. The only way an emote works on the main site is by being added to the legend by an admin (at this point, it would be rocksicle), though you can use emotes in dAmn by using the thumbnail.

A2 How do you make an emoticon?
There are several ways, but mostly it just involves making a small circle with eyes and saving it as a gif. Oh? You want yours to look professional? Then I suggest you look at one of the several emote tutorials people have made on this site. Here's a list of a few (if you know of any others I can add to this list please link to it in a comment!)
- Mine is Emote Tutorial by darkmoon3636. I might make a better one in the distant future. (edit: here it is: Emoticon Tutorial : bases by darkmoon3636 )
- by camelhijackation
- Emoticon Tutorials - Animation by emoticons by emoticons
- Ultimate Emote Tutorial - P1 by mattdanna by mattdanna
- _Blinking.Emot.Tutorial by Synaesthesia- by Synaesthesia-

A3 If I want to suggest an emote deviation as a DD, which admin do I ask?
That would be our very own icon gallery director, rocksicle. He seems to like emotes with great pixel art, short animations that stick to the point, and innovative ideas.

A4 What programs are the best for making emoticons?
Any program that can make a gif animation will work fine. Programs like MX fireworks, jasc animation shop, and other ones of that type are crowd favourites. Personally, I'd stick to a program designed specifically for .gifs, (ruling out ones like Fireworks) MY favorite is Ulead Gif Animator 5. You can download a 15 trial of the program here.

DARKMOON-SPECIFIC ANSWERS

B1 can I use your emotes on my site?
Yes, you can use the general emote pack I made for free use: Emote Pack 2 by darkmoon3636
Please read the guidlines on the description or in the readme file before using :]

B2 ok...can I use your other emotes on my site?
Gah, I have never once been able to turn down someone who asks to use my emotes D: You guys just ask too politely, it'd be mean to say no.
Ok, if you want to add them to the site (so they come up when you type codes) it must be either a personal site, a non-commerical forum, and not be promoting racism/sexism/other-bad-isms. ALSO, you MUST link to the site/forum in THIS JOURNAL. This is just to help me keep track of things :D

Now, if you want to use the emote in a forum post in a non-dA site, in a IM, or anywhere else where it's not actually integrated into the site, go ahead, don't bother with links or any of that.

B3 What program do you use to make your emoticons?
All of them are made using Ulead Gif Animator 5. You can download a 15 trial of the program here. The program is nice for emotes because it only has basic tools for pixel art, and I've just been using it forever and don't have the need for something with fancier effects. I think it works fantastic, some people agree, some people don't like it because of the way it's set up.

B4 Do you take requests?
Sigh...Yes, but there's a very small chance I'll use them. In last year I only made 3 or 4 emotes that were requested. Why? Not because there's anything wrong with your idea, but just because I don't think it'll go well with my personal style. I'm very picky about what I do, which is why some of my emotes surround such strange ideas, like shadow puppets, jumping into boxes, picking flowers, etc. When I think of the idea, even if it's not an original one, it makes the emote >mine<. When I take requests I usually don't end up liking the emote for whatever reason, it's probably some subconscience ego thing.

So with that being said, ask away :]

B5 Do you take comissions?
Yup! I've only had a few people ask this, but if you do, I'll most likely make what you want, for a price.
(3/4/06 -edit with more specific info)
Prices for emotes as follows:

Static
will be discussed (in other words, can't decide right now)
emotes less than 25 frames
$5 for the first, then $3 for each additional emote
Emotes 25-70 frames
$10 for the first, $5 for each additional
emotes 71 or more frames
$20 for the first $8 for each additional

Mixed frame amounts:
The "first" price (the 5, 10, 25) applies to the emote with the highest number of frames, then others cost the additional price according to their complexity. Example, one 71+ framed emote ($20) and five 10 framed ($3 times 5) would cost $35

B6 Will you give me specific help on with making my emote? (and/or help with problems I can't figure out)
Sure! Ask here, in AIM (my real name is supernork36), or in a note. Even in dAmn, if you can catch me in there.

B7 Will you give me an in-depth critique on my emote?
THOSE WHO ARE FAINT OF EGO HEART BEWARE. If you ask for an "indepth critique", that's what I'll give. I'll inform you of every little problem, as insignificant as it seems. I only suggest asking me this if you're somewhat good at emotes, or you'll probably find yourself redoing the entire thing. Just keep in mind that critiques are my opinions, and that it doesn't mean that that's the absolute best thing to do. Another emote artist might tell you something completely different, you have to decide if my advice is good or not.

B8 Can I make major/minor edits to one of your emotes and enter it, giving you credit as the original artist?
NO. NO. NO. My emotes are mine, and the absolute worst thing you can do is edit it, because you're making part of it yours. I've never liked sharing, especially when it comes to art. The only way there will be my art and yours combined is if we're doing a pre-arranged collaboration. No asking to edit one of my existing emotes in any way, even if you're making it better.

MISCELLENEOUS (that's spelt wrong)

C1 Who are you?
I'm Emily, who's 16, and goes to highschool, and isn't very interesting. Like a lot of people who go online a lot tend to find out, the more introverted you are, the better you "get" the internet and all it's glory. Well, I understand it pretty effing well, if that speaks about how I am offline. I suppose I have some of those cliche goth characteristics of liking to be alone, sit in the corner, but loves attention at the same time. Most of this attention is attained by doing well in school, so I'm pretty bitchy to everyone who tries talking to me while I'm doing work (or sleeping in class. I count that as work though).

My interests are my religion (Christianity), dA (lawlz), reading fantasy (suggest some titles ;) ), school (when it's not too overwelming), and keeping fish (I have 4 aquariums :dance: )

C2 I tried messaging you on the AIM name you posted but the person said they were Sum140. what's up with that?
HAHA. That's because my good friend sieiw thought it'd be funny to IM prank me, and I thought it wasn't very funny at all. Well, she failed at freaking me out, but pissed me off slightly, so I thought it'd be funny to have people IM her that are looking for someone else.

That and, you people are fricking annoying. People I don't know start asking me "wuts up" when I'm trying to write long essays on interesting topics such as the multiple causation of the French Revolution. I try to avoid instant messengers as much as possible as it is, please only IM me if I actually talk to you a lot on this site and "know" you somewhat, or if you need help with something (you'll find my sn in the answer about asking for help, B6)

C3 What's your friend code on Animal Crossing DS?
YA RLY, that game is fun. I usually play when I get home from school, 3-4pm Eastern time.

Friend code: 3393-6471-4007
Town: Egypt
Name: Dove

I seem to have run out of things to say....







All animations made using Ulead GIF Animator
most of my emotes are not on the official list, thus they cannot be used on the site (other than thumbs) so putting :catfight: as a comment with a is extremely pointless and annoying.
Yes, I will take requests for emotes, but I won't always use your ideas
if you request an emote of a cartoon character, the answer is no.
you smell like cheese...can I lick you?







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  • Watching: King Kong
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Ebility Featured By Owner May 1, 2006
There was another book added (although it doesn't really continue the story, it's more like a long short story on Nick) but it was more 'one Abhorsen story and a lot of other short stories'. It's excellent, called 'Across the Wall' I think.
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Sienna-Maiu Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2008
That sounds cool, thanks. I think I'll look into it.
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marshmallowblue Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2006
Oh, it makes perfect sense. :D I felt the same way.
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Sienna-Maiu Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2006
cool :), thanks
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darkmoon3636 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2006
lmao, I already own most of Pierce's books ;p but thanks.
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Sienna-Maiu Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2006
Yeah, she's a popular one alright. I'm fairly sure I prefer her books over Rowling...
but Garth is a good one to check out, although most of his other books are darker, and not so magically oriented...
There was another set of books I read once, had something to do with magical stones and this boy got transported to another world in the first of them... through a water fountain... and on the planet they thought the Earth was a star or a moon or something (or was that Escaflowne?) Can you tell it's been several years since I read them? I'll tell you the title if I remember it. If you think it sounds interesting of course.
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darkmoon3636 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2006
that doesn't sound familiar D: but interesting, so give me the title if it comes back to you :nod:
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Sienna-Maiu Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2006
I know! :idea: I'll go back to the library (almost funny how I know exactly where the book is, ie which shelf- even though I haven't been to school in two years :laughing:) to find out the title ^.^
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zikes Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2006  Professional Artist
I knew it from the beginning, but still have a hard time believing how young you are :lol:

:whisper: I can show ya how to make your FAQ answers at the top link to the actual answer, if you want :ninja:
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lordgonz Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2006
I do agree on that point :)

this is a skillfull young talent
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zikes Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2006  Professional Artist
Indeed!
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:iconlordgonz:
lordgonz Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2006
oh, while you're around : the toolbar (deviantPlus) is working in some parts of the site hihi
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darkmoon3636 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2006
How? I used anchor links but it kept saying it was invalid and I even checked a resource on html to make sure I did it right :stab:
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zikes Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2006  Professional Artist
The trick is to put your journal's full URL before the #name part. dA won't let you just use a #name as the url.

So you can use http://darkmoon3636.deviantart.com/journal/7605046/#A1 as a link at the top and stick a <a name="A1"></a> at the first answer and that should work :nod:
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darkmoon3636 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2006
oh, thanks for that :thanks: I didn't know you needed the journal url too D:
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Damn, dude. Dedicated man if I've ever seen one. :ahoy:
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jessicalovestoast Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2006
kay. We HAVE to get together and play Animal Crossing. YA RLY. lollerskates.

Anyways. I'm in EST also, so we can play around 4 pm some weekday.
That is if you want to. xD
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zacthetoad Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2006
OMG! Your only 16? :wow: I nearly died when I saw that lol. I must say very mature for your age!

:ahoy:
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SigurdHosenfeld Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2006
Excellent, all that I wanted to know about your general guidelines but were afraid to ask has been answered on this FAQ. ;D
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