So you want to participate in one of the Pxleyes contests and don’t know where to start?
Here’s a quick and easy introduction on how to get started. First you need to get yourself a free account here.
Once your account is active, you can use this guide to upload your work to the contests or simply watch the instruction video made by Giulia.
First things first! Before participating in any contests, it is important to read the FAQ and Guidelines! Yes, it’s a long and boring text, but it will certainly help you to have more fun, keep your reputation up and get the most out of your stay here!
Next thing to do is select in what type of contest you’d like to participate. We have 4 types of contests: Photoshop, Photography, Drawing and 3D.
First, click on “Contests” in the top menu… Then you can view all contests per specialty by pressing the right icons.
First of all, if you’re a new member, you will have to start with beginner or any-level photoshop contests.
Pxleyes works with a level-based system. The more you win, the higher your level will become. Everyone starts with level 1. Advanced contests on Pxleyes are for people with higher levels.
On the screenshot below, you can see where the required level is mentioned. “any-level” basically means: everyone can participate, no matter what level.
When a contest says level “10+” it means that your level has to be higher than 10 in order to participate. When it says “10-“, your level has to be lower than 10 in order to participate.
After you found a contest you want to participate in, simply go to the contest page to download the image if it’s a source contest, or read the theme if it’s a theme contest.
So you’ve selected a contest with an interesting source image or theme, you made an entry for it and you want to upload it.
There you will see a big green upwards arrow. Simply click on that to go to the upload page.
All fields are ready? Simply hit the “upload image” button. When your image is uploaded, you’ll see the following screen. If you’re going to make a step by step guide, you can do so now.
Next, go to “my stuff” -> “my contest entries”. There you’ll see your entry and the possibility to publish (= making it show in the public contest) and edit your entry.
You’ll also see a link called “Make a step-by-step-guide”… We’ll look at this next.
A step by step guide shows a linear progress of your work. If you want to upload a step by step guide, you need to save a bunch of pictures while you work on your entry.
The steps upload process is similar to the entry upload process. Simply describe what you’ve done in your step and browse to the step image on your harddrive. Even with the steps, you can provide possible source urls that were used. When you’re done with this step click the “upload step info” button and you’ll be asked if you want to upload another step.
And you’re done! Contests run for an average of 10 days and people will be able to vote and comment on your work… You can follow up your comments under “my contest entries” or on the contest page.