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    Re: Voting Guides?

  • [quote="CMYK46":33yq02jv]Okay, here goes. Even though this subject has been brought up previously, as Spaceranger mentioned, (He has posted older links) I'd like to thank Irse for bringing it up again. It's important for ALL members, not just newbies. And as mentioned, the following criteria are absolutely essential to consider when evaluating an entry: • Masking issues - edges left around component sources or sections that should have been masked and weren't. • Shadows - absence of or inappropriate direction or strength. • Lighting\Levels - mismatched levels or light sources of components. • Blending techniques & Filters - Inappropriate use of such that it overwhelms or becomes the focal point of the piece. I'd like to add some thoughts to these. Masking: edges that are too sharp, jagged, or pixelated = lower vote. Shadows: I'd add wrong opacity to that list. Lighting/Levels: Light sources are usually simple to determine when choosing images. Many members pay little or no attention to this when making a composite. Lower vote. Other things I take into consideration when voting, in no particular order: SBS. A step-by-step guide isn't mandatory, but I agree with Spaceranger that a good one is the best way to demonstrate the work that went into your entry. Looking at a good SBS over the years has certainly helped sharpen my skills, and I usually try to include at least a rudimentary one in my entries where I think it might be useful. Composition: A good idea expressed in a poor composition won't get a lot of points from me. Mood: Whether by color, lighting, good choice of subject matter, or all three, a well done moody piece can be impressive. Humor: Tasteful humor is a joy to see. Crude, not so much. Use of source: Obviously a creative use of the source will get a better vote than just slapping on some filters or overlaying other images. And here we come to CBR. Entries that are Chopped Beyond Recognition. Using Warp and Liquify to create something that bears no visible relation to the source gets a WOW vote from lots of members. I just scratch my head. To me it's being clever, not necessarily creative, and is a questionable use of the source because an identical recreation could be made with some other source. Some people love it, others share my opinion. Lastly, and purely subjective, how does the entry make me feel? Is it the same old tired stuff I've seen a million times? Does it make me think? Does it make me say "Wow, I wish I had thought of that?" Does it uplift or disgust me? Is it so good I go back to view it just for fun? I may have overlooked a few things, but to me all these things are important and I vote accordingly.[/quote:33yq02jv] I agree with pretty much everything in this post. Humor to me is about as important and any other "emotion" or "feel" that I may get from the chop. Of course if I look at an image and it makes me laugh, I may give it more points, but the same can be said if it makes me "feel" whatever. I do tend to give extra for an SBS. To me that shows effort and the amount of effort someone used to make their chop is important to me. Heck, even a nice description on how it was made is a good thing to me. I never judge by looking at an image (particularly just the low-res) and giving it a score. I look at all their sources and see what they actually did. At first glance something may look good but when you look at the sources used and they just copy/pasted a few things here and there, then the "initial impression score" I may have had in my head, goes lower. Or it may go higher if the opposite occurs. I mostly spend several minutes scoring each one. And like you, I use pretty much use all of your criteria while doing so. I even look at the Hi-res for errors such as masking etc. I can see that that hub-cap (or w/e) the artist used as an eye is blended in well or did they just copy and paste it there and do nothing to blend it? Also I would like to say that I do appreciate all of your critique in the Chop contests. I've actually learned from your critique so keep up the good work. I may not have my terms right here but mismatch in "temperature" is a pet peeve of mine. Someone may take a warm image and put it into an "cooler" scene and make no effort to adjust it. It gives the chop that "I'm just gonna stick this thing here and hope for the best" look "but take no effort to match it up". Sometimes those adjustments are hard to do, but sometimes they are simple. I'm making up numbers here but that could turn a 50 into a 60 or w/e if everything just looks like it belongs together. Also perspective. I've seen some really good chops but the external sources just don't look like they belong there. Heck, sometime using that same eternal and moving it back or forward may cure that problem, sometimes they should not even have tried to use that external. [b:33yq02jv]CMYK46 "Is it the same old tired stuff I've seen a million times?"[/b:33yq02jv] As of right now, IMO, I think I may disagree with this. I have not been into this for very long so I have not seen things a million times. One of my first contest entries was a dragon made from a frog. Someone in the comments said something like "We have already seen millions of dragons". I haven't. That was MY dragon damnit haha. I poured my heart and soul into that dragon, not eating or sleeping to make the best dragon I could, so the fact that there may have been 10 million billion trillion dragons made before, to me, should be of no consequence.

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  • Must have been lost on it's journey. I don't have a tracking number anymore for it, it's over 5 years ago. Think we should consider this, sadly, lost.

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  • Hi, guys any of you want to have books like these. I know it's a bit off topic about Photoshop and anything but you might be interested! 1. The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself by Michael Singer 2. Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl 3. Falling in Love With Where You Are: A Year of Prose and Poetry on Radically Opening Up to the Pain and Joy of Life by Jeff Foster 4. The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom by Don Miguel Ruiz 5. You Are Doing a Freaking Great Job: And Other Reminders of Your Awesomeness by Workman Publishing I'm sure these books are worth getting. You can try to go this site [url:fz09jtqm]https://ponbee.com/self-love-books/[/url:fz09jtqm] offer various books in the different genre. Thank you CMYK46 for the repost. :X

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  • [quote="CMYK46":2syh8dbx][quote="BlareCruz21":2syh8dbx]Try reading these books, you might be interested! 1. The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself by Michael Singer 2. Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl 3. Falling in Love With Where You Are: A Year of Prose and Poetry on Radically Opening Up to the Pain and Joy of Life by Jeff Foster 4. The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom by Don Miguel Ruiz 5. You Are Doing a Freaking Great Job: And Other Reminders of Your Awesomeness by Workman Publishing I'm sure these books are worth getting. You can try to go this site [url:2syh8dbx]https://ponbee.com/self-love-books/[/url:2syh8dbx]. they offer various books in the different genre.[/quote:2syh8dbx] I'm sure these books are admirable, but not relevant to the topic. You might want to start a separate thread for stuff like this.[/quote:2syh8dbx] I understand sir. Thank you.

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  • [quote="spaceranger":q375nbu0]Basically it's very straightforward, the voting scale 0f 0% to 100% is used worldwide to rate anything that can be evaluated, from tests you take in school to contests like ours where you rate the entry based on various factors. I vote mainly on Photoshop contests because that's my main interest and I vote carefully and examine the work considering many different aspects and how well they contribute to the final work. I consider 50% my starting point when evaluating, I look to see the work done, was the masking/silo work clean? Is the composition good? I also look for Color, Originality, use of the source or interpretation of the theme and lastly the final appeal or do I like the image? That isn't always as important to me as the combined value of the other factors to consider. I rarely vote lower than 45%. 55-60% is a fairly good entry, 65-70% a really good entry, 75% and more an excellent entry. I never vote 100% because realistically no entry is perfect. You'll find a forum post about voting here: viewtopic.php?f=9&t=5669 This post will give you an idea of how some members vote and what they consider important. There is no hard and fast rule as to how you should vote, it's up to you how to vote but you'll get a better understanding what others think if you read the post.[/quote:q375nbu0] I agree, 55- 60 is a decent vote. Consider the believable aspects, good shadows and lighting. Technique, such as masking/blending efforts. Of course it's artistic appeal will always matter.

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  • I'm sure we all get tired of writing the same messages over and over so I thought I'd add this post so we can copy/paste the ones we repeat often. Just keep this page open in a separate window and copy/paste when needed. I'll keep adding to the list...hope it helps save a little time. [b:9l96hb8a]THE PXLEYES GUIDE/SOURCES:[/b:9l96hb8a] At http://www.pxleyes.com/courses/pxleyes-guide/ you can download the Pxleyes Guide with all the info you need to participate and more. Especially interesting for new members! It's recommended that you read the Pxleyes Guide found here: http://www.pxleyes.com/courses/pxleyes-guide/ You'll find a forum post All About Sources here: viewtopic.php?f=5&t=5644 Do not "Google" for sources or use images from Wallpaper sites, Image Hosting sites, Blogs or Catalog sites. These do not show usage terms or licenses and may be copyrighted. Do not use the download link for source images, they don't show usage terms or license information. All source links must show the image used and the usage terms or license for that image. Please post all source links for your entry. Remember all sources must be free of copyright and links must show the image used along with the usage terms or license for that image. If you're using your own image as source post the original image uncut and unaltered in an SBS (Step By Step) with your entry. Remember to state that it is your own image. Please add the necessary information as soon as possible, if you don't the Contest Moderator may send you a warning and your entry will be removed until it is corrected. [b:9l96hb8a]TECHNICAL:[/b:9l96hb8a] To edit your entry place your cursor over "PROFILE" in the menu bar at the top of this page and select "my entries". Then select the entry you wish to change. When you are done just republish your entry. When posting sources place the URL (address) in the top box. The lower box marked "text" is for the description and/or credit for the source. Your red flag/contact mod message did not register because it wasn’t posted correctly. You must type the message FIRST then click the small box next to "contact mod:" [b:9l96hb8a]POSTED ENTRIES:[/b:9l96hb8a] Once an entry is posted you may make minor adjustments and corrections but you may NOT replace the entry with a totally new image. Votes posted for the original entry were meant for the merits of that entry and do not apply to the new image posted in it's place. Entries cannot be removed by the authors nor will Moderators remove an entry by request. Once posted an entry will remain unless it’s removal is warranted as per Rules and Guidelines. Authors may NOT replace an entry with a blank page or generic image in an attempt to "force" the Moderators to remove them. If this is done the resulting image will remain till contest end and most likely will receive low votes which will lower the author’s overall average score.

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  • OK, Thanks guys.

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