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It's time for our next activity!

This time, it's not an icon challenge, it's Ask The Maker!

Ask The Maker is where you can ask your favorite makers about how they do that thing. You can ask for tutorials, guides/"How to", or ask any other questions related to their work. Check out the Maker thread (below) for makers who have signed up and are ready to answer your questions.

This time, you can also ask questions to the community at large, and hope that someone is able to answer them. Do this in the Questions thread (below).

Ask The Maker is one of the most popular yearly activites for iconmakers on LJ and it always takes place in June. Who knows, maybe it'll turn into a tradition here on DW, too?

The results of the poll we did here this month were tied on doing it maker-driven or question-driven, so there's going to be both! :D I've taken the rules for the maker-driven part directly from the original comm [livejournal.com profile] icon_talk. I hope they are working for everyone. The second part is all new, let's see how it goes!

1) Maker-Driven


Rules for makers who want to sign up

Sign up by commenting to the Maker thread.

Please do NOT sign up if you know that you can't or do not plan to fulfill the requests you get within a month.

If you are an icon maker and you're willing to write tutorials, guides or answer questions (Q&A's), please sign up here with your name and where you post your work. Please state what you're willing to do/answer and if people can hotlink your work or not. Use this posting template:



There is no fixed time limit in which the signed up makers have to write these tutorials or answer questions, but it would be nice if everyone managed to post their answers within the next month. My current plan is to make the master list post on July 29th. If you can't do it until then, I can't guarantee that you'll be added to the master list. But please try and answer your questions, even if it takes you longer than that. Please let people know if you find out you cannot fulfill the requests. Try not to leave people hanging.

All tutorials/Q&A etc. need to be posted in your community/journal and be posted publicly. In-depth explanations on tutorials is not a must, but highly encouraged.

When you finish your requests, post a link to them as a reply to the original request comment here. That way, me and the person requesting will be able to see them and I can add them to the master list. If you do not post the links in your thread here, I will not see them and they will not be added to the tutorial master list.



2) Question-Driven - I have a question and anyone can answer



If you have a question about techniques, a specific look, etc, but you can't ask any maker directly (e.g. because they didn't sign up), you may ask your question in the Questions thread.

Be aware that there is no guarantee that you'll get your question answered. You will increase your chances by asking specific questions about specific techniques and by giving icon examples, from different makers if possible. Please don't ask about single specific icons, nobody should feel pressured into participating.

Please don't hotlink icons from other makers without asking them. Reupload the icons (e.g. to imgur.com or upl.co) instead.



What's What


Question categories and examples

Guides - a guide is a general explanation post. The maker will make a post explaining how to achieve a particular effect, use a technique, use a tool, etc.

#1 - Background Coloring Guide by [livejournal.com profile] hyacinthos
#2 - Text Guide by [livejournal.com profile] naginis

Tutorial - a tutorial is a step-by-step description of how to make a particular icon. Only the maker of an icon can make a tutorial of how they made that icon. If you ask for a tutorial, you must provide said icon with your question. This kind of question only makes sense in the Maker thread.

Example Tutorial #1 by [livejournal.com profile] kitamikeita
Example Tutorial #2 by [livejournal.com profile] aeriiths

Q&A - everything that doesn't quite fit the first two categories. Ask away, hope for the best. :)


Maker thread

Questions thread

Re: Maker thread

Date: 2017-06-24 11:56 pm (UTC)
carisma_sensei: (Twin Peaks→Dale Cooper)
From: [personal profile] carisma_sensei
Username + where you post your work: [community profile] inconformista icon tag @ Dreamwidth and my old icons @ Livejournal.
What can we request from you (tutorials, Q&A, guides etc.):
Anything. I don't think I know many different unique tricks but I'm a teacher so I'm good at writing tutorials and explaining things, so I may be of help for beginners who wish to learn from the very basics or just people who are interested in my work :3
Can we hotlink your icons?:
Yes

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