So these changes have been needed for a while, and I finally have time to focus on this sub more.
TL;DR: Here are the main changes:
These changes are based on survey results, feedback from users and my observations. Here's some other info gained from the survey from our 100k post:
Tags are no longer required
All posts may be submitted without tags, and will not be removed unless they violate a rule (see below).
Pixel Art Submissions
While we will not be limiting submissions to pure pixel art, submissions still must be pixel art based (pixel level attention to detail). We will also no longer be accepting "pixel art recreations" in any other mediums.
Posts of other people's pixel art (which we do encourage) should still include the title and artists name in the post title. Preferably use the original source rather than re-uploading such as PixelJoint, Twitter or DeviantArt, and/or include a link to their profile in the comments.
Original Pixel Art Submissions
While not required, if you are submitting art that you created it is recommended you mark it as Original Content:
While critiques will be allowed (and encouraged) on all posts, if you would like to specifically request critiques to improve your art, you may include [CC] in your post title, which will continue to trigger a comment reminding people you are looking for critique.
Works In Progress
While we will no longer allow art that hasn't been polished by hand, you may submit pieces that may not be at the polish stage yet by including a [WIP] tag in your title.
I've also updated the How To Post On /r/PixelArt post. Hopefully this makes posting here easier for everyone and increases the number and quality of posts. Remember to keep voting (so we may take over /r/all), and reporting posts that break rules (so we can keep this place nice). Thanks for reading!
So you've finished a piece of pixel art and are ready to share it with us. Here is everything you need to know about that process.
The first thing you need to do is resize your pixel art. At your piece's native size it will be hard for users of r/pixelart to view your art as it will be too small. They also will not be able to zoom in as most browsers blur pictures as they are enlarged (works good for photos, terrible for pixel art.
You should be able to scale your piece from within whatever pixel art editor you choose. Typically there is an option under the edit menu. There should be a few options that you need to set correctly:
A lot of sprites are created with transparent backgrounds. This is great for games, but doesn't work well on the web. Some web browsers / Reddit apps set the background to pure black, which can ruin a lot of sprites.
To fix this is fill the background with a solid color, usually something other than pure white or black.
Next you must export your pixel art as an image. This option is usually under the file menu called Save As or Export. You should be able to choose which file type you use.
Please use reddits tagging feature if your post
If you are posting art that is not yours (OC), then you must include the artists name in the title, and link to the original source either as the post, or in the comments.
What else to put in your title (optional):
We no longer require tags in post titles, but you may wish to include one of these optional ones.
Or any of these to describe the content type: [QUESTION], [ALBUM], [VIDEO], [BLOG], [TUTORIAL], [SOFTWARE], [JOB]
And that's about it, you're ready to submit to /r/PixelArt!
Thanks for posting! If you have any questions, feel free to comment below or message the mods***!***
We welcome all kinds of posts about pixel art here, whether you're a first timer looking for guidance or a seasoned pro wanting to share with a new audience, or you just want to share some great art you've found. We have just a few rules about posting, so just check those out and then show us what you got!
Notice: Tags are no longer required! Read about the recent changes to this sub!
Pixel Art: Where to Start - Guide on starting pixel art for complete newbies
Pixel Art Tutorials - Database of online tutorials you can filter by subject
Pixel Art Software List - Comparison of all most popular pixel programs
Pixel Art Palettes List - Download and use in any program
Format for job posts - Must read for people wanting to hire/volunteer pixel artists.