3D FAQ



Table of contents

  • WHAT IS THIS ARENA ABOUT?
  • HOW DO I ENTER A 3D CONTEST ON DAGGER BAY?
  • CAN I ENTER ANY CONTEST?
  • DO MY CREATIONS STAY MINE AFTER I ENTER THEM?
  • WHAT CANNOT BE USED IN AN ENTRY?
  • IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE YOU REALLY, REALLY DON'T WANT ME TO DO?
  • WHAT ABOUT ADDING 2D CONTENT TO MY RENDERS?
  • ARE THERE SIZE REQUIREMENTS?
  • VOTING SCALE


    WHAT IS THIS ARENA ABOUT?
    The 3D contests are for artists who use create images using assets with 3D Geometry. Any program that supports rendering in 3D can be used, including Photoshop 3D extensions.

    There will be two types of contests in the 3D section, those that expect you to create the 3D geometries you are using yourself, and those that allow you to use any geometries available, either free or purchased. The contest rules will stipulate which kind of contest it is.

    HOW DO I ENTER A 3D CONTEST ON DAGGER BAY?
    1. Create an account if you don’t have one yet
    2. Find a contest that you like that is open for entry.
    3. Read the contest rules and make sure your entry meets their requirements and does not break any rules (see the rules about what can't be used below)

    CAN I ENTER ANY CONTEST?
    Anyone at any skill level may enter 3D Deck contests. However we will hold some contests suggested for Masters and others limited to Beginners. Check the rules posted for each individual contest to see if there are any restrictions.

    DO MY CREATIONS STAY MINE AFTER I ENTER THEM?
    Yes. Dagger Bay doesn't take away any of your rights to your art, you simply give Dagger Bay permission to display it.

    WHAT CANNOT BE USED IN AN ENTRY?
    • Anything that is not safe for work. For example pornography, hate crimes, excessive gore.
    • Anything that is overtly political, religious or that would likely be offensive to the majority of people who view it.
    • Your image contains source material that you do not have a legal right to use. It’s your responsibility to determine what the licensing agreement allows if you are using free or purchased content of any sort. In particular the license has to read "for commercial renders". Since you aren't uploading geometries only finished renders, extended licenses are not necessary. This is especially important for free content, which sometimes has a "for personal renders only" license. Purchased content generally has a commercial license.
    • You cannot resubmit an image that has been used in any previous contest unless the contest specifically allows it.
    • Your image cannot contain a signature or web address.

    IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE YOU REALLY, REALLY DON'T WANT ME TO DO?
    • Don't use any filters in a 2D program to alter your image. 3D filters are fine. The idea is that it should be an image created by a 3D program. See section below for details.
    • NEW There will be a special class of contest where the previous rule is suspended. In these contests you will be allowed to use a photo editing program to make any changes you want to a 3D render. The original picture still has to be rendered in a 3D program. These contests will be tagged "Photo Editing Enhanced"
    • No floating text and no cartoon speech / thought bubbles unless the contest specifically allows it.
    • If a contest is marked as "Photorealistic" do not use any non-photorealistic elements. The final render is supposed to be indistinguishable from a Photograph.
    • Don't use borders. No 3D render has them, and you are not allowed to add them afterwards in Post-production.
    • If an image is of seriously horrible quality we will remove your entry no matter how much we like you.
    • If a contest stipulates all objects must be created by you, anything 3D in the scene (except for primitives like planes, spheres, cubes, etc) must be created by you. In addition, while you may use 2D tiles created by others for texturing, you are expected to create the UV Map yourself, as well as any bump or displacement maps. You may also use a 2D image you did not create for a background if the contest allows backgrounds.
    • If a contest is open for all content, there are no restrictions on what 3D or 2D content is in your scene, but obviously just putting a 2D image as a background and rendering in 3D with nothing else in the scene is going to get you disqualified.

    WHAT ABOUT ADDING DIGITAL PAINTING OR EFFECTS TO MY ENTRIES?
    You may use 2D backgrounds in your images, but they must be rendered with the image, not added later with a 2D program. They also should not be the main focus of the scene. You may do post-processing work in Photoshop or other 2D program to correct tone, contrast, brightness, color, but may not add any elements (chopping) from other sources. You also should not be adding shadows for the same reason. They should be in the original render. You may also use 2D images for texturing.
    NEW There will be a special class of contest where the previous rule is suspended. In these contests you will be allowed to use a photo editing program to make any changes you want to a 3D render. The original picture still has to be rendered in a 3D program. These contests will be tagged "Photo Editing Enhanced"

    ARE THERE SIZE REQUIREMENTS?
    Your image should be large enough for people to be able to see what you've done. Images that look more like thumbnails will be removed. Try to keep your entries around 1000 pixels wide for the best viewing.

    IN ALL CASES THE DAGGERBAY QUARTERMASTERS HAVE THE FINAL SAY

    VOTING SCALE
    1. Interesting "blob" you have there, what is it?
    2. OK, you sort of followed the contest directions. Sort of.
    3. A perfect example of "Go home and try again". You got the general idea, more practice is needed.
    4. Not bad, needs a bit more work to be up to standards though.
    5. Meh. Good, but nothing stands out about it.
    6. Moderately impressive, better than average.
    7. Hmmm… that's really good, you did some nice work there.
    8. Exceptional work, and a lot of attention to detail.
    9. You have got to teach me how you did that.
    10. Wow, why aren't you famous?