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Toiny
09-08-2011, 05:32 AM
This is for everyone who chooses to move on as part of our Second Chance Challenge group. I will also accept, this week only, any participants who missed the opportunity to participate in the NDC 2011.

This is the exact same challenge as all our NDC contestants are being given.

The first round gave you a very difficult palette to work with, a very difficult kit to preview. This round that part is easier. You are being given a preview template, and you must use this preview template to preview your kit.


http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/freebies/thestudio_basicpreview_preview.jpg


Photoshop PSD file (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/freebies/thestudio_basicpreview_psd.zip)
Layered TIFF file (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/freebies/thestudio_basicpreview_tif.zip)


You are also being given a name “Summer Afternoon”, which you must use as your kit name & title. Summer afternoon is also your kit theme. However, the palette is completely up to you! Let us see how a good palette makes the kit.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com<img src=" /><o:p></o:p>

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The preview template does not include a template for the kit title, part of your challenge is to make a fantabulous, eye-catching kit title. I have to say, with every kit I make this is always one of my biggest challenge.

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Round 2 Rules

We are stepping it up a notch, despite being given a preview template, you are doing <I>more</I> this round:


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Your kit must be named: “Summer Afternoon”<o:p></o:p>
Your title must stand out<o:p></o:p>
You must use the provided preview template<o:p></o:p>
Create exactly 6 papers, either jpg or png<o:p></o:p>
Create 20 elements <o:p></o:p>

Include at least 1 cluster<o:p></o:p>
The cluster <I>does not </I>have to be unique<o:p></o:p>

Include a terms of use (TOU) within your zip file(s).<o:p></o:p>
The preview must be 600X600px, 72dpi, and a jpg file. Please post only one preview.
The preview must include all papers, elements, kit name/title and your logo.<o:p></o:p>
Previews must be posted in the Annual Next Designer Contest Gallery: Second Chance 2011: Round 2due September 12, 2011 by 23:59 EST. Include your download links with your preview in the gallery.<o:p></o:p>
Links must be available until September 13, 2011. It is appreciated if they are available until October 1, 2011.

You may use commercial use/designer resource products in the creation of your mini-kit. You may use more than one photo-editing/vector program to create your kit. You may use plug-ins.

Please do not break any copyright laws in this competition--you will be disqualified if you do. Do give credit, as required, to any Commercial Use products you use.<o:p></o:p>

All previews must be posted in the SC2011 Gallery: Second Chance 2011: Round 2.Please post your download links there as well. You may use any outside host including 4shared/rapidshare/boxnet etc. You must use ZIP files only. Do not use RAR. You may blog all you like about the contest.<o:p></o:p>

Voting will be done by theStudio Design & Admin teams <I>only</I>.
Round 2 kit will be due September 12, 2011 by 23:59 EST.
Round 2 results will be posted September 15, 2011 by 6:00 am EST.

I have worked hard to make these rules as clear and easy to understand as possible. However, if you have any questions please post here or PM me. I will take all questions and create a separate round 2 FAQ for everyone to benefit (I will leave your name off).

Good luck!

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lbettis
09-08-2011, 06:40 AM
Understood and thank you for the wonderful challenge.

MozzM
09-08-2011, 07:11 AM
So reading this, I am allowed to take part in this challenge?

mollyscraps
09-08-2011, 07:12 AM
Thanks for the second chance!

Cabalistic
09-08-2011, 07:18 AM
Thanks for the second chance, off to ponder my color palette. :D

Lynn
09-08-2011, 07:22 AM
Thanks for the chance to have another go at this :)

Toiny
09-08-2011, 08:07 AM
Yes, you are. Quite a few people were unable to join in the NDC because of school starting, weather, time constraints, etc. So I am opening this up to anyone.


So reading this, I am allowed to take part in this challenge?

Heatheranne
09-08-2011, 08:13 AM
Thank you very much for the second chance! I'm hyped for it! :-)

kcarlsen
09-08-2011, 01:18 PM
Thanks Toiny... I've already learned so much from Round 1.

SkrapperDigitals
09-08-2011, 03:46 PM
this sounds awesome! i can't wait to see what you girls come up with, great preview template Toiny ;-)

Donna Hinsey
09-08-2011, 04:46 PM
Thanks for the second chance. I cannot get the download to open what am I doing wrong?

MozzM
09-08-2011, 06:03 PM
Excellent, Thank you :)

AlbumstoRemember
09-08-2011, 07:12 PM
I wasn't able to pull anything together in 8 hours after finding out about the first contest, maybe time will allow me to take part in the second chance. We'll see. So far this week has thrown a few curve balls!

MonaLisaK
09-09-2011, 01:50 PM
I wasn't able to use the template, I have photoshop elements 6.0 and on the template there are folders that I cannot get into... ?? Don't know what to do about that. Can anyone help??

Lainey
09-09-2011, 04:29 PM
I wasn't able to use the template, I have photoshop elements 6.0 and on the template there are folders that I cannot get into... ?? Don't know what to do about that. Can anyone help??

PSE doesn't support groups ... try downloading the TIF file which also supports layers and it should work for you.... I have PSE 5 and I was able to successfully use the TIF file.

HTH,
Lainey

Cabalistic
09-09-2011, 10:42 PM
One question...
Are we allowed to modify the preview in any way, meaning the neutral part of it to add our own flair to it or are we supposed to keep it as is and just add our title, etc?

Toiny
09-10-2011, 01:40 AM
No, do not modifiy the preview. I want to see your kit & title shine against the neutral background.

HTH's

One question...
Are we allowed to modify the preview in any way, meaning the neutral part of it to add our own flair to it or are we supposed to keep it as is and just add our title, etc?

Cabalistic
09-10-2011, 05:28 AM
Thank you!

PurpleGoddess
09-10-2011, 07:08 AM
I was looking for the gallery for this. There doesn't seem to be a link for it. Not sure how to find it. I'm loving all the beautiful designs. Everyone has worked so hard. Thank you for having this contest. This is the one I look forward to every year.

Dymple
09-10-2011, 07:20 AM
Yes, I seem to be having a similar problem. I think the gallery is not actually linked like it should be. Maybe this will be fixed up soon. :-)

nma1985
09-10-2011, 09:42 AM
Create exactly 6 papers, either jpg or png

^ anycertain amount have to be pattern/solid?

kimberkatt
09-10-2011, 01:23 PM
Create exactly 6 papers, either jpg or png

^ anycertain amount have to be pattern/solid?

Nope, that's completely up to you :DD But, just a suggestion, a kit really should have at least one solid/semi-solid to offset the patterns ;)

kimberkatt
09-10-2011, 01:25 PM
I was looking for the gallery for this. There doesn't seem to be a link for it. Not sure how to find it. I'm loving all the beautiful designs. Everyone has worked so hard. Thank you for having this contest. This is the one I look forward to every year.

sorry ladies... here is the link to the 2nd chance gallery: http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/g1310-second-chance-2011-3a-round-2.html

vadkins
09-10-2011, 01:44 PM
If you go to the main gallery page, you can also choose: theStudio Special Events (it's a link) --> Birthday Bash 2011 --> Second Chance Design Contest. :) HTH!

PurpleGoddess
09-10-2011, 02:37 PM
Thanks for the info...I'm on my way. Woohoo!!!!

apupplo
09-10-2011, 06:34 PM
When you say no modifications... what about moving the Personal Use wording to the other side.... as I always put my design label in the left hand corner.... no worries if we cannot, I am sure I can find another place for it.

Thanks

Toiny
09-11-2011, 01:37 AM
I think since the words are still there it's not really a change. I noticed another designer did it as well, so I'm going to say YES on this one.


When you say no modifications... what about moving the Personal Use wording to the other side.... as I always put my design label in the left hand corner.... no worries if we cannot, I am sure I can find another place for it.

Thanks

KatyBugScraps
09-11-2011, 01:44 PM
I am going back over elements and really trying to look at each of them with a fine tooth comb. I noticed on one of my elements, there are some slight jaggies. Nothing really noticeable, but I would still rather fix them. Does anyone have a suggestion of the best way to accomplish this. I know that I could just go in and erase, but I'm hoping there is a cleaner way to do this. I'm using PSE, but I also have GIMP (I use it for the pen tool). My hubby has the real photoshop, so I could hop over to his computer. So any techniques that work in the above programs would be very helpful.

Thanks in advance!

jmdt1129
09-11-2011, 02:56 PM
I am going back over elements and really trying to look at each of them with a fine tooth comb. I noticed on one of my elements, there are some slight jaggies. Nothing really noticeable, but I would still rather fix them. Does anyone have a suggestion of the best way to accomplish this. I know that I could just go in and erase, but I'm hoping there is a cleaner way to do this. I'm using PSE, but I also have GIMP (I use it for the pen tool). My hubby has the real photoshop, so I could hop over to his computer. So any techniques that work in the above programs would be very helpful.

Thanks in advance!

In photoshop I would select the element (ctrl/cmd click on the icon in the layer palette), then make sure one of the selection tools is active and click on the refine edge button on the tool bar. Play around with the settings in the dialogue box, but you'll probably need to contract the selection slightly and adjust the smoothing slider. Not sure which version of Photoshop introduced this command, but I have CS4 and it's in there. Not sure if anything similar is available in PSE or GIMP.

Hope this helps (and that I've explained clearly!!)

Oops... forgot to add, once you're happy with the new selection (which should be slightly smaller than the original), invert the selection and delete. Jaggies should then be gone.

Janis

kimberkatt
09-11-2011, 03:33 PM
Thanks Janice! That's how I do it, too... I believe PSE does have the refine edge feature, it's under the select menu ;)

KatyBugScraps
09-11-2011, 04:00 PM
Thanks! That worked perfectly. I did have that option in PSE.


In photoshop I would select the element (ctrl/cmd click on the icon in the layer palette), then make sure one of the selection tools is active and click on the refine edge button on the tool bar. Play around with the settings in the dialogue box, but you'll probably need to contract the selection slightly and adjust the smoothing slider. Not sure which version of Photoshop introduced this command, but I have CS4 and it's in there. Not sure if anything similar is available in PSE or GIMP.

Hope this helps (and that I've explained clearly!!)

Oops... forgot to add, once you're happy with the new selection (which should be slightly smaller than the original), invert the selection and delete. Jaggies should then be gone.

Janis

jmdt1129
09-11-2011, 04:44 PM
Glad refine edge worked -- and that it's included in PSE!!

KatyBugScraps
09-11-2011, 06:11 PM
When you use the pen tool to make a shape in ps on the curved sections at 100% zoom, the line has a slightly rough jaggy edge to it. It can be fixed using the above technique, but I did not know if that is considered a jaggy or is that just normal.

ksunstar
09-11-2011, 11:38 PM
http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn17/ksunstar/SCD_SummerAfternoon_Preview600px.jpg

Hello Everyone,

I decided to jump back on the horse and try for the Second Chance Challenge. Thank you to everyone who encouraged me to not be distressed and to never give up!

Thank you for the preview template and the challenge. Every kit I make teaches me something new.

Kristina

kcarlsen
09-12-2011, 01:30 AM
Here's my Summer Afternoon mini for the 2nd chance competition. Thanks Toiny for giving us an option to continue. Whatever the outcome, it's great experience for all of us! Good Luck everyone!

http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/data/1310/klc_Summer_Afternoon_mini_preview_web.jpg
http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/data/1310/klc_Summer_Afternoon_mini_preview_web.jpg

Lizard Dau Designs
09-12-2011, 04:44 AM
oooooh i am trying to get my kit finished in time....got almost all of the ellies done..and the papers..will be up late tonight...can i be a little late getting it in???..pretty please...cheers liz...i am late cause of me..i was soo undecided about this that i of course left it to the last minute!!! DUH!!!

Lizard Dau Designs
09-12-2011, 06:36 AM
yay all done..now to do the preview and qc stuff...cheers liz

Ashkenazi
09-12-2011, 07:44 AM
Got it right this time...What a Was l am...

http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/data/1310/KCS_SA_Preview1.jpg

good luck everyone...
Lynne

:)):))

kimberkatt
09-12-2011, 08:15 AM
You guys are absolutely awesome! <3 I am so psyched to see so many of you taking on the Second Chance, these are great kits!! :DD

itsjanw
09-12-2011, 01:37 PM
Hi Ya'll,
I was unable to join in the original contest so I saw I could jump in to this Second Chance. I home school my 3 youngest sons and we just started school. Our first High School year, an extra challenge. So here is my preview and link:
http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/data/1310/LJSD_SA_preview.jpg
Link to Gallery (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/member-galleries/p82927-summer-afternoonlaurel-janette-scrapbook-designs.html)

Everyone has done a wonderful job!!

Ambowife Designs
09-12-2011, 06:17 PM
wow you all did an amazing job so far this week. I have just been through the gallery and it looks so summery in there I think I'll have to wear my shades!! super job everyone and best of luck!

KatyBugScraps
09-12-2011, 08:23 PM
Just curious how the Second Chance category will work. Will there be eliminations? Can people join in each week?

Thanks!

Lizard Dau Designs
09-12-2011, 09:17 PM
i must say guys that the kits in the gallery are just ooooooooooozing with talent..we have certainly stepped up to the mark and equalled and excelled over what the rest have done at the very least...this is my opinion...i am soooooooo chuffed to be here with you all..many thanks for the wonderful comments and to myra for working with my kit..i soo love your pages hun!!...cheers liz

Heatheranne
09-12-2011, 09:33 PM
I haven't had a chance to look through the gallery yet, so will look through it tomorrow. I've just uploaded my kit (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/second-chance-2011-3a-round-2/p82985-haw-summerafternoon-mini.html) and now, I'm going to bed. Goodnight! :-)

katlen124
09-12-2011, 10:50 PM
I was off/on about participating ... and decided to go for it ... I really want the lessons.
uploading now :((

the paradox is the best here, probably doesn't need lessons.

nma1985
09-12-2011, 10:55 PM
http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/data/1310/wk2preview.jpg (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/second-chance-2011-3a-round-2/p82996-summer-afternoon.html)

Ugh The preview is the hardest part

Toiny
09-12-2011, 11:09 PM
That's it! Our first round of the Second Chance contest is now over. Well done!

Toiny
09-12-2011, 11:14 PM
It will be elimination like the NDC. It is no longer open to new people to join.


Just curious how the Second Chance category will work. Will there be eliminations? Can people join in each week?

Thanks!

MozzM
09-13-2011, 01:43 AM
Good luck ladies.. Some lovely entries in the gallery.. I shall still finish mine off.. Granddaughter came and that did working on the kit lol... :)

katlen124
09-14-2011, 03:36 AM
I count about 20 entries ... does that mean 10 go to the next round?

Ambowife Designs
09-14-2011, 05:34 AM
I'd assume it's the same as the NDC, but Toiny will let you know, she's out doing chores today though so it might not be till tonight that she will get back to you all about this.

Toiny
09-14-2011, 09:34 AM
Probably. I'm going to see where the vote lands, a tie will decide if it's more or less. I know that is really, really mean to keep you all on edge until tomorrow morning.

:XX

I count about 20 entries ... does that mean 10 go to the next round?