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Next Designer Contest 2013
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Round 1: Starts September 2, 6:00 am Ends September 7, 23:59 pm
Round 2: Starts September 9, 6:00 am Ends September 14, 23:59 pm
Round 3: Starts September 16, 6:00 am Ends September 21, 23:59 pm
Round 4: Starts September 23, 6:00 am Ends September 28, 23:59 pm

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Old 09-16-2013, 05:01 AM
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From the Piggy NDC Week 3: Stay-cation

Hello ALL!

Week 2 was amazing! I loved all the different takes on the beach, all the different color palettes and all the fantabulous mini's. It is truly wonderous how many different type of beaches there are out there.

It is now time for Round 3 of the annual Next Designer Competition here at theStudio.

A quick reminder, everyone is welcome. This door does not close until Round 2 submissions are in: September 21, 2013 at midnight (EST). New this year: all rounds are NON-elimination.

Non-elimination means you can join in every week, just one week, or 2-3 weeks. Everyone is eligible for prizes with a fresh, clean slate weekly.

We have a brandnew, full-size, commercial use participation prize every week. Simply have your submission in by the deadline to qualify. I will PM participation prizes at the start of each new week.

Voting & Prize Structure
Voting will be both public & private. Public voting will be for registered forum participants only. Private voting will be for theStudio Admin & Design teams only.

Public voting will determine both the First & Second Runner-Ups weekly.

Private voting will determine the Weekly Winner.

The Top Three will win a brand-new, full-size, commercial use grab bag.

The Weekly Winner also wins a $50 commercial use gift certificate to theStudio, as well as Guest Designer offer at theStudio.

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Round 3 Challenge
Create a mini kit, using the same theme, your own palette. This year the theme is all about travel. This week your theme is a Stay-cation. With the downturn in our economies, Stay-cations have become more & more popular. Quite simply, this is taking time off but staying at home.

This is your chance to show off what is great about your town/village/city. Use local scenery for inspiration, local tidbits for elements & papers. Whether it's an amusement park nearby, a trail you like to hike, or lounging in the backyard, this Stay-cation is all about you & your neighborhood.

The Rules:
Use any local activity or place to create your own palette & your own Stay-cation theme. Use the word Stay-cation in your mini, but add your unique spin to truly make it yours.


Your mini-kit must include:
  • At least 5 papers; either jpg or png
  • At least 12 elements, no duplicates or recolors
  • Include a terms of use (TOU) within your zip file(s)
  • The preview must be 600X600px, 72dpi, and a jpg file
  • The preview must include all papers, elements, kit name, your logo
  • Previews must be posted in the Next Designer Contest 2013; NDC Week 3 Gallery by September 21, 2013 by 23:59 EST
  • Include your download links with your preview in the gallery.
  • Links must be available until September 23, 2013. It is appreciated if they are available until October 1, 2013.
You may not 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 list these in your credits.

Please do not break any copyright laws in this competition this is important even when creating your own CU--you will be disqualified if you do.

All previews must be posted in the Next Designer Contest 2013; NDC Week 3 Gallery. 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.

Voting will be done privately by theStudio Design & Admin teams only.
  • Round 3 kit will be due September 21, 2013 by 23:59 EST.
  • Round 3 results will be posted September 23, 2013 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.

Good luck!

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Old 09-16-2013, 05:16 AM
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Default Re: NDC Week 3: Stay-cation

Ok, got that! Sounds a real challenge to me so how on earth shall I sleep tonight - it's 8:15 p.m. Monday night right now here where I live in Australia. Maybe if I can get to sleep and sleep on it, ideas will come...
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Old 09-16-2013, 05:29 AM
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OMG! Great challenge! Hope the time will be enough to create...
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Old 09-16-2013, 05:31 AM
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Yes, the best ideas come during sleep time!

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Ok, got that! Sounds a real challenge to me so how on earth shall I sleep tonight - it's 8:15 p.m. Monday night right now here where I live in Australia. Maybe if I can get to sleep and sleep on it, ideas will come...
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Old 09-16-2013, 05:36 AM
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Ok, got that! Sounds a real challenge to me so how on earth shall I sleep tonight - it's 8:15 p.m. Monday night right now here where I live in Australia. Maybe if I can get to sleep and sleep on it, ideas will come...
I've been waiting all evening too! We have school holidays coming up so I am inspired!
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Old 09-16-2013, 05:37 AM
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Our church is going down to the lake ... in 2 weeks ... wish I had some of those pics now ..
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Old 09-16-2013, 06:06 AM
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the rule say "Use the word Stay-cation in your mini" - does this mean in the title or can we make word art?
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Old 09-16-2013, 06:09 AM
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Oh..how you challenge us...already rubbing my forehead! lol
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Old 09-16-2013, 06:33 AM
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I would do both LOL. Either is fine. I deliberately didn't insist it be used as part of the title, I don't want to limit creativity, but I think it easily identifies your mini as a candidate in this weeks NDC if you use it in the title.

Hmmmm run-on sentence alert! I need more coffee today.



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Old 09-16-2013, 06:34 AM
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Sounds like a great challenge I am looking forward to seeing what you all come up with!
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Old 09-16-2013, 06:45 AM
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Can I use CU and CU4CU Photoshop brushes?
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Old 09-16-2013, 07:31 AM
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And i can't wait to download all the goodness
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Are brushes allowed???
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Old 09-16-2013, 08:56 AM
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Default Re: NDC Week 3: Stay-cation

Nice challenge this week. I have a doubt, we need put in preview (again)the photo that inspired us or only the colors?
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Can we use CU photoshop actions?
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Old 09-16-2013, 09:48 AM
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Default Re: NDC Week 3: Stay-cation

I live in Mexico, so stay-cation can be translated to spanish?
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Old 09-16-2013, 10:03 AM
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My problem is what to pick ... here in the Ottawa Valley we have so many festivals and local fairs and spots to discover ... hmmmm .... gotta get the thinking cap on
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Old 09-16-2013, 10:22 AM
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Default Re: NDC Week 3: Stay-cation

Would brushes, custom shapes, actions, etc be considered plug ins or be used? I'm a little confused by the instructions.
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Old 09-16-2013, 10:35 AM
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Silly question????? What are considered plug-ins? Oops, should have read the previous posts, sorry.
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Old 09-16-2013, 10:39 AM
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Default Re: NDC Week 3: Stay-cation

Photoshop does use "plug ins" which I still don't know much about but I know a lot of designers DO consider other Photoshop tools as plug ins as well. So there obviously seems to be a lot of confusion going on. LOL

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