Monday, 27 April 2015

learn : challenge wall hints and tips

Welcome, members! Here you will find tips, hints and tricks on some of the technical aspects of our Facebook Group. We hope it's helpful!

Search the Challenge Wall

To search for images on the Challenge wall, you will need to be at a desk top computer as the phone App interface doesn't have this feature. You will find the search field at the top right of the wall. Simply type in a keyword (like a name or theme, though recommend using as few keywords as possible) and click on the magnifying glass. It will then order the images that have that key word.

Please be aware that Facebook is glitchy and that not all images will load. You may also need to scroll for a very long time to find posts, as we have many many  thousands of posts on this wall.

Type key words in here and click on the magnifying glass.

Create a Photo Album

You may like to add your weekly illustrations to your own Challenge photo album. To create an album, you will need to be on a desk top computer to see the tabs.

Click on 'Photos' tab.

Click on Photos tab
To initially set up the album, you will need to click on the 'Create album' tab. You only need to do this once, in order to upload your first illustration.

You only need to 'create a new album once

Click on 'Add Photo' button to upload your images. Here, you'll notice you can give your album a name (eg: Nicky Johnston 2015 Challenge Illustrations). You also are able to add the week and theme to each individual photo. To add more photos, click on the 'Add More Photos' tab.

Add album name - add week and theme to you photos - add more photos

Once your album is set up, you find your album in the Photos >> Albums section, and then click on the 'Add photos' tab to add more.

find your album - then 'add photos'
PLEASE NOTE: You cannot upload your photos to an album and then just 'share' them to the wall. We don't allow sharing from anywhere, including albums. So you'll need to upload your image to the wall as per usual, then upload it separately to your album.

Find the 'Pinned Post' on your phone or iPad

The 'pinned post' on a desk top computer is located at the top of the Challenge wall. It contains ALL RULES, weekly themes, dates and other vital information. To read, just click on 'continue reading' for the entire post to be visible.

This is what it looks like on desk top computer

To find this same information on your phone/iPad, it will look like this ...

Click on the arrow to view the 'pinned post'

Then you will see the green image 'Welcome to the CHALLENGE....' and you will need to click on 'continue reading'. The entire post will then be visible on your device. It is rather long so you will need to scroll down to read it all.

Click on 'continue reading' to the entire post to be visible.

Lighten and Crop your Images

In order to have the images on the Challenge wall looking beautiful, we ask that you crop and lighten your photos if they appear dark. We feel strongly about retaining a beautiful Challenge wall--and we also feel it's important for your work to look its best.

Photos of your illustrations should be taken front-on, cropping out any background so we can see your image in full. They should then be lightened by adjusting midtones. Auto-correcting images is also a great way to lighten.

There is a blog post in details as to how to do it HERE, it also lists a variety of photo editing Apps and software (both free and purchased) so please do check it out.

If you have any other questions you need answered or tips on doing things better, please don't hesitate to message admin on the Challenge wall.


Happy creating!

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