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|12th Feb 2017, 5:06 PM||Resource Credits Guidelines #1|
Resource credits are not only a kind way of saying 'thanks!' to the creator of your mesh/texture/artwork, but also encourages them usually to make more! These sorts of resources are an essential part of creating for many Sims creators, and we ask for the creators of these resources to be credited for a few reasons:
Because of this, MTS has the following policy on resource credits:
For this reason, we strongly recommend all uploads provide full attributions and follow all copyright laws and terms of service/creator policies. However, the choice is yours. Uploads without attributions or which do not follow the creator's policy will still be approved, but as mentioned above, they are potentially more vulnerable to copyright claims from the creators of any resources used.
What sort of things count as a resource?
Any creative resource you incorporate into your final CC which was not originally made by you. This most commonly includes images like textures, patterns, wallpapers, logos, and photographs. Any image that you use that wasn't made by you originally. This can also include meshes which you have used, and anything else that fits under the category of "made by someone else".
These guidelines only apply if you:
These guidelines do not apply if you:
How can I tell if a resource is okay to use?
Note: Pinterest, google search images, or any other third party image hosting site do not count as good sites to get your images from since they aren't the original creators of the images.
How do I format credits?
Proper credits need to include three things:
A few things to be aware of
What if I've made my own resources?
If you made all the textures yourself however, please do mention this in your description. If you've hosted the image/texture/mesh you made on another site we would really love to see a link as well!
I made my own work, what should I do?
If you made all the textures yourself, however, please do mention this in your description. If you've hosted the image/texture/mesh you made on another site we would really love to see a link as well!
If you want to know more about this and how to apply this successfully to your description, please scroll down to see our great guide that will certainly help you if in doubt and also has some lovely free goodies as well!
Some correctly formatted credits
Some incorrectly formatted credits:
Help! I can't credit something correctly!
Can't find the source for that awesome texture you downloaded three years ago and stuck in a nameless folder on your desktop? Struggling to get Tumblr links right? Let's see if we can fix that.
Google Image Search
Google Image Search can be a life-saver. You can upload an image from your computer and google will search the internet for pictures that match. It's not flawless, but it can be a great place to start. If you have not renamed the files you downloaded, you can also try copying the filename into a google text search.
Since Tumblr links can be tricky for people to use correctly, a quick mini-tutorial! When crediting a resource that was originally posted on Tumblr, make sure to use a link that permanently leads to the actual post. Pointing your links at tags, or people's main blogs is not ideal because when people post more things the item you want to link to can be lost pretty quickly. However, because many Tumblr blogs have one of numerous custom themes, it can be difficult to find the correct link sometimes. The easiest way to find the permanent link to a Tumblr post on someone's blog is to find the post's date and click on that. Depending on the user's blog theme the date may be formatted as numbers (13/06/2016), a "relative" time (5 months ago) or a normal date (June 13, 2016). You may need to mouse-over the post to make the date come up. Alternately, if you see text which says "permalink" next to the post you want, that should also work.
The correct URL will be formatted in the following manner: "examplesimsblog.tumblr.com/post/14757141951/texture-download". Notice that the blog's name forms the first part of the URL, and that "/post/" followed by a string of numbers makes up the next part. That is what all permanent Tumblr links look like. If the link uses a different format than that, it is not a correct permanent link. Some common examples of incorrect links include things like "examplesimsblog.tumblr.com" or "examplesimsblog.tumblr.com/tagged/textures", both of which are not permanent. If you have a correct permanent link you should be able to see a full list of "notes" (likes and reblogs by other Tumblr users) after the end of the post.
|22nd Feb 2017, 7:09 PM||Free resource sources #2|
Since we here at MTS want to help all creators find wonderful, free-to-use resources, we have a small list of sites which offer great stuff. Obviously there's a lot more stuff out there on the internet, but these sites can be a great starting place. Unless otherwise noted, these websites offer all free content which should be usable in any MTS upload with a proper credit.
Photographs, Artwork, Illustration
Patterns and Textures
Pattern and Texture Generators