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Outsourcers Looking for Work - Guidelines

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Welcome to our a brand new section, dedicated to outsource studios! We hope this makes it easier for employers to find studios vs. sole proprietors, each of which have their place in the art marketplace. Please reply here with suggestions or ideas, we'd love to hear from you. 

Outsourcers Looking for Work - Guidelines

This forum provides a place for outsource studios or groups of artists to post links to their portfolios, and a few examples of their work. This is also a good place for potential employers to ask questions of a particular group.

If you are an individual artist, create your portfolio topic in Artists Looking for Work instead.

We have a few simple guidelines to follow here to cut down on the clutter and keep this professional.
  1. This section is only for content creators to advertise their availability for work. Job openings must be posted in the other forum sections: Full Time/Part Time, Freelance, Royalties, or Collab/Unpaid .
  2. Show visual examples of your artwork, as images directly in your thread. Feel free to also include links to your portfolio sites, but your thread needs to contain at least one image of your work. This makes life easier for potential clients.
  3. Do not spam. Post your ad once. If it falls off the page and you would like to bump it, that's fine as long as you have new work to show. DO NOT bump your thread if you aren't showing any *NEW* artwork. Provide something in your post besides "Just a bump" or "I'm available". Post a new piece of art in your reply. The point of this rule is to discourage empty "bump" posts, because without the rule the forum becomes a mess of one-upmanship threads. That makes it more of a hassle for clients to review, because there's so much junk to wade through.
  4. Do not reply in someone's thread unless you have a relevant question which informs everyone, i.e. Are you currently available?", "Do you have experience with software X?" etc. Don't ask questions which only apply to your situation. Use the Send Message system, or email, to contact someone for work.
  5. Potential clients should not post images from their projects, info selling themselves, or links to their projects in an outsourcer's thread. If you want to hire a studio, email or Send Message them directly. Discussing work/payment details in a public forum is highly unprofessional.
  6. This is not a place to critique/comment on other people's work, these sort of responses need to be kept in Showcase & Critique. If you have a comment for someone, use Send Message.
  7. If you are a new user posting and do not see your thread, feel free send an email to [email protected] and we will make sure it gets approved. We have an anti-spam filter in place to catch all the nonsense and viagra ads that somehow always seem to end up here. If you do not see your thread after posting, do not post multiple threads, just contact the helpdesk.
  8. If you see someone breaking these guidelines, we encourage you to use the Flag > Report button. This sends a message to the moderators, who will look into the post and decide whether it needs moderation.

    Make Your Artwork Easy to View

    Please be considerate of our viewers on mobile. Also, the longer people have to wait for your images to load, the less likely your work is going to be seen.
    • If your images are more than 1MB each, they're too big.
    • Downsize your images to 1600 or less before attaching or embedding.
    • JPG compression level 8 is a good tradeoff in size vs. quality.
    • PNG format often makes very large image files. PNG makes huge files unless you have large areas of empty flat color; best to avoid PNG. Saving a JPG at level 8 converts a 8MB PNG down to a 128kb JPG, and looks virtually identical.
    • It's also a good idea to brand your images, so people who download or share your images can find you later. For more info see Your Portfolio Repels Jobs and the wiki Portfolio page.
    • We don't use BBCode tags here, like [IMG]. Just use the Insert Image button (which looks like a landscape picture ).

    Embedding Images

    There are three ways to embed an image in your post:

    1. Drag-n-drop: Save your image onto your computer hard drive, open the folder where the image is, edit your Polycount post, and drag the image from your computer folder into your post editing field.
    - or 
    2. Upload: Save your image onto your computer hard drive, edit your Polycount post, click on the Insert Image button (landscape icon ), click on Choose Files, find the image in the folder on your computer, click OK. 
    - or -
    3. Host elsewhere: Upload your image to the web host somewhere, like Imgur etc. Copy the full URL of the image. This URL must start with http: and end with the image extension, .jpg or .gif or .png (we recommend jpg). For example: http://i.imgur.com/qobP07W.jpg You can usually get this URL by right-clicking on a web image and choosing "Copy Image Address" or similar, each web browser is slightly different. Then edit your Polycount post, click on the Insert Image button (landscape icon ), and paste your image URL. 

    More important information about using Polycount:
    Information about Polycount & New member introductions 

    If you have any questions about this section feel free to ask in this thread.
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