How to Create a Tutorial for PaigeeWorld
So you want to create a PaigeeWorld tutorial? Many of the artists on PaigeeWorld have contributed to our community by creating tutorials! Hundreds of tutorials have been accepted and placed in the Store. Getting your tutorial accepted can be tricky, but this will help you along your journey to tutorial creating success!
All tutorials have to be formatted in a very specific way for the PaigeeWorld Store. Most tutorials are rejected because they aren’t formatted right – this is one of the most difficult parts of submitting a tutorial, and this is where we will help you!
Anyone can submit a tutorial for review, however not all are accepted. Please follow the instructions and tips found below before submitting a tutorial.
Why do People Submit Tutorials
Submitting a tutorial can help you get noticed in the community and may help your fellow artists grow and improve! In the coming years PaigeeWorld may have millions of members – having your tutorial on PaigeeWorld gives you lots of exposure to all of our members and helps them grow from your tips and techniques!
Here are some of the benefits:
- An opportunity for your art to be displayed on PaigeeWorld for thousands of artists to see.
- Add to your art portfolio- you can use your tutorial as part of your portfolio.
- Show off your unique skills and techniques, while helping others with new drawing techniques and materials.
- An opportunity to reach members of the community, and increase your followers.
- An opportunity to help others learn how to draw!
Tools you need
You will require the following tools to create a tutorial for PaigeeWorld:
- Drawing utensils- Pencils, markers, fineliners, etc. (For traditional tutorials.)
- A digital editing program- Photoshop, Paint Tool Sai, etc. (For all tutorials.)
- Scanner (For traditional tutorials.)
A digital editing program is required for digital and traditional tutorials. All traditional tutorials MUST be scanned and digitally edited to be considered for the PaigeeWorld application. If a traditional tutorial is not scanned and digitally edited it will NOT be accepted.
What a finished tutorial needs
When a tutorial is finished, email it to email@example.com. Creation of these components is covered in the rest of this tutorial.
- Your information, including: Your name (First, Last is optional), your PaigeeWorld username, the name of the character you drew (if applicable), the name of your tutorial, which will be used as the name in the Store, and a brief description of what your tutorial is of.
- Detailed Microsoft Word document, Google Doc link, or Adobe PDF file with the instructions for each step of the tutorial and tools used for each step of the tutorial. If you are creating a digital tutorial, please include the specific brush settings for each brush used. We want these tutorials to be helpful and easy to the community to follow.
- Images of each step of the tutorial, in either .png or .jpg format. These images MUST be formatted properly.
- Tutorial thumbnail. This is the square image that will be used to represent your tutorial in the Store.
Tutorial Image Sizes
All tutorial step images need to be in the following size: 928 x 1392 pixels. Your tutorial thumbnail needs to be 480 x 480 pixels.
A detailed description of what you need to do to create your tutorial images are described in this document / tutorial.
Tutorial Tools and Instructions Document
All tutorials must be submitted with a document containing all tools, brush settings, (if applicable), and instructions for each step of the tutorial. The example below shows that screenshots of the brush settings have been included in each step image. That is acceptable as well, as long as it is easy to read.
The example below shows what a properly formatted digital tutorial will have: an image, as well as the step instructions and tools to go with it. Including your brush settings as a screenshot in the step image is optional.
*Example images and steps taken from How to draw Kaichi tutorial from Paigeeworld/Deviantart user Pinlin. Permission was given by artist.
Step 1 – Instructions:
Sketch the basic shape of the head and neck. Male faces have a sharp jawline. Don’t forget the cheeks, it’s slightly curved but not a straight line. For a masculine look, draw a thick neck.
Step 1 – Tools:
Brush, 75% opacity
Step 2 – Instructions
Sketch the rest of the head by adding hair and face. I personally prefer a messy hairstyle. Hair strands are not 100% flat, so draw them in different directions. Also vary the thickness, so it looks more natural. Older male characters have a slimmer eye. It doesn’t have to look perfect, we can fix it later in the line art.
Step 2 – Tools
Brush, 75% opacity
Step 6 – Instructions
Use the blur tool to blur the edges for a soft gradient. For the nose I use the watercolor brush and gently stroke upwards.
Step 6– Tools
Brush, Watercolor Brush
Complete all Steps.
Tutorial Example Process
There are multiple ways to create a tutorial for PaigeeWorld. Contributing artists use many different techniques. The process below is the technique that many artists use when they create a tutorial for the application.
Step 1: Draw the first step of your tutorial. For traditional tutorials this is typically done in pencil. Make sure you do not include too many things in a single step. The purpose of the tutorial is to help other artists duplicate the tutorial, or learn new drawing tips. If there are too many steps per image, it may be too difficult for another member to follow.
Note: Some tutorials stress sketching, others finelining, others basic tips, and others coloring. It is acceptable to skim these sections if your tutorial has detailed steps on an individual component of the drawing.
Step 2: Scan the image you just created with your scanner. When naming the file, make it something easy to understand. Example: Nyan Step 1.jpg
Step 3: Write down the tools you used for the step. If you are doing a digital tutorial, please include the brush name, and brush settings. If desired, you may include a screenshot of your brush settings in the step image. Example: Pencil, Eraser. OR (for digital), Watercolor brush, 9px, full opacity.
Step 4: Write down the instructions for the step. Example: Sketch the basic shape of the head and neck. Male faces have a sharp jawline. Don’t forget the cheeks, it’s slightly curved but not a straight line. For a masculine look, draw a thick neck.
Now, repeat the previous 4 steps until you complete your drawing.
Step 5: Create a Word document, Google Doc, or an Adobe PDF file with all of the instructions for each step. Please see examples above.
Step 6: Editing your traditional tutorial images. (If applicable)
- Start PhotoShop or PhotoShop Elements. Note: You can use any digital editor, but the instructions may be slightly different.
- Create a new file. The new file should be 928 x 1392 pixels.Name the file the name of your tutorial and the step number that it is. IE: Nyan Step 1
- Open your scanned in PhotoShop. Your drawing dimensions will most likely be different from the 928×1392. Crop your image so the entire image is just your drawing.
- Remove all white space* from the drawing using the magic wand tool. for sketches and finelining steps, unselect contiguous. For coloring steps, select “contiguous” when you use the magic wand.
*White space refers to the areas of the paper you have not drawn on- inside and outside your drawing. This is important to making sure your tutorial processes right.
- Adjust colors. Click on Adjustments. Click on Levels. Adjust the color levels to brighten your images as desired.
- Now it is time to make size adjustments. Resize your drawing so that either the height or width is the maximum size, while the remaining measurement is less than the maximum size. Make sure “Constrain Proportions” is selected when you resize. If you do not, your drawing will not look proper. Please see current available tutorials in the Paigee Store for examples of correct size proportions.
- Copy and paste. Select, then copy and paste your scanned and edited drawing onto the blank canvas you made in step B.
- Save the file in PSD and in JPG format. The PSD file is your original- hold onto it in case you need to make changes. The JPG file is the file you send to PaigeeWorld.
- Go to Step B and repeat for all images. For every new step, the step number will increase by 1. For example, Nyan Step 2 would be the second image. Nyan Step 3 would be third, etc…
Step 7: Create your emails, attach your step images, thumbnail image, and instructions document or link, and send to firstname.lastname@example.org (Please see email formatting instructions below.) We will respond to your email to let you know if it was received and accepted or rejected.
Sending in your tutorial! (Example)
Send to: email@example.com
Subject: [TUTORIAL NAME] Tutorial by [PaigeeWorld Username]*
*[PaigeeWorld Username] is your PaigeeWorld username. [TUTORIAL NAME] is the title of your tutorial.
My Name: Jane Doe (Can be first and last name, or just first name)
My PaigeeWorld Username: Pinlin
Name of tutorial: How to Draw Kaichi
Character in Tutorial: Kaichi
Description of tutorial: Pinlin has created a 17 step tutorial for you with a detailed description in each step. It is done digitally in Paint Tool SAI, but works traditionally as well. Try out this unique style!
Tools / Supplies for entire tutorial:
(List all of your tools / supplies for the entire tutorial. If the tutorial is digital, do not worry about this. Just make sure you provide accurate brush and brush setting information in your step instructions, or as screenshots in the actual step, as seen in the example tutorial above.)
Attach the following document:
Tools and instructions for every step as detailed above. This can be a Microsoft Word Document or Adobe PDF file, or a Google Doc link.
Attach all images.
Images must be in JPG or PNG format. All images must be formatted appropriately. You must include all 928×1392 tutorial step images, as well as one tutorial thumbnail sized 480×480.
***Important Note*** The Maximum email size we can accept is 15Mb. MOST tutorials will not fit in 1 email. Break down your tutorial into multiple emails to submit. If we do not receive all steps, images, or files, your tutorial will not be accepted.
Here are some of the common mistakes when submitting a tutorial.
- Not all images are included in the email messages.
- Email messages are larger than 15Mb.
- We do not receive all emails submitted and tutorial is rejected. (Send multiple emails)
- Images are NOT formatted properly.
- Image dimensions are wrong.
- White space is not removed. (To be explained below.)
- Character does not fit the page (too small), etc..
- We do not receive a complete set of instructions for each step.
- We do not receive a complete set of tools for each step.
- Tools and Instructions do not match the images submitted.
- Tutorials are not complete.
- Tutorials are rushed and do not meet the quality guidelines. (I.e: traced images, messy or sloppy coloring or lineart, smudges etc)
- Large amounts of spelling and grammar mistakes.
Please do not attempt a tutorial unless you feel you can create a tutorial as good or better than the tutorials that already exist on PaigeeWorld. In the future, existing tutorials will be replaced as the submissions to PaigeeWorld improve in quality.
PaigeeWorld is looking for a wide variety of tutorials. You can use almost any medium including, but not limited to:
- Colored pencils
- Digital drawing programs
PaigeeWorld is looking for a wide variety of tutorials. Tutorials DO NOT have to be manga related. We are currently accepting tutorials for:
- Basics: Anatomy, color theory, composition, etc.
- Realism / Portraits
- Abstract / Alternative
- Manga / Anime
Tutorial Characters / Subjects
There is lots of freedom when creating a tutorial for PaigeeWorld. We are accepting tutorials of all styles and subjects, whilst still following the Paigeeworld rules. If you are submitting a copyrighted character tutorial, the tutorial may NOT be in the copyrighted style. I.e., a Princess Jasmine tutorial may not be submitted in the Disney style. It must be in your own style.
Artists are encouraged to create a youtube speedpaint to go alongside their submitted tutorial. When submitting the speedpaint to Youtube, you must include PaigeeWorld in the description of the Youtube upload. PaigeeDraw / PaigeeWorld may promote your youtube video to the PaigeeWorld community if the video also promotes the PaigeeWorld community in return.
If a number of your tutorials are selected for the app, you could get the chance to have your tutorials featured in your own Contributing Artist section! You may also get the chance to have other members earn a “PaigeePin” designed by you for unlocking your tutorials.
- All tutorials must have a minimum of 9 steps for full character or chibi tutorials. (Maximum 40). Every individual step must be submitted with all tools used to complete each step. Full instructions must also be included to complete each step. (Please reference the PaigeeWorld app or website for examples.)
- All drawings must be colored. With the exception of drawings that are “Colored” black and white or greyscale.
- As PaigeeDraw is a site for all ages, age appropriate tutorials must be submitted. We reserve the right to refuse drawings that may not be suitable for all ages.
- Must not use other individuals copyrighted works in your tutorial.
- Must not copy / trace other individuals characters or original works.
- All submitted tutorials will be the property of Paigee Draw Inc.. Credit will be given to the artist based on the information received with the tutorial submission.
- By submitting drawings, instructions, and any other content to PaigeeDraw, you grant PaigeeDraw an irrevocable, perpetual, sole, transferable, royalty-free, sub-licensable, worldwide license to use, copy, publicly display, reformat, translate, excerpt (in whole or in part) and distribute all content you have submitted for any purpose, commercial, advertising, or otherwise (the “IP License”).