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Frequently Asked Questions
What is Art Theft and why is it so serious?

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What are those images above our names?
Those are "poses" or "avatars" - your image that is used to represent you. We want everyone to express themselves as much as possible, so we encourage everyone to be creative, unique, and be yourself. That's why we allow you to upload your own poses. However, there are rules and guidelines you need to abide by when uploading your pose.
I want a pose of my own! How?
To obtain a pose, you can do 1 of 4 things. You may create your own, pay someone else to make you one(called "Customs"), buy a pose someone is selling(called "Premades"), or use a free pose that someone else has labeled as free for all(called "Freebies"). Once you have your pose, you upload it. (check the pose uploading tutorial for help). Once you've properly uploaded your pose, sit back and relax. The Art Review Team checks poses constantly, and chances are your pose will be reviewed within a day or two, if not within hours. However, poses can be held up to about a week if it is under discussion.
What are the requirements and limitations for a pose?


File Type (back)
Only .GIF and .PNG poses are acceptable. Currently we do not accept animated .GIFs. The maximum file size is 100 KB (102,400 bytes).
Pose Transparency (back)
The background must be transparent, or "see-through/invisible". To do this it must be a different color from any color within the pose itself. Some programs will allow you to set the transparency, and others will delete colors entirely. If you upload a pose with an opaque background, or if any of the colors within the pose are also transparent, it will not be acceptable.
Mirroring (back)
All poses(excluding AFK poses) must always be mirrored. By this we mean, you upload a left facing pose and a right facing pose. You simply have to flip the image - it does not need to be redrawn. This allows you to "Turn Around" in-chat.
Cleaning (back)
Poses with loose pixels(pixels outside of the pose) will not be accepted. Even 1 loose pixel is enough to have a pose rejected. In some cases, loose pixels may go along with the pose(fleas, shadow, fading effect, smoke effect, pose noticing loose pixels, etc.). Then and then only are they acceptable.
PG-13 Rule (back)
Adult or overly suggestive poses are not accepted on Cats Paw Island.
Size Standards (back)
All poses must be within a certain size limit. These limits are both physical pixel limits as well as more subjective limits which take into consideration the avatar species and how the avatar is posed.

If an avatar is too large or too small, it will look bad in the chat. Poses must be at least 25 pixels in height and width. They can't be more than 600 pixels in height or in width. PLEASE NOTE that images for most creatures (wolves, tigers, bears, etc) would be considerably smaller than the 600 pixel limit, and they would probably be less than 350 pixels in height / width.

These charts display the more subjective limits of our sizing standards:

Domestic/Wild Felines:


Feral Wolves:


Anthro:


As mentioned previously, avatar sizes are somewhat subjective. For example, different types of felines will vary in size. Also, though your pose is within the max size height, it may be proportionally too big. Make sure your pose isn't too bulky and certain areas aren't too large!

The MAXIMUM pixel size is 600 by 600 but most critters will be about half of that (at most 300 pixels in height or widthg). The MINIMUM pixel size is 25 by 25 and should be used for teensy things like bugs, pixies, etc.
Shading and Highlighting (back)
Although Cats Paw Island does not require shading, if you do try it, please follow these guidelines below. The purpose is to give the appearance of weight and depth. You must have at least one layer of shading (darkened areas). Highlights are not required, but highly encouraged to keep your pose from looking flat. Shading must coincide with where the light would and would not shine. Randomly placing shadows on your pose, without regard to where the light is coming from will not be accepted. If you put thought into where the light would and would not hit, you should have very little problems with your poses being accepted.
Color Schemes (back)
Poses are allowed to be solid color. They do not have to have additional colors, because your character may happen to be all white. You are allowed to have markings from different animals. Excessive coloring, however, is frowned upon. For instance, you cannot have a solid rainbow avatar.
Pose Outline (back)
All poses must have a solid, dark, natural outline. It is generally recommended that the outline is either black, very dark grey, or a dark shade color of the pose it's around. Lighter outlines are not preferred as they tend to appear to have a halo effect.

Acceptable Outlines:


Unacceptable Outlines:


no outline, doesn't blend

outline is too light

color of outline doesn't match edges of the pose (white outlining black)

color of outline doesn't match pose at all

broken/incomplete outline
Personal Preferences (back)
Everyone has their own drawing style. This is perfectly understandable. However, keep in mind that there are set anatomy and physical limitations. That being true, your style may be unacceptable at times, and need to be adjusted to comply with our standards.
Offensive Material (back)
Anything offensive will not be accepted. This includes obscene jestures, hate symbols, and the like.
Blood/Gore (back)
Bloody poses, rotting poses, morbid poses, and gorey poses, are only acceptable during Halloween. After the holiday they are removed from everyone's pose list. A small amount of blood is acceptable. Any sort of wounds that appear self-inflicted are not acceptable. An exception is “clean” zombie poses (ie: they cannot have flesh, blood, gore, or any other type of disturbing imagery).
Aesthetic Quality (back)
We strongly encourage proper anatomy. There are several good tutorials on our forum, as well as other sites, such as DeviantArt. While it doesn't have to be perfect, please realize that the better the anatomy, the easier it will be to determine the species. We allow many species on Cats Paw Island, but most are restricted to private rooms. If we can't tell what species it is supposed to be, it will be rejected.
Modifications (back)
All poses must appear 80% of an acceptable species. Usually up to 2 major mods are acceptable. If it's an extreme mod, where it is hard to determine if there is still any remaining acceptable species in the pose, it usually isn't acceptable. Some mods do not go over well and are unacceptable, such as taurs, wolves with beaks, etc..
Props (back)
Most props are acceptable. Weapons are allowed as long as they aren't held in a threatening manner, except on Halloween.

Acceptable Props:

signs
plushies
most small pets
simple thought bubbles
any appropriate items
Unacceptable Props:


large vehicles
speech bubbles
any inappropriate items
Plushies (back)
You are allowed to either be a plushie, or have plushies in your poses. Plushes must be clearly inanimate or they will be rejected. The easiest way to achieve this is adding stitches. There is no limit on the number of plushies allowed in a pose.
Mounts (back)
Mounts are acceptable, but try not to go overboard. The creature must be being ridden or otherwise clearly look like a mount. Acceptable mounts would be horses, small dragons, etc..
Pets (back)
Large domestic pets are acceptable on Cats Paw Island, such as a domestic dog or cat. If it's a small pet, there is no limit to how many you can have in a pose. Larger pets should be limited to 2 per character.
Gag & Mini Poses (back)
Gag poses, or "joke poses", are poses that are meant to be drawn with simplicity or poor aesthetic quality. Gag and Mini poses require little shading, aesthetic quality, highlighting, or anatomy. All other standards still apply.
AFK Poses (back)
We are extremely lenient with AFK (away) poses. You may have any quality pose. You may have just a feather, a sillouette, a computer, anything. The main requirement is the letters "AFK" must be written somewhere around your pose, so that it doesn't appear that you have a pose that'd normally be unacceptable.
Additional Rules (back)
Humans are allowed in any type of pose (they must be plushies if they are included in a pose with your character). Clipart is not allowed. Modding is only allowed if the original artist says so.
Who are the Art Review Team members? What do they do?
Currently, Cats Paw Island's Art Review Team (or simply ART) members are: Rivaille, Fai, Nolani, AutumnRain and Jager. The ART's job is to review uploaded poses and rooms. They've been trained to accept or reject submitted art based on the set guidelines, and protect against art-theft. Like any other administrators, all of the ART are real people, and deserve your respect and patience. As such, please do NOT ask them to review your pose or your room! They cannot get to the poses every day, and constant asking them to upload your poses or rooms or badgering them will not make them any faster! Please understand they try their hardest, but do not cater to you. (Also understand, that this can fall under harassment!)
What is Art Theft and why is it so serious?
Art theft is when you take a piece of art work, drawing or photo, and claim / use it as your own personal work when you are not the true owner. By uploading a pose, you are taking responsibility for it and you will be banned if you commit theft. You need permission to use other people's artwork. Taking someone's art and modifying a couple things on it is still theft. You are allowed to use references as long as you do not trace it. No one can copyright a position, but if your pose outline matches up exactly to a photo or artwork you will be banned. Some people sell poses, and if you try to use one without paying for it, that would be art theft. You cannot upload copyrighted characters (like Digimon� adoptables) but you can dress up your cat in a Digimon� costume. You cannot use found clipart or images from Google.

Art theft can be many things, so please clear all questions up ahead of time with the ART, rather than risk the consequences. Even if you do or do not contact the ART prior to uploading, please make sure to fill out the permission explanation box to ensure a quick review. We take art theft so seriously, it has special series of consequences. For your very first offense of confirmed art theft, you are given a warning. Your next strike results in a 3 day ban. Third, is 2 weeks, and then last strike is a permanent ban.

Questions? Ask the ART via forums or email. You may also decide to contact them personally via forum PM, chat messaging system, or in the chat. But please note that the ART are people too, and they deserve respect. Do not harass the ART. Thank you!
Helpful Links

How to use the Uploader Resource Forum Free Services Forum
Freebie Emporium Artist Market PosePro
If you have any other questions please use our dedicated forum, send the AS an e-mail, or find a member of the Art Staff on the chat. Thank you!

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