So, you want to make an awesome tutorial for your friends, and anybody else who might be interested in your style/techniques/skills/programming/designing ...
There are some essentials you are going to want to keep in mind when you make your tutorial.
Its not just a bunch of text and some pictures (OK it is, but theres more you could do! )
Its not just a few quick tips or pointers for a friend who asked you for some more details (OK it is, but its more than that! )
Its not just some work in progress screenshots/photos of your next big project (OK it is, but its SO MUCH more than that!!)
Don't forget, great design IS ART!
DeviantART is predominantly an English language website. However, DeviantART is a global community, so not everyone can read English fluently. Make sure your use of language is going to reach as many people as possible so try to be concise when you are explaining steps or techniques.
If English isn't something you are particularly fluent in, GET SOMEBODY WHO IS TO CHECK IT!! They will be able to spot grammatical problems, typos and other readability errors for you which will improve your tutorial 100%.
Interweb speak is fun, but it is useless at conveying complex directions or information - avoid at all costs! There are 26 letters in the English alphabet, and over a quarter of a million distinct English words. Please make use of them!
DYK - One of the main reasons tutorials get declined for Daily Deviation features is because of spelling errors, typos and readability problems!
If your tutorial suddenly develops a life of its own, grows additional limbs and tries to eat your cat when you are putting it together, consider condensing your steps or breaking your tutorial down into a series of smaller tutorials.
Don't forget very lengthy tutorials packed full of information can actually be off putting, as much as a wall of text can be or a deal made with Crowley.
Most tutorials will consist in equal parts of images and written text, with the exception of literature tutorials which may still contain images to break up the literature content.
Your job as the tutorial creator is to present your information in the most engaging, understandable, readable format. How you do this is up to you, but the important thing is to make an effort. Don't just slap your unedited phone pictures onto a blank document and scribble around them!
DESIGN ---- Fonts
Font font font. Even if you produce the most incredible fact filled tutorial on the planet, if you choose the wrong font or font size the chances are you will completely put off all but the most patient of readers.
Choose wisely! Some font types to avoid are things like heavy script/handwriting fonts and fancy fonts. You want your tutorial to be legible!
Further, whilst choosing to hand write your tutorial steps (rather than using a handwriting font) can be cute and give a tutorial a lot of character, it can be another big offput. Hand written text is never going to be as neat as you think it is.
DYK - Another main reason for tutorials being declined for Daily Deviations is because of font choice, colour and text size!
DESIGN ---- Images
A Picture paints a thousand words. In a tutorial where you are using images as a significant part of explaining and showing how to do something it is VITAL that they are clear, in focus and actually show the thing you are trying to explain.
Crop your images to properly focus on the important aspect. Edit your images to make sure they are well exposed and sharp. Take the time to take photos with a camera rather than using your phone - unless you have the knowledge and ability to take good photos using your phone.
CREDIT YOUR SOURCES! ALWAYS credit source stock images if you are using anybody elses work to illustrate your tutorial. No matter how small. Not crediting is considered a cardinal sin, and you tutorial won't even be considered for a Daily Deviation without any necessary credits. Even if all the images are your own. Say so then there is absolutely no confusion!
DYK - Images can seriously let down an otherwise good tutorial and is another big reason why they might be declined for a Daily Deviation.
Your actual content, the thing you are creating the tutorial for is above and beyond the most essential element.
Nobody wants to know how many times a day you check your Facebook account, but they do want to know how many layers you might have in your digital artwork, or how you effectively used that kind of paint on that type of canvas.
This is an ART website for ARTists - no matter their skill level, and this is your target audience when you post your tutorial to the site.
TL;DR - Your tutorials showcase your art
Just as all of your gallery showcases your artwork, so do your tutorials. Whenever you use your art as an example of a technique or skill, or display it in a way that scrutinizes an element or the over all effect, it becomes a reflection of yourself and of your abilities to present yourself in a professional manner - so make some effort!
You never know when a well written tutorial might be featured by an external tutorial site and go viral, so make sure they look great!
DEVIANTART s TUTORIALS!
Here are some beautifully designed and presented tutorials!
Know your Basics - PerspectivePerspective comes in different forms, the most obvious & basic of which is the use of the word in relation to the appearance of relative orientation in a three dimensional space. At first, it may seem irrelevant to photomanipulators, (because, hey, the photographs already are perspectively sound,) but putting more than one photograph in context requires that you learn to see what makes sense and what doesn't.
The Technical Stuff
Perspective (from Latin perspicere, to see through) in the graphic arts, such as drawing, is an approximate representation, on a flat surface (such as paper), of an image as it is seen by the eye. The two most characteristic features of perspective are that objects are drawn:
Smaller as their distance from the observer increasesForeshortened: the size of an object's dimensions along the line of
sight are relatively shorter than dimensions acro
Planning the Evil Plot
A half-guide, half-narrative on writing a story
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Before I start writing, I like to have some idea of where I'm starting, where I'm going, and how I'm going to end up there. Let's say that I want to write a comedy about an author who suddenly changes places with her Mary Sue. I usually jot down some basic ideas:
Sarah, the author: ~13 years old, average-looking, glasses, rather tall and gangly
Ellemere, the Mary Sue: ~16 years old, long flowing hair, violet eyes, etc.
Forrest (Ellemere's love interest) : ~18, stereotypical pretty boy who is too dark and broody to make a good love interest
Leon: ~17, Ellemere's somewhat dorky friend who falls in love with her but is cast off to side in favor of Forrest
Tangent: For those of you who are confused, the ~ symbol means "about." I think it comes from math.
I like to draw, so I'd probably make doodles of these characters too. Drawing characters is a great way to develop th
Your Character TOO Special?
Is your Special Character
Are you indulging in a few too many "special traits"? Is your story really an excuse to show off your Super Special Character? Are you committing a MARY-SUE/GARY STUE?
--> Dead give-away: Your favorite character is YOU only BETTER!
Who is Mary Sue/Gary Stue?
According to SubReality.com:
"Mary Sue / Gary Stue is any original or deeply altered character who represents a slice of their creator's own ego; they are treasured by their creator but only rarely by anyone else. A Mary Sue/Gary Stue is a primadonna (usually, but not always badly-written,) who saps life and realism out of every other character around, taking over the plot and bending canon to serve their selfish purposes."
-- For more details:
The Mary Sue/Gary Stue "Self-Insertion" in Manga Fan-fiction:
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