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Skin Submission - Third Tab Page - A Wiki

Updates

Video, GIFs & 3D Models 2mo
  • Addition Add an explanation why that section is not a subsitute for in-game screenshots
File Options 7mo Addition

What to do for your Skin Submission on the Third Tab Page

Continuing the Skin Submission instructions, we are now at the third tab page, which is 'Media'.

This page shows the following:

  1. Render of your work
  2. Additional images of your work
  3. File(s) for users to download
  4. Animated version of your work
  5. Custom portfolio
  6. Alternative source for download

The first two sections are where most new submitters failed to do appropriately, that's why their skin submission(s) is flagged for lack of decent screenshots.

1. Render - The Money Shot


The render will be used for the very first image, as well as what will appear when browsing the skin community.


Consider this like an attractive poster, in order to attract users browsing the skin section.

I strongly recommend that you do not use:

  • Images directly from an asset viewer or something similar
  • Directing users to view the video

2. Images - Additional Screen caps


Provide additional screen captures of your work. Here are some suggestions of where you can take it, if applicable:

  • Character Menu
  • Victory Pose
  • HUD changes
  • Idle
  • Fire
  • Reload
  • Other functionality
  • Other options
  • View, world and player models

Let's take a look at the breakdown of one of my own submission, the Apple iPhone defuser:



Another breakdown example is using the Crowned Jiggly Puff:



I strongly recommend that you do not use:

  • The same render image
  • Images directly from an asset viewer or something similar
  • Directing users to view the video

This is why you will get flagged for the above reason:

  • Duplication of images
  • Doesn't show how it looks in-game
  • Unattractive

3. Files - For Them To Enjoy Your Work!


This section is where you will upload your archived mod into the GameBanana server.

3.1. File Structure

Before zipping, or if you have zipped your work for upload, please ensure that you have the following:

  1. A readme file
  2. A proper structured directory
  3. The file(s) required



Using one of my skin submissions, HL Beretta for CS (Glock 18), there is a structured directory. Thus, any user downloading, can simply drag-n-drop the following:

  1. CSTRIKE folder inside Half-Life
  2. Archive folder inside the CSTRIKE folder in Half-Life\CSTRIKE\



The above example is a very poor example, as the users may not know which of these files are supposed to go where.

Even if the installation instructions are in the readme.txt, they may not open it first.

I strongly recommend that you do not use this format, if there's no built-in game package (example: VPK).

3.2. Multiple File Option


If you multiple file options to download, not to worry! GameBanana has an incredible feature that allows you to add as much files as you want within a single submission.

This is useful if you:

  • Separate critical components together
  • Providing alternative texture(s).
  • Providing additional add-on(s).
  • File archive exceeds the maximum allowed size
  • Keeping an older, known stable version of it
  • Allowing an experimental version
Here are two of my own examples:

Adel Ultrabook




iPhone Texture



For the Adel Ultrabook example, I've updated the mesh and texture, however, I kept the older version available, in case the latest version has an issue.

For the iPhone, as you can see, it have the BASE modification, as well as OPTIONAL texture pack.

I recommend that you DO NOT upload the same modification, but has a small change to it. 


As you can see from the Herobrine example, made by KingBowser 183, only the pants changed.

The user could simply added that option within the original 'Trans Icon Herobrine', instead of making another separate submission.

You will be flagged for Duplication.

3.2.1. Known Exceptions

This is slightly a grey area, but knowing the GameBanana for years, I could only infer two exceptions to this rule:

  1. Redistribution
  2. Older FPSBanana submission (because the multiple option feature didn't exist yet)


4. Video, GIFs & 3D Models - Still images do no justice!



Providing a video, showcasing your skin submission attracts users to download and try out your work.

Nevertheless, it's optional, but hey, at least users can see how your work, works in action!



This is from Sanic Hedgehog:



These video, GIF, 3D model, will always appear on top of the images.

4.1. Notice

Video, GIF, 3D models ARE NOT substitute for in-game screenshots.

Yes, they are better at showing the mod, however, if your video, GIF, and/or 3D models are no longer available to be viewed and your mod lack of in-game screenshots, any game/site moderator can simply withheld or trash your mod--even if it more than one year old.

That's why this section is labelled as RECOMMENDED, but OPTIONAL.

5. Custom Portfolio Image - Allow others to view your other works!


Although I did not unlock this function, the helpful tool tip appears! It's a portfolio that displays your best work (only skins, maps and models currently).

Treat this like your resume, showcasing your best work. I may return to this and edit it.

6. Alternate File Sources - Alternative


This section is useful if:

  • Your work exists on other website, or workshop
  • GameBanana file servers are down, you can use this feature to link your skin submission to an external file cloud server
  • Link an option

Here is example using my Nokia Defuser and Shield:



Here's the breakdown:

  1. The Nokia defuser contains additional, optional materials that users can swap the stock texture to a different one.
  2. The Nokia shield uses the same texture as the Nokia defuser.
  3. Instead of uploading the same archive files, you can simply link them.

7. End Note

I may return and do some edits, if there are any changes

Fourth, Final Tab Page to be continued...


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