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Updated Jan 22, 2007 by TErrroR

Comment #1 Tuesday, January 23, 2007 3:16 AM
Comment #2 Tuesday, January 23, 2007 3:21 AM
Nice skin. I hope you don't get copyright problems with the soccer club 1. FC K�ln. I asked several German soccer clubs to use their logo for bootskins, they all refused due to marketing or other reaseons.

Comment #3 Tuesday, January 23, 2007 4:16 AM
hm...it is difficult to make the right bootskin...With my bootskin "Splash" I had problems now with this one...I go crazy!
Comment #4 Tuesday, January 23, 2007 4:38 PM
TErrroR it's not that difficult.
Actually there are some guidelines that you should be following before using images for bootskins or any other skinning project.

You can find these guidelines at http://www.wincustomize.com/about.aspx

Read these rules (copied from the link above):

This site is a community site. As such, we expect users to behave with honor and integrity. Treat the person you post to or comment on a skin to as if they are sitting next to you. Picture this place as a nice, comfortable resort surrounded by friends.

More specifically, our rules have to be about the handling of intellectual property. This site carries intellectual property in the form of skins, themes, icons, and wallpapers. Intellectual property, be it software, music, books, or skins/themes is like any other type of property. When you upload something, you are agreeing to the guidelines set below:

Ownership: You own the materials you upload. This cuts both ways, we assume you made what you uploaded and we will not sell your property without your permission. You must not only own what you submit but the subcomponents of it unless you have permission from the owners of the property you are submitting. For instance, DesktopX objects are designed to be used in other people's themes. It is assumed that when you upload a DesktopX object that you are giving permission to others to use them in their themes and they can therefore upload a theme that includes your DesktopX object without permission.

If you upload something that is owned by someone else or contains materials owned by someone else, we have the right to delete that item without notification. For instance, if you upload a wallpaper with the Lord of the Rings logo and the owners of that logo come to us and request we remove it, we will do so. Or if you upload a WindowBlinds skin, of some operating system, and the OS vendor requests we remove it, we will do so.

License to WinCustomize.com: When you upload something to us, you are giving us the permission, within reason, to display your property for the promotion of this site as well as allowing us to distribute your property to others (i.e. the whole reason to upload your skin in the first place).

The site is free. We don't charge you to store your property and you don't charge us to display your property.

Liability - we are not liable for the contents of the site. We will do our best to keep the site's integrity intact but ultimately when you upload something, the responsibility is on you that you're uploading materials you own.

Guidelines - For additional guidelines, read up on suggestions that our moderators have put together at this page: http://www.wincustomize.com/Guidelines.aspx

We understand that you have put quite a bit of time and effort into creating your artwork/skins/themes and wish to show it off to the world. It has been our mission to only show the best of the best so we do not accept every submission. However, we do want to show off your talents so our moderators have written this guide to help you understand what qualities it takes for your submission to get accepted into the WinCustomize Library. Please review these guidelines and if you follow them you should not have any problems in getting your work accepted. If you have any questions please feel free to email us and we will be glad to try and answer your question. Thanks and have fun!

First of all, your submission must be complete and functional. Please test it before you submit it. We regularly receive empty or incomplete zips. Also, please include a FULL SIZE screenshot. Please do not scale it down in the screenshot, and don't worry about the thumbnail. Our server will automatically generate the smaller image for quick preview. There is little more aggravating than pressing the "zoom" link and to only have the same tiny preview.

Also to be referred to as copyright theft. No uploads containing in part or in totality another artist's work will be accepted without a written authorization from the original author.

Images taken from other sources cannot be accepted without permission, including but not limited to pictures taken from movies, television shows, games, web sites, magazines, celebrity pictures. However, although they are theoretically also copyrighted, we will be lenient concerning corporate logos and OS ports, unless we are approached by the companies and asked to remove them. An exception: sports logos. Sport organization make money selling the right to use their logos and explicitly forbid the distribution of art containing their logo unless a license is purchased.

Our skins, themes and wallpaper sections are no place for advertisement. There is no problem if your name and web site URL is subtly inserted in your artwork (for example in small at the bottom right of your wallpaper), but if your logo or web site address is occupying the main part of the artwork, it will be rejected.

This is a slightly difficult topic, but as a general rules artwork containing male or female frontal nudity will be not accepted. We can occasionally bend this rule if the artwork is truly exceptional and if the nudity it contains is only an element of the artwork, not the subject in itself. VIOLENCE: No artwork making the promotion of violence or explicitly representing images of death, blood or physical harm will be accepted. Will also be rejected any artwork promoting discrimination, prejudice or any form of disrespect to any ethnic, religious or gender group.

Typically, only the wallpaper section is moderated for quality, but it is difficult to be specific about the moderation process. Lets just say that a lot of submissions don't make it in. The wallpaper section at WinCustomize has grown faster than we expected and we are trying to hold it to a reasonable number of offerings. To accomplish this we are being very selective about the artwork that remains in the database.

The last thing any of us would want to do is discourage an artist from uploading their work. All of us are involved in making digital art and we are all committed to seeing the popularity and availability grow.

Our guidelines for judging wallpapers on aesthetic grounds are difficult to be specific about. The prime directive for wallpapers is that they must WORK as a wallpaper, in other words the design should be an effective desktop background, which includes: The background is not too busy and icons are easy to see against it, Colors are not too bright to be distracting, and colors work well together. There are many subjective design related preferences we all have and some objective qualifications as well, such as the quality of the rendering and the resolution size offered. And then there is the composition, the subject matter, the overall balance of the design, etc.

Probably the best way to decide what we like to see in a wallpaper would be to browse through the section and look at what has been accepted. We recommend to everyone submitting wallpapers to try to only send a piece after living with it on their own desktop for a while first. Put as much work and critical evaluation into the piece as you can before sending it to us.

A few examples of what will never get through moderation:
- Britney Spears or other celebrity wallpapers (see note about copyright above)
- Bryce art, unless the result is so astonishing that one could never tell it was done in Bryce.
- Dolphins, palm trees, metal spheres or other over-used elements
- XP-related walls, unless really innovative/original.
- Copyrighted photos/images
- Confused composition...e.g....3D artwork with conflicting light-sources belying the form.
- A ground-swell of negativity from a significant number of admins.

Comment #5 Tuesday, January 23, 2007 9:14 PM
Does this work with XP SP2?
Comment #6 Wednesday, January 24, 2007 8:37 AM
I'm not so good in English...�
Comment #7 Wednesday, January 24, 2007 12:21 PM
bootskins definitely work with xp sp2

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