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steeev ADMIN December 11, 2007
NEW RULE! OK this rule is long overdue, from now on, all players must include a link to the larger size version of their image below their picture. Too many people are coming to the games, and editing the small version of the pics which are displayed in the game threads, not realising a larger size is available. The other benefit of this rule will be that it will be much easier for game viewers to view your beautiful images in all their glory! :) Discuss

Group Description

A place on Flickr to play Photoshop Tennis.

For those who dont know, Photoshop Tennis is a game whereby someone chooses a starting image, it could be anything, though generally a decent sized high resolution image usually works best, and then people edit the image following the guidelines that the person who posted the original image lays down, then post their image, then people edit the edited image and post their creations, and so on, the game ends when people stop posting new edits.

There are no winners or losers in the game, it is an exercise in collaborative creation, and fun! :) Often quite cool pictures can be created in this way. And though the group is called Photoshop Tennis, you dont need to use Photoshop to participate, any decent image editing program will do.

The way the game works is for people to start a new thread in the forum i.e create a new post, posting the photo they want as the starting image (see the faq on how to do this) and also post the guidelines for players, on how they should proceed editing.

Example guidelines for starting a game could be
"each image should contain at least 20% of the previous image", "comedic sitation/s", "tragic situation", "no heavy use of photoshop filters", "anything goes", "who the contestants are, eg whether its a "1 on 1" game or a free for all
how many "rounds" there will be, etc etc

Though you dont need to use those ones, whatever you fancy, the scope is practically limitless, just use your imagination :D

The person who posts the original image and sets the guidelines can decide if people arent following the guidelines and disqualify images from their thread. But generally this shouldnt be necessary if everyone plays nicely.

Before starting your first game, you should participate in at least 2 other ongoing games to get a feel for how the game works.

When playing the game, you should obtain the image to work on by firstly clicking the last image in the thread, this will take you to that image's flickr page, where you should click the "All Sizes" button, this will take you to the highest resolution version of the image, which should be used for editing, as usually the image posted to the game, is a smaller sized version to allow for quicker loading times of the game thread.

The games will take place in the forum, with people posting their images to the discussion threads, but you are also encouraged to post images you have created in the course of a game to the group pool.

All images posted to each game should be hosted on Flickr.com and tagged with the "game id", which will enable people to view the game as a slideshow. The starting "game id" for the first game will be PSTennisGame001, and the number will be incremented for each subsequent game. Please also tag each image you submit with the tag "Photoshop Tennis" (including the quotes)

When you submit your image to a game, you should include a link to the large size version of the image below your picture, to enable viewers and players to easily see the full size version in all its glory.

Each image submitted to a game, should also have in its description the following text "This image is part of a game in the photoshop tennis group, taking place at:" followed by the URL (web address) of the thread in the forum where the game is taking place.

As Flickr is a photography website, please do not add cartoon elements, or CGI (computer generated image) elements or graphic design elements (such as text) to the photos, unless they fit within the "photorealistic" frame of the photo, eg a cartoon is ok on a tv screen or cinema screen, but a cartoon character should not be pasted in the middle of a photo, as it just looks silly and out of place. Also graphic design elements for instance will look ok pasted on a wall or shop window, where they would look realistic but not right in the middle or all over the photo.

Remember, these group rules override any in-game rules.

Heres 2 Galleries featuring a selection of some of the best images created in the group
Gallery 1
Gallery 2

Group Rules

The Photoshop Tennis Group is a place on Flickr to play Photoshop Tennis.

For those of you who dont already know, Photoshop Tennis is a game whereby someone chooses a starting image, it could be anything, though generally a decent sized high resolution image usually works best, and then people edit the image following the guidelines that the person who posted the original image lays down, then post their image, then people edit the edited image and post their creations, and so on, the game ends when people stop posting new edits.

There are no winners or losers in the game, it is an exercise in collaborative creation, and fun! :) Often quite cool pictures can be created in this way. And though the group is called Photoshop Tennis, you dont need to use Photoshop to participate, any decent image editing program will do.

The way the game works is for people to start a new thread in the forum i.e create a new post, posting the photo they want as the starting image (see the instructions on how to post an image to a game) and also post the guidelines for players, on how they should proceed editing.

Example guidelines for starting a game could be
"each image should contain at least 20% of the previous image", "comedic sitation/s", "tragic situation", "no heavy use of photoshop filters", "anything goes", "who the contestants are, eg whether its a "1 on 1" game or a free for all
how many "rounds" there will be, etc etc

Though you dont need to use those ones, whatever you fancy, the scope is practically limitless, just use your imagination :D

The person who posts the original image and sets the guidelines can decide if people arent following the guidelines and disqualify images from their thread. But generally this shouldnt be necessary if everyone plays nicely.

Before starting your first game, you should participate in at least 2 other ongoing games to get a feel for how the game works.

When playing the game, you should obtain the image to work on by firstly clicking the last image in the thread, this will take you to that image's flickr page, where you should click the "All Sizes" button, this will take you to the highest resolution version of the image, which should be used for editing, as usually the image posted to the game, is a smaller sized version to allow for quicker loading times of the game thread.

The games will take place in the forum, with people posting their images to the discussion threads, but you can also freely post images you have created in the course of a game to the group pool.

All images posted to each game should be hosted on Flickr.com and tagged with the "game id", which will enable people to view the game as a slideshow. The starting "game id" for the first game will be PSTennisGame001, and the number will be incremented for each subsequent game. Please also tag each image you submit with the tag "Photoshop Tennis" (including the quotes)

You should include a link to the large size version of your image below your picture, to make it easier for viewers and players to see your image in all its glory.

Each image submitted to a game, should also have in its description the following text "This image is part of a game in the photoshop tennis group, taking place at:" followed by the URL (web address) of the thread in the forum where the game is taking place.

As Flickr is a photography website, please do not add cartoon elements, or CGI (computer generated image) elements or graphic design elements (such as text) to the photos, unless they fit within the "photorealistic" frame of the photo, eg a cartoon is ok on a tv screen or cinema screen, but a cartoon character should not be pasted in the middle of a photo, as it just looks silly and out of place. Also graphic design elements for instance will look ok pasted on a wall or shop window, where they would look realistic but not right in the middle or all over the photo.

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Rules Checklist / Summary
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(Note the summary below is a work in progress, the full rules are listed above)

Starting Games
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* You need to participate in at least 2 of the games in the group before you are allowed to start your own game

* The title of the game should follow the following convention: Game Number: Name you get the game number by looking for the latest game in the group and adding 1 to that number. You can make up any name you like for the game.

* You need to post a starting image and some guidelines on how you would like the game to proceed, see previous games for various examples.

Submitting Images to Games
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* Images posted to game threads should be medium size, though they should link back to their flickr image page, so that people can add comments/fave etc the image. Information on how to submit an image to a game thread is available here

* you must add a link to the large size version of the image below your picture in the game thread.

* you must tag your image with PhotoshopTennis

* you must tag your image with the game ID eg if the game was number 150 you would tag the image with pstennisgame150

* you must add the following text to your images description "This image is part of a game in the photoshop tennis group, taking place at:" followed by the URL (web address) of the thread in the forum where the game is taking place.

Additional Info

  • Members can post 4 things to the pool each day.
  • Accepted content types: Photos, Videos, Images
  • Accepted safety levels: Safe
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