Welcome to #Animal-Stamp-Kingdom!
Like the name says, this group is for stamps that are dedicated to members of the Animal Kingdom. This includes ALL Animal Species: Mammals, Birds, Reptiles, Amphibians, Fishes and Invertebrates. If you are a lover of animals and/or make stamps of animals, then you are most welcome to join!
Also, please take the time to fully read the Group Rules, since someone bothered to use their time to write them down.
1. Group Focus: this group currently accepts only Animal-related Stamps.
We now have a gallery folder mainly for 'Save the ???' animal
stamps! It is called "Save animals awareness"
(More Animal-related stuff may be added in the future, depending on the growth of the group.)
2. Submission Limit: for the time being you are allowed to submit as many deviations as you like! Still, try to keep it a reasonable amount of stamps per day, because no one likes to have their inbox spammed.
3. Gallery Folders: please always try to submit your stamps to the right folder. If you feel like no folder is the right one for your stamp, just submit it to Featured and an Administrator will then move it to the most appropriate folder. (More folders may be added in the future, depending on the growth of the group.)
4. Stamp Border: all the stamp you submit must have a stamp-like border. (A picture bordered with a plain white line is not considered a stamp.)
5. Stamp Size: you can submit stamps of any size. The usual size would be 99x56 pixels, but deviantART has never established this as a mandatory size. It's just the most common size for stamps and templates.
6. Stamp Shape: you can submit stamps of any shape, provided that they still have a stamp-like border.
7. Transparency: stamps are supposed to be transparent around the borders but we won't be too strict about this.
Stamps that use hashing or shading are accepted.
Stamps that aren't completely transparent on the outer edge of the border or that are completely opaque are tolerated.
BUT adding transparency to your stamps is preferred and recommended, as opaque stamps are usually 100% white or black around the borders and honestly don't look that good.
Things you should know about Transparency
1. The .jpg/.jpeg image format doesn't allow transparency. Always save your stamps in .gif or .png format.
2. The dA Resources Category offers plenty of Tutorials on how to make stamps properly and transparent pre-made Stamp Templates that you may use for your own creations. If you need more information about stamp making, that's where you should go look for it. If you still have troubles fixing a transparency issue you may ask for our help!
8. Copyright: there is big controversy over the matter of copyright violation applied to stamps. Apparently stamps are "allowed" to include copyrighted material because of their tiny size, meaning that dA will tolerate them and only remove them if they get a report from the original author of the material used in the stamp.
Therefore, you may submit stamps including copyrighted material to this group, as long as you have done some sort of editing or added something to the original picture.
But feel free to use legally usable images instead: stock photos, Creative Commons, public domain images and any other picture you have permission to use.
In any case, credits to the original image would be appreciated and recommended. If you decide to use a piece of art belonging to a fellow deviant for your stamp, please make sure to obtain their permission first and to credit them in the stamp description.
Feel free to contact the group if you still have any questions, and...