Welcome to Wet Canvas and the Watercolor Forum.
Within this thread you will find the answers to many of your Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)... like... How do I post an image?... How to do I send a PM?... When should I use the Butt Icon?... etc.
This is an international forum with members from around the world. In the interests of readability members should post in English or if not in English they must include an English translation. Similarly, texting abbreviations are not recommended as they could be confusing especially to non English readers who use a translation.
There are many on line translation facilities including Google Translate
etc and indeed many browsers including Firefox, Google Chrome have built in translation facilities.
Beginners' Guide - how the site works and how to navigate the site.
List of Forum Moderators and Guides
Please PM your Moderator or guide with any needs and/or concerns...
(Click on "Private Messages" at the top of the screen, "Send Private Message" in list at left, insert the username of a moderator or guide then type your question.)
So what did I sign anyways?
Ever wondered just what your User Agreement says? Check it out here...
Updated User Agreement
When do I need the BUTT ICON?
Wet Canvas requires the BUTT Icon for nudity/partial nudity posts... when in doubt... post it with a BUTT...
... For more info on the current erotic/nude art policy click on the link below...
How do I add the BUTT ICON?
To add the
simply pick the Butt Icon
when posting your thread.
What do I do if I forget to add the BUTT ICON?
If you forget... simply click the "Alert Post"
(the red triangle) at the top right next to the post number and type a note that you need a
and a moderator will attach one.
6 Techniques For Handling Criticism:
Are you afraid to display your work because you can't handle criticism? This article walks you through six ways to avoid bad criticism and learn how to use it to your advantage!
- a Check List for Critiquers: Not quite sure how to give a critique? Try using this check list as a good basic starting point for any critique.
What is the maximum size for uploading Pictures?
The maximum size should fit in a box 800 pixels wide x 800 pixels high and the filesize should be below 100k. A quick way to resize and compress jpeg picture files is to visit www.jpeg-optimizer.com
where you can do the whole thing online. I suggest you save all resized images under a new name in a new "wetcanvas pictures" directory to prevent overwriting the originals.
Resizing your Picture
Here's a video
showing how to use the website "jpeg-optimizer.com" to resize and compress your images ready for uploading to wetcanvas.
The Image Uploader and Attachment Manager:
Having trouble trying to figure out how to put images in your posts? Make sure that there are no illegal characters in the filename. Uploading files and attaching images will be a cinch after you check out this step-by-step article showing how to use the Image Uploader and Image/File Attachment Manager!
Should I use the Image Uploader or the Attachment Manager?
Answer... the IMAGE UPLOADER
... that way your work can be viewed within the thread when someone is replying. Since we are big on critiques here it makes it easier to give one.
Check out the new Image Uploader... Doesn't get any easier than this!
UPLOADER TIP: Leave a blank line before and after each picture so that they do not interfere with the text layout.
HERE'S a Video of the Uploader in use.
Find what you are looking for
How to Search the Forums
If you don't have a photo manipulation program here is a brilliant free program. http://www.irfanview.com/
You can resize your images to fit the 600x500 requirements.
Keeping track of Threads
To keep track of any replies to a thread go to My WC and set your options to Instant email subscriptions.
Checking new Threads
If you have an RSS reader such as Feedly to check on new threads in a forum you could subscribe to the RSS feed in Google Reader or similar. The RSS code take the form
where x is the forum number at the end of the forum url. The Watercolor Gallery for example would be
If you need to keep an eye on all new threads on wetcanvas you can use the code:
This will give the title, member name of all new threads.
How to Quote Text
To quote the whole thread you click the QUOTE button bottom right. This starts a new post and inserts the whole text as a quote with the name of the member. You can then delete the bits you don't need.:
Originally Posted by Yorky
......Here's a section of text from one of my posts.......
The other way is to highlight and copy the text you wish to quote, go to your reply thread and click the Quote icon next to the image icon above and paste the text in between the quote tags:
How do I get or award Mentor/Merit badges in this forum?
Merit and mentor badges for our forum.
The WetCanvas! Award System:
This is a sentence from a post
Not sure how or why you received an award? Artie will tell you everything you need to know about the WC! Award System, about how to earn your own awards, and how you can vote for others in attaining merit and mentor awards.
Making Avatars for Use on WC!:
Please note the Custom avatar uploader is out of action, you have to use one of the 102 standard avatars.
The mystery of Avatars, also known as "tinyheads", is unveiled by Artie's guest writer (hlee) showing how easy it is make and upload your own with the freeware programs readily available on the web!
Where Should I Post My Art?
-- Guide to the Forums: Confused about where you should post questions or your art? Here's where you can learn about the various forums on offer, learn how to get a critique, cross-posting, and the three-strikes rule.
Using the Private Message System:
Wondering how to make contact with other WetCanvas! members? Check out Artie's step-by-step instructions to the Private Message System, and soon you'll be in touch, too!
Want to create your own 'look' for your posts at WetCanvas? There are lots of options and, best of all, it’s easy! Join Artie for a tour of the My WC!! options! When adding signature data please add your camera make/model and the Graphics application/version. Example...Nikon D70/ Photoshop CS2
Using the WetCanvas! Article Publisher:
Have you found the Article Publisher to be confusing? Cori Nicholls untangles the confusion with an Article aimed at helping members to take advantage of the opportunity to share their knowledge with the rest of us through published articles.
Using the Art Projects System
When you create a new project make sure you notify your forum moderator so that it can be checked and approved.
6 Steps to Registering Your Account!:
Been lurking long enough? Want to join WetCanvas! and get in on all the neat benefits of membership? Well, it's easy and it's free, so just check out this 'how-to' article and you're on your way!
How To Rate Threads:
Artie is at it again with helpful hints for New Users in this Article on How To Rate Threads! Ever wonder how some threads get those little stars? Step-by-step, you'll find out how!
How to Chat at WetCanvas!:
Want to chat with other WetCanvas! members? Here's a step-by-step introduction to the Chat System, affectionately known as the Café Guerboise Chat!
How to JOIN a Project, CHAT & UPLOAD Your Work!:
Bobby Aquitania, resident chat nut and cartoonist, asks Leo, Remy, and Vinnie how to join a project, upload work and enter the WC! chat room where members discuss their work.
IMPORTANT: If you create a new Project with the Art Project system be sure to inform the forum moderator so it can be approved.
Check out this thread in the New Users Forum
Creating a Link
When you see blue underlined text on a page, clicking the text will open a new window with the destintion webpage. To create a link, follow these instructions by Europa:
Creating a Signature Banner
Check out this informative Article.
If you want to put a link in your reply then this is what I do....
I have two browser windows open - one which has the wetcanvas reply in it and the second one that has the page to where I wish to link.
In your WC reply thread type the word HERE - then place your mouse cursor in front of the H - hold down the left side of your mouse and move the cursor across the word HERE - this will highlight it.
Take your finger off the mouse (leaving the word HERE highlighted) and then click on the little icon that looks like the world with sunglasses on the bottom - this will then open a small rectangular window called a User Prompt - it will ask you to put in the URL (that is the address) of your link.
So now re open your second browser window and go to the address bar at the top - where you can see it says http:// - hold your mouse cursor over it and right click your mouse - this will open a drop down menu so scroll down and click on copy.
Return to your WC reply thread browser window and place your mouse cursor in the User Prompt window and again right click on your mouse and scroll down the drop down menu to paste. Left click on your mouse and the address of your link will show in the text window.
Click OK and you should then see that the word HERE in your reply is highlighted.
NB - when you have a couple or more browser windows open they are shown on the bar at the bottom of your screen - (where the START button is) - all you have to do to swap between viewing them is just click on one and you can go back and forth.
So there you go - hope this helps.
If you see a post that needs Moderator attention, be it simply a double post, a post in the wrong forum, or perish the thought an offensive or pornographic (it happens) post, then click the red triangle at the top right of the post
, and state what the problem is. This has the effect of notifying all the mods and giving a direct link to the offending post so that it can be dealt with expeditiously.
Hints and Tips on using the Reference Image Library
What do all the Acronyms stand for?
Check out the Washionary and Skype Directory thread
Changing your Username
Often newbies sign on with usernames that eventually become innapropiate such as "absolutebeginner", "neverpainted" etc and may wish to change it. In this case send a pm to one of the moderators with a request and the suggested new name. It usually takes a few days to come into effect and all your previous posts get the new name too. You can check whether the name is taken by clicking "Member Services" at the top and searching the Member Directory.
The Wetcanvas Knowledge Base
Llis has all the answers....
Access to the Articles Index
If in doubt ask!