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CnC is the entire point of the Gallery section but some people don't understand what it is or how to use it. First off CnC stands for "Comment and Critique" and it is how we give feedback in the Graphics section. Here is a small breakdown of CnC.


Good CnC

  • Positive, polite, direct and informative.
  • Points out flaws and things done well.
  • Uses correct terminology (see below).
  • Offers suggestions on how to improve or provides links to tutorials/articles/images that will help the artist with a concept.
  • Breaks the picture down into smaller pieces to help explain your comments.


Bad CnC

  • Negative/insult/attacks the artist.
  • Gives a rating.
  • Points out flaws without explanation or any sort of follow up.
  • Discourages the artist.






Atmosphere is used to describe the feeling of the tag. Whether it be the way the render interacts with the image, any effects you use to generate some kind of emotion or the use of warm/cold colours.




Colour is very important. It can set the mood, bring life to an image or take it away. It is recommended an artist understands the colour wheel to use colours efficiently.




Composition is the arrangement of everything. How effects flow with one another, how images blend or how colours flow.




Contrast is all about your tag's light and dark spots. Contrast is made with opposites (i.e. if you placed a light blue beside a light orange).




Depth is about how flat your image is. A tag with good depth might contain foreground, middle ground and background. Depth can really help when you want bring something to the viewers attention (i.e. you might want the foreground to be more eye catching the then background).




The term effects is simply used to reference things such as use of splatter brushes, C4Ds, rendered lighting, soft brushes, etc.




Flow is how your tag moves together and you generally want your tag to flow towards the focal point. Flow is very important to make your tag's various parts blend together and "fit" each other. 




Focal is the main feature of the tag, where you want the viewer to be drawn to. Focal is easily one of the most important parts of a tag, as it is what the viewers will focus on.




Lighting is the implementation of light sources. This also includes how shadows are done to complement the light source. Lighting can make or break a tag.

Edited by Koy
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