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<font color=#DD0000>Terms of use and conditions</font>terms of use and conditions

Number (id) for this help section: 0

By using Art Limited, you agree to these terms, which contain provisions applicable to all users of our service, including visitors to the Art Limited website:

1. If you choose to register as a member, you will be asked to select a box indicating that you have read, and agree to all of the following terms
2. To register as a member of the service, you must be 18 years or lawfully permitted to enter into and form contracts under applicable law.
3. Art Limited makes no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied as to the operation of the service, or the content or products provided through the service. You expressly agree that your use of the service is at your own risk.
4. You acknowledge and agree that Art Limited is not responsible or liable for the availability or accuracy of your resources, the content, or services.
5. You acknowledge that you are solely responsible for all content and material you upload, post or otherwise transmit using the service. Art Limited has no ability to control the content you may upload, post or otherwise transmit using the service, and does not have any obligation to monitor such content for any purpose.
6. Art Limited shall not be liable for any damages of any kind arising from use of this service, including but not limited to direct, indirect, incidental, consequential, special, exemplary, or punitive damages, even if Art Limited has been advised of the possibility of such damages.
7. This Service is provided by Art Limited on an "as is" and "as available" basis and Art Limited reserves the right to modify, suspend or discontinue the service, at its discretion, at any time and without notice. You agree that Art Limited is and will not be liable to you for any modification, suspension or discontinuance of the service.
8. We retain the right to deny access to anyone who we believe has violated any term of this agreement, or to anyone else for any reasons, which we need not disclose, at our discretion and convenience.
9. We reserve the right to delete, move, or edit any postings that come to our attention that we consider unacceptable or inappropriate, or for any other other reasons, which we need not disclose, at our discretion and convenience.
10. Prior to submitting your membership, you must accept all the terms and conditions. By accessing or using Art Limited, the user of this site and any individual or entity on whose behalf a user accesses or uses the site agree to be bound by the following terms and conditions and to our policy. Please read them carefully and often as they are subject to change.

How to create an account on Art Limited?how to create an account on art limited?

Number (id) for this help section: 1

Go to the "register" menu and follow the guidelines.

Guidelines on how prepare your picture for Art Limitedguidelines on how prepare your picture for art limited

Number (id) for this help section: 2

We prefer quality, not quantity!
Art Limited is an Art site, we only want very different, strong, original, extraordinary and unusual artworks
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What you need to do

  • Be sure to have a real creation to submit, all coming from you, based on a reflection, a concept, a real work,
  • Only submit your best completed work, with a very good result, on both aesthetic and technical skills,
  • Always ask yourself what you would think of your work if you were not its author before publishing, will you exhibit you creation in a gallery, a museum, or in an great Art center, will you pay for it yourself?
  • Don't choose the easy way, be clearly involved in your artistic statement, which must be original, unique and personal,
  • In series, don't add several slightly different versions of the same artwork, select only the best,
  • Pay attention to your framing, point of view, as well as your foreground and background, composition and staging,
  • Take care of your work quality, tonalities, densities, color renderings or shades of grays, finishing,
  • Create a specific personal and attractive thumbnail for your artwork,
  • Pay attention to the title, the wording and spelling, the grammar, avoid using definite article "The",
  • Stay natural in your presentation, avoid the easy effects that are made possible by paint software packages (blurs, trails, grain, texture layers, false old or instant film, etc ...),
  • And finally, describe clearly your approach, statement or process to facilitate the understanding of your work.

What you need to avoid

  • Consider Art Limited as an image bank, a stock image site, a royalty free image library, or cliparts agency,
  • Post artwork or reproduction that weren't created by you, even if you own rights,
  • Display descriptive reality (reportage, documentary, journalism, science, product, fashion, wedding, commercial) unless you do it with uncommon aestheticism,
  • Photographing or creating something you've found "beautiful or nice" doesn't make it an art masterpiece, this means nothing for us, please argue,
  • Cute, personal, standard family, party, traveling, wedding or special private moments pictures. We are sure you are in love, but this is the wrong place for it,
  • You enjoy "funny" and "cute" postcards or posters, our references are rather in Art libraries and major international museums,
  • Upload pictures that are too small. (for example less than 500 pixels wide as the smallest side),
  • Add signs, use a discreet watermark, done with a sans serif font (Helvetica, Arial, ...),
  • Submit wide borders, postcard or poster layouts, it restricts the view and degrades site's visual display, it won't be featured,
  • Post a lot of images, our system keeps consistency of your results, lowest ones degrading the perceptive approach of the algorithm,
  • Artworks which have already been seen many times before are usually not reviewed unless they are truely amazing,
  • Empty or wrong categories, as well as anything that cannot be considered part of the creative process,
  • Consider paying members will benefit from corrupted moderators or editors, these fees concern only additional services.

Any images that don't fit these rules won't be featured, could received a fringe selection by Art Limited moderators, at our discretion and convenience to keep a high editorial line.

Artscoreartscore

Number (id) for this help section: 112

The Artscore defines the quality level of an artist on Art Limited. This is a representation of 100, calculated from all the 20 artworks shared in the common feed in the last 4 months, completed with other specific account parameters calculation like consistency quality, engagement, selections count, points from different feeds, etc...
An Artscore above 40 and at least 20 artworks are required to obtain or renew an ARTIST or PRO account. If you are below this limit, you can delete the artworks that didn't obtain enough good results and keep your best ones. Only visible creations in the common feed are used in the calculation.

Achieving success on Art Limitedachieving success on art limited

Number (id) for this help section: 110

Art Limited is a community and behind every action there is a person, whether they are sending or receiving. To maximize your chances of getting the attention and interest in you and your work, follow these tips to help you expand your audience which is the one you need to target:

  • Express yourself with good writing, honestly and courteously, as you would like anyone to do for you,
  • Taking the time to thank a person is smart, but not required, try to group your answers,
  • Follow the work of other members, build relationships,
  • Share your Art Limited artworks on social networks and bring back more connections,
  • Pay attention to your writing, many mistakes are made in title, comments, appreciations, proofread,
  • Add real keywords when necessary, as well as relevant and verifiable information,
  • Put the arworks you like into your favorites list, give assessments and reviews,
  • Your general involvement is taken into account by the Art Limited algorithms, but above all by the other members,
  • Do not forget humor, there is always a much worst situation!
If you're on Google+, Facebook, Twitter or any other social network, bring your friends or fans to Art Limited. If your friends ask you to recommend a good online gallery on the web, talk to them about Art Limited. If you have a blog, put a link back to Art Limited. More visitors and members on Art Limited means more audience for your creations, and vice versa, bringing back new contacts.

By following these best practices, coupled with a achieved work, you will ensure a maximum visibility.

Images supervision by Art Limitedimages supervision by art limited

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Once your creation is uploaded on Art Limited, it is placed in the common feed based on the display rules, and immediately available for all Art Limited teams. Several hundred of artworks are published each day, so verification will be done as soon as possible.
Moderators
They verify that all images are respecting the guidelines, with all categories successfully selected, distribute warning alerts and fringe selection, and make sure any illegal or abusing content is not published. Once the preview is done, the image is labeled "Moderator : Verified".
Editors
They select featured images for Art Limited. A creation need 100% of editors' voting to be selected.

Best Of selectionsbest of selections

Number (id) for this help section: 108

"Best Of" artwork selection is automatically computed based on the highest rating for an image published in the determined period of time (day, week, month). The dynamic result may vary, depending of appreciations given. This feed is public and updated once per hour.
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Editors' Featured pictureseditors' featured pictures

Number (id) for this help section: 100

Featured pictures are selected by Art Limited staff and editors. To encourage creativity and quality, visibility benefits are:

BOOK account

  • Featuring on the site home (thumbnails and unique image),
  • editor's selection feed,
  • Displayed in random bottom bar,
  • As well as on top right image.

ARTIST and PRO account

  • The same as BOOK account, plus the following promotions,
  • Eligibility to "Best Of" selections,
  • Published in newsletter (daily, weekly, monthly),
  • Published in featured images RSS feeds, High-Definition (higher quality) and Standard-Definition (thumbnails), enrolled into many medias applications and sites,
  • Promoted in Art Limited's social networks like Facebook, Tweeter, Pinterest, Google+, StumbleUpon, etc,
  • Potential display in e-mail messages like new comment, image publication, member exchange, alert, etc ...
  • This promotion providing a potential burst visibility over 95.000 unique contacts, not included site's visitors, without sharings, reblogs or other types of spreadings.
  • Gives 3 days account credit to the artist per image.
If a picture is deleted or removed for any reason, the credit won't be suppressed as well.
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Artworks selected by the juryartworks selected by the jury

Number (id) for this help section: 104

The jury selection is performed by the members of the jury of Art Limited. The artwork will be automatically selected when it receives at least 24 points from its members. The selection is updated each hour.

Artworks selected by social network sharesartworks selected by social network shares

Number (id) for this help section: 109

The social selection is performed by the social network activity. The artwork will be automatically selected when it receives at least 32 sharing/like actions from all the monitored networks and a minimum of 64 appreciations. The selection is updated each hour.

Visa selectionvisa selection

Number (id) for this help section: 6

Visa artwork selection is an automatic pre-selection based on appreciation, creativity and constant qualitative assessment of achievement algorithm detection, resulting in immediate appearance in this feed when it matches its parameters. The formula may vary depending on how Art Limited staff wants to improve the level and quality of the site. This feed is public.
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Favourites selectionfavourites selection

Number (id) for this help section: 111

favourites selection is made by Art Limited users, when an artwork reaches 16 favourites. This selection is subject to changes, depending on the users activity during a specific period, account deletions, as well as how Art Limited wants to improve the level and quality of the site.
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Members selectionmembers selection

Number (id) for this help section: 101

Member artwork selection is made by registered artists when an artwork reaches at least 199 points, and will immediately and automatically appear in the selection. The points requested are subject to changes, depending on the users activity during a specific period, as well when Art Limited wants to improve the level and quality of the site.
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Common feedcommon feed

Number (id) for this help section: 7

Only 1 (one) artwork will be published to the common feed per 24 hours for Artscore greater or equal to 40 (see table below). You can upload several images based on your account quota, they will be automatically published with your own period range based on your latest yet published artwork date. If you didn't published a creation in the previous time range, it will be available immediately in the common feed.

ArtscoreIn hoursIn days
10024h1d0h
9524h1d0h
9024h1d0h
8524h1d0h
8024h1d0h
7524h1d0h
7024h1d0h
6524h1d0h
6024h1d0h
5524h1d0h
5024h1d0h
4524h1d0h
4024h1d0h
3539h1d15h
3054h2d6h
2569h2d21h
2084h3d12h
1599h4d3h
10114h4d18h
5129h5d9h
0144h6d0h

This concerns only the common general feed, the images will appear immediately in profile and personal site(s). Your contacts will be also notified some minutes after a new image is uploaded.

The common artwork feed is the whole member posting feed. This feed is public, but limited to creations with a rating >=32 points for non-registered members. The limitation may vary depending on how Art Limited staff wants to improve the level and quality of the site.
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Using site appreciation systemusing site appreciation system

Number (id) for this help section: 4

Any rating/appreciating level used differs from one individual to another. The explanations below are intended to provide a basic reference used by Art Limited. It can be used as a starting point when adding appreciations, but not as the unique reference to refer to.

I appreciate: feeling a general expressed or implied affinity for some creative/technical/visual part present in the composition, theme, rendering.
I like: good job, in connection with certain criteria for assessing an individual or group, adequate to the proposed idea and/or effect, without strong personal commitment of the observer.
Remarkable: very good work, unique and creative, which is distinguished by its qualities, even if the theme or subject/choice of creation does not match the sensitivity of the observer.
Admirable: harmony both in the technical choice, rendering, and the topic/theme achieved with maximum qualifications that match, almost perfectly, the ideal representation of its nature, function or to express a clear overall superiority compared to other same type of creations.

Appreciated Artists, jury membersappreciated artists, jury members

Number (id) for this help section: 102

This automatic selection is based on artists who have more than 40 creations and 20 featured artworks with a featuring ratio of 11.0%, who accessed the site in the last 15 days, and who have an average of 137.0 points for their whole work. This dynamic list is computed each night.
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Permanent contestpermanent contest

Number (id) for this help section: 103

The permanent contest allows any BOOK account owner to win a free ARTIST account valid for one year. Click on the link for more information.
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Interested in buying work on Art Limited?interested in buying work on art limited?

Number (id) for this help section: 20

If an artist wants to sell his or her work on Art Limited, information concerning price, copies, shipping, technics used and other relevant points will be provided.
Art Limited acts as a trader between the artist and the buyer and doesn't receive any commission fee when a sale is made.
Art Limited does not print or ship any work.
A contact form is available for each item that is sold, allowing you to contact the artist directly.

Art Limited makes no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied as to the operation of the service, or the content or products, provided through this service. you expressly agree that your use of the service is at your own risk.

Art Limited shall not be liable for any damages of any kind arising from use of the service, including but not limited to direct, indirect, incidental, consequential, special, exemplary, or punitive damages, even if Art Limited has been advised of the possibility of such damages.

How to manage my artworks?how to manage my artworks?

Number (id) for this help section: 3

Upload an artwork
Once you are logged in, go to the upper right UPLOAD menu. An interface offers you a variety of options for your image.
To upload scroll to the bottom and click on the button to select your picture file on your hard disk drive.
Edit/replace an artwork
Go to your artwork, then click on the "Edit image" button. Be sure to select "Action type" for "Edit image" (default), then go at the bottom of the page, select a new picture on your disk, check "I certify ..." and click on the "Submit" button. You'll find also a shorcut button for that on the image display page.
Delete an artwork
Go to your artwork, then click on "Delete image" button. Be sure to select "Action type" for "Delete image", then go at the bottom of the page, check "I certify ..." and click on the "Submit" button. You'll find also a shorcut button for that on the image display page.
Adult content
Adult content must be checked for explicit nudity, sexual scenes, violence and/or all restricted contents. Administrators can mark content as "adult content" if necessary without asking permission. A picture tagged "adult content" will be available for the general public with a consent warning, removed for registered members.
Participate to blind comments during 48 hours
Your profile will be hidden during 48 hours for this image and will allow comments without knowing who created it. During this time, the pictures will be hidden from your profile.
Selling your works
The site offers different profiles where you can add information to sell an art work.
Art Limited doesn't sell or trade your work at this time. If a visitor see how much and how you sell your work, he will be able to contact you and trade directly with you.
Create a gallery
To create a gallery for your images, go to the "TOOLS" menu, then "GALLERY" tab and follow the fields.
Technical characteristics
Use a maximum of attributes, buyers will use them to refine their searches. Select carefully the details of your artwork and leave the information if you are unsure about it.
Advanced critics
Request real commentary and real feedback on your artwork, more views through critical attention and rankings. Such images have a red square marker in the main gallery. Find out all these artworks in a dedicated gallery.

The importance of category choice and consequencesthe importance of category choice and consequences

Number (id) for this help section: 10

All artworks are checked by Art Limited's administrators one by one. In order to maintain a qualitative editorial line, an artwork won't show up in keyword search results or in any automated selection processings until it is validated.
If an image has been inserted in a wrong category or a minor error has been made, Art Limited administrators will correct it manually.
If too many important errors are detected during image control, the automatic applicable consequences by the site are:
The artwork won't be featured by Art Limited.
The artist must fix the errors (see "ALERTS" tab in message menu).
The image will be reset and resubmitted to validation control later.
Art Limited records errors, a large amount or repeated errors will result in validation priority being set to low.

Image categoriesimage categories

Number (id) for this help section: 5

Image categories are facultative, but become important when you select them, especially for image researchers, your work and Art Limited credibility.
The classification is oriented with the main image subject and its title. Always put yourself in somebody's place to define category, the researcher point of view. Please read the possible consequences in case of misuse.

Photography, film and Polaroid formats: precise the film and camera type in "equipment" text field.
Abstract: this is something without reference to anything in a real or imaginary world, and can't be recognized.
Digital 3D/2D: thanks to precise the software(s) used for creation.

Color: unaltered colors for photography, polychrome and color artworks (traditional painting and others).
Black and white: only black and white artworks.
Toned: monochrome, duotone, toned artwork (sepia, selenium, gold, platinum, cyanotype, split-toning and others), color changes (even digital) from black and white images.
Colorized: altered, post-colorization, rebuilt colormap, partial, selective and zone colorization, and chemical color-shift as in cross processing, intentional or induced by the process itself.

For example, using a Polaroid film often give a colorized vision of the reality: the category is colorized.

What does «fringe selection» mean?what does «fringe selection» mean?

Number (id) for this help section: 14

It means your creation is inappropriate for the high quality standards we have set for Art Limited.
You'll find some useful information by referring to the advice and guidelines.
It's not a judgement against you as a person, and it concerns only the creation and its representation.
It doesnt mean the image is bad, it just means it doesnt correspond to the idea we have concerning Art, here on Art Limited.
It is in no way intended as an insult to you as an individual.
The image will not be suppressed, but is hidden from view for non-member visitors as well as from the community feeds.
Your contacts and other site members will still be able to view it, via your profile or notifications, then comment it, rate it, etc.
If you decide to change the image, moderators will gladly review it again for further consideration.
This relates only to the Community part of Art Limited, and is applied to all account types, and all members.
This will not affect the display of an image on personal sites created with a PRO account, as a private space that has no relation to the community site.
After 20 images placed in fringe on your account, new ones will be automatically marked fringe also and wait for moderators approval for being displayed in common feed.
The Art Limited team will not be available for comments concerning the decision of individual images. Unfortunately the moderators don't have the time to argue.

What does «Moderator advice» mean?what does «moderator advice» mean?

Number (id) for this help section: 15

Most often this is an overly simplistic, a too common choice of subject, basic achievement or a non-compliance with the rules (edges, effects, blur, textures, filters, editing, signing, etc. Read again carefully the quality charter). We are looking for originality, freshness, difference, and technical quality. We don't select images that are too common or similar, easy to perform, unless they are truly exceptional. About 1/100 of the images are selected, so do not be offended if your image isn't, it does not mean this is a "bad image", it just does not match the style we are looking for at Art Limited. Continue to explore, browse the selections, visit major Art exhibitions, see and express the world differently them. If too much images are somehow identical, they can be marked as fringe selection.
The image won't be selected by editors

Add a portrait on the profileadd a portrait on the profile

Number (id) for this help section: 30

Add an image to your portfolio (you can make it hidden if you don't want any comments), then select it into your account menu under "avatar/portrait" tab.

How to add an image into group projects?how to add an image into group projects?

Number (id) for this help section: 17

You have 2 ways to add an image to group projects:
Add yourself to group projects
You must first choose projects and join them. Once done, go to your image editor, select an image and click on the projects tab.
Simply select the project where you want to add your image.
The project onwer has invited you
The other way is when a project owner invites you to join a project or to add your image into a project, even if you're member of it. You will receive an e-mail with details and instructions to follow. Pay attention to projects. Wrong image insertions will be removed by project owners. Only ARTIST accounts can create projects.

I don't receive any more e-mail from Art Limited?i don't receive any more e-mail from art limited?

Number (id) for this help section: 40

Once logged into the site, go to your ACCOUNT menu and follow the simple instructions.
Art Limited can automatically de-activate e-mail messages if your e-mail address has been detected for any problems (mailbox full, message rejection, bounce, etc ...). To avoid this kind of problem and prior to re-activation, you must approve artlimited.net as an authorised sender on your e-mail system. After you have solved the problem you will be able to re-activate yourself through your account interface.

Galleries and display optionsgalleries and display options

Number (id) for this help section: 105

Advanced information under thumbnails, if the option is selected, advanced information is displayed under thumbnails such as:
P points score
A rating appreciations
C comments count
how many times viewed
selected by Art Limited editors
  advanced critics requested

Using tags and keywordsusing tags and keywords

Number (id) for this help section: 99

Tags are like keywords or labels that you should add to your picture to make it easy to find by others, or crawled by web robots and spiders to get more visibility over the web.
You can tag with keywords like "paris fashion moulin rouge eiffel john". Later if you look for pictures of "paris", you can just click that tag to access all pictures that have been tagged with "paris".
You can add tags that belong to personal or popular groups. A number of people have created interesting image collections or a series, with, for example, "johnexhibitionparis2007" for all pictures that were exhibited by John in Paris during 2007.

How to create a journal?how to create a journal?

Number (id) for this help section: 106

Once identified on the site, go to the TOOLS menu and to select the JOURNAL tab.
A journal is a public place in which you can publish your news, your selections, your preferred artists and pictures, and news on art or special events, for example. It will be seen by all the members watching your work, as well as external site visitors. This visibility impact is huge, so use it the best way you can, respecting the following rules.
Inserting HTML code
You can insert simple HTML code, such as bold, italic, tables,and font sizes. Most advanced ones will be automatically removed. You can also add external images like, for example, a logo, decorative elements, notices and posters via the simple <IMG SRC="..."> HTML tag. You'll find many examples about it on Internet.
Using a Reference-Id
A "reference identification" is a marker making it possible to add an element of the site easily.
For an image, you will find this reference in its details (noted [ref-pidxxxx]), allowing to copy-paste it in your journal to be replaced later by its thumbnail with its label, author, as well as a direct link to the original version.
You can also add the artist avatar the same way, the reference (noted [ref-mibxxxx]) being in the description of their profile.

How to delete an account?how to delete an account?

Number (id) for this help section: 107

Once logged into the site, go to your ACCOUNT menu and follow the simple instructions.
For policy and responsibility, we can't delete your account for you, even upon request.


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