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Basic Training
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basictraining is an icon challenge community whose aim is to inspire icon makers to investigate seperately the two stages of icon construction: namely, making a base and then transforming that base into a finished icon. Each week, we will be inviting challengers to submit entries in two categories: an icon base made from photos, scans or screencaps that we will provide, and a finished icon built from one of last week's submitted bases.

Which steps should be used in each stage of iconmaking? Glad you asked.


  • Cropping
  • Brightness/Contrast adjustment
  • Saturation
  • Color modification
  • Image quality adjustment


  • Brushes
  • Textures
  • Text
  • Gradients and Gradient Maps
  • Masks

If you have any questions at all, please contact either of the mods (nellenoir & patchedrobes) and they'll get back to you as soon as they possibly can.

  • On Mondays, a post will go up that contains both the screencaps/images that will be used to make that week's bases, as well as an anonymous list of bases submitted last week.
  • Challengers will then have the next week to make 1 icon from one of the bases submitted, as well as to prepare 1 base that will be used in next week's challenge.
  • All icons and bases are due 11:59 PM EST on Friday. A voting post will go up Saturday morning and run through Sunday. Winners will be posted either Sunday night or Monday morning.
  • All bases submitted will be aggregated and listed in the next challenge post.

Awards will be presented as follows:
  • First place
  • Second place
  • Third place
  • Mod's choice
  • Most creative
  • Best base (awarded to a base used in the icons submitted that week)

The first three awards will be based on voting, and the last three are presented at the mods' discretion.

  • Your submitted icon must conform to LJ standards (100x100px or less, 40kb or less, acceptable file format, etc.)
  • Blending two bases together is not allowed.
  • You may not use your own base to make a finished icon.
  • Your finished icon may not alter the base in any significant way, eg. altering the cropping or heavy image editing. Remember, the challenge comes from working with what you're given!
  • For every challenge in which you submit a finished icon, you must also submit a base. Finished icons submitted without accompanying bases will be disqualified.
  • You must vote in order to be eligible to win. Do not vote for yourself.
  • You may not post your icon or your base anywhere until voting is finished. Similarly, do not tell your friends to vote for you. It should be anonymous.
  • You may vote even if you have not entered an icon or a base.

Questions, comments, concerns? Comment on any mod post or contact nellenoir or patchedrobes.