I'm fed up with so many of these resource packs spamming up the forums, so I decided to post this in hopes that it'll at least deter any more people from posting these kind of packs, as well as give some general advice.
IF YOU PLAN ON POSTING ONE OF THESE, DON'T BOTHER:
Bucket Fill Packs Other names include: simple pack, smooth pack, cartoony pack, flat pack, OCD pack, etc.
If you were going to make a resource pack that is just 1-2 colors smudged across the entire texture, stop right now. These take no effort to make and are often accompanied by an adf.ly link, which is why these are generally disliked by the MCF community. These kind of packs are usually done in MS Paint with the bucket fill tool, which is where the name "bucket fill pack" comes from. Clarification: A bucket fill pack is not "smooth" or "simple" in any way. For a true representation of a simple/smooth pack, feel free to check out Steelfeathers's Dandelion or Plenty_of_fish's Nemo.
X-Ray Packs Other names include: hacking pack, transparent pack, cave finder pack, ore locator pack, etc.
This is a no-no for basically the same reason as the bucket fill pack above: it takes absolutely no effort at all. All you're doing is taking Mojang's (or often Faithful's) textures and cutting holes out of them, not to mention that this sort of cheating is looked down upon by the Minecraft community.
A remix pack is basically taking one or more other resource packs that aren't yours and either just mashing them all together to form a single one, or making minimal changes to it and calling it your own. This also includes various customizers and Painterly packs. Although some resource packs have relatively lenient guidelines, redistributing them is generally forbidden. If you plan on uploading a remix pack, you must acquire DIRECT CONSENT from either the pack's guidelines or the owner of the pack. Also, keep in mind that making remix packs is totally okay; posting them online up for download however, is not. Keep them to yourself for your own enjoyment.
This is most often a person uploading textures for a specific mod or modpack support. These do not go on a separate thread. Upload it as a reply to the original resource pack's thread instead.
For example, if you've made Tinker's Construct textures for the Faithful pack, post them on the Faithful page instead of in a new thread.
SOME ADDITIONAL THINGS TO CONSIDER:
Moneymaking link redirects Examples include: adf.ly, linkbucks, fileice, etc.
If you absolutely need the $0.50 total that you'll probably get from it, then be polite and at least provide an alternate link that doesn't redirect you.
This relates back to the "Remix packs" section. If you plan on using another resource pack's files, and if and only if you have acquired prior permission to use them, give clear credit both in the thread and in the resource pack folder itself. Note: If you're making edits to an existing resource pack instead, scroll down a bit and read the section "Existing Pack Edits."
This is a common problem among first-time resource pack artists. Seriously, we don't need the entire .minecraft/assets folder with all its 100MB glory. Minecraft already has code that uses default files when they are missing in a resource pack. Just zip the things that you changed and nothing else.
When a person is looking for a texture pack, you want them to be able to find the one they want quick and easy, including yours. This isn't necessary, but it is extremely encouraged to include the following in the title of your thread:
- Version for your resource pack (Is it for the current version, does it include snapshot support, etc.)
- Resolution of your resource pack (8x, 16x, 512x, depends on your textures)
- Theme of your texture pack (Is it cartoony? Gritty? Medieval? Sci-fi?)
Screenshots are mandatory in the thread of your resource pack. There is no excuse. It doesn't matter if your image hosting isn't working or if you're too busy to bother. If a resource pack doesn't have screenshots, it will be reported and taken down.
Also, please include your image link in [img] tags so that it actually shows up as an image inside the thread, like this:
Note: If your resource pack includes sound files, a video may be more appropriate.
Even the best and most talented are subject to criticism. Now, the amount of criticism may change depending on the quality of your work, but nothing on the Internet is totally free of it. If you're planning on uploading a resource pack and think it's your greatest masterpiece, don't forget to always expect and be open to criticism. It's much less of a hassle to accept the criticism and try to fix your work accordingly than to make the mistake of lashing out defensively as many people seem to do, not to mention that taking that criticism into mind will most likely improve your resource pack.
IF YOU'RE MAKING EDITS OF EXISTING PACKS, PLEASE READ:
Existing Pack Edits
The most common mistake that people who post these make is upload their edited textures, along with the original textures. Don't do this. Most resource packs prohibit this and may consider it stealing.
As of Minecraft 1.7.2, Mojang has added the handy feature that lets you combine different resource packs in-game. Take advantage of this. Only post the files that you made on your own, and put a link to the original resource pack. If you want, you can provide instructions on how to combine resource packs for people trying to download your pack.
Please tell me this can be pinned at the top. Please. Please on wise and loving moderators, please.
I would love it if this were very VERY visible. You're right, this has become an absolute epidemic recently. I applaud ANY effort to curtail the amount of abuse and garbage we've been subjected to recently. Even if it causes just one person to stop and think for a moment about what they're doing it will be worth it to have it pinned.
Plus it would make the mods jobs a little easier.
Bravo WaterTipper. May your efforts not have been in vain.
Creativity+these basic rules are the most important things for any beginner of texture pack making... and for all texture artists in general.
Absolutely agree that it should be pinned at the top and be one the most noticeable topics of the section.
One thing you could add, is link to some examples of what NOT to do. Could also help saying that there are literality over 12k packs that fall under your 'simple' definition, and those are only the ones with 'simple' in the file name... Such has been done to death and back again several times over.