Submit to SDB
Sprite Database didn't get to be the mammoth juggernaut of the sprite archiving world that it is with the efforts of one man (although I think I deserve some credit...). Nay, our thousands of quality sprites and other resources have come from a community of loyal viewers like you. If you want to join the ranks of these awesome people, here's what you need to do. Please keep in mind, submissions can only be made through the forums.

How to Submit
  1. Go to the Spriter's Block, our forums, and register an account.
  2. Go to the SDB:Submit board.
  3. Make a topic like "My rips" and include links to your submission, as well as relevant information.
  4. That's it! If it's good it'll be put it up on the site as soon as possible. Isn't life great?
Submission Guidelines

How to Submit

All submissions must be processed through our forums. I do not accept submissions by email or private message - submissions must be posted publicly in order to help prevent stolen materials and other problematic submissions from making it onto the site.

  1. Go to Spriter's Block, our forums, and register an account.
  2. Go to the SDB:Submit board.
  3. Make a topic like "My rips" and include links to your submission, as well as relevant information.
  4. That's it! If it's good it'll be put it up on the site as soon as possible. Isn't life great?

"Stolen" Materials

  • Don't submit rips you didn't rip yourself.
  • Don't submit customs or edits you didn't make yourself.
  • And please, don't pretend to be someone else and submit their work.

File Formats

  • For images, use .png - it's a small, simple file format that won't mess up your images. .gif and .bmp submissions are acceptable as well, but in general I will probably convert them to .png anyway.
  • Sound files can be submitted as .wav, .mp3, .wma, or .mid; other formats may be acceptable too, as long as they work fine I'll take them.
  • For submissions with a large filesize or consisting of multiple individual files, feel free to submit them in a .zip or .rar archive file.

Quality Control

  • When ripping sprites or anything else, aim for completeness. The more complete your rips are, the more likely they are to be accepted.
  • That said, no one can get 100% every time, and even a somewhat-incomplete rip can be useful. If you have an incomplete submission that you feel you won't be able to finish, it may be worth posting anyway.
  • No blurry or resized rips. Sprites need to retain their original, crispy, pixellated goodness. Look at this chart.


    #1 is perfect! Normal size, no blurring.

    #2 is at 2x size, but with no blurring. It can be fixed simply by properly resizing to 50%.

    #3 is stretched to an uneven proportion which has also blurred it. It can't be fixed.

    #4 has been saved as a .JPG. From a distance it looks fine, but the JPG format has blurred the image. There's no way to reverse this unfortunately.

  • In general, you should refer to my How to Put Together a Sprite Sheet tutorial for tips on making an attractive, useful submission.

Label Your Stuff!

  • Tell me what the submission is (character's name, or at least "Player 1") - if I have nothing to go on I'll have to make something up!
  • The exact title of the game - if the game is already on SDB please use the same title to avoid confusion.
  • What console/platform the game is from. With some multiplatform games it can be hard to tell versions apart.
  • Example: Tarma from "Metal Slug 3" for Neo-Geo. (Character, Game, System - see?)

Icons

  • As a contributor to SDB, you are not required to include an icon for your submissions. However, doing so will increase the speed with which your submissions are added to the site. Guidelines for icons are as follows.

  • Sprite and background icons must be 100 pixels wide by 50 pixels high. Icons can be .png or .gif; if there is any whitespace, use a transparent background. No animations please! Like this:


  • Games also have 100 x 50 pixel icons, but they must be .png files consisting of a screenshot from the exact game, or at least a believable mockup of a screenshot. Like this:
Customs & Edits

We also accept custom and edited sprites of popular characters. The above guideines for rips mostly apply for these as well, but keep in mind that customs and edits will be judged a little more subjectively. Quality is more important than quantity ( number of frames / animations) but single sprites or pixel art are not accepted. And obviously you should only submit recognizable characters from recognizable series (games, cartoons, comics, anime, movies, etc.) Generic things like props or effects are also acceptable. No original characters please!

Like I said, customs are more subjective than rips, so just post them and we'll let you know what we think.