Help: Uploading Guidelines

This is a short list of attributes we use to determine whether or not any given upload is fit for e621. Please note that the moderation team ultimately has the last word on this and that those guidelines do not encompass every possible upload.

This page is complementary to both our Do Not Post List as well as the Posting Abuse section in our rules. Read them.

Any submission before 2015 has been grandfathered in and does not need to reflect our current or future guidelines. In fact, there is a substantial amount of old art that would be deleted under the current guidelines, the existence of those old submissions do not validate or invalidate anything on this list.

Table of contents:

1. Good things to upload
2. Bad things to upload
3. Quality standards
4. Humans and e621
5. Advertisements

Good things to upload:

  • Any art or animations that are relevant to "furries", i.e. contain anthropomorphic characters or animals
  • Art you have created or commissioned
  • Art the original artist has given you permission to post here
  • High quality photographs (or scans) of traditional artwork
    • Photo edits/manipulations are also okay
  • Image sets are allowed as long as they have an overarching story (i.e. comic) or otherwise a natural progression (i.e. transformation sequences) connecting the images
    • Webcomics are allowed as long as not the entire comic is mirrored here, meaning only up to 5 consecutive pages.
    • Image sets where a single "base" is reused multiple times with only minor edits (and no story or natural progression) are not allowed
      • Small excerpts (up to 5 at a time) are okay, though.

Bad things to upload:

  • Screen captures: Screenshots from games, still images from movies, video snippets from youtube, etc. etc
    • This includes all content created in sandboxes like Second Life, Minecraft, and similar
  • Memes / Image macros: Anything that is an (existing) image with some text slapped over it
    • Exception: If the image has been drawn specifically for that particular meme then it's okay
  • Small images: Anything below 200px in either direction is likely to get deleted
  • Advertisements: Low quality ads or ads without artistic value
    • If the image has only a small part of it advertising something (like a footer with the patreon link) then it is very much welcome here
    • Adoptables/character auctions, YCH auctions, or any other types ads for auctions are not permitted
  • Irrelevant photographs: Any photograph that isn't of traditional artwork or manipulated to contain furry characters.
    • photos of fursuits, statues, plushies, dakimakura, etc. are all irrelevant to us
  • Low quality submissions: Highly visible artifacts, scribbles, low-quality photographs of traditional media (invest into a scanner, people!), 1000h in MSPaint images, computer generated mosaics, cropped images, anatomical diagrams, bad edits, screenshots, artificial upscales, etc. etc.
  • Images with 3rd party watermarks (think iFunny, 9gag, etc.)
  • Previously deleted content
  • DNP Content:
    • Anything created by an artist or publisher on our DNP-List *
      • If you have special permission to post something from an artist that is on our DNP list then please provide us with proof of said permission.
    • Pay Content (Patreon, art CDs, art packs sold through PayPal, etc. etc.) *
    • Real-Life pornography. No exceptions *
    • Traced images *
      • Referencing from something is fine, it just can't be a carbon copy

Important: Anything above marked with a * might result in a record when posted. If you're unsure check our rules on Posting Abuse or ask one of our administrators.

Quality standards:

  • All submissions need to display a solid grasp of artistic principles
  • All submissions need to be presented in a legible / readable format
  • the chosen medium (image, video, flash) needs to be of a high quality
    • traditional media needs to be either scanned in properly or photographed with impeccable lighting and contrast

Edits

  • edits of images need to be at least on the same level of quality as the original
    • low effort edits (adding stories, changing text, bucket fill coloring, cutting out parts, etc) are not allowed
    • Translating speech bubbles from any language into english is permitted, however.
      • We only accept an english translation and the original language, we will not host additional translations
  • Coloring "bases" (template images) are not permitted if they haven't been performed by the original artist of the base
    • we will only accept up to 5 versions of any given base

If you feel an image of yours has been deleted unfairly do not hesitate to contact us and ask for clarification.

Humans and e621:

Pure1 humans are only allowed as long as they are part of an otherwise furry centric image. If a page, or an image, of an otherwise furry centric comic contains only humans then those pages will also be kept to keep the comic complete.

As such:

  • Anything that does not contain anthropomorphic characters or animals as part of their focus will be deleted
  • If it appears like a human it counts as a human, regardless of what in-universe lore specifies
    • The things that make humans not-human under our rules are visible, anatomical deviations from the standard human
      • Examples are the presence of animal body parts (dog ears, cat tail, pig snout, horse penis, etc), alien body parts, plant body parts, etc
      • This means that orcs, elves, plant-people, humanoid aliens, are all fine
    • a different skin color does not make a human relevant
    • costumes, clothes, accessories, etc. do not make a human relevant

1 If any sort of non-human traits are present the character in question is no longer a pure human, but a humanoid for tagging purposes.

Advertisements:

Acceptable advertisements are those with artistic and entertainment value that far outweigh their nature to sell goods or services. Advertisements that only advertise goods and services are not acceptable and the uploader or artist will need to purchase advertisement space here instead.

  • 'Your Character Here' auctions, censored patreon images, or other censored paysite previews are almost always unacceptable, thus expect these to get deleted
    • advertising your patreon or paysite in form of a signature on any given image is perfectly fine
    • advertising your patreon or paysite in the description of art you have created / commissioned is also perfectly fine