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Jun's Beginners' Guide to Newgrounds

Posted by solitonmedic - December 4th, 2018

Updated: October 20, 2020 [7:04 PM EST]

Hey there everyone! Due to the recent outbreak of Tumblr artists migrating to NG, I decided to work on a little handbook to help newbies get settled in. 

The Art Portal and Scouting: 

Anyone can submit their art into Newgrounds, however their art will not appear on the Art Portal right away. That user needs to be 'scouted' before they can really submit stuff to the Portal. Only a Scout (a person who was scouted and granted entry to the Art Portal) can do this. 

In order to get scouted, you need at least four submission already submitted within your NG account. Once you do, a Scout can grant you entry. Keep in mind you cannot ASK to get scouted. That will lower your chances in actually getting entry within the portal. The best way to get scouted is posting your art within the Art forums in the NG BBS.

Another thing to keep in mind, by any chance you, the Scout that scouted you, or a user that was scouted by the same Scout that granted you entry has their submission removed or are banned from the Art Portal, you will be pruned and lose the right to submit artwork within the Art Portal, and so will the Scout that scouted you and the scouted users that Scout granted.

EDIT: As of the 12/5/18 maintenance, you can add up to 12 tags within your art now!

EDIT2: As of the 1/16/19 update, you can now set individual frames from GIFs as your thumbnail now, as well as set multi-image pics in your submissions. In addition, you can now add tags to blog posts now.

Never accept Art Portal rights with anyone you wouldn't trust your life's work with.

The list of art moderators and more can be seen here.


What's Allowed and What's Not?:

Newgrounds has a strict, no-tolerance policy on works or content that you did not made your own, or stolen from another. Simply enough, don't be dumb and commit art theft like a lunatic. However, considering some special cases (i.e. using Source Filmmaker models and etc), the rules can be interpreted a bit differently. 

For a more detailed explaination on what's to be expected when submitting content within NG, read the Newgrounds Wiki entry here. 

If for some reason you feel the need to report a submission or find something that doesn't belong in the Portals, you can report that submission by clicking the flag icon on the submission's title bar.

Keep in mind test animations/games are frown upon in the movie/games portal. Please submit that within the Game Development and/or Animation forums respectively.


Remember to be descriptive in your report. False reports can get you in trouble, or worse.

Leveling System, Voting, B/P Points and More:

Every new user registered onto NG start off with the standard Level 1, Civilian badge, Normal whistle, and no B/P points get up. To level up, you need to vote on submissions across the entire site. For every vote you earn 2 XP. You'll be able to continue to rack up experience until your fifth vote, at which you'll make a deposit for the day. You can only earn a total of 10 XP for a single Grounds Gold day. How a Grounds Gold day ends and start is dependent on your own current time zone. 

XP adds weight to your vote, allowing you judge a submission much more critically. Within NG's own general portal, you have the power to either save or completely destroy someone's precious submission. A movie/game submission needs to be judged before it can really enter the Portal. For each submission you save or delete, it'll add toward your B/P (Blam/Protection) count. Gaining B/P points also adds more Voting Power to your votes!

Keep an eye out for Double XP events! These are most common during Newgrounds holidays, like Clock Day, Pico Day and Madness Day!


Voting 0-1 stars on a movie/game submission will blam it. Voting 2-5 stars will protect it. Voting incorrectly will not earn you B/P points.

For a more details on the the system and the process of judging submissions, check out the wiki here

You can look at in-depth statistics using this helpful site, NG Logs, made by Byteslinger!

Helpful list of NG holidays:

  • Pico Day: April 25th - May 11th - A day dedicated to everything Newgrounds! Sometimes it'll just be just the mascot, Pico. (Between these days, Tom tends to specify the date randomly between these days. The event is NOT ongoing!)
  • Robot Day: July 10th - A day dedicated to robots and everything possible inorganic.
  • Clock Day: August 15th - The day the submission called "B" passed judgement, upon which the Clock Crew was founded. (Very good for Blam/Protect points farming.) ;)
  • Madness Day: September 22nd - A day celebrating the ultraviolent Madness series, created by Krinkels.

Rarely celebrated or defunct holidays:

  • Luis Day - No one really settled on a day, so it was last held around July - August 2007.
  • Denvish Day - Last celebrated was December 5th, 2005!
  • Inglor Day - Last celebrated was September 17th, 2005!

Also keep an eye out for animation jams! The bigger they are, the most likely Double XP bonus will follow!

User Pages and Customization:

While NG doesn't have as much customization options as Tumblr does, NG does allow you to list your favorite movies, games, and even medals earned through games, trophies and even stats. Like Tumblr, you get your own page, named right after your handle name (i.e. ******.newgrounds.com). It's your own personal page and it can be as a easy gateway to your other social media outlets. 

You also got your own blog right in the middle of it all, and you free to switch around the columns to what you see fit. Not only that, you can also set a cover pic, your profile pic, and even the accent colors of the page, all in one tool!


It's a really snazzy tool, just saying.


The BBS and You:

The Newgrounds Bulletin Board System, or NG BBS for short, is the best source of information (minus anything that goes into General) you can find about everything Newgrounds, animation, art or basically anything you can think of! It's also a way you can discuss topics with other fellow NGers about utter nonsense if you wanted to. 

Remember to read the rules!!

This Is Great And All, But How Do I Freakin' Upload Stuff?!

Simply press this handy button right next to your private messages and other handy buttons...


Go on, push it...

...and pick your poison!


Remember to upload content that YOU made or own the rights to.

Oh, as a extra thank you... every NGer gets a free 500MB+ (500MB more if you're a Supporter) of storage to use on the Dumping Grounds! Improve searchability with tags! You're only limited to four tags at time, however a pending update is coming where you'll be able to tag even more information about your content!

Collabinator and the Project System:

The Collabinator and the Project System are two of the most helpful tools for content creators here on Newgrounds. 

The Collabinator allows artists, musicians or even writers to come to get together and put their skills to work. It's a good way to seek out paid work for others, getting a project going, hiring artists and etc, or just the means of putting yourself out there. This is the best way to get some serious networking here. 

The Project System is Newgrounds' own publishing system for everything movies, games, audio or even artwork. The PS handles publications of your works, manages revenue for all members working, access Dumping Grounds data and more. 

It's fairly complex, so take the time to read up the wiki for more information.

EX: Audio Portal and Geometry Dash

Like the audio portal, musicians need to be scouted in order to have their music showcased or, to be used within the game "Geometry Dash".

Please note uploading music you did not make or with the intend to be used within GD is EXTREMELY frowned upon and you can lose your scouting privileges and can get banned indefinitely.

For more information, read up on NekoMika's quick FAQ here.

EX2: Source Filmmaker and similar @ Art Portal

Submissions that make use of 3D models of copyrighted characters is strictly prohibited within the Art Portal. Do not use models you did not made when making SFM posters. However, it's perfectly fine if you submit theres in forum topics within the Art forums.



If you got any questions or information I might had missed, feel free to send me a PM or comment about it down below. 



Comments (19)

This is really useful! Thanks! ♥

You're welcome!
Recently updated with a bunch of new info, check it out!

Don't forget to share this posts with friends and other artists too!

Thanks a bunch!!!

No problem, updated the post, check it!

Hey this is pretty useful! NG really needed something like this! Good place to link to if people ask now.

First of all, thanks a ton for this guide. I'd already read up a bit on the wiki, but it's nice to get some additional info about how things work around here.

Anyway, I have one question: I imagine being banned from the art portal entails violating the site rules, but what are the criteria for having a submission removed from the portal? All I've been able to find about it is that it happens if your artwork is "shitty," but that's painfully vague. Is it based on the ratings system?

If your submission was stolen or uses content from someone's else work without their written permission, then the mods here got the right to tear it down and revoke your Art Portal privileges. A 'shitty' submission usually doesn't warrant a ban, but if 99.99% of your content was just spam then that merits a ban and a possible suspension of your NG account.

The rating system is mostly there to gauge user interest, passing judgement on stuff, and positions on the rankings. The leaderboards isn't used much anymore and the results there are mostly static. Getting a low or a zero score doesn't mean much in the Audio/Art Portal (even if it's shitty), however if your score falls below the average in the Movie/Games portal while it's in judgement, it will be blammed (deleted). Anyone who successfully protects/blams a submission gets points for doing so.

It's a nifty way to self-mod the site yourself. Scores of 5 really does help people though, and 5 stars are pretty to look at.

@totalgary @solitonmedic Thanks for the clarification! I have to say, it's really impressive how welcoming and helpful this community is. NG truly is something special :)

You should see how unruly the spam was back in the day, full cooperation of EVERYONE was a must here was needed to keep the place clean!

Nowadays, there aren't anymore spammy submissions around to boost your Blam points anymore. :(
We kept it TOO clean now, but a couple of stuff do come around now and then

Hey, just read through the guide, couples typos you might want to correct:

ends and start > ends and starts
allowing you judge > allowing you to judge

Also seems we now have 12 tags instead of 4! As of yesterday at least.

I’ve noticed!

I’ll make some changes and update some information as soon as I get home.

Cool. :)

This is just great, thank you friend

thanks for the guide.

So.. anytime I see a flash for example.. and it has 0 stars and I vote 0 and it gets blammed I receive a blam points. Or how do I know if it's under judgement?

You'll know if a submission is blammed when the site congratulates you for "destroying someone's hard work", just like how the site announces you earn one Protect point. (it will only notify you if you were the last vote needed for a submission to pass/fail judgement.)

Sometimes it doesn't, so verify it's gone by looking at the portal, your stats and the obituaries.

Gave the guide a update!

Changed the name so it'll feel a bit more "polished", added a new line within "What's Allowed and What's Not?" concerning test animations and test games.

Another update, added information about the Audio Portal and Geometry Dash usage.

Thanks for the guide.

Update coming up, included a link to a list of site moderators.

Added a bit regarding submissions made from Source Filmmaker and similar.

How do you link your NG art in the forums?

Copy the web address from your browser then paste it onto your post, NG will automatically attach the extra stuff for you.

for example:
and etc

Another update, another entry
Covers the 1/16/2019 update!

Yet another update, this time I added the usual Newgrounds holidays and included info about Double XP events. Cool.

Oh my goodness, this was so helpful! I can't thank you enough... ;_;