I have tried shrinking first, but then I get upset when the effects I want won't fit and other effects just don't look right. LOL Thanks for the offer to host, but it's the friendly competition that I enjoy so much.
Shrinking to 240 x 240 won't always work with the fancy effects because the effects add too many bytes for the CATT server. Over the years I've made some submissions with effects only to find they were too dense to use. It was very frustrating. For quite a while I've had no time to make any kind of submissions, but I will try to get back to making some after I retire and have had some time to decompress.
ohai :) I was playing, but mostly because i enjoyed sending gifts to my friends :) right now, i'm not online often, but i'll check the link you gave me and will try to help as many friends as i can :) thanks!