So here goes: the best submissions to #Photomanipulated in March:
There are a lot of tutorials out there on how to create / photograph texture as well as how to use them on a technical level, but the question of why and when to use textures is rarely touched. This article wants to fill that gap and therefore looks at texures from a slightly different perspective.
For a photomanipulator, the first thing that comes to mind when hearing the word "texture" are images that can be used in soft light or overlay mode to texture a manipulation or parts thereof. What most manipulators therefore have in mind, are images like the following:
Beautiful textures, sure, and useful, too, but have you ever thought of doing more with them than the aforementioned overlays? And have you ever considered using other kinds of textures, too?
- The feel, appearance, or consistency of a surface or a substance (skin texture and tone; the cheese is firm in texture; the different colors and textures of bark)
- The character or appearance of a textile fabric as determined by the arrangement and thickness of its threads (a dark shirt of rough texture)
- The tactile quality of the surface of a work of art
That in turn means: not only something with bumps and ridges and obvious structure is a texture, but also what we generally perceive as "not textured" is!
Depends on the situation I guess. If it's meeting a deadline at work, I have found that panic solves nothing. It will rather keep you from doing your work properly and you'll end up fixing things right and left later. So, try to keep calm and do one thing at a time. If you're afraid you might forget something, make a list and start with whatever is most important. Everything else will have to wait and the world will not fall to pieces if you're a day late (once).
If the situation is having to do something that makes me nervous (like giving a presentation in front of lots of people or going somewhere where I don't know what's in store), I also try not to panic and to compensate what I'm insecure about with trying to learn everything there is to know. For example, I make sure my presentation is good in my eyes and if I'm insecure about anything I check with a collegue (or two).
I'm an open person and a fast learner. I like to share what I know, but sometimes I need some time to myself - especially in the mornings I'm just no good at small talk. I can be impatient and sometimes I come across as arrogant and bitchy because I am very outspoken. Especially when I see something happening that I feel is injust, I will speak up and be very direct about what I think needs changing.
Books, TV shows and movies I think. I'm a big fan of good stories! But of course there's other stuff, too, like seeing what other people do and travelling to different places. Lately, I've been so uninspired it's not funny anymore. I'm not sure what to do about that but wait and see. It's not the first time that I feel like that and it won't be the last, so I know it'll pass sooner or later, but it still sucks.
When I was still at university, I tried doing some commissions. It was kinda fun for a short while, but on the other hand it was frustrating as hell: payment was bad especially considering the hours it took, the clients seemed to be either undeceisive ("could we maybe try it this way, too?") or so set on something I simply hated ("How about orange?!" - yuck!) that the going was slow at best and then there were the tons of requests that offered no payment at all but "exposure" (biggest lie ever). I came to the conclusion that if I were to actually live off of this, I would need to learn to view manips not as fun, but as work. And I didn't want to do that. In my current job, I also come into contact with clients who may be indeceisive or stubborn, but it's engineering, so I can mostly say things like "it's a nice idea, but it won't work for this or that technical reason". It's a lot better than trying to keep someone from using garrish colours as you can imagine.
I wish people in general and on dA specifically would stop pretending they are tolerant and finally live it. The whole shouting about who stole whose idea (when it's so obvious that the manip's idea took like 10 seconds of looking at the stock to use it in that specific way), what group rejected you (when you didn't even bother to read their rules or ask why afterwards) and the constant bitching about faves and watches and what not just shows you are not tolerant, not open and very self-centered. You're not here for art, but for some sort of popularity contest. Personally, I just ignore most of that, butsometimes it is hard not to listen. If I had a magic wand, I would make people understand that their millions of faves and watchers and what not are not going to get them anywhere. If you just have watches and faves galore because you are a nice person who is always on dA commenting on other's work (and there's nothing wrong with that by itself, don't get me wrong), but your art is mediocre, you will not get asked for those commissions you'd love to be doing, those big ones for big companies/movie makers/writers/musicians etc.
Haha, maybe? When I came to dA in 2004, dA was a much smaller place than it is today. And the volunteer team was also very different. For one, there weren't this many and for two, they stayed until they were fed up. Also, they were called gallery directors back then and the general idea was for them to handle miscats, feature DDs and write some informative news articles (which back then was a priviledge for admins and volunteers only).
Especially the part about the "staying till you drop" was a two edged sword: on one hand, there was a constant for the galleries (which I'm glad has come back somewhat with the mentoring program which allows those who are not burnt out to stay on longer than a year), but on the other, it often happened that activity from one gallery or other was low. And when someone handed in their hat, it always was a huge drama because deviants would first think "who made them leave?" rather than "oh, they've had enough". Today, deviants will shout for your head when you don't set a DD every single day. Strange how this has changed, isn't it?
So, what I'm trying to say is that both of my terms were different experiences, but both were definitely worth it. I could probably ramble on about those differences, but I don't want to bore you to death. I just want to say this: if you love what you do here on dA, just do it. You don't need a hat to write articles, found groups, initate projects etc. Sometimes, being in the spot light like that can even be a negative experience. There will be folks complaining about your choices (DDs, features, articles, interviews) who previously knew you but didn't complain because to them, only now that you have that hat, they see your choices as life-altering somehow. When in truth, they are not. But no amount of reasoning will help there and if you're the person who takes such things to heart, I would think twice about putting on a hat. Sad but true.
my boyfriend would have something to say about a devmeet at our vacation lol
Seriously though: we have already booked two weeks in Italy in September. Tuscany Expect pictures And in May we wanted to go to southern Bavaria (Germany) for a week, near the mountains for some hiking (or what I call hiking anyway, nothing too stressful *grins*). But that isn't booked yet.
My favourite colour is purple. It might say that I loved my first car, a Nissan Micra, to death In my art, I use just about any colour as long as it's bright and positive, so not really much of a connection I guess.
Chocolate!!!! Always chocolate! In all forms: regular chocolate, pralinés, drinking chocolate, ice cream, cakes,...
That is a very complex question because there is not just one thing that makes or breaks a manip. It's more a whole host of things, but filters usually break a manip, rather than help it, because they are often used unspecifically on the whole image without regard of if they're actually needed. For me, the two most important aspects of a photomanipulation are 1) is the stock cut out with care? Or are the edges too sharp or too smooth? and 2) Is the light fitting? do the shadows sit right? And the highlights? Including the colours of those - for example, using pure black and white for shadows and highlights will make your work look flat and lifeless. To achieve these things, you have to combine all the techniques you know about and if you don't know many, I would suggest to read and follow some tutorials to build up your repertoire. Even if you think you know a lot, there's always something new around the next corner And then just practice, practie, practice. There are no shortcuts here, I'm sorry.
Originally, all I wanted to do was learn HTML and create my own website, so I started by following tutorials on how to make buttons and layouts in Photoshop. So my advice to you would be to find out what interests you in manips and start following some tutorials that teach you that look or technique and then branch out from there. Don't try to take on too much too fast or it will be frustrating. Rather try playing around with the program of your choice and your photos; maybe start by doing some digital scrapbooking to get a feel for the tools. For more on starting with manips, you can also read this article.
I used to be when I was still studying, but these days I'm here once a day without really doing much on weekdays and a bit more on weekends - I wish the day had more hours
About sxc.hu stockGreetings!
A few of you have been really worried lately about using stock from sxc.hu here because of the change in their ownership. Basically, you were concerned that their license says that you cannot redistribute their stock in whole or in part, by itself or combined with other elements, without the written approval of the original photographer.
As we all know by now, creating a photomanipulation is considered "making a derivative image." And we know we can't make premade backgrounds without permission from the photographers, as doing so is redistributing their work.
I advised a couple of you to check with the Help Desk and sxc.hu to find out the whole truth before making rash decisions about your group that could potentially make everyone panic.
Using my own personal account, I wrote to sxc.hu to find out what the story was. Here's what I said:
I was just wondering whether creating phot
Dead Horse is Dead.Hi all,
Thanks for your patience with the stock nonsense these days. I received this e-mail as part of a mass BCC today:
Dear [name of original writer],
Thank you very much for your email.
I have multiple requests for the same information from many devianart users, this response is bcc'ed to all parties seeking clarification.
I am aware of all the discussions regarding the use of sxc.hu images by devianart users. It appears a lot of the users have misinterpreted the terms of the license agreement granted by sxc.hu and I will be happy to clarify and hopefully answer all of the questions.
1. The rights granted by sxc.hu license are very limited and specific. You may not use sxc.hu images in photo-manipulations or digital collages. Furthermore, you cannot create any derivate works with the use of
I've also had to decline a lot of tuts for being hosted on youtube or external tutorial blogs:
I shouldn't have to mention this, but here we go:
As always, I've been declining a lot of submissions that were not up to the gallery standards.
I would hope to see you around at #photoshop-tutorials and that by putting this in my own journal as well, maybe some people will be willing to help with the blog to get some more life into the group
See you around!
Hi, I'm Jasmin! And who are You?Hi, I'm Jasmin,
and I'm not very good at introductions, but seeing as I've got plenty of new watchers, I decided to try anyway
So, who am I? Well, in this so-called real life, I am a process engineer working for a plant engineering and construction company based in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. I design plants that remove certain unwanted gases (like CO2 and H2S) from either natural gas or synthesis gas streams. I live with my boyfriend in a small town just outside of Frankfurt at the foot of the Taunus.
The contrast between countryside and this skyscraper-filled city is great; and not just for taking photos.
Though taking photos is of course my most prominent hobby - that and creating photomanipulations, which you can fin
...some recent faves
After a longer hiatus, they are back! Find below our 4th Manip Challenges!
Note to NaySayers: this is supposed to be a fun event. It's called a challenge because there are rules to observe. But it is in the nature of these rules that a lot of similar images will be created for this. While everyone likes a great idea and/or a piece that is on a high technical level, this excercise is not meant to be seen in such a light. Meaning that in a classic contest, we usually look for originality and compete with others -- here, we look for a personal moment of satisfaction, maybe helping someone break their artist's block by doing something just for the sake of doing it. Not everything always has to be a big competition. Sometimes, all you need is a nudge to do something at all. We like to provide that nudge. If you don't like looking at a lot of similar pieces, maybe you should go and find one of the countless "real contests" to watch and engage in.
~ Jasmin (who felt compelled to say this because she's tired of having everything turned upside down by people who just seem to be best when complaining about one thing or other)
I'm gonna start with my all time fave: a picture that shows you why they call this the Côte d'Azure (blue coast):
We were in an apartment with swimming pool just above the Golfe de St Tropez (that blue bit at the back - the wide lense didn't quite do it justice):
One of the most spectacular views can be had from Gassin looking down on the golf - the night before it had rained so on that day you could actually see the Alpes in the background (click for bigger view):
But that was not all (top to bottom: view from Gassin towards Grimaud - Ramatuelle - View from Ramatuelle - Bormes les Mimosas):
In the Massif des Maures you can go for long walks (or as in the case of the first image, you can also go by car on tiny roads that gave me the creeps):
But of course, there's also the beach:
And the port cities St Tropez (first image) and St Maxime (second):
Of Copyright + Premades
Disclaimer: I'm no lawyer, I do not work for deviantArt, I'm merely someone who has been doing photomanips for quite a while and has taken the time to read quite a few articles on the topic. The views expressed hereunder are mine alone. They do not reflect any "official dA opinion" nor are they to be taken as "legal advice". Furthermore, you may live in a country that hasn't signed any of the treaties that govern international copyright law, so you'd have to check with your country's national laws.
I strongly urge you to not only read the journal, but also the comments underneath it as there are a lot more examples of what you can and can't do as well as more links to information being shared by your fellow deviants!
What is Copyright?
I'll paraphrase/quote the wikipedia article on the topic for this:
"Copyright is a legal concept, enacted by most governments, giving the creator of an original work exclus
Stock and Resources: Policy ClarificationThe Stock and Resources community is an integral part of deviantART, both for having an active community of its own as well as providing high quality stock to all deviants.
As this community has grown so much over the years, so has the amount of invalid stock and resources that have been provided by some deviants. The Stock and Resources community feels like this reflects negatively on them, the volunteers have a hard time trying to teach people about valid stock and how to use it correctly, and it gives an appearance that deviantART Staff tolerate so-called “art theft” or copyright infringement.
In this article our aim is to reinforce our policies regarding stock and stock use and clear up some misconceptions.
Stock and Resource submissions to deviantART:
What are Invalid Stock and Resources?
In short, invalid stock or resources are anything which you do not have full permission to upload. This incl
Premade Backgrounds and Group Submission ChangesToday we’re going to address the “Circle of Stock.” Cue Disney’s “The Lion King” theme song and call me Mufasa. Just like in the circle of life, what we do affects another group, and returns to affect us again. We have a responsibility to the artists that use our stock to provide legitimate and safe stock resources. As an administrator for a few art groups as well as stock groups, I have seen what happens to the artists who use invalid stock resources. They have had their art declined, or had to replace stock elements through no fault of their own. This especially includes those who includes celebrity or otherwise copyrighted material, even if it was uploaded to the Resources and Stocks section of . It isn’t fair to the artists who use the “stock” and hurts the credibility of not only the stock provider who uploads it, but the stock community itself.
Premade backgrounds have always seemed to be flo