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Free Stock Photos on Google+Dear Treasured Friends,
I hope you all enjoyed the Holidays and wish you all the very best for 2013. In the spirit of new beginnings, I wanted to invite anyone with a Google+ account to join a new community for free stock photos: https://plus.google.com/communities/115578627597518250724
For the longest time, I have to admit I did not pay much attention to Google+ versus the likes of Facebook and Twitter... but with all the other Google products that seem to pervade our web browsing experience, I see so much potential in Google+ for social networking because of how seamlessly it can be integrated with Google Search, Chrome, and Gmail to name a few.
During the Holidays, I was looking for Google+ communities to join and was surprised to see a lack of free stock photos. So I decided to create one and together with the help of the wonderfully talented :iconevelivesey: , we have been working to populate it with a wide selection of images from our own galleries (450+ and counting). Needless t
Stock and Resources UpdatesLETS TALK ABOUT STOCK "REQUESTS"
Every year we get excited, eager, passionate new stock providers entering our small but growing community, and every year these new stock models in particular get targeted by a small group of "requesters" Those of us who have been on the site for more than a few years recognise the types of "requests" I'm talking about and know to absolutely avoid them at all costs, but its something that I've seen more and more regularly over the last few months, and its definitely a concern.
There are standard "pose requests" that are NOT requested for the "artist" to work from. They are simply asking you to take photos of yourself in provocative poses so they can get off to your stock.
Firstly - please keep in mind that the images you are providing to artists are STOCK ART - they are first and foremost designed to provide artists with useable, useful references, either for traditional art, or digital art or whatever media they choose to create
Contests News and FeaturesWelcome to Stock & Resources 2013!
We hope you all had an excellent beginning to the New Year! Please find below some very interesting contests, features and news.
Precut stock - all the problems :/
Precut stock is something that like Marmite, people either love, or hate. Either way it brings its own special issues to stock providers and photomanipulators alike, so I've highlighted some very important points you should take into consideration below.
Precut stock is in its very nature "EDITED" therefore its is no longer in its original photographic form and should therefore be posted to resources/clipart OR stock/premade backgrounds/.. NOT to the usual stock galleries which should be reserved for original photography that has only very minor post production edits such as exposure/brightness/contrast etc. alterations according to DA's gallery definitions.
Precut stock - like all photo
A Beginners' Guide to Photo ManipulationWhat is Photo manipulation?
According to Wikipedia "Photo manipulation is the application of image editing techniques to photographs in order to create an illusion or deception (in contrast to mere enhancement or correction), through analog or digital means", which means that Photo manipulation is the art of "building" a new picture by setting several others together seamlessly.
With that objective in mind we, photo manipulators, use what are called image editors, like Adobe Photoshop , which is the most commonly used. However, other programs, such as Paint Shop Pro, Corel Painter, Paint.NET, or GIMP, may also be used for that purpose.
Interview with titusboy25Interview with :icontitusboy25:
First goes first: Titus, tell us a bit about yourself please.
My name is Titus Popescu, I'm 30 years old and I live in Romania.
How did you start with photomanipulation and how did you learn this kind of art?
I started photomanipulation a few years ago. I was into photography since... allways and I wanted to make my own wallpapers. So I bought the software (Photoshop), found a lot of tutorials and practiced doing those tutorials. At first I learned the tools, after that I learned the techniques and finally I used all that into making my own imagination came true in my works. In time I developed my own style.
If you watch other people's art, what skills do you find important and why?
I sure watch other people's art, there are quite a few extraordinary artists on deviantart. A good work is a combination between imagination, concept and good Photoshop skills: editing, painting, lighting, coloring.
What advice can you give to newcomers in photomanipulation?&
What you need to know - Photomanipulations- Comission prices - Shadowness - My-space - Youtube - Livestream - Facebook fan - Thumblr
I have put together some helpful blogs and journals for you to read and have all the tools in your journey as a Photomanipulations artist. This amazing members had the kindness to gatter the basic and important informations you need. Tool of examples :iconphotoshopplz: In advance sorry my bad grammar.
The galleries in deviantart are divided by a specific theme in sub-categories that makes them easy to find.
Lighting: Tips and Tricks ~ artist interviewsHey
As a complement to our educational challenge on lighting http://fav.me/d59hlpx , we've asked a few fellow deviants to tell us how they work with lighting. Hopefully some of you that may still be struggling with lighting can pick up a few tips and tricks from their answers!
1) How do you usually go about creating the light in your pieces?
I work the light after I have settled the light source and all the elements that are going to be in my piece, so this way I know color and direction of the light. I'm going to try to summarize the process, is basically various layers converted into clipping masks for the outline glow, I use soft brushes first and contour the edges, and then I use harder and smaller brushes to get the light sharper. Then for the skin and clothes a bunch more of layers where I paint the light, again, varying the size and hardness to achieve the final result (big/soft brushes
Rules for the Photomanipulation Mini-Challenge
So! For those of you who may not have been paying attention lately, today (August 7th) is deviantART's 12th birthday! To celebrate, we held a Stock Challenge chat session earlier today. Now, it's time to MANIP THAT STOCK!
MANIP CHALLENGE RULES
The idea, once again, is that we are creating a “fractured” fairytale in which we will be twisting a well-known story into something completely different. Can you take the story and put your own alternative spin on it?
“Fractured” (Twisted) “Beauty and the Beast”
The moment it all went wrong. The night an “old beggar woman” was turned away from a warm hearth and a curse that backfired and twisted the world in a way nobody - not even the old beggar was ever expecting.....
A beast who turned out to be a beauty... or a beauty who was really a beast. Y
Challenge: The Art of Lighting (UPDATE!!)UPDATE, NEW DUE DATE FOR ENTRIES
Due to circumstances that prevented us from being able to post our article with more lighting tips/tricks, the lighting challenge deadline has been extended for one week, with entries now due by September 5th, 2012 Entries can be submitted to the folder "Monthly Challenges", here http://theartofmanipulation.deviantart.com/gallery/39061687 . So far we have 5 lovely entries, we hope to see more though!
Challenge: The Art of Lighting
Hi guys! We are going to be having a monthly educational challenge for you all to participate in! Each month you - our lovely members- will vote on which topic you would like to learn about, and one of us, you're ever loving admins, will write a journal about the subject and propose a challenge for you to complete. Sounds fun, right?
So, I hear you all would like to know what's the 411 on lighting, so I am here to write up a jour
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
The Danger of Model RequestsHiya Darlings,
So some of you may remember a while back when ^Elandria asked us to spread the message about what is, and is not an appropriate stock requests for model stock. Keep in mind that this applies to both female and male models. I ran across an article in the news today that made me want to bring that subject back into the spotlight.
3 Missing Colorado Women Have Online Modeling Profiles
This really disturbed me, as I know that quite a few models here on dA also have modeling profiles on ModelMayhem. The internet can be a wonderful place to gain exposure for your art and build your modeling portfolio. Unfortunately, if I may borrow a line from Melissandre, the internet is also "dark and full of terrors." There really are monsters out there, and you should always proceed with caution. Never assume that it "can't happen to you." I know that it can happen to you.
I really want you to take the time to re-read (or read it for the first time) :
The Portrait Tests are up and a Video!Yaaay! So I finally finished uploading the portrait tests today. I felt like goofing off last night and playing around with some fabric. I also managed to get my first "too fat" troll within two minutes of uploading. Dude, it's not a news flash, and snarky comments won't change a damn thing. If you don't like it, move along. I've lost 60 lbs since my wedding, so suck it.
I realized that I REALLY need to get the office finished so I have more room to work. I also need a tripod and a remote. The only thing is.. I don't think there is a remote for my camera. Oh well. I'll be dragging my husband into helping me take some photos hopefully Thursday or Friday depending on what we have to do that day.
Here are a few of my favorite shots:
If you are a new stock provider and are watching or considering this group, I encourage you to visit #The-Stock-Directory and look over the Learning Resources for Stock Artists gallery. #The-Stock-Directory is a learning based group that helps new providers grow and learn the ropes. I would also encourage you to familiarize yourself with the terms and guidelines regarding stock. That should
Your Personal Stock TermsThe Language You Use Is Very Important
deviantART has a large and devoted stock resource community and we really do appreciate their presence and their generosity with the community.
I do have something very important I'd like to mention for everyone who offers some sort of stock resource so hopefully those who read my journal will help to disseminate the information and spread it around to those who might not otherwise read it.
Officially deviantART maintains only one "automatic" restriction and that is "No Commercial Use" and that particular restriction can easily be overridden by the actual stock provider.
We only ask a few things from you in return.
Your terms or restrictions should b
What are "Stock and Resources"
and can I use them in my submissions?
Stock images or program resources are materials created with the express intent that they may be used by other artists in their own artwork. Use of these materials are subject to the artist's license, which may or may not require the payment of fees and the documentation of sources used.
We strongly recommend that you credit your resource provider(s).
All artwork submitted to deviantART that uses third party source material must follow the license set by the provider. As the creator of the source material, the provider is able to set specific licenses for different materials and so you must check that you are following the license for each used material.
Failure to comply with the Terms and Conditions or License requirements attached to the stock may result in administrative action being taken against your account.
My image was delet
Mollie's Ribbons I grew up in a small town just a few dozen miles from the closest water sourcea slowly shrinking aquifer that squatted underneath the seat of Thompson County, our neighborly border. Fortunately, we hadn't yet been quite as devastated by our annual droughts as those in Oklahoma and Texas. Rumors would occasionally drift in with a tumbleweed traveler about how bad the deep South had dried up into nothing but an old dusty lake bed, but these flashes of news were too few and too far between to be counted on as up to date or even true.
Once, I heard one of my distant cousins, a boy by the name of Harold, was said to have been caug
Keep in Touch!
`anmari has been spreading her infectious positivity throughout our community for over 6 years. Throughout this time Ana has been at the core of all things devious, passionately developing an eclectic gallery, helping organise devmeets, participating in chat events and also recently completed dedicating her time as a Community Volunteer. We are absolutely delighted to bestow the Deviousness Award for May 2013 to `anmari, congratulations! Read More