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Ghost in my Machine
Funny thing happened on the way to the sub a dev button.
My tools went ape shit.
If I tried to use my blur too it turned everything it touched orange.
I decided to reboot.
Than if I used the burn tool it copied from every layer and made a new one.
I was in the process of making *jaded-ink a b-day present which I will post. It was not made by me but by my machine. I couldn't figure it out so I fought for two days to do this. Luckily its a dark manip.
Eventually I got on line and looked up the problem. I was ready to reinstall the program.
Check it out.
For every tool in Photoshop's Tool Box, the user may choose to fully reset JUST that tool to its default settings. To do this, look up to the Options Bar. On the far left side you will see a button which displays an icon of the currently selected tool. This is the Tool Preset picker. Right-click on this button, and you will see two entries:
Reset All Tools
The first thing to try when a tool
Be positive. Connect. Empower.
You all know me as a man that loves horror art. I have always had a passion for it and have spent a lot of time through my groups promoting not just the art but the artists as well. We have been told that %dA-Morgue has some awesome features, and we do. You guys have even seen us go toe to toe with some that didn't feel "THE ART" was important. I have never had a problem with sticking up for the things that I believe in. Must be that good ol boy mentality.
We started doing "Damn DD's" at the morgue recently but we have not taken it as far as submitting them to the gallery mod for consideration. Back when people could submit news letters we always made one especially for the winners of our contests and horror artists in general for all the groups to bring horror art to the masses. I'll say it again, sometimes it feels like we are the bastard children of this community. We fight to g
NEW GROUP^Aeirmid and myself have decided to open up a new group for dark/horror/macabre manipulators.
To serve as a home for dark art photo manipulation, to help empower this community to have better visibility, and to educate the dark/horror/macabre communities about proper stock use.
Our goal is to take back photo manipulation and revive dark art. To promote this goal, we have create a new group which we hope will be a force to be reckoned with.
We want to promote the dark/macabre/horror communities on dA. That means we would like to see more Daily Deviations for our community.
To get a Daily Deviation (DD), you MUST have credited your stock. Direct links are not required, but you must indicate where each resource came from. If it is offsite, just give the name of the site (e.g. "Stock purchased from dreamstime.com").
Stock must be LEGAL. That means images taken from sites like lenagold.ru, which distributes
Group Leader's and ManipulatorsI see art taking another turn that I'm not to happy with. Groups have created some sort of art snobbery. They are judging by what they like rather than what the group takes. Worse yet friends get special treatment. Most art being created is all about technique and not substance. I tried to figure out why most art was all the same until I saw a poll than it all fell into place for me. I have seen people that have been creating for 5 years get up and go. The skill is great to have but not for every artists, sometimes its just fun to create and share art. Sometimes its about the imagination, the substance of a piece.
Think before you criticize!
So yeah, thats NOT why I am here. I think I am getting sick, just slept 16 hours and I'm bored so I decided to make a list. A little here and a little there and tried to pull it all together for you. Here is a list that I spent all day confirming that the site allows you to use their images.
PLEASE don't take my word but I found nothing to the c
Interview with Parallellogic`parallellogic Has run group/club accounts since 2007 and has been with da since than. He is also an Admin at #devBUG, #DeviantARTconcept, #Badges-of-DeviantART and several other groups.
We recently asked in a blog that you, the members, send in some of the short cuts you have learned running groups. Parallellogic offered to be interviewed on a few subjects like groups. We were pleased to have him be our first guest interviewee @ #Group-Eaze
=nitchwarmer- Most tips I have found by asking friends and the others were happy
accidents that I shared with other founders. Is there a forum or place
to find out a few of these short cuts?
`parallellogic- For me it's mostly been experience, things I've picked up over time. I really wish there was a
central location for tips on group
Premade Backgrounds featureThis is a repost from my friend
:iconhappyfellaavatar: Premade Backgrounds feature :iconhappyfellaavatar:
There has been allot of BAD things going on in the stock world & premade backgrounds have taken one of the hardest hits!
Changes that needed to be done. No argument here! but its OVER now and its time resume where we were.
Premades get a bad rap,
and now we have groups of haters that attack "just because" I use premade backgrounds and I always will. These stock artists Work HARD to give our community free stock for us to use and love! I hear some say its "just for beginners" and I don't agree with that. I still use them and Make them. sure for someone new to art it is a perfect learning tool But they are much much more than that!
If don't like Premades no need to comment here this is not a debate. This is a feature for our hard working Stock artist who take time out of there world to create these resources for ALL of us at DA
This is feature on
Deviously DelightedI know it's like 1:00 pm in the states, but I am just signing on. I always check my art acct first and then move on to the groups. Today I was greeted with the fact that one of my friends received a DD for one of his recent submissions.
I was going to congratulate him but as you know getting a word in edge wise on a DD is next to impossible. So my friend you did good. Like always your work has a presents all of its own. You talent and imagination should take you far if that is your goal. You rock bro!
Two of my other friend also received a DD today . I have not been by to check them out but instead felt like bragging a little. I don't see the dark side receiving many DD's maybe I don't notice but I still feel we are the bastard children of the art world.
:iconwdwparksgal: Journal today was about her stock being used in a premade BG that won a DD. I keep reading about how sh
Add your VoiceHelping group leaders
We are a new group and up till now the only members we have are admins, cv's, and founders. We would like to start adding group members. It would be a great way to know what you think about groups in general. This whole process is to make stronger groups, not larger. Some of the best groups I know are the smaller one.
Most of the time
there is very little to no exchange between founders and members. We hope this will proved a bridge of communication. Want to know what the founders are saying? We are ready to hear what you have to say about our groups.
Joining is eaze just click the join button, Don't let your voice go unheard. It takes everyone to make a group what it is...
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
Leaving DA (sorta)I'm sorry to report that DA has become increasingly uncomfortable for me the more time I spend here. Browsing through the latest stock is something I am unable to do anymore without feeling completely sick with what people post. Unfortunately our community seems to be the most targeted as we are the ones that use and therefore look at stock the most. Peoples genitalia plastered all over every page is not something I wish to view. Sure I could simply turn on my filter, however do you think any of these people bother labeling their content as "adult"?
I cannot even browse through the latest popular deviations, because once again I am inundated with various images of women with enlarged breasts or behinds, all being labeled as art and photo manipulation. I recently read a journal from another artist stating he approached DA about this issue several times and their response is that they couldn't be bothered to remove such images even if it violates the rules. I find this unbelievable when
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
PE DD Week: Why did an icon get a DD?Why did an icon get a DD?
Daily deviations tend to be a controversial topic within the community and whether or not a DD is worthy of the feature is, as such, often discussed.
As a CV for Icons & Handhelds I often find it interesting to read these discussions, since that way I can see what the community expects of the features, but the recent negativity on the Icons & Handhelds DDs is something I would like to address, which is why I'm thankful I'm given this opportunity during the Daily Deviation PE-week. I will try to explain why I think icons and handhelds are worthy of the feature and why they may be dismissed just a bit too quickly.
Let's begin at the beginning.
When deviantART first started, it was a site that mainly geared towards customization. Be it wallpapers or icons, if you take a look at some of the first DDs. So how come there'
Clarifying an Issue with Stock ResourcesThere appears to be a fair amount of misunderstanding on the subject of stock resources so what I would like to do today is attempt to clarify several issues which are of importance to the artists who generously provide stock resources to the public for use and hopefully dispel the confusion and misinformation which is beginning to circulate.
The first issue at hand is in regards to your personal stock terms
Your Personal Stock Terms
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;
The Reason......why so many CVs burn out after the shortest time are people like those that have surfaced on ^Aeirmid's latest journal.
Those that think, CV-ing is a "job" and that the CVs have to do just about everything from setting a DD every day to holding contests. Don't forget to write tutorials or at the very least guiding news articles at least every second day. And don't you dare miss one tiny subgallery or trend while doing all that. Oh and the DD suggestions that you do get, do tell each and every single suggestor why their suggestion wasn't used - and don't you dare say "because I don't think it's well enough blended" because hey, it sure as hell has an awesome idea behind it and maybe the deviant has some sort of disease/disability/misfortune/etc and just needs a DD to get a better life.
Wake up! It's YOUR community. A community by definition consists of different people with one common interest - in the case of web communi
Weekly Critique Blogs - Signup!In the introductory feedback journal I mentioned that we would be running weekly critique blogs. It's time to sign up!
Starting Monday 29th, I will be featuring five deviations alongside the deviants asked questions. Any deviant can answer the questions, but you are guaranteed answers from the Feedback Team.
What is this?
A quick recap:
Weekly Critique Blogs! - Send us your photomanipulations, alongside three questions which you would like to focus on (for example: "I think the lighting is a little off in this piece, how can I improve it?") and we will feature it in a journal. The community can then help provide in depth feedback to your questions.
How do I get involved?
Send the group a note with the title Weekly Critique Blog Entry.
Every week I will pick five random pieces to feature. I will try and select new deviants each week, so i
Feature: Thanks for your support!These are works from people who commented with kind, comforting words on my journal when I had such difficult moments. Thank you so much everybody, I really needed that. This is for you all!
Dancing To The Tune Of Waves by *maiarcita Time is Precious by ^Aeirmid
:thumb337556283: The Blue Angel by ~SilverCurlyART moop water by ~olethrosred
Interview with SanguineVampInterview with :iconsanguinevamp:
Most people already know you but for the few that don't yet: Jade, tell us a bit about yourself please.
Well, I'm an American graduate school student studying Public Health. This is sort-of like medicine except that (1) it's not clinical, and (2) we deal more with the behavioral side of health, like helping people eat right and stick to programs that will help improve their health like exercise programs or group therapy sessions. I am particularly interested in mental health, and my work centers around the connections between physical disease and mental illness. For example, I am interested in questions like, "What does being depressed do to your heart?"
So, most people do not know I am getting a Ph.D. in something completely unrelated to art.
I'm not trained as an artist, but I have been practicing this stuff for almost 10 years. I'm very self-taught. And now, as the Community Volunteer for Photomanipulation, I am really excited to get to show of
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
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^Nyx-Valentine arrived in our community and started whipping everyone into a frenzy with her relentless desire to bring the Artistic Nude and Fetish galleries to the fore. 9 years later, and it's safe to say that Nyx is not only a leader as a photographer in these galleries, but she has also established herself as a much saught after model. ^... Read More