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Hi folks! :wave:

It's time again for our monthly photomanip newsletter. Find out what has been going on in the past month and what not to miss in the coming one. :work:

The latest

  • Manip Academy 2.0

    We have plans to start a new round of Manip Academy articles, a series of short photomanip tips run by the community. If you have no idea what I'm talking about, see this link which will lead you to the previous Manip Academy project:
    The idea behind the project is that writing entire tutorials is difficult and time consuming, when on the other hand it can be so easy to simply share an easy trick to achieve a certain effect. Everyone is invited to participate! Let us know if you would like to contribute with something. :nod: Stay tuned for further updates on that matter during the next month!

  • Outstanding groups

    We plan to start an article series highlighting some of the outstanding photomanip groups around dA. Many active groups offer useful tips and resources, organize contests, feature their members or do other interesting stuff that makes being a member super worthwhile. These groups deserve more attention. :nod: The project is run by our newest CRPhotomanipulation admin Rowye. Stay tuned for more!

Stock Treasures

Thanks to CelticStrm-Stock for forwarding us these awesome, overlooked stock gems this month!

Wastelander01 by DaeStockRhinoceros iguana by Fotostyle-SchindlerSnow Fox 6 by DarkBeforeDawn23Fog Stock 05 by Malleni-Stock

Stocksites, tutorials and active photomanip groups

These handy lists can be found here for your convenience. If you want any of them to be updated, shoot us a note! :)

Stock sites, tutorials and Photomanip groupsExamples of good stock sites
Please note that this list is meant to give an overview of available stock sites that we would recommend to use, but it is in no way meant to be complete, and we do not take responsibility for the legitimacy of every photo uploaded on these websites. We recommend that you check the rules of every stock photo you download there and the specific Terms of Use (ToU) of the website.
The following list is divided into several subsections, paid and free stocks, and attribution required or not required.***
What does attribution mean exactly? It basically says that you're obliged to credit the stock provider whenever you use their stock in your work.
Stocks for purchase

As always, although we do our best we cannot be everywhere. So if you know anything that is missing or should be included in the next newsletter, let us know! We greatly appreciate any feedback. :nod:

Over and out! :salute:

On behalf of your CRPM News Network team.

Previous newsletters:

Photomanipulation Newsletter January 2016
CRPM News Network December 2015
Photomanipulation News November 2015




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Weekend Fun

Sat Feb 6, 2016, 10:14 AM

Tuesday Treats | Thursday Greets | WishingWell Weekly

Welcome to Weekend Fun!

[GIF]my weekend plans by MACKINN7

Group Highlight

Lets meet one of our affiliates.

"This is a club for any artist with a passion for animals, whether you are just a beginner or a professional. We strive to help our members by exposing them to the art community, and of course, a community with common interests. So come and join! We'd love to have you here!"
Meet the staff

Share some points

GIRAFFE by major-holdups Moonworld by Tiefenschaerfe
Great Horned Owl - Sleepy by JestePhotography Green Anole by Andres-Cadena

Affiliates News

If you want to affiliate with us, please write in your request the reason why you want to be affiliated with dAWishingWell. We will then affiliate to you. In exchange, your group will appear in the next Thursday Greets and your DeviantArt community related journals will be featured in Weekend Fun.

Contests and challenges
Challenge #17- 100 Word Ghost Story- Enter now!
Community News, and Contests!
Contest around DA: February Feature
Late Winter Contest! LOVE
Mini-Challenge Monday!~
New Contest! Love 2016
Pixel Challenge Week 54!

deviantART related
dA - Deviations and Scraps (Polish)
Valentine's Day Art Exchange 2016!

5 Reasons Why I Love Suggesting DDs by Malintra-Shadowmoon
Art Nouveau Deviation of the Week III
Avatar Contest Winner
Bearded Feature #6
Fickle Friday: If I Lose Myself
Good Souls feature (January)
I-Heart-Colors: Best of Jan 2016
Monday Pixel Madness #55
MTF - January 2016 + Tiny world
ProjectPorkchop Vol539
ProjectPorkchop Vol540
ProjectPorkchop Vol541
Stock and Resources DD Roundup: Jan 2016
The Treasure Chest- Ed. 15
Weekly Mini-Challenge WINNERS!~
Welcome to Tuesday Take-ins!

DA Starters 110-DestinyGibbes
DA Starters-111-doodlegirf
Seniormentors Interrogations: brennenxr

News, articles and tutorials
2016: Big changes at Project Educate
Black Sheeps
Community news for newbies - February 2016
Off-Site Linked Resources and Daily Deviations
PE: Community Week Wrap-Up
The *new* PixelChallenges is here!

Projects, events and help needed
DeviantART Compliments #155
Open Features List
Share you Stuff: Upcoming Newsletter!

The Birthday Puppeteer

If your birthday or your friend's birthday is this month, you can tell us in Call for February birthdays

Happy birthday to:


As Small as You by Erynnia Bowie by Raiecha Chat Dow by Bilou020285
Clear Skies by Enaxn Doll house by Sparkle-Baby
Contest entry: Kody by MaulOpress Lioness by TigresaDaina Shattered [GIFT for Raben-Katze] by Chan98
Gyro by Kawiku Ice Cocoons by Ozzkat

That's all for this week! Have a good weekend!


52 Week Photography Challenge #6

Sat Feb 6, 2016, 2:24 PM
Welcome to CRPhotography's 52 week photography challenge for 2016! Every Saturday we will be announcing a new idea for you to photograph, and submit to us via comment on each announcement journal. This project aims to challenge you with new concepts and requirements that you may not normally face. This week's challenge is:

Photograph a table. Just a table. Outside.

You took pictures of empty chairs a while back. Let's see what you can do with a table. Enjoy!

  • You are free to interpret this prompt as needed.
  • All photos must be new, and specifically taken for this challenge.
  • Leave a comment in this journal with a link to your photograph.
  • The deadline is Friday, February 12, 2016 at 11:59 PM PST.
  • One winner will be selected, and will receive 100 :points: within the first two weeks of the following month.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to leave a comment here or send us a note.

Now go go go! And have fun!

Last week's challenge was: Take a still life photograph of food.

And the winner is alwaysdaydream with:
Three by alwaysdaydream
Congratulations! :clap:

Top 3 entries:
Grape by LicamtaPictures
mmmm, Chocolate! by Awesomealexis1
Bier Essencials by andromeda-ek
Winner and top three selected by RockstarVanity

Challenge #18- Give Me Your Heart

Journal Entry: Sat Feb 6, 2016, 4:32 PM
Valentine's Day is right around the corner, but I didn't want to go with the theme of love for our next challenge...I decided instead to challenge you all to create a piece of art that features...

A heart.

We challenge you to create something that includes a heart. This can be interpreted at will. Cute hearts, cruel hearts, still beating bloody hearts. The choice is yours.

Challenge #18 will be open to all mediums!

To join:

-leave us a comment in this journal with a link to your creation.
-mention (or link) this challenge in the comments of your deviation.
-your creation must fit the theme.
-your creation must be new- created for this challenge.
-the deadline is 2/20/15.

We will pick two deviations to be featured in our 'Best Of' folder.
These will also be featured by :iconprettyflour:
along with 50 points each.

:heart: Prize donations always welcome and greatly appreciated.  :heart:

Any questions? Comment here or note the group.

Thanks so much and I can't wait to read your words!

Talk to me, or my partner Shima-taicho31. We work with the DA police force and we will do out best to help in a situation.…

If you are wondering about why there is blonde and purple in the mane, I decided to dye my hair again. I used the dye to make the longer parts if my hair purple but also keep the blonde color on the others. Keep in mind I'm talking about real life.
Hey all! I hit the 500 watcher milestone and, as per request, am hosting a raffle to celebrate!

This raffle ends on March 17th at 12:00 Central time.

Frands by midnightpremiereYou don't know Danger by midnightpremiereBonehead by midnightpremiereDragon Want a Taco by midnightpremiereShowstyle Watermelon Splash by midnightpremiere


I'm starting out with ONE PRIZE. If I get 50 entries, I will add the second package. If I get 150 entries, I will unlock the final package. Ambitious? Heck yes I am. I'm trying new types of art pieces and new styles this year. Let me shower them upon you.
<May add more if I go completely overboard. Just saying>

The Blue Package

:bulletblue: 1 set of three facial expressions for pony or human/humanoid OCs, either showstyle or stylized. Expressions of choice.
:bulletblue: Chibi piece with 1 pony character of choice.


The Yellow Package

:bulletyellow: 1 set of four facial expressions for pony or human/humanoid OCs, either showstyle or stylized. Expressions of choice.
:bulletyellow: Chibi piece with 2 pony characters of choice.

The Green Package

:bulletgreen: 1 set of five facial expressions for pony or human/humanoid OCs, either showstyle or stylized. Expressions of choice.
:bulletgreen: One TSSSF (Twilight Sparkle's Secret Shipfic Folder) mock card design.
:bulletgreen: Your Splatoon, Pokemon, Undertale, OR MLP character in a future big piece of mine!


:bulletpink: You must be a watcher!
:bulletpink: Create a journal entry with a link to this journal and a description, and paste that link in the comments down below!

Thank you for your support, and I hope you enjoy this deluge of art!
The winners will be chosen at random using a random number generator.

This raffle ends on March 17th at 12:00 Central time. That's St. Patty's Day!
Hello members

So Valentines Day is just around the corner. Anyone planning on drawing a valentine pic of our favorite Lombax and Markazian couple ? If so you might wanna start now since I know how tedious drawing can be sometimes. No pressure if your not planning on drawing anything, of course.

Meanwhile I mentioned in an earlier journal I was thinking of having Talchet week on a different date then when it was last year. I was thinking about having it on March 1st to the 7th.

What are your thoughts on this date, cause last time I chose a date, a lot people were busy during that week. If having Talchet week works with on this week, leave a reply saying it does. If there are enough yes votes, ill post the themes of the week two week before Talchet week.

Hope to hear from you soon :)
Premise || Rules || FAQ || Auditions || Prizes  || Chat

Hello, adventurers! It is I, IshtarDragon again, with very very VERY important news regarding the deadline for auditions!

Due the fact that we have received notice that many of you have found yourselves in circumstances where you would really appreciate an extension of the deadline, and due all the new people becoming interested in this OCT, the judges have arrived to a decision! Which is...

(drum-roll please)

We are extending the deadline for the auditions!

Auditions now end on

April 27th, 2016 @ 11:59 PM PST

(In case you need a countdown, here it is!)

Holy flying pigs! That is like almost 2 extra months months! Use this time wisely, travelers!

Also, remember that you can already submit your refs without having your audition yet! For more info, refer to this journal.

Don't forget that your ref needs to have both a front-view AND a back-view of your character/s! And you need a separate ref for your dragon/airship, like this one or this one! (Unless, of course, any of your characters can fly. Please refer to the FAQ for more info!)

That is everything for now! Any questions, go ahead and ask! Happy sailing!

Software for Animating

The great thing about the modern world is that we don’t need specialized equipment to make things anymore! Disney had to use a machine that was almost a whole storey high in order to make multpile layers appear to move as one frame. Now, all we need is a computer, a tablet, and some software!

You can do animation the old fashioned way with pencil, paper, and a pegbar (which you can find for like $3 online). Or you can do it using software. Over my searches I’ve been able to find a few programs that the pros use, as well as some really cool open source stuff. I’ve not used all of this, but it’s here for you to try out if you so desire!

:pointr: Paid Software

Paid software is the easiest way to get a quality program with oodles of help. But they are not cheap, and the companies are doing their best to finnagle more money out of you (yay for corporate greed ::looks directly at Adobe:: ).

Here are a few that I’ve found for animation:

Prices are in USD unless otherwise stated.

:pointr: 2D Animation

:bulletblue: ToonBoom
:above: Has monthly/yearly subscriptions ($15 per month) and the full program ranges from $300 for light and $2,000 for full.

:bulletblue: TVPaint
:above: Full program is €1,250 (About $1,400). Light program is €500 (About $560).

:bulletblue: Adobe Flash
:above: Adobe has a subscription of $20 a month for a single program (you can't get it perpetually anymore, apparently). You can get the Cloud (all adobe products) for $50 a month.

:bulletblue: SAI Animation Assistant
:above: If you buy SAI, this is free. Easy Paint Tool SAI itself is ¥5,400 (About $47).

:bulletblue: RETAS! Pro HD Animation Suite
:above: This is what the anime industry uses, or so I've read. This is a series of 4 programs. You can download the demos, but I don't know how much they cost; it seems Western distribution is discontinued.

:pointr:3D Animation

:bulletblue: Autodesk Maya
:above: Maya has a 3 year free trial for students! The program itself is subscription based now. $1,500 for a full year (I think). There's a light version for $240 though.

:bulletblue: 3D Studio Max
:above: Apparently Autodesk owns this now too. Also a subscription for $1,500.

:bulletblue: Lightwave
:above: Full commercial version is $700 (but only for 2015, the new verion is prolly around $1,000)

:bulletblue: Poser
:above: Full commercial pro version is $380, the CD is %500.

:pointr: Compilation/Video Editing Programs

Theses are programs you can use to edit and enhance animated scenes. The above are mostly for making the animations and then exporting them, and some can compile and edit them okay. These make compiling, adding sound, music, and effects much easier. And they aren’t exclusive to 2D or 3D!

:pointr: Compilation Software

:bulletblue: Premiere Pro

:bulletblue: After Effects
:above: Both of these are Adobe, so either $20 a month for the one, or $50 for the Cloud.

:bulletblue: Final Cut Pro
:above: Great if you have a Mac (which I don't). $300 for the program.

:megaphone: Note on Adobe Cloud: Adobe are jerks about canceling a subscription--they'll give you the runaround, and basically you have to call them to cancel. Also, they have this sneaky thing in their agreement, so beware:  If you cancel within 14 days of your order, you’ll be fully refunded. Should you cancel after 14 days, your payment is non-refundable and your service will continue until the end of that month’s billing period.

:pointr: Open Source Software

“Open source” software is totally free. Of course, you’re welcome to donate so that they can continue to improve the programs, but you aren’t required to do so.

:pointr: 2D Animation

:bulletblue: Pencil2D

:bulletblue: Synfig

:pointr: 3D Animation

:bulletblue: Blender

:pointr: Illustration/Digital Painting

:bulletblue: Krita

:bulletblue: GIMP

:pointr: Compilation/Video Editing

:bulletblue: Windows Movie Maker

:bulletblue: Lightworks

:above:Note: Also, Blender is apparently good at this!

:pointr: Other Cool Resources

:bulletblue: PureRef
:above: An excellent little creature that lets you collect reference information into one giant file and zoom/pan how you please.