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A Guide to Tutorials

Fri Sep 19, 2014, 1:00 PM by Elandria:iconelandria:
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Stock & Resources


So, you want to make an awesome tutorial for your friends, and anybody else who might be interested in your style/techniques/skills/programming/designing ...

There are some essentials you are going to want to keep in mind when you make your tutorial.

:bulletpink:Its not just a bunch of text and some pictures (OK it is, but theres more you could do! )

:bulletpink: Its not just a few quick tips or pointers for a friend who asked you for some more details (OK it is, but its more than that! )

:bulletpink: Its not just some work in progress screenshots/photos of your next big project (OK it is, but its SO MUCH more than that!!)



Don't forget, great design IS ART!





LANGUAGE


DeviantART is predominantly an English language website.  However, DeviantART is a global community, so not everyone can read English fluently.  Make sure your use of language is going to reach as many people as possible so try to be concise when you are explaining steps or techniques. 

If English isn't something you are particularly fluent in, GET SOMEBODY WHO IS TO CHECK IT!!  They will be able to spot grammatical problems, typos and other readability errors for you which will improve your tutorial 100%.

Interweb speak is fun, but it is useless at conveying complex directions or information - avoid at all costs! There are 26 letters in the English alphabet, and over a quarter of a million distinct English words. Please make use of them!



:bulletgreen: DYK - One of the main reasons tutorials get declined for Daily Deviation features is because of spelling errors, typos and readability problems! :bulletgreen:



LENGTH


If your tutorial suddenly develops a life of its own, grows additional limbs and tries to eat your cat when you are putting it together, consider condensing your steps or breaking your tutorial down into a series of smaller tutorials. 

Don't forget very lengthy tutorials packed full of information can actually be off putting, as much as a wall of text can be or a deal made with Crowley.




DESIGN


Most tutorials will consist in equal parts of images and written text, with the exception of literature tutorials which may still contain images to break up the literature content. 

Your job as the tutorial creator is to present your information in the most engaging, understandable, readable format.  How you do this is up to you, but the important thing is to make an effort.  Don't just slap your unedited phone pictures onto a blank document and scribble around them!

DESIGN ---- Fonts


Font font font. Even if you produce the most incredible fact filled tutorial on the planet, if you choose the wrong font or font size the chances are you will completely put off all but the most patient of readers. 

Choose wisely! Some font types to avoid are things like heavy script/handwriting fonts and fancy fonts. You want your tutorial to be legible! 

Further, whilst choosing to hand write your tutorial steps (rather than using a handwriting font) can be cute and give a tutorial a lot of character, it can be another big offput.   Hand written text is never going to be as neat as you think it is.



:bulletgreen: DYK - Another main reason for tutorials being declined for Daily Deviations is because of font choice, colour and text size!:bulletgreen:


DESIGN ---- Images


A Picture paints a thousand words.  In a tutorial where you are using images as a significant part of explaining and showing how to do something it is VITAL that they are clear, in focus and actually show the thing you are trying to explain.

Crop your images to properly focus on the important aspect.  Edit your images to make sure they are well exposed and sharp.  Take the time to take photos with a camera rather than using your phone - unless you have the knowledge and ability to take good photos using your phone.

CREDIT YOUR SOURCES! ALWAYS credit source stock images if you are using anybody elses work to illustrate your tutorial.  No matter how small.  Not crediting is considered a cardinal sin, and you tutorial won't even be considered for a Daily Deviation without any necessary credits.  Even if all the images are your own. Say so then there is absolutely no confusion!

:bulletgreen: DYK -  Images can seriously let down an otherwise good tutorial and is another big reason why they might be declined for a Daily Deviation. :bulletgreen:


CONTENT


Your actual content, the thing you are creating the tutorial for is above and beyond the most essential element. 

Nobody wants to know how many times a day you check your Facebook account, but they do want to know how many layers you might have in your digital artwork, or how you effectively used that kind of paint on that type of canvas. 

This is an ART website for ARTists - no matter their skill level, and this is your target audience when you post your tutorial to the site.



TL;DR - Your tutorials showcase your art



Just as all of your gallery showcases your artwork, so do your tutorials.  Whenever you use your art as an example of a technique or skill, or display it in a way that scrutinizes an element or the over all effect,  it becomes a reflection of yourself and of your abilities to present yourself in a professional manner - so make some effort! 

You never know when a well written tutorial might be featured by an external tutorial site and go viral, so make sure they look great! :thumbsup:

DEVIANTART   :heart:s TUTORIALS!



Here are some beautifully designed and presented tutorials!

Female to Male Crossplay Makeup Tutorial by Vilya0 Tutorial: Cake Layering by cakecrumbs Polymer Clay Chocolate Chip Cookies Tutorial by Talty
Do's and Don'ts of Stock Photography by Tasastock The Lighting Tutorial - Part 1 by kuschelirmel-stock Photomanipulation Tutorial  on blending by tamaraR
Tutorial #18 : A possible path on the color map by AquaSixio Cloud Tutorial Part 1 by yuumei Can/ Soda Tab Chainmail Vambrace Tutorial by kirilee
Creating a City Tutorial by TylerEdlinArt Painting metal by yigitkoroglu Let me Catch a Walkthrough by Norke
Know your Basics - PerspectivePerspective comes in different forms, the most obvious & basic of which is the use of the word in relation to the appearance of relative orientation in a three dimensional space. At first, it may seem irrelevant to photomanipulators, (because, hey, the photographs already are perspectively sound,) but putting more than one photograph in context requires that you learn to see what makes sense and what doesn't.
The Technical Stuff

Perspective (from Latin perspicere, to see through) in the graphic arts, such as drawing, is an approximate  representation, on a flat surface (such as paper), of an image as it is seen by the eye. The two most characteristic features of  perspective are that objects are drawn:
Smaller as their distance from the observer increasesForeshortened: the size of an object's dimensions along the line of
sight are relatively shorter than dimensions acro
Planning the Evil Plot
A half-guide, half-narrative on writing a story
brought to you by Super Editor

Basics
Before I start writing, I like to have some idea of where I'm starting, where I'm going, and how I'm going to end up there. Let's say that I want to write a comedy about an author who suddenly changes places with her Mary Sue. I usually jot down some basic ideas:
Characters:
Sarah, the author: ~13 years old, average-looking, glasses, rather tall and gangly
Ellemere, the Mary Sue: ~16 years old, long flowing hair, violet eyes, etc.
Forrest (Ellemere's love interest) : ~18, stereotypical pretty boy who is too dark and broody to make a good love interest
Leon: ~17, Ellemere's somewhat dorky friend who falls in love with her but is cast off to side in favor of Forrest
Tangent: For those of you who are confused, the ~ symbol means "about." I think it comes from math.
I like to draw, so I'd probably make doodles of these characters too. Drawing characters is a great way to develop th
Your Character TOO Special?
Is your Special Character
TOO SPECIAL?

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Are you indulging in a few too many "special traits"? Is your story really an excuse to show off your Super Special Character? Are you committing a MARY-SUE/GARY STUE?
--> Dead give-away: Your favorite character is YOU only BETTER!
Who is Mary Sue/Gary Stue?
According to SubReality.com:
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
"Mary Sue / Gary Stue is any original or deeply altered character who represents a slice of their creator's own ego; they are treasured by their creator but only rarely by anyone else. A Mary Sue/Gary Stue is a primadonna (usually, but not always badly-written,) who saps life and realism out of every other character around, taking over the plot and bending canon to serve their selfish purposes."
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-- For more details:
http://www.subreality.com/marysue.htm
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
The Mary Sue/Gary Stue "Self-Insertion" in Manga Fan-fiction:
According to A


Your tutorials don't have to be boring!
Be creative, but don't forget the design essentials we've talked about above!





Birken by UniHydra
:heart:The dark, the wonderful, the mysterious, the enchanted, the abandoned:heart:
...budapest III... by roblfc1892
School is Out by 5isalive Storeroom by stengchen
Le Fauteuil by ZerberuZ Melody of Solitude by phoelixde
interior, Chimney hall by ElaynaTeos
Lost in the time by PatiMakowska What Else ... by PatiMakowska
juntos.. by kriakao A Maze In The Haze by photofreak385
Bako 5 by juhku
switzerland14 by Gehoersturz Next Up by IvanAndreevich
Sparklesand by IvanAndreevich Towards the dying Sun by Ondskapens
Balcony Sunset Panorama 4 by comsic
Hungarian skies pt.XLII. by realityDream End of Days by IvanAndreevich
Misty Morning by FreeForms Purple and orange skies by DeanAndSamsGirl
The gully by RezzanATAKOL
Driving this road down to Paradise by Miguel-Santos She comes in colors by thrumyeye
The Rebirth of Light by John-Peter Morning Lights by DeingeL
Autumn serenity by m-eralp
Beneath The Storm by Nelleke After The Storm by jkrab
The Journey Continues by Oer-Wout Shadowlands by nina-Y
in memory of by rahmanio
Transformation by KR-2Y-51-3K A World Alone by tvurk
Amethyst by Nelleke Strange Formula by tvurk
Thirty Minutes to Spare by Kaz-D
Goji: The Temple by A2Matos Podzimni balada by tomsumartin
To the unknown by erynlasgalenphotoart The Sun In The Stream by Nelleke
Diurnal by georgewjohnson
-Autumn melodies- by Janek-Sedlar Bluebell Sunset by danUK86
Listen and Wait by jadden Beech Woods by bongaloid
Stone by MattDennie
Where the wild things are by erynlasgalenphotoart down to the riverside by indojo
Those Foggy Days by LG77 a new morning by indojo
donde empiezan los suenos by kriakao
springtime ... by indojo a bit springtime by indojo
La Magie d'Ayguebonne by FlorentCourty forest by KR-2Y-51-3K
Trails by Nelleke
Morning Rays by DemonsWrathPhotos Autumn forest by Gatsch111
Walk in the forest before the sun goes up by DeingeL Into the wild. by mylittlebluesky
Sulky Saturday by tvurk
I just wonder... by firepaved Rain by Kentucky-Nightmare
.:Into The Fog:. by bogdanici Franconian jungle by Aphantopus
The Lonesome Tree by Unkopierbar
Heaven by runwhat Alone by sarpeco
Bright Light by MaximeCourty Underwood Illumination by MaximeCourty
Shades of green by Addran

Freebie Friday #08

Fri Sep 19, 2014, 9:11 AM
Howdy! Welcome once again to Freebie Friday!

Sometimes you need to declare something. Sometimes you need to show a little support for the people you love. Sometimes you need to let the world know just how much you love toast.

Of course, you could do this with text but it's often so much better with a stamp.

Stamps have visual impact not only with their content but also with their borders. Use the traditional stamp edging for a classic look or wrap your message in lace for an elegant touch. Or, y'know, just go wild and use something unique like a graphic of an open book or computer screen. There's so many wonderful and creative borders on dA that you'll always be able to find something to suit your message.

Especially because toast goes with almost everything!

Enjoy, m'dears!

New Freebie




Folder Stamp Base by Gasara

Laptop Stamp Base by Gasara




Features




Stamp - Template by firstfear

Stamp Template by zilla774


Stamp Border #13 by OtomeNishiki

Stamp Border #17 by OtomeNishiki


Mass Effect Paragon Computer Stamp Base by Gasara

Mass Effect Renegade Computer Stamp Base by Gasara


Star Stamp Border by Mirz123

Stamp Border ~ hearts by OtomeNishiki


Pixel Template by stuck-in-suburbia

Ribbon Stamp Template by Sophibelle


Traditional Stamp Border by Gasara

Pixel Stamp Base Updated by Mirz123




Guides & FAQ



01 - deviantART Customisation FAQ
02 - Basic HTML Formatting Guide
03 - Basic CSS Style Guide
04 - Custom Box Troublehsooting


Freebie Friday Archive
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Stock & Resources


What you need to know about Pre-Cut Images:




Pre-cut images can be a very handy resource for artists looking to save some time on the extraction process of stock.  These images are isolated from their primary background in a .png or .psd format. These resources should be well extracted with a clear attention to detailed removal, and a lack of stray particle pixels.


What these should contain:



- They should come from resources that allow for redistribution, typically your own images.

- The pre-cut image should have its original source cited in the artist’s comments, including your own images.

- They should meet the minimum size requirements of 1000 x 1000 pixels.


What these should not contain:



- They should never contain Google, celebrity, anime, movie screen shots, or retail website images. These so-called “renders” are not permitted in the Stock & Resources gallery.

- They should not be smaller than the required minimum size guidelines.

- They should not contain excessive amounts of stray pixels or missing significant portions of the image being extracted.

- They should not come from resources that do not allow for adaptation and redistribution. This includes other stock websites and pay sites that have non-redistribution clauses in their EULA.


Relevant FAQ Regarding Pre-Cut Images:





FAQ #809: What are deviantART's stock image guidelines?

FAQ #217: What are "Stock and Resources" and can I use them in my submissions?

FAQ #257: What sort of permission do I need to use someone else's work?

FAQ #157: Can I use things created by other people in my submissions?

FAQ #792: As a stock art resource provider, how can I be of help in regards of stock art resource usage in prints?

FAQ #306: Does "Crediting" let me use whatever I want?


In closing:



Your obligation as a stock provider is to provide safe and legitimate resources for artists to use. By using your stock, they trust that you are adhering to DeviantArt Guidelines with the stock that you provide. Failure to abide by the guidelines that dA provides not only impacts you, but our community, and the artists that use your stock.

But what if we see someone sharing celebrity, etc. pre-cut images? Be a pillar of the community and show them how wonderful our stock world can be. Do not go on the offensive with attacks and shaming journals. Work with them, and try to teach them. It may be possible that they are new and are unaware of the guidelines regarding pre-cuts. If all else fails, use the proper reporting channels located on the right hand side of the deviation page.

The Stock & Resources Community is a unique and wonderful place. We support each other, and accept new providers with open arms.

#FF - FeatureFriday - Week 38

Journal Entry: Fri Sep 19, 2014, 7:50 AM



 Hello there!
This is nº 38 of my photography feature project called FeatureFriday (or FF). 
Each week I will be faving photos that I see and show them to you every friday.
I hope you enjoy this feature as much as I enjoyed discovering these works! :aww:

968 by Nigrita The Crystal Web by Questavia
secret garden by esmahanozkan
Blue drop by dini25 Untitled by Azozinho
a morning in reeds by StargazerLZ 
Agave Abstract 8 by joannakossak Taking a stroll by Healzo
Try harder (Workaholic) by dinabelenko
Wedding 5 by OkTaYBiNGoL New era by ashevaan
D511 by miobi
W Cookies by claudia-alexandra LILY LIKE Mia by LILYLIKE
Selfportrait by anaispopy
Golden Hays by Nitrok counting stars II by Ceecore
Underneath the Glacier by porbital
Flowering Ruby by B-Skipper i believed all your lies. by megfinyte
the white stag by riskonelook
hope by laeksa-red summer colors by CliffWFotografie
Ophelia by LenoreScarecrow
Light Catchers by PeterJCoskun Where am I?! :-) by RadekDemjan
Fallen Rest by CherishKay
Arctic Symphony by MikkoLagerstedt ...savudrija XV... by roblfc1892


heart bullet by Reverrii Feel free to comment below or send me a note 
with photos you'd like me to see and feature.


 :+fav: Also consider adding the feature to your favourites!


Follow me on facebook & twitter !
mylittlebluesky
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Friday night Specials v9.3

Journal Entry: Fri Sep 19, 2014, 5:46 AM
what is STREET photography - Streets of Athens

FNS promo 2014.27 Parking space by wchild
image by wchild

If you like what you see, +favlove this article 
so it can reach as many deviants as possible.

A weekly selection amongst the images I liked, 
while browsing the Street Gallery
and I think they deserve more attention. 
Enjoy them, comment on them and remember 
to visit the photographers' galleries as well.


Friday Night Specials stamp by wchild

The hugger and the looker! by karadi83



Untitled by jeanEmarre



selfies by arslanalp

Have a nice weekend


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What Makes Stock Rock for You? kuschelirmel

Journal Entry: Fri Sep 19, 2014, 3:00 PM




What Makes Stock Rock for You? With kuschelirmel!


You've been on this account for 9 years. Wow! You do quite a few different forms of art. What got you into photomanipulation?


Before I found dA - must've been around 2002/03 - I was into learning HTML and wanted to try to create my own website to do so. But with a website come graphics (back then, css was not really on the table yet, so you had to do everything with images and mouse over effects in java or something - I can't even remember it's been so long). So my boyfriend suggested I try Photoshop. I soon found out I could do more than make buttons: signatures, banners, wallpapers... When I arrived on dA, the biggest revelation for me was that I did not have to restrict myself to "useful things", but could make art just for the sake of it. It changed a lot(!) for me and I have been hooked on manips ever since. Actually, I bought my first camera to finally be able to take stock photos myself and now photography is one of my hobbies, too :aww:


What sort of stock inspires you? Does the stock gallery on dA provide that inspiration, or do you look to other stock sources?


That's a tough question because I can be inspired by a lot of things, from model stock to objects and from animal stock to plants. I guess it depends on my mood a lot. But I think in general, I can say I am drawn to the more unusual stock (even though I don't always manage to use it): for example, weird costumes, poses, angles in models; exotic locations; series of images that could be put together to form something new and big yet fitting (for example different buildings of the same style, stuff like that)... I have a dislike for model stock where in all poses of a series the model is shot from the front and looks straight at the camera. While these shots can be useful, I find myself looking for stock where I can put something in the model's line of sight.
I usually stick to dA stock for three reasons: one, I don't have so much time to search high and low; two, I mass-download and only a small fraction gets actually used which for pay stock sites would mean a lot of money spent for little outcome; three, I find that dA caters more to manippers than other stock sites do because stockers here want to see what is done with their images and see them used in cool images. While on other stock sites, photographers upload to get some money for their stock and usually don't see what is done with it. They just know who their clients are: professionals who use their stock for advertising, book & cd covers, webdesign, editorials etc. It's a different sort of use they cater to, one where the person using the pic probably wants to have as little work left with it as possible. On dA, we're "more artsy" and looking for that odd pose rather than how little work we will have with the pic.

Unseen by kuschelirmelPeacock Postcard by kuschelirmelDressed for Success by kuschelirmel


You were a PM CV, and you're also the provider of really great stock. This gives you a great insight to multiple parts of deviantArt. What types of stock and resources are photomanipulators looking for, and does dA do a good job of providing those?


I think in principle, dA stockers certainly do a good job at providing stock. As I said above: they want to see their stock used so they try to cater to the needs of the manip community and thankfully also beyond. What I mean is that while often, the same kind of images that are currently en vogue, will pop up all over the stock gallery, there are thankfully always also other images on display that are used seldomly by manippers but are still provided for the odd user who might need something out of the ordinary. If someone asks me if they should stop providing stock because they feel their stock is rarely used, I will always encourage them to keep going: it's the diversity that is great about dA and a unique quality of dA stock. We have people from all over the world contributing to the stock collection - you can get anything from sci-fi stock to temple ruins, from polar bears to tropical fish. You won't find that anywhere else and certainly not so freely given as it is here. I sincerely hope the manip community is aware of this and will remember to abide by the few rules most stockers here have when using their stock to keep it that way.


Over the years you've doubtless seen trends come and go. Do you see trends in stock coming from trends in photomanips, or do trends in photomanip come from those in stock? What is hot right now on the PM scene?


I'm afraid, I don't really know what is hot at this moment - I haven't been online all that much this summer and just got back from a two week vacation ^^; However, from experience I can say that stock will influence the manip community more than the other way around. Most dA manippers don't shoot their own stock, so they will use what is offered, so when a popular model stock hits the gallery and one or two manippers who are visible in the community use it, others see it and use it and it thus goes viral on dA. The more a stock image is used the more it is visible and the more it is used again (often in similar ways, unfortunately). Of course other stockers see what is currently high up on the list for manippers, but jumping on that bandwagon is harder in that you may not have the resources (location, costume, model, etc) to do something similar. Plus, until you can jump the wagon it might have moved on already. So it doesn't make much sense to chase after a certain theme in this way for stockers. What you can see is that the overall quality (on a technical level, like clear pictures, no cut off limbs, usable angles etc) has been constantly going up, because that is what will get used more and that stockers will cater to the seasons and holidays ahead of time so people will be able to use their stock. For example, Halloween stock comes online in late September, early October. If you put it online on Halloween, it is too late to be used in a Halloween manip this year.

What have I done? by kuschelirmelWild Horses by kuschelirmelPleased to meet you by kuschelirmel


What are some of your favorite photomanipulated pieces? For these pieces, did you start with a stock you just HAD to use, or did you have an idea first and then go looking for stock to fit it? Is that how you typically work?


I often see a bunch of stock images that "click" in my head: I can see them together and start from there. It's easier than trying to recreate a specific idea because for a specific idea you need specific stock and that is often hard to find. Not because it doesn't exist, but because the search term you are using may not have been used by the stocker - either because they didn't bother with keywords (bad!!!) or simply because you can't think of that keyword that will bring the right stock. In recent years, with working full time, I have very rarely tried to create something specific because of this. It just takes a lot of time that I don't really have ^^;

For example (my last three faves):
Dreamwalking by kuschelirmel I stumbled over Ruine 2 by Civetta70 and loved the angle
Lost Without You by kuschelirmel I saw the girl stock and just had to use it Never the Bride 2 by rangercookiestock
Beneath the Tulips by kuschelirmel was done because I saw the tulip stock Bug's View of Pink Tulips by MogieG123


As both a photomanipulator and a stocker, do you feel like the stock gallery is continually getting better, or have we hit a sort of creative plateau?  What do you think the stock community can do to improve?


I think it's always getting better :) Every time I catch myself thinking "there's just nothing new" (or something along that line), I stumble upon something to prove me wrong ;)
Just never stop uploading even the strangest of images (or especially those :D) and keep doing what you do in terms of fostering the community and all will be great! There is hardly any other gallery on dA where people are this welcoming and encouraging to newbies as in stock & resources. And hardly anywhere else do you see so many community activities (contests, features, interviews, how-to articles,...) as in stock and resources. So keep it up! :heart:


Thank you so much to Jasmin for doing this interview!  Go show her some love on both of her accounts, kuschelirmel and kuschelirmel-stock!










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