Welcome to Photomanipulation Week!Welcome, all, to Photomanipulation Week here at Project Educate!
This week, the photomanipulation community will be introducing you to some of our styles, techniques, and concepts. We will show you our diversity and our style. We will demonstrate our skills and our creativity. You will be hearing from the community in their own voices what it means to be a photomanipulator here on dA.
Let's get started!
What is photomanipulation?
The official definition of "photomanipulation" (PM), according to deviantART, is: an image that is composed of two or more photographic elements to create something new. This definition has been very nicely analyzed and distinguished from other genres here, here, and here, but let's talk briefly about the three main components o
PE Photomanip: Let there be LIGHT!Light in PhotomanipulationPE Photomanip: Let there be LIGHT!2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Getting your light right when creating a photomanipulation sounds easy . . . until you sit down to try to do it! There are seemingly endless things to keep in mind: where the light source is, the intensity of the light, how pieces of your manipulation need to be composed so that they line up with the direction of the light in the piece, whether there could be multiple light sources, what color the light will be. . . .
And the goal for light in your manipulation is for the light to be consistent throughout so that it is telling a story. No pressure! It is not an overstatement to say that light will make or break your manipulation; I have declined many DD suggestions because of bad lighting.
Light can help you tell a story and is critical to your deviation. It adds emphasis, adds depth, contributes to realism, and draws the viewer's attention to where you want it to be
PE Photomanip: Ask Me Anything!PE Photomanipulation: Ask Me Anything!PE Photomanip: Ask Me Anything!2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
One of the activities for Project Educate: Photomanipulation was for the community to ask questions from more experienced community "experts." For "Ask Me Anything," community members came up with ten excellent questions for ten Experts to answer. Having had time to peruse and consider the questions asked, the Experts kindly returned the answers to be included in this news article. Many thanks to the deviants asking, as well as a huge thank you to the Experts for taking the time to come up with such succinct, detailed, and helpful answers.
iAmoret asked, "How do you get that dark, dreary, foggy effect that makes it look like it's all from the same image, like Ahmed-R-Shalaby did in 'Dead Marshes'?
Answered by nitchwarmer :iconnitchwarmer:
There are many brushes and stock images you can use here on dA; you can find the
Contest reminder: 'When Darkness Falls'Darkness falls across the land . . .Contest reminder: 'When Darkness Falls'2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
The midnight hour is close at hand . . .
Creatures crawl in search of blood . . .
To terrorize your neighborhood!
- Michael Jackson, Thriller
You decide what happens when darkness falls!
Is it macabre? Is it fantasy? Is it emotional?
It is up to you.
Welcome to our 2012 Photomanipulation Contest, "When Darkness Falls."
This contest is being held by Aeirmid and The-Sacred-Space.
We are grateful to Community Relations for backing this contest.
Any photomanipulator can join, and all are welcome.
Your task is to complete the sentence:
When darkness falls, _____
using a photomanipulation!
[In other words: Show us what happens when Darkness falls!]
You can interpret the sentence to mean anything you want.
It doesn't have to be dark or horror/macabre,
but it must be very clear that
PE Photomanip: More on dark manipulationHi, everyone!PE Photomanip: More on dark manipulation2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
GUESS WHAT!!! You get a bonus blog today because . . . intano is in the house!!
Tugba took some time out of her very busy schedule to chat with me about dark photomanipulation and photomanipulation in general. These questions are similar to those that the lovely MarcelaBolivar answered in our dark photomanipulation interview from earlier in the series (click here). It is always useful to have more perspectives and ideas regarding dark art and its operational definition, and we are really grateful to both of these brilliant artists for sharing their wisdom with us.
Interview with intano
So, the “dark” photomanipulation category is confusing many people because it can feature anything from beautiful, sorrowful women in l
PE Photomanip: Art with a ConceptWhat is Conceptual Art?PE Photomanip: Art with a Concept2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Answer: Conceptual art deals with ideas rather than with the final product. It is "art in which the idea behind a particular work, and the means of producing it, are more important than the finished work." http://dictionary.com
"Conceptual art is art in which the concept(s) or idea(s) involved in the work take precedence over traditional aesthetic and material concerns." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conceptual_art
Conceptual art, a movement conceived in the 1960s, stresses the artist's concept rather than the art object itself. Conceptual art grew out of minimalism and "turned the artist's thoughts and ideas themselves into the primary artistic medium, appealing to the spectator's intellect instead of emotions." http://www.reference.com/browse/conceptual+art?s=t
Conceptual art is often confused with Surreal and Abstract because often they have some of the same elements. However, Conceptual art differs from Surreal
Project Educate: The Art of PhotomanipulationHello, deviantART! How are you?Project Educate: The Art of Photomanipulation2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I’m back to tell you a little bit about my very favorite form of art here on dA: photomanipulation, often referenced simply as, manipulation or manips. Hope you enjoy!
What is photomanipulation?
The general consensus in our community seems to be that photomanipulation involves taking elements from at least two photographs (and/or, by some definitions, other sources like 3D work or brushes) and fitting them together to create something that is seamless and distinct from the original sources. Some people argue that a photomanipulation can be made with one photograph as long as the final piece of art is drastically different from the picture from which it originated. If it is not dramatically different—i.e., if the final product is similar to the original photograph but perhaps a bit cleaned up or minor edits are added without including any new elements—we might call it a retouch<
PE: Photomanip - Interview new photomanipulatorsPE: Photomanip - Interview With New ManipulatorsPE: Photomanip - Interview new photomanipulators2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Most of us have a special part of our hearts set aside for our first times and new beginnings. I remember myself how I felt when I completed my first manipulation, when I read the first tutorial and above all when I upload my first deviation. These deviants are at this point when things seem so new, but are staring to fall into place. They will share with us their first impressions on DA's PM community.
What drove you to become an artist? What inspires you to create
Well everybody who knows me will tell you I was born an artist. I have been drawing and painting ever since I can remember. It's really just something I feel inside me, the one thing that is always certain in my life! Life inspires me. There are really
PE Feedback: Welcome and FEEDBACK FRENZY!Welcome to Feedback Week here at Project Educate!PE Feedback: Welcome and FEEDBACK FRENZY!2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Welcome to Feedback Week! This week is being brought to you by a team of very devious deviants over at FeedbackFrenzy.
In January of this year, the marvelous Beccalicious led a Critique Week in which we learned about many of the critique groups here on deviantART and also the essentials of giving and receiving critique for various media. In case you missed it, here are a few of the fantastic articles that were shared that week:
Do you really want critique? The basics of giving critique Finding critique on dA The community and critique
So, for our week, we wanted to take Critique Week a step further and put the skills we learned to use! We have developed some
PE Daily Deviations- Presentation of your workHello all!PE Daily Deviations- Presentation of your work2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Well we’ve had a fascinating week so far; a week which hopefully has provided some insight not only to the process of DD selection but helped you understand what we look for in DDs as CVs. As we draw to the end of this week, I bring you an article which will whet your Saturday with thoughts that don’t just apply to the DD feature, but something which should be a consideration to everything you submit to dA. I am talking about deviation presentation.
Why is Presentation important?
Art isn’t always about just being “creative”. There are techniques and skills which develop over time which contribute to the quality of the work you produce and alongside this comes a developed understanding of good presentation.
Good presentation could be anything from cropping a photograph, to spell checking your literature. These are common sense things that in the rush of wanting to show off your creativity can sometimes be
Tutorial Treasury 01Tutorial Treasury 013 years ago in Personal More Like This
In the Tutorial Treasury, you will find tutorials geared towards Photomanipulators and some that will deal with a broader subjects, such as lighting, colour etc. The tutorials will be from dA as well as from all over the web and in each episode, there will be 3 to 6 tutorials for your reading pleasure (any more than that I guess no one will have time to read anyway). If you find any good ones, shoot me a note so I can include them in the next installment!
"In this tutorial you will be shown how to create a Deus EX inspired
high-tech eyeball by using retouching techniques and creating a
futuristic iris using Shape layers and Layer Styles."
read the tutorial
"Create a haunting scene inspi
Photomanipulation FAQsEverything you wanted to know . . . And MORE!Photomanipulation FAQs2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
This journal will (I hope) serve as a one-stop source for basic information about photomanipulation. As always, if you have questions, I will do my best to answer them or, if I don't know the answer, refer you to someone who can help you.
What is photomanipulation?
Photomanipulation is art that uses 2 or more photographic elements combined to make something new. It does not include 3D elements. For reference, see:
Photomanipulation vs. Mixed Media
Welcome to Photomanipulation Week
Which stock am I allowed to use?
You can only use images or other resources that are your own or that you have explicit permission from the original creator to use. For reference, see:
PE Interview with DD Suggester Minato-KushinaAs part of Daily Deviations PE week we have interviewed the lovely Minato-Kushina who has been suggesting DDs since November 2010. She has since then had over 500 suggestions accepted and as a result of her regular suggestions, made her name known on the DD page.PE Interview with DD Suggester Minato-Kushina2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
What first got you interested in wanting to suggest DDs?
I don't really remember the exact point when I started paying attention to DDs. I guess, I saw these beautiful pictures at the bottom of my page. Gradually, I understood that they were a kind of "award" for outstanding pieces. I was also wondering how some people could suggest DDs! By searching here and there, I found the way.
I eventually decided to send my first suggestion to rydi1689, the then Fan Art Gallery Moderator. She is so kind, she accepted it immediately! This encouraged me to suggest more and eventually to love this task. I am generally shy with others. So this gesture, although it may seemed normal to her, it was
Self Suggesting DD'sThank you so much for all the +favs, the comments and +devwatchs I've received and still am for my Daily Deviation "Carried Away". You guys are awesome and I appreciate your support so much!Self Suggesting DD's2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Now I have a confession to make... I self suggested this deviation to DomiSM, so it didn't come as a surprise I received it.
I know from being a volunteer that some people feel that DD's should be suggested by others or that it should be a surprise. Well no, not always. Sometimes you have to fight for your work to gain exposure. Gone are the days where deviantART was a small site... you need to learn how to use the channels on dA to get the exposure your work deserves.
These days, I work in vector and the high pecentage of work I upload to dA is client work. A huge part of being a Freelancer is marketting yourself and putting yourself out there. This is why self suggesting yourself for a Daily Deviation should be
Photomanipulation Tournament 2014Something awesome this way comes!!!!Photomanipulation Tournament 20146 months ago in Deviant Events More Like This
We are excited to introduce our newest photomanipulation challenge to the community. This is a series of battles to determine who can out-manipulate the other teams. This is a super long journal, but please take a minute at least to skim it and find out what this exciting challenge is all about. If you want to register, there are instructions at the bottom.
We are seeking prizes! If you are able to help, please leave a comment on this journal or contact Aeirmid.
What is a manip-off?
The manip-off is a series of "battles" in which rival teams/individuals challenge one another to reach beyond their photomanipulation skills and create something awesome. It's a battle to the death, and only one person or team will emerge victorious. We are looking for photomanip "champions," so there are three "rounds" of manipulations plus a championship round to choose a winner.
PE Abstract and Surreal: IntroductionIntroduction: Defining abstract and surrealPE Abstract and Surreal: Introduction2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
The term abstract comes from the Latin word abstrahere (to draw away) and refers to the concept of abstraction. In abstract art it means that the artists uses a visual language of form, color and line to create an image which is almost free from any references in the visual world. Related terms are nonfigurative art, nonobjective art and nonrepresentational art.
In abstract photography the actual subject doesn’t matter much – it’s not important what you see but how you see and feel a picture. This is why abstract artists often refuse to reveal the subject of their photographs or even the used technique. They prefer not to distract the viewer from the deeper concept of their artwork. However, a lot of abstract photographers c
Photomanipulation: Exploring textureTexture: We love it!Photomanipulation: Exploring texture2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
If there's one thing a lot of photomanipulators love, it's texture, glorious texture! Texture can change your entire image and make it or break it. In our community, it is frequently used for creating a "dark" effect, but it can be used to create or enhance absolutely any theme you can dream up. I wanted to share some brilliant examples of art that use textures well. I also want to provide some tips of things I've learned and direct you to some tutorials.
Let's get started!
Brilliant and inspiring
Tips for success
Use textures to highlight positive assets of the manipulation; don't use them to try to cover flaws of poor blending or cropping.
Lighting: Tips and Tricks ~ artist interviewsHeyLighting: Tips and Tricks ~ artist interviews2 years ago in Personal More Like This
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
10 Things a Photomanip Newbie Should KnowHi all,10 Things a Photomanip Newbie Should Know2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
I wanted to talk for a moment to our newbie photomanipulators or even older photomanipulators who are out of the fray. How are you? Welcome to the inner circle.
Here are some things that you (and all photomanipulators) need to know about dA and the photomanipulation community.
1. Stay in touch with the Photomanipulation CV (currently me, Aeirmid).
Watch me. No, that's not an ill-formed plea for pageviews, favorites, or watchers. Actually, I rarely even post art anymore. I am the Community Volunteer (CV) for photomanipulation, which means I regularly run contests, feature art, share news, post Daily Deviations (DDs), and do other things to support the community. It is in your best interest to watch my journal because I post every photomanipulation-related update there. This information is important to you so you can learn about upcoming events, changes in rules, new groups, and other news.
2. Watch :devcommunity
Before and After Competition!Something AWESOME this way comes!Before and After Competition!2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
As a final close-out to our Project Educate: Feedback Week, we have one more special treat!
You've critiqued like crazy, and you received some great critiques as well! Awesome job!! But what good are critiques if you don't ever use them?
The first ever Feedback Frenzy Contest is nearly to a close. Fellow deviants, it's time to put those critiques into action!
Welcome to the Before & After Competition, hosted by
[Bullet; Pink][Bullet; Yellow][Bullet; Pink]What is it?[Bullet; Pink][Bullet; Yellow][Bullet; Pink]
The Before & After competition is a chance for you to take the critiques you received on an OLD work and put them into action in a NEW work. You are not redoing an old deviation, but rather using what you have learned in a brand new
Culinary Creations: Still Life Photography ContestCulinary Creations: Still Life Photography Contest2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Still Life Food Photography Contest
Still life photography usually involves a set up - planning and careful execution of a shot. Food photography in particular takes a lot of preparation and the time to make a dish or an item of food aesthetically pleasing. So I thought it was about time we had a contest involving all elements! Your challenge is to create a brand shiny new Still Life Photography piece that features Food. Now the catch is you must be creative with the food. Entries will be considered carefully and if you are taking photos of food that someone else has made, then you need to step up the mark and make it as unique as possible. If you made the creation yourself, give us a brief idea in the description of how. Utilize the descriptions of your artwork to tell us about your photography!
Start Date: Monday 14th May
End Date: Monday
Photography Weekly: Edition ThirtyPhotography Weekly Header created by TouchedDPhotography Weekly: Edition Thirty2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
"A photograph says that you were so important, I stopped everything else to come and preserve you."
This week Horacio Coppola died. Many will not know the name, but in the Photography world he was pretty awesome. He died age 105, and was famous for taking Black and White photographs of Buenos Aires in the 1930s. But he also photographed normality. Some of his works included egg and twine - quite simply an egg and a piece of twine. Others featured a typewriter, but ultimately he shot normality, the everyday things that people overlooked. He's said to be one of very few photographers who manage to capture the romance, vitality and squalor of a great city. So a legend has died, but somewhere another will rise up through the ranks. Who inspires you? Which historical Artists have provoked you to reach the place where you are now? Or who you aspire to be?
Community Relations News
On Deviating, and especially PhotomanipulatingHello all!On Deviating, and especially Photomanipulating2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Now that the title of my journal has your attention I hope I can spread a little bit of positivity. Ahh! Caught you unawares!
I was inspired to write this journal following a conversation I had tonight with a good friend. I wanna talk about . . . creativity. And originality. And not selling out.
Pull up a chair.
If you're not careful, dA can be like crack.
Yeah, I said it. You know it's true!
If you are not careful, you can become addicted to the rush of excitement you feel when lots of people add your work to their favorites. And making it to the front page, OMG, it's like sheer adrenaline coursing through your veins. When I did that, I just sat at my computer refreshing the screen, clearing out favorites, then refreshing and repeating for, like, hours, until the flood stopped.
Even if you've never made it to the front page, we all remember what it feels like the first time our work hit 100 faves. Or even 50 faves. Or hell, even that first fave mea
PE Interview with =Aida-ArtInna is a young talented artist who paints... digitally! Her personal quote is "Impossible... but doable" and this can also be seen in her works, where she achieves pure awesomeness!PE Interview with =Aida-Art2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
You are a very successful artist, what do you believe are your most important features that made you pop out of the crowd?
That’s a tough one Personally I think the most important thing is that you need to love what you’re creating. Always put your heart and soul in your creations and make them for yourself, not for public.
What do you want to express through your artworks? What inspires you the most?
The answer is really simple – my soul. I always express my vision of beauty through my artworks. Beauty is everywhere and I capture it the way I see it.
In your opinion, the quality of your art depends more