Photoshop tutorial- PS basics for newbiesPhotoshop tutorialsPhotoshop tutorial- PS basics for newbies3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
And I decided to make more useful journals You have to wait for my next tutorial A LOT, so I decided to make short tutorials here...in journals. I'll describe some Photoshop basics for all newbies who try to learn to use Photoshop. So in this article you'll find tutorials: How to make layers, How to change color to a layer, How to make groups/folders, How to change background color, How to rotate canvas and all basics in tool menu on the right side. In this tutorial I used my newest image Mermaid's Wisps, just to show you few things (I just had to open something )
If you wish to see images in full resolution then simply click on the images below (they are big as my screen 1920 x 1080px... OK I cropped bar below ). I used Photoshop CS6 here, so some things may be different in lower PS versions. I'll make even more tutorials l
Project Educate: User Friendly Journal SkinningThis article is written for fellow CSS coders who already have basic+ knowledge of deviantART journal codes. This is not a beginner's tutorial.Project Educate: User Friendly Journal Skinning3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
User Friendly Journal Skin Coding
I've been making journal skins on DeviantART since 2010, I'd dabbled in CSS before, but never for other people. I know what my codes are and how to use them to their full potential and often, just code on the fly when I want something to do something. But making free and commission skins here showed me that I needed to make them as easy to use as they are pretty. And really, who wants to type in a lot of extra HTML when they go to write a journal? It is easy enough to access the artist's comments.
But even then, copy & paste, memorize that.... It can be a lot to deal with if you do not know CSS and HTML. Which is the reason most people get someone else's skin design in the firs
Back to Basics Photography - CompositionLately I've seen quite a few photos that have potential, but need some work. Composition is one of the most important parts to taking any photo (and making any piece of art really) and so I thought I'd share a few basic rules and tips. The word composition simply means 'putting together' and so, with any piece of art, it's how the piece is put together. With a bit of practice while keeping these tips in mind, you can create a more impacting, pleasing to the eye piece of work that will draw the viewer in and keep them interesting.Back to Basics Photography - Composition3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
You could crop your images afterwards when you get them onto the computer, but it'd be lovely to have a great image right off the boot, right? By keeping in mind the things below, you'll be well on your way to taking better photos. And don't forget, it's always better to know the rules before you start break them A few tips before we start;
Look around using the viewfinder every time you take a picture.
Look at each element and how it impacts the overall co
CSS Did You Know? - May 16th, 2013Volume 11CSS Did You Know? - May 16th, 20133 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
CSS can be difficult when you're unfamiliar to it. So that's why we're writing these articles! If you have any suggestions or would like to write a section in future CSS Did You Know? articles, please note CSS-DYK.
Journals are like Ogres by GillianIvy
Color Models and Transparency by jonarific
Journals are like Ogres
They both have layers! And they both can make you cry. The deviantART journals have two different structures. The original 'Old School' layout where everything is named .journalbox, etc. And my preference, the newer gruze structure. I prefer the gruze expressly because it is chockful of layers. Kinda like cake or onions, but ogres makes sense too. You can still make a basic simple journal skin with the gruze structure and it has so man
PE: CSS3 101 - Pseudo Elements/ClassesPE: CSS3 101 - Pseudo Elements/Classes2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Table of Contents
This article has two major topics:
::before and ::after
What's the difference between Pseudo-Elements and Pseudo-Classes?
Pseudo-Elements are used to address sub-parts of elements. They should come after any class or ID names found in the selector ex: p::first-letter where p is the element and ::first-letter is the sub-element. Pseudo-elements are usually static and can be used for common typographic effects such as caps and fonts. They can also address generated content that is not in the sour
Photoshop for Complete Beginners Tutorial - LayersPart two of Photoshop for Complete Beginners. I cover what layers are and how they work with some examples and a nice explanation including where all the relevant stuff is in PS. Feedback and suggestions are always appreciated. ^^Photoshop for Complete Beginners Tutorial - Layers3 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Summer Contest! (13 days left to enter!)Alright, it's time for our summer contest! You've got two to three whole months stretching out ahead of you with nothing to do...why not procrastinate on that summer homework by writing a bit of fanfiction? This contest is very simple! It's all about giving love to the fantabulous Nyotalia ladies Himaruya gave us and to celebrate their recent animation in season five!Summer Contest! (13 days left to enter!)1 year ago in Personal More Like This
-Must be a reader insert (no duh)
-Must feature a Nyotalia lady--that is, fem!America, fem!France, fem!China etc...any one of the fems (or more than one!). It does NOT have to be a nyo who was featured in the episode or even who has a canon design.
-Should say in the description that it's for the contest
-The deadline is August 31st! You must have your entry into the "Summer Contest" folder by then!
-That's it! Go crazy with the rest!
And now for the prizes!
For the third place winner...
-Hetalia oneshot from LmnoChan
-Llama and a fanfic from kittykatrocks12
-Llama and a headshot from :de
The Problem With Character SheetsAlright, there are some pretty awesome character sheets out there. I don't personally use them, but I've seen others make them work. I'm not here to dispute the fact that they've got some utility, but I am here to point out one big problem with relying on a list of traits—which is generally how character sheets present these things—to define your character.The Problem With Character Sheets2 years ago in Literature Features More Like This
(Note: This also applies to Mary Sue tests. 'Not a Mary Sue' just means your character isn't a perfect storm of coincidence. It has nothing to do with likeability or even believability. <insert dictator here> isn't a Mary Sue, either.)
I think this approach is, if it's the only approach you take to figuring out a character, a really bad idea.
Take a moment to think about your best friend. What's their favorite food? What are they good at, and what are things they do that make you Google good places to dump a body?
Hetalia G-H PLZ Source of Hetalia PlzHetalia G-H PLZ4 years ago in Personal More Like This
America, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria
Canada, China, Cuba, Denmark
Egypt, England, Estonia, France, Finland
Germany, Greece, Holand, Holy Roman Empire, Hong Kong, Hungary
Iceland, India, Italy + Romano
Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Monaco, Macao, N
All About Yarn: Tips for Knitters and CrochetersAs a knitter or crocheter, one of the things that you begin to become an expert on as time goes on is yarn. Different weights of yarn are required for different types of projects, and different material will give your finished project varied texture and appearance. This is a guide to help you read yarn labels, as well as learning your own preferences when concerning yarn material.All About Yarn: Tips for Knitters and Crocheters2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
The material that yarn is made from is placed into two categories—synthetic and natural fibers. Synthetic fibers, which are man-made fibers, include nylon, acrylic, polyester, and other fibers. Natural fibers are yarns that are derived from animals and plants. Some popular natural fibers are wool, mohair, cotton, and bamboo.
Another category that yarn is organized in is weight. Yarn is produced in different thicknesses, and it usually indicates on the label what weight it is, with 0 or 1 being the lightest, and 6 being the heaviest. Yarn is organized into weigh
A Sta.sh TutorialSta.sh can be quite daunting indeed.A Sta.sh Tutorial3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
I am writing this tutorial in st.ash..
Titles + Headers
You want to create some
Well, you have options.
First, you're going to look at your tool bar that is near the top of your screen. Do you see it? Good.
Note: The red circled things are important.
Then you are going to click the tT Button there. It will hover this menu:
So that's nice. But you want want emphasis sometimes? Like: This kind of emphasis.
Since you're so busy shouting at people, you
Photoshop tutorial- PS basics for newbies 2Photoshop tutorialsPhotoshop tutorial- PS basics for newbies 23 years ago in Art Features More Like This
And here is next part of my journal Photoshop tutorials. Previous tutorial you can see here. I added even document settings, cuz I forgot to add this in previous tutorial I'll describe some Photoshop basics for all newbies who try to learn to use Photoshop. So in this article you'll find tutorials: Document settings, Changing view, Changing thumb size on layers, Using Smart Object and Blur, Using Pen Tool, Outer Glow and Transform. In this tutorial I used my painting VERSUS, just to show you few things (I just had to open something...again ).
If you wish to see images in full resolution then simply click on the images below (they are big as my screen 1920 x 1080 px... OK I cropped bar below ). I used Photoshop
PE: Groups Directory Update Group LovePE: Groups Directory Update3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
deviantART is an artist dream come true and caters to artist from all artistic mediums. I know of no other
online community that is in constant contact with their members and
allows members to run their own groups with specific rules and
guidelines that you have decided for your group.
If you are not interested in becoming a founder or administrator of a group, deviantART has hundreds if not thousands
of groups for you to search and find one or more that is to your
comfort level and liking. Groups are a fantastic way to find other
artist to discuss techniques, share idea's, collaborate and make new
Question for the Reader; How often do you
search for a new group to join or to find a group that is centered
around your interest Discuss in the comments area of this journal
Below is a sample collection of groups you will find within devian
Categorising Darkroom - Digital or Traditional?On dA, the galleries for Darkroom Photography are split into two categories - Digital and Traditional.Categorising Darkroom - Digital or Traditional?3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Digital Darkroom is for Photographs which have been digitally processed or edited with the use of computer software to emulate traditional and alternative film darkroom techniques.
Traditional Darkroom is for Scans of photographic prints and negatives where the images have been physically developed and/or printed using traditional and alternative film darkroom techniques. This gallery is not for digitally created or edited images.
It seems like an obvious difference, right? How much further explaining really needs to be done? Well, just a little, because there are a few exceptions to what you might assume to be hard and fast rules.
Photos created with the involvement of a digital camera should never be placed in Darkroom > Traditional.
PE: ARTIST TOOLBOX: Water-based Media!Waterbased Media!PE: ARTIST TOOLBOX: Water-based Media!2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
I love water-based media! What is “waterbased media” you say? Well that would be any kind of water-soluble ink or paint! There are many advantages to working with water-based media, the main one being that many water-based paints and inks are not extremely dangerous to work with (in comparison to oils which are not good to get on your hands people…wear gloves!), there is no need for special clean up or a specific work environment (on that note, please PLEASE do not paint with oils in your living room). Another advantage to working with water-based media is quick drying times. This is a pro especially if you do illustrative works. A third pro to water-based media is that they are somewhat cost effective for us starving artists. Here are some types of water-based media: watercolor, ink, latex paint, and acrylic paint. My favorite type of water-based media is watercolor. Tip: you don’t need t
Tips: How to make thy comment meaningfulTips: How to make thy comment meaningful2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Making one's comment meaningful and making it count has many benefits, especially in the art world.
Single words praise really does hold little weight, and just not making any comment also don't earn anyone anything, so bringing it up another level is good for both the artist, and the appreciator.
1. It starts conversations, and make friends: When you comment on people's work around, not limited to the artists you admire but also artists you can buddy with on different levels, you will find yourself rich with many art friends to discuss your own work and joy with. You will also find this skill useful when you make it into the professional world where you would be making comments to make connections.
2. Gets comments for your own work: when you give people meaningful comments that rewards them, you can ask for feedback for your own work easier, because you have invested in their work first. If you cold-call it's harder t
Write BetterWrite BetterWrite Better4 years ago in Literature Features More Like This
A Expose-Lit Guide
We all need to.
Ponder, for a moment, these questions:
1. What was the first piece you ever wrote? How bad was it? How far have you come? 2. What is your favourite piece of literature? For how long had its writer been writing when he/she wrote it? How far have you got to go until you can write that well?
Assuming you’re somewhere between Total Beginner and Literary Genius, you have already travelled some distance along the path to better writing, but the way is long and you have many miles to go. Most published authors are just dallying at inns down side alleys a few miles ahead, exhausted or daunted by the length of the long, long road.
Catch them up, steal their pony, and gallop ahead laughing.
Because – though this may surprise you – good writing is more likely to get: a Daily Deviation, feature, prize, comment, favourite, or solicitation for publication (yes this
Photoshop for Beginners Tutorial - InterfaceMy god do I sound young in it. I sound weird. Dx Feel free to comment with suggestions for improvements, things you'd like to see done and whatever else you like. Made for BleachOD, Lady-Compassion and anyone else struggling with Photoshop. ^^Photoshop for Beginners Tutorial - Interface3 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
PE: How to Fix Animation 'Trailing' in GimpHow to Fix Animation "Trailing" in GimpPE: How to Fix Animation 'Trailing' in Gimp3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
So, you just made an animation in gimp on a transparent background. You go to save it, check the animation for last minute fixes, and BAM! The animation looks like this!
You are probably wondering, "What did I do wrong?" or how do I fix this?". Well if this has ever happened to you and you're still wondering how to fix it, than please read the rest of this tutorial.
Note that this tutorial is only guaranteed to work in Gimp (You can get a free copy at gimp.org). This method may work in other programs, but Gimp is the only program I have that officially supports animation.
So after you have made your animation, just save it like you would normally. If you normally just press the save button, make sure to press "Save As" instead.
If you use gimp 2.8. or newer, press "Export" instead of "Save as".
Thursday: Bear and rabbit contest!Awesome More Like This results last week! We hope you've been enjoying More Like This and finding it addictive.Thursday: Bear and rabbit contest!3 years ago in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
This week, we're having an art creation contest! As you may imagine, many deviantART employees enjoy creating art. For the past few weeks, Heidi has opened her whiteboard to drawings of bears and rabbits. And while the staff has done a pretty good job:
We want you to join in the bear/rabbit drawfest!
Your task this week is to create a deviation depicting a bear and a rabbit!
This can be anything you want, but make sure a bear and rabbit are included. Submit traditional pieces, digital renditions, photographs, literature -- whatever medium you'd like!
Your deviation must be submitted to the
Tips and Tricks: School Uniforms Part 1Tips and Tricks: School Uniforms Part 16 months ago in Art Features More Like This
How to Draw Manga! School Uniforms Introduction
A common theme in manga and anime is the school setting. Often the school uniforms are what the character wears all of the time (even when half way across the world, looking at you Jotaro). School uniforms often take a similar style, but variations can be a key design aspect of the character. This is Part 1 in this series, Girls uniforms.
Female school uniforms typically take the form of a blouse and skirt, with socks or leggings. They can wear jumpers, vests, or a blazer in the colder months. Variations on this general theme can take a number of different approaches.
This is a common girls uniform that takes the inspiration of a sailor suit with a thick collar drawn into a point, the collar then folds over the back with various 'flap' styles. It is pulled on over the head, having a large
The Dreaded Artist's BlockThe Dreaded Artist's Block...and Ways to Overcome it . :iconscaredplz:....The Dreaded Artist's Block2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Artist's block might not fit exactly into the "Artist's Toolbox" week, but we all know about it, we all have probably
experienced it, and we all hope it will never come our way again.
When a person is sick in body, eating is sometimes the LAST thing we want to do. But it is necessary to speed our way
to recovery. In the same way, the ideas I would like to set before you may seem like trying to eat something
when you are sick...but these steps may hasten the end of your artist's block. :iconimdeadplz:
And really, you have nothing to lose in trying these suggestions!
1. Put DOWN your instrument of art...paintbrush, pencil, pen etc...and go O
PE: Browser Scripts + Extensions and User StylesWhat are Browser Scripts & User Styles?PE: Browser Scripts + Extensions and User Styles3 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Browser Scripts & Extensions
These are Browser Scripts that add new functions or modifies existing functions to change your deviantART experience. These scripts are often installed through script managers such as Greasemonkey (Firefox) and Tampermonkey (Chrome).
A User Style is code that modifies the appearan
PE Street and neighborhoodPE STREET AND NEIGHBORHOODPE Street and neighborhood2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Sometimes deciding if a photo fits Street category or not can be really quibbling.
Every subject can be photographed with a street approach and fit street photography, and every subject can be photographed with a not-street approach and fit something else.
Categories mean nothing outside this place (or other art sites) and mean nothing about the value or quality of an image.
Though they are useful to make it easier to see, discover, find street images.
I hope that these few lines will be able to clear some of the most common doubts in submitting to street category, and would spare you flipping a coin before submitting.
So let's try to set some "limits" to street photography, even knowing that the edges between street photography and other neighbors genres of photography will ALWAYS be thin, vague, and often subjective.
ENVIROMENTAL PORTRAIT, SPONTANEOUS PORTRAIT OR STREET?