Tutorial Showcase #8DeviantART is a great place to find not only art but also some awesome tutorials. It doesn't matter if you are interested in photo manipulation or writing, usually there is a tutorial for that. But at the same time there are so many great tutorials outside of deviantART and most deviantART users might never find them unless someone shows these tutorials to them. So I'm happy to introduce you a new journal series called "Tutorial Showcase" which features some awesome tutorials outside of deviantART. System is pretty simple. Every showcase journal showcases five tutorials from a specific category and this category changes with every new journal. There's no special placement, all of them are equal. So here we go!Tutorial Showcase #82 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Theme for this time is:
3D text effects in photoshop
This Adobe Photoshop text effect tutorial is definitely a quite easy one and you don't have to know much to get it done. It is a useful tutorial for people who would want to get t
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 Skinning2 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
Tutorial Showcase #1DeviantART is a great place to find not only art but also some awesome tutorials. It doesn't matter if you are interested in photo manipulation or writing, usually there is a tutorial for that. But at the same time there are so many great tutorials outside of deviantART and most deviantART users might never find them unless someone shows these tutorials to them. So I'm happy to introduce you a new journal series called "Tutorial Showcase" which features some awesome tutorials outside of deviantART. We first started with this series in TutorialsForYou but we decided that you might want to see some tutorials as well. System is pretty simple. Every showcase journal showcases five tutorials from a specific category and this category changes with every new journal. There's no special placement, all of them are equal. So here we go!Tutorial Showcase #13 years ago in Personal More Like This
Theme for this time is:
I noticed that we are lacking text effects tutorials and decided that this time we will talk ab
How to: Request CSS HelpI do get notes and comments of people asking for help quite a lot. While most people do just fine there are some people that forget that they are asking for a favour and aren’t in the position to demand anything.How to: Request CSS Help3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Others are just so vague that you never really know what they really want you to do. And because of that I decided to write down some tips – based on my own experience – to help those who are not sure how to ask for help right. It will make things easier for both sides.
The following things are not universal, they reflect mostly my point of view and how I would like to deal with such request and the process of it. It will not apply for all CSS coders, but it should still give you an idea of what to do and what you should avoid.
Before you ask for help
Make sure that you have tried everything that is within your possibilities. The best way of learning is to spot mistakes on your own.
Sometimes it is easier to quickly ask someone el
10 Reasons to ALWAYS Read Submission GuidelinesPublishing Week10 Reasons to ALWAYS Read Submission Guidelines2 months ago in Personal More Like This
Think you're too cool for submission guidelines? Think again...
1. It only takes five minutes.
2. And preparing your materials the right way will make you look professional (even if you’re just starting out. Or a cat).
3. It makes the editor’s life much easier, since they’re probably buried in paper to begin with.
Not that kind of paper!
4. And keeps them from becoming enraged at yet another improper submission.
5. And when the editor is happy, you’re more likely to get accepted!
6. Instead of outright rejected because you didn’t number your pages or something.
7. And if the lit mag you’re submitting to uses slush readers instead, they will also be relieved.
8. Instead of wanting to just crawl under the desk and die.
9. In short, read the guidelines for a happier publishing experience.
10. Or else.
Photography Troubleshooting: Grouping PeopleWhen working with large groups of people, it's often incredibly difficult to know how to direct them, where to pose them, and indeed what to have them doing. One of the biggest mistakes I’ve made when embarking on my first group shot at my first wedding as a photographer - was not speaking up when my assistant was shooting alongside me. The consequence? Half the group were looking at him, and half the group were looking at me. Luckily we straightened it out in the end - but when there are a lot of cameras around, or lots of people - you need to speak up and give direction so they can take direction.Photography Troubleshooting: Grouping People2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Knowing who your client is in advance, and knowing what sort of group you will be working with is very useful in terms of preparing. It would be unprofessional to arrive at a Wedding with expectations of 50 people attending and then finding out that you have 150 to work with. Knowing your group and the expanse you'll need i
Why you 'should' use Google AnalyticsHi everyone!Why you 'should' use Google Analytics1 year ago in Personal More Like This
As you may have heard, Deviantart now includes the tracking codes necessary for Google Analytics to work, and people with premium accounts now can use Google Analytics.
You probably have one of the following reactions:
What the heck is that?
Looks like a lot of work.
Oh no! PRIVACY CONCERNS!
If you have privacy concerns, btw, I have another journal entry that deals specifically with those, which you can find here: ( Analytics privacy concerns )
Maybe you even set up an account immediately on hearing the news, then looked at it and saw something like this:
Which looks completely useless, right?
First thing you need to know: Google Analytics takes time to work. At LEAST a day, but really you should give it at least a week.
The Art of Feedback: CritiquesI Asked: Why do you critique art? How do you critique art?The Art of Feedback: Critiques2 years ago in Personal More Like This
In this poll, I asked you to tell me a little bit about your process on how and why you give feedback. I got some really interesting answers!
"...if I give feedback, the other will appreciate the feedback, and then they might give feedback, it's basically a cycle of giving and getting. Win-Win situations are always good."
This is so true and something I hope everyone can come to understand. You don't need a widget or special symbol to give a critique or to get a critique. You don't even need special training or knowledge! You simply must be active as a community member.
"...I first start out with a compliment or pointing something out that looked/seemed really good in the piece of art/literature. Then I get to the part where I point out what might need a bit more work, not smal
Fix that Miscat! ~Fashion Photography V.CommercialThere often seems to be some confusion over whether your Fashion Photography belongs in Photography -> People & Portraits -> Fashion Portraits or Photography -> Commercial Photography -> Fashion. Unlike other galleries that we are slowly defining and educating on through this series of articles, the difference between these two is quite clear cut and there are certain aspects of your Photography that will dictate where it should go. Have a read through the article and hopefully that will clear up some things if you were previously confused!Fix that Miscat! ~Fashion Photography V.Commercial2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
What are Fashion Portraits?
Photography -> People & Portraits -> Fashion Portraits
Fashion Photography is a genre of Photography that's dedicated to showcasing clothing and other items such as accessories i.e. shoes, scarves, hats, j
Digital Painting tutorialsHey guys, I was browsing through the internets for some digital painting tutorials (Since i'm kind of interested in learning few tricks) and I found this very interesting blog. Felt like sharing it maybe some deviants might find it helpful or informative.Digital Painting tutorials2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Here you go: http://www.floobynooby.com/ICG/artvalues.html
Have a good day everyone!
How to tell a story through portraiturePeople & Portrait PhotographyHow to tell a story through portraiture10 months ago in Art Features More Like This
I'm sure many people will agree with me that the People & Portrait Galleries here on deviantART are often dominated by Expressive, Emotive and (depending on taste!) beautiful portraiture captures. Photographs capture a moment and can tell a story, but often these kind of shots are predominantly to showcase clothing, makeup, features or bodies. There is another level to Portraiture and knowing how to tell a story through your camera lens is one of the key elements of documenting a person
"It's not just about an image, it's about the person in that image, who they are, where they've been - what they're doing."
Here in the UK, particuarly in the Summer months, there's almost a daily opportunity to go out and capture a story. I recently wandered around an Art Exhibition and managed to snap a fair few artists at work. To tell someone's story without relying on emotion within their facial features and body language,
Did you know? - Individual disabling of MentionsIndividual disabling of MentionsDid you know? - Individual disabling of Mentions1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
While it is nice to know when and where people use your deviations, it can be troublesome for some deviations like emotes, profile decorations or other kind of popular ones.
You might not want to disable mentions in general, but exclude certain deviations for it.
In that case wait until one of such deviations pops up as a mention in your message center.
At the right side (next to the x-button) you have that little arrow icon. Click on that and you will end up with this.
If you click on it to proceed, you will have to confirm this change, to make sure you didn't click on it by accident...
... and from now on you won't get notified for this deviation anymore.
You are able to disable mentions for single deviations, but you are not able to redo it individually. In that case it is 'all or nothing'.
Right now it is
Adobe Master Class: IllustratorOn the 27th December 2012, my book Adobe Master Class: Illustrator will be published! Published by Adobe Press/Peachpit... I'm so excitedAdobe Master Class: Illustrator2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Here's a description of the book:
This beautiful art showcase book from Adobe Press features 30 established and emerging Illustrator artists, their masterful work, and tutorials demonstrating their techniques for using Adobe Illustrator. Curated by one of Adobe's and the Illustrator community's premiere Illustrator mavens, Sharon Milne, this book features an inspiring collection of innovative Illustrator artists and their amazing artwork. The illustrations represent a mix of techniques and styles and are field-defining works that demonstrate technical excellence and awe-inspiring aesthetics. Readers will also appreciate the artists commentary about their inspiration and philosophy about their art. In addition to the art showcase, this book includes several tutorial projects that teach techniques for working in Il
PE: Interview With DD SuggestersDaily Deviation WeekPE: Interview With DD Suggesters4 months ago in Personal More Like This
A part of the Daily Deviation Week 2015 is to interview active suggesters who have made their names known on the Daily Deviation page and to share their experience with you! To share their experience with you!
Some of them are LiliWrites, RazielMB, iingo, KPEKEP, lovelessdevotions and Ginryuzaki!
When did you start and what got you interested in suggesting Daily Deviations?
I'm not exactly sure when I started as far as dates go. I know my first accepted suggestion was from my old account, KneelingGlory. I joined DeviantArt in 2005 originally. It didn't take long to start suggesting DDs once I figured out what they were.
For as much as people complain about DDs not getting enough attention/prominence these days, I can remember when you actually had to know where to
Community Volunteers Interviews: Part 2Daily Deviations WeekCommunity Volunteers Interviews: Part 23 months ago in Art Features More Like This
Community Volunteers can seem confusing, intimidating, or intriguing at times. The community tends to have many questions for them, and does not always fully understand who they are as people and what they do as volunteers on DA. In this two part interview we hope to answer and address some of your many questions!
5. What will you absolutely not give a Daily Deviation to?
I absolutely will not feature these:
Celebrity, Video Games, Screen Shots, or Anime "renders" .pngs, psds, or "editions." Just... NO! *grumpy cat face*
Premade backgrounds or Precut images without their original sources cited in the artist's comments area.
Heavily edited or post-processed photographic stock. As a personal preference, I believe the stock should be pure for the artist to edit to suit their needs, not smothered in vignettes, etc.
Basically, if it doesn't follow FAQ #809: What are devia
DDs: Why you should care, but not make them a goalDaily Deviations WeekDDs: Why you should care, but not make them a goal4 months ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Daily Deviations (DDs) are often the topic of many discussions here on DeviantArt. The majority of the discussions are based around whether or not artists should care about Daily Deviations. However, there are also debates on whether an artist should make receiving a Daily Deviation a goal. In this article, I am going to explain why you should care about Daily Deviations and why receiving one shouldn’t be a goal.
Before I go over why you should care about Daily Deviations, it is important you know exactly what you will be caring about. Most artists on the site know what Daily Deviations are and how they are selected. For those who are unaware of them… Daily Deviations are a 24 hour feature of an art piece that either a volunteer or another artist (suggester) wants to see get more exposure.
There are many reasons why one should care about Daily Deviations. However, the main reason why they are important
Outsider Looking In: EmoticonsArtHistoryProject: Customization MarchOutsider Looking In: Emoticons2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Customization is a diverse category, that because of its diversity shares many rumors, myths and general questions about parts of the gallery and their uses. I do not claim to be knowledgeable of this gallery, in fact, when writing this article, I decided to approach this through my own perspective as someone who has no experience with the gallery and has never submitted to it before. I set out to answer my own questions that I've wondered about and was greeted with a tremendous amount of help from the community as well as a variety of answers for me to chew on.
This Wednesday, I will present to you three of the amazing people who answered my questions about Emoticons and their responses. For those who are seasoned emoticonists, feel free to answer the questions in greater detail in the comments. Here are some questions for everybody to participate i
PE: What Community Volunteers Do Outside DDsDaily Deviations WeekPE: What Community Volunteers Do Outside DDs4 months ago in Art Features More Like This
Daily Deviations are central to what most Community Volunteers do, whether it involves going through Daily Deviation suggestions, featuring Daily Deviations or doing other things related to Daily Deviations. However, Community Volunteers also do a lot outside Daily Deviations. This article aims to run through some of the many things that we do!
If we are not doing something related to Daily Deviations, we may be moderating the chat and forum. This is where the Chat/Forum Community Volunteers come in, the Community Volunteers that don't do anything related to Daily Deviations on an administrative level, but make an equal difference in the community. The chat and forum have their own individual communities, similar to the communities in the Galleries, and Community Volunteers moderate either or both to ensure things are running smoothly. You may come across Community Volunteers who do both Daily Deviations and chat/:devfor
What to do about all these IDEAS?!Types of IdeasWhat to do about all these IDEAS?!2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Every one of us, at one time or another, will have an idea. The issue is where the idea falls... Is it an idea for a new artwork, character, style, etc? Is it an idea for a cause or event that can help people? Is it an idea to help improve the site in some way? Let's take a look at how we deal with each idea differently...
Art can be digital, traditional, literature, and more. And if you have an idea for a new type of art, you should simply GO FOR IT! You don't need anyone's permission. You can collaborate with other artists on new characters or story designs, commission an artist to make your vision come true, or simply blaze your own trail into the unknown. The point is that this is primarily an ART site. Do the art. And have fun with it. When you are done, submit your art to different groups to get critiques and even more ideas!
Helping other artists on
Traditional CollageDefining Traditional CollageTraditional Collage1 year ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Collage derives its name from the French verb coller, meaning to glue. Collage Art is formed by the the addition of an unlimited variety of already finished materials, substances and/or objects. The range of materials is truly unlimited and the subject is only to the limited to the individual artist's imagination. Paper, pictures and other materials are glued to a base surface. This may be canvas, wood or paper.
How To Create A 2D Collage
When creating a Collage the artist may use anything that can be easily glued to paper, canvas or wood. The same types of raw materials are glued to the board to form a picture or design. Some examples of materials may be:
Construction paper, paper bags, tissue paper, mar
Self-Marketing 101: Submit to Niche GalleriesIntroductionSelf-Marketing 101: Submit to Niche Galleries4 months ago in Art Features More Like This
"Before you create any more 'great content', figure out how you're going to market it first."
-Joe Poluzzi and Newt Barrett
One recurring theme I've seen on deviantART since the Silurian era is users wondering which gallery to submit their works to, and why. There's always been a consensus, though, that where you're submitting it is important. Your success in social media and art-sharing sites depends on promoting your work to the best of your ability, and the gallery tree on deviantART isn't just a good tool to find specific art but also a resource for your self-marketing - you can be sure that if people are browsing and get the urge to see fetish photography let's say, they're not going to look in digital landscape airbrushing. They're going to click to Photography, then People, then Fetish. By putting your work in the appropriate gallery, you're targeting that piece directly at a specific mar
PE: Commenting on Daily DeviationsDaily Deviations WeekPE: Commenting on Daily Deviations4 months ago in Art Features More Like This
Like every deviation on DeviantArt, Daily Deviations deserve comments too. As pica-ae eloquently addressed the issue of voicing disapproval in comments in Project Educate: Disapproving of Art VS Feature, I will be focusing more on voicing approval in comments on Daily Deviations.
It is easy to think that Daily Deviations, because they are a 24 hour feature, will automatically receive a lot of favourites, comments and watches, but this is not the case! Many Daily Deviations barely receive any comments at all. Often, Daily Deviations just receive comments involving 'Congratulations' on receiving a Daily Deviation, and that is all. Yet, a piece of artwork is not defined by the Daily Deviation feature, so why stop there? Why not say something more about the piece?
Daily Deviations are the same as deviations submitted to DeviantArt, in that they deserve at
Project Educate: AnimationHello everyone! This next week will be all about the approach to animation and the story behind it all. At the end there will be a very big resource dump for everyone to take full advantage of!Project Educate: Animation2 years ago in Personal More Like This
So here is an introduction with some of deviantART's stellar animations and concept work which should whet your appetite for what will come the following days.
Get your pegbars and pencils ready!
Colors of infinity UPDATEUpdate: Another awesome TV program is Fractals The Hidden Dimension Now I have a functional link againColors of infinity UPDATE3 years ago in Personal More Like This
The old stuff: This evening (27 of May) my Windows XP crashed) That means no more fractals from me until either I fixed the problem or have a new computer built. Lucky I have my mini lap, with Ubuntu, so I have fully access to the net Waiting for more fractals from me, I put a link to an old legendary TV program from the nineties,
(click ->) Arthur C Clarke - Fractals - Colors of Infinity (<- click)
In the above TV program (53 minutes), containing many cool fractal animations, Some scientists as Michael Barnsley, and of cause Benoit Mandelbrot himself, explain fractals in a very nice way. I re