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so, as a beta tester i have an opportunity to try out a renewed DA early on.
I used it on Firefox on iMac 27'' with Retina display (dark mode screenshots), Macbook pro 13''(white mode screenshots) and windows 10 23'' standard screen.
First of all a front page browse and watch. Shop, Groups and Forums has a redirect link to an old version of the site. So nothing interesting there to show :D

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and white mode (yes, there are dark and light mode! :la: )


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I have to say, as most of the new stuff, it's confusing and feels not very intuitive. I had to search for stash folder few times before i got it where they hid it :D
I think the design is slick and modern, looks pretty good, especially on Retina display. BUT on the standard screen the grey shades of browse/watch/etc. are less readable, especially when there is a white background involved in a dark theme (i didn't test a white mode yet!) I also have to say the upper raw icons do look a bit blurry on both screens. But mostly everything is optimized for a retina display and looks nicely sharp

Next is a profile

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Btw, one can have a cover picture now :D


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'about me' page looks a bit empty imo. and i also noticed DA goes in the commissions direction. I have no idea how sites like artstation or alike handles it, so no comparisons from me!


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as i mentioned before, the stash isn't in by the submissions anymore, but under the profile icon.
submission was also changed a bit. firstly a content type and category. I feel like they go in the direction of tags now...
(both modes look like this, so just one time screenshots)


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+ new features, or something


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there is this see more under the submission, which i personally don't really like. i think less space for tags and more for what an artist wants to say Location and model is just 'browse' mode for this words. dunno what i expected


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and white mode has a gradient in background 🤓



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one can submit status update from any place on DA now:D


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more about editing:
i have to say i was confused for picture and gallery submission at the begging, but i think i got it know. it's actually a good feature, don't get me wrong! Just doesn't work properly right now (one cannot really see the photo, the link is broke if one clicks on it for enlarge)

previews for journal submissions


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gallery


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and picture alignment


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home page editing


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some features are gone, hopefully yet. other i don't really need. here is a cool one:
they build a neat feature for responding for a llama with a llama from the inside of the notifications. I want it for every notification, please!
(forgot to make a screenshot of it, but here is another one for now, just to show how inside of notification looks)


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DD Layout

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filter for browsing

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and what everyone has been waiting for! the changes to a core membership :lmao:


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Sooooo... i have to use it a bit more, but it's definitely not a bad site. it's different, feels strange, still raw (it's beta, please), but it's progress! things have to change from time to time and just because we are use to something doesn't mean it's good. I mean, we'll get used to this too. Hope for other changes, about content and mature filter, etc. etc. I'm feeling positive!

Small update: editing in eclipse is a hell! one jumps to the middle of the page every time insert or delete… and edit the journal one did in eclipse in the old version is impossible and what i noticed just now - many of the stuff i wrote and post a picture of, then saved as draft - dissipated. so 'save for later' doesn't work properly right now on eclipse. Be aware and reread before posting!

Second update: update doesn't work in eclipse, so i had to post a new post, this time through old version of website, so i can update it later :rofl:






Copyright Notice and Image Usage Information

Journal Entry: Thu Dec 21, 2017, 3:41 AM
In order to clear things up and spare the time, here are conditions you may or may not use my works for

Image Usage

I do like to support fellow artists and i'm happy to know i'm able to inspire artistic creations of any medium.
Therefore you are free to use any of my works for drawings/paintings/illustrations/etc. as a reference.
Permission is not required and i'll be happy to see any of the end results! :la:
HOWEVER, they cannot be used for print/merchandise/commercial, also profit purposes,
in which licensing and written permission would be required; as well as for competitions,
because recreation of someone else work would give a credit only to technic and it would be unfair.

Also in any case you must give a clear CREDIT to me and link back to my website/userpage.
(see the links at the end of the article) 

BUT my works are NOT STOCK images. You may not use my works in manipulations or designs, including but not limited to:
book covers, book illustrations, websites, layouts, tubes, wallpapers, banners, blogs, CDs, posters, etc. 

I concider it a commercial use. For licensing enquiries please email at annabelial@me.com

Prints Purchases

Prints bought from the deviantART print store or directly from myself are solely for collection purposes.
Buying prints does not grant you rights or licenses to use and reproduce any of my works.


P.S. Anyway, if you have some special case, just write me a note and we'll see what could be done :highfive:

links to me
:iconannabelial:
AnnaBelial.com
Instagram
500px


A small collection of inspiration

Journal Entry: Fri Mar 3, 2017, 3:32 AM
Hey everyone!

My friend WillTC was asking about the photographs we liked during our time here on dA and put no limit to it… and because i couldn't post a comment with this amount of photographs, i just decided to make a journal feature about it!

and now, show me your favourite photographs of all the time no limits in quantity or time! just send me a link to your journal, if you are like me, too much too post in a comment :giggle:

Dreams And Silence by EyeOfTheKat Celestial Maelstrom by alexandre-deschaumes A Dead Tree by marman44To the horizon by Trichardsen Sojourn by Trichardsen Bridges to Babylon by justelineAutumn Mantra by Oer-Wout Into the Forest - 2019 Calendar by Miguel-Santos Dashing and dandy by Cattereia The Path (updated) by EyeOfTheKatSun down by deepgrounduk Humble by WillTC silence by indojo I beautiful ? by Zaratra 
Beginning of a Strong Feeling by WillTC The Monarchs by RaphaelleM autumn by Mars-Hill
Transcendance... by Ikonokl4st 425 by EirikHavreLightning, Zeus Unleashed by Christian1776 AD|3416-3435 by alexandre-deschaumes Above All by Karezoidfragile by augenweide ir.0008 by insolitus85 Frozen 01 by Bernhardina Upwards by MichaelMaginCat in the Dark by EyeOfTheKat To feel how flowers die... by MariaPetrova Burial Vault by NataliaDrepina Choke by mamasiSin by MiraNedyalkova aquarius by ezorenier Ophelia by AvineNo more sweet music by MiraNedyalkova self-portraiture by cristina-otero Mirror of my world I by Swan-Lake Sleeping beauty by ilona-vereskMotherland Chronicles #52 - The Death of Eurydice by zemotion Motherland Chronicles #51 - Erin by zemotion Tahnee II by surabhiguptaphotoart Round midnight by MiraNedyalkova
STRANDED by Gesell Inner lust by Skvits AFTERPLAY by Gesell  middle piece by MichaelPe
Farewell, my lovely by marcinwuule parfum by FleurDelacour  *** by opriscopast by FleurDelacour tomorrow by FleurDelacour Redhead III by photoport The Fallen by MargotMibio mechanism by umkaUlibaka Who do you voodoo? by marcinwuu Mr. Addams ID by Wagner Facing Your Demon by Kostassoid2015-274 Elfwood - scanned print by pearwood The Better Half by EyeOfTheKat  Aqua Ring by WillTC  Postcard from Dubai 02 by JACACcityfairy by nikosalpha  No Dream by KostassoidTell me where I have to go by johnberd Philosophy light by FotobyVarvar Predators dialog by fb101Etna by Kostassoid Panic Room by Kostassoid judged 2 by jalowy

Watermarks and signatures

Journal Entry: Tue Jul 19, 2016, 6:26 AM
Hey everyone!

First of all don't take personally any stuff i say below. It's my point of view and it's normal if people see the stuff differently.
Makes this world more interesting :ahoy:

Let's start with signature. I sincerely think this kind of stuff should be almost invisible. Like on the painting - one cannot see it on the first side but it's there, when you search for it. If one has a signature, which interferes with the whole composition (and not a part of a composition) as well as takes too much attention, then it's a bad signature. No really, is the main point is to show how cool and big your signature is or to show the art on your picture? And it goes not only for photography - every kind of medium can have this problem.
So, maybe one should make it very small? Or almost invisible? No one will be able to remove it so easily if they cannot easily see it :D
and it's quite easy to remove, believe me! I did it with my own works!
I have seen so far very few people who does it small, almost invisible, and even less who does it as a part of composition, so this signature enhances the picture (and i admire this people, cos it's very, very complicated and time consuming).

I should admit i hate this ugly dA watermark. I really can't understand why do people use it?
It doesn't allow to see the picture but it also takes the desire to see the picture without it. Why would one submit an art and put this watermark on it so no one will be able to see this art? So what's the point on submitting?
My only harsh words will only be about people's pride. Why do you think your work is so significant so someone will steal it? If such a thing would happen you should be happy! First your work is amazing, second - you can earn plenty of money. Because every work in internet is copyright © protected, unless you say differently.
And there are plenty of photographs (and not only) for free, with free license. So it's very, very unlikely someone takes your photo for commercial use and have all this problems, then one can just get it for free with all the licensing needed or pay very cheep on stock sites.

There still can be plenty of problems with people taking a photo and manipulating it. Like they don't care about licensing, they just want to make some art from your art. But nothing will save your work from this. No watermark or signature, because it's so easily removable in modern editing programs…
The only way is to spot such people and ask them politely not to do it (or at least not to show it in internet, cos no one will see what others do at home :D). If it won't help, there are every time some administrators on the site and as the last instance - a court. 

But please people, let's to be polite and more open to each other. After all, then one searches names of some famous photographers, artists, etc. there will be no watermark or huge signature on it. And they do earn plenty of money with this art!
If they don't freak out, why would you? After all their fame makes their work even more endangered by manipulations and repostings.

If people think the watermark or signature will protect their picture i have few advises on how to do it without using a watermark:
1. do not allow full resolution of your work to be seen by clicking on the photo.
2. remove 'download' option or make it for money.
3. embed the license in your picture metadata.
4.
there is also an option of using some sites like copyrighted.com but i don't know much about their business model. I've seen some people on dA using it and i guess it might work pretty well.

I think the not many people know about metadata. I do recommend everyone just to google it for their editing program and use it. Put your name, website, license, address, phone number, etc. if you wish so! It's simple and it keeps your rights on much safer level as the watermark or signature :thumbsup: revamp 

seeking fresh faces

Journal Entry: Wed Nov 11, 2015, 2:56 AM

Hello everyone!

I'm always seeking fresh faces for my personal work. If you're interested in modelling for me, please send me a private message, containing following:

Name:
Age:
Nudity (Y/N):

There is no experience or age requirement, but if you're under 18 you must have a parent or legal guardian to sign your model release.

There is no pay from both sides. You will receive images in hi-res when they have been retouched. And I will use the photos for my portfolio.

To the moment, please apply if you are or will be in Berlin. Thank you!