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Throwback Thursday #26

Thu Apr 11, 2019, 8:54 AM


HELLO THERE!

Throwback Thursdays are a bi-weekly series of features over here at CRPhotomanipulation, organised by  Gejda and lauraypablo. We're going to show you four things - three Daily Deviations, three older tutorials, three random works from our gallery from last month, and three older stock photos. Once a month, you're going to see stunning works that are at least a year old, and two weeks later, you're going to see beautiful works from the month before. At the end of each journal, there's going to be a question and sometimes, a few words from us or other deviants from the community to start off a discussion. 

Also, we shamelessly stole the idea from CRLiterature. They were first. 

Let's start!

AWESOME DDS

The Witch by neverdying
Night Secrets by Incantata
Abandon by noro8

FASCINATING TUTORIALS

How to Use Stock - and how not - Part 1 by LuDa-StockHow To Create Scales (With Reference) by goRillA-iNKTutorial - Gold by Velsinte

OUTSTANDING STOCK PHOTOS

Beautiful Dappled Grey Mare on Paddock 32 by LuDa-Stock
The Ambush-Gothic Stock XVIII by CrowsReign-Stock
Driven Snow 05 RESTRICTED by Elandria

BEAUTIFUL IMAGES

Take The High Road by supersnappz16
The Llahe by Flora-Silve
The Juliette's librarian by lauraypablo

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Aand that's a wrap!

Mon Apr 1, 2019, 10:29 AM


First things first: I do realize that it's April the 1st today, but hey - this actually isn't a joke. ;) 


Time to step down

As of today, I am officially no longer the Photomanip CV.

I stepped down due to a multitude of personal reasons, but rest assured, I loved being a CV. It gave me tons of fun and satisfaction, getting to work with everyone else on the team was amazing, and I hope I was able to share at least a little of the passion I have for photomanips with you guys. 

I'm not disappearing - far from it! - but I'll be probably a bit less active and will no longer be setting DDs and running things in the CRPhotomanipulation group, though I will remain as one of the admins.

What about the DDs?


Worry not - you can still suggest photomanip DDs, but for the time being, please send them to Moonbeam13 until a new Photomanip CV gets selected. 

When will that be? For now, as far as I know there's no ETA on that, but hopefully soon. 

Thank you!

This community is filled with awesome people with awesome ideas and lots of amazing stuff to share with the world. Keep creating, guys! ;) 

:jumpingbye: 

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Throwback Thursday #25

Thu Mar 14, 2019, 8:41 AM


HELLO THERE!

Throwback Thursdays are a bi-weekly series of features over here at CRPhotomanipulation, organised by  Gejda and lauraypablo. We're going to show you four things - three Daily Deviations, three older tutorials, three random works from our gallery from last month, and three older stock photos. Once a month, you're going to see stunning works that are at least a year old, and two weeks later, you're going to see beautiful works from the month before. At the end of each journal, there's going to be a question and sometimes, a few words from us or other deviants from the community to start off a discussion. 

Also, we shamelessly stole the idea from CRLiterature. They were first. 

Let's start!

AWESOME DDS


Wanderlust by itznikki530
French dessert by cornacchia-art
Mourning by JeRoenMurre

FASCINATING TUTORIALS


Quck way to add light ray to artwork by mclelunHow to Create a Mysterious Landscape by MariaSemelevichPainted Crystal Tutorial by DanSyron

OUTSTANDING STOCK PHOTOS


Mister and Missis. by Aenea-Jones293 by La-Esmeralda-Stock
Silent Walking by Burtn

BEAUTIFUL IMAGES


calibrating by Darnok9Under Siege by nitchwarmer
Another Day - Dying Light by CaelGibran

Skin by Dan Leveille

Photomanip Round-Up for February 2019

Tue Mar 12, 2019, 1:12 PM


Eye of The Watcher by Ritvik Shukla by Ritvikshukla Garden of Delight by Lyssiana

Magic night by Lotta-Lotos Concubines by MuseInBlack
Sands Of Time by WalkingGedis Farewell by omarhassan913
Mirena by Amaranta-G Dream by StevneKin
Wolves by Mish-A-Man glitch by BaDe3
There Is Hope by CaelGibran Angel Of HopeLess by silviya

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Throwback Thursday #24

Thu Feb 14, 2019, 5:00 AM


HELLO THERE!

Throwback Thursdays are a bi-weekly series of features over here at CRPhotomanipulation, organised by  Gejda and lauraypablo. We're going to show you four things - three Daily Deviations, three older tutorials, three random works from our gallery from last month, and three older stock photos. Once a month, you're going to see stunning works that are at least a year old, and two weeks later, you're going to see beautiful works from the month before. At the end of each journal, there's going to be a question and sometimes, a few words from us or other deviants from the community to start off a discussion. 

Also, we shamelessly stole the idea from CRLiterature. They were first. 

Let's start!

AWESOME DDS

Entropic Garden by MarcelaBolivar
Little gardener by Irina-Ponochevnaya
La scuola magica della Maestra Cornacchia by Incantata

FASCINATING TUTORIALS

Bloody Snow tutorial by RaviettaTutorial - Illuminated Window by neverdyingToddler Elsa Tutorial by SweetlySecret

OUTSTANDING STOCK PHOTOS

White stallion rear 2 by xxMysteryStockxxGolden Frame Cut Out by kuschelirmel-stockMale Violin Stock 4 by BirdsistersStock

BEAUTIFUL IMAGES

Daydream by Aramisdream
Not Real Anymore by GraniaAForgotten future by marcosnogueiracb

Skin by Dan Leveille


Tuesday by PMHQ Something under my bed by DanilDark

Lady and the Tramp by MelodyNieves

Mature Content

Blood and Roses  by Pendragon-Arts

The Nutcracker and the four realms by Energiaelca1 Fani by Arianna-Julia
The Observer by MagicalFlowerBomb Color sucking monster by Floating-Particle
As Above So Below by FrancescaPoliti Dragon's breath by Fiantoduri

Mature Content

The Painful Curse by Shirokibo
Combosaurus by Viergacht
a gift by Butterkuegelchen Somewhere In The Winter Forest by Twinkle-space
Touch of Life by tornadoeyesART warrior's spirit by Kydnt
Fnatic - Clothing Photoshoot 1 by catandcrown

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The Pumpkin and the Witch by lauraypablo peacemaker by Darnok9



My Dark Companion by WhimsicalBlue Levitate by Eldafer
Winter Starvation by kaisernero121 Two Worlds by adrianoampb
Dead- Ship by 35-Elissandro Acquaintance by maxasabin
Celestial Voyagers by saperlipop Apocalypse Day by thornevald
Jello's Scary Story by thetriggeredhipster The Spirit Guide by Eithnne
Homecoming 2 by Bunny7766 COMM: Lonesome Dreams by Vhitany
Somewhere in the galaxy..... by SoulcolorsArt Midnight by IManipulate0
burn baby by Amphispiza 

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Colour in Life - Community Project!

Wed Jan 2, 2019, 8:00 PM


Happiness by Gejda


Do you guys remember the Community Engagement Week over at projecteducate? And do you remember the Pitch a Project contest? The winner of this challenge was BellaGBear and her Colours in Life - which is definitely a community project worth paying attention to! ;) 

Here's what Bella herself says about her project:

Colours always help. The brightness of them chases away gloomy and dark thoughts. This project is going to collect all those sunshine in your mind creating projects and to share them with the world. Let's all work together to spread a wave of feelings through DA :) (Smile).

How does it work?

  • Copy the text of this journal into a new entry, don't worry about the skin
  • Add 1-4 of your own artworks at the bottom underneath the entry of the person who went before you 
  • If you want, you can share how art has helped you, but that is not required
  • You can either use my original journal to add your works to or add them to one which has already works of other people as well.
  • Post it and wait until more people start sharing the journals.
  • Feel free to add your work to any sidestream you see! More  = better when we are talking happiness :rainbow:
  • Use the #ColoursinlifeArt hashtag here and on Instagram. I will try to make this work on Instagram as well soon.

The shared artworks don't have to be made when you felt bad. Just spread the good vibrations!


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BellaGBear

Dear Jane big piece finished! by BellaGBearStar-crossed lover of books bookmark by BellaGBearScrap quilt FINISHED by BellaGBear

There is something about working with fabrics and threads that just makes everything feel alright and puts my mind at rest. It is so satisfying to work with your hands and it always makes me feel like I've accomplished something good. Sometimes life feels too overwhelming for me and that everything goes wrong and life will only be an endless repetition of disappointments. When I look at the quilts or embroideries I make I don't think that anymore. If I can sew I will be fine.



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Gejda

Battlefield by GejdaDiviner by GejdaBroken-hearted by Gejda

I've been struggling with depression for a big part of my life, and art has always helped. It gives me distance - I can focus only on painting or writing, and suddenly all the other worries fade away. In bad moments, it gave me a moment to breathe - in good moments, it gives me the exhilarating freedom of creating my personal, small, alternate realities. 

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And you?



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Happy New Year 2019! + 2018 Recap

Tue Jan 1, 2019, 5:38 AM


Fireworks Happy New Year 2011 Happy new year Blower fella (Party) HAPPY NEW YEAR Fireworks 

Hi guys! I hope you had a great New Year's Eve and began the New Year with a bang! 2018 had been great in our little photomanip art world, and we sincerely hope that you enjoyed it!

Let's share our experiences in the comments!

1. What was your first and last artwork of 2018? Post thumbs!
2. Which artwork are you the most proud of?
3. What are your art goals and plans for 2019?

And to get you in the mood, here's a short feature of our Featured folder! 

First and last

Eyes Of Nature by Paulo-BertAlone by SoulcolorsArt

Most works submitted

We place works in the featured folders by the use of weekly polls run by ErikShoemaker - where YOU are the ones who choose the best ones - and, sometimes, by invitation. 

The artist whose works got selected most often was panjoool, with 14 works in total - congrats! Here are some of them them: 

Shenlong by panjoool
NO MERCY by panjoool
Breath of fear by panjoool
Troll ( update step by step ) by panjoool
The Great City of Cairo by panjoool

Runners-up were JayGraphixx:

Dusk Of Eternal Life by JayGraphixx
Necromancy by JayGraphixx
Royal Dynasty: Home by JayGraphixx

annewipf:

The Swamp by annewipf
White Ducks Lodge by annewipf
Memories of a Winter Morning by annewipf

Secretadmires:



Autumn Symphony by Secretadmires
Time Traveller by Secretadmires
Thief of Pride by Secretadmires

LadyEvilArts:

I Had A Dream by LadyEvilArts
Catowl's Nest by LadyEvilArtsAt The Other Side Of A Rainbow by LadyEvilArts

Some Stats

In total, our Featured folder welcomed 92 artists this year, with a total of 159 artworks. Take a look at some more works - this time, chosen at random!

Winter Tale by GraniaA
Urban Girl by mmmprod
Experiment 04 by Cakobelo
StillLife with apples by IgnisFatuusII
Acquaintance by maxasabin
The Lady of Shalott by AlexandraVBachLast Strike by neverdying
Waiting for Santa! by SubhaSporsho
Spring day at the farm by isildurion

Events

This year, we also had some great tutorials posted, and some great events happen - our admins posted our recurring articles, including the Photomanip Newsletter assembled for you each month by Lora-Vysotskaya, and the Throwback Thursday series run by lauraypablo and Gejda. The Monthly Challenges also took place - though sometimes not each month (we'll be starting those back in February)!

Monthly events/articles:

Throwback Thursday #22HELLO THERE!
Throwback Thursdays are a bi-weekly series of features over here at CRPhotomanipulation, organised by  Gejda and lauraypablo. We're going to show you four things - three older Daily Deviations, three older tutorials, three random works from our gallery from last month, and three  stock photos. Once a month, you're going to see stunning works that are at least a year old, and two weeks later, you're going to see beautiful works from the month before. At the end of each journal, there's going to be a question and sometimes, a few words from us or other deviants from the community to start off a discussion. 
Also, we shamelessly stole the idea from CRLiterature. They were first. 
Let's start!
AWESOME DDS



FASCINATING TUTORIALS
 
Photomanip Newsletter December 2018Hello friends!
We congratulate you on the onset of winter and the coming holidays and wish you a happy and merry season! This is the last photomanip review for this year:


:new: The latest news
:bulletred: Eclipse 


https://www.deviantarteclipse.com
https://www.deviantarteclipse.com/deviations
Eclipse Change Log: December 5, 2018
Eclipse is the main news which occupies our minds lately. Personally I didn’t have time to try it yet, and can’t judge, but I read reviews about it, both positive and negative, and the only thing I can do is to share some of them:

:bulletred: Throwback Thursday on CRPhotomanipulation
I remind Throwback Thursdays is a se
September Challenge WinnerThis time we're not announcing the next challenge - instead, you can expect a full-blown contest to start in two weeks! It will be the Animal Spirit Guide Contest run by Pendragon-Arts, and you can read about it here:

September Winner
The winner of our Modern Warfare Challenge is panjoool with his work No Mercy!

Congrats, we will contact you regarding your prize soon! 
:la:


Tutorials:

Blend it: Lighting for BeginnersTutorial Tuesdays
Introduction
Hi there! In this tutorial, we're going to take a look at something we all struggle with - lighting. After reviewing the basics, we will analyse several common lighting situations and share some useful resources to help you with further learning.
This tutorial is a part of our new monthly series at CRPhotomanipulation - and we're looking forward to delivering some great content! Let's start!
The Basics
First things first - let's take a look at the anatomy of light and shadow. 

On the image you can see above, there are several terms that you should remember - each of these elements is essential to creating realistic images. Firstly - the light here comes from our upper left side, hence why on the very top of the ball you can see a highlight (1). The transition from the part of the ball covered with light to the part covered with shadow starts at the terminator (2) (k
Making animations for your art process - How ToProcess or Step by Step animations are a neat way to show other artists and fans how your artworks began and what process they went through until they were finished. While these don't show the specific techniques used, they can still be quite useful for artists to see your thinking process through the artwork as well as when you decide to apply this or that other effect, lighting, etc.
For those unfamiliar with what process animations are or what they look like, here are a few examples:
  
This is a detailed tutorial on how to make one of these exclusively within Photoshop. So let's get to it!
Collecting the images
The first step is gathering all the images, one for each step you want to show. How you collect the images is completely up to you.
In my case, since I most often save several PSDs of my artw
5 Lighting Tips for BeginnersPhotomanipulation Weekend
1. Remember the occlusion shadow
Forgetting about the occlusion shadow is usually one of the most often made mistakes - that small area of very dark, very narrow shadow right below the object you're trying to place is an incredibly important piece of the puzzle. Without it, your object is very likely to be seen as floating. Remember to pay attention to the light direction, too - the occlusion shadow should follow the same rules as the rest of the shaded area.

2. Think of objects in 3D
Another common mistake is shading your object with one big brush, not recognizing any of the sides, planes and edges. Remember that every single thing is three-dimensional; your model is not a paper cut-out. If you're struggling with shading faces, Google "planes of the face" - it will help you understand where the are shadows most likely to fall. Whatever is the object that you're tryi
Painting Hair: Tuesday Tips, Tricks and TutorialsHello there!
Tuesday Tips, Tricks and Tutorials is a new series of articles that will show up in the group on every last Tuesday of the month. Since a big part of learning how to create art is using knowledge freely shared by others, we decided to ask members of the DeviantART community to do exactly that - share. Every last Tuesday of the month, we're going to be posting an article created in collaboration with some awesome artists, asking them for advice for anyone struggling with the subject of the month, and about their own journey of self-improvement. 
Besides that, we'll be sharing our own additional tips, and gathering resources both from DA and outside of it, with the goal of creating a big knowledge base that could serve all members of the group.
Want to contribute to an article? Do you know any useful tutorials/websites/people who could share their knowledge? Let us know! We'll be posting a schedule for the coming months in the next


We also updated the stock & resources list with new entries:

Stock sites, tutorials and photomanip groupsExamples of good stock sites
Version 2.0, updated on: xx.08.2018.
New positions have a New *tag.
Please note that this list is meant to give an overview of available stock sites that we would recommend to use, but it is in no way meant to be complete, and we do not take responsibility for the legitimacy of every photo uploaded on these websites. We recommend that you check the rules of every stock photo you download there and the specific Terms of Use (ToU) of the website.
The following list is divided into several subsections, paid and free stocks, and attribution required or not required.***
What does attribution mean exactly? It basically says that you're obliged to credit the stock provider whenever you use their stock in your work.
Stocks for purchase
shutterstock.com/


During the Miscats Month over at projecteducate, we also contributed to two articles which were cross-posted to the group:

Photomanipulations: Category OverviewGallery Descriptions and Miscats month
What is a photomanipulation?

Photomanipulations are images that have been created digitally, composed of two or more photographic elements to create something new. 
What does it mean? It means that every work you submit to the photomanipulation category should have been created with the use of at least two photos. It also means that if you, for example, combined two 3D elements, two paintings or similar, your work is not a photomanip and should not be placed in this category.  
What about mixed-media?
If your work consists of many elements, and more than 50% of them are not photographs, consider submitting it to Digital Art/Mixed-Media. 
Category overview
1. Abstract
Photomanipulations focusing on the formal, non-representational aspect of imagery, emphasizing lin
Photography vs Photomanipulations: A DiscussionGallery Descriptions and Miscats month
:iconmrs-durden: Mrs-Durden
The definition of photomanipulations is as follows on DeviantArt: "Art created from the manipulation of two or more photographic images combined in whole or in part to create something new."
It is an important definition to go back to in my opinion, as far too often, people wrongfully presume that an extensively edited image is a "photomanipulation" when this is in fact not the case.
For something to be a photomanipulation it should at least have two photographic images combined together, and, in my opinion, the interpretation of "combined in whole or in part to create something new" is absolutely key to discerning the difference between a photomanipulation and just an edited photograph. For example, many photographers will take multiple shots and merge them together, but they are not creating something "new" in this process, they are merely combining what they caught of, for example, o


And to finish up we organised two big contests with the help of communityrelations - Out of Your Comfort Zone and Animal Spirit Guide Challenge, the second of which was finished recently and run by the one and only Pendragon-Arts:

Animal Spirit Guide Winners!!!   
 
run run wolfrun run wolf run run wolf run run wolf run run wolf run run wolf run run wolf run run wolf run run wolf run run wolf 
Sadly I'm having some trouble loading everything here correctly so you can also check out the above journal... Congrats to all!!!! Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays of all kinds to everyone and Happy New Years soon to come!!!



THE PEOPLE'S CHAMPIONS
I would like to thank all the amazi
Contest Results: Out of your Comfort ZoneThe results
The time has come - here are the results of our awesome contest! 

Thanks so much for participating - we received 34 (!) of fantastic entries. We're especially blown away by how many of you decided to create a photomanip despite it not being your primary medium - did you enjoy the experience? Are going to work on more photomanipulations? :D
To put more pressure on the theme of the contest, we decided to judge the entries in two categories:
Going outside the comfort zone - is this piece different than other works in the artist's gallery? Did they try something new, something they didn't do before?
Everything else - meaning technical skill, composition, concept and overall impact of the piece. 
The points from category 1. were counted as 100% of their value, and the points from category 2. as 80% of their value. 
Time for the winners!


What Next?

We already have some events in plan for 2019, but most importantly - what do YOU expect from us? What sort of content you like the most, what would you like to see? Let us know - we're ALWAYS happy to listen to your ideas!





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Dj Sona League of Legends by ManuxGame The Perceptual Present by AVAdesign
Shattered blade by AdriaticaCreation  I'm Still Here by NemondO
Silent... by Dark-Indigo  Winter walk by Maksim-Larionov
cancer by whyou Little Rooms: Trypophobia by AbaddonArt
The fall of mankind by Cosmas i feel your absence by ultradialectics
The Mossy Lady by ThelemaDreamsArt The last elf warrior by marcosnogueiracb
The Black Halo by mirandaadria Fallen angel by Amedeya

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(a late) Throwback Thursday #21

Sun Dec 16, 2018, 8:11 AM


HELLO THERE!

Throwback Thursdays are a bi-weekly series of features over here at CRPhotomanipulation, organised by  Gejda and lauraypablo. We're going to show you four things - three older Daily Deviations, three older tutorials, three random works from our gallery from last month, and three  stock photos. Once a month, you're going to see stunning works that are at least a year old, and two weeks later, you're going to see beautiful works from the month before. At the end of each journal, there's going to be a question and sometimes, a few words from us or other deviants from the community to start off a discussion. 

Also, we shamelessly stole the idea from CRLiterature. They were first. 

Let's start!


AWESOME DDS


Rorschach II by JochenSchilling
Ruin of Headless by LINGDUMSTUDOG
Frozen Queen by Hoangvanvan

FASCINATING TUTORIALS

Photomanipulation Tutorial  on blending by tamaraRphotomanipulation tutorial by WCS-WildcatPhotomanipulation Tutorial by Cocodrillo

OUTSTANDING STOCK PHOTOS


MoodyBlue Stock 14 by MoodyBlue
Louvre 2017 (09) by kuschelirmel-stock

Costume 'Aurora', 2017 by Aquilina-das

BEAUTIFUL IMAGES

Scorb 2.0 by Fisch-mit-Ohren
One story by GraniaA
Alone under the stars - YCH completed by Ulfeid3

tHROWBACK QUESTION

Are you ready for Christmas? We wish you the best holidays possible - spend them with your family, eat good food, and give and get awesome presents! Christmas La 


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The Downward Spiral by Cadavroux In the old park by Tyami

Mature Content

Blackstar by AbbeyMarie
  Dark Angel by LilifIlane
Ophelia by LindArtz  Dream #997 by Eyesoneyes
Something about trees, wood and troubleshooting by verrammelt Ice Queen. Nev by GraniaA
Tenderness by mashamaklaut Lady of the Sun by Anagraphy
matte painting_solitary by Areart  Over The Ages by 3mmI
Divine Mother by InfiniteCreations  OnKa by midodellouche
Succubus in Rapture by MskyCarmen Voodoo.  Let's play dolls? by veravik
this whole universe just mud and bone by xxcloudscollide Black And White by vlacruz

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Drabble/Comic Challenge - winners!

Fri Oct 26, 2018, 12:05 PM by Gejda:icongejda:
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Community Engagement Week

Time to announce the winners! :la:


Two people decided to participate in the challenge - both with humorous, great comic strips: 
Giganotosaur314, and silverheart-nine.

Here are their entries:

DA issues by Giganotosaur314
status updates, man by silverheart-nine

The awesome judging team, comprised of KovoWolf, lovelessdevotions and LenamoArt, decided to award the first prize, at 1000 points, to silverheart-nine, and the second prize, at 500 points, to @Giganotosaur314

Congratulations to the contestants - you can expect your prizes soon! :D




Community Engagement Week - Wrap-up!

Fri Oct 12, 2018, 12:00 PM by Gejda:icongejda:
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Community Engagement Week

...and we're done!


Our awesome event is now over, but we think this week has been very productive and rich in information. We hope you enjoyed all the great articles our contributors wrote - if you missed some, here's a quick recap: 

Oct 8th
Community Week Begins! by Gejda 
Pitch a Project by JenFruzz 

Oct 9th
How to Get Exposure on DA by brennennn 
Chat Event Announcement by Mrs-Durden 

Oct 10th
How to customize your DA experience by Rowye 
Drabble/Comic Challenge - Your DA Issue by Gejda 

Oct 11th
Mature Content 101 by Gejda 
How to deal with unwanted contact on DA by Astralseed

Oct 12th
Community projects by Mouselemur 
This wrap-up! by Gejda

Remember that there is still a hold a community feedback event in the #projecteducate chatroom at 1 PM PST today!

You also still have time to ender both the Pitch a Project and Drabble/Comic Challenge until October 19th - we will post the results on Sunday, October 21st!

Thanks for participating!


We're hoping to see you there for other projecteducate weeks and events, and if you'd like to keep in touch with news from all CR-related groups, remember to also watch communityrelations - it's the best way to keep yourself informed on all the cool events currently being organised!



As The Dark Turns To Day by parablev Fountain of Eternity by Aegis-Illustration
Know thyself by Cambion-Art Ich moechte dort sein by AnjaMillen
the last of our kind by ARGENTICIDE The Shadow Self by SilenceInSilver
Surfaced by TalXorFireBlack Nightmare by AlejandroDMarco
Retro 80's Catwoman by Jeffach Mirror. Mermaid V by Wagner
Question by yhenz ROOFTOP AMBUSH by umbatman
Riders of the apocalypse: Famine by DeathsProdigy Journey-to-the-abyss by Paradox-Off
Forest Fairy by Nisha2313 Cherry tenderness by Helea1
Stone Roses by InertiaRose Char by GraphPetr
Rise of Alpha by wasaps00 Elegance (finished YCH) by chertan-koraki
Dispersion... by ThyC-Graphics Red by Drake1024
The Creation of Us by HevonenStudios

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Throwback Thursday #19

Thu Oct 11, 2018, 11:19 AM


HELLO THERE!

Throwback Thursdays are a bi-weekly series of features over here at CRPhotomanipulation, organised by  Gejda and lauraypablo. We're going to show you four things - three Daily Deviations, three older tutorials, three random works from our gallery from last month, and three older stock photos. Once a month, you're going to see stunning works that are at least a year old, and two weeks later, you're going to see beautiful works from the month before. At the end of each journal, there's going to be a question and sometimes, a few words from us or other deviants from the community to start off a discussion. 

Also, we shamelessly stole the idea from CRLiterature. They were first. 

Let's start!

AWESOME DDS

Dancing between dreams - Second DD! by SecretDarTiste
Halloween 2013 by UnidColor
give or take my love by Poisons-Kiss

FASCINATING TUTORIALS

Paint It Black Tutorial by saltwaterhermitTutoriel Magic forest by Laura-Graph
Bloody Snow tutorial by Ravietta

OUTSTANDING STOCK PHOTOS

Stormy Oktober by Burtn3DE XC Louise Svensson Jaehde (SWE) and Utah Sun by LuDa-StockTrabocco by Sergiba

BEAUTIFUL IMAGES

Alluvian Plain by MoodyBlue
Aphrodite (Greek mythology) by Lothiel-14
This Horizon by jorgeyu

THROWBACK QUESTION

Are you planning to take part in the Animal Spirit Guide Contest? Some awesome prizes and eternal fame await you!

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Mature content 101

Thu Oct 11, 2018, 8:00 AM by Gejda:icongejda:
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Community Engagement Week

Hello everyone!


In this article, we’ll focus on mature content. We’ll answer questions about what it actually is, what sort of categories and levels it has, what DA’s policy on graphic content and sexual themes is, what breaks the regulations and how you can report the pieces breaking it, and how you can customize your browsing experience to stop seeing things you don’t want. 

I will be copiously quoting from DA’s support center articles – if you’d like to go straight to the source, here are the links through which you can access them:

What is Mature Content?
What is DeviantArt's policy around "sexual themes"?
What is your policy on graphic content?
What are the restrictions around erotic and fetish content?
How can I customize my Browsing Preferences?
How do I report submissions?

What actually is mature content?


According to DA’s regulations, mature content enfolds:

  1. controversial political or religious opinions
  2. violence
  3. gore
  4. strong language
  5. nudity 
  6. themes involving sexual content

What does it mean, exactly? It means that any work that may not be suitable for some audiences needs to have a proper tag or warning, giving users the chance to choose whether they want to see it or not.

Does your work have lots of blood, guts hanging from bellies, swearwords or nudity? This also includes an uncovered female nipple, full nude feature or erotic art. If your answer is yes to any of these questions , you should consider tagging it as mature content. 

How to tag?


You can tag your work as mature during submission by simply clicking a checkbox. Since it’s a requirement, DA will not allow you to submit a work where you did not specify whether it’s sensitive or not – if you try, you will receive a prompt to click the right checkbox.

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If your work is mature, then it will be hidden behind a special warning thumbnail for anyone who has the “Show Mature Content” checkbox unchecked in their Settings.

You also have the option to tag your submission later by editing your deviation.

Important thing to note here: using some form of self-censorship, like cropping, blurring, putting a red circle over the sensitive area etc. is not guaranteed to work. If the method you used is deemed not sufficient enough to comply with the policies, your work can still be tagged, or even removed if it breaks them.

Levels


There are two levels of Mature Content tags which you may choose. As you can read in FAQ:

  • Moderate: Choosing Moderate will mark your work as Mature Content, and deviants who have their mature content filter on will be met with a warning page. They can still choose to view your work, however.
  • Strict: Anyone under the age of eighteen (18) will not be able to click through the warning filter in order to view your work. 
In addition, you may also choose to flag your material with one of the specific tags, which will give the viewer a hint as to what kind of image will they see behind the filter. Again, quoting the FAQ:

  • Nudity: This flag is appropriate if your work contains explicit nudity; revealing the genitalia of a model or fictional character or revealing a full female breast including nipples. 
  • Sexual Themes: This flag is appropriate if your material contains references to sex, overt sexuality, including sexually based humor or other mild or moderately sexual themes. 
  • Violence/Gore: This flag is appropriate for realistic bloody or violent imagery, generally associated with horror and macabre, but can also apply to photojournalism or written work.
  • Strong Language: This flag can be applied to deviations containing profanity, vulgarity, and otherwise coarse or offensive language at the discretion of the submitter.
  • Ideologically Sensitive: This tag is intended to be used in the event that your work contains a controversial opinion, religious, political, social, or otherwise which can be considered offensive.

How can I hide mature content?


To hide mature content from your browsing, hover over your profile icon on the right side of the top menu and go into “Settings”. From the menu on the left side of the screen, choose “Browsing” under “Personal”, and then uncheck the box “Show Deviations with Mature Content”.

Screen 2 by Gejda

Doing this will hide all deviations tagged as mature from your browsing.

Exclamation  Keep in mind that if you’re younger than 18, you won’t be able to see mature deviations anyway and you won’t be able to make them visible.

If there is a particular member whose work you don’t want to see, you also have the option to hide it by blocking them. To do that, you can use the Report link found under the Watch button, just under and to the right of the deviation thumbnail or journal entry. If you choose the option “I just don’t want to see this”, the deviation will be hidden from you. If you decide to block the deviant completely, their works will be hidden from you as well, also while browsing.

What is allowed and what is not allowed?


The material not allowed on DA can be generally described as explicit. That goes for both violent and sexual themes. What does it mean exactly?

Violent


Your work can be removed if it displays actual self-harm, shows an actual injury, cruelty or death. Fictional depictions of these may be allowed – for example achieved through make-up or other effects – but images of actual injury or death are not.

Sexual content


DA is probably one of the most inclusive art communities currently active on the Internet – which means that you can submit works with mild sexual or erotic themes, however with some restrictions. Remember that tagging your work as mature does not mean you can ignore these restrictions.

All models or fictional characters shown/described in such works must be 18 or older. In this case, unlike the graphic content clause described above, it does not matter whether or not the model/character in question is fictional or not. And yes, it also applies to fan art.

When it comes to nudity, DA forbids pornography – remember though that not everything that you consider pornographic will also be considered such by DeviantART.

Here’s what falls under the pornography clause:

  • Masturbation - Hands should not be shown or described as coming into contact with genitalia in a manner which appears to represent masturbation.
  • Sexual Intercourse - Subjects should not shown or described in explicit detail as engaging in sexual intercourse. This includes depictions of sexual penetration, oral to genital contact, genital to anal contact, and oral to anal contact as well as other similar positions or interactions.
  • Vaginal, Penile, or Anal Penetration - This includes depictions of any object being inserted into the vagina, penis, or anus.
  • Sexual Body Fluids (actual or simulated) - There should be no depiction of semen or vaginal lubricants, including substitute materials which appear to act as replacements or "stand-ins" for these fluids.
  • Bodily Waste - There should be no depiction of urine, feces, or other bodily waste.
  • Erections - There should be no use of imagery depicting an erect penis, however there may be exceptions granted to illustrations created for legitimate medical or educational purposes.
  • Vaginal or Anal Spreading - Female subjects should not be depicted with their labia spread or parted in any manner by hand or manipulated open or parted by any other artificial means or object. Neither sex should show the anus manually opened in a similar fashion.
  • Adult Oriented (sexual) Toys - "Adult toys" consisting of dildos, strap-ons, vibrators, and similar items which are crafted to realistically represent a phallus or "receptive" vagina are not allowed. Items and devices which do not depict a male or female organ in a realistic fashion will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis for acceptability in a submission. 

How can I report a submission?


If you see an image, a Sta.sh file or a journal that breaks the rules as described above in same way, you have the option to report it. Here’s how to do it, as described in this support article: How do I report submissions?

  • Click the “Report” link found immediately below the Watch button, just under and to the right of the deviation thumbnail or journal entry.

Screen 3 by Gejda

Disclaimer: Rowye's work here does not, obviously, break any rules - the screenshot is here just to show you the placement of the Report button. ;)

  • You will be offered a small window featuring four basic initial options to classify your report.

Screen 4 by Gejda


  • “I just don’t want to see this” enables you to exclude the deviation in question from your DeviantART experience and does not file any actual report. By selecting this option, the deviation will no longer be shown to you during your personal browsing. This is intended to assist members in avoiding content which they do not wish to view but which otherwise may be acceptable for submission under DeviantART policies.
  • Content ranging from explicit sexual material, abusive posts, and spam advertising can be reported to the staff this way.
  • Keep in mind that works of art often address controversial issues and evoke diverse and passionate response. It is not surprising that some artistic expression will prove to be personally offensive to some viewers. Even if it may be offensive, it may not necessarily violate DeviantART terms of service or require removal.

By selecting any of the other three options (“It’s inappropriate”, “It violates intellectual property rights”, “It’s something else”), you will be able to make further selections and provide additional information about why you believe the deviation in question should be reviewed by the staff.

If you choose “It’s inappropriate”, you’ll be prompted to explain whether or not the deviation is sexually explicit, needs a Mature Content tag or includes Underage Sexual Content.

If you choose “It violates intellectual property rights”, you will be prompted to declare whether or not you are the copyright holder. To minimize the risk of someone claiming that the work is theirs when it’s not the case, DeviantART will only take reports from the copyright owner. You can read more here about DA’s copyright policies and on how to file a proper DMCA (copyright infringement notification notice): about.deviantart.com/policy/co….

If you choose “This is something else”, you’ll also have several options to choose from: “This deviation is misplaced”, meaning it was placed in the wrong category, “This is spam, malware, or warez”, “This is abuse”, meaning hate speech, personal attacks or death threats, or “This is self or animal harm”, meaning depictions of realistic violence, gore, self-harm or animal harm.

Your reports, with the exception of DMCA notices, are completely anonymous. All reports you file enter a general queue within the Moderation System, where they will be reviewed in a particular order of priority by a member of the DeviantART administration. DMCA takedown notices enter a special high-priority area. 

That’s it!


Okay, folks – that will be all. If you have any questions, feel free to ask in the comments and we’ll do our best to answer. Hopefully, this article will shed some light on complicated issues and give you answers you were looking for!



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Community Engagement Week


Challenge yourself!


If you've been a member of DA for a while, then you probably have encountered at least one thing that annoyed you or confused you - it's kind of inevitable with a site as enormous as DeviantART. This challenge will allow you to tell us all about it - how did you overcome your issue? How did you manage to turn it around? What did you learn - about the site, about yourself or others - along the way? 

And so - we challenge you to draw a comic strip or write a short drabble about overcoming your DA issue. 

Inspiration


The inspiration for this event were comic strips drawn by kozispoon - here's a few examples: 

Site Update Reactions by kozispoon
Triple Combo by kozispoon
Insta-ban by kozispoonI Spy, you spy by kozispoon

Rules


Post a thumbnail of your entry in the comments under this article. You have to submit it before 23:59 PST on Friday, the 19th of October. 

Here's how to post a thumb if you're wondering about it: How do I link to other deviants, deviations, or pages?

And here's a time helpful zone converter if you'd like to check what time will be 23:59 PST in your time zone: Converter

The results will be posted on Sunday, 21st of October. 

Prizes


Same as the other event of this week, the Pitch a Project contest run by JenFruzz, the prizes of this challenge are hidden - we want you to participate without an incentive such as points! 

Rest assured, though - the prizes will happen. Depending on the amount of entries and their quality, we will most likely assign prizes to many contestants. 

Judges


The judges will be announced soon!

Let's start!


We can't wait to see what you come up with! :la:


Community Engagement Week begins!

Mon Oct 8, 2018, 8:00 AM
Community Engagement Week

Hello!


This week is will run between Oct 8 - 12th, and it's  a very special week - it's totally about you. 
 
We all wish sometimes that some things on DA were different - there are features we're not big fans of, there's too much of this and too little of that. We find workarounds, we look for solutions, we scour the FAQ and journals for answers to our burning questions. Guess what - this week, many of said questions will be answered in an easy and accessible way. We'll post detailed articles, we'll have challenging and unique contests, and we'll invite you to talk with us in the #projecteducate chatroom for a community feedback event.

This whole thing began with a journal posted by Rowye, in which he talked about his thoughts about DA: Some thoughts about DA and Photomanip Feature. With a generous point donation from the staff who responded to his arguments, we put together a great team of deviants who will share their knowledge of DA and inner workings of their communities. Check out the schedule below!


Schedule


Oct. 8

As the first article after this intro, you'll be challenged to Pitch a Project. This is a unique event with unique rules, and will require all your creativity and enthusiasm - I won't spoil the details now, but you can be sure it's going to be fantastic! You'll have time to prepare your entry until Oct 19th, and the results will be posted on Oct 21st. 

Oct. 9

On Tuesday, you're going to see an article and an announcement - brennennn will tell you How to Get Exposure on DA, and suggest some ways in which you can get involved with the community. We will also announce when and where the chat event will take place!

Oct. 10

On Wednesday, Rowye will tell you How to customize your DA experience - a while back, he posted a journal where he asked for input from other deviants, so you can be sure it's going to be a detailed and interesting read! Later, you can expect another small challenge - we will ask you to create a short comic or write a drabble. 

Oct. 11

Thursday brings two serious subjects - an article by Gejda on what constitutes mature content and how to report it, and an article by Astralseed on bullying - or How to deal with unwanted contact on DA. 

Oct. 12

On the last day of our Community Week, Mouselemur will talk about community projects - how to find them, how to get involved, and what sort of projects are currently running. As the last point of this list, we'll do a quick wrap-up - and summarize your and our impressions, and hold a community feedback event in the #projecteducate chatroom in the evening!

Yay!


This is going to be a positive week full of education, information and fun events. We acknowledge that there are things that many of you - and us - want to change, and we want to focus on helping you understand and use the way DA works in the best possible way. We'd like to challenge you to take advantage of the tools we have - and the ones you maybe didn't know about, and will find out thanks to our articles - to make the best out of your DA experience. 

Let's begin! 



September Challenge Winner

Thu Oct 4, 2018, 9:58 AM


This time we're not announcing the next challenge - instead, you can expect a full-blown contest to start in two weeks! It will be the Animal Spirit Guide Contest run by Pendragon-Arts, and you can read about it here:






September Winner



The winner of our Modern Warfare Challenge is panjoool with his work No Mercy!


NO MERCY by panjoool

Congrats, we will contact you regarding your prize soon! 

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Skin by Dan Leveille