Part 04: Uploading Stock to dA

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This is Part 4 of Providing Stock+Resources - A Beginners Guide. It is aimed at resource providers new and old - I'm trying to give some tips and pointers based on my experience both as a stocker and a photomanipulator. If you have anything to add, feel free to comment, I still feel like I forgot soooo much Sweating a little... Any other comments are of course welcome as well. I hope this helps at least some Heart

>>What you will find in this guide:

  • Part 01: Introduction incl. Note on Copyright
  • Part 02: What should I put online? incl. Subject Choice | Dealing with Abuse | Technical Basics for Stock Images | Lighting setup | Tips and tricks on getting the most out of your camera | Post-processing images
  • Part 03: Stock Rules incl. Where to keep the Stock Rules? | What to put in your Rules | Refining as you go along 
  • Part 04: Uploading your stock to dA incl. Packs or Singles | Making sure people remember it's your stock | Upload choices | The right category | Keywords | Artist's Comment | Organizing your Gallery [you are reading it]
  • Part 05: Premium Content incl. How to sell Stock | What information not to forget to give

Uploading your stock to dA

Once Upon A Time 06 by kuschelirmel-stock  Winter Forest with Fog 04 by kuschelirmel-stock 
Examples for singles
Grim's Forest 02 by kuschelirmel-stock by kuschelirmel-stock  Blooming Meadow Stock Pack by kuschelirmel-stock
Examples for stock packs
First, you need to decide if you want to do packs or singles and if you want to attach your information to each image. Secondly, there is the question left of how to upload: via the submit page, via or maybe even via ftp.

Packs or Singles:

  • Singles are a great way of showing your potential stock users each and every image in all its glory. Singles are easy to go through and pick / download just the ones you need. But sometimes, too many singles of the same stock shoot may clutter your gallery or make you feel like you're spamming your watchers (though personally, I think if someone feels spammed by stock they shouldn't watch stock accounts). Plus you have to add your artist's comment and search terms on each and submit each to the right gallery meaning more work in that regard for you.
  • Packs usually need more work up front: you need to choose the images to go in one pack and create a preview for it that shows off the images inside to their best advantage - don't forget to specify the size and resolution of the images you provide on the cover as well. They also have the advantage that you can add your stock rules as a txt file inside. You can find a tutorial on how to create a template for yourself in Photoshop here: Stock Pack Template Tutorial

Making sure people remember it's your stock:

Not so Alien 01 UNRESTRICTED by Elandria What Once Was 102 RESTRICTED by Elandria
Examples of the added strip (courtesy of Elandria). You can
use different colours to make it easy to differenciate between
stock with different rules (for example ones where commercial
use is okay vs. stock that can only be used non-commercially)

Why is this even important? Simple: if your name isn't there, who are they supposed to credit? In case there is no name attached, manippers may use your stock but simply opt to "credit" with a line like "can't find the stock of the girl, if you know, please tell me so I can give credit" - which is not legal if you require credit according to your rules, but this will happen anyway. Or if the user cannot tell whose image he has in his archive any more, they may opt to delete it and not use it at all.
  • Usually, the download from dA saves as "imagename_by_deviantname-imageID", but sometimes it's just a string of numbers and letters (don't ask me why), so you may need a little more than a catchy file name. In this case, adding a strip at the side of each image helps.
  • When doing packs, make sure your stock account name is part of the file names of the images - the pack downloads with your name and maybe you even put all your images inside a folder with your name, but sometimes, individual images get sorted into new folders (without checking) and that information is gone.
  • Another option to make sure your stock can't get mixed up, is to use the EXIF data to add your name and a link to your stock rules. I would not expect everyone to actually start looking there in case the file name gets botched up, but some may and that may be enough. This also might come in handy in case of redistribution without consent.

The actual upload:

You have the following choices of how to upload your stock to dA (also see FAQ #79: How do I submit art?):
  • Directly on the Submit page -
  • Via - There, you can upload a bunch of images all at once (just drag and drop).
  • Via ftp server and subsequently your See FAQ #441: How do I upload to my for an explanation on how to upload via ftp. This is a great option if you are uploading lots of files and/or big files (for example, I sometimes use this to upload large video tutorials).

I usually upload via and stack the images belonging to a series together (see screenshot). By clicking "submit" such a stack (or folder, whichever you wanna call this), you can add all of them at once to the Submit page. There you need to fill in all the information (artist's comment, key words etc). If you decide you just want to prepare a bunch of stuff, you can do that with your stashed deviations on the submit page and click the "x" on their tab to get them out of there again -- they will still be saved in Neat!

Stash Screenshot by kuschelirmel-stock

Choose the right category

This may sound trivial, but it actually isn't. First off, all stock should be submitted to the Resources and Stock Images gallery - not to Photography, not in Digital Art or wherever else it could fit. You want people to actually know they can use your resources (which if you post outside the Resources gallery they don't, because mostly, it is a very big no-go to use anything outside this gallery) and they need to be able to find what they are looking for, too.

So when choosing a sub-gallery, make sure it fits. If you are unsure where to post, think of it as "where would I go looking for this?". And if nothing helps, you can always ask a fellow stocker or our gallery volunteers (there's a list here FAQ #18: Who selects Daily Deviations and how are they chosen?).

Often Confusing Gallery Choices:

Be sure to post 3D rendered stock and premades to their appropriate galleries, or they will not be found and used! Note that the 3d renders sub-category in the stock images section is for images created with the help of 3d programs (such as Blender, Poser, Daz etc) that you offer as images (jpg or png format) for use in photomanips for example while the 3d models category is for things you use within a 3d program - meaning that those are items you can only use if you have and know how to use Blender / Poser / Daz etc and they are no use to photomanipulators using "2d" software such as Photoshop, Gimp, Corel etc.

Choose the right keywords

This goes into the same direction as choosing the correct category above: you want your resources to be found, so you need to make them "findable" by putting in appropriate keywords. It's not as time consuming as you think it is, with a bit of practice and a plan at least ;)

What you can put in the keywords (examples):
  • Anything that is in your photograph: if your photograph shows a forest, don't stop at "wood" or "forest", put in "tree", "trees", "foliage", "fern", "jungle", "trunk", "mushroom", "path" etc
  • Colours: I usually put at least the main ones, i.e. "blue", "orange", "yellow", etc and if I have something I feel the colour is specific, I might go with "crimson", "blood red", etc. Don't go too much overboard here though, you only have a limitied amount of space for your keywords, so make them count
  • Atmosphere / Mood: "bright", "foggy", "misty", "mysterious", "autumn", "melancholy",...
  • What this could be used for: a forest is great for "fairies", "fairytales", "wolf", "red riding hood", "background", etc - try to catch the most common and maybe add in one or two things not so common to improve your range
  • Word Choice: if you don't have many different things you want to put, you can use variations of words, for example put the noun and the adjective ("fog" & "foggy") or put different spellings ("colourful" & "colorful"). I have even heard of people putting in the most common misspellings.
  • Keep it relevant!!! Especially the "what could you use this for" bit can easily lead to keywords that are irrelevant to most people, so try to be careful with your choices.

What to put in the artist's comment?

There are multiple things you can do here and in my opinion there is just one thing that you should avoid and that is a blank description. I can hear some of you say "but why, it's stock, what else could someone want besides the file itself?!".
  • Well, firstly, a hint at where your stock rules are would be good, so that no one has to go searching high and low. Maybe even with a link, maybe with the most important part reiterated. I don't recommend putting all your rules in here because if you change something, you'll need to go back into every description and change it everywhere. But a summary and or/a link and/or something like "stock rules are on my userpage" helps lots.
  • Are you interested to see stock used? Say so! You could even feature your favourite uses of that particular image.
  • You could add the place where you took the images. It's a nice conversation starter and whatever you put in the description will also come into play when someone is searching for a keyword.
  • If you uploaded a pack, add some info on what is inside: image sizes, how many, etc -- sure people can download and see for themselves, but it's nice to know up front, especially for people on slower / mobile connections.
  • You can use the comment to advertise your other stock. For example, you can put two or three thumbs of other (maybe related) stock in the comment and add links to subgalleries.

In my opinion, a blank field as description gives the impression you are just dumping images and not interested in any interaction. But if you want others to use your stock and show you what they've created, you want to give just the opposite impression, don't you?

Organising Your Gallery

It is common practice to use gallery folders to thematically put together different stocks - be it different model stock series with the same dress or for example sorting into categories like "nature stock", "architecture stock", etc. Sometimes, the featured folder is left untouched as a "catch-all" (and only deviantIDs and other non-stock items are removed) and sometimes it is used to actually show off your favourite stock (or one from each series). It's up to personal preference, really.

Personally, I have opted for the catch-all and am using an extra folder for my favourite images to showcase those on my userpage. The reason is simply that I do not want my visitors to have to click too much. And while I do have some stock folders for different themes, I stopped expanding on those simply because it seems to get more complicated to submit. And finding stuff doesn't get all that much easier either, because the more folders you offer, the more possible folders there are to search through to find something specific which can be a pain if you are unsure in which subjective category to start looking :shrug:

But as I said, this is mostly preference.

In the end, the best tip I can give you is to keep your userpage and gallery nice-looking. Especially if you are going to do those strips at the bottom/top of your images and/or stock packs you can go for a unified look on those, make your stock a brand that stands out. Try to answer comments (nicely!) and favourite stock use - make a feature now and then. Get involved in the community. On dA, we are a close-knit community and I promise you we are worth getting to know - it'll make your experience even better than just uploading stuff all by your lonesome ;)

>> now online: Part 05: Premium Content Stock

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Gislaadt's avatar
EXCEPTIONNAL lessons, thanks a lot !!!