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Hey! How are you all doing?

Well, you've had a nice break and I hope you all are doing well and are ready for our last big contest! I've got some great prizes by our friends, affiliates, and sponsors set aside for ten winners. Yes, I said 10 winners not 3! One Best of Show, and 3 Place Winners for each skill level.
If you don't participate, you're missing your chance at a big prize pack until the beginning of next year!

:bulletwhite: IF HALLOWEEN IS A TRIGGER FOR YOU, PLEASE READ: I recognize that not everyone likes Halloween, or creating anything dark, or may  become uncomfortable this time of year.

I tried to cover every possible emotions connected to  this time of year for all members so that you have the chance to be a winner.

For those of you who want to participate with less dark photos, I have them for you to choose from.  You can take a much more tamer approach to the contest and be judged on your idea and skills, not on how scary your image is or is not. Please keep this in mind and join us for this theme contest.

Below is all of the information that you'll need to select from the required stock, plan your on theme image, look for the appropriate LEGITIMATE stock photos, and start on your entry.  If I'm not being clear, or if I've forgotten something, please contact me and let me know.

:pumpkin:Good Luck, Have Fun Creating, And Happy October 31st!:pumpkin:


The Boogeyman by PotatoCatBee

:bulletwhite: Our Newest Contest Is Called "Ghouls, Witches, And Monsters" And It Features Over 40 Stock Photos, Including Children, By:
Stickfishies-Stock, jagged-eye, Sarmati, Nerium-Oleanders, magikstock, GillianStockThe-LionfaceNHuval-stock, fuguestock, Tasastockatistatplay, Rivendell-PhotoStock, Eirian-stock, and deathbycanon-stock.

Guest Judges  caddman and WDWParksGal Will Join Staff Member PotatoCatBee Judge The Best Of Show From The Level 3 And Level 4 Entries. Members Will Vote For Place Winners.


I want to thank our affiliates, members, and friends who are currently sponsoring the group's contest with a variety of prizes,especially you wonderful deviants who have donated points so far.
However, I'm still accepting donations to make the prize packs even bigger and better!

 Points; Custom (Personal) Deviations; Custom  (Personal) Or Exclusive Desktop Wallpaper; Custom CSS; Exclusive Brushes; Exclusive Stock Packs; Custom (Personal) Or Exclusive Pre-Made Background, Features, and Anything Else The Imagination Can Come Up With!

You can donate to Only the Best Of Show, to Only One Category Of Place Winners, Or to All Winners.  Simply Send Me A Group Note or A Note To My Personal Account, Tell Me What You Like To Donate, Which Winning Category You Want
To Donate To Or If You Want To Feature In Your Journal Or Slide Show All Of The Winners.


:star: BEST OF SHOW :star:
:bulletyellow: 3-Month Core Account
:bulletyellow:  500 Points
:bulletyellow:  An Exclusive Pre-Made Background By Rowye, kuschelirmel-stock, and HermitCrabStock
:bulletyellow:  A Custom Design Decorative Border By Bnspyrd
:bulletyellow:  A Free Premium Landscape From Olgola.
:bulletyellow:  A Special Exclusive Photomanipulation To Download Any Size by TheFantaSim
:bulletyellow:  Two Exclusive Brush/Stock Set by TheFantaSim
:bulletyellow:  Two Exclusive Stock Pack By Null-Entity
:bulletyellow:  All Other Exclusive Stock And Packs From Stock Providers Listed Below
:bulletyellow:  Features

:bulletyellow: 300 Points
:bulletyellow: An Exclusive Pre-Made Background By Rowye, kuschelirmel-stock, and HermitCrabStock
:bulletyellow: An Exclusive Decorative Border By Bnspyrd
:bulletyellow: A Free Premium Landscape From Olgola.
:bulletyellow: An Exclusive Brush/Stock Set By TheFantaSim
:bulletyellow: An Exclusive Stock Pack OF Two Stocks By Null-Entity
:bulletyellow: 4 Exclusive Stock Packs From Stock Providers As Listed Below
:bulletyellow: Features

:bulletyellow: 200 Points
:bulletyellow: Exclusive Pre-Made Background By kuschelirmel-stock and HermitCrabStock
:bulletyellow:  A Free Premium Landscape From Olgola.
:bulletyellow: An Exclusive Brush/Stock Set By TheFantaSim
:bulletyellow: An Exclusive Stock Pack Of Two Stocks By Null-Entity
:bulletyellow: 3 Exlusive Stock Packs From Stock Providers As Listed Below
:bulletyellow: Features

:bulletyellow: 100 Points
:bulletyellow: Exclusive Pre-Made Background By kuschelirmel-stock and HermitCrabStock.
:bulletyellow:  A Free Premium Landscape From Olgola.
:bulletyellow: An Exclusive Brush/Stock Set By TheFantaSim.
:bulletyellow: An Exclusive Stock Pack From The Stock Providers As Listed Below.
:bulletyellow: Features

:star: Stock Packs From Stock Providers As Listed Below: :star:
Mom-EsPeace, MoAChuuuttt, Renata-s-art, mshellee steppelandstock, and TheStockWarehouse.

:star: Features As Listed Below::star:
TheFantaSim, WDWParksGal


I had originally wanted to do a "Bogey Man" theme for our Halloween contest this year, but I had the darnest time finding just the right files that would work well for our Required Stock choices (because, that's the way we do things here at ManipulateThis), so I decided to go with what we know.

:bulletwhite: THEME: Halloween (however, read the requirements carefully below.)

:bulletblue:DUE DATE: October 30, 2017 

Please Check The Countdown Clock On The HOME Page For The Exact Time In Your Area.  Late Entries Will Be Added To The Open Gallery Folder. Your Entry MUST Include Your Skill Level, Or It Won't Be Accepted.

:bulletblue: ENTRIES: You Can Enter Twice For The Competition. You can enter under Competitive and Non-Competitive and combination.

See Below On How To Enter When Your Photomanipulation Is Complete.


:bulletblue: First, and fore most, this is a fine art image you're creating, therefore, NO WORDS!

:bulletblue: You're Choosing At Least One Stock From Below Under Required Stock To Create A Scary or Non-Scary Halloween Theme Image. Interpret The Theme As You Like.

:bulletblue: You Can Mix Different Types Of Characters Together, Even Those Not In The Required Stock.

:bulletblue: Your Main Character Must Be Large And Forward In The Image.
No Small And Far Away Models--No Small And In The Front Models.

:bulletred:They Must Be The Most Important Part Of The Image, So Size And Placement Does Matter! :bulletred:

:bulletblue: It CAN Be A Portrait, Meaning We Do Not Have To See The Full Body.

:bulletblue: Your Image Must Look Realistic: Not Abstract, Surreal, Or Fantasy. We Should Get The Sense That What We See In Your Scene Can Really Happen (even if it can't! :evillaugh:.

:bulletblue: Any Final Image That Even Implies Harm To A Child, Or That A Child Is Involved In Being Harmed, Will Not Be Accepted!

:bulletblue: NO Gore, NO Macabre Or Images That Are Overly Gruesome. NO HEAVY DRIPPING BLOOD!

:bulletblue: Remember, if you use 3D Rendered stock with your Photo stock, you are creating a Mixed Media. Do not select photomanipulation as your media when you categorize your deviation. Categorize it as Digital Art > Mixed Media.

:bulletwhite: I will be checking for 3D Rendered stock and will send you a reminder Note if you forget to select the right category.


:bulletblue: If you need to review the rules of creating the illusion of depth and space, please read this “About” walk through.
About: Creating The Illusion Of Space And Depth


:bulletblue: If you need to review the rules of light and shadow, see this quick review here:

Light/Shadows And Depth Activity!

Remember: We Are Artist Who Use Photomanipulation As Our Medium.  You CAN And SHOULD:
:bulletblue: Make sure that the direction of your Light is consistent through out your scene.
:bulletblue: Edit a stock as you need to for the final result that you want: Remove or Add Something, Change Color, Up/Lower Saturation, etc.
:bulletblue: Use Brushes, Textures, Special Techniques And A Little Show Of Special Effects To Enhance Your Over All Image.
:bulletblue: Create a dynamic Scene!

We Are FINE ARTIST! Remember:

:bulletblue:  BE CREATIVE! It’s about more than simply sticking a few stock photos into a background stock photo!


The Following Are Examples Of Images From The Past Using Some Of The Same Stock As The Current Contest.

The Witch's Assistants by ErinM31 A Knife to a Zombie Fight by mysticalkittykat Supper Time by TheFantaSim  

Fright Night by Leina1  Halloween Night by TheFantaSim   Zombies Night Out by TheFantaSim

Be Aware Of Your Feet by x3milkyway

Remember, These Are EXAMPLES ONLY! Please Follow The Instructions Above For The Current Challenge And Do You Own Thing!


Silent Hill Nurses 1 by Stickfishies-Stock 

Mature Content

Elle Silent Hill 2a by jagged-eye

Mature Content

Elle Silent Hill 3a by jagged-eye
  Orc - Photo refs by Sarmati
   Faun stock by Nerium-Oleanders  Fantasy faun stock by Nerium-Oleanders  Dark witchcraft stock by Nerium-Oleanders  Forest witch with skull stock by Nerium-Oleanders  Forest witch stock by Nerium-Oleanders


witch 1 by magikstock  witch 9 by magikstock  witch 6 by magikstock  Black Witch III by GillianStock  Black Witch II by GillianStock  Black Witch I by GillianStock


Bedsheet Ghost 10 by The-Lionface  Bedsheet Ghost 6 by The-Lionface 

Mature Content

Zombie 6 by NHuval-stock

Mature Content

Zombie 4 by NHuval-stock


Mature Content

Zombie 8 by NHuval-stock

Mature Content

Zombie 7 by NHuval-stock
  Male Vamp7 by NHuval-stock  Male Vamp6 by NHuval-stock  Male  Vamp5 by NHuval-stock  Male Vamp3 by NHuval-stock

     Crawling man 14 by fuguestock  Crawling man 05 by fuguestock  The magical hat by atistatplay  Blushing fairy by atistatplay  The wood witch by atistatplay

mt-ghoulish-tasastock-IMG 5230 by TheFantaSim  mt-ghoulish-Tasastock-IMG 5233 by TheFantaSim  mt-ghoulish-Tasastock-IMG 5234 by TheFantaSim  mt-ghoulish-Tasastock-IMG 5235 by TheFantaSim  mt-ghoulish-Tasastock-IMG 5239 by TheFantaSim mt-ghoulish-Tasastock-IMG 5242 by TheFantaSim

Meow by atistatplay   Black Cloak Stock 1 by Rivendell-PhotoStock  Black Cloak Stock 2 by Rivendell-PhotoStock  Black Cloak Stock 3 by Rivendell-PhotoStock   Black Cloak Stock 4 by Rivendell-PhotoStock  Black Cloak Stock 5 by Rivendell-PhotoStock

Little Witch 1 by deathbycanon-stock  Little Witch 2 by deathbycanon-stock  Little Witch 6 by deathbycanon-stock  Halloween Package by Eirian-stock


Updated: January 2, 2016

:bulletblue: First, in the Artist's Comments box, make sure you post that your deviation is for the "Ghouls, Witches, And
Monsters" Contest  at ManipulateThis and include our icon.

:bulletblue: Second, have the level you're entering under (Level 2 for Beginners; Level 3 for Intermediate; Level 4 for Advance).

:bulletred:THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT! I'm not going to guess and your deviation will be place in the NON-COMPETITIVE Category.

:bulletwhite: Choose your level carefully and accurately. A wrong level can affect your success in the group, and I want everyone to succeed!

:bulletwhite: If you're not sure about your level, please read a description of each level in the… , or contact me and I'll be happy
to view your gallery and make a decision on your best fit for our group. Please don't go up a level until you and I decide that you are ready.

:bulletred: No Changing Levels From One Challenge To Another!  If you are not happy with a deviation, and still want to participate, please select NON-COMPETITIVE (follow instructions below
for Non-Competitive).

:bulletblue: Once you've uploaded to your art account, submit your deviation to ManipulateThis by selecting the group from the "Submit To Group" link on the right hand side of your original deviation.
Or, if the group name is not there, select "Type A Group Name" and add our name. Submit to the FEATURED folder.

:bulletblue: If you've already met your quota of 2 deviations per month, contact me and I will "Request" your deviation. You MUST APPROVE MY REQUEST or your deviation will not go into the
FEATURED folder automatically.

:bulletblue: Your entry must be approved before it's placed into the FEATURED gallery. I always move from the FEATURED folder to the challenge/contest/activity folder, so don't worry about that.

Remember, deviations that are NOT for the challenge will be declined.

:bulletblue: You will receive a confirmation message at your art account if the entry was accepted or not. If it's not accepted within a reasonable amount of time, check your Correspondence
messages to see if you received a comment telling you why.

:bulletblue: Please take care of any problem as soon as possible and reply to the comment so that we can accept your entry.

:bulletred: Sometimes I'll send you a note from your deviation telling you that something needs to be altered before the end of the challenge. Your entry has NOT been removed from the
challenge in such cases.

:bulletred:IMPORTANT! If the above happens and you do not delete the original deviation from your gallery, please send a group note so that I know to remove the original entry.


:bulletwhite: Please follow the requirements for the challenge/contest/group activity even if you are not competing.

:bulletwhite: Please include the same information in the Comments box as noted above for Competitive Entries.

:bulletwhite: Very Clearly, Write "NON-COMPETITIVE CHALLENGE ENTRY".

That's all folks!

I am here to help. If you have any questions or need my help while you are working on your photomanipulation, don't hesitate to contact me.

I'll even be happy to look at your deviation before you submit to the group. Simply send a note to my art account. You can upload to your account if you like. Send me either the link or the link
of the original deviation in your gallery and I'll be happy to comment and help your privately before you submit.

Now, go and, BOO!

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This is my second entry:

Halloween Creeps by IZSTEVE