Here are the rules:
We will judge based on, "Which piece moved us the most?"
All media (literature as well as all visual media) are welcome.
Peace and dA love,
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Manip Academy 5: Blending Modes and ManipsNote: This Manip Academy tutorial is from LadyEvilArts. It is not my work. Please direct any questions, comments, love, or gratitude her way. Thank you!
Blending modes and photomanipulations
Few words about most used blending modes (bm), how they affect the image (positive and negative moments).
First of all I want to remind about the option of creating layer filled with neutral colour for chosen blending mode. Holding Alt press icon "create a new layer", Photoshop will show you window like this:
Just select desired bm and check "fill with ... neutral color". Sometimes it's very helpful.
Second, when you use blending modes for toning for example, use option "new adjustment layer - solid colour" instead of filling new layer with bucket. Solid color doesn't increase size of your psd file as much as pixel layer does.
And third - brush, clone stamp, history brush, bucket/gradient, all these tools have option to select bm i
Gallery Descriptions: Photomanipulation Part 2Galleries Month
These are the second set of seven galleries in the Photomanipulation category. Here are the first seven!
Landscapes and Scenery
Photomanipulations of places or scenery, real or imaginary.
Macabre and Horror
Photomanipulations portray or evoke extreme fear, such as represented by blood and gore, or psychological terror.
Photomanipulations with human characters, emotions, or actions as the main focus.
Photomanipulations representing current or historical events in the political arena or depicting political figures.
Keep Talking.Let's keep talking.
The various journals and other tributes to Robin Williams over the past few days have sparked discussion about mental illness throughout the deviantART community, and this is wonderful because talking to one another is how we begin to strategize how we can address these problems together. Moreover, talking keeps us connected and grounded. No one has to be an island here.
Let's keep talking. Here is some more information about mental illness.
Mental illness is pervasive.
Did you know that, according to the US National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), approximately 1 in 4 people will experience some sort of mental health concern at some point during their lifetimes? Moreover, did you know that 8-10% of Americans are suffering from diagnosable depression right now?? That means everyone-- you, your parents, your children, your friends, your teachers and colleagues-- is at risk for these incapacitating diseases.
Manip Academy 4: Perspective and BlendingPlease note: This lesson is the brainchild of LiliaOsipova. It is not my work. I am only sharing with permission. Please direct love, questions, and gratitude to Lilia.
Here is a little bit about finding the right size of characters in the perspective of the scene.
For example, one of the thousands of my unfinished work "Resurrection." The image below will guide you.
1. Select the background and characters of the scene
2. Hold the line of the horizon and set the first character, which is built according to the scene. Join in the triangle height of human growth and the point of intersection with the horizon (the green triangle). Now, according to this triangle, we can easily determine the size of the receding figure.
3-4. If the position of the new character should not be this triangle, then the point of the new position of A is enough perpendicular to AB to the triangle and find BC s
Let's make a soundtrack!What is your rallying anthem?
In the spirit of keeping up the conversation about mental illness and mental health, I wanted to touch on something positive: our rallying anthems.
What I mean by that is, a piece of music that makes you feel good even on the darkest of days. It gets you going when you thought nothing could and helps you remember that you're okay.
Perhaps this anthem is a ballad or a lullabye, or perhaps it is an all-out rock song or heavy metal masterpiece. Regardless, it speaks to you at your core.
Here is mine:
Let's make a soundtrack!
I've shown you mine; now you show me yours! Let's make a soundtrack of positivity and hope. Maybe this can be a blog to which people can turn when they're feeling at a loss or need some inspiration.
Please leave your anthem as a comment below. I can then post a journal with links to all of our songs for us to keep for the future. Feel free to leave a YouTube link or link to some ot
It's time to raise our voicesOn the lethality of mental illness
We were saddened deeply today to hear that Robin Williams appears to have taken his own life. He was a brilliant, creative mind and a voice for humanity.
I've seen a lot of tributes to him over the past hour or so. Many people have posted clips of his work, quotes, and favorite memories. That's great; it's how we honor someone. But, somehow I feel like we're missing the point.
The point is . . . it's not fucking funny.
Reports have it that Mr. Williams suffered from depression and possible drug/alcohol abuse. I've also read that he had bipolar disorder. Regardless, what plagued him was lethal, and it plagues so many other human beings across the world.
So, mental illness has claimed another victim. One more powerful voice has been silenced. Can we raise our own in its stead?
Why must we be silent?
It's time our community had an open talk about mental illness and about the pre
My deviantART storyI joined deviantART in 2005, which seems like forever ago, because I saw the beautiful things being posted here and wanted to learn to create them, too. I never knew I would also find so many wonderful, beautiful people to love as well. I have sisters and true friends here who I love deeply and am so grateful for the many ways in which they enriched my life. I've never really mentioned them because I am always afraid I'll forget someone, but I will mention a few of them now.
To AlexandraVBach and nina-Y:
You have always been my inspirations, and I am lucky to call you friends as well. Alex, I wish you every success in the world; it is very well-deserved. You are so creative and have a knack for bringing your unique visions to life. Nina, what can I say? You are a force of nature and a true kindred spirit. Love you lots. With your twisted humor and brilliant execution of concept, you are an amazing artist.... But even more so an amazing person.
Winners of the Birthday Hat-Finding adventure!Hi all,
In case you missed it, the inhabitants of Wonderland lost their hats! Luckily for them, some awesome deviants were able to find them. We have three winners from the hat-finding, puzzle-solving adventure; these three individuals each got 16 out of 18 possible clues.
The winners are:
Each of them will receive 2,000 points and a 6-month premium membership from Moonbeam13! Many congratulations!
Thanks to all who helped out this week.
Aeirmid / The White Queen
Manip Academy 2: Soft effects in PhotomanipulationToday's Manip Academy article was written by Cinnamoncandy. I am posting it for her, but the full credit for the tutorial should go to her. Please take a moment to share some love and gratitude on her page!
In today’s Manip Academy blog I’m going to teach you how to achieve a softening effect with your photomanipulations. This is a trick that I often use, especially for fantasy and emotional style pieces.
NOTE: When I do this technique it is usually my finishing step, so my image is duplicated and my layers are already merged.
Step One: Go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur. I usually set the Radius at 3.0 pixels; however, you can adjust it to your liking. Click okay.
Step Two: Go to Edit>Fade Gaussian Blur. Set the opacity. Again, you can adjust it to your liking. I often use 25 to 30%. Set the mode to Soft Light. Click OK.
Protect yourself against fraudAlthough, as an active member of the community, it's nearly impossible to have missed this huge issue, I think it's very important to warn people for this.
What happened is a large case fraud in which apparently one user (under multiple names) scammed several members of DeviantArt community. Leaving some people as much as $3000 in debt!!! Money they, most likely, never see back.
Even though the user is banned by DeviantArt now, there's no reason why it won't happen again.
After all, the problem is caused by a loophole in PayPal's rules. So basically everybody that's using PayPal for its business (and that's a lot of us) is at risk.
People doing commissions
People selling adoptables
To understand where all of this comes from, it's first of all important to know what a PayPal chargeback actually is.
This video offers a proper explanation of what chargeback is, and what it should
Random Watchers giveaway - 150ptsWithout wasting any time, here's what you need to do.
FAV this journal to enter into the lucky draw
Give me a llama [OPTIONAL]: Giving me a llama won't make you a winner btw!
Deadline: Wednesday, 20th Aug 11:59PM IST
Prize: 1 Lucky winner will receive 150 DA points
P.S. Please note this is only watchers giveaway.
500 Point Giveaway #17: AugHow to participate:
1. Add this journal to your favs
2. Write a new journal about this giveaway, and include a Mention of me so that I receive a notification of your journal.
3. Include what I do at dATrade. For example:
:icondatrade: is holding a 500 point giveaway! http://fav.me/d7v63st
At :devdatrade:, you can donate points for an easy way to receive watches, llamas, favs, comments, and critiques!
10 points = 5 critiques / 10 comments / 10 watches / 40 llamas / 50 favs
Go check it out today!
There will be a total of 15 winners who will be selected with a random number generator!
One 200 point winner
Four 50 point winners
Ten 10 point winners
:iconflyingheartsplz: :icondatrade: Alice
Giveaway - 20 winners, 1000 Points!Ok, its time to start a New Giveaway!
In this Giveaway, will 20 Lucky People get 50 Each!
You heard right, 20 people will get 50 Each!!!
Each winner can also win one to one of their friends.
I will also add one month free premium in the prize list if more then 1000 Favs!
Also, check out the ongoing Art contest with the following prize list:
1st - 3500 or 35 USD.
2nd - 1500 or 15 USD.
3rd - 600 or 6 USD.
4th - 350 or Free 1 Month Premium Membership or 3,5 USD.
5th - 350
Art and not giving upDear, deviantart fellow artists
As artists we are constantly self-aware and seek for improvement and support. But there are times when it feels like everything falls apart, when things go wrong and doubts overwhelm us.
But we have to stay strong and continue.
Here are some of my thoughts about the topic and I hope that they might be helpful.
No one likes to fail. Yet, when it happens, we learn so much. For example – my first “inspiring” journal series where such a failure. But I kept going, as I have always had. As long as I can motivate, help and inspire others, through my journals or art, that’s what keeps me going. Also – things can go wrong all the time – the painting software could crash, ink can get accidentally spilled or It’s possible to unintentionally ruin the painting. It happens. Go through the struggle;
Giveaway! Points, cash and art!Edit 2: we're almost there! We're already at 145 subscribers The ultimate prize is unlocked at 200! So close!!
Edit: I've reached 100 subscribers! Thank you to everyone who helped me!! <3 The ultimate prize is unlocked at 200 subscribers so let's keep going :iconepichigh5plz:!
Hello my loverlies!!
Hope you're all doing well and enjoying the little things in life!
I decided to host a giveaway so if you want to participate keep reading!
What you have to do
Fav this journal so that more people can participate!
Subscribe to me on youtube to see
Contest - A dream come true +70$ Price list!Updates:
17. aug. Date changed so its easier to understand, and some misspelling fixed.
20. Aug. First participants added to the list.
Ongoing Giveaway: http://fav.me/d7vl0if
Art / Story / Comic Contest!
Ok, its time for an another contest. It have been some months since the last one, and im sorry for that, that goes to all my followers. Hopefully will I get more active again now. I did think for a long time for the theme for this contest, and I wanted something that's not used to much, but at the same time something everyone can use as an idea for their entry. I hope everyone like it. Its always hard to make a prize list to, that everyone is happy with. Some smaller prizes, and more winners, or a bigger prize, but less winners. Some people thinks "... why should I, I gonna lose anyway.. But wait, as much as 10 entries wins a prize, maybe i should join after all!," and others think "... Only 20$, no
CI Give away(Help needed) ends 20 SeptemberHello dear members,
it's time for a new give away
Edit : the journal has been updated with last months winners
Rules of the Give away .
to enter in this give away fav and comment on the journal below this is important because you need to get a number from me(if you don't comment you cannot get a number and not win)this give away is only open for members,contributors,admins,and co founders of CI (in order to enter join Creation-inspiration: (excludingmariridoodleparadise and Tsuki-SoraRuki (both accounts are from Me)if you are a member and want to give it to a friend we accept it just let me know in a comment.at the end of the giveaway winners will be randomly chosen (with random.org)you must be a member of deviantart for at least two weeks in order to enter in this contest!write anything you want on this blog no mean,or rude comments
very special thanks to my donators for this month we can continue
Glitch's Clothing Design Contest (USD Prizes) Introduction
It was nearing time for the new term to begin, and as always, Glitch wanted to change his outfit...
After all, that one got a little wrecked in the tournament. Oops.
And why not? He would be earning his degree in Elementalism the next term, and who wouldn't want to look absolutely STUNNING for graduation? Surely not him, as looking into obtaining interesting clothing for graduation was a high priority.
This is a drawing contest where you design a new outfit for Glitch, the elementalism student teacher of :iconotherworlde:! He tends to change his outfit often and he's looking for a couple new ones to add to his closet. Therefore, your task -- if you choose to accept it -- is to design a new outfit for Glitch to proudly wear in the next term, when he plans to earn his academy degree.
Simply draw Glitch in an outfit of your design and you
August Arts and Health Challenge: JoyHi everyone,
We are opening a new month on a positive note; the challenge theme for August will be Joy. Living with a health condition (or caring for others who do) does not have to be all doom-and-gloom! What are the things that bring you joy, even amid the darkness?
Joy is essential to life. Researchers have shown that, generally speaking, people who have more joy in their lives tend also to be healthier. Sometimes in life, it is too easy to forget to take a moment and drink in something that makes us joyful. It is medicine in and of itself.
Your entries to this challenge should focus on the theme, "JOY."
Here are the rules:
You can enter as many times as you want, but you must be a member of Arts-and-Health to participate.
The admins and/or guests will choose one winner to receive a three-month subscription-- something large enough to be rewarding but not so large that it is coercive.
We will judge based on, "Which piece moved us the most?"
Keep in Touch!
Endorell-Taelos is very well known within the community for her selfless giving and gracious community spirit. Since joining DeviantART over seven years ago, Alicia has continued to make a positive impact on many deviants. Her helpful and thoughtful approach was one of her finest attributes when serving as a Community Volunteer, and this has continued throughout the many contests which Alicia provides on a regular basis. As we approach our Birthday celebrations, we can't... Read More