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Gallery Restructure: Photomanip and Mixed Media

Journal Entry: Mon Mar 11, 2013, 3:20 PM

What is this gallery restructure about?



How many of you get confused about which gallery to submit your art? I know I do sometimes, and I hear frequently that others do as well. This is your chance to help reduce that confusion!

The overall goal of the dA-wide gallery restructuring project is to reduce redundancy and make submitting art a lot more straightforward by making sure there is a home for every type of art. Moonbeam13 gives more information about the project here:

Gallery Makeover ProjectHello everyone :)
Recently my team and I worked tirelessly on a project to help improve the gallery descriptions and thumbnail examples.  While that project was indeed tedious with almost 4,000 categories in our system, it was also educational.  What I learned from sorting through thousands and thousands of categories was that we have a lot of redundancy and a lot of categories that seem to have been created on a whim that are now simply homes for junk.
Over the years, the desire to appease niche communities and people who just wanted a specific area has led to some categories that go up to 4 levels deep, and it's really no wonder it's so confusing for people to figure out where to submit their artwork.
The conclusion I've come to is simplicity.  While I'm not about to rip apart everything and make 6 stand alone categories, I do believe that there is a lot we can do to simplify the category tree.  That includes some of the following:
1. Merging categories that ma


For our part of the project, we will be considering restructuring the Photomanipulation and Mixed Media galleries.

In other words, we are looking for:

:bulletblue: Sub-categories that are superfluous and can be removed
:bulletblue: Sub-categories that need to be added
:bulletblue: Sub-categories that could be merged
:bulletblue: Sub-categories that are great and should be left alone




Both the Photomanipulation and the Mixed Media galleries have the following categories:



Abstract: Focus on the formal, non-representational aspect of imagery, emphasizing lines, colors, and generalized or geometric forms.

Animals & Plants: Feature animal or plant life as the main focus

Conceptual: The idea or message, and not the execution, is the main focus.

Dark: Dark theme or mood; having a mystical, obscure, sombre, grim or sinister expression.

Emotional: Intended to portray, evoke, or represent emotion.

Fantasy: Depict supernatural or magical themes, often relating to legend, myth, and enchanted creatures

Humorous: Intended to be satirical or amusing.

Landscapes & Scenery: Places or scenery, real or imaginary.

Macabre / Horror: Portray or evoke extreme fear, such as represented by blood and gore, or psychological terror

Other: Artwork that does not fit into any other category

People: Human characters, emotions, or actions as the main focus

Political: Represent current or historical events in the political arena or depicting political figures

Pop Art: Display objects or scenes from everyday life that employ techniques of commercial art and popular illustration

Sci-Fi: Science fiction art depicting speculative scientific discoveries, space travel and scenes, and otherworld life forms

Surreal: Defy the laws of logic and/or physics, creating often dreamlike scenery in which the impossible and implausible are depicted




Here's what I need from you

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:bulletblue: What is missing? Is there a category you always wish you could submit to but it's not there?
:pointr: If something needs to be added, what kinds of things would go into it? Give me a description.

:bulletblue: What is superfluous (unnecessary)?

:bulletblue: Is there anything that needs to be combined?

:bulletblue: Other thoughts?




Ideas MEMBERS have come up with so far:



:bulletblue: Get rid of:
:pointr: Animals and Plants
:pointr: People
:pointr: Pop Art  --> Nothing but miscats and manipulations of illegal images


:bulletblue: Add:
:pointr: Digital Collage?
:pointr: Photo retouching (This would be in Mixed Media, but would it be its own category or be sorted into Abstract, Fantasy, etc.?)
:pointr: "Morphs" (into Digital Art > Other?)
:pointr: "Religious" as a new sub-category?
:pointr: "Children" as a new sub-category?
:pointr: "The Natural World" (with subcategories for Landscapes & Scenery, Animals, and Plants)
:pointr: "Action" as a category


What do you think? Do you agree? Let us know how you feel.


Looking forward to hearing what you have to say!


Thanks,

Jade

Gallery makeover plan for the Photomanipulation and Mixed Media galleries
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Elandria Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Professional General Artist
Having compared the vast majority of other suggested gallery changes heres what I would change to provide more clarity and continuity between all other galleries

Merge "Abstract & Surreal"
Rename "People" to "People & Portraits"
Rename "Macabre/Horror" to "Macabre & Horror" (if it isn't already)
Rename "Scifi" to "Science Fiction"
Leave "Animals & Plants"
Leave "Landscapes & Scenery"
Remove "pop art"

I find the suggestions for "the natural world", "action", "children", "religious", "digital collage" unnecessary. The purpose of the makeover is to clarify and condense, not make more sub cats.

I do agree that adding a "photo retouching" sub cat to mixed media might be useful, as they are very clearly not photomanipulations.

I would even go so far to suggest removing "Emotional" & "Humorous" as they could be very easily merged into more significant categories like "conceptual" or "people & portraits"

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ADamselinDesign Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I must not understand the point in removing the "People" category but possibility of adding a "Children" category. Seems a bit counterproductive. True, sometimes it is hard to imagine kids as people lol totally kidding there!

I personally create art with a model being the main focus but that isn't necessarily "Dark," "Surreal," "Emotional," etc... so I think a general People category is necessary. I also think "Children" need a category themselves as it is not appropriate to have an artwork featuring a young child next to an artwork featuring nudity or very adult themes in the main photomanip/mixed media galleries.

Also, I'm not sure if anyone else suggested this or not, but what about a "Historical" category? I know a lot of artists, myself included, who love to create historically accurate artworks that do not fit in "Fantasy" or other categories. A "Historical" category could cover landscape/architectural scenes, antique/vintage technological artifacts as well as animals and people. Just a suggestion, anyway.
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Aeirmid Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013   Digital Artist
Yeah, I'm kinda vetoing removing people and adding Children.

"Historical" I think would currently go under People, but I will pass your suggestion along. Thanks! :)
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zummerfish Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I myself often get confused about Mixed Media category, because frankly it's really hard to define and draw a line between that and photoedition. Even if it implies the usage of one single photosource, it's still vague to me. You can use absolutely one actual photo-source and still create a matte-painting, but that clearly is above in technique than just editing one single photographic source. I would personally suggest to replace/rename Mixed Media category with Digital Collage, and group single photosource editions into Photo Retouch. Digital Collage would be a great addition since it's a cross between digital sources and traditional feel.

It'd also make sense to me to merge Dark with Horror and Macabre and possibly Emotional; these are often very close and deal with darker/sadder sides of human emotions and feelings. Mering Landscapes/Animals/Plants into also sounds like good idea. Another possibly good way to get rid of superfluos categories would be merging of People and Political; both depict normal (as in non-fantasy) people anyway. I'm also strongly in favor of adding Action category, but I feel that adding Religious category is unnecessary and it would possibly cause a lot of controversy in a multi-confessional community. Children subcategory seems excessive to me, it can go fine if it was part of People.
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Aeirmid Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013   Digital Artist
thanks. this is great feedback. :hug:
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slight-art-obsession Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013   Digital Artist
The following is another opinion to add to the growing collection :giggle:

I heartily support a Natural World category, with Landscapes, Animals, Plants, etc. as sub cats. Can we have a separate cat for cities, towns, houses, ruins, etc.? They don't really fit into the Natural World, so it would make sense to have a separate Landscape/Scenery cat, with Natural and Man-made sub cats? That would mean leaving Landscapes out of the Natural World cat, though...
What about this:
Photomanipulation>*Our World>Plants
Photomanipulation>*Our World>Animals (could even combine Plants and Animals)
Photomanipulation>*Our World>Landscape/Scenery>Natural
Photomanipulation>*Our World>Landscape/Scenery>Cityscape (or Man-made or something along those lines)
Photomanipulation>*Our World>Landscape/Scenery>Space (since not all works are Sci-Fi or Fantasy - could include Natural and City scapes that use galaxies and nebulae and planets for skies)

*Our World / Natural World / Planet Earth :shrug:

I would hate to see a Morph category, mostly because I hate seeing morphs :P While it would be nice to shove them all off into their own little corner, they would still show up if you were just browsing general manipulations/digital art (we would HAVE to narrow our scope to a specific category just to avoid them - much like we already do... hmm). No easy solution to that one, is there?

Keep People - sometimes it's fun to just work with a pretty face, no concept beyond beauty (Portraits). Children would be a great sub cat (think some of =Dezzan's works).

I love the idea of Retouch work having its own separate category...

Action - how did no one think of this before?! I think it's a great idea. Action/Adventure?

Definitely keep Dark and Horror/Macabre separate. Dark can deal with sorrow, anger or unspecified fears (it's hard to define without being too definite) while Horror/Macabre goes beyond just dark - blood, death, nightmares brought to life.

Having a Religious category could be a good thing, if done with care. We've all seen what happens when some people see something they don't agree with... It seems like you would almost have to have sub cats for different religions. Christianity (all encompassing - untold numbers of denominations), Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Wicca... That way, you're not necessarily seeing works that would potentially offend you.
But then how do you approach the lesser known or practiced religions? Would it be considered offensive to have a Various sub cat?

I never poke around the Pop Art gallery or even the Political... They kinda seem like they could maybe be folded into the Other cat? I just noticed a particular manip that could be classified as Fan Art (Loki from the new Avengers series), Political (done in the original Obama Hope poster style), Pop Art maybe (because of that style being used in so many applications now, not just the Political). It's under Photomanipulation, so it's technically a miscat, but that's besides the point at the moment.

Abstract - reading your above definition makes me wonder how many actual Abstract manipulations there are. I think a lot of them (I should probably look first) would probably be better categorized as Conceptual? If so, then do we need the Abstract cat? Just took a peek, yeah, the majority of the works are more conceptual, rather than focusing on colors/lines...

Sorry this was so long! I didn't think I would this much to say about the restructuring! :lmao:
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Aeirmid Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013   Digital Artist
I'm glad you went long. :) Thanks for the very many interesting things to think about!
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eveningstars242 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I think digital collage would be the new miscats and illegal images or just cut and paste images with no art function.
And when you speak of "morphs" are you referring to the images that just use the warp tool and make people/things look "pregnant" or "fat" (not my word just using what is in the titles of these "art images") or adding muscles? I don't think that deserves a category. (if I'm wrong on that and really have no clue what you are talking about ignore me on that last bit)
I agree to leave the >people category, and the Natural World with sub/cats sounds cool. Photo-retouch Should be it's own category. It's not manipulation and (just my opinion) not technically mix media. When I think mixed media I think digital/traditional painting/drawings/airbrushing manipulated with photographs to create a manip.

You all do so much work!! Good luck with the sorting. I swear you should be sainted for your patience!!
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Aeirmid Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013   Digital Artist
:D
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eveningstars242 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:hug:
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JocelynPatrick Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like the proposed changes :thumbsup:
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Dream-SweetDreams Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013   Digital Artist
Sounds great!! I only would leave people in. I have many manipulations in the category Manipulation-people. and i think i 'm not the only one :heart:
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Aeirmid Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013   Digital Artist
Nods. :) That's great feedback. Thanks!
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LuneBleu Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I completely agree with the new ideas. I believe that photomanipulation artworks will better flow on the browsing section.
This is wonderful :boogie:
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Aeirmid Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013   Digital Artist
:love:
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mangasockattack Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think that the nature category is a great idea! It should help narrow down the animals, plants and scenery.

I also agree with removing Pop Art and maybe even Political...

This may be a terrible idea, but I think the "Dark" category is redundant. You already have Macabre/Horror and Emotional, do you really need Dark as well?

An action category would be lovely as well~!

In the past, I've thought of adding a "Twisted" category. Macabre/Horror specifically relates to blood and/or gore. Sometimes Dark and Emotional aren't enough. This may be redundant, but it may be worth thinking about.
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Aeirmid Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013   Digital Artist
Not redundant. Thanks for your input. :)
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DemonikaDemise Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I find many people have a misconception of what is even allowed to be put on DA never mind the categories. Take Morphs for example, All the person does is take a photo from "somewhere off the internet" or "google" and make the muscles, breasts, butt or dudes package huge. WHY? I cannot guess why anyone would want to do that. Same with the celebrity fat morphs or the tiny people morphs, its like, really why do we need to see some one climbing through Anne Hathaways toes? ermmmm I think the Morphs section would work IF people actually put that stuff there and IF they are not using illegal images.

Otherwise these sound like great ideas. sorry for the rant Jade. :heart:
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Aeirmid Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013   Digital Artist
I absolutely agree with you. As for the "why," I think they do it just to piss the rest of us off. :P
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pica-ae Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
I think people completely misunderstand Pop Art when they make it nowadays, it's a shame really. I love it :love:

Is adding a Retouch category not going a bit against the two images rule for Photo Manips? I think a lot or Retouches don't use more than the original image.

What exactly are "Morphs"? :confused:

While I agree, a "Nature" category sounds good, at the moment Landscapes and Scenery also contain city structure or interiors. So, there would have to be two categories Landscape & Scenery, which will not help streamline the categories :/

Why get rid of people? If the main focus of your work is a person, where else submit it to? I guess this is just the dilemma of having a mix of genre and subject in the categories. People as well as Nature, are subject related categories, while Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Dark etc are genres.
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Aeirmid Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013   Digital Artist
Pop Art seriously has zero actual deviations that fit. I couldn't even find one for the thumbnails project.

Retouch would go under Mixed Media. ;)

Morphs are those things where people "blow up" body parts. Usually the images are illegal so I don't see having a category for them.

People is a toughie, and I think I can make Landscape and Scenery work separately under Nature. IDK. :)
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pica-ae Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
I figured as much :B

Ahh, guess I misread that :slow:

Haha, omg those :stare: I was thinking of making alien faces or anime faces from real people :giggle:

I guess in PM, People is something that could usually easily go under one of the other categories. It just feels like that, can't really say way :lol:
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XilaPhoenixArt Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I totally agree with putting a folder Photoretouching in the mixed media section.
And no, I wouldn't split that one into parts like fantasy and such.
Most of the retouches are beauty and fashion pics.
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tamaraR Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013   Digital Artist
I actually like to keep animal and plants or make it one like you stated call it "the natural world".
Maybe combine surreal and minimalism.
I think there should be a separate category for retouching.
I think it's kind of silly to get rid of people and than add children. Children being a sub category of people seems more logical. And sometimes you just have work that involves people and doesn't fit anywhere else.
I would get rid of "pop art" category and not do "morph".
Couldn't 'political' just fall under 'conceptual' seeing it portrays a message.
I wouldn't add 'digital collage' - makes me think of scrap-booking.
I think "action' or maybe call it 'cinematic' is also a good one.

Sometimes I wish I could add a piece to two categories. Like my latest work is both animal and fantasy. Or fantasy and emotional, or fantasy and landscape etc. I always find a lot of combinations possible in my work. Especially with the emotional category.
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eveningstars242 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Scap-booking was the word I was looking for a minute ago! "Digital Collage" doesn't seem to have an "art sense" to it.
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tamaraR Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013   Digital Artist
Collages can be art. I once made a face of different colored magazine parts. Really tiny pieces. It took forever. But I am afraid that people will use the digital collage section as a scrapbook area. And I agree that is not very artistic.
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eveningstars242 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Well when I think of "collage" I think of what you did in jr/sr high with pictures of your friends and magazine adds that were colorful or could be taken dirty or sexy you know? Poster board, glue glitter, and teen angst lol I guess it depends on what the end product is. Now a face with tiny pieces of of colors and shading to make a whole NEW image is totally different. I would see that as art. But then you have people who just cut the eyes and mouth from different models and slap it on a different face with different hair and it looks like a Mrs. Potato Head :lol:
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FP-Digital-Art Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I agree with digital retouching because a lot of us started to do it :P
I dont with animals.. what if I do a photomanipulation with only a cat for example? but if you're planning to do the Natural World is another story :)
I also would love a children one.
I am not sure about 'People'. I find it usefull. I wouldnt know where to submit some of my works for example. :P
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Aeirmid Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013   Digital Artist
I think a lot of your portraits could go under "people," for example.
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FP-Digital-Art Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah :) Thats why I woulkdt remove it eheh
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AlexandraVBach Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Good news ! When it comes to me I always wondered about the 'emotional' gallery, I think that all artwork convey some emotion at some point, so I always wondered what could really be submitted into that category.
As other deviants pointed out, a morph gallery would encourage the use of celebrities pics with inflated..."areas", or just crappy stuff, which seems not to be a good thing.
I will come up with other ideas ;)
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Aeirmid Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013   Digital Artist
My question with the morphs though would be, if they are going to upload it anyway, should it be to a nice neat little category where the rest of us don't have to look at it? But again, IF that were to happen we'd put it in Mixed Media.
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AlexandraVBach Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Sure, they'd be better in another gallery than the photomanip one ;) Can't wait to discover the new changes in the galeries ^^
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JesusCareaga Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think it would be a good thing to have a morphs category because, as you mentioned, it would seperate those works from other photomanips that we find more interesting and it would make it easier to pick out those works that are using stolen images (e.g. celebrity pics).
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neverdying Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I always thought that an "action" category would be great. I have made some action pieces in the past (like a scene from an action movie), but they don't really fit in any of the folders. I usually put them in the conceptual category, but they are action pieces.
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Aeirmid Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013   Digital Artist
Hmm. That's interesting. I like it. Will add it in. :D Thanks, Dan.
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neverdying Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Great :D No problem :)
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In2umniaKillH3r Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Pop Art - Don't know what it is. :shrug:
Minimalism - Could go into "Others"
Psychedelic - Could be merged with "Abstract"
I think Retouching should have it's own category.
I like "The Natural World" idea.
"Morph" will be full of random crap.
If peoples really want a "Children" category, you could add it as a Sub-Category of People, if it stay. :XD:

Just my opinions for now.
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Aeirmid Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013   Digital Artist
Perfect. Thanks. :D
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In2umniaKillH3r Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem.
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caminante0 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Student Interface Designer
Digital collage is not a bad photomanipulation, is like traditional collage. Cuting textures to create forms that look like something. Example ==> [link]
Children category should be in people so is impossible to take that one down. Besides, like titusboy said, sometimes there are some manips that don't have any theme or mood in it, so we put it in people.
Animals and plants, there are thousand of manips whit main focus on animals, so you can't take it down.
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Aeirmid Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013   Digital Artist
agreed on all points. :) Thanks for sharing.
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elphaba-rose-wilde Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I know this isn't completely part of this, but I've always (I'm on a second account) wanted a Mixed Media category for combining digital and traditional media. I haven't done it in awhile, but I used to do a lot of work where the foreground would be done traditionally and then I'd put in effects, etc. digitally. Then it would end up being the game of "Which is this? Traditional? Digital?"

I do like the idea of putting in a "Retouch" category, there's a lot of work and artistic effort that goes into those, but I personally, wouldn't think you would need to split it into too many other categories, at most I would think maybe "Human," "Animal," "Nature," and "Other." But I could have the definition done, I see a retouch as more of a repair or a cleaning up of a photo. :shrug: I'm rather new to all of this, so perhaps my opinion should be disregarded entirely.
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Aeirmid Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013   Digital Artist
OMG, no your opinion should NOT be disregarded! It's really great! :heart: Chin up!!

As for the whole "tradigital" thing, we say upload it to the mixed media category for whichever is the FINAL medium. So, a watercolor piece that is later painted over digitally goes under Digital Art > Mixed Media > _____ (where the blank is Fantasy, Dark, etc.).

With Retouch, I think we would just put it in the categories we have. For example, a retouch of a girl into a fairy would be Digital Art > Mixed Media (because of the paint) > Fantasy. Make sense?
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elphaba-rose-wilde Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Well, what do ya know, I was on the right track there. I usually went with "Well, I finished it with _____."

That makes sense for the Retouch. I think I might have had a different idea of what a retouch was. :dummy: Sometimes it takes me awhile to figure things out, with all these different definitions and such to keep track of.
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Aeirmid Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013   Digital Artist
You and me both. :D
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elphaba-rose-wilde Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
:nod:
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TitusBoy25 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i won't miss Political and Pop Art.
Also i would keep People category,sometime i just make a work that isn't emotional or dark etc
It's just a portrait of a beautiful face that fits in that category since it's neither dark ,emotional or sci-fi.
From the new possible new categories i think only Photo retouching deserves a spot.
I'm not sure what Digital Collage is suppose to be...cut image and paste on another image?Like a bad manip?
About "Religious" and children =obscurare made a good point.Also "Morphs"" doesn't deserve a category,
we''ll end up seeing in that category inflated muscles,boobs and probably celebrities pictures.
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DemonikaDemise Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I also agree to an extent with the Morphs, I find they are taking over the manip gallery. I wish there was a way to omit the results of certain categories within your search.
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diphylla Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I agree with getting rid of people and and pop art. However, I do not understand why we would get rid of People just to add children?

Isn't digital collage just a fancy way of saying scrap-booking, which technically could fall under photo-manipulation or mixed media anyways?

Professional photo-retouching should be in Digital > Mixed Media > Retouch. I would like to see it have its own little space only because so many artists are offering this service now and need a proper place to put these works.

Religious works?... So does this mean we are going to create a category specifically for faith based works? Does this include wiccan, occult, and paranormal works in it? Or is this strictly main stream religions and religious symbolism works? The problem I have with getting this specific is it might create confusion. Think about it... you create a piece of work it involves a possessed nun does it go in the dark category? horror? or the new religious category? Do we really want artists putting demonic works next to faith inspiring works simply because of the religious undertone? I say avoid getting too specific when you do not need to. Faith based works that evoke emotion should go to emotional. Whereas, dark and horror pieces should go to their respective corners. Especially, since some religious people are sensitive to being exposed to works that insult or defile their religious culture or history.

Morphs?... not sure if this means those pics where people are morphed into avatars or something but if it is please make a special home for them.

The other cats I was surprised weren't mentioned are OTHER, Political, and Psychedelic. Other and Political need massive cleaning overhauls. Whereas, psychedelic could be broken down and sorted into other categories. Either way, I support whatever decisions dA makes regarding the categories and I am willing to help in the educating new and old users alike on how to use the categories properly.
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