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Hi everyone,

The status quo in the photomanipulation community is GO! GO! GO! We have been extremely busy with creating, supporting one another, and dreaming up contests and other fun challenges. I have been delayed in reporting our news for personal reasons, so this news article is jam-packed with goodness that you, the photomanipulation community, need to know!

Let's get started!


Calling on Community Leaders



We have a wonderful photomanipulation community here, and I'm really honored to serve you all as your Community Volunteer (CV). I have been trying to post weekly news, conduct interviews and do features, post DDs, organize Project Educate and other community challenges, host critique events, and hold contests that I hope are challenging and interesting. I absolutely love doing all of this, but I am also trying to get a Ph.D. and am going to run into trouble juggling it all in the Fall.

So, I will be asking a few of you who I know well and trust to help me by stepping up as informal "Photomanipulation Community Leaders". This is not the same as being a CV, but of course it could be a good place to start if you ever want to fill my seat someday. It is not an official Community Relations position, and you will not get special privileges. It is basically a challenge for you to stand out from the crowd by doing something that YOU think needs to be done for the community and to help me make sure that ALL voices in our community are heard.

Examples of roles include:
  • Interview coordinator
  • News coordinator
  • Contest coordinator
  • Event coordinator
  • New member liaison - ChisSweetArt
  • Features coordinator (weekly features, not DDs) - michelle--renee
  • Other?? - How would YOU like to get involved?


So, I will be asking people to fill these spots, but I am also willing to consider requests. In the interim, if YOU are interested in helping plan events, or if you have any other ideas about things we can do to support the community, please let me know.

Also, remember that you don't NEED me to do it. ;) If you have an idea, make it happen, and let me know how I can support YOU! :heart: We can make great things happen together.


Stock Policy Reminder



If you have not done so already, I would strongly recommend that you read this article by dxd: Stock and Resources: Policy Clarification. In essence, the article underscores dA's commitment to fighting copyright violations, especially in the stock and photomanipulation galleries. For stock providers, it means that people must own or have permission to post stock photographs for you, the manipulators, to use. Celebrity images are not stock. Moreover, it is illegal for stock providers to offer images as premades that were created using other stock, even if it is purchased, without explicit permission to do so. If I download a bunch of stock from dreamstime.com or sxc.hu, I cannot combine them and manipulate them into a premade background and offer it to YOU to use in a manipulation because doing so is considered 'Redistribution' of the image. Your stock can be removed or moved to your Scraps folder (so it is no longer in your gallery) if you distribute images illegally as stock.

What does that mean for photomanipulators? Well, it means you should be really careful what you are using in your work. NO celebrity images. And if you use premades, you need to check that the stock provider is using works that are ALLOWED to be redistributed or using his/her own works to create the premade. If you do not, your work can be moved to your Scraps folder or even deleted altogether. Wouldn't it be terrible to spend all that time making a photomanipulation and not even be able to display it in your gallery? Be careful with copyright! Know where your stocks are coming from.


DD Requirements Change for Photomanipulation ONLY



In accordance with the above policy and exclusively related to photomanipulations, ALL photomanipulation Daily Deviations (DDs) must now include DIRECT LINKS to stock images. This is so that I can make sure we are not in any copyright violation when posting these site-wide features. As I stated above, dA is very serious about copyright, and we as a community want to make sure we are in compliance with their policies.

Questions?
FAQ #217: What are "Stock and Resources" and can I use them in my submissions?


dA's 12th Birthday is August 7th!



Get excited! deviantART turns 12 on Tuesday, August 7th! :party:

You've probably seen journals or heard murmurings of dA birthday stuff going on all around the community, and I am here to tell you that Photomanipulation has not been left out. There are two important things you need to know about: a chat event and manipulation challenge, and an opportunity to earn free premium memberships just for being awesome.

Stock/Resources and Photomanipulation Chat Event and Challenge



Elandria, Dan-Heffer, and I will be hosting a two-hour Chat Event and Challenge for all of you on August 7th at 9 AM PST/deviantART time [12 noon EDT, 5 PM GMT, 6 PM CET]. It will be a stock hunt and trivia challenge, and then you will have 3 days to manipulate like crazy to make this stock into something awesome! Tons of points are on the line. More details soon!!

Random Acts of Kindness and FREE Premium Memberships!



Why should Fella get all the love on dA's birthday? Let's see some love for our fellow photomanipulators, too. 12 lucky Photomanipulation community members who go out of their way to leave a kind comment, support someone in the community, suggest a DD, get involved, and/or otherwise make a difference on August 7th will receive free premium memberships. My friends and I will be watching, and we will also be accepting notes from YOU telling us about something awesome someone did for you. Let's show each other some love! More details coming soon. :heart: :love: :dalove:


Advanced Photomanipulation Month



Project Educate: Advanced Photomanipulation Workshop Month is being moved to OCTOBER rather than September. This move serves two purposes: (1) It gives us more time to plan :phew: and (2) It lets us do something in conjunction with Halloween. :pumpkin: We have a planning committee going on over at The-Sacred-Space, and if you would like to join, you would be more than welcome. I will be contacting some of our more experienced photomanipulators to get their input on the events that we plan as well, so expect me to "pick your brains" (such a disgusting saying) a bit more in the coming weeks.


Current Contests



There are a lot of contests in which you can participate right now! Why not challenge yourself?


Other Good News



Lots of other interesting new things to check out here in the photomanipulation community as well as on dA in general!



Feature



I sat here for a while wondering whether it would be better to feature a ton of artists to get as many people exposed as possible, or to obtain maximum exposure for just a few people? I have settled on a compromise of 10 features from across our community, various levels of expertise. I hope you like them.

love by Lhianne

A new morning by robhas1left
Sunday Afternoon Promenade by YBsilon
Peaceful Magic by DesignbyKatt
In light of eternity by DaStafiZ

Celebration of the Dragon by redmoon-mistress
Aquaria by DragonDew

And my personal favorite of the week:

Moments So Fleeting by vacuumslayer


Be well! :heart: :dalove:

Jade (Aeirmid)

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:iconredmoon-mistress:
redmoon-mistress Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much for featuring my art! I'm so grateful :heart:

I know this is 2 years late but somehow I completely missed this feature... better late than never?
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thefantasim Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012   Digital Artist
I would be happy to help in any way I can. If you still need a helper in one of the above categories, or a helper's assistance (some of those things you posted are really busy areas and need more than one person to handle), don't hesitate to ask. :) :hug:
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:iconaeirmid:
Aeirmid Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012   Digital Artist
Are you backstage at #The-Sacred-Space? The biggest thing I need right now is some ideas and opinions and energy coming behind photomanip month. :)
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:iconlhianne:
Lhianne Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012
Thank you so much for including a work of mine to your wonderful feature :hug:. I'm very honored :hug:
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carpenoctem410 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Student General Artist
So, sometimes I linked only to the stock artist and not to the image itself. Now, I will most probably go through my works and change that. But if there's no direct link available anymore because the artist has deleted the image, storaged it or deleted his/her account - would my work be allowed to get a DD despite of that, or would this be bad luck for me?
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:iconaeirmid:
Aeirmid Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012   Digital Artist
Just say the image was deleted. :)
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:iconcarpenoctem410:
carpenoctem410 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Student General Artist
:) ok, thank you!
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:iconjamminjo:
JamminJo Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Added to #DevNews posting later today ~ August 4, 2012.
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:iconjeanmilout:
jeanmilout Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012
Thank you,..
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:iconbibiarts:
BiBiARTs Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Very informative article and great feature. I'm glad to find here also "Sunday Afternoon Promenade"...thanks dear Jade :heart:
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:iconybsilon:
YBsilon Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012
Thank you sooo much for this wonderful feature. It makes my day :nod: :blowkiss: :iconbummyplz:
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:iconnina-lipkin-art:
Nina-Lipkin-Art Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thank you so much sweety :love: that was very kind of you I am honored to be in your feature display :huggle:
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MoodyBlue Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lovely Artworks! :clap:
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:iconvacuumslayer:
vacuumslayer Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much for the stock rules clarification. I learned something.

And I'm just gobsmacked and flattered by the feature. What an amazing surprise to find waiting in my inbox today. THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!! :glomp: :glomp: :glomp:

Also, lovely work here. Thanks for highlighting it!
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:iconaeirmid:
Aeirmid Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012   Digital Artist
My sincere pleasure! :heart:
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nova63 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012   Digital Artist
What about this DD Sub Limen [link] When there is the line "other from sxc". ?????
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:iconaeirmid:
Aeirmid Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012   Digital Artist
That was already set at the time if this journal posting.
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:iconwdwparksgal:
WDWParksGal Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012
I list direct links on stock I use but usually just put the name of the brush and the creator. Is that sufficient? I rarely use purchased resources, but I put a link to those, too in order to give pimpage to the retail site.

There is a lot going on! I got worn out just reading everything :sleepy:
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:iconaeirmid:
Aeirmid Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012   Digital Artist
Yeah it took me like 3 hours to write that journal. LOL!!!

And it sounds like you're doing it right! :thumbsup:
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:iconmichelle--renee:
michelle--renee Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Oh and if you could add the two contests going on at #TheArtOfManipulation to your list/announcements that would be great! :dance: [link] & [link] :heart:
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:iconaeirmid:
Aeirmid Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012   Digital Artist
done ;)
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:iconmichelle--renee:
michelle--renee Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! :heart:
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:iconmichelle--renee:
michelle--renee Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Great article, I'll have to remember to start posting direct links, what I worry is that some things I may not find again and then if someone suggests my work, does that just mean that I don't get a DD? I don't feel this is necessarily fair because not everyone is a thief and uses stolen stock, but I will do my best to start doing that I guess. :/
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:iconaeirmid:
Aeirmid Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012   Digital Artist
I'm willing to work with people a bit as we ease into it.
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:iconmichelle--renee:
michelle--renee Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:love:
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:iconcelairen:
Celairen Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for all the news..it sounds very good. And a wonderful feature :heart:
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:iconchissweetart:
ChisSweetArt Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Great work hun :clap: :heart:
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:iconsilvercurlyart:
SilverCurlyART Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012   Digital Artist
Atemberaubende Feature! :love:
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:iconcazcastalla:
cazcastalla Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012
Great info and fantastic feature :huggle:
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:iconsweediesart:
SweediesArt Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Stunning feature!
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:iconfp-digital-art:
FP-Digital-Art Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for sharing all these infos :) And great feature :)
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Yobtaf Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012
I have a question on the new requirements for DD's i.e. direct links (also for the when darkness fall contest). To what extent do we need to directly link the the sources?
Obviously on dA it would be helpful to see the extent of actual manipulation, but I mean some sites do not require attribution so do we still have to?
If the stock is a major part of the final picture I can understand the requirement of direct linking, however for the variety of textures and such that I get from cgtextures.com which will not constitute a significant part of the image, do I still have to directly link all of them O_O.
And does that now mean you won't be accepting DD's without direct links anymore? Some people refrain from direct links because there are copycats who will just reproduce a similar picture, so I personally do not fully agree with this. It seems to penalise and restrict :(

Anyways, on another note, I think the articles have been really interesting. I like reading the interviews and seeing the features as well as other goodies. Oh and let me add, great going with the DD's featured so far :D
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Aeirmid Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012   Digital Artist
Even if the sites do not require attribution, dA does. :) As I told someone else, I am willing to be a bit flexible as we move into this policy, but it would be to your best benefit to provide links. I get that the copycat thing happens, but that's going to happen regardless of whether people provide direct links or not.

Glad you like the DDs so far! :heart:
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:iconyobtaf:
Yobtaf Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012
Okay, thanks for clarifying :)
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II-S Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012
Thank you Jade for sharing those news :-)
Great feature !
:hug:
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odwild Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012
In accordance with the above policy and exclusively related to photomanipulations, ALL photomanipulation Daily Deviations (DDs) must now include DIRECT LINKS to stock images. - and with this decision you will lose many opportunities to give DD. Not every stock requires direct link. Not even every purchased stock. Seriously, it's getting nowhere. I personally do not always put direct links as I purchase a lot of resources, legally. It's ridiculous, I prefer to create art than spend endless hours on looking for links. That's one thing. Second - have you thought about brushes that are used to paint digitally? Some of them are also to be purchased. Some of them cannot be used in commercial works yet they are used in such way. So what about digital painters? besides, they use resources too. And more - honestly, recently I've seen so many "paintings" that were simple painted over photos and put in painting category it literally makes me sick. I can paint, traditionally, digitaly, and I can recognize. And yet only manipulation category is being treated like that? Sorry, it won't work. You need to invent something different. Forcing people to change what they've done for years is not fair.
I understand the point of copyright etc. but really, you can't assume that everyone is a thief.
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nikkidoodlesx3 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012
I love your photomanip new journals! They are just what I need to catch up in the PM community!
If you need any help with anything, let me know!! I will gladly help out :)
Also there's another contest here: [link] if your interested in including that. It has two categories: Twisted Fairy tales & Magic/Dreams
Can't wait for Advanced Photomanip month!!

And Beautful features! Such lovely and talented artists :la:
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:iconaeirmid:
Aeirmid Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012   Digital Artist
Yes, I had you in mind for like an events coordinator or something type of thing! :heart: Will be in touch. And I'll add your contests in; sorry to have missed them!
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nikkidoodlesx3 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012
For sure! Whatever you think I would best help with I can totally fill in :la:
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eveningstars242 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw you featured Nina! Awesome :D
I wish I had know you were going to post contests lol I would have sent you the link to my group's contest lol [link]
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:iconaeirmid:
Aeirmid Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012   Digital Artist
I thought I included that? And yes, I always post contests.
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:iconeveningstars242:
eveningstars242 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh I'm such a dork :blush: I do apologize :D my bad
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iam-SHERLOCKED Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
question! Sort of related to the posting links thing. . . what if it's your own resource and not uploaded anywhere? Do you have to upload it to deviantart and link to it that way? :)
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:iconaeirmid:
Aeirmid Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012   Digital Artist
No. In that case, just state it's your own resource. ;)

Great question; glad you asked.
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:iconiam-sherlocked:
iam-SHERLOCKED Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yay! Good to know :).
And the article is great as usual :).
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:iconaeirmid:
Aeirmid Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks! :hug:
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:iconangelles-laveau:
Angelles-LaVeau Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Beautiful features as always!!
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:iconaeirmid:
Aeirmid Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012   Digital Artist
:heart:
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DesignbyKatt Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012
great feature...and as always amazing info!!!!
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