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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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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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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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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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Aeirmid Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012   Digital Artist
Just say the image was deleted. :)
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carpenoctem410 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Student General Artist
:) ok, thank you!
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JamminJo Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Added to #DevNews posting later today ~ August 4, 2012.
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jeanmilout Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012
Thank you,..
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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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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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