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Photomanip Update 12-21-12

Fri Dec 21, 2012, 7:19 PM
Hello everyone,

Bringing you holiday greetings and wishes for a new year filled with health, happiness, and artistic expression! Here's what's new in the photomanipulation community.


Official Contest begins in January


We will be kicking off our 2nd official contest on January 15th. The theme has been decided but will not be released until the day of, as we don’t want people to get ahead. You will have 2.5 months to complete your entry. We will challenge you to reach beyond your normal boundaries . . . it is an “Xtreme Manipulation” contest, meaning that you should take your normally awesome skills to the next level. If it involves using a tutorial, do it. If it involves collaboration, by all means do it (just know you will split the prizes). Find your dream and take the time to make it happen. We want to see the best this photomanipulation community has to offer.

The contest will feature 3 categories: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced. I hate doing that because I don’t like people to have to classify themselves, but in this case it will allow people to have a fair chance. For the most part, we will not classify you; that is up to you to decide. The exception is that, if we feel your deviation is really advanced and you submit it to Beginner or Intermediate, we may move it to be fair to others. (Anyone, though, can submit to “Advanced.” We won’t decline from that category.) EDIT: We will not move anyone DOWN to a lower category. We will only move people UP, and that is going to be VERY, VERY RARE. That would be if, for example, someone does an absolutely outstanding advanced manipulation and submits to "beginner." I hope this will clear up some of the nervousness.

There will be 3 winners, 1 for each category. The prizes are currently set at 5,000 points *per winner* from Community Relations, 100 points each from PSHoudini, llamas and features from StarsColdNight, and 1,000 points each from me. No Deviant Gear or subs this time (so far), but with 6,100 points you can buy anything you want—Super Group upgrade, premium membership, t-shirts, etc. :D We are, of course, still accepting donations.

Want to help? We need exposure! We would love to partner with your group. Send a note to CRPhotomanipulation if you are interested in helping out.


DD-Related Stuff


Your DD suggestions are still appreciated. If you come across a deviation you think should be featured, please let me know by sending me a THUMB of the deviation by note.

I cannot feature anything that has already been featured in the past 6 months.

Stock must be credited, but direct links are NOT necessary.

DDs are set up to a month in advance, so if you do not see your suggestion right away, it is not necessarily rejected. That also means you do not know what is on the docket and whether YOU will be receiving one. ;)

Please remember: We do not give DDs as prizes for popularity contests, and it doesn't matter how long you have been on dA. We also do not give DDs in response to journals, polls, or petitions about wanting DDs. Why? Because doing so causes drama, and if we were to give DDs in response to every journal or poll, then everyone would make them, creating more drama. So, in actuality, doing these things could result in you NOT getting a DD. If you think your art is worthy of a DD, why not suggest it? See DD Myths and Legends.


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my inner devil by Celairen
Lily's Lament by EmberRoseArt
Dandelion Goddess by shiny-shadows-Art
memorial by Wolves-PSD
The friendly Airline... by megan7
Intersecting planes by alltelleringet
Pasta by Kleemass
Grace by eclipsy
Survival by gyaban
Phoenix - Secret Santa by StormOwlArt


Other thoughts, questions, or suggestions?



We are always open to hearing your thoughts. Please note CRPhotomanipulation, or you can send me a note personally.

Remember: This is OUR community, and we will move forward or fall back together. :community:


Again, happy holidays!

Jade (Aeirmid)


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caddman Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Professional General Artist
...wonderful showcase Jade... ...I wish you the
the best holidays ever...Merry Christmas and may 2013 be the best ever.
Lov & hugs...Skot
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Aeirmid Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012   Digital Artist
Much love. I wish the same for you! :hug:
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Celairen Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much for the feature, dear :huggle: I'm very happy about it. The contest sounds nice and when time is nice to me..
Also I wish you a wonderful chrismas and a happy new year! :heart:
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Aeirmid Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012   Digital Artist
Thank you! :love: Same to you.
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iam-SHERLOCKED Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The tiered part of the contest makes me not want to enter. Then again, it takes a lot for me to feel confident enough to try, haha. That's just me though, don't worry about it ><.
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Aeirmid Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012   Digital Artist
Why? I would think it would make people feel MORE comfortable? And of course I worry about you.
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iam-SHERLOCKED Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't know. . . it's like, this big scary confidence thing. I tend to overthink (part of the OCD) and I just keep thinking I'll pick the wrong group and have to be demoted :P.
Aw :hug:
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Aeirmid Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012   Digital Artist
we aren't demoting ANYTHING. We would only PROMOTE if someone who is absolutely completely outstanding and clearly NOT a beginner submits to beginner to try to win more easily. Make sense? :)
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iam-SHERLOCKED Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hmm, yeah it does :). Thanks for clarifying; I will check out the contest when it's posted :).
thank you :hug:
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Aeirmid Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012   Digital Artist
:love:
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Urus-28 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's a nice idea to divide the contest in levels =P
I just hope you will not have to make too much move from a category to an other...
From my side I will very probably in the advanced section =D
I just hope the theme will inspire me :p
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Aeirmid Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012   Digital Artist
No, it will be very minimal. :) I hope you will enter!
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Urus-28 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I will very probably enter the contest, the idea of challenge and the time given for creation (I'm a slow worker I need time for good photomanip) are both good for me =)
Remain the theme... But I doubt you give something too much precise :p
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gyaban Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much for featuring my work!
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DemonikaDemise Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:glomp: Jade you rock! you still interested in that collab? Let me know, if you are too busy, that is alright.
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Aeirmid Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012   Digital Artist
No, I am! Let's talk after the holiday! xoxo
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DemonikaDemise Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
xoxox, okay sweety! :D have a wonderful one!
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Nameda Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Professional General Artist
some awesome manips!!
Merry christmas will start with DD suggestions after new year :)
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Aeirmid Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012   Digital Artist
:w00t!:
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J-u-d-a-s Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
Great features! Thanks for everything Jade, and here's to a successful 2013 :iconchampagneplz:
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Aeirmid Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012   Digital Artist
:heart:
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eclipsy Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I'm soo happy for this feature, thanks a lot Jade :heart:
You're sooo kind!
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Aeirmid Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012   Digital Artist
my pleasure.
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CaryAndFrankArts Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wonderful feature!! :iconhapholplz:
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shiny-shadows-Art Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Oh my holy flip:wow::faint:Featuring my work by you is just like another DD for me:squee::squee::squee::squee:Thank you so very much for your support:happybounce:
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Aeirmid Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012   Digital Artist
of course. :) always.
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AlexandraVBach Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Great news, I am really anxious to know more about the contest ! Depending on my schedule, I'll be in or if not possible, be happy to help in any way (prizes, judging, whatever you might need)

:hug:
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Aeirmid Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012   Digital Artist
Awesome! Will keep you in the loop!!
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CelticStrm-Stock Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:D Count me in for donating prizes! I can do the usual 3 packs for 1st place, 2 packs for 2nd, and 1 for 3rd place (or as many as you need!) :glomp: It sounds like fun!
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Aeirmid Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012   Digital Artist
Awesome!!! We will have 3 first places, is that OK?
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CelticStrm-Stock Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sounds great to me! :D
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miontre Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Ooh, contest! :la: In the past I've not entered many contests. I always said to myself that I would enter most of the contests I came across, but it never ended up happening. :P But recently, I made myself enter a contest, and I really enjoyed it. I'm going to (hopefully) make myself enter this one too, especially as I need a push to get back into photomanipulation. :) (But I'll have to enter in the Beginner section :paranoid:)

:hug:
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Aeirmid Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012   Digital Artist
I hope you do enter. That would be amazing. :hug:
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lexxii Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Best Wishes To All :) :iconcip15:
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Aeirmid Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012   Digital Artist
Best wishes to you, too! :D
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lexxii Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you :) :iconcip15:
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Yobtaf Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012
Keep up the good work with the DDs :thumbsup:

As for the contest, I do have some qualms regarding the set out...
May I make some suggestions (no one has to listen, though ;)).
Perhaps instead of giving such massive prizes to one winner, it could be divided up into smaller prizes for more people, that way more people have a chance of winning. If the last contest was any indication with the large amount of entries (of which many were really good) then it would be expected that there would be quite a number of great entries and choosing a few would be easier than just one.
Also, perhaps the prizes could increase with the levels. That way people will be encouraged to enter into the higher levels. I know you guys may be moving the entries if you think them too good, but I feel this is quite controversial as the artist may have a completely different opinion.
I guess I'm not a fan of these tiered competitions :shrug: I would suggest maybe many prizes (like 10) from a single pool of entries, but of course I'm not running this lol. I understand it may not seem fair to beginners to be judged against advanced, but i think it is less fair to award a beginner's work that is not as good as perhaps another's advanced one (yes, I am slightly elitist). Just some thoughts...
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Aeirmid Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012   Digital Artist
I really like your thoughts, but we will be keeping the contest tiered. The reason I am have the prizes set at the same rate is that people who do their best should be able to be rewarded in a community contest. So, I may work super hard, but if I am just going to get beat out by an advanced manipulator, why would I bother to enter? I've heard this complaint many times. Does it mean I am "less than" if I am in the intermediate vs. advanced category? That's why I chose to have the prizes the same.

On a side note, I am totally elitist, and I absolutely understand where you are coming from. Still, this is a community contest. :)
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Yobtaf Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012
Haha...yep I definitely don't expect it to change. Although, I don't really think that the 'why bother' attitude is a great one to have. Beginners shouldn't enter just in an effort to win, I think it as more of a challenge to push yourself and learn new things by 'competing' with those more advanced with the slight possibility of a reward at the end :) I hope the contest works out well, though. I'll probably try to enter!
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Aeirmid Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012   Digital Artist
I so agree, in all honesty. And yay! I'm glad to hear that.
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StormOwlArt Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:blowkiss: thank you for including my artwork in your beautiful feature! :hug:
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Aeirmid Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012   Digital Artist
pleasure. :)
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