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Photomanipulation FAQs

Journal Entry: Sun Jan 6, 2013, 7:53 PM

Everything you wanted to know . . . And MORE!

This journal will (I hope) serve as a one-stop source for basic information about photomanipulation. As always, if you have questions, I will do my best to answer them or, if I don't know the answer, refer you to someone who can help you.

What is photomanipulation?

Photomanipulation is art that uses 2 or more photographic elements combined to make something new. It does not include 3D elements. For reference, see:

:bulletpink: Photomanipulation vs. Mixed Media
:bulletpink: Welcome to Photomanipulation Week

Which stock am I allowed to use?

You can only use images or other resources that are your own or that you have explicit permission from the original creator to use. For reference, see:

:bulletpink: FAQ #157: Can I use things created by other people in my submissions?
:bulletpink: FAQ #217: What are "Stock and Resources" and can I use them in my submissions?
:bulletpink: FAQ #257: What sort of permission do I need to use someone else's work?
:bulletpink: FAQ #306: Does "Crediting" let me use whatever I want?

Note that images found via Internet searches are not valid, nor are celebrity images, unless you have explicit permission to use them.

Make sure you know where your stock is coming from! My advice is that you should not use cut-out or premade stock from providers who do not say where their images came from. What I mean is this: Let's say I found a gorgeous premade that was put together from a sky image and an image of a stone pavement. If the stock provider does not say where the sky image and the stone pavement image came from, I am not going to use the stock because I don't know that it is not stolen. Does that mean that ALL premades and cut-outs are bad? NO. It means that I am not going to take a chance if I don't know the source of the images used to create the premade.

This principle also goes for brushes. I've seen a lot of brushes made from stock, for example, and that's not allowed on dA because does not allow redistribution of their stock in the form of other stock.

What kind of credits do I need to show to get a photomanip DD?

Good question. My DD guidelines are here.

:bulletpink: Direct links are helpful and encouraged, but not required.
:bulletpink: You should credit all stock used in your deviation, including brushes.
:bulletpink: If the stock is your own, please just say so.
:bulletpink: If the stock is purchased, please just say so.
:bulletpink: All stock must be from legitimate sources. That means:

:pointr::pointr: No Google images without explicit permission.
:pointr::pointr: No celebrity images without explicit permission.
:pointr::pointr: No cut-out (png or psd) stock from places that are not legitimate.
:pointr::pointr: No premade stock that was made from purchased stock or stock that does not allow redistribution of images as stock.

What are some great photomanipulation groups?

I don't want to list any because I will inevitably leave someone out unintentionally. However, that being said, do check out CRPhotomanipulation, where you will find updates about things going on in the photomanipulation community.

Where can I learn photomanipulation?

On dA, there are many groups that aim to help people learn manipulation by working through tutorials and challenges together. A couple of them are:


If you have a group you would like to see here, please let me know, and I'll add it!

Don't forget to visit the Stocks and Resources > Tutorials category frequently. You will find interesting and informative resources for all of your photomanipulation needs. As far as deviants, I would recommend the tutorials of night-fate and kuschelirmel-stock as starting points, even if you have never photomanipulated before. There are many other talented deviants out there, too, who share their knowledge selflessly with the world.

There are also manip tutorial groups, such as PhotoshopTutorials.

Off of dA, there are many sites that explain tips and tricks for photomanipulation. Many of the site staff are dA members. For example, is run by a former photomanipulation Community Volunteer, conzpiracy.

This is not meant to be a comprehensive list, just a few places for you to start. If you have a group that you want added, or if you want your tutorials added, please just tell me and I'll add them immediately.

How do I get a photomanip Daily Deviation (DD)?

First and foremost, check out my DD guidelines. If you think your work is ready for a DD, suggest yourself! There's no harm in bringing yourself to my attention. If nothing else, you may end up with a new watcher.

You can also suggest the deviations of others and/or have them suggest yours if you are too uncomfortable to do it yourself. Suggestions help me become exposed to a wider array of work in our community. I watch a lot of groups, but, without suggestions, I cannot see everyone.

For more information:
:bulletpink: Daily Deviations: The Myth and the Legend

If I paint over my photomanipulation, is it still a photomanipulation?

It depends. Which is more predominant: painting or photomanipulation? If there is more painting than manipulation (e.g. if you have a lot of completely painted elements, not just one or two small ones), you can put it under Digital Art > Mixed Media. If it is predominantly manipulation with painting done to highlight, accent, fix skin, add a fantasy feel, etc. -- but the elements are still mostly photos, then keep it in the Photomanipulation category. I can DD from both categories, so you don't have to worry about missing out on a DD.

The stock provider deactivated, or they deleted the image I used for my deviation. Now what do I do?

Most people simply write "Account deactivated" or "Image no longer available," and it suits just fine. More than anything, crediting stock is about following the provider's license and usage agreements. Note: You still should credit your stock, regardless of whether the provider is active or inactive! :D

How do I keep my colorful deviations from being ruined when I upload them?

Make sure you're creating in sRGB mode rather than AdobeRGB mode. In Photoshop, go to Edit > Color Settings. Make sure the first (RGB) setting is set to sRGB.

I want to get involved!

Great! Shoot me a note-- or, better yet, shoot a note over to CRPhotomanipulation. Let's talk about your ideas together and bring them into action.

I have news. How can I promote it?

All members can submit a blog to CRPhotomanipulation. Also, you can send me (Aeirmid) a note and I'll be happy to include it in the newsletter.

News can be things like:

:bulletpink: Acts of kindness others have done
:bulletpink: Features
:bulletpink: New groups
:bulletpink: Contests
:bulletpink: Contest results
:bulletpink: Giveaways
:bulletpink: Challenges
:bulletpink: Projects

. . . and much more. Why not promote your work? We are happy to help. :heart:

If you have other questions, shoot them my way, and I'll be happy to add them. :dalove:

Jade (Aeirmid)

Frequently asked questions from the photomanipulation gallery
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AnthonyShea Featured By Owner May 4, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I do love you (figuratively), but for the love of gods can we get DA to spend some real money to have temps clean up the galleries. they are hardly poor. they net over 10 million a year, so the we're so poor it would break us bit doesn't hold up. the manip cats are more and more looking like porn fetish site than art. stock artist are leaving for similar shit happening in their cat's
Aeirmid Featured By Owner May 5, 2015   Digital Artist
You'll need to talk to AbbeyMarie about this, as I'm no longer Photomanip CV. 
AnthonyShea Featured By Owner May 21, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Im sorry for the horribly long rant there, just feel this gross feeling everytime I submit something in the last two years. I never expected you wonderful people who choose to be CV to be responsible for things of this magnitude. Its always been something the owners need to address and always ignore when it's been brought up. I mean their releasing a fb style timeline now? while their categories are full of toxic submissions? And sadly I know they will never address this issue until it eventually affects their bottom line because they haven't dealt with it in the nine years I've been a member. also sad to hear your no longer our CV, always did like you as a CV.
Aeirmid Featured By Owner May 21, 2015   Digital Artist
Thanks. :hug: I know it's a difficult situation. I do understand.
AnthonyShea Featured By Owner May 26, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
CelticStrm-Stock Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:glomp: Heyas! I included this blog here: [link] :D
Aeirmid Featured By Owner May 30, 2013   Digital Artist
thanks! :D
stellartcorsica Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks to have taken time to do this :heart:
WDWParksGal Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
:iconbwavoplz: ~ great information :hug:
tamaraR Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013   Digital Artist
Good read. Thank you for doing this. :hug:
CelticStrm-Stock Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hiyas! You've been featured at :iconrealm-of-fantasy: here: [link]
JjMcKinney Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Great resource and thank you for sharing!
neverdying Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Great and complete FAQ!
eerilyfair Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for this! Very informative :heart:
Lion6255 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This has a wealth of info in it.Thanks for taking the time to write it for us.
EveLivesey Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Professional Photographer
Yay - thanks for the plug on SurrealPSD :-)
Sandra-Cristhina Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Student Digital Artist
conzpiracy Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Very comprehensive, and thanks so much for the plug. We're a DA team lol, thanks for noticing :D
Elandria Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Professional General Artist
Lovely lovely lovely!
CelticStrm-Stock Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
P.S. I featured this on #The-Stock-Directory's front page, and my own front page where I keep all the informative articles. :D
CelticStrm-Stock Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oOOooooOoo This is awesome!!! :D It should be required reading!
ScatteredAshe Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fantastic and very informative - thank you, Jade :clap:
SharonLeggDigitalArt Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Shared here [link]
DesignbyKatt Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
shared here [link]
DesignbyKatt Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
iam-SHERLOCKED Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well done :).
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