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What is this series?

The "Fix that Miscat" series has been designed to help educate deviantART members about the different galleries to which they can submit their art. Tired of submitting to a particular gallery and having your art moved to a different one? We will help minimize this occurrence by examining pairs of categories that frequently get confused and doing our best to clarify them for you.

What is a Photomanipulation?

What it is:

On deviantART, we define photomanipulation as "two or more PHOTOGRAPHIC elements that have been combined to form something NEW."

This means that:

:bulletpink: At least 2 elements must be from photographs.
:bulletpink: The result must be something new and different, distinguishable from the original.

What it is not:

:bulletpink: It does not involve 3D images, even if there are also photos involved. 
:bulletpink: A single photograph with texture(s) added over it is also not a photomanipulation.
:bulletpink: A retouch or a single photograph with a lot of painting is not a photomanipulation.
:bulletpink: A single photograph that has been filtered / "blown up" / otherwise edited digitally is NOT a photomanipulation.

In the first three instances above, the medium (3D, textures, painting) in combination with a SINGLE photograph qualifies the image to be submitted to Digital Art > Mixed Media.

3D images and multiple photographs

Adding a 3D image to a photograph, even if there are multiple photographs, makes your image Mixed Media, not a Photomanipulation. 

Painting and multiple photographs

If there are MULTIPLE manipulated photographs, then painting over them could qualify them as photomanipulations (Digital Art > Photomanipulation) OR as Digital Art > Mixed Media, depending on which one is more predominant. There is no "hard and fast rule" about when to submit to which category, so use your best judgment as to which one is more predominant in the image.

:pointr: Is your work mostly painted-over, and does it feature mostly painted elements, even though it uses multiple photographs? It should go under Digital Art > Mixed Media. 

:pointr: Is painting used to add highlights, to soften skin, etc., but the photographic elements are predominant? Then put it in Digital Art > Photomanipulation.

Textures and multiple photographs

If there are multiple manipulated photographs, you can still add textures and have it be considered a photomanipulation. 

Blow-ups and digital edits of STOCK photos

Legitimate stock photos that are edited with filters (for example, enlarging body parts or changing hue/tone) are NOT photomanipulations. They should go under Digital Art > Miscellaneous. 

What is a Digital Mixed Media deviation?

The Digital Art > Mixed Media gallery is for images that use a combination of 2 or more media, such as 3D, photomanipulation, digital painting, photographs, etc. 

Note that there is also a Traditional Mixed Media gallery. We will discuss digital vs. traditional mixed media in a separate article, but just so you know, for "tradigital work" (both traditional and digital media), we classify it according to the last phase. So, if it is a traditional painting that was photographed, imported into Photoshop, and edited with digital paint, that final image would be submitted to DIGITAL ART > Mixed Media.

Where do I send my DD suggestions?

:bulletpink: Digital Art (general) :pointr: Thiefoworld or mamiffer
:bulletpink: Photomanipulation :pointr: Aeirmid
:bulletpink: General Mixed Media :pointr: Thiefoworld or mamiffer
:bulletpink: Mixed Media where photographs or photomanipulations are one of the media (paint-overs, etc.) :pointr: Aeirmid
:bulletpink: Space art and Sci-Fi art, regardless of medium :pointr: alltheoriginalnames

May your creative muses continue to inspire in 2013!

Aeirmid, mamiffer, & Thiefoworld

Fix that Miscat series: Photomanip vs. Mixed Media
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kenno3 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013
Where do single photos with heavy photoshop modification of colors, go? There isn't "Digital Art > Miscellaneous" anymore. And it wont let me pick just "Digital Art."
Aeirmid Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013   Digital Artist
Not sure. If it's your photograph, it can be placed under Photography > Dark Room > Digital Processes. Otherwise perhaps Mixed Media???
MililaniMak Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013
such detailed distinctions are just silly. the line between photomanipulation and digial/mixed media are and remain fuzzy and unnecessary. we're artists, for God's sake. such distinctions are a waste of time an aren't conducive to artistic endeavor. but thanks for the attempt to define them, anyway. I do appreciate the effort and sincerity involved. aloha, Mak
ZedLord-Art Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very useful thank you :)
Sara0TH Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for this great article, it was very useful to me :)
Alien-Piglet Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
There's one thing always in the way of deciding which one is which: HAIR! :faint: In most photomanips hair of a character is drawn almost from the scratch. how does it affect qualifying the work as photomanip/mixed media?
Aeirmid Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013   Digital Artist
Hair is kind of a minor detail so i wouldn't decide based on that.
MindTuber Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I think that many people are confused from posting to the categories because it exists thin lane between them. There is many photomanipulations work which could already be in the category of mixed media but judgement is very difficult. Mainly many people stock tend to be highly edited (highlights but complete hair or dress). Thanks for this great article
Aeirmid Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013   Digital Artist
I hope it is useful. I don't want everyone to rush to start submitting to Mixed Media because there are actually few photomanips that I see that need to be there. :D
Charmed-Ravenclaw Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks this article was helpful!
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