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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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:iconkenno3:
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."
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:iconaeirmid:
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???
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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
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:iconzedlord-art:
ZedLord-Art Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very useful thank you :)
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Sara0TH Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for this great article, it was very useful to me :)
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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?
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:iconaeirmid:
Aeirmid Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013   Digital Artist
Hair is kind of a minor detail so i wouldn't decide based on that.
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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
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:iconaeirmid:
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
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Charmed-Ravenclaw Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks this article was helpful!
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Sublime-Feline Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
GREAT article! This has always been in my craw for a long time. I've held contests in the long past (on a very old and deactivated acct) in which I had to try to explain that the contesst was ONLY for RAW photomnanipulations not mixed media. This was a definite necessary journal! Thank you!
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:iconwdwparksgal:
WDWParksGal Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
I need to change a few cats. Question: If I create a background using a gradient, then overlay everything else with stock, is it digital/mixed media?
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:iconaeirmid:
Aeirmid Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013   Digital Artist
nope. photomanip :)
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:iconwdwparksgal:
WDWParksGal Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
Okay... thought I had better double-check. I changed two of my manips to mixed media since each had a 3D stock piece. Will check some devs on my stock site, too, once I log in there. Thanks for the info!
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:iconaeirmid:
Aeirmid Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013   Digital Artist
Sure. :heart:
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:iconbrimercedes:
BriMercedes Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Digital mixed media has always been a confusing category. There's so much crossover between all digital media these days. Thanks for the clarification!
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Yuuza Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
ohhh i didn't know abouyt the mixed media gallery, i will relocate my deviation, thanks for this article :D
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Miztliyuma Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
:iconfacebooklikeplz:
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ItsNotFilia Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Looking forward to hearing about the digital vs. traditional mixed media article; the last phase categorization sounds a bit odd to me, to be honest.
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phoenixleo Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
:thumbsup:
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:iconleichenengel:
Leichenengel Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This helped me a lot - now I need to recategorize a bunch of submissions that I once submitted to Photomanip as I considered it photomanip ^^ Ah well...thank for posting this ^^
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:iconaeirmid:
Aeirmid Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013   Digital Artist
Maybe, maybe not. If you want you can send me examples and we can discuss. Just note me.
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:iconleichenengel:
Leichenengel Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
ah no the article states quite clearly that some of my artworks are miscategorized - I already recategorized a lot of them xD But I will still keep them in my Photomanip folder in my gallery because I consider them photomanips ;)
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Aeirmid Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013   Digital Artist
okies!
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tamaraR Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013   Digital Artist
Oh good to know. Thanks for clarifying. I didn't know that it should go under mixed media when a 3D element has been added to your manipulation. Good to know. Will mixed media artwork still be able to be suggested to you as a DD?
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:iconaeirmid:
Aeirmid Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013   Digital Artist
yes. :)
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DesignbyKatt Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
great on eI go back and forth about is my art more Mixed or manip
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:iconiam-sherlocked:
iam-SHERLOCKED Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I sort of want to add this to #iManipulate for all the people who don't actually know what a photomanip is. . . I learned new stuff too. Thank you :).
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:iconaeirmid:
Aeirmid Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013   Digital Artist
Go for it. :) and you're welcome.
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iam-SHERLOCKED Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yaaaaay :hug:
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:iconerinm31:
ErinM31 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
Thank you for the clarification! :)
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kimsol Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
Great ~ thanks!
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sirocco-rc Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very good article:icongiveflowerplz:
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:iconhybridgothica:
hybridgothica Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I am so glad you cleared this up :)
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:iconaeirmid:
Aeirmid Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013   Digital Artist
:heart:
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:iconurus-28:
Urus-28 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ok, now I know where to put my electronic microscope picture in false colours : mixed media :thumbsup:
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Cinnamoncandy Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is very helpful. Thank you.
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:iconaeirmid:
Aeirmid Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013   Digital Artist
our pleasure.
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:iconluztapia:
LuzTapia Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Glad you clarified this! :D
I see a lot of manips that are heavily painted over going to the Photomanipulation category! :)
Hope this helps so more people can correct this! :D
excellent article as always :)
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:iconaeirmid:
Aeirmid Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013   Digital Artist
And again, that one is kind-of a gray area. All 3 of us keep an eye on Mixed Media, so things can still be seen and featured. :)
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:iconluztapia:
LuzTapia Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Exactly! :D Mixed media gallery itīs really great too! :)
I knew you featured Mixed Media pieces too! I remember you did it in the past! :D
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