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For the latter half of March through the beginning of April, the theme at we-HEART-photomanip will be, The Wow Effect. Today, I am going to present some information about what makes a great photomanipulation great.

 


A great photomanipulation has great composition.



Composition is the way your eye travels over the photomanipulation and where your eye rests. What is the focal point of the image? Is that an appropriate focal point? (For example, are your eyes drawn to the model's eyes/face, or her arm? :XD:) Composition is how we capture and keep the attention of our viewers. Popular composition styles include the Rule of Thirds and the Golden Ratio, although there are certainly others.


Summer by megan7Mercury Rising by fantasiosilencio by dihazeThe Further by neverdyingWhat they deserve by cunene



A great photomanipulation features consistent lighting and shadows.



Light and shadow are huge problems for many of us, but getting them right will absolutely make your photomanipulation work. If something is lit, is it also casting a shadow? Where would that shadow fall? How dark would that shadow be? Light also bounces off of things, so nearby skin, clothing, rock, building, etc. will also be bathed in light. One way to think of light is to figure out where your light source is (where the light is coming from) and draw arrows radiating away from it, touching all things along that path. The further out your arrow goes, the weaker the light will be. The strongest light is right near the source. Light and shade add definition to your work and are a critical part of blending. Be careful to make sure the light is going the same direction on all elements of your manipulation!


Paradise (Collaboration With Ya Izidoro) by KlauzeroA World Of Legends by 3mmICity of Dreams by Helga-HelleborusPrayer for comeback by ForestGirl



A great photomanipulation takes perspective into consideration.



Think about presenting your photomanipulation as a single image. What is closest to you? (That should be bigger.) What is further away? (That should be smaller and less sharp.) Where is the horizon, and, where (and how big) should some things be as they fall along the vectors that lead to the horizon? How does this fall with respect to the focal point of the image? Below are some images that play with perspective and distance. 


Beneath the Tulips by kuschelirmelUnder Cloudy Sky by igreenyBibbidi Bobbidi Boo by PerlaMarina



A great photomanipulation has blended, complementary tones.



Blending tones can be difficult, but is achievable through various techniques like painting and adjustment layers. It is important for tones and hues to be consistent because consistency contributes to the overall feeling of unity-- that is, the look that it is just one photograph and not several that you have pieced together. Blending is a key component of a good photomanipulation because, when it is not done right, your work looks pieced together.


Alive by La--BohemeForever sleeping by MadameThenadier



A great photomanipulation tells a story.



It's not enough just to be pretty. What secrets does your deviation hide? What is the story that emerges above and beyond the photographs you are manipulating? They say that art speaks to the soul. What does yours have to say?


The Untold Story by xetobyteIn Dreams by nina-YDementia by oberegSavage temple by MarcelaBolivar
The Final Journey by LiliaOsipovaTheseus by MachiavelliCro


So, this is what makes great, great for me. What about you? Let's discuss!







Looking Ahead



The month of The Wow Effect will be going on from MArch 17th - April 13th

Week One: What Makes Great Great (current)
Week Two: Offsite Tutorial Feature
Week Three: Why It Wows
Week Four: Wrap up

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obereg Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014
what a gorgeous and amazing article! thanks very much for including my work - I am honored!
I'm sorry for seeing it so late...
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LiliaOsipova Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
wonderful article and thank you so much for including my piece, it is great honor for me :heart:
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neverdying Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Love the article Jade! Thank you for featuring one of my work! :)
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PerlaMarina Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Great useful article and information! Thank you so much for including my work !!!! Heart
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NTGreen Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I forgot to mention the most important part of my comment ... the whole reason I wrote a comment in the first place :doh:

Lovely and very well thought out and written article! Excellent choice of samples. The artwork is stunning ... thank you so much for this!

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tamaraR Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014   Digital Artist
Awesome!!!!!!!!!! 
Thank you! :heart:
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NTGreen Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I believe that "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder" ... some people love work by da Vinci, some love Van Gogh ... and some can't find anything to like because they just can't see. Art has been adorning walls for hundreds of thousands of years ... it is the precursor to written language ... it is what writing is built on. The earliest forms of writing were "pictographs!

I believe that art (of all kinds) is subjective which to me means that there is really no right or wrong "art"  ... it is only the "reaction" to it that truly matters. If an image (or book or ballet or play ...etc.) produces a reaction, then you, as an artist, have done your job.

But ... and it is a big BUT ... as human being we have physiological imprints that make certain compositions, perspectives, styles, colour combinations and subjects more appealing ... learning those can make your art have greater impact, more "WOW" effect. In addition ... human nature generally prefers being a part of something (which is why deviantArt even exists :nod:) ... so (as much as it annoys me personally) art that has a similar format is comfortable to people and will generally win more praise.

Almost every new school of art has gone through the pain of being "accepted" ... Charles Dickens wrote a critique on the Pre-Raphaelites which said that he considered the {Pre-Raphaelite} brotherhood's artwork to be "mean, odious, repulsive, and revolting". Today we consider their work as some of the best ever produced. This can be said of almost all new "schools of art"! Human beings have a hard time with new and different ... silly humans... we also have a hard time with old and repetitive!

There are so many different "layers" to this subject that it is impossible to truly ever end this discussion ... but it is fun trying!

Links if interested Pre-Raphaelite paintings - detentiontodetail.wordpress.co…
Critique on their work - www.victorianweb.org/victorian…
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DaniaArts Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014   Digital Artist
Great article Jade :clap:
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Aeirmid Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014   Digital Artist
thanks! :love:
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Helga-Helleborus Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
thanks for the feature! Heart 
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TehAngelsCry Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
Really awesome read! Thanks for taking the time to write this :D
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megan7 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014
Great article Jade and thank you very much for the feature :heart: 
An impressive work with the 'wow' effect needs a certain atmosphere too, I love when a pic conveys feelings which are noticeably for the viewer.
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Aeirmid Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014   Digital Artist
so true!! thanks for sharing!!
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Chronophontes Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wonderful!

I'd like to add one more criterion:  A great photomanipulation is not cluttered.

Some photomanipulators seem to have the notion that more is better, and therefore throw in everything up to and sometimes including the kitchen sink.  Another way to clutter up a scene is to use elements that are not too numerous, but are elaborate in themselves and do not lend themselves to a good clear composition.
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Aeirmid Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014   Digital Artist
So true! Great point!!
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xetobyte Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice article! I hope there's more of these in the future. :D
I love reading stuff like this, seriously, I really didn't know what 'composition' is until now(lol). I've been seeing that on my works' comments section a lot and back then I don't know what people mean haha! Now I know!

I think that well a blended tones plus this composition thing is the major factor on 'The Wow' effect.
Its like love at first sight, its the very first things you see on an artwork whether be it just a meaningless work, plain portrait, a random picture you made when you got bored...It doesn't matter, it amazed you, the artwork got your attention the very moment you saw it. Then you become interested on the work, clicks on it...and here comes the details, lighting, shadows etc...

One more thing that I think adds to this Wow effect, is something that maybe most of us will consider reading/looking at last...some don't even read it as for some it doesn't really matter, or its irrelevant......Title.
There are moments when I look at a picture, then I look at the title...then I would go ".......this artwork's amazing", I love that feeling when what made you 'love' an artwork is the title itself. I think title falls under the telling a story part of this article so....nevermind, maybe title doesn't really matter at all.
But...I don't know! that's just me, I don't know why title matter to me so much that sometimes it actually takes me a whole day of thinking just to give my work an interesting title LOL

Sorry for the long post...and oh! Thanks for featuring my work here! I really appreciate it :heart:
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Aeirmid Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014   Digital Artist
Such a good point about the title! A lot of times I am looking at something and, especially if it is conceptual, the title is what makes me go, "oooohhhhh." If that makes sense. I love the "love at first sight" analogy, too. :heart:
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fantasio Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
thanks for the feature and this wonderful article, appreciated!
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kuschelirmel Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:blowkiss: thanks for the feature!
greart article! I'm excited to see more :la:
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SnowInHades Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thoroughly enjoyed reading this Feature. Thank you for taking the time to make it and share with us :tighthug:
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Aeirmid Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014   Digital Artist
my pleasure!!
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peroline Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
Very interresting. I think I have a tendency to be more impressed by works for which the colors were chosen with caution. But I think all the elements you listed are very efficient !
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CrystalClear-Art Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm still learning everyday, so there's a lot out there that really 'wows' me. I think what really catches my eye is lighting/shadows and colors/tones used.
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TheGalleryOfEve Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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Andaelentari Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I love this :la:.  I agree with what you chose.
I think the concept and execution of it make them great as well :).
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La--Boheme Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014
This article is great my dear , really fantastic and so true!
Thanks so much for including my work and for your support, I feel so honored! :hug::heart:
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Aeirmid Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014   Digital Artist
:heart: anytime.
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La--Boheme Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014
:hug:
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LadyEvilArts Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014   General Artist
I'm very picky about technical aspects of pm, but sometimes concept is so brilliant, that even some flaws can't stop me from viewing the artwork over and over again. And I'm very likely to wow when I see highly detailed artwork, you know that kind, when no matter how many times you look at it, always find some new object hidden somewhere =)
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peroline Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
"I'm very picky about technical aspects of pm, but sometimes concept is so brilliant, that even some flaws can't stop me from viewing the artwork over and over again."
I agree with that ! I think the technical aspects are very important but to me, the concept and the story that is told are at least as much important !
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Aeirmid Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014   Digital Artist
Yes! I so agree with you on so many levels.
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Klauzero Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014   Digital Artist
Sometimes I see many stupid comments like of the friend Precipitous120!
But I don't want to talk about it.

The art is subjective. Often, only the artist who created can understand it.
So, there's no way to explain properly the significance of each work.

You have explained very well some of the fundamental techniques with beautiful examples. And i liked.

And yeah, the art speaks to the soul! When I created my Daily Deviation (Go Away), I was going through a depression.
And create the "Go Away" was an escape, otherwise I would have taken my own life.

Art can save people.

No art form is perfect, because is it's a portrait of the artist.
Responding to who think art should be perfect: We're not machines.

Sorry my confused english. And thank you so much for include me here in this great feature. Hug 
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peroline Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
I agree with the fact that no art is perfect. We always keep learning and improving whatever our level is, I also think we can never reach perfection !
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Klauzero Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014   Digital Artist
Exactly, learning is eternal.
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Aeirmid Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014   Digital Artist
I didn't realize you were so depressed when you created "Go Away." Would you share it with us at mental-health? That's what we're there for-- having a positive, artistic solution for mental health concerns. No pressure! :heart:
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Klauzero Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014   Digital Artist
Thank you. I'm getting past it without drugs and without psychologists.
I'm working at the apex of my problem. I'm not hiding that problem with drugs and psychologists.
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Klauzero Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014   Digital Artist
Correcting: *"No art form is perfect, because it's a portrait of the artist."*
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MachiavelliCro Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014
Thank you for fature dear :hug: great article I enjoyed reading it!
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Aeirmid Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014   Digital Artist
my pleasure. :heart:
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AlexandraVBach Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Great article, and thanks for adding Guardian as an exemple ! Perspective is so darn complicated for me ;) Great tips !
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Aeirmid Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014   Digital Artist
Of course!! :love:
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Precipitous120 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014
I wouldn't use any of these as wall paper, they all suck... So it's a picture of a Castle...Girl...Warrior...bla bal bla.... who cares

Art with out Greater meaning, is just a Picture of Nothing... All you have shown is what pretty pictures look like.

Your pictures don't show what is happening with in the pic... people look at is and think and feel nothing...

to be blunt, the person looking at your art, might as well be a Zombie, because no thinking is involve in any of the pic...

Look at the Mona Lisa, People always ask, why isn't she smiling... your art... asks no Questions.... because it sucks...

You clearly have the Talent, but skill is what you need.

When you die, no one will remember you... 
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peroline Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
I agree with you about the fact that art is better when there is a strong meaning behind. But I think a great and original concept is rare...and very subjective.
I think what's interresting about art is also the technique of the artist (I'm not a specialist in art and painting but I think technique is what's most interresting about Mona Lisa for example) so I don't think a beautiful picture even if there was absolutely no meaning behind it could be considered as shit.

I also believe that the profusion and variety of works, whatever their level and quality, is very useful to an art community like DeviantArt, for 2 reasons :
1/ Artists need to practise and to have feedback. If they uploaded only masterpieces, they wouldn't get any critique and so they could never get better.
2/ I think you went through this kind of situation too, but inspiration is something that is hard to find sometimes. You have to get inspiration from your environment, what's surrounding you and other pieces of art you see or read. These works that you consider irrelevant are probably going to inspire an artist to create something that you will find interresting.

What do you think ?

Oh, and also personnaly, I make art for myself, not to be famous or so people will remember me when I die. I think this may have been possible at the time of Da Vinci or Shaekspeare maybe...but nowadays we're on an era of communication and we share so many things that I think being famous in the long run is not possible anymore.
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Precipitous120 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014
You have a point... if posting promotes them to produce something better... but then again they could get used to being praised for meaningless art...

Therefore I will continue to assault improper works.

The Mona, is a painting you can talk about for the very fact that it has more meaning other then just a pretty picture...

If you mention the Mona to someone... what usually sticks out with in the top 5 comments...?

Her un smiling lips...

Leonardo... produced many many beautiful paintings... yet we only know one...

He even has books on how to produce art... with details greater then any photo... yet... Mona is the only art you ever hear about.

I have an opinion... you have yours... I will continue to voice mine... I suggest you do the same for yours.

"A man convinced against his will, is of the same opinion still" 

Artists who get rich... are still known... it maybe just by the rich community... but even in Leonardo's days.. the poor had no idea who he was... in fact he wasn't very well known till the very last years of his life
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vs3a Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I thought Mona Lisa is not smiling because she had bad teeth :o
Anyway, when I looking at a beautiful woman, landscape it not because they convey any meaning, it just simple that they are beautiful.
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Precipitous120 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014
A bit like a beautiful women, with no content to her character... she's beautiful, but you can't hold up talking to her for over a minute because she's so damn boring and frustrating to talk to
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vs3a Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You are right, but not everyone is like that. The same for art. You can't find a meaning in a picture, doesn't mean it don't have any.
Like myself, my meaning simple as I find joy when creating it.
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Precipitous120 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014
Look, I don't have anything personally against you... I just find it hard to see people with such talent, produce Garbage... when they can use what they have to change peoples perspectives.

"You are the pebble in the pond"... do you have any idea what that means?

It means that one person can change the world, like the ripple effect in a pond of water... 

Your one action can change a persons life for ever... peoples lives...

I know you create for your own personal Joy, but that is the same as using only one side of a sheet of paper, when you have the ability to use both
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vs3a Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That why I said if you can't find a meaning, doesn't mean it don't have any. My picture have meaning, and simplest meaning is that I find joy in it.
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Precipitous120 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014
Lame!
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