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Critmas 2017!

Tue Dec 5, 2017, 2:08 AM

Hi guys!

 

Do you want to take part in an awesome art critique event and spread the joy this Christmas? This is your chance! 

CRLiterature is organizing Critmas 2017 - open to every art medium, so photomanips are definitely included! The goal is to post 12 critiques on the artwork of different deviants between December 24th and January 6th.

To make this event even more fun, all the participants are going to be assigned to teams - to take part, go and comment under this journal: Critmas 2017: War of Honour

After the event ends, there will be prizes and features, including stuff like points, Core subscriptions and Amazon gift cards! Go try! 

Read all the details and rules over at CRLiterature!






In the life of every artist or designer one day comes a time when they want to print something. You start reading what needs to be done, try to figure out how to prepare your files and, often, fail – why have the colours shifted so much? Why is the print so dark? Why did everything move like this?

If you’re looking for a short and comprehensive beginner’s guide on what you need to know to avoid the most common mistakes and problems, and some advice on where to look for more detailed info, search no longer and read this article – you’ll find everything you need below.

 

CMYK or RGB?

Each image you create digitally has its own colour space. If you’re planning on publishing your work only digitally, then RGB is perfect, but if you want to print, you need to start learning about CMYK.

Basically, CMYK is the colour space used for commercial printing, and to avoid a strange and ugly colour shift, you’re going to have to convert your file to it. How does it work, exactly?

CMYK creates colors by blending four colors of ink: Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and blacK (also known as Key).

It is used to print in full color on items that reflect light but do not generate it, such as paper and fabric. – from printnija.com

There are several different ways to convert. The simplest one is, in Photoshop, to go into Image -> Mode -> CMYK. However, I do not recommend it – it usually gives pretty bad results. The better one, which will cause a much smoother transition, is to use Edit -> Convert to Profile.

 

 

Now, the menu that you’ll see may seem scary at first, but that’s because there are many different kinds of both RGB and CMYK spaces – many different colour profiles, but I’ll get to that in a moment. The basic thing to remember is to check whether you converted your image to CMYK before printing. At the same time, I’d advise against working in CMYK from the beginning – is simply has a much smaller colour range and you’re likely to get less saturated and vibrant colour than if you start working in RGB and THEN convert to CMYK.

Tip: If you want to see how your image would look in a different colour space without actually converting it, you can use View -> Proof Setup -> Working CMYK and check the View -> Proof Colors option below or just hit Ctrl/Cmd + Y.

Important: Like mentioned above, CMYK is the colour space used for commercial printing. So if you’re planning to print your work yourself at your home printer, it’s very likely that you don’t need to convert the colours, and that RGB will actually give you much better results. To get the best ones, you’re going to have to know the printer’s colour profile, which I explain below. RedRiverPaper has a pretty good and useful guide on how to use ICC profiles for inkjet printers (Canon, Epson, HP) while printing directly from Photoshop: bit.ly/2iqNxZA.

 

ICC Colour profiles


Profiles are simply look-up tables that describe the properties of a color space. They define the most saturated colors available in a color space; i.e. the bluest blue or deepest black your printer can produce. – from drycreekphoto.com

A profile is a small file that describes the characteristics of the device it corresponds to. For example, a printer profile describes all the color characteristics of the printer/paper/ink combination it was created from. (…)

The workflow, in basic terms, is to convert the colors of an image from the color space of the monitor to the color space of the output device. – from imaginginfo.com

I hope the above to quotes explained at least a little bit what colour profiles are to you, but don’t worry if you still feel a little lost – it’s a complicated subject. The basic thing you need to know is that if you don’t have a colour profile of the printer that’s going to be used to print your artwork, there’s a big chance that the colours are going to be different from what you see on your computer screen.

If you’re printing your work independently, it’s best to send an e-mail to your printers and ask them to send you the profile, or look at their website – it’s possible they have a pre-press section from which you can download the file. If you’re printing through some sort of a bigger platform, like DeviantART or Curioos, Inprint etc., look on the web – you never know what you can find, but in general, there are several profiles that are pretty standard in the industry and should give good results:

  • For US/North American printing: US Web Coated (SWOP) v2.
  • For Europe: Coated FOGRA 27 or 39.

I never had problems using the above, but like I wrote earlier, if you have the possibility to ask the printer directly, do it.

If you want to read a longer and more in-depth explanation on what the colour profiles actually are, check out this article on the PermaJet Photography Blog: bit.ly/2AipjVJ.

 

DPI

Another term you’re likely to come across is DPI or PPI. Now, what’s that?

DPI: Dot’s per inch. The number of dots in a printed inch. The more dot’s the higher the quality of the print (more sharpness and detail).

PPI: Pixels per inch. Most commonly used to describe the pixel density of a screen (computer monitor, smartphone, etc…) but can also refer to the pixel density of a digital image.

Resolution: Resolution is the measure of pixels in the display, usually expressed in measurements of width x height. For example a monitor that is 1920 x 1080 is 1920 pixels across and 1080 pixels down. – from vsellis.com

For printing, the standard DPI value is 300 (sometimes higher), and for web – 72. When it comes to resolution and printing – the bigger the better. You can have an image that is too small, but if you’re printing artwork, you probably can’t have an image that’s too big.

How to check your DPI in Photoshop? Go to Edit -> Image Size or simply press Alt -> Ctrl/Cmd -> I.

 

These are the basics, but if you want to know a bit more, read here: bit.ly/2Bz6HkG.

 

Ink Density

One of the first thriller covers that I worked on was “Echo’s Shadow” by Trace Noir. The cover was quite dark, me – still a bit inexperienced, and so I received an e-mail from the author that the proof came back much darker than intented and can I please do something about it.

 

I started googling, and it quickly turned out that there’s quite a few people with the same problem, but it took me a while to actually find a working solution. And here’s where ink density comes in.

Total Ink Density, or TIC, as you’re also likely to see it mentioned, is, as the name suggests, the total amount of ink in one area. Each of the letters of CMYK (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, blacK) has its own numerical percentage value – for example, if the background of your piece is made up of 100C 80M 80Y 100K, the total ink density would be 360% for the background.

Now, too much ink in one place causes problems, especially if we’re talking about black – the colour spills to surrounding areas, often making them a lot darker than they are intended to be. The trick is to make sure that the Total Ink Density in your image doesn’t exceed 240%.

 

How to check it?

Firstly, make sure you converted your image to CMYK. Then make sure you have the Info Panel turned on. If you don’t, then go to Window -> Infoor press F8. Then, use the Eyedropper Tool (I) and hover over the darker parts of your artwork. The right side of the Info Panel should show you the CMYK value percentages. If, combined, they exceed 240%, you’re in trouble.

 

 

 

How to fix it?

The best way I found so far is to use the Selective Colors adjustment layer (Layer -> New Adjustment Layer -> Selective Color). By using it, you can adjust every color separately, inlcuding black or white, which means that you can easily manipulate the CMYK percentages while making sure that your colours remain looking like the should.

 

Bleed and printers’ marks


Bleeds allow you to run artwork to the edge of a page. On a press, the artwork is printed on a large sheet of paper and then trimmed down to size. If you do not allow for a 1/8 of an inch bleed, any misalignment while cutting will result with the artwork not running to the edge of the paper. Bleeds ensure you get the results you need. – from serviceprinters.com

The basic amount of bleed most places ask for is 1/8 inch or 3 mms. If you do not include bleed, you may end up with uneven white space on the edges of the image. Still, different places will often require different bleed amount, so it’s always best to ask your printer directly if you’re printing independently. If you’re printing through a bigger platform, like DeviantArt or Curioos, you will notice that they don’t usually offer full bleed prints, which is why adding bleed is most often not necessary.

Bleed is a part of a wider category called printers’ marks, and there are other elements that some places might ask you to include in your file, but that’s relatively rare. Here’s some more info if you’d like to read up just in case, though: bit.ly/2zyFz3J.

 

File format

The best formats for printing will be always predominantly PDF or in some cases TIFF. You can include layers in both of them if you need it.

 

Want to know more?

The best and most comprehensive resource on printing I’ve found on the net so far is Print Ninja’s Printing Academy: bit.ly/2j1T9qg. I wholeheartedly recommend reading everything they have if you want to deepen your knowledge – I use it often myself.



New: Portfolio, Fanpage, Blog

Wed Nov 15, 2017, 10:24 AM by Gejda:icongejda:


Hi guys!




My new portfolio is now up and working, after last week's unforeseen crash (and it's backed up this time...). If you want to take a look go here: martadec.eu, or click on the link to your left - both ways work equally well! 

I have also created a blog that's a part of the new site - in time, I will be filling it with articles related to book design, as well as books and design in general. In case you'd like to get first hand news and notifications, you can check out the new Facebook fanpage for my art - besides articles and photomanips, I will show some WIPs, paintings, 3D works and other things, as well as share tutorials and resources. That's the plan for now, but we'll see what the future brings. ;)

Short life update: My move to Norway didn't work out - my study programme was boring and had a sometimes depressingly low level, which is the reason why I decided to quit and come back home for the time being - also, my living conditions were pretty bad. I refuse to live with roommates for at least the next ten years. I'm serious. Angry geek girl For now I'm resting, continuing to work as a freelancer, and figuring out my next move. :confused 

That's all from me for now - hope to see you on the fanpage! :D



Short introduction: I have a plan to start a blog tied with my portfolio, where I will be posting article similar to this one - about book design, design in general, typography and art. If you want to be the first to know about new posts, WIPs, and projects, go like the fanpage: facebook.com/gejdamd. :la:




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If you’re a photomanipulator, a digital painter or a mixed-media artist you’ve probably thought about designing book covers, or already designed them – maybe you’ve worked for some indie authors, maybe you designed premades. If you’re only now thinking of getting into the business, though, here’s a few tips that might make your life a lot easier, and the services you offer – a lot more successful.

 1) Stop what you’re doing and learn typography

For some unimaginable reason, a lot of really fantastic artists, who are otherwise masters of their own medium, completely fail at choosing the right typefaces to go with their art.

I don’t know why that happens, but it turns out that there’s a lot of people out there whose feeling of aesthetics stops working when it comes to type. A bad, clichéd typeface can completely destroy a great artwork and render all your efforts of giving your client a fantastic design useless. Fear not, though – knowing what sort of typeface to use, and why to use it, is a matter of practice and acquiring knowledge -which really isn’t that hard to get.

 But… where to get fonts?

If you’ve worked with stock, then you probably know that the images you use need to have a commercial license for you to be able to use them for paid projects. I have bad news for you – it’s the same with typefaces. Here’s a few good sources to find commercially licensed fonts, both free and paid:

  • Typekit – okay, that one is only free if you have an Adobe Creative Cloud subscription, but since you’re thinking of starting to work as a professional, I’m going to assume that it’s one of the most popular options. Typekit comes with hundreds of free fonts that you can get with on click. There’s a limit to how many typefaces you can have installed at the same time, but it’s actually a quite high number.

    Price: Free with Adobe CC, otherwise from $24.99/month

  • Font Squirrel – completely free – a wide selection of fonts in various shapes, weights and styles.

    Price: Free

  • MyFonts – probably one of the most popular font markets on the web. You can buy a font with all the weights, or just one that you need in particular.

    Price: paid – all fonts have various prices

  • FontStand – a place where you can rent fonts at 10% of their price. A font family with all styles and weights is about €7.50/month, and you get the full ownership after a 12-month rental period.

    Price: €7.50/month for a full font family

  • com – works in a way similar to Typekit.

    Price: $9.99/month

This is only a fraction on what’s available on the web – look around and see what you can find out!

 How to learn?

Most importantly, read. Secondly: look at works of folks who know what they’re doing.

Here’s a few online resources that you can start with:

Obviously, there’s a ton of other resources out there, and to be honest I could write another article just recommedning places in which you can get some reading material. If you start with the ones above, though, then you’ll have a very good base to build on later.

 

alphabet, board game, box
source: pexels.com

 2) Forget that you’re an artist

Art and design, while tied together closely, are not inherently the same. When you’re working with a client, your goal is to illustrate their story and their content. They may already have an idea of what they want to see on their cover, though you might also meet people who will just tell you “surprise me” (which is probably one of the most annoying things a designer can hear). The key is to retain all your creativity while accepting that you’re not the most important person in this relationship.

Ultimately, it’s your client’s decisions that are going to count. You will meet people who have absolutely no sense of aesthetics, and you will simply be completely unable to convince them to choose a design that doesn’t look awful. You will also meet folks who actually know their stuff, and whose books you will be proud to display in your portfolio. Still, while you often have, of course, a lot of creative leeway, there are other things that you need to take into consideration while creating covers than just your sense of style. Your work is now supposed to hint at a story, be eye-catching at first glance, show the book’s genre and reach its target audience, motivate sales AND be appealing to your client. You’re not working just for yourself anymore – there’s a ton of other factors that you need to take into consideration for your work to be both stunning and effective.
 

3) Learn about publishing

At the beginning of your journey, you’re much more likely to work with indie authors than publishing houses. Both types of clients demand a slightly different approach, but with both, it’s equally important that you know more than just how to create fantastic cover art.

Some of the authors you’re going to be working with will be first timers – meaning, they will have no idea what sort of info do you need from them to create the cover, how to upload it to a self-publishing platform, what sort of thing works and what doesn’t. Here’s where you come in – your job is to know these things. Which means that you need to know where to find a lot of information, and how to guide your clients through the process.

A fantastic resource which I’ve linked my own clients to many times is The Book Designer blog. They have articles on basically all aspects of self-publishing, which is going to be incredibly beneficial for both you and the authors you’re going to work for. If you’d like to take a look at some other resources, then what I can recommend is Self Publisher’s Ultimate Resource Guide by Joel Friedlander and Betty Kelly Sargent, and Indie Publishing by Ellen Lupton.

 

4) Be patient

Let’s make one thing clear: getting jobs isn't easy. You’re going to struggle and you’re going to feel discouraged, but hey, don’t feel too bad – the beginning is always difficult. If you’re going to work through any of the popular freelance marketplaces – Upwork, Guru, PeoplePerHour etc. – then you’re going to have to learn how to apply to jobs, and you’re going to fail at it – many times. The art of writing proposals is difficult, but it is something that you can learn. Don’t give up if you don’t get an answer for the first 10 or 15 proposals you send – you have to be patient and persistent.

A few tips to maximize your chances:

– If you don’t have any book covers in your portfolio yet, make a few mock-ups with made up titles from your own artwork and show them to your prospective clients. It works.

– Start using 3D mock-ups. Covervault.com is a good source of high-quality free ones, but it’s something worth spending a few bucks on if you find an awesome set. It makes you look more professional.

– Don’t copy paste. Seriously – it shows. Write a brand new proposal for each job you apply to. Be personal – if you know the client’s name, use it. Sometimes the job description will be “I need a cover made” – and that’s it, but if there’s any more information, use it. Let the client know that you’re not a robot, you read their description and you’re excited to work with them. Also, don’t just write about your experience and skills – write about how you’re going to use this experience and these skills to their benefit.

 

source: pexels.com

 

5) Know your rights

The world is a harsh place, and you’re unavoidably going to bump into people who are not going to want to pay you for a job well done. Here’s a few tips on precautions you can take.

– If you’re working through freelance marketplaces, then you don’t really need to worry about contracts, but remember not to start working before the client put money in Escrow. What is Escrow?

An escrow is a financial arrangement where a third party holds and regulates payment of the funds required for two parties involved in a given transaction. It helps make transactions more secure by keeping the payment in a secure escrow account which is only released when all of the terms of an agreement are met as overseen by the escrow company. – from Escrow.com, www.escrow.com/what-is-escrow

– If you’re not working through one of the freelance marketplaces, remember to never work without a contract. If you don’t have one, you’re vulnerable. Theoretically, e-mails exchanged with the client where you both agree on a certain set of terms count as a contract themselves, but personally I always feel better when I have a separate docuemtn signed both by me and the client. It gives you both a safety net in case things go wrong. A good source of a contract template, with all the legal jargon very well explained is AIGA – they have an extensive document about it. Click here: www.aiga.org/standard-agreemen… to find it. To make things easier, you can use one of the online signing services like Eversign – eversign.com. That way neither you nor your client need to even print the contract to make it legally binding.

 

6) Have a strong portfolio

If you’ve ever heard people saying that portfolio is everything, listen to them – they’re right.

If you don’t have a portfolio, then you’re making it incredibly difficult for your prospective clients to find your work. It’s best if it’s not a social website, too, like DeviantArt or Facebook – make a separate site. There’s a ton of great portfolio services out there, which are either free or cost a few bucks, and buying your own domain really isn't expensive – and it’s a very good investment.

Your site needs to be polished and complete – don’t just throw in every work you have there. Choose the best ones. Make sure the navigation is not too complex – basically, anything that takes more than three clicks is too much work for a lot of people. Write interesting copy – take care of the “About Me” section and make it engaging. Include a call to action, and a way to contact you – it’s best if people can find your e-mail, if not a contact form, right away.

Also – make your site pretty. Everything works better well designed.

 

7) Never stop learning

If you ever get to a point where you feel like you know everything, stop and take a look at your life. Seriously. There is always a ton of things to learn – about design, about art, about marketing and business. The most important thing is to never stop moving, and never stop trying to make yourself a better artist. A better designer. A more knowledgeable person.

Read books – there is a ton of stuff out there with fantastic advice. Watch online courses – use services like SkillsharePluralsightUdemyLynda. Talk to people and ask for feedback – find a forum dedicated to critique, or organise even a critique group yourself, in a community you’re active in. Be active – it’s important to be seen out there. Collaborate with others – there’s thousands of things that other people know and you don’t. Be positive and friendly, and never, ever give up. If one approach doesn’t work, try another. Keep at it. You never know when your moment’s going to come.

 

Marta Dec – a professional graphic designer & illustrator with a big passion for books and beautiful words. This article has been originally posted at martadec.eu/blog.



Photomanip DD Round Up - October 2017

Sun Nov 12, 2017, 4:56 AM
Hunter by aproman11 Fairy Dream by charmedy
War by EpicMisterMag The MAZE by hotamr
Hunting Season: Keto by AbaddonArt Clouds by simoneheld
Dream about Lily by Madink2000

Mature Content

The hunger of Time by davidperesbr

Riding Hood by Jeffach Flow by Black-B-o-x
Dancing between dreams - Second DD! by SecretDarTiste The Winter's Tale by anais-anais61
Here Kitty Kitty II by deathbycanon No Place Like Home by jasmine-autumn
Fae's Bottle by Amanda-Kulp Get Them! by Vilk42
Mermaid by Malinka-art Colorful Prison by mohamadrabie
Pilot girl by MateuszMajewski I'm Ok by JayGraphixx
Bloodrose by Digitalzauber Sacred Peaks by Pyrogas-Artworks
Corrosion by ReyeD33 The dead rider by ultradialectics
A M N I X I E L by stardock lost World by Lotta-Lotos

Mature Content

Exposed! by danieloooo
Sea Ranger by LINGDUMSTUDOG
Eden: The Tree of Souls - V2 by balint4 Awake by t1na

Throwback Thursday #7

Thu Nov 9, 2017, 4:54 AM

Hi everyone! 


Throwback Thursdays 
are a bi-weekly series of features over here at CRPhotomanipulation, organised by Gejda and lauraypablo. We're going to show you four things - three Daily Deviations, which are at least a year old by now, but still beatuiful, three older tutorials, three random works from our gallery from last month, and three older stock photos. At the end of each journal, there's going to be a question and sometimes, a few words from us or other deviants from the community to start off a discussion. 

Also, we shamelessly stole the idea from CRLiterature. They were first. 

Let's start!

Awesome DDs


Resurection by Kryseis-Art
Ancient Walled Kingdom by DylanPierpontThe.Universe.in.you by Matkraken

Fascinating tutorials


A glove. Tutorial by Helga-HelleborusHarness the Elements: Photoshop tutorial series by MonikaZagrobelnaMLeth's Lens Flare Tutorial (Photoshop) by MLeth

Throwback Question


Are you going to participate in our new contest, Out of Your Comfort Zone? Have you participated in any of the contests or challenges organised by us before? 

:) :la:

Contest: Out of Your Comfort Zone

Fri Nov 3, 2017, 11:51 AM

Out of Your Comfort Zone

If you've been wondering why there's not going to be any new monthly challenges for the next two months, it's because we've been cooking up something big and new for you - a full-blown, dazzling and challenging contest with awesome prizes! 

The theme is: Out of Your Comfort Zone!

Have you been stuck within the same, comfortable borders lately? Feeling uninspired, lacking in creativity, or maybe you have simply been thinking about trying something new and fresh, making a change in the style you usually use while working on your art, trying out a new and excitingly unknown subject? 

Are all your works with models? Maybe it's time to try composing a landscape? If you've only done equine photomanips before, maybe you'd like to try a human model, or vice versa? If you're used to dark mood, maybe try creating something sugary sweet? The possibilities are endless, and we can't wait to see what you'll come up with - remember that you'll be judged on whether your entry varies from the rest of your gallery! 

And when it comes to judging, here's who will be taking care of this part of out contest:

Prizes


Traditionally, there will be three winners. The prizes will be given out if at least 10 entries are assembled. 

1st place

- 12 months Core membership from communityrelations 

- features from: CRPhotomanipulation, Lora-Vysotskaya, Gejda, lauraypablo, perzarus
- 300 points from cindywoo 
- 1 premium stock from Wesley-Souza 

 

2nd place

- 6 months Core membership from communityrelations 

- features from: CRPhotomanipulation, Lora-Vysotskaya, Gejda, lauraypabloperzarus

 - 200 points from cindywoo 
- 1 premium stock from Wesley-Souza 

3rd place

- 3 months Core membership from communityrelations 

- features from: CRPhotomanipulation, Lora-Vysotskaya, Gejda, lauraypabloperzarus
 - 100 points from cindywoo 
- 1 premium stock from Wesley-Souza 

We're very much open to anyone who'd like to throw something in to sweeten the pot even more and offer a prize of their own - let us know in the comments below or send a note to Gejda!

Rules


Pink Dot Bullet - F2U! The contest is open from November 3rd, 2017 to January 3rd, 2018. That means you have two full months to create something awesome!
Pink Dot Bullet - F2U! The entry you submit has to be different from your usual works - be creative!
Pink Dot Bullet - F2U!  All the entries need to be new and created specifically for this contest.
Pink Dot Bullet - F2U!  Remember to include a short "Entry for the Out of Your Comfort Zone contest at CRPhotomanipulation" or something similar in your description, so that we know you didn't submit to the contest folder by mistake.
Pink Dot Bullet - F2U! All the stocks and resources you use have to be credited and come from legitimate sources. If you're using your own images, please state so in the description. If you don't know what we mean by legitimate stock read this: Stock in a nutshell
Pink Dot Bullet - F2U!  All entries have to be submitted to the Contest - Out of Your Comfort Zone folder in our gallery. 
Pink Dot Bullet - F2U! We accept only photomanipulations and mixed-media works. 
Pink Dot Bullet - F2U! You can submit one entry.  

Entries


Please submit all entries to this folder: 


That's it - we're incredibly excited to see you guys work your magic! Let's get to work!



October Challenge Winner

Thu Nov 2, 2017, 6:23 AM

And the winner is...


Last month's challenge wasn't very popular, but we decided to reward the brave contestants anyway - the winner is adrianoampb with his work Werewolf!

Werewolf by adrianoampb

Congrats! We will contact you soon regarding your prize!

What next?


I'm afraid I have some bad news - there's not going to be a challenge in November. There's not going to be a challenge in December, either. 



...
...

Now, guess what's coming instead? ;)


Angelus sint Corruptionem by adrianamusettidavila Champagne by JulienRichetti
Ophelia's Dream by EnchantedWhispersArt The incredible inventions of Captain Anazalia by Rui-Abel
Harvest of beauty by mashamaklaut Thorns by EstherPuche-Art
aNesTheSia by mimikascraftroom The Abandoned Soul {4-4} by Ahmed-Fares94
Kaira Centelha Divina by Paulo-Bert Mankind Evolved: Pt.1 - Immortality by the-Scarlet-Queen
addicted by NanFe Leshy by igreeny
Black Pearl by Wagner dreams in total darkness. by citylight-skylines
Battle realms Channeler cosplay by NaouriRedouane1998 Summer walk by SimKa48
Desert by stellartcorsica splashing fish by Vera-Orlova
Dancing On Water by mysolitaryground Caer Hedera by JaiMcFerran
Great Expectations by Lora-Vysotskaya Redemption by elanesse-v
Immigrant XCVII by Danilo-Costa Summoning Leviatan by Trunks-Z
Night and Day by Ellyevans679 Deep water by EowynRus

October Challenge: Werewolves


Hey guys! We're running a bit late this month, but not all is lost yet; this month's theme is Werewolves. It's October, so Halloween's getting closer and closer, and all the scary monsters are coming out of the closets. Will your werewolf have the shape of a wolf, or a man-shaped beast? Will you choose to depict them as a terrifying, otherwordly demon, or a natural creature? As always, we're looking forward to see how creative you can get!
 
Exclamation  Please state in the description clearly that your work is created for this challenge. Works without such disclaimer will be moved to the general October folder.

Besides that, all the standard rules apply:

Don't forget to credit all stock used and use only legitimate stock!

Only ONE entry per person per month. :) (Smile)

To enter, turn in your deviation to the "October 2017 Challenge" gallery folder (Don't get this confused with the folder for regular art submissions, or we'll move challenge folders to Favorites instead of Gallery.)

Your entry must be made and submitted no earlier than October 6th, 2017 and no later than 11:59 PM PT on October 31st, 2017.

Don't forget that the prize is a 3-month Core membership (or 1200 points, your choice) from Community Relations!

September Winner


The winner of our September challenge is silviya with her work Almost Alive. Congratulations!


Almost Alive by silviya

We will be contacting you soon regarding your prize! 

:) 


Throwback Thrusday #4

Thu Sep 14, 2017, 3:48 AM

Hi everyone! 


Throwback Thursdays 
are a bi-weekly series of features over here at CRPhotomanipulation, organised by Gejda and lauraypablo. We're going to show you four things - three Daily Deviations, which are at least a year old by now, but still beatuiful, three older tutorials, three random works from our gallery from last month, and three older stock photos. At the end of each journal, there's going to be a question and sometimes, a few words from us or other deviants from the community to start off a discussion. 

Also, we shamelessly stole the idea from CRLiterature. They were first. 

Let's start!

Awesome DDs


Titania by AegilsFaded by A7md3mad
Poyushie mechanismy by Lyssiana

Fascinating tutorials


Hair Tutorial lauraypablo by lauraypabloTutorial:- Create a surreal dream bottle landscape by SummerDreams-Art

Bullet; Pink Hair Tutorial lauraypablo - on how paint beautiful fantasy hair
Bullet; Pink  Creature (1) - on how to paint fairy wings
Bullet; Pink  Tutorial:- Create a surreal dream bottle landscape - on how to create a surreal photomanipulation

Beautiful images


Alone by Gwendolyn1The Radiant One by ShirokiboForest Keeper by Dani-Owergoor

Outstanding Stock Photos


Fennec Stock 23 by Malleni-StockLila Traum by 13-Melissa-SalvatoreSerenity by Aenea-Jones

Have a great Thursday! ;) 

August 2017 Photomanip DD Round Up

Fri Sep 8, 2017, 11:02 AM
Aurum by estellium  The Return by nura-des

Mature Content

water Lily  by IleenI
Dream 541 by LONERRAMI
A Fairy's Touch by Methyss Tales of Kyraesh by cheker123
Projeto Arquivado by Wesley-Souza Penult Violin Chords by Apachennov
Black Swan by Gwendolyn1 R E A W A K E N I N G by Lovelorn-Insanity
Daydreaming by Cestica In the Woods... by theSong
Revenge by LadyEvilArts Seelengang by verrammelt
A S S A S S I N by MirellaSantana DAWN by Aelathen
bad wind by Ephynephryn Carina by brlmk
Where Time Meets by davidfiftyfour E I D O L I S M by AlexandraVBach
The Pilot + Video by Nikulina-Helena Renacer by EstebanSayhueque
I Bring the Chaos by LaercioMessias incident by AlexanderKorolev
Fragments Turn To Dust by MoodyBlue The Evoker by Aramisdream
Sisters Of The Moon by FlexDreams Fantasy world by IgnisFatuusII
A glance of the kingdom of Hades by demimoth Underwater by Kiorsa
Love Kills by Ksenos-ks

September Challenge: Statues


Hey guys! Can you believe it's already September? Did you see autumn coming already wherever you are? Here, it's getting steadily colder, and rain often makes an appearance. Fall leaf - F2U :flowerrain: +plz-acc :rain: 

This month, let's bring something to life, shall we? Or not - what you do with a statue is completely up to you. What will you show us this month? A ruined temple? A monument to commemorate a great victory? Or maybe a stone angel coming to life? As always, we can't wait to see your creativity!

Exclamation  Please state in the description clearly that your work is created for this challenge. Works without such disclaimer will be moved to the general September folder.

Besides that, all the standard rules apply:

Don't forget to credit all stock used and use only legitimate stock!

Only ONE entry per person per month. :) (Smile)

To enter, turn in your deviation to the "September 2017 Challenge" gallery folder (Don't get this confused with the folder for regular art submissions, or we'll move challenge folders to Favorites instead of Gallery.)

Your entry must be made and submitted no earlier than September 3rd, 2017 and no later than 11:59 PM PT on September 30th, 2017.

Don't forget that the prize is a 3-month Core membership (or 1200 points, your choice) from Community Relations!

August Winner



Last month's challenge winner is @AWPhotography607 with her lovely depiction of Ariel!

Ariel's Treasures by AWPhotography607

Congratulations! We'll contact you soon regarding your prize! 

Throwback Thursday #2

Thu Aug 10, 2017, 5:40 AM
Hi everyone! 

Throwback Thursdays 
are a bi-weekly series of features over here at CRPhotomanipulation, organised by Gejda and lauraypablo. We're going to show you four things - three Daily Deviations, which are at least a year old by now, but still beatuiful, three older tutorials, three random works from our gallery from last month, and three older stock photos. At the end of each journal, there's going to be a question and sometimes, a few words from us or other deviants from the community to start off a discussion. 

Also, we shamelessly stole the idea from CRLiterature. They were first. 

Let's start!

Awesome DDs

Sunset by KostyaNero9
Magic of Photoshop by stellartcorsica
Kannst du bei mir warten, by AnjaMillen

Fascinating tutorials

Dynamic Fire and Rain Tutorial by AbbeyMariehow to draw lips tutorial by jiugeCelestial Warrior Gabriel (PROCESS) by Carlos-Quevedo

Beautiful images

Broken by BenjaminHaleyOf Treasure by EithnneThe Medieval Town by SummerDreams-Art

Outstanding Stock Photos

Stock: Back from a swim by CelemStock:  April in Silver Dress Tossing Her Hair by ArtReferenceSourcegrass by SunnySanki

Throwback question

Time for a little self-promotion, guys - what is your favourite work from your gallery that is at least a year old? Show us!

Personal update

Wed Aug 9, 2017, 7:40 AM by Gejda:icongejda:


Hi guys! 



Just a small personal update here - I'm currently in the process of moving to Norway, so I might be a little absent for the next couple of days. I fly out on Friday, and I'm both a little bit excited and very much scared out of my mind, so keep your fingers crossed so that everything goes smoothly! 

In the foreseeable future, - next three years at least - I'm going to be living in Hamar, Norway, and studying Animation and Digital Art at Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences. It's sort of a long time dream come true, and I worked really hard for it, but for some reason it doesn't make it any less terrifying. But, hey - if I only did things I'm not afraid of, I would have stopped getting out of bed a long time ago. ;) 

Wish me luck! 

July 2017 Photomanip DD-Round Up

Mon Aug 7, 2017, 3:05 AM
Bodum the Undead by Majentta bittersweet symphony by Fiirewolf

Mature Content

Traume by mirandaadria
The beauty in the breakdown by thegirlcansmile
Poseidon by Eithnne Take me to the light... by Wyonet
POLA by Mr-Xerty Forget The Yesterday - DAILY DEVIATION! by BrietOlga
NINETY MILES by Nikkayla The Great Covfefe by gyaban

Mature Content

Strangers by CADESart
Her Eyes by GumeNiii
Revolution by Mihaela-V Master of the Reins by nina-Y
Egypt, 1820, western desert Dakla oasis by DraakeT Haruspex by Aegils
Let go by kevron2001 Elemental by MarcoHerrera
Lilith by FrozenStarRo Don't Stop For Directions by azimutth
Three Wise Monkeys - Hear, See, Speek by visio-art Dark Changes by DigitalDreams-Art
hold-on-your-Flame by ANWARIKA-GFX Santa Muerte by Katie-Watersell
The Helping Hand by Iskander1989 Antares by zacky7avenged
Scorched Earth by kimsol NO BROKEN PRIDE by Rhiaan
Elrisae by xxcloudscollide Topsy-Turvy by KingaBritschgi
Photomanipulation #5 by Nalby1981

July Winner and August Challenge

Thu Aug 3, 2017, 8:56 AM

August Challenge: Fairytales


Hey guys, how are you doing? Are you also melting like I am? Sun Glomp 

I hope not, because this month's challenge will require all your creativity - let's make the world a little more magical! In August, we challenge you to create a work with a Fairytale theme - is it Snow White? Is it the Little Mermaid? Or maybe The Red Riding Hood? It's your choice - and as always, we're excited to see what you come up with!

Exclamation  I also wanted to remind you all to submit works to the proper folder - we've had way too many deviations submitted wrongly to the challenge folder instead of the regular monthly one. To avoid that, we'd like to ask you to state in the description clearly that your work is created for this challenge. Works without such disclaimer will be moved to the general August folder.

Besides that, all the standard rules apply:

Don't forget to credit all stock used and use only legitimate stock!

Only ONE entry per person per month. :) (Smile)

To enter, turn in your deviation to the "August 2017 Challenge" gallery folder (Don't get this confused with the folder for regular art submissions, or we'll move challenge folders to Favorites instead of Gallery.)

Your entry must be made and submitted no earlier than August 3rd, 2017 and no later than 11:59 PM PT on August31st, 2017.

Don't forget that the prize is a 3-month Core membership (or 1200 points, your choice) from Community Relations!

July Winner



The winner is annewipf with her lovely work Mother Earth. Congratulations!

Mother Earth by annewipf

We will contact you soon regarding your prize! 
:happybounce: 

Throwback Thursday - #1

Thu Jul 13, 2017, 8:51 AM
Hi everyone! 

Throwback Thursdays are going to be a new, bi-weekly series of features over here at CRPhotomanipulation, organised by me - Gejda - and lauraypablo. We're going to show you four things - three Daily Deviations, which are at least a year old by now, but still beatuiful, three older tutorials, three random works from our gallery from last month, and three older stock photos. At the end of each journal, there's going to be a question and sometimes, a few words from us or other deviants from the community to start off a discussion. 

Also, we shamelessly stole the idea from CRLiterature. They were first. 

Let's start!

Awesome DDs



Stings of Remorse by ser1o
I can feel the change inside by StarsColdNight
The Elder Tales by Mihaela-V

Fascinating tutorials



Bullet; Pink Sunflowers Sea Tutorial
Bullet; Pink Making Ghosts Tutorial
Bullet; Pink Broken Glass Tutorial

Beautiful images



God of War by btgartsThe Land of Dreams by niyya00Caer Hedera by JaiMcFerran

Outstanding stock photos



White Wanderer by Aenea-JonesHeavy Metal Lover - Stock 2 by MirishStock 88 (Misty Woods) by Einheit00

Throwback Question



Which contest do you remember best?


:iconlauraypablo: The contest I remember best is this one - Short Challenge #30 - WinnersIn this challenge we had to recreate and old photomanipulation, but with the help of a coach. :D (Big Grin) In my case, I had to redo this work: Lilith Reborn, and the result was Lilith 2016. This competition was a great experience to me because I had the best coach - Rowye Hug. He helped me a lot, he was very, very patient with me and gave me very good advice, I will always be grateful, because thanks to his advice I changed some bad habits I had with photomanipulations.

Now is your turn! Tell us: Which contest do you remember best?


Black Swan Lake by kuschelirmel aching chest and blurry sight by alimarije
Pull The Curtains Over My Voice by bjnorberg Full Moon Service by alltelleringet

Mature Content

[THE CROWN] by Technochrist

Mature Content

Liberation by Rowye

ERYNVALE by Lunarlueur Obsession by LoloAgain
Other fairy tales: Red Riding Hood. Hunting by TatyanaChe Miss Amour by WatanskayaTatiana
When everything wants a piece of you by ED-Creations Black Widow by Quijuka
Brunhilda  Arnoldovna by Avi-li Rose by Ennya7
... by BaxiaArt dreer by enkrat
Ocean Black by Cadavroux Defender by kosolap
Fight your fear by Shiku14 Lunar fragrance of dreams by SvetlanaKLimova
Night and dust by AlejandroDMarco Bean-nighe by hankep
Ragongar. Guardian of the Amulet by veravik Encantation by Son-Reborn
Vampire by DenysDigitalArtwork Temptation by destroyer971
Darkening! by CharllieeArts Hades - The Ruler of the Underworld by niyya00