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Thinking about doing a background tutorial (i.e. how to create a background for a manip), but I need your help: what exactly do you find hard when doing backgrounds? Please do comment with examples if you can! 

31 deviants said creating a backdrop for my main character that doesn't look dull
26 deviants said blending foreground and background
24 deviants said creating a certain depth
24 deviants said getting the composition to work
5 deviants said other


Artist | Hobbyist | Digital Art
    Stock images, textures, brushes, premades & cut-out stock
    • ...give credit (with a link back here)
    • me what you've created (via note or comment)
    • ...redistribute my stock/brushes as it is (no repacks either!) - link people here instead
    • ...create stock from my stock (incl. brushes, premade backgrounds)
    • ...upload your manips of my stock to the photography section - you did not take the picture, I did!
      YOU CAN...
    • ...use my stock for commercial use, incl. prints, book/cd covers, commissions etc - but excluding stock premades for sale!...
    • as long as you
    • more than minor adjustments (change colors, use filters, remove phone lines) - i.e. if it's your art you're selling, I'm perfectly fine - if you're trying to sell my photos, I'm not.
      YOU CAN ALSO...
    • ...use my stock to practice retouching/overpainting (i.e. minor adjustments, not full manips) as long as you keep to the rules above and upload to an appropriate category, for example Digital Art > Miscellaneous or your Scraps - NOT anywhere in Photography (you did not take the picture after all)! You are not allowed to sell retouches!
    • ...use my stock for reference in traditional art.
    • ...use my stock to illustrate webzines/news articles
    • ...create website layouts or dA journal layouts
    • ...use my stock in all kinds of personal projects
    • ...use my stock off dA (incl. ponybox, forums, etc)
      No need to ask! - just keep with the rules above especially concerning commercial use and all's good!

    Journal CSS
      If you use them, use them as they are or completely (!) exchange the images for your own. I put a lot of effort into my css and it stings when people tear the design apart to start mixing and matching my images with their own or those of other css creators. You can use the code as a basis for your own, but the images are not yours to drag through Photoshop - they are not stock! Also, please don't use the images individually for example as module backgrounds - you can only use them within the css.

      My tutorials are all (c) kuschelirmel-stock - I provide them for free because I believe in giving back to the community the help that I got when I started out. But that does not mean I want them redistributed and reprinted/copied all over the place. It takes lots of time to make them, so let me at least have the possibility to see all reactions first hand! I will not agree to translations, mostly because I cannot check if the translation is any good if I don't speak the language. Sorry, English only!

    I'm a process engineer who loves to create photomanips in her free time. My art account can be found at kuschelirmel. Here on my stock account, you'll find all sorts of resources from stock images to textures to tutorials. I don't have many rules when it comes to the usage, but I have a few and I expect you to take the time to read them if you download and use my stock.

    If you have additional questions, feel free to contact me via note or e-mail: kuschelirmel<at>

    Tools of the Trade
    • Nikon D90 with the following lenses: 18-105 mm, 70-300 mm, 105 mm Macro
    • Photoshop CS5 Extended
    • Coffee & Chocolate!

Signs of Life

Yes, I'm alive. I'm sneezing a lot (hay fever - bah!), but all in all I'm well. I've been working on that background tutorial (it'll take a while longer before it's finished; some stuff is so hard to put into words ^^;)  and I've also been working on a secret project that I have been planning for a while now, but that also takes quite some time, so it's not gonna be ready tomorrow either. Plus I've been working on a new journal skin for myself that I do plan to share when it's finished (probably just with different images). Everything is coming along, but as I said, nothing is close to finishing. I haven't made a manip in a while either, so I guess that will be taken care of first ;) Got some stock to upload, too... why again does a day only have 24 hours?!

Stock use Feature

Some of my latest favourite manips using my stock

soleil by skies-will-fall

The house of miracles by LadFree The Harbinger by acheronnights Alice by Neaqmir

Ride in a Dream by Doucesse

Rapunzel by CRaght Paradise by DarkHeart9595 - The Labyrinth of Time - by the-sparkling-light

Lithium by LadyEvilArts

AT = Darkest Hour by Eagle-Cry-Designs My Valentine by DRLart Jelsa by the Moonlight by artavias

[P] my heart is a hollow plain by Gunmetal-Garou

Make You Do Wrong by YuriyImas Trapped in beauty by SoulcolorsArt A MUSHROOM FOR AN EYEBALL by NEFUR-STUDIOS

Nerida by Gwendolyn1

Thinking of you by RazielMB Wonderful time by CrisestepArt A Ride Through the Woods by Sangelus
The-guardian by ricke76

the desert by forever-simplicity We can change the World! by TaniaART off the edge by littlewillow-art

Frosty Morning by dreamswoman

BON HIVER by Neverrmind Johnnie Walker Blood Label by Mavko Amidst the ruins by katmary

Misty Morning - Collaboration with nikkidoodlesx3 by ScatteredAshe

Stock Art Feature

Misty Bridge by petronellavanree

Pixxel Worx Stock#55 by SFC-Auratus A forgotten place by RUYK Ruins Stock (1) by daniyalisatya

Stock Place 53 by Ariel87-Stock

Stock Place 75 by Ariel87-Stock Mountain by faestock Bird Stock 053 by Malleni-Stock

Beelitz 64 by picmouse-stock

 Circle of Light and Dark by mercurycode Green Tendrils by YBsilon-Stock 100 3413 by mhyke1279

Plane Crash 1 by ktryon

 Della-Stock (17 of 24) by Della-Stock Steampunk02 by Lilinaceleste Icy Conditions047 by effing-stock

Old Factory 13 by picmouse-stock

Stark Sheild by Lone-Onyx-Stardust  Era20 by faestock joffrey's crown by Lone-Onyx-Stardust

Eremitage 1 by MoraNox-Stock


dA Journal CSS + Tutorials

Fri Jan 24, 2014, 1:23 AM

I have uploaded quite a few free journal css (the newer ones are all easy-install ones) as well as some tutorials on the subject, which are listed here.

:shout: Note: You need to be subscribed to use journal CSS!!!

Journal CSS Tutorials

New CSS Style (aka. gruze style - .gr-box...)

These are the newer tutorials / helpful bits for coding that have been put together using the new (gruze) style journal css. Please not that while the old stuff still works, you cannot mix it with the new. So if you decide to code in gruze, you need to stick to it.

  • Gruze Style Journal CSS - a guide: while this is not a tutorial per se as it doesn't actually explain step-by-step, it is meant to be a helpful visual guide for coding in gruze style. It shows you the classes available (= predefined by dA) and the text on the sides and below gives some advice on coding. Prior knowledge of css basics is a must. The template for the code to go with that guide is Skeleton Journal with Comments.
  • Journal CSS Gruze Style Part 1 & Part 2: Tutorial on how to create your own Journal CSS with the "new" gruze style and some explanation on how to decide where to cut up your background images and where to place them. The corresponding Journal CSS Templates are Sunny Tree RAW and Sunny Tree FULL.

Old CSS Style (.journalbox...)

While all of these are somewhat outdated, seeing as they still use the old notation, they are still usefull for understanding the principles. Also, if you stick with the old notation exclusively, these will still work.

  • Journal CSS Part 1 & Part 2: Tutorial on how to create your own journal css using the old notation and therefore slightly outdated, but still (mostly) working and hopefully still useful. The corresponding Journal CSS Templates are Scorpion RAW and Scorpion FULL.
  • CSS: Absolute Positioning: a tutorial on how to use position:absolute; in your journals. May no longer work exactly as shown because of changes to how css is interpreted these days.
  • Seamlessly Tiling Backgrounds: This one show you how to create a seamlessly tiling, textured background image in Photoshop and the code to go with it.
  • Seamless Header & Footer: takes the tiling backgrounds tutorial and adds a matching header and footer image to the tiling background by showing the steps in Photoshop plus the css code used.

Journal CSS

The history of journal css on dA (and the www in general) is a fluid one. While at the very beginning, only volunteers and admins had the possibillity to include css in their journals, this has only been opened to the public in late 2006. Since then, a lot has happened with the code itself (including changing from the old model (.journalbox) to the new gruze style (.gr-box) as well as to the way journal css can be shared among deviants.

Easy Install CSS

Journals that can be installed using the click of a button -- but be careful: you still need to go into the code bit to locate any content for headers/footers that may need changing (such as links, additional info etc). The newer ones work with Writer's drop-down menus for the headlines, blockquotes and lists.

Sunny Tree FULL by kuschelirmel-stock Underwater CSS by kuschelirmel-stock This is Halloween Journal CSS by kuschelirmel-stock Skull and Roses - Free CSS by kuschelirmel-stock Photomanipulated CSS by kuschelirmel-stock

Creature Feature CSS by kuschelirmel-stock Light into the Dark CSS by kuschelirmel-stock Coffee Journal CSS by kuschelirmel-stock News Paper CSS by kuschelirmel-stock

Free CSS for Download

In the early days, you had to provide the code as text file download for people to put into the css boxes in the journal themselves. This still works, so if you want to use any of these, feel free to -- and don't be afraid of the DIY part. Each css comes with a read me file and detailed instructions.

Chickadee Journal+Gallery CSS by kuschelirmel-stock Japan CSS - free template by kuschelirmel-stock Flashy Tech CSS by kuschelirmel-stock International Women's Week by kuschelirmel-stock Roses Journal + Gallery CSS by kuschelirmel-stock
Journal CSS - flowers fixed by kuschelirmel-stock Sky CSS by kuschelirmel-stock Fractal Spider CSS by kuschelirmel-stock Zebra CSS by kuschelirmel-stock Spacy CSS by kuschelirmel-stock
Christmas CSS by kuschelirmel-stock Flower CSS by kuschelirmel-stock City CSS by kuschelirmel-stock Scorpion FULL by kuschelirmel-stock

Gallery CSS for Download

Gallery CSS cannot be made for easy install, so you have to download the code and put it in manually. Each Gallery CSS comes with a read-me file to help you with the process.

Chickadee Journal+Gallery CSS by kuschelirmel-stock Roses Journal + Gallery CSS by kuschelirmel-stock

Stock Terms of Use

By downloading you agree to abide by my Stock Rules.
Read them before you use my stock!
They are not complicated even though they seem lengthy

Skin by SimplySilent

New CSS! + DSC Feature

Wed Jan 1, 2014, 8:30 AM

As unbelievable

as it may seem, I finally created a new skin :aww: You're looking at it, obviously, and if you like it, you can get it here!

Now for something different: here is a feature of the winners of the Dramatic Shadows Contest held at PhotoManipulatorsx3:

1st Place

Surface Light by AbbeyMarie

Surface Light by AbbeyMarie

More from this artist:

Icy Winds Wallpaper by AbbeyMarie Hades by AbbeyMarie Panda Girl by AbbeyMarie

2nd Place

I See The Moon, I See Hope by DarkDevil16

I see the Moon by DarkDevil16

More from this artist:

The New Jungle by DarkDevil16 And I Become Death by DarkDevil16 It's All About Grace... by DarkDevil16

3rd Place

The Hound of the Baskervilles by TonyCampagna

The Hound of Baskervilles by TonyCampagna

More from this artist:

The Beast of Gevaudan by TonyCampagna Bloody Mary Worth by TonyCampagna End of the line by TonyCampagna



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Your stock Ramp Up was important for the wall of paranoia in my art. Thank you for your good work!…
illustrious-art 22 hours ago  Professional Digital Artist
Hey! I've used your stock here:…
SilverRiverStock Apr 14, 2014  New member Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the fave!
Thanks for the fav! :heart:
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