Stock & Resources ToU
Stock images, textures, brushes, premades & cut-out stock
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>gmail.com
Tools of the Trade
CSS Feature #1Feature #1 - A Day at the Beach
A day at the beach! What could be more fun than playing in the sand, the surf, the sun!!
Building castle and rivers, and splashing in the waves!
There's no better way to spend hot summer days!!
Feature Time! Show us your favourite Beach-inspired skins! Whether it be a shameless selfpromotion or your favourite skin - we want to see them!! Thumbshare your top or fav journal skin creatio
Equimanipulate StandardsHey everyone! This journal is a collaboration between Deltapotamus, Poisons-Kiss, Schwartze, and TheCallyBear, with additional help from Esveeka and Chocomix. equimanipulate is supposed to be top-standard group, and we feel like we're losing that standard. It's supposed to be a place where you can count on getting critiques for your work, where only your best pieces are accepted. It's supposed to be a place that's perfectly acceptable for some of your pieces to be denied - and where denial of those pieces isn't taken personally but seen as an opportunity to improve.
Here is a list of our standards, complete with examples of things we're looking for:
The image must have good composition. This is incredibly difficult to describe, but there are general guidelines (not rules, because they can be broken!). Here is a list of compo
Yaaaay, Premium Membership!I got myself a premium again. Hooray! A lot of the DotW members have all these super nice pages with CSS, and I got envious. I want my page to look pretty too. Also, I don't like dA's ugly color scheme. It needs to be darker, like at least mid-tone.
Also, the soundtrack of Xenoblade Chronicles X is mindblowing. I've been thoroughly hooked on it for the past week. It's composed by Hiroyuki Sawano, and anyone who's familiar with his works (Attack on Titan, Kill la Kill, Blue Exorcist, his personal albums, etc.) will understand what that means. Here's some of my favorites:
[link] - Z5 Mira
[link] - Shiro no Tairiku ("White Continent")
[link] - Kuro no Tairiku ("Black Continent")
I've been listening to the last one all day and I am a very happy camper because
Something for YOUContests:
The Penalties Of Copyright Infringement. by PhotoManipulation101 Mentoring Information by AbbeyMarie
Give an Angel their Wings:
Angels Without Wings - IV by Bushaqua Project AWW Journal 2013 -09/ 14 by Nameda DevNews Monthly Feature: Angels W/O Wings by WDWParksGal AWW- IV by Digithalie
Support Important Projects:
THE SHELTER PROJECT Report Presentation by TeaPhotography The Showcase by dAWishingWell Commenter System ~ Become a Commenter Today! by 3wyl Project Donate 2015! and a Points Raffle! by SantasMoneySack
Groups to Check Out:
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Have a fantastic night!
Throwback ThumbshareTuesday #cssthumbshare
Throwbacks! Share your first skin! I began skinning on dA in 2010 when my bf Reignson gave me my first subscription for Valentines day (because he loves me and knows how much I loves dA!). I had a little bit of HTML and blogging experience with editing CSS or adding snippets. I searched through some tutorials, which I found one by kuschelirmel / kuschelirmel-stock - Journal CSS - Part 1. It is the old school .journalbox, but still valid. Below is the current versions.
Did you follow a tutorial or pick through the CSS code yourself? It was later that I started using Mozilla Firefox, then Chrome's right-click option to "Inspect Element" to look through the bits and pieces of dA code. And a lot of trial and error. I've come a long way since
Tutorial Tuesdays: Back to Basics
Tutorial Tuesdays Feature!
Some of the tuts you'll find in these features are done for illustrator's and photographer's. They are placed in this feature, because they are JUST AS IMPORTANT
for Photo Manipulator's. Photo Manipulation can often include some of the same rules, strategies, techniques, etc. Please have a look at some you may
have passed over because they may be useful to you!
Each week we will feature one type of tutorial, hopefully for each program out there. Some are hard to find though, so there are no guarantees. We will
also provide links to helpful artists across the internet that make these tutorials available to you at no cost.
A huge thank you to those who have helped this along by suggesting some fantastic tutorials that have helped them in their
A Great Stock Provider - SpecialHow to be a Perfect Stock Provider
When I was writing the Tips for Beginners Members - part 2 (stock) I would add a part with tips about how to be a perfect stock provider, but I was talking to some providers and decide to make a special journal with the reply from CD-STOCK and EveLivesey as are sufficient for a special journal
First, you need a good camera, basic photography skills, imagination and creativity.Take a look at some of the popular photos on stock photo websites like DeviantArt, Fotolia, Shutterstock, Dreamstime etc.
You can learn a lot from these photos.Photography literarily means "drawing with light".
Learn the basics : what is good composition, lighting, exposure, white balance etc. Look for emotion and gesture if you are photographing models. CD-STOCK
9 Years on Deviant Art + My InspirationNine Years
Wow, has it really been nine years since I joined this place? 2006 doesn't seem that long ago, but then I realise that I was still in high school then. I don't know how to do this without sounding really sappy, but DA (or dA like we used to write not too long ago) really changed my life. Thanks to this place I got to really explore my creative side, find inspiration and interact with an amazing community of artists and art-appreciators. This occasion has brought me to look back at the beginning and remember some of the artists who inspired me to get where I am today.
DA Inspiration: The Early Years
My first Deviant Art loves were BellZ (now deactivated) and TroubleNight. I absolutely loved BellZ's photographs because they always told a story and just resonated with my 17-year-old self back then. I even drew one of her photos as one of her many fan-girls :
Quick Photo Manip Tips and TricksPhoto Manipulation Week
For the last week, I've reached out to you guys to find out what kind of tutorials you would be most interested in seeing! Once I collected the topics, I reached out to as many artists that I could find that were advanced in those topics to help write a "mini" tutorial full of tips and tricks for you guys.
"Overall Painted Look"
"My techniques is pretty much simple and the soft painted look can be achieved quite easily. What I do is:
Using a spot healing brush I remove spots, if any from the skin.
Then use a mixer brush over it using the following values:
Wet: 17%, Load: 15%, Mix: 17%, Flow: 18%, which not only smoothens the skin but also softens it.
At the end of it all, I dodge and burn wherever necessary. Alternatively, I use a white brush of low opacity somewhere between 30-35% and paint over the highlights, then apply a Gaussian blur of 15-16 pixels. and for the shadows I go over them with a much lower opaci
Background 19 by Sisterslaughter165
STOCK: Misty forest light 9 by needanewname
RockStocks 6607 by RockStocks
Spring Path 01 by CD-STOCK by CD-STOCK
Real Palacio Gates PNG by EveLivesey
Arch 2 by EveLivesey
Alohomora by Elandria
Old House Porch background stock by Mom-EsPeace
rock mountain stock by HumbleBeez
Precut Structure by Premier1er-Stock
Sintra Stock 06 by Malleni-Stock
Package - Cosmos - 8 by Funerium
object - 017 Key by thalija-STOCK
Angelic Innocence - White (Free) by Thy-Darkest-Hour
Gates of Versailles PNG by Jean52
Jardin des Tuileries by kuschelirmel-stock
Gates of the Palace of versailles by Jean52
Ruins 27 by CD-STOCK by CD-STOCK
Fountain - transparent file by almudena-stock
Asteroid Ring Stock 01 by FrostBo
Texture 607 by Sirius-sdz
Bokeh Texture 1 by Kiwicide
Stock - Blue Glitter by reno-fan-girl
Know your Basics - Colour Theory (the manip way)Most of us have heard about Colour Theory - be it in school or on dA or as a term thrown about by someone somewhere. But what exactly is it? And how do you use it? This is what this article is striving to explain especially in regards to photomanipulation.
The Technical Part
Thankfully, there's tons of reading material about colour theory. Starting with the wikipedia article on the subject (which seems rather dry and boring to be honest) and ranging to tutorials written by deviants for their fellow artists. Those are the ones I'd like to recommend to you to get started in colour theory:
Still too dry and technical?
Okay, let me put it this way: the use of colours in your artwork can determine its mood and atmosphere. If you do it well, it can draw in the viewer and make them see what you want them to see by putting emphasis on certain parts. Colour theory gives you a way to know in
Know your Basics - PerspectivePerspective comes in different forms, the most obvious & basic of which is the use of the word in relation to the appearance of relative orientation in a three dimensional space. At first, it may seem irrelevant to photomanipulators, (because, hey, the photographs already are perspectively sound,) but putting more than one photograph in context requires that you learn to see what makes sense and what doesn't.
The Technical Stuff
Perspective (from Latin perspicere, to see through) in the graphic arts, such as drawing, is an approximate representation, on a flat surface (such as paper), of an image as it is seen by the eye. The two most characteristic features of perspective are that objects are drawn:
Smaller as their distance from the observer increasesForeshortened: the size of an object's dimensions along the line of
sight are relatively shorter than dimensions acro
Know your Basics - Composition (the manip way)The Rule of Thirds is another one of those expressions that you have probably heard before somewhere but aren't quite sure what it means. This article strives to shed some light on this rule as well as on how to use lines and shapes in your compositions to lead the viewer's eye to the important bits. There are some compositional rules and pointers that no artist should go without knowing!
The Technical Part
Rule of Thirds
Thankfully this time, there are no hours upon hours of dry reading to be done because the Rule of Thirds itself can be explained rather easily:
"The Rule of Thirds states that an image should be imagined as divided into nine equal parts by two equally-spaced horizontal lines and two equally-spaced vertical lines, and that important compositional elements should be placed along these lines or their intersections." (from the wikipedia article)
Or - summed up in one image:
Know your Basics - TexturesThere are a lot of tutorials out there on how to create / photograph texture as well as how to use them on a technical level, but the question of why and when to use textures is rarely touched. This article wants to fill that gap and therefore looks at texures from a slightly different perspective.
Textures in Manips as you know them
For a photomanipulator, the first thing that comes to mind when hearing the word "texture" are images that can be used in soft light or overlay mode to texture a manipulation or parts thereof. What most manipulators therefore have in mind, are images like the following:
Beautiful textures, sure, and useful, too, but have you ever thought of doing more with them than the aforementioned overlays? And have you ever considered using other kinds of textures, too?
A more objective look at Textures
The following definition is an excerpt
Sunken mysteries - new contest ! Hey guys!
I think it's time for a new contest !
The theme is:
To date, we have explored less than five percent of the ocean.
95% have never been seen by a human being.
So, what is down there, in the deep ocean? What mysteries could we find?
Mermaid cities, shipwrecks full of treasures, ruins of ancient kingdoms, unknown creatures ?
Dark secrets that may never be revealed ?
Let your imagination run wild !
your entry must be a photomanipulation
your entry must be created exclusively for this contest
all used stocks must be from legitimate resources
Photomanipulation Contest - MythologyBased on the results of a previous poll, the popular choice for the contest theme is Mythology.
"Mythology can refer either to the collected myths of a group of people—their body of stories which they tell to explain nature, history, and customs—or to the study of such myths. As a collection of such stories, mythology is an important feature of every culture."
For this contest, you are invited to create an entry based around your favorite god, goddess, mythological creature, etc. However, you are encouraged to break out of the box a bit and work around a myth you are not familiar with, or one that is lesser known.
Here is a great list of different mythologies around the world: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_mythologies (keep in mind: you are not limited to this list - it is just a guideline)
Run time: March 12 - June 15 (11:59pm EST)
The entry must be NEW for this contest (no ol
Contest Curses and Wishes Hello my friends
Yeah i know it's been a long time you heard something from me or the other admins regarding the group. Originally this group was created to aid those who have trouble using photoshop. We asked a lot of advanced artists to share their knowledge or give useful tips, so we all could become better. But i think most of you do not need personal help with your work or need feedback.
For those who are interested in learning a quite simple way to achieve a painted look, i can recommend my tutorial i made recently. It's completely free of charge, i only want you to note me if you want to download the files. This technique is also useful to enhance the total look of your work.
Also for those you want to learn some new things, i can recommend to search youtube for tutorials about using gradient-maps. I always use at least one gradient-map in my work and often 2 or more to get the mood i want.
Game Of Thrones: Stock FeatureGame of Thrones: Stock Feature
The Unseen Stock - April
Satyr 14 Mizzd-stock by mizzd-stock The Four Horsemen: Death 8 by MajesticStock
Easter is coming by Fran-photo Crystal Sphere stock by little-spacey Hundred Acre Wood by Fran-photo STOCK - Blue Gothic by Apsara-Stock
Guitar Stock 7 by BirdsistersStock
Untitled by kcpixelprincess snow rock stock_4 by milesmoody Netley Abbey50 by Birdsatalcatraz
Path 02 by ewatkins Woods 01 by ewatkins BalticSea by BVFoto
Stock and Resources DD Roundup April 2015:iconpiratelotus-stock: Features by PirateLotus-Stock
:iconcelticstrm-stock: Features by CelticStrm-Stock
STOCK - Ninja Mask by LaLunatique
Islay beach sand texture 2 by Kvaale
:iconelandria: Features by Elandria
Cello 3d Model by xmas-kittyLittle Chapel 2 by Gopher-Stock
Churchyard Stock.. by Alz-Stock-and-Art
Celtic Circles - Photoshop Custom Shapes by GrumpyTheSweetroll
Landscape-Stock-Wolfworx-Imk53349 by wolfworx
Silent Walking by Burtn
FREQUENTLY ASKED DD QUESTIONS
Art Block 101 - The Ultimate Survival GuideFellow deviants struggling with art block: fear no more! - I am here for you
Since I have a loooot of experience with this common and scary phenomenon, I've decided I should share the knowledge: in this journal I'll give you my theories about types, causes and all the solutions I know of for art blocks :3 I hope this helps! (I think it can be useful even if you're not currently in a block!)
Alright, art block is a phase absolutely every single artist in the world goes through at some point in their artistic journey, usually many times. It's basically a seemingly random period of time where you seem to have no motivation/inspiration/will to draw, and/or nothing you draw seems to look right.
There are different types of art blocks, the main difference between them being the cause, and thus each type calls for a different approach. I believe the types are:
The Dreaded Artist's BlockThe Dreaded Artist's Block...and Ways to Overcome it . :iconscaredplz:....
Artist's block might not fit exactly into the "Artist's Toolbox" week, but we all know about it, we all have probably
experienced it, and we all hope it will never come our way again.
When a person is sick in body, eating is sometimes the LAST thing we want to do. But it is necessary to speed our way
to recovery. In the same way, the ideas I would like to set before you may seem like trying to eat something
when you are sick...but these steps may hasten the end of your artist's block. :iconimdeadplz:
And really, you have nothing to lose in trying these suggestions!
1. Put DOWN your instrument of art...paintbrush, pencil, pen etc...and go O
Art Block |B|L|A|S|T|E|R|_|1|There hasn't been an artist out there who hasn't gone through some form of "Art Block" every now and then in their lives, and it's never any fun when that happens. Well, today we introduce our new series "Art Block Blaster", which is a series of features we're putting together in order to inspire you and to help you get through those rough patches of art blocks!!! When an art block happens, nothing better than try new things and learn new techniques!!!
Drawing & Painting Tutorials:
Artists Toolbox: Digital Tutorials and Fur Brushes by KovoWolf What Ruins A Painting? by Goodnight-Melbourne Drawing Tutorial by Miosita TUTORIAL pack-Paint a realistic face on PHOTHOP. by Lilian-Vorne
Create an Epic Scene of Alien Invasion by MariaSemelevich Dress-Up Tutorial by TouchofArtistry Warm and Cool Tutorial by TouchofArtistry Create a Photo Manipulation of Alice in Wonderland by MariaSemelevich Water Samus Tutorial by TylerReitan Photomanipulation Tutorial on blending by tamaraR Photomanipulation walkthrough by tamaraR