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October Portrait Challenge Begins Today!

Journal Entry: Mon Oct 5, 2015, 6:48 PM
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Good Day Everyone!
Welcome to our first official Challenge for the new era of :devamanipulatethis:!

Have you registered for the Grand Reopening GIVE AWAYS yet? You haven’t?   Well you have all month to register and you can get all of the information HERE:

A Quick Reminder About Our Challenges:

:bulletblue: Our Challenges are true challenges!  The gauntlet is being thrown out to give you the opportunity to do something that you may not have done before, or to “challenge” yourself to try something different!  

In other words, don’t be shy. Take on the challenge and see what YOU, a unique Artist with unique ideas, can come up with to meet the expectations of the challenge and make it FUN!

:bulletblue: All participants of the Challenges are grouped according to their skills; so don’t worry if you’re new at photomanipulation, or you’re still struggling with your paint program. As your skills and concepts grow, so will you!

:bulletblue: Be sure to read the Challenge Information CAREFULLY, follow our Submission Policy, and do come up with something Exciting and Unique!

Now, Let’s Get To It!


Our new challenge is called "October Portrait" and it features the stock our affiliate chamberstock, old friends Cobweb-stock and Onnagata-stock,  BirdsistersStock and AstroLabeStock.  

:bulletwhite:The ”October Portrait” Challenge begins today, Monday, October 5th until Sunday, October 18th. Please keep track of the time in your area by watching the Countdown Clock on the Home page.

:bulletred: What  type of images does the month OCTOBER bring up in your mind?:bulletred:

:bulletwhite:  Cooler weather?
:bulletwhite:  Rain?
:bulletwhite:  Shorter days of daylight?
:bulletwhite: Longer evenings?
:bulletwhite: “Indian Summers”?
:bulletwhite:  Autumn?
:bulletwhite:  Creepy nights?
:bulletwhite:  Day Of The Dead?
:bulletwhite:  Halloween night?

Whatever October means to you, that’s what we want to see in your portrait!

This Is What You’re Doing:  

:bulletblue: You're going to create a October theme portrait using one of the portrait stocks under REQUIRED STOCK CHOICES below.

:bulletblue: Your person in the portrait will be the SPOTLIGHT  of your image. Make them large and forward in the image.  This photomanipulation is about them!

:bulletblue:  The environment you place them in should tell a story about the person in the portrait:  Who are they? What are they doing? What do they want us to know about them?


Earth Mother by amethystmoonsong     I Do Love You by TheFantaSim      Vintage Autumn by TheFantaSim    Haunted Moon by TheFantaSim

Remember: We Are Artist Who Use Photomanipulation As Our Medium.  You CAN And SHOULD:

:bulletblue:  Change the color of skin tone, eyes, hair, clothing, etc.
:bulletblue:  Add another stock to  the skin, eyes, hair, clothing, etc.
:bulletblue: Enhance Areas Of The Main Image While Slightly “Bluring” The Background.
:bulletblue:  Use Textures, Brushes, Filters, Special Techniques And Special Effects
                 (don't rely too much on special effects...your image will look like a graphic design and that's not the   Expectations of this Challenge)

We Are FINE ARTIST! Remember:

:bulletblue:  Use a MINIMUM of Three (3) Additional stock with the background and your choice of the Required Stock.
:bulletblue: NO TITLES OR WORDS.  We're not making a Poster for this Challenge.
:bulletblue:  BE CREATIVE! It’s more than simply sticking one stock into a background stock!


Please Choose From The Five Stock Below For Your “October Portrait” Entry:

Fan Stock 1 by chamberstock  Snape stock 01 by Cobweb-stock  Girl with frame Stock by BirdsistersStock  Silas 6 by AstroLabeStock  

Black Veil Pack 1 by Onnagata-stock    NOTICE: This last stock choice is a pack that includes “full body” poses.  Please only use one of the portrait poses. Thanks!

:bulletwhite: You can submit TWO (2) Entries. Please choose a different stock for your second entry.


:bulletwhite:  Follow The Submission Policy Found HERE.

:bulletwhite: In side of your artist comments box, please include the statement: An entry into the "October Portrait " challenge at ManipulateThis.  

Also include our avatar so that visitors will link back to group.  You can also include a thumb to this journal if you like.

:bulletwhite: Since we group our Challenge entries according to skill level, please indicate if you are a Beginner, Intermediate, or Advance member. If you're really unsure or confused about your skill level, please send a note to the group and I will help you decide.

:bulletred: No Changing Levels From One Challenge To Another! No Having One Entry In One Level, And One In A Different Level For The Same Challenge!

:bulletred: Please give your entry a unique name, not simply the name of the challenge. Your art is unique, and so should be your title.

:bulletred: Submit your entry from its original art page by using the "Add To A Group" link. Submit into the FEATURED folder.

:bulletbule: Your entry will receive comments from the ManipulateThis staff.   These are positive helpful comments.  If you would like a complete critique with helpful suggestions, simply state so in your comments.

:bulletblue: Please, no arguing or acting childish over our comments. We're only trying to help you with your deviation. You can accept what we say, or leave it, but unruly behavior can result in you being banned from the group.  


Good Luck In Meeting The Challenge, but most of all Have Some Fun!


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Grand Reopening GIVE AWAYS!

Journal Entry: Fri Oct 2, 2015, 9:10 PM
Who We Are And Who We Are Not

The Submission Policy

What The Group Accepts For Its Galleries


Hello and Welcome To ManipulateThis Grand Reopening!

After struggling with life for over a year,  I am here to get this group back on track!  We're not only back to doing some great challenges, but now ManipulateThis will have individual and group activities as well as a contest now and then.  

I Hope You're Pumped To Get Busy, Be Active, And  Have Some Fun!

Introducing New Group Staff

Before We get started on our Grand Reopening Give Aways, let me introduce you to our Group Staff.  We are all from different places around the world, come from a variety of artistic backgrounds, and are here to help you.  Don't neglect to visit our art account galleries, place us on your watch, and say "hello"!

Docs ID forme by nitchwarmer  Sail Away by Nolamom3507  Nebula ID by PriscillaSantana  
2014 by silber-englein  Welcome to Kitty's Art Corner by Sublime-Feline

:star: I bet many of you  already know nitchwarmer.  He's been a member of ManipulateThis since before we became a group in 2010, and a group moderator off and on ever since.  He  is the founder of dA-Morgue, dA-Skeleton-Crew, Devilz-Playground, and Stewed-Tomatoes.  So I'm warning you: Don't get on his bad side! :evillaugh:

:star: You may also know Nolamom3507.  She is like my right-hand gal helping me comment on your photomanipulations and being one of my dependable protectors of the group.  She's a real sweetie and I know you'll love her as much as I do.

:star:No matter how long you've been a member, you may not be aware how PriscillaSantana  has created some really great Journal Features for everyone to enjoy just last year.  She's back to give you some more exciting "eye candy".

:star:silber-englein has also been a member since the group was a club, and was also once a moderator.  She has never been gone too far away from us over the years, and now she's back on staff again. She excels in photography.  I love her portraits!

:star:Last, but certainly not because she's the least, but only because she's the newest staff member, and I'm very happy to have her.  Everyone meet Sublime-Feline!  She's here to help greet you and answer your questions when I'm busy elsewhere.

And me?  I'm TheFantaSim, of course!

The FantaSim Wood Fairy ID by TheFantaSim

Remember to treat my Staff with the respect that they deserve.  They are volunteers and are here because they care about the group and want to help me.   Along with some guess deviants, they're here to assist you on your journey to becoming  a GREAT photomanipulator.  I hate to have to kick you out of the group simply for mistreating one of my beloved Staff members.

What's Coming Up This Month

:bulletblue:  We have our first challenge "October Portraits" beginning this coming Monday, October 5th, so don't forget to return to get all the information on how to participate, get some great feedback on your work, and receive some cool "Thanks For Participating" gifts.

:bulletblue:  We're having our first "pair up" activity!  The  "Ping Pong Game"  (I'm borrowing  that name and activity from manip-contest-award, I hope my dear friend kitiekat4U doesn't mind) involves two members collaborating on one photomanipulation together.  It will begin on October 21st, and end on November 22nd.


To celebrate the reopening of ManipulateThis, I'm feeling extremely generous. Take advantage of my generosity while you can!

I'm giving away:
:bulletwhite:  1 3-Month Core Membership
:bulletwhite:  1 Free Small Print Of Your Choice From My Gallery
:bulletwhite:  1 Free Small Print Of Your Choice From ANY Deviant Gallery
:bulletwhite:  1 Set Of 4 Original Winter Theme Greeting Cards (designed and hand created  by me)
:bulletwhite:  6 Exclusive Stock Packs
:bulletwhite:  30 25-Points


Simply make a post, anything you want to say, as a response  to this journal.

On October 31st, I'm writing all of the names on the bottom of this journal on paper and placing each name into a hat. My family will take turns picking names.  First name wins the 3-month Core Membership, second name wins the free small print from my gallery, etc., until all of the give aways have been awarded  or I've run out of names, which ever comes first.

Winners will be announced on November 1st, and all of the Give Aways gifts will be handed out between November 2nd through November 15th (prints and card gifts may take longer to receive depending on where you live).  


Sounds good? Well, get posting!

And thanks for being a member of ManipulateThis.


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Do You Enjoy Challenging Yourself To Create Something You Would Normally Shy Away From Or Do You Enjoy Learning Something You Didn't Know Before?

Do You Like To Share What You Do Know?

Do You Want Another Place To Spotlight Your BEST Images?

Are You An ARTIST Who Chooses Digital PhotoManipulation As Your Media And Want To Grow Witihin Your Art?

Do You Create Photo Stock And/Or Other Digital Resources?

If You Can Say "YES!" To Any Of These Questions, Than You've Found Yourself A Group Home!

Join Us NOW!
Then Check Out What's Happening This Week, And Get Involved!


Who We Are And Who We Are Not

The Submission Policy

What The Group Accepts For Its Galleries



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Our Challenge!

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Countdown to "October Portrait" Challenge

Monday, October 19th @ 7:00pm

Details, Required Stock, And How To Enter Can Be Found Prize List Can Be Found HERE

Don't Let The Time Past You By! Get Started On Your Entry NOW!!!

Have You Registered For ManipulateThis's GRAND REOPENING FREE GIVE AWAYS Yet? 

13 deviants said Yes I have!
4 deviants said No I haven't, but I will now!…
1 deviant said Grand Reopening Free Give Aways?…
No deviants said I don't like getting free stuff like a 3-Month Core Subscription, Prints, Points And More.



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cherie-stenson Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Photographer
hi Thank you for accepting me into your group! yay Nommy smile mini Flower 
4LadyLilian Featured By Owner 3 days ago

I'm glad to get back open  ManipulateThis group! :happybounce: 
I was a member of and I remain a member of also! Nod 
And welcome new staff!  Hug 
Butterfly Love By Nina1love1-d4z1f82 by 4LadyLilian  

shadyguy024 Featured By Owner 4 days ago  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
So. . I just took a look around and it is safe to say I need to be schooled. .
I want to contribute some of my art but have run into two snags:
I think we can call me a beginner. ..? I wouldn't know which of my pictures could even be considered photo manips that you'd want to be submitted (i read all the guidelines) . They're very undisciplined stuff ad i learned to use my paint program..
So then i hit the second snag. You said we should credit all sources, and i agree! Some of these were done years ago and i don't know if i can find the original pictures again to site them, i just tried mashing them up and changing details enough so that most are not even recognizable as their source , and correct me if I'm wrong but i guess that's a bit of a faux-pax right? .....
So i wantt to contribute, but I'm lost. I don't have a TON of things that i, as a noob, would consider for submission, and have no idea what you might consider good or even decent, so i will start with the one that you liked. ..
Nolamom3507 Featured By Owner 4 days ago
I sent you a note on linking FAQ #81: How can I create links to other deviants, deviations, or websites?  I understand about resources from a long time ago.  Just do the best you can on those older ones.  For future ones, make sure to note what stock you used.  The easiest way to do this is to "favorite" each item of stock, then you have them in an easily-accessible folder.  

You mentioned that you're using Paint.  You might look into GIMP - it's a free software program similar to Photoshop.  
shadyguy024 Featured By Owner 4 days ago  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for those tips, that is helpful. I have been using SumoPaint for years, i do want to try a new program!
Branka-Johnlockian Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank You by LOVEMAYU for accepting me :hug:
Sublime-Feline Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're very welcome! It's our pleasure!
Branka-Johnlockian Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Panda Emoji-32 (Happy Blush) [V2] 
Mom-EsPeace Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2015
Hey, Christy,
If you want, you can let me know what kind of stock you would like for the group gallery. I would love to help fill it up.
TheFantaSim Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2015   General Artist
Everything and anything!  But men stock, animal stock, and background landscapes are always a great place to start. 
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