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Journal Entry: Tue Jan 5, 2010, 10:40 AM
New Group Format--Updated 11-2-14

Hello members, old and new!

Beginning today, we've moved from a  Challenge/Contest group format,  to an :bulletgreen: Open submission With Bi-Weekly Challenges :bulletgreen: group format.

What does that mean? read the following revised group procedures and rules  below.

How The Group Works--Submissions

ManipulateThis The Group  Is  Now Opened  For Submissions.  Below  Are  The  Submission  Rules And Guidelines:


:bulletblack: Deviations that are either Traditional Photomanipulations or Mixed Media are accepted.. If your deviation started off as stock, and then you painted on top, it's a Mixed Media. If you mix stock photos with 3D Renders, then it's a Mixed Media.


There are three folders in the gallery for the general submissions, one for Beginners (Level 2), for Intermediates (Level 3), and for Advance (Level 4). 

This is how the levels are defined here at ManipulateThis:


:bulletgreen: Level 2. Beginner: You're no longer Novice, but you still have a lot to learn. Your concepts and execution need some improvement, but you're getting a handle on how to use your paint program and you've improved from your earlier deviations.

:bulletgreen: Level 3. Intermediate: Your concepts and execution have improved tremendously. It no longer takes hours to create a deviation because you now understand how to use your paint program to do what you want it to do. Your deviations have improved from the ones you were creating at Level 2.

:bulletgreen: Level 4. Advance: You may not feel like you're Advance, but for our group, if you've gone beyond the Intermediate level, you're ready for Advance.

However, if I feel you're level 2 deviation is really a level 3, or a level 3 member is ready to be bumped up to level 4, I will contact you.

:bulletred: Absolutely No Submitting Deviations under different levels from submission to submission.

If we feel that your deviation doesn't quite look like a certain Level to us, we will not accept. Of course, you are welcome to ask  why. We don't mind helping you, but we will not respond to anything rude or sarcastic. If you're the "all and all" in the Photomanipulation community, then do everythin g you want at your personal art account.

Please be sure to submit to the right folder!!


:bulletgreen: We have over 900 members, but not all of them receive the group's journal and they will not know that the group submission rules has change. Therefore, your SUBMISSIONS ARE UNLIMITED.


:bulletgreen: HOWEVER, the staff and I are going to be EXTREMELY PICKY about what we do and do not accept for the general submission galleries. We're looking for:

:bulletblack: Deviations that  follow the group's submission rules, as well as having:

1) A Good composition;
2) Good planning and using the art elements and principals well;
3) Using different manipulation resources;
4) Blending elements smoothly together;
5) Using additional styles and elements that were taught in the group;
6) More going on for it than simply special effects;  
7) And of course, creativity and originality.


:bulletblack: ALL STOCK --INCLUDING CUTOUTS, TEXTURES, PERSONAL, AND OFF SITE RESOURCES--MUST BE GIVEN CREDIT AND LISTED WITH LINKS TO THE STOCK, ETC.!! If we're unsure, or the stock is obviously not being credited, we won't accept.

No overly gruesome image. l will not accept horror and gore nor images that shows a child in any sort of danger.  I have the right to decline any deviation for content.


:bulletgreen:  Mild nudity is all right, at my discretion.

:bulletred: I have the right to decline any deviation for content. .

How The Group Works--The Challenges

You have the option to participate in any group Challenge that you like and still submit something to the general submissions.

All entry in any current challenge will be up for   "The Picks Of The Week" gifts that includes features as well as exclusive stock.

:bulletgreen: A new challenge is announced every Monday.

The challenges are always "Colored" based with one "photo stock", meaning:

:bulletgreen: There will be a "list of objects, models, etc."  for you to select the one you will use in your challenge entry. There is NO ONE required he photo stock or rendered images.

:bulletgreen: HOWEVER, the color for the challenge must be the prominent primary color of your entry.   The stock is there because, well, there's got to be a way to challenge you, don't you agree? (after all, we're still ManipulateThis :D )

:bulletgreen: In addition, your entry can be of any style that you like, as long as the challenge color is the primary and the focus color, and something from the challenge stock list is being used.

:bulletgreen:   The Challenges will always end on the Sunday before the next challenge begins, and the Picks Of The Week will be announced the following Thursday.

:bulletgreen: Entries will be judged with members of the same Level. If there is only one from a level, that entry will receive a complete critique.

As with your regular submissions to the general gallery, the judges are looking for:

:bulletblack: The entry that is following the rules of the group. (Know The Rules, Requirements And Expectations!)

:bulletblack: The entry with the additional stock that fits their main theme. (Avoid One Stock Paste Into a Background).

:bulletblack: The entry with the best execution according to the level that has been covered above, including:  
1) Good composition;
2) The use of art elements;
3) Using different manipulation resources;
4) elements of the manip blending smoothly together;
5) Using additional styles and elements that were taught in the group;
6) And of course, creativity and originality.

:bulletred: I have the right to decline any deviation for content. .

Basic Challenge Rules

:bulletgreen: Using anything  that you've learned in the group will get you a bunch of brownie points. Check out, and make sure you understand, the following tutorials and/or walk through that relates to this group:

"Scene Versus Design"

"Creating Space And Depth - Part 1"

"Short  Tutorial-Textures",

"Tutorial Colorizing Painting BW Stock",

"Autumn Landscape Walkthrough",

"The Elements And Principles Of Design".

:bulletgreen: Don't forget the rules about "cut out" stocks. THIS will get your deviation sent back to you or place into the non-competitive category.    manipulatethis.deviantart.com/…

:bulletgreen: All entries for any challenge or contest must be at least 1280 x 960 and able to be downloaded. This is so the Judges can get a close look at your entry. You can always make it smaller after the challenge/congest


Group Rules


:bulletblack: Only members can participate in group activities.

:bulletblack: Only the Feature Moderator can suggest Favorites.

:bulletblack: All entries, for general submission or the bi-weekly challenge, will receive comments, but all deviations will be accepted, except for any that do not follow the procedures as stated above. If an above requirement or expectation is not followed, then the deviation will be decline with out a reason why.

:bulletblack: Any model stock, required or not, must be the central point of the image with any other stock from the stock pool.

:bulletblack: You must give credit and notify the stock artist that you've used their stock. NO EXCEPTIONS!  Of course, you must read their rules first. Sometimes the stock artist does require that you leave a note that you've used their stock

:bulletblack: When selecting the level you want to participate under  make sure that it is the right level for your ability as a manipulator. New members MUST use the level that is given to them at the time that they joined.


I can't think of any other rules, requirements, or expectation I need to have for the group, but keep in mind that this page  can be edited at any time. Okay? But most of you have been participating on a regular basis and you know the rules so I don't think this will be a big problem.

Don't let any of this scare you. It seems like a lot, but it really isn't. If you forget something about the requirements and expectation, just refer back to this page.  If you're confused and need some clarification, then send a note to the group and I'll be happy to respond.

:icongrin--plz:

Now go have fun creating interesting, exquisite, well executed photomanipulations to show off that you're a member of ManipulateThis!

TheFantaSim
thefantasim




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:iconlauraypablo:
lauraypablo Featured By Owner Edited Jan 31, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi, I read everything and I think this journal is very interesting, very good and complete all information detailing.
unfortunately I have to translate everything since I speak Spanish and my English is very basic, just wanted to
say thanks for accepting me in your group and also like to consult something before sending my work, you talk
about various categories like beginner, advanced etc, that I've seen in other groups, to be honest I do not know
which category I should be, I know that advanced no, :giggle:  that's for sure, I must improve many aspects and
I need to learn a lot even, really do not know what level I should be, I never studied anything about digital art and
maybe that's why I think beginner, I would ask what level should I upload my work?
from already thank you very much for all the information and await your reply :huggle:


this links not work 
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:iconwdwparksgal:
WDWParksGal Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015
:bulletblue: English: Have been search through 172 pages of journals and have replaced the links to "Scene Versus Design" and The "Creating Space and Depth Part 1" (Part 2 isn't viable ~ too many examples from other deviants have been removed from deviantART) but removed the premade tutorial link because I couldn't locate the original. Again, thank you for your comment!

:bulletblue: Spanish: Han sido la búsqueda a través de 172 páginas de revistas y han sustituido los enlaces para "Escena Versus Diseño" y la "Creación de Espacio y Profundidad Parte 1" (Parte 2 no es viable ~ demasiados ejemplos de otros desviados han sido removidos de deviantART) pero eliminado el enlace tutorial preparado de antemano porque no pude localizar el original. De nuevo, gracias por tu comentario!
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:iconlauraypablo:
lauraypablo Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
wow, thanks hon, thanks for your time :huggle:
i really appreciate it :huggle: have a great day
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:iconwdwparksgal:
WDWParksGal Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015
:glomp: :iconwelcomeplz:
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:iconwdwparksgal:
WDWParksGal Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015
English:
Thanks for letting the group know those links do not work. I'll check on the links and get them fixed or delete them if no tutorials are found.

I want to say that some of your deviations are actually mixed media. Whenever you paint-over stock or use 3D stock, that converts the manipulation to mixed media.

To be honest there were a couple of your deviations I thought would fit in to Intermediate then others in to the Beginner category. Would you feel more comfortable starting out as a Beginner?

Spanish:
Gracias por dejar que el grupo sepa esos enlaces no funcionan. Voy a comprobar en los enlaces y solucionar los posibles problemas o eliminarlos si no se encuentran tutoriales.

Quiero decir que algunas de sus desviaciones son en realidad técnicas mixtas. Cada vez que usted pinta-sobre acciones o utiliza 3D de valores, que convierte la manipulación de medios mixtos.

Para ser honesto, había un par de sus desviaciones pensé que encajar en Intermedio luego otros en la categoría Principiantes. ¿Se sentiría más cómodo empezar como un principiante?
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:iconlauraypablo:
lauraypablo Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
hello, thank you very much for your answer, I think I would feel more
comfortable in beginner but you are more expert than me, can I ask
that you think would work in intermediate and beginner ?, which in'd
like to know, I have curiosity :giggle:
Thank you very much for taking the time to write in English and Spanish,
you're very kind !!!:huggle:
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:iconwdwparksgal:
WDWParksGal Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015
De nada! Beginner should be fine for now ;)
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:iconlauraypablo:
lauraypablo Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
:flowerhugs: by Helen-Baq   thank you so much for all your help :heart:
Thanks by SilviaMS  
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:iconcazcastalla:
cazcastalla Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2014
Looks like you've worked hard (as always) on setting up this new format - look forward to it and really hope it is successful for you :huggle: :heart:
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:iconthefantasim:
thefantasim Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2014   Digital Artist
Yes I did, and thanks for the appreciation. :hug: :love:
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:iconwdwparksgal:
WDWParksGal Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014
:thumbsup: Sounds good to me! Look forward to the changes in the group and to see how the new challenges go :aww:
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:iconthefantasim:
thefantasim Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014   Digital Artist
:w00t:
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:iconthefantasim:
thefantasim Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014   Digital Artist
I'm aware of the broken links in the Tutorial folder, and I will fix them tomorrow.
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:icontheheek:
theheek Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
ok I think I got it
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:iconthefantasim:
thefantasim Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014   Digital Artist
:)
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:icontheheek:
theheek Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Hug 
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:iconslight-art-obsession:
slight-art-obsession Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014   Digital Artist
Hey, still reading through the whole thing, but wanted to let you know that the first three links under "Basic Challenge Rules" are broken.
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:iconthefantasim:
thefantasim Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconequolunae:
EquoLunae Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Student Filmographer
Its cool to see that you took effort to create these rules, and that they are strong and fair. It was nice to read :nod:
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:iconthefantasim:
thefantasim Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013   Digital Artist
I've been with the group since it opened. Most of those rules were already established and I had to edit them over years as problems arose. I don't expect anyone to memorize them, they are there for reference. :)
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:iconequolunae:
EquoLunae Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Student Filmographer
They're good rules, you did a great job :)
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:iconnakorabi:
nakorabi Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is so coool 
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:iconthefantasim:
thefantasim Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013   Digital Artist
:D
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:iconannemaria48:
annemaria48 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
i have submit but i dont really if its in the right folder  :((
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:icondinosimplicissimus:
dinosimplicissimus Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013
Hi!
I read it completly! :)
but about stock i´m not sure if i understand it right!

Is this right?:
1)I´m only allowed to use stock from DA? (Thats bit sad cause. i started to pay for my stocks cause i didn´t liked to be ask for showing it at my own website)
2) there´s only one stock-image allowed in a composing? and if its a model it has to be an importent part of the pic?

Dino
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:icondinosimplicissimus:
dinosimplicissimus Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013
Ah...one more! for challence i have to choose one of the reqired tsocks right?
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:iconhi-power-manipulator:
Hi-Power-Manipulator Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
please make it easy for me, how can i create a challenge?
this all text is to much for me and i dont know what is important for challenge
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:iconthefantasim:
thefantasim Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013   Digital Artist
All this text covers all of the group rules. There here as a reference . You don't have to memorize them or anything like that.

The challenges begin every other Monday. A new challenge will begin this coming Monday, March 25th. Look for the journal with the requirements and expectations that should be in your messages or check on the groups home page.
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Hi-Power-Manipulator Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow, much text
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SnapShot120 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi I/m confused about this rule:

Watch for your light source. Do not have light coming from the opposite direction of your choice of stock.

What does it mean?
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:iconthefantasim:
thefantasim Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013   Digital Artist
Your background always has light shining from one direction. This light could be the sun, the moon, a lamp, fire, etc. When stock photos are shot, light is also coming from one direction. It could be from the sun or light lamps. This light could come from any direction...low, high, left side, right side, or directly in front.

When you're putting your composition together, you need to be sure that the light hitting the stock is going in the same direction as the light coming from the background. If light hitting the model, for example, is on the right hand side, and light from the sun is on the left hand side, it looks like there is two light sources.

Of course, light can come from more then one light source, but you have to be careful how you use it on the model and other photo stocks.

Take a look at this deviation:
[link]

The sky was already orange and so was the flame from the dragon. There's more color from the sky on the dragon that's laying down. I had to add more "color" light on surfaces like the knight's armor and the front of the building in the background to make the stock models and objects blend with the background.

Is all of that clearer?
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SnapShot120 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I see. That makes sense. Thank you for explaining. :)
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:iconlacolombededeuil:
LaColombeDeDeuil Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Professional General Artist
:blackrose:

~~ Great rules and very well explained. Now that my first novel is in the process of formation to be published I can get back to trying to learn manipulation. I am excited about the adventure.!!! ~~

ps: I know Dofaust would want me to say hello to you for him.

always,
katti
:blackrose:
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:iconthefantasim:
thefantasim Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012   Digital Artist
I can't wait to see your first photomanipulation. We'll help you as much as we can, but tutorials will help more. We have a lot of good tutorials for those who are beginning photomanipulation in our Favorites folder. Start there. Then, I suggest, try every challenge, no matter how hard it may seem, to get the practice in. :)
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Maggiesdaisy Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Student General Artist
Unfortunately, I cannot accept your membership request. What you do is not photomanipulation but rather photo editing, and we do not teach photomanipulation here. All members must have a basic understanding of photomanipulation and some skill before they are accepted.

I recommend you start by using some of the tutorials on beginning photomanipulation. We have many in our Favorites gallery under Tutorials.
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:iconlacolombededeuil:
LaColombeDeDeuil Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Professional General Artist
:blackrose::blackrose:

~~ Thank you so much for this help. You are a very nice person, just as Sid described.
Thank again and I am already beginning my manip. I appreciate you. ~~

always,
katti
:blackrose:
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:iconthefantasim:
thefantasim Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012   Digital Artist
Happy to be helpful. :)
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:iconmaggiesdaisy:
Maggiesdaisy Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Student General Artist
Are you limiting your members? I just read this conversation about a first time manipulator, I'm a little confused since you told me "Unfortunately, I cannot accept your membership request. What you do is not photomanipulation but rather photo editing, and we do not teach photomanipulation here.
All members must have a basic understanding of photomanipulation and some skill before they are accepted."

"I recommend you start by using some of the tutorials on beginning photomanipulation. We have many in our Favorites gallery under Tutorials."
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XlaurenbX Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello :) I'm thinking of joining but I have one question, what level do you believe I am? I've been looking through my gallery and I'm really not sure.

Thank you :rose:
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Sublime-Feline Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Read and understood. Thank you!
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:iconneoriek:
Neoriek Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yes, Very clear.
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:iconkausa:
kausa Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Student General Artist
Very clear, thank you. :)
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:iconsvblackvicky:
svblackvicky Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Student Digital Artist
how to enter the icon of the group in the artist's comments column ??
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:iconthefantasim:
thefantasim Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012   Digital Artist
dA code for icons is

:icon:

You put the name of the group or person after the word icon and before the second colon. :)
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:iconsvblackvicky:
svblackvicky Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thank you
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eveningstars242 Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
ok...I understood just about everything but, can I use purchased stock? from dreamstime/depositphotos/stockexchange/Istock or public domain photos?
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:iconthefantasim:
thefantasim Featured By Owner May 4, 2012   Digital Artist
Unfortunately, no. I had a horrible time trying to figure out if the stock was legitmate or not, and I was finding a lot that were not. So, to keep it simple, and to promote our own stock artists, I went to no off site stock. Even purchase stock because I would need a link to verify, and that's just too much of a hassle.
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eveningstars242 Featured By Owner May 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh ok :(
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gungTwo Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012
understood!!!;)
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shuffleBrain21 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I'm new here, I want to ask ..
whether the stock of an affiliate may be used free for Challenge and show only the creator of the stock without permision ..?
sorry, I've read the rules but I do not understand english, just a little .. :P

please reply ..
thank you .. :dance:
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