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Contests News and FeaturesWelcome to Stock & Resources 2013!
We hope you all had an excellent beginning to the New Year!  Please find below some very interesting contests, features and news.
Precut stock - all the problems :/
Precut stock is something that like Marmite, people either love, or hate.  Either way it brings its own special issues to stock providers and photomanipulators alike, so I've highlighted some very important points you should take into consideration below.
:bulletred: Precut stock is in its very nature "EDITED" therefore its is no longer in its original photographic form and should therefore be posted to resources/clipart OR stock/premade backgrounds/..  NOT to the usual stock galleries which should be reserved for original photography that has only very minor post production edits such as exposure/brightness/contrast etc. alterations according to DA's gallery definitions.
:bulletred: Precut stock - like all photo

Stock and Resources: Policy ClarificationThe Stock and Resources community is an integral part of deviantART, both for having an active community of its own as well as providing high quality stock to all deviants. 
As this community has grown so much over the years, so has the amount of invalid stock and resources that have been provided by some deviants. The Stock and Resources community feels like this reflects negatively on them, the volunteers have a hard time trying to teach people about valid stock and how to use it correctly, and it gives an appearance that deviantART Staff tolerate so-called “art theft” or copyright infringement.
In this article our aim is to reinforce our policies regarding stock and stock use and clear up some misconceptions.
Stock and Resource submissions to deviantART:
What are Invalid Stock and Resources?
In short, invalid stock or resources are anything which you do not have full permission to upload. This incl

Photomanipulation FAQsEverything you wanted to know . . . And MORE!
This journal will (I hope) serve as a one-stop source for basic information about photomanipulation. As always, if you have questions, I will do my best to answer them or, if I don't know the answer, refer you to someone who can help you.
What is photomanipulation?
Photomanipulation is art that uses 2 or more photographic elements combined to make something new. It does not include 3D elements. For reference, see:
:bulletpink: Photomanipulation vs. Mixed Media
:bulletpink: Welcome to Photomanipulation Week
Which stock am I allowed to use?
You can only use images or other resources that are your own or that you have explicit permission from the original creator to use. For reference, see:
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FAQ #809: What are deviantART's stock image guidelines?

FAQ #217: What are "Stock and Resources" and can I use them in my submissions?

FAQ #257: What sort of permission do I need to use someone else's work?

FAQ #193: How do I prove that I had permission to use someone's work?

FAQ #157: Can I use things created by other people in my submissions?

FAQ #792: As a stock art resource provider, how can I be of help in regards of stock art resource usage in prints?

FAQ #306: Does "Crediting" let me use whatever I want?

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The winner from the Creative Challenge # 4 - The Astronaut will be announced tomorrow. I will also post the poll for the Watcher's Choice tomorrow as well.

Creative Challenge # 5 - German/Bavarian Boy

SinisterSeth has chosen this month's required stock for you all as he says this series was one of his favorites and he is hoping to see some beautiful artwork from his photo.  He really loves to model for you guys and absolutely loves seeing what you guys come up with and how each artist sees something different in one particular shot. We do have more stock coming soon for you guys... one shoot is a pirate/cabin boy shoot and one is a Lord of the Rings style elven ranger, as in maybe a young Legolas. There are a couple of others in the works, as well, but we are still working on the costumes.

As always, you may interpret the theme/photo in any way you wish. Use your imaginations!  Remember that February is a shorter month so there are only 28 days for this month's challenge. I am hoping we'll have a good number of entries this month, though, as Seth is really excited to see is photo being used.

Required Stock

German Bavarian Boy Stock 58 by DamselStock


:bulletgreen: You must use the required image listed above in your artwork. It must be used so that I may easily distinguish it from the other elements in your artwork. (Obviously this does not apply to Literature but you must describe or mention it so that I know you are referring to my stock.)
:bulletgreen: You can use the free download of the required image, you are not required to purchase the Premium Content version. That is only if you wish to make a book cover and sell it, or the like. 
:bulletgreen: You must state that your piece is for this challenge and include a URL/Thumb code of this journal in your Artist Comments.
:bulletgreen: You may use other stock from my account, or other deviants accounts as long as you follow any Rules or TOU posted. You may NOT use images found through Google Images or any other non-legitimate sources. If you question whether your source is legitimate or not you may ask me via note.
:bulletgreen: You may use premade backgrounds but please note that I prefer you to challenge yourself and will always go with the artist who made their own background in the event that I am tied on who should win.
:bulletgreen: I allow horror/macabre art so feel free to get bloody, however, absolutely no sexual themes will be allowed as some of these challenges will more than likely include my nephew's images.
:bulletgreen: The challenge will run for exactly ONE MONTH and a new challenge will begin immediately on the 1st of the next month so there will be absolutely no extensions. 
:bulletgreen: Any medium will be accepted, YES EVEN LITERATURE! You are more than welcome to enter a poem or short story if the stock inspires you. 
:bulletgreen: You may enter as many times as you wish, but you can only win one prize (either my choice or Watcher's choice.)
:bulletgreen: To enter post the URL or thumb code to your artwork/deviation to this journal. 


:bulletgreen: Challenge runs from February 1, 2015 thru February 28, 2015 
Due to nature of "monthly challenges" there will be no extensions. There will always be the next challenge if you cannot make this one!


:bulletgreen: My favorite will receive 500 dA points and the Watcher's favorite(s) will receive 250 dA points. The  top 10 favorites after those two will receive 100 dA points. 
:bulletgreen: The Watcher's favorite(s) and top 10 will be determined via the poll system, perhaps broken into two polls in case of many entries. I expect you guys to be fair and honest. NO ASKING FOR VOTES! If I find out you have asked for votes then you will be disqualified from this challenge. If you do it a second time you will no longer be allowed to enter the monthly challenges. The winners will receive points which cost me money. I will not pay for cheating. You may vote for yourself but if you have multiple accounts please only vote with the account your art is posted on. I know I cannot stop you from cheating but I am trusting you guys to abide by the Honor Code. 
:bulletgreen: Each winner, My Choice & the two Watcher's Choices will receive a ribbon that they may choose to include within their Artist Description should they choose.
:bulletgreen: Each winner will also receive one free Gift Certificate for one free Premium Content/Exclusive Stock of their choice. I shall send out the Gift Certificate upon choosing of the winners.
:bulletgreen: 50 dA points to my choice from EveLivesey 
:bulletgreen: Exclusive stock for the winners from EveLivesey
:bulletgreen: I will add more prizes if we end up with more entries than 20 entries.

If you wish to support the monthly challenges in terms of prizes please donate any points you are able or willing  to my Donation Pool on my profile page or by clicking here. I have a feeling this will become more expensive as the challenges grow. I do not want to have to quit the challenges due to not being able to afford giving out prizes.


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If you are one of our affiliate groups and are having a contest let us know! We will share it in our blog with our members!

Want to become an affiliate? We accept affiliation requests from groups with similar interest or who would benefit from the stocks we provide. These include:

:bulletblue: Art Groups
:bulletblue: Stock Groups
:bulletblue: Resource Groups

Note: We do not accept affiliation requests from groups that focus on getting favorites, points, or views.








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AsiaAndEric-Stock Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thanks a lot for the request! :iconpinkamenasmileplz:
Simbores Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for the request! :hug:
mishkenzie Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015
Thanks you for requesting my work! ^_^
Mocris Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much for requesting my work! It´s very appreciated! Love 
Dressage-lover Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2014  Student Photographer
What about for those stock providers who do allow their stock to be used for pre-cuts?
Can't upload those pre-cuts either?
Cassy-Blue Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014   General Artist
Only can you upload precuts if the stock provider explicitly sates that precuts are allowed. If they do not say if precuts are allowed and say, "You may not create stock from my stock" or something similar--then you cannot upload your precuts since it would be considered redistribution of the original stock. 
Nolamom3507 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2014
Cut outs are permitted from other's stock photographs as long as the original stock provider explicitly states that they allow their stock to be used in this manner AND that the original stock provider s fully credited. You cannot cut out someone else's stock photograph and claim it as your own, no matter how much effort you put into cutting it out.
AlbaBeltane Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014  Student General Artist
Thank you very much for requesting my male duelist! n.n
SenhArt Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014
Thank you kindly for the request...much appreciated!  :heart: :wave:
QueenWerandra Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2014  Professional General Artist
Hello! :wave: It seems there is no option to submit to a/the female model folder. Perhaps it's full? Just wanted to let you know! :heart: 
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