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Hey guys and gals!

With this blog entry I would like to introduce a new old project: our regular news article with information all around the topic of photomanipulation is back! :eager: I'll call it the 

CRPM News Network

(fancy, huh?)

It shall contain everything you need to know about the photomanipulation scene: where to get stocks or find tutorials, the newest contests calling for photomanip entries, latest art features and interviews, a list of active groups for promoting your art... and all other stuff you can possibly think of! :eyepopping: 

And to make it work, we will need your help, too. So please let us know whenever you find cool stuff to be included in this article, e.g., if you have an awesome contest or a new group you would like to be featured. :handshake:  We plan to have useful information in the form of short lists easily accessible on our group frontpage of CRPhotomanipulation (such as currently running contests) and will post regular summary news articles in our blog. :-)

Our first article has been assembled with the great help of Gejda, Lolita-Artz, Aeirmid, and nova63. Thank you! For this article we have compiled a few comprehensive lists that will guide you on your path through the photomanip maze: stocksites, photomanip groups, and currently running contests.

The latest

  • Have you heard? Aeirmid has stepped down after 3 long years of serving deviantart and most importantly the photomanipulation community as one of the most committed community volunteers. Please join me in thanking her for all her hard work.

    Thank you Aeirmid, and all the best!

    I'm happy to announce also that she will stay with us in the future as an admin of CRPhotomanipulation. :hooray:

Examples of good stock sites

Please note that this list is meant to give an overview of available stock sites that we would recommend to use, but it is in no way meant to be complete, and we do not take responsibility for the legitimacy of every photo uploaded on these websites. We recommend that you check the rules of every stock photo you download there and the specific Terms of Use (ToU) of the website.
The following list is divided into several subsections, paid and free stocks, and attribution required or not required.
What does attribution mean exactly? It basically says that you're obliged to credit the stock provider whenever you use their stock in your work.


This list includes some of your recommendations from the poll. Thank you for sharing with us!
Also, have you heard of this awesome tutorial group run by Lolita-Artz? If not, check it out:


Ongoing photomanip contests

This list includes contests that allow for photomanipulation entries and are still open for submissions. Some of them are closing soon, so hurry up! :fingerscrossed:
And don't forget our November Challenge here at CRPhotomanipulation "Rain"! 8-)

Deadline November 
Thanksgiving Photomanip-Contest


"Being Thankful"

In the United States, every 4th Thursday in November is Thanksgiving. It's a day to celebrate everything you are thankful for in your life. What are you thankful for? In Marci's example below,
the turkey is thankful for another year of not ending up on her dinner table! :giggle: Show us what YOU are thankful for in a photo manipulation.

"Pardoned for another year", image courtesy of marphilhearts
1. Photo Manipulation only.
2. We will only accept images that use LEGITIMATE stock sources.
3. You may submit up to two pieces, but only one can win.
4. There will be a vote for 1st & 2nd place at the end of the contest.
5. Honorable Mentions will be chosen by the admins at
(30th) November Challenge and October WinnerNovember Theme: Rain
Halloween is behind us, and here comes November - a month of falling leaves, cold temperatures and dark, rainy evenings perfect for curling up with a cup of tea and a book, preferably under a warm blanket. :leaf: This brings me to this month's theme - Rain. 
Be it fantasy, emotional, dark or surreal - this month's challenge entries have to be at least a tiny bit rainy. :rain: 
Don't forget to credit all stock used and use only legitimate stock!
Only ONE entry per person per month. :) (Smile)
To enter, turn in your deviation to the "November Challenge - Rain" gallery folder (Don't get this co

Deadline December 
My contest!!! named -Issues- ENDS 1ST OF DECEMBERIt ends on 1st of December and if I don't have more than 10 entries I will cancel it...

I decided to end the contest on December 1, because I understand how it feels to be busy and not have time to make art, so you can submit till 1st of december! :meow: And for Christmas I'll probably have a nice little  contest :aww: 
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(1st) Eleven.. Cover Contest!
So, for as long as I can remember I've had access to the most incredible range of books, from novels, tall tales and everything in between; all of those I've read (and I'm sure you all agree) it's most frequently their covers you immediately think of when you hear their titles.  It goes without saying that a picture tells a thousands words, and cover art, for that specific reason has to grab the reader by the eyeballs and hold their attention right through to the very last page in a yummy, captivating smorgasbord of plot teasers, incredible characters and dreamy (or dystopian) landscapes. Essentially, book cover p0rn :D
Visiting bookshops used to be as much about the cover art as it was about the text on the pages, which is why these days seeing the dozens of dreary, completely plain covers which do absolutely NOTHING to sell the book leaves me a little cold.  Further I just can't understand why publishers are going in this direction. :shrug:
(5th) A special Christmas present - ContestContest by Pendragon-Arts
A Special Christmas Present CONTEST!
I have a son who is now 28. He lives alone and has both Autism and Schizophrenia. He is both sad, lonely, and is forced to live a very isolated life. No one really understands the pain of being mentally ill and not able to fit in with society and even other people in general, unless you, yourself are, have a direct connection or relationship with someone that carries this themselves. Remember those who are alone for various reason or who have a hard time getting through the holidays each year for various reasons as you create and during the coming holiday season. Bless you!
10 years ago, when we were able to still live together, he dabbled for hours creating his various sketchings. He doesn't draw any more and I found a few of them that I held onto over the years and would like to help make his imagination come alive and make this Christmas special for him. He loves the mecha genre an
(10th) Christmas Dreams!Hello All,
It's been a little while...and since the world is getting ready early to celebrate...lets "Jump start" Christmas with a early Christmas Contest...because let's be honest,  sometimes we need something to celebrate!
The Christmas Dreams Contest!
               "Maybe one day we will find the place that our dreams and reality collide"
It Must be a New Piece and Submitted to Deviant Art on or after the 10th of November 2015 and it definitely must Feature A Christmas Dream theme... that's all there is to it.
:bulletblue: Particpate & Create and most important have fun:bulletblue:
Start date is the 10/11/2015 (10th of November 2015)
End date is the 15/12/2015 (15th of December 2015)
 (15th) Victorian Holiday ChallengeGreetings Castle Dwellers.,,
"Victorian Holiday" (in case you couldn't quite read the title ;)
It's THAT time of year again for many of us in the Castle. Leaves are off the trees, the scenery becomes stark blacks, grays and whites. Many celebrate Christmas, Chanukah and the changing of the season. It seems a grand time for getting out our models in Victorian and/or Steampunk costumes, don't you think? So, this challenge will be about TWO things: Victorian/Steampunk imagery and models. AND, a wintry scene or "vibe." Easy, yes? Details below:
Hello Artists of the Castle...
:bulletred: The requirement for this challenge will be to show us a manip that includes at least one model wearing either Victorian or Steampunk clothing. If you choose Victorian you are not limited to "wealthy" looking people. Dickens' shared many characters who were NOT wealthy in his book "A Christmas Carol." You MAY use a 3D image, but consider that the more artistic effort that goes into your artwork-the more like
 (20th) Winter Wonders ChallengeGreetings Artists of the Castle..
It's THAT time of year again for many of us in the Castle. Leaves are off the trees, the scenery becomes stark blacks, grays and whites. Many celebrate Christmas, Chanukah and the changing of the season. This challenge will be all about creating art that invokes wonder, awe and magic in the season of Winter. (My apologies to those of you who are in the heat of Summer, etc. ;p)
:bulletred: The requirements for this challenge will be to show us art that includes at least one model AND surround her/him with elements and/or scenery that is in keeping with Winter/wonder. You MAY use a 3D image, but consider that the more artistic effort that goes into your artwork-the more likely you are to be a winner in the challenge.  The idea can be a design type of image OR a scenic one but it MUST be indicative of the Winter season. The model(s) should be the focus in either design or scenic.
:bulletred: the theme does NOT necessarily need to be "sweetness and li
 (20th) Santa's home - contest (updated prizes)Reindeer Divider
It's time for a new contest!
The days are getting colder and slowly we are all getting into the christmas spirit - so I thought it's time to announce a new contest!
This time the theme is:
"Santa's home"
Where does Santa live?
Does he live alone, or is he married and lives with his wife?
Maybe with his reindeers or christmas elves?
Does he live in a cozy cottage or in a modern villa?
How does he prepare for christmas eve?
How does he like to spend his free time?
Maybe he isn't the friendly old man we think he is?
Show me how YOU imagine the place where Santa lives!
christmas wave
The simple rules
Holidays your entry must be a photomanipulation Holidays
Holidays your entry must be created exclusively for this contest Holidays

Deadline January 
Unused Stock ContestStock Gallery
Stock Rules
Art Account
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Unused Stock Contest
Who wants a contest?
Well, I haven't done a contest in a while, so it's about time :)  This one is going to be about using stock that has previously not been used!  This will give the artists a chance to do something unique with stock that has not been worked with before, and the stockers will get to see a bigger variety of their stock used.
Ms. lindowyn-stock had an unloved stock project/challenge at one time, and ma
(20th) King Kong and I contest
With  11,900 :points:
Welcome to my second contest
3 years ago, I held my first contest Draw Tom Ripley Contest in 2012 with total 39,600 :points:  That event still makes me poor but very pleased until now. =P 
In 2015, I am quite lucky in art. I won lots of points from many contests throughout the year.
Now I'm ready to hold a contest again and share 11,900 :points: to other artists.
This event is called...
Yes, the theme of this contest is about King Kong and a woman.
I believe that almost all of you have seen King Kong movies at least once from 1933, 1976 or 2005 version.
 So, this event is like 10 year anniversary for the last time we saw King Kong.

Recent news articles and features

Here is a collection of photomanip art features from the past two weeks as well as contest winner announcements. Again, if you would like your feature to be included in one of our future news articles, please let us know. :thumbsup:

Active photomanip groups

You are running a photomanip group or you are a member of an active one that you want us to include in this list? Please let us know! :nod: Note: this list is photomanipulation only!

:iconcrphotomanipulation: :iconwe-heart-photomanip: :iconphotomanip-only: :iconphotomanip-contests: :iconmaniptuts: :iconobscuremanips: :iconphotomanipulationart: :iconcastle-of-manips: :iconunique-manipulators: :iconmanip4fun: :iconphotomanipulation101: :iconmanipulationhelpdesk: :iconintermediate-manips: :iconfantasy-manips: :iconmanipulation-central: :iconmagicalmanipulations: :iconphoto-manipulnation: :iconmanipulating-dreams: :iconheavenly-manips: :iconphotomanipulate-art: :iconsimplemanipulations: :iconmanipul8theworld: :iconi-love-manipulations: :iconmodel-manuliplations: :iconquality-manips: :iconmarvelousmanips: :iconuniquemanipulation: :iconfotomanipulationz: :iconmaniptreasures: :iconmanipartist: :iconphotomanipulatorsx3: :iconmanip-contest: :iconjust-photomanip: :iconphotomanip--club: :iconmastersmanip: :iconphoto--manipulation: :iconallmanips: :icondimanipulation: :iconimanipulate: :iconinspiredartistry: :iconthe-imaginarium: :icongenevasdreams:

That's all for this time. We are happy to hear your comments and critique regarding this article. And like I said, please let us know if you have interesting news to share!

on behalf of your CRPM News Network team. :D




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Hey everyone.
My name is Erik and I am a Photoshop hobbyist from Germany. I have started practicing Digital Art around 2005 and since then I have come to love the genres of Photomanipulation, Space Art and Matte Painting.

In the past I have pursued a digital art career more seriously, joining up several renowned art collectives such as Depthcore, SlashThree and EvokeOne.
Besides, my work has been published in various books and magazines, among them the official Advanced Photoshop Magazine, The Book of Creation and even Ballistic: Exposé.

By now I have another job and practice digital art solely as a hobby. So no use to ask me about commissions.

Thank you for your interest in my page!

Awesome new shows (dramas) fall 2015 

18 deviants said I know Mr. Robot beats them all, but I want to hear about shows I don't know yet. :eager:
10 deviants said Blindspot
10 deviants said OMG why is XXX (insert your fav here) not on the list??? :omg:
9 deviants said Lucifer
8 deviants said Limitless
3 deviants said quantico
No deviants said Containment


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