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Tools of the Trade: Choosing StockWhat to Look For

When it comes to stock images there is no better time to be picky. With both free and purchased stock, be discerning. Once you start being picky about what stock you use, and even better when you start using premium stock, you will notice your quality of work will increase a significant amount. Better ingredients means better results. 
You want a crisp clear image with a very very low amount of noise, no motion blur caused by a shaky camera, and completely no artificial effects and edits. Noise is the most common issue, but also the easiest to deal with (to an extent) as long as the image is a good size. Which brings us to our next quality to look for.
The bigger the better. The bigger it is the easier it is to add details, fix defects, and overall just a million times easier to work with. In fact, unless you are a 100% web only hobbyist low resolution images are basically unusable. There is nothing
Not legitimate stock tips /how to reportMany people ask me what this term means ¨¨not legitimate stock¨¨

and always ask me how I know? how to identify?. so I decide to post a journal with many tips and show some gallery that I do not recommend.


galleries I do not recommend
This list is ¨public¨ was formed with the help of lot of people.

first...the things written here in this journal, I did a long search. and I'm doing this to help and inform people about this subject.
and first I'll tell because I started getting interested in this subject. three things happened that made me pay attention in this detail.
1 - a long time ago, I used the stock from pixabay in some premades. and unfortunately I did not know that this site is not reliable, so I was denounced and I had all my contents posted in stock removed.
2 - I used a premade, but the person who did this

Copyright? Stock? Art Theft? Don't Panic.There are amazing articles on this subject. I wanted to gather links to some of them, so maybe they can reach more people. Because this subject really does need to be known by more people! Too many deviations violating copyright laws are floating around. It is just not OK. deviantART is a site about art. It is for artists, professional or not, to showcase their work, to exchange thoughts, ideas, critiques. It is for art appreciators to show some love to art. It definitely is not a place to submit images without even caring if you have any right to do that. Many of these people do not have an idea of what they are doing is art theft. Some of them are doing it intentionally. I want to cover copyright issues, stock images, how to use them, and what to do when you find stolen art. Nothing new. Just a reminder.

Table of Contents:
What are stock images?
What are "Stock and Resources" and can
Providing Stock+Resources - A Beginners Guide Pt01The following five part guide is a collection of tips and tricks for stockers and those who would like to become stockers but don't know where to start - based on my personal experence. While reading, keep in mind that most of what is outlined below are guidelines and not a set of rules you never ever cross - there are exception to everything but the very first rule (I would say copyright is not debatable, after all, you expect others to respect yours, too). Also, this has gotten very long and still, I feel I forgot stuff... So if you have any additions you'd like to see in here, feel free to comment!
>> What you will find in this guide:
Part 01: Introduction & Note on Copyright [you are reading it]
Part 02: What should I put online? incl. Subject Choice | Dealing with Abuse | Technical Basics for Stock Images | Lighting setup | Tips and tricks on getting the most out of your camera |
How to deviantART: Giving Credit by BrokenTutorialsHow To Credit Your Stock Providers Tutorial by CelticStrm-Stock

Tutorial Feature - TexturizingTextures are neat way to add extra punch on your artworks. They're fun to create yourself or you can use endless resources various artists here in dA are providing. If you're using textures made by other artists, always remember to read and follow their stock rules and credit your source!
This feature consists of two different parts: At first I am introducing tutorials teaching how to create textures yourself; both traditional and digital methods. In the second part of this journal I am featuring tutorials advising how to use textures in your artworks. The tutorials are mainly using Photoshop to create and edit pictures but there are similar tools in most of the photoediting programs.
Creating Your Own Textures
Traditional Textures
a) b) c)
a) If you want to learn how to create your own textures in traditional way, this tutorial gives you all the advices you need. Just follow the instructions, scan the results of your experiments and vo

FAQ - my answers to your questions!Hi everyone!
I always wanted to do a FAQ that I can update from time to time and link to. So if the question you have isn't already answered below, just ask me in the comments and I will add your question in here and answer it. Now let's cut right to the chase.
acheronnights asks:
1. "What do you do to create your digital textures?"

The first step is always what I like to call the 'texture hunt': I grab my camera (til 2013 with my Canon EOS 400D, since 2014 with my Canon EOS 700D + kit lense) and go out in bright daylight to look for interesting surfaces. When I come home after one or two hours, I rarely have collected less than 100 images, often many more. At that point it's just a matter of combining those raw images in Photoshop using different layering options and color adjustments. I'll explain more about that later.
Here's a Work in Progress sheet I made so you can see a few different approaches on making a texture:


Does anyone know groups that have a category for journal features? Especially resources features? 

19 deviants said Nope, but Jon Snow doesn't know either!
1 deviant said Yep, I know a bunch!


Svenja Milautzcki
Hi deviants! I'm mecurycode and I provide you with high resolution resources, mainly textures.
Over the past years, I've developed a great passion for making textures. They can be so versatile and not only represent a mixture of art and resource, they too hold the potential of adding to marvellous works of other artists.
If you'd ask me what fascinates me the most in the process of making them, I'd say it's spotting the beauty in decay. Sometimes the destruction of something brings out a whole different kind of beauty. Rust, for example, can be so bright, colorful and versatile that I can't seem to ever capture enough of it.
Feel free to browse through my gallery and if you feel inspired, go for it!

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Hi everyone!

It's time for my textures feature again. I will be presenting artists and artworks to you which stood out to me while wandering around in the resources department these past weeks and months. Before I do, I'd like to use the opportunity to ask you if you'd be interested in other journal topics than just features. There's some things here on deviantart that bug me and since everyone has their own voice, it might me a waste not to use mine in order to talk about certain topics. I will certainly make a poll about this as well, but if you happen to read this, I'd be glad to hear if you're interested in reading about critical things like art theft, especially resources-related. Let me know in the comments!

Moving on to the textures feature:

Bath Bomb Textures by RussellAuld
This genious texture pack is made by crumbeling bath bombs! The textures are high quality black and white textures, offering the opportunity to coloring them in the exact way that suits your work best. I think it's amazing and deserves a little recognition!

Bokeh Texture Pack I by ooc-sdz
As many of you know, my man Sirius-sdz has a second resources account, sharing his raw, unedited out-of-camera textures: ooc-sdz. Now if you like to use bokeh textures to bring some light into your works, you'd be wise to check out this amazing texture pack and of course his gallery, offering thousands of beautiful unedited textures.

Grungy paper texture v.17 by bashcorpoGrungy paper texture v.15 by bashcorpoGrungy paper texture v.18 by bashcorpoGrungy paper texture v.20 by bashcorpo
I am happy to share that my alltime favorite paper textures supplier is back with great new material! bashcorpo told me that he finds a lot of this stunning decaying papers in abandoned places. I highly recommend checking out his gallery!

Texture 89 by NinjaRabbit-StockTexture 90 by NinjaRabbit-StockTexture 91 by NinjaRabbit-Stock
My friend's NinjaRabbit-Stock's works have developed such a depth and elegance that sometimes I wish I was capable of bringing to my own work. I admire her sense of composition and through my eyes she is one of the best textures artists there currently are on deviantart.

Here's a few other texture favorites of mine:

Black May 2 by rskrakauBlack May 3 by rskrakauRust Texture by Eternal-Polaroid
Weathered Paper 11 by DanteSangrealTexture 16 by martawandaLoki by CD-STOCK by CD-STOCKTexture 17 by martawanda
Bokhen stock by SeedDestinyBT90 by jojo22Alex's Mountain Pass to the Stars by PaulineMoss
Powder Throw by JustinBHBQ2-4 by jojo22FLDSMDFR Texture Stock by redwolf518stockscratched stone texture by theStockOfsoma
Dark and dingy  texture by frozenstocksHot tea blue by IbirusTexture 75 by NinjaRabbit-Stock
Juicy June (Stock Texture) by rskrakauTexture 19 by martawandaCheese56 by jojo22Juicy June 1 (Stock Texture) by rskrakau
Cacao paper by DarthFeatherpantsTexture 14 by cemacStockWatercolor Frame II by Tistelmark
Cheese60 by jojo22stone texture by theStockOfsomaTexture 86 by Malleni-Stock
Texture Card Pack by akrasiel-stock
A Million Miles From Home - Five by lookslikerainSee You On The Other Side - Two by lookslikerainStill Aways To Go - Five by lookslikerain
Texture .03 by atelier-de-figuelineTexture .02 by atelier-de-figuelineTexture .05 by atelier-de-figueline
8 HR Rusty Metal Textures by Pablo-Toledo
Sunset Clouds Texture 2 by Charmed-RavenclawTexture 82 by NinjaRabbit-StockGrunge (50) by DracoPublicidadTexture 588 by Sirius-sdz
grass bokeh texture by ewazielinskaWater by sorryeyescanseecracked floor stock texture by wickedgame5
Fifty Shades of Blue by JStockartBananas68 by jojo22STOCK: Rust by frenchglassesTea Stain 21 by shadowgirls-stock
Water and bubbles by ana182Pompei by PaulineMossInk Blotches by Radiatic
Cracked Paint Free Texture by XenarisPremium Texture Pack XVIII by Sirius-sdzNature-bokeh-texture by ewazielinska

That's it. Spread the texture love!

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Mandies-Stock Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for the AWESOME texture feature in :iconcommunitystocknews:!!! :la:
mercurycode Featured By Owner 2 days ago
My pleasure, I have been looking for a group that focuses on features, too! Sharing great art (and resources art) finds is just as important to me as creating it.
Mandies-Stock Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Photographer
Well, we are glad to have you! Feel free to submit as many stock features,
articles, and resources as you like! :excited: :hug:
mercurycode Featured By Owner 1 day ago
Ahh sorry for the typo, sometimes my fingers are faster than my eyes. Thanks for the warm welcome anyways, your groups seems like a pretty cool overall resources group!
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Heardbydeaf Featured By Owner 2 days ago
:) brilliant work :)
mercurycode Featured By Owner 2 days ago
Thank you very very much! :) I like your abstract pieces, too!
2H2K Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014
Amazing work : )
mercurycode Featured By Owner 6 days ago
Thank you very much :)
zoundsister Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for the fav! :)
mercurycode Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014
Nothing to thank for!
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