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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.

* if you want to see
a list of suspected galleries for do not use and take care, let me know,
 I will send you the link.*

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

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?
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:


OMG tonight I met the actress Natalie Dormer who plays Margaery on Game of Thrones!!! :la: 

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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!

You can also like me on Facebook and stay updated:

Hi everyone!

How are you doing? Tell me, I honestly want to know. I am much better, turns out Olaf (name for my yet unidentified annoying sickness) was actually mono the whole time. Mono is nasty and kinda persistent, but I seem to have defeated it with positive thoughts... and two weeks of thoroughly shoving in antibiotics Thumbs Up

I missed deviantart quite a bit but it was also nice to take a little break during sickness to re-focus on where I wanna go and what I wanna do next. Now what I really wanna do next is make an art feature, since I spent hours obsessively speed-scrolling through new deviations yesterday. With success, imho! See for yourself:

Urus micrographie 37 by Urus-28Micrographie 58 by Urus-28Urus micrographie 28 by Urus-28Urus micrographie 41 by Urus-28Urus micrographie 34 by Urus-28
by Urus-28 , who makes these incredible micographie art. Leaves me speechless!

The Quest by WMill[Try again later] by WMillExorbitant by WMill[Upwards-Downwards] by WMill
by WMill , who makes the most stunning digital art pieces. The shapes and colors are beautiful.

B4 by vuzelB2 by vuzelB1 by vuzelJK by vuzel
by vuzel , who's surreal digital pieces stand out to me.

Changes by RovinaCaiAlways by RovinaCaiCold Wind by RovinaCaiBecoming by RovinaCaiBuried With Her Tresses by RovinaCai
by RovinaCai , who's desaturated digital and traditional art takes my breath away.

Hot Shots by VerismayaDreamcatcher by VerismayaOver by VerismayaLesson from the Darkness by VerismayaCub by Verismaya
by Verismaya , who creates colorful surreal paintings.

0002 by hoooookUntitled-9-3 by hoooookUntitled-8-5 by hoooook003 by hoooook.. by hoooook
by hoooook , who I introduced to you last year already, but since he keeps amazing me with his expressive pieces, I feel the need to re-introduce him. One interesting fact is that I have never seen a written word by him. He doesn't describe his art, he's never answering comments, doesn't say a thing on his profile about himself - he just continues to submit these intense artworks that never fail to amaze me and tons of other people.

That's it for now, next feature will probably be a textures one La la la la
Be good and spread the texture love,
:halfliquid: mercurycode
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zoundsister Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for the fav! :)
mercurycode Featured By Owner 4 hours ago
Nothing to thank for!
chriseastmids Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Photographer
as always many thanks for the fave ads Sam :hug:
mercurycode Featured By Owner 1 day ago
You are very welcome, like always. :hug:
chriseastmids Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Photographer
Jacksonowitch Featured By Owner 1 day ago
Thanks for the fave! And also thanks for your gallery, it's really great :)
mercurycode Featured By Owner 1 day ago
Thank you, too :)
kirs10malinee Featured By Owner 2 days ago  New member Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your textures are gorgeous! 
mercurycode Featured By Owner 2 days ago
Thank you very much! :)
samanthavonsnuffles Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
thx for the fav <3
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