Remember that many members are new and learning about proper sources so they can make honest mistakes. If you think a source may not be acceptable the best thing to do is hold your vote and post a red flag questioning the source or send me a PM and I'll check if it's okay. There are always those who don't read the Rules and Guidelines and use bad images but those entries never remain if they aren't corrected.
[quote="CMYK46":2dng7ici]Entered some random searches and found a preponderance of scanned illustrations and a dearth of photos. Interesting site, though.[/quote:2dng7ici]
Try using this tool and scanning by collection... I was able to locate literally thousands of old photos in a few minutes and it is easy to browse by just mousing over it. Search by Genre and there is a section titled photographs with about 6500 photos...all public domain
As a mod I can tell that there's hardly image bought to use in our contests. Yes it happens but very rarely.
Personally I never buy images but to me that's a personal choice, I've seen entries with paid sources which where not worth the money spend on. It's like in photography: it's not the camera which makes the final result, it's the person behind it.
Okay, here goes. Even though this subject has been brought up previously, as Spaceranger mentioned, (He has posted older links) I'd like to thank Irse for bringing it up again. It's important for ALL members, not just newbies. And as mentioned, the following criteria are absolutely essential to consider when evaluating an entry:
• Masking issues - edges left around component sources or sections that should have been masked and weren't.
• Shadows - absence of or inappropriate direction or strength.
• Lighting\Levels - mismatched levels or light sources of components.
• Blending techniques & Filters - Inappropriate use of such that it overwhelms or becomes the focal point of the piece.
I'd like to add some thoughts to these. Masking: edges that are too sharp, jagged, or pixelated = lower vote.
Shadows: I'd add wrong opacity to that list.
Lighting/Levels: Light sources are usually simple to determine when choosing images. Many members pay little or no attention to this when making a composite. Lower vote.
Other things I take into consideration when voting, in no particular order: SBS. A step-by-step guide isn't mandatory, but I agree with Spaceranger that a good one is the best way to demonstrate the work that went into your entry. Looking at a good SBS over the years has certainly helped sharpen my skills, and I usually try to include at least a rudimentary one in my entries where I think it might be useful.
Composition: A good idea expressed in a poor composition won't get a lot of points from me.
Mood: Whether by color, lighting, good choice of subject matter, or all three, a well done moody piece can be impressive.
Humor: Tasteful humor is a joy to see. Crude, not so much.
Use of source: Obviously a creative use of the source will get a better vote than just slapping on some filters or overlaying other images. And here we come to CBR. Entries that are Chopped Beyond Recognition. Using Warp and Liquify to create something that bears no visible relation to the source gets a WOW vote from lots of members. I just scratch my head. To me it's being clever, not necessarily creative, and is a questionable use of the source because an identical recreation could be made with some other source. Some people love it, others share my opinion.
Lastly, and purely subjective, how does the entry make me feel? Is it the same old tired stuff I've seen a million times? Does it make me think? Does it make me say "Wow, I wish I had thought of that?" Does it uplift or disgust me? Is it so good I go back to view it just for fun?
I may have overlooked a few things, but to me all these things are important and I vote accordingly.
Well we will wait and see if anything can be done.Strange part is when I originally tried to log on as Glockman I was told that that email was taken and it would not let me use Glockman with that email address, but when I signed in as Glockman 2 I used that same address and it went through ?? Weird.
I think the idea is really good! I mainly vote for Photoshop contests because I take time to appraise the entries and be as accurate in my evaluation as I can, your suggestion would make it much easier to vote on more entries. I have some issues with the current voting and have been discussing the problems with robvdn, this could be a helpful aide we should try to implement. Mistermonty is working on some improvements for the site, I'll see if we can make him aware of this idea.
I think its great that you posted your comment! I joined back in the PST days myself. As a commercial artist I needed to learn Photoshop because it was becoming the new media for artists working in the professional arena. A colleague and current member, TorDoni (then known as vicspa) suggested joining Photoshop Talent as a good way to learn. He was so right, I've learned a great deal from PST and Pxleyes and even had fun doing it!
Great to see you back and I can tell you we're all working hard to make the site even better. Hopefully new members will read your comment and realize the benefits of Pxleyes and how much we old timers love our experience here!
If anyone has ideas, opinions or suggestions for what they would like to see on Pxleyes you can post your comments in the Forum Topic titled [url=http://www.pxleyes.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=5577:1m57pzix][b:1m57pzix]We Like Your Opinions![/b:1m57pzix][/url:1m57pzix]. We'd really love to hear from you!
[quote="robvdn":5y821c3q][quote="anoop":5y821c3q]And i would like to see the drawing contests back. ( personal favorite area )[/quote:5y821c3q]
Sorry to say that the drawing and 3D contests will not return. I can say now that before PXL went down we had the intention of starting animation contests as well, those won't come either...[/quote:5y821c3q]
I think thats for the best tbh, focus on the core of the site, the photoshop and photo contests
[b:2182v3c8]SPECIAL NOTES ABOUT USING GOOGLE IMAGES[/b:2182v3c8]
The name "Google" has become synonymous with searching on the internet. Even so it's not the best way to search for safe images for your entries. The reason is the complexity of the filtering you'll have to do to find a good usable high res image to work with. Stock sites usually offer the highest resolution of their images, some like flickr offer several sizes including huge high resolutions. With Google you may get small low resolution images unless you select the option to limit the images to a minimum size that you can work with. Here we'll show you how to get to the images that allow modifications.
[color=#FF0000:2182v3c8][b:2182v3c8]1.)[/b:2182v3c8][/color:2182v3c8] Go to https://images.google.com and enter the image you're looking for. [color=#FF0000:2182v3c8][b:2182v3c8]2.)[/b:2182v3c8][/color:2182v3c8] In the next window that appears select "Search tools". [color=#FF0000:2182v3c8][b:2182v3c8]3.)[/b:2182v3c8][/color:2182v3c8] Another menu comes up, select "Usage rights". [color=#FF0000:2182v3c8][b:2182v3c8]4.)[/b:2182v3c8][/color:2182v3c8] Now choose "Labeled for reuse with modification" from the pop up menu. [color=#FF0000:2182v3c8][b:2182v3c8]5.)[/b:2182v3c8][/color:2182v3c8] You're now on the page with images that should allow modifications. You can see from the example shown that an image of the Apple logo with a ® symbol is included. That image can't be used even though it's shown along with other images that can. This is one of the problems in using Google for sources, you have to check carefully that the image you want is truly safe to use. You would be better off using a recommended stock site rather than Google Images.
After reaching [color=#FF0000:2182v3c8][b:2182v3c8]Step 5[/b:2182v3c8][/color:2182v3c8] you can continue to filter your search by selecting another filter from the menu. For instance if you see too many small images you can select "Size" and limit your search to a particular range of sizes. Whatever image you finally choose be sure to double check that it is safe to use.
As you might know PXLEYES has it's own Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pxleyes/ (if not: get over there and like it!).
On January 1, 2016 at 00.00 GMT we'll publish the best 50 entries in both Photoshop and photography over 2015 there. Curious if you made it? You'll need to get over and check it out!
[quote="spaceranger":ax1781qv][size=150:ax1781qv]No Bob, you can't have one of those... [/size:ax1781qv]
[size=200:ax1781qv][b:ax1781qv]but you can have one of these![/b:ax1781qv][/size:ax1781qv] [/quote:ax1781qv]
Very funny. Don't make me come over there...
Nice seeing you here! In case you haven't done so far, have a look at [url=http://www.pxleyes.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=3933:1c83tv0s]this topic[/url:1c83tv0s], then warm up your favorite drawing program and create some cool entry for a contest!
PXLEYES has recently been restarted, after being closed for close to 2 years. This was due to popular demand from old members. At present no software changes are possible, but I believe a re-write is in the works.
welcome to the site.