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Hey everyone,

I thought it would be cool to start featuring member's stock each month, with a different theme for each month. If there's enough interest, we could turn it into a contest for art using the featured stock?  Would anyone be interested in that?

...But for now, let's find some cool stocks that fit this month's theme... you guessed it, "Autumn/Halloween". Stocks should come from a group member's gallery (your own, or another member's is fine, and it's also fine if you just joined us!). Submissions should be good quality. Art which incorporates members' stock is also welcome as long as it fits the Halloween theme.  Feel free to comment here with your suggestions!

Here are a few of my picks to get this started off -
Mountain Fog II by Track-MaidensPumpkins 13 by ceeek-stockCastle Stock by NickiStockWindow5 by NickiStockStock-Premade background 37 by Gwendolyn1-stockI'm Awesome by EternalOceanPremade 02 by Malleni-Stock:thumb456106339:Moon by Optiostock
I would like to apologize to everyone who had some submissions expire recently! Life caught up with me, unfortunately during the same stretch of time that our other admin has stepped away from dA. If your submissions expired, feel free to re-submit them and they'll be processed this time. Sorry for the trouble!

On a related note, our group is always open to others interested in being admins and lending a hand. You must be a group member already (anyone can join) with 100+ stock images in your gallery - if you meet this requirement, feel free to send silent-scenes a note for consideration!

Thank you all, and happy fall! :iconautumn---plz:



Why does this group exist?
As a stock provider I often feel taken for granted.  Like a vending machine here to pop out stock when you press a button.  The worst part is that I don't even get as much as a vending machine for giving you stock! However, you know what?  It is OK with me! :)  I LOVE TO PROVIDE STOCK.  So do many of us stock providers.  

So what is the problem here?  Very little thanks is given to stock providers.  Sometimes people don't follow their rules.  Other times people DO follow their rules but DON'T bother to say a little "Thank you for the stock"!

I want that corrected. This group is here to show off and appreciate stock and stock providers.
<3 ElaineSeleneStock and silent-scenes

Have YOU thanked a stock provider yet today?




What we allow:
- photos!
- textures
- pre-made bg's
- premium stock
- pre-cuts
- program resources (brushes, actions, filters, etc.)
- computer generated resources

What we do not allow:
- things not uploaded to dA's resources gallery
- things submitted to the wrong folder
- many images that are almost exactly alike. Please pick a few of the best, and be aware that if you submit many very similar images, we may only accept some of them.
- photos of other people's children
- overly sexual imagery, overly political imagery, gore, etc.
- photos with a smaller width than ~1000px wide.
- photos where the subject is too far away to see in good detail, or is obstructed by something.
- photos that are blurry, out of focus, unduly noisy, pixelated, and/or show a large loss of detail.
- photos that are far too over- or under-exposed.
- photos with lots of distracting elements in them, such as an animal with a fence in front of part of it.
- photos where the main aspects of the composition are out of focus (such as models with blurred faces).
- photos that have been edited in photoshop to the point that they are not very usable (far too much saturation, etc.)
- non-photo stock and resources of bad quality - i.e. messily cut objects, brushes that don't work or have stray pixels, etc.
- group staff may reject submissions due to poor quality on a case-by-case basis, even if none of the above specifically applies.




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 #306: Does "Crediting" let me use whatever I want?
FAQ #257: What sort of permission do I need to use someone else's work?
FAQ #204: If my print contains an image that isn't mine, can I still use it for print?
FAQ #193: How do I prove that I had permission to use someone's work?
Hello everyone!

Based on recent feedback from you, the members, this group will soon be implementing quality standards. What does this mean? What will they be?

Here's what we've come up with so far, but we'd love to hear any thoughts and feedback you might have before fully implementing the new system.

We will no longer be accepting:
- photos with a smaller width than ~1000px wide.
- photos where the subject is too far away to see in good detail, or is obstructed by something.
- photos that are blurry, out of focus, unduly noisy, pixelated, and/or show a large loss of detail.
- photos that are far too over- or under-exposed.
- photos with lots of distracting elements in them, such as an animal with a fence in front of part of it.
- photos where the main aspects of the composition are out of focus (such as models with blurred faces).
- photos that have been edited in photoshop to the point that they are not very usable (far too much saturation, etc.)
- non-photo stock and resources of bad quality - i.e. messily cut objects, brushes that don't work or have stray pixels, etc.

We'd also like to know what you think of the overall quality of our galleries, and the submissions we have been accepting lately. Some images might be removed if they don't meet our final quality standards.
Hello stock providers and stock lovers!

I want to ask you all a couple of opinion questions.

First of all, should I enforce quality standards in the group?  Should I go through every photograph for clarity/sharpness and other forms of useability metering?  Or should I simply allow all submissions to be accepted?

Second...
Should I set up folders for computer generated graphics and things like photoshop brushes and other program resources?  Basically should I keep it strictly "photograph" based stock images or expand?

Your opinions all count!  Please tell me where you want this group to go.  

Thank you all,
Elaine Selene