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What Lies Behind (The Equine)

Often in equine photo manipulation there is a tendency to spend hours of work perfecting the subject of a piece (the horse) and leave the background with little detail or lacking in quality.
Is this because of frustration? Laziness? Or is it simply from not knowing the techniques to put together an interesting and realistic background?
On my part, it is definitely the last. I, for one, have spent way too much time trying to force myself to create something without understanding the foundations of how to do it. Needlessly.
I say that because this community is a wealth of artistic knowledge. DeviantArt is made up of thousands of the world’s most incredible artists and the best part is, many are ready and willing to share their experience.
I don’t think everyone realizes the extent of the information you can learn from the tutorials on DA or even by just chatting up an artist you admire.

Here are some amazing and helpful tutorials on creating intriguing and technically sound backgrounds:

How to Apply Textures by night-fate      :thumb27993979:


colouring and texture .. by inPrint

Advanced Light + Shadow by archetype-stock  Shadow Tutorial by pakistanis

See-through tutorial. by arrsistable

These are great tutorials that cover all of the basics and more:
  Blending Tutorial by Staldren

Remember that, though these tutorials are aimed at creating nice backgrounds, a carefully constructed background is still extremely reliant on the lighting, blending, etc. of the subject(s) and details added to it.
Also, don’t forget to be creative. These tutorials are meant to be guidelines, not the be-all end-all of photo-manipulation. There are always a hundred ways to do achieve any one effect. See what others do and then build on that and deviate from it to make it your own.

AND, above all else, give some love to the creators of these tutorials. It takes a lot of time, effort, and generosity to put one of these things together. Even after learning from them and putting them to use, I still wouldn’t be able to explain much more than, “Do what looks right.” We all know how helpful that statement is…

Some incredible equine manipulations and their background stocks:

Carlisle by Dordo   Green England 3 by Mithgariel-stockPackage - Sky Scape - 5 by resurgere stock - 02 by lost-in-shangrila


Eminence by arrsistable   Down byt the Lake III by NarcostockDown by the Lake II by Narcostock Cliff stock by The-strawberry-tree

:thumb102669764:   cold and blue by LucieG-StockOn the rocks 2 by LucieG-Stock

:thumb118838850:   Misty ocean 2 by LucieG-Stock:thumb80782446:

When You Least Expect It by Feaness   

why even bother .. by inPrint     Nature 046 sea by Dreamcatcher-stock

D e p a r t e d by Jackness40   Misty ocean 2 by LucieG-StockBrook by the mountain 2 by LucieG-Stock

   Landscape 39 by joannastar-stock

I hope you can use some of these great resources! :heart:

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They're all super cute! :heart: Glad you were able to use my stock again!
Kurtzan Mar 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much for the :+fav: ! :D :D

Thank you for the fave on my Panther photo :thanks:
dushka2001 Mar 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanx 4 fav!
xSaaartj Feb 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
amazing stock!
umbatman Feb 17, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
amazing gallery
Nothingincontrol Feb 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I used your stock here:…
Thanks :)
bluemju Jan 26, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you.
i use this on the german howrse version []…
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