Stock Photo Review: Depositphotos

Depositphotos Review

For the last six months or so I have been using more stock images through the online stock houses to illustrate some of our other magazines.   Another thing I have used online imagery for is for unique stock backgrounds to paint.  It generally is not a big deal to create something quickly but there are times where I just want to cruise some sites and check out images for background purposes, a brainstorming type of activity.  When I find something totally cool that I may have fun with, I might buy it.  Backgrounds and textures are an addiction of mine much like books are; I have far too many to ever make use of but I still collect more.  I shoot textures almost daily and paint backgrounds weekly as well as sell backgrounds and textures so it seems weird that I buy them.  Half the fun though as I mentioned is seeing a large variety of images in one place to get the creative juices flowing.  Sometimes I run into a texture or background that I can use for a totally different purpose than what I was initially looking for like this fractal design that I am going to make a Corel Painter 12 brush from, or the tree frog illustration further below that I can use for the top of my email sign-up form on my Eco Village magazine.

fractal backgrounds(Fractal design background for a Corel Painter 12 brush)

One of the things that I noticed right way as I began researching companies is that there are way more stock photo sites in existence now compared to a few years ago. One of the rising stars that popped up during my research was a company called Depositphotos.   I won’t profess to have done a ton of due diligence on any specific company, them included.  I usually find some things I like about the user interface where I am looking and rock and roll. I am a visual creative and dyslexic so ease of use seems to be a big deal with me.   I like the way things are laid out at Depositphotos and it is intuitive which helps those of us over fifty to feel almost normal when attempting anything new online.

Tree Frog illustration(tree frog illustration I can use on the Eco Village Magazine opt-in form)

Another thing I like is outward communication, that is, the phone number is listed at the top of the home page and there is a chat box as well.  I have underestimated the importance of that for years with our own sites and just recently completely redid the Digital Paint Magazine site to make it more communication friendly.  I haven’t actually called the number at Depositphotos as I have not had a need to but it does add a nice layer of transparency which I like.

Depositphotos boasts 14 and a half million files and nearly one million customers. They have been around since 2008. They have been around long enough to have the bugs worked out of their system and to have a great group of images that don’t break the bank.  Like many other stock image companies Depositphotos has subscription plans or the opportunity to buy credits for less frequent purchasers.  Overall I have enjoyed my perusal of the site and came up with a few new ideas of fun things to create while I was there.  If you find yourself in need of some inspiration or images to paint cruise over and check out Depositphotos Blog  to see what you might come up with.

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Your Questions About John Derry

Michael asks…

John Tait and Mary Campbell (of Derry Ireland?)?

I’m looking for John Tait and his wife Mary Campbell born around the early 19th Century around Derry Ireland. The dates of their births and their parents names are unknown to me and that is what I’m looking for. If anyone can be of help it would be appreciated.

Timo answers:

Online searchable records for Derry/Londonderry will be going online in due course at:

http://www.brsgenealogy.ie .

Each search is priced at 5 Euros, so the cost of finding either of these people could soon mount up. You really need to get some approximate idea of their dates of birth to help narrow down the records you look at.

You also need to narrow down their location in Ireland. What you are after, ideally, is a townland ie place of origin. This website has helpful (free) advice about how to do this:

http://www.irish-genealogy-toolkit.com/Irish-ancestry.html .

There are no census records for Ireland (except for a few fragments) prior to the 1901 census. A census substitute is Griffiths Valuation which was carried out in Derry in 1858-59, and probably too late to be of help to you, but can be searched (for free) at:

http://griffiths.askaboutireland.ie/gv4/gv_start.php .

The Derry Historical Society (www.derryhistory.org) may also be of help to you.

I hope this helps. Good luck in your search.

Rebel.

Richard asks…

Does anyone know how to get in touch with JOHN PAUL MOORE Of Derry, Northern Ireland?

He was living in New York with my family and he grew up in Shantallow (sp?). He is the 4th or 5th child and has 2 younger siblings. He is about 28 or so now. Please help me. His parents are dicorced and his mother’s name is Eileen and his dad is Joe. He has a brother Joe, and Daniel, sisters are: Margaret, Eileen, Lisa and Donna…there’s another one, but I forgot her name.

Timo answers:

Try the Northern Ireland phonebook

Search for “Moore” in the town of Londonderry, as the Brits like to call it and start with the initial A, otherwise it will return too many results. Keep going through all the Moores you may come across the town name Shantallow (your spelling is correct). Good luck! Here is a link

http://www.thephonebook.bt.com/publisha.content/en/find/residential/residential_numbers.publisha

Jenny asks…

Derry City fan here – John Robertson. A good move or not?

Timo answers:

No

Donna asks…

when will john duddy fight at msg again?

I really would like to know if anyone has any idea when the derry destroyer might be in New York again

Timo answers:

Http://www.thefightcountdown.com/

John Duddy is still recovering from his nasty cut from his last fight.

Ruth asks…

John Duddy????

Has any1 heard of the great John Duddy.You must have!!!!He is a boxer and he is from the amazing DERRY!He’s goin to New York this Friday to fight in new york!GOOD LUCK JOHN DO US PROUD!!!
Plz wish him luck if u want too!He needs all the support he can have!!!

Timo answers:

Yes, there was an article about him in yesterday’s New York Daily News in a section dedicated to celebrating Irish pride in two of the larger Irish neighborhoods in New York, Woodside and Sunnyside since St. Patty’s day is right around the corner. I threw the paper out today but I can get it, scan and e-mail to you if you’d like.

**Good luck!**

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Your Questions About Corel Painter Sketch Pad

Thomas asks…

Autodesk SketchBook Express 2010 vs. Corel Painter Sketch Pad- What’s better?

I’m installing my new graphics tablet, a Wacom Intuos4. With it I get two free downloads, my options are Adobe Photoshop Elements, Autodesk SketchBook 2010, and Corel Painter Sketch Pad. I’ve already decided to go for Photoshop, but I can’t decide between Corel and Autodesk. I’ve read great things about both programs, so I’d like to hear some other people’s preferences. Thank You!

Timo answers:

Well i have painter 11 and its an ablolutly amazing program. Im not sure about sketchpad though. I would go with painter sketchpad due to the fact that autodesk isnt focused on developing programs for digital art but more for cad and 3d. I bought 3ds max 2010 and autocad 2010 and there excelent programs but there sketch pad isnt near as good as painter.

Robert asks…

Corel Painter Sketch Pad… Uploading to deviantart?

I just got a tablet and I was wondering how do I upload art from Corel Painter Sketch Pad to Deviant Art? All answers WELCOME!

Timo answers:

You can save the page out from Sketch Pad as a jpg or PNG then upload it to DeviantArt.

You can save a page with the ‘export page’ button (Third on in the top bar)

hope this helps

steve

Lisa asks…

Photoshop Elements 7, Corel Sketch Pad, or Autodesk SketchBook Express 2010?

I’m buying an Intuos4 with Corel Painter 11. The site that I’m buying from also offers the above 3 programs (of which I can pick two) for free with my purchase. My question is… which do I get? I definately want the Corel sketchpad, I’ve heard many good things about it. I’ve also heard good things about Sketchbook Express. But would it be redundant to get two sketch programs? I’ve also heard that Elements is rather slow and not too terribly good. I already own a copy of Photoshop 6, so should I risk getting Elements?
Help!

Timo answers:

Definitely one of the sketch apps. Sketch Pad will sync with Painter. My experience with Elements has been good. The newer versions are huge and open more slowly than previous versions but, once opened, they work really well. I’m inclined to recommend you get Elements 7 for a couple of reasons. PS 6 is a very old program that’s no longer supported by Adobe. If you want to download and use any of the newer brushes, plugins or actions developed for Elements or Photoshop, you’ll need the newer program (the program’s coding changed with PS7 and PS CS). Elements 7 has also made it easy to install actions – for a change;-) It has a lot more functionality than previous Elements versions. And both Photoshop and Elements have introduced Smart Objects and Smart Brushes that the older versions lacked. You don’t have to uninstall PS6 when you install Elements so, if you need to, you can always go back to it to do things that Elements might not do – like vector graphics.

David asks…

Best drawing program for sketching?

I have the wacom intuos 4, and am currently playing around with programs such as Photoshop Elements, Sketchbook Express, and Corel Painter Sketch Pad, which came free with the pad. They are very nice and easy to use, but I would like something with a larger selection of sketching tools and programs with better brush sensitivity.

What would you recommend I use for sketching, flash, and cartooning?

Timo answers:

Try GIMP it is open source freeware. There are tutorials for users.
It is the download site:
http://www.gimp.org/downloads/

Michael asks…

I’m choosing a drawing software but i don’t know what to choose?

Ok they me gave this list
Adobe Photoshop Elements 8
Adobe Photoshop Elements 6
Autodesk SketchBook Express 2010
Corel Painter Sketch Pad

But which one is the best out of all of them? But wat is the Photoshop used for basically? Should I get two, like the Corel Painter and the Photoshop Element 8 for drawings? or only the Corel Painter? Because I just want to draw and be creative.

Timo answers:

Get Corel Painter, 12 is the new version and it just came out weeks ago.

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Your Questions About Corel Painter 12

David asks…

Corel Painter?

Is this software all that it says it is? Does it do a good job?

Is the WACOM INTUOS3 9 X 12 GRAPHIC TABLET a good buy?

Thanks

Timo answers:

Wacom tablets are good products. I have used them for many years with PhotoShop.

I have no experience with Corel Painter, no doubt it will do all it says it does, but the examples they show are being done by professionals with lots of experience that get paid lots of money to create the images just to show off all the bling.

Ruth asks…

Corel Painter X?

Is this software all that it says it is? Does it do a good job?

Is the WACOM INTUOS3 9 X 12 GRAPHIC TABLET a good buy?

Timo answers:

Wacoms are always good buys. The size depends on what you will be using it for but I always recommand people to buy from wacom.
I dont use Corel so cant help you on that.

Sandy asks…

My computer’s acting weird?

Do I have a potential virus? If so, how do I fix it? Here are the computer’s symptoms:

~frozen screens, though other windows still function
~difficulty running more than three applications at a time
~files that appear to be “zipped” or “corrupted” and do not open
~extreme difficulty opening up my documents
~frequent error messages
~my files appear to be unresponsive and, though they have never been deleted, claim to say that they were
~my computer’s virus scanner continually says that nothing’s wrong even as the computer worsens

Some things that I downloaded were a “Wild Words” font, PhotoFiltre (english), Manga Studio 4.0, Corel Painter, PhotoImpact 12, and some other applications. Most of them came from CDs that I used to install a drawing tablet. I also download the newest versions of Mozilla Firefox when I am told to.

Can you please tell me how to fix up my computer? I have a LOT of information on there that cannot be replaced!

Timo answers:

This is probably a virus with a rootkit on your computer hiding the virus from your anti-virus program. Here’s some suggestions. Since your computer may be severely infected, you should take some extra safety measures.

1. Reboot your computer into Safe Mode with Networking by pressing F8 while your computer is loading, and then selecting Safe Mode with Networking when prompted.

2. Once loaded, go to http://www.malwarebytes.org and install the free version of malwarebytes.

3. Once installed, update the program to the latest database.

4. Reboot your computer into Safe Mode, by pressing F8 while it is loading, and selecting Safe Mode when prompted.

5. Once loaded, open Malwarebytes, and run a quick scan. Quarantine any threats it finds.

6. Run a full scan and quarantine any threats it finds.

7. Reboot your computer into it’s regular mode. You do not need to press F8.

8. Repeat steps 5 and 6.

Hope this helps!

Mandy asks…

Wots a good art software for windows?

My daughter is 12 next week and wants some good art software for her PC, shes really into drawing and animations and uses a tablet for this but wants some good software. I had a look at Corel painter 11 but this is not only very expensive but also too complicated and Professional, does anyone no of some child friendly software i can buy for her?

Timo answers:

Adobe photoshop is one the best imo

Richard asks…

Art software for windows?

My daughter is 12 next week and wants some good art software for her PC, shes really into drawing and animations and uses a tablet for this but wants some good software. I had a look at Corel painter 11 but this is not only very expensive but also too complicated and Professional, does anyone no of some child friendly software i can buy for her?

Timo answers:

ArtRage is quite good, from experience, and it offers a free trial if you want to see what the product is like. Unlike Painter, however, it doesn’t provide a more digital painting experience, but rather tries to recreate physical, traditional mediums in a digital form. It provides a simple, ergonomically designed layout, and includes features such as Glitter and Stencils as well as Pencil and Oil Paints.

I would recommend it for your daughter, as I have used it and found it to be quite good, though Photoshop and painter are my programs of choice. The program varies from between $20 to $80 depending on what features you want to include (if you want to upgrade from the free starter edition), but overall that is much cheaper than most other, more popular programs.

You can find the page at:
http://www.artrage.com/artragedemo.html

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Your Questions About High Resolution Images Free

Chris asks…

Dear friendz how can i get high resolution free images from net?

I am visualizer in an ad agency i need high roslution free images sites. please can anyone help me. very urgent pls.

Timo answers:

Interfacelift has some amazing pictures

Lisa asks…

dear friendz pls tell me some high resolution free images sites?

I am visualizer in an ad agency i need high roslution free images sites. please can anyone help me. very urgent pls.

Timo answers:

Morguefile.com

Thomas asks…

Please tell me some high resolution free images websites.?

As a visualiser i would like to know some HIGH RESOLUTION FREE IMAGES WEBSITE. If anybody knows PLEASE HELP ME I AM STRUGGLING.

Timo answers:

Try the link below I use 1440 x 900 resolution on my desktop and that is the site I get my wallpapers from

David asks…

where i can get high resolution images for free in internet??

can anybody provide me the site names which gives free high res images.. plzz

Timo answers:

I would suggest to check http://www.sxc.hu/ for free images

William asks…

Where can I get (free) high resolution images of famous paintings?

Like Renoir, Monet and Van Gogh.

Timo answers:

Http://www.rembrandtpainting.net/complete_catalogue/start_history_two.htm

Rembrandt’s work

http://www.artcyclopedia.com/feature-2001-05.html
this one has a lot of hires reproductions of many famous paintings.

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