Listening to: Coldplay
Reading: Harry Potter
I don't know if anyone is reading this or not, but I'd like to say something about premade backgrounds for photomanipulations. Recently, I've been trying to make a few photomanips and when looking for background stocks, have found TONS of premades.
Now, there are some very nicely made premades that blend skies and castles and trees and tons of other features. The people who make them credit the different pieces involved and do a good job blending the stocks.
And then, there are the people who take some water and a sky and stick the together. They just cut up the stocks and paste. There is no work involved at all. Anyone could do this. Even worse, there is no credit for the components (or just something like- deviant art or sxc.hu).
I wish that there would be a sub-category for premades in the Resources category. It's really hard to find decent backgrounds when every other image is some mangled stock thing.
That is all.