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Hi! Welcome to the Digital Art categories central! The following article is intended to be a quick guide on the Digital Art categories to get you started, most of the descriptions included here came  from past Project Educate articles (so thanks for all the current and past CVs for their indirect help :P) and will include links to more articles if you want a more deep insight of said category, as well as a list of CVs you can send your DD suggestions to. (As of December 2012, for the updated list of current volunteers you can always check this blog)

    But first, what is considered DIGITAL Art?

    Digital Art includes every artwork created with the use and/or help of digital software and tools. Said in simple words: art you create with a computer (or other devices like a tablet or even a cellphone) and usually with the help of tools like a mouse, a pen and tablet or even a trackpad, etc. Some of the most famous digital software nowadays include: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Corel Draw, PaintoolSAI, Gimp, Apophysis, Maya, Poser, and a very large etc. 
    Fire Within Me by AF-studios The Seven Deadly Sins: VANITY by dahlig Impossible LOV3 ver.3 by Bluefley
    Tribal Charger by SmokinGrafix RANT by xyphid
    All the children are insane by moodSwing08 Three Kingdoms - Xiao Qiao by Artgerm Light of night by fractist
    Digital Art on deviantArt is composed by the following main sub-galleries:

    3-Dimensional Art

    3D art is created by manipulating polygon meshes and molding them into objects, characters, and scenes.
    Tribal Charger by SmokinGrafix Selfillumination by Kutsche Children's room by AleksCG


    Art created through the use of digital programs and tools that simulate traditional drawings, a two dimensional presentation of a character, object or scene. Just like its Traditional counterpart, there is a wide variety of different styles of drawings, from those cartoony looking with very visible linearts and marked colors to those who step in the borderline of being considered paintings.
    Cold Feet by ktshy Push Tha Button by Samurai-PET taking a nap by conronca

    Fractal Art

     Fractal Art is a genre concerned with fractals—shapes or sets characterized by self affinity (small portions of the image resemble the overall shape) and an infinite amount of detail, at all scales. Fractals are typically created on a digital computer, using an iterative numerical process.
    Ventanales by Juniae Queen of the Rain by lindelokse Encapsulation 1 by MarkJayBee

    Mixed Media

    Digital Mixed Media is meant to hold deviations that have been created using at least two DIGITAL art forms: Paintings/Drawings/Airbrushing, Photomanipulation, 3-Dimensional, Fractals and Vectors/Vexels. There is a misconception that this category is meant for artworks combining traditional and digital elements, however this is not true, as Traditional Art also has its own Mixed Media sub-category.
    Flower Secret by redjuice999 Line-Dots-Seperate by YukoRabbit Pencil Vs Camera - 32 by BenHeine

    Paintings & Airbrushing

    Art created through the use of digital raster based programs and tools that simulate traditional painting and airbrushing. Similar to Drawings, there is also a great variety of styles that often simulate their traditional couterparts, like impressionism of hyperrealism.
    Samurai Spirit 5 - Slasher by Artgerm Virtuoso by alicexz faithful mirror by Apofiss


    Photomanipulations are images that have been composed of two or more photographic elements to create something new. In order for an artwork to be considered as Photomanipulation it needs to be composed of two different images combining. No simple changing of hues, applying filters, etc. They must be from photographs, i.e. not brushes or paint and the end result must be more than enhancing a photograph. The product is completely separate and distinguishable from its parts.
    Yellow Brick Road by larafairie Chronoscape- thundersnow chapter cover by alexiuss Go your own road by alltelleringet

    Pixel Art

    Art created hand laying individual pixels one at a time. In simple words: the artist creates the artwork pixel by pixel through the use of a raster based program, for example, Photoshop. In the older days there was also the characteristic of limiting the palette to just a few colors, this due mainly because of the technological limitations of those years, however nowadays Pixel Art can be created using more varied palettes.
    Curiousity by fool :thumb48774850: Raison D'etre by ichigo-tan


    Stereoscopy, commonly known as '3-D' is a method of creating an image which creates an illusion of depth. This works by showing a slightly offset picture to your left eye than your right eye, making things appear further forward or back into the picture. Unlike the 3D gallery described previously, which is for art created in a computer program which uses X, Y and Z coordinates, Stereoscopy can be photography, drawings, sculpture, anything as long as it somehow offers a different image to each eye in order to create something with the illusion of depth.
    Rapunzel in 3D by B-AGT :thumb318864502: Stereoscopic: Tindahan by lires

    Text Art

    You can compare Text Art to Pixel Art. But instead of square shapes you use letters or glyphs to create an image. What you need is a monospaced or fixed-width font.
    John Lennon ASCII by halftone deviantART ANSI Logo by roy-sac Imagetext by iBlinkant


    Typography is the art and technique of arranging type, designing a type face or modifying letters. The arrangment of type involves choosing a typeface, setting a font size and line height, adjusting spaces between words (tracking) and letters (kerning) and many more things.
    A Hug by arhcamt typo: britney (toxic) by mackill IMAGINATION by dzeri


    Art created in a vector-based program. Vector art is the use of primitives such as Points, Lines and Curves. The vector programs keeps track of the relationship between these primitives. This allows the images created, to be scaled and rescaled without loosing quality or becoming pixelated. This is in opposition to "raster (or bitmap) graphics" which is an image represented by a collection of pixels.
    lakeside by LimKis 1310 by ya-na Amphitrite by Rockfield


    Art created in a raster based program like Photoshop in the style of a vector that consists of shapes. Vexels are layered shapes made on raster layers, filled with solid colour or gradients and look similar to vectors. The main difference between vexel and vector is that vexels are made on raster layers and vectors are made on vector layers. In other words: a vexel looks like a vector, but if you rescale it, it will get pixelated.
    Game of Thrones: Only Ruins Will Remain by xUshiwakax she's hearing voices. by intoyourheart Snow White Queen by CarolBarajas


    Basically, digital art that doesn't fit in any other category.
    Gangnam Style Guide by Cardemm love by volond USB-tan :WIP: by Mikeinel

A quick guide on the different Digital Art categories of deviantArt
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SarahTehCat Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What about technical drawings/images? I consider them an artform just the same as other, more "typical" artforms.
Thiefoworld Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2015
Definitely! And they have their category as well, they can go into Digital Art > Drawings & Paintings > Illustrations > Technical… :)
SarahTehCat Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome! Many thanks! 

I'm new here on DeviantArt, so I'm still getting used to the categories. Haha!
Thiefoworld Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2015
No worries! That's what Project Educate is for! :D
Dragona15 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very informative. I had no idea that digital art went way beyond raster, vector and 3D. Well done!
Thiefoworld Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013
What about them? :?
From what I saw, all of them are in a very correct category...
QueenLucySusan Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013
oh, nothing now. I now know. Nothing. it's ok.
ginkgografix Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
Why do i see a "edit with writer" button? D:
Thiefoworld Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
You're a contributor in #projecteducate, administrative members of a group with enough privs can edit the group's journals no matter who the original author is, (similar to how it used to be before the introduction of writter) I believe this is a relatively recent change :P
ginkgografix Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
Oh, right. Haven't thought of that.
jennystokes Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Professional General Artist
Very well done.
However: there are so many different ways of doing things now.
I found a method of using one photo changing it and manipulating it in photoshop, everyone thinks it's Fractal.
It isn't!
pica-ae Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
leomon32 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Hopefully you didn't explain the subcategories cause each time I have a bunch of problems to choose from xP
rilakkuma1212 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Very helpful. Thanks!
Que-ink Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
PolyMune Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Really well detailed and very informative :la: nicely done!! :clap:
VanArt94 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Nicely done! It's nice to see examples of the categories for the digital art and to know that their is more than one type of style with it. :clap: Awesome~ This will really help new and older artists to get a better understanding of the category.
Egil21 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
:clap: Great article!
rydi1689 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Epic introduction is epic. I am baffled. The descriptions are so clear and concise, very nicely explained! The featured works also add to the explanations and create a nice layout too! :love: Good job!
xItsElectric Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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