View Full Version : New Reference Image Library

06-24-2000, 09:18 AM
Just a heads up, gang - we'll be unveiling a new "reference image library" over the next few hours/days (depending on how long the Starbuck's lasts!).

Basically, you will be able to upload your favorite photos (landscapes, side of the road shots, cityscapes, people, etc.), anything really - and we'll be able to collaboratively build a "master" reference library for all of us to use on those rainy days when we're stuck with artist's block. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/biggrin.gif

Some of the features you'll see in the system include:

Everything will be in categories and sub-categories (For example, "landscapes" might be a primary category, and "mountains" might be a secondary one).
You'll be able to quickly search "what's new" (i.e. new images that have been added recently, etc.)
You'll be able to do some basic slideshow type stuff as well
A keyword search engine will make it easy to search for media by keyword, category, or filename (so searching for "lighthouse" will bring up all the images that have lighthouses in them, etc.)

This is just a brief list - there is so much more to this system. This will be a great tool, provided we can all co-manage it "nicely".

Actually, that brings up a good point. Does anyone want to volunteer to be the "administrator"? Basically, all you'd need to do is make sure that people's images are categorized the right way, add/delete new categories as needed, etc.


06-24-2000, 09:22 AM
What a fantastic idea!

I'd like to volunteer to be administrator.


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06-24-2000, 09:49 AM
You so busy.

06-24-2000, 10:21 AM
What a great idea Scott. I have a couple of very cool shots that i'd love to share! Sandra, how nice of you! Go for it! (Grab her Scott! http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif ) Cheryl

06-24-2000, 05:24 PM
Brilliant idea Scott,
We could move reference pics from projects for all to see,

06-24-2000, 05:58 PM
Great idea! I'd like to paint from some
of you all's digital photos from the Getaway in Georgia!
Haven't seen any permission yeah or nieghs
yet though.
Ps: what part of the site should we be on the lookout for the Reference Library to be at?

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06-24-2000, 07:57 PM
Just when ya' think it can't possibly get any better.....Wow!
Great idea, Scott!


06-24-2000, 08:25 PM
Okay, big update here:

Sandra - tag, you're it! I'll send you some info in email soon about how to log in to the maintenance part of the library, etc.

Tammy - of course you can paint from the GetAway pics - that's what they are here for... http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/biggrin.gif

Finally, for those who just can't seem to wait - here's a sneak peek at what it looks like.

<A HREF=http://www.wetcanvas.com/RefLib/cgi-bin/imageFolio.cgi>Follow me!</A>

A couple of things:

I put the GetAway pics from Atlanta and the ones from Llis' Giverny trip in, although I have not tagged them with descriptions yet.
I put a couple of pics in the Landscape section to demonstrate - do a keyword search for "sunset", or "farm" - try it out.

More to come soon...! http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/biggrin.gif


06-24-2000, 08:58 PM
Good idea, Rod!

I love this new system so much, I plan on migrating all the museum pics over as well. This will likely become the new "media repository" at WetCanvas!... http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/biggrin.gif


06-25-2000, 03:04 AM
What a HUGE addition this will be Scott!!!!
I think this is likely to prove to be the most popular forum yet. I pay for membership on different sites, just to have access to reference (copyright free) material...
Sandra, you can look for contributions from me - and I'll bet scads of others as well.

Once again Mr. Genius.... you done it http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif
PS: Just had an after-thought Scott. When using someones painting as a reference..maybe a specific icon is in order, that tells the viewer - "yes, you may use this painting as
a reference". ? Something like that could be also used in the critique forum if I am making any sense at all. I once sent an email asking a member if I could have permission to use his oil painting as a reference ... for watercolor. A special icon would have told me it was permitted by that artist. I am sure some folks would prefer not to have others do that. Just a thought.

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06-25-2000, 03:51 AM
Just went for a tour, works great Scott, perfect program,

Watercolours from New Zealand (http://www.artistnation.com/members/paris/rod/)

06-25-2000, 06:10 AM
Hi Carol - the bottom line here, is that if they upload it into the reference library, it's fair game.

06-25-2000, 06:24 AM
Makes sense to me Scott....we can assume that paintings posted in the other forums are not
to be used as reference material without the expressed permission from the artist.

06-25-2000, 09:48 AM
A quick update for those who are following the deployment of our new image library system:

We've built in a really cool new feature. On any thumbnail screen, you are now offered three new options for viewing the thumbnail. The system will now "simulate" what the image might look like as a "painting" or a "sketch", as well as offering a black and white (monochrome) view (great for deciphering values in a reference photo).

These will be great, as you can now get a visual idea of what a certain image (or part of an image) might look like rendered in paint, as well as get the primary lines down for a sketch.


06-25-2000, 11:12 AM
you've out done yourself Scott! http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif Thanks Cheryl

Phyllis Rennie
06-25-2000, 01:59 PM
Impressive, Scott.

06-25-2000, 03:11 PM
Scott - just visited the "Virtual Museum" photo collection..very nice to have these resources available. I want to do a LOT more browsing there..just wanted to thank you!

06-25-2000, 03:52 PM
Thanks for the kind words, gang. Keep in mind, that I'm just "getting it started", so to speak, by putting a bunch of images that I have into the system (as well as the GetAway pics, Llis' pics from France, etc.). Very soon, this will be YOUR library to maintain - each of you will be able to upload images, and tag them with descriptions, keywords, etc.

The PAINTING | SKETCH | B/W options are really neat - it's a wonderful way to experiment with a certain scene - or just to get an idea of what something might look like on canvas (at least with an impressionistic feel to it). It's personally helped me with color placement. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/biggrin.gif

The museum pics are from the WetCanvas! Virtual Museum (which will soon be re-engineered to tie directly in with this new image system). Iian has lots more queued up and ready to roll!

So, for now, enjoy the system - I'll post more specifics once we get a few more things tested. As Sandra as volunteered to be the administrator, she will be able to help govern the hierarchy of the folders, etc. Everyone else will be able to upload and provide descriptions, though. More later!


06-25-2000, 08:20 PM
Thank you Thank you Thank you Scott !!!
Awesome....... http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif Carol

06-25-2000, 08:52 PM

This is totally awesome! Thanks so much! I'm going to save a lot of money on gasoline!!!



06-25-2000, 10:22 PM
Take a peek - big update - you can now contribute (and there is a tutorial):


Phyllis Franklin
06-26-2000, 12:20 AM
Love the new features Scott!!! Black and white looks good and painting sure gives me ideas.


Yep this is Phy...llis
Sounds like Lizz.
Visit the Virtual Cafe Guerbois Today! (http://www.artistnation.com/members/paris/cafe)

06-26-2000, 12:23 AM
Scott, I can provide as many POSER computer figures as you might want for the people section,including simple animations such as walking. Let me know what you might like.

I have a sample <a href="http://webpages.charter.net/hentond/tutorimages/headlo.gif">here.

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Lynda Mortensen
06-26-2000, 12:54 AM
Well Scott, bang goes the ironing, the cleaning, the cooking, the housework.....I'll be much too busy surfing through all those wonderful pictures. If hubby can get my scanner working then I've got some lovely pics of the English Cotswolds that I can add too.
thankyou, thankyou, thankyou!!!

06-26-2000, 04:12 AM
Added some great new images this morning - search for "mountains" and then try "trees". Try converting some of these into paintings using the painting simulator - very cool!

06-26-2000, 02:05 PM
Scott - Just had to stop by and tell you (again!) how much I am enjoying the Image Reference Library. I agree with you, the functions: painting, sketch, and b&w..provide interesting variations of the original photo...This may help viewer think in different terms..and they help simplify all the information contained in the original.
Very nice!!!! Michael

06-26-2000, 02:29 PM
Thanks for the kind words, Michael. Lots more to come (and do) obviously...just want to test it a bit further before "unleashing" it on the masses... http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/biggrin.gif


06-26-2000, 06:06 PM
Originally posted by dhenton:
Scott, I can provide as many POSER computer figures as you might want for the people section,including simple animations such as walking. Let me know what you might like.


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Wow, I would get some use and help from this.
Great idea, I think.

06-26-2000, 06:33 PM
I'll create a poser category under General_Reference_Photos, then under People...feel free to log in and send 'em on! http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/biggrin.gif


06-28-2000, 02:54 PM
Scott, I have only known you a short while, but your generosity and creativity on this website continually amaze me. You must stay up 23 hours of a day thinking of new ways to make this the BEST homeplace ever for wandering artists. This new research library is fantastic!! Now WE will be spending 23 hours a day at Wet Canvas! Thanks for all your ideas that make our lives so much better and more productive. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif Karen


06-28-2000, 03:31 PM
I hate to be the legal warnging bell on this, but if somebody posts their pictures, shouldn't it include a statement releasing others to use them? Or maybe there should be a statement when you upload your images that you are implicitly allowing others to copy or take your images...sorry to raise this issue, but as the membership grows, this legal matter might come up. Especially if some soundrel posts images that aren't really theirs for others to start taking. Better forewarned....

Blue Spade Productions

06-28-2000, 03:36 PM
KDS - thanks much for the kind words. This definitely brings a lot of joy to my life. Creating a place where artists can come learn, live, and prosper has been a dream of mine for a while... ;-)

Doug - an EXCELLENT suggestion - will add that in soon!!


06-30-2000, 10:35 AM
This is so great!!

Now I have even LESS of a reason to ever leave my computer, or to attempt to venture out into the Real World.

It's so convenient to not need a life. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/wink.gif

-=- Jen / Pixelscapes
Binaries (http://www.pixelscapes.com) and blades (http://www.bewareofart.com)
(Edited to add these links)

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Joe Cartwright
07-02-2000, 04:34 AM
Thanks Scott, This is a terrific service. I will certainly add some of my pics to the library. Thanks.


07-02-2000, 07:31 PM
This the best idea since the Weel !!!!

so far so good... the pics are amazing.
Whait until I post my own ones ;0)

07-03-2000, 10:22 PM
Good directions - I got my water lilies posted by following the directions. But I made my pictures too large - when you click on the thumbnail the picture is huge! What is the ideal size so that the photo will fill the screen without needing scroll bars? I know how to take digital images and upload them to my computer but am not real smart of the size I need to make them for the web. Thanks

07-04-2000, 12:19 AM
geez scott!
don't you have a life? I mean really...pics for us to use as reference? and all the other things on this forum? KNOW what I think about it?



07-04-2000, 10:38 PM
Your best bet is to keep them no larger than 800(W) x 600(H) - I'll try to find your images and resample them tomorrow...