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Rest In Peace Everchangingart.com

Updated on January 23, 2013

EverChangingArt, The Community For Everyone

For all intents and purposes, there will never be another site like ECA. It was where we lived to perform. It broke bad habits and created new ones.

Someday, I hope Morten will tell us that he has revived it in a new incarnation, but until then it will live here in my memory.

Here is a screen shot of me in third place for points, before Morten moved this placard elsewhere on the site. As you can see, I still think of myself in small letters. ;)

What was EverChangingArt?

Beginning just days before the September 11th tragedy, it gave many of us something else to focus on.

The brainchild of Denmark resident Morten Elbeck, the primary signups for his site were members of his family, and his local friends. And some guy that just happened to be at the right place at the right time.

I was in a Photoshop newsgroup when he ran his one and only ad and I followed the link. I didn't turn back until he had to shut it down several years ago.

ECA, as we lovingly abbreviated it, became a bridge to several of our artistic endeavors. I was already quite heavy into DeviantArt, but this offered something new. ECA was theme based. Your canvas was only allowed to be postcard sized. You earned points by your activity. Uploading and commenting were the order of the day, but you could suggest and vote on themes, create skin colors, and eventually play games.

The forums and tutorials were fun, but we started a foray into the world of Photoshop Tennis, that was in my opinion, second to none. Looking at it in the internet archives almost brings tears. Funny how you miss something so trivial as a website.

One of the last themes archived was Dust and Scratches, of course the last archive was in August and Morten didn't shut it down until sometime about November 2004. But at that time we had 1123 artists, over 14,000 images, and well over 100,000 comments posted.

Why Did It Close?

Morten could have monetized ECA fairly easily, but he swore he would never put ads on the site, because it destracted from the artistic and community nature of the site. The most ever tried was a PayPal button in the bottom corner.

Personally, I think some small advertising probably would have kept it open.

But in mid December of the closing year, his hosting company not only closed the site but deleted the content. They sited that not only was he exceeding bandwidth, he was also over his storage allowance by several gigs. Why there weren't more warnings, I don't know.

Several of us migrated other places, back to deviantArt, groups that had art themes at Yahoo Groups, Photoshop battles at our own websites, but none matched the homey feel of ECA. Several of us core members are friends on FaceBook. And I am still in contact with Morten and his wife Pernille (aka SpencerPenny and they weren't yet married as of ECA's life span)

Now the web estate itself is for sale again, as Morten has completely moved on.

The new logo was Siffen's entry in the contest. Which she won.

What Could You Do At ECA?

Well, aside from uploading, then voting. You earned different point amounts for each thing you did at the site. The point values didn't unlock anything, they just ranked how active you were on the site.

There was a tutorial wiki. Morten would add an area for any program we wanted to put up tutorials on, and we filled them up. The Photoshop, Poser and Bryce areas were the largest of course.

We had the photoshop tennis/battles.

We enjoyed voting on the next theme. Choosing from 10 user suggested themes.

We had the obvious forums which were often used for flame wars about some people's ideas of what kind of art should be allowed on ECA.

One user made regular statements with his art. Montages of current news clippings and a heavily photoshopped or even oil painted then scanned landscape or scene, with him as a central figure, or a juxtaposed figure, or even multiple poses, artfully done of course, but he never wore clothes in his pieces. Many other artists complained.

Another artist used spam pieces from emails, to create wonderful scenes. He was heavily criticized for using downplayed soft core kid porn (though when he was through, it wasn't porn anymore). He was so heavily criticized, that he left the site.

Other areas that Morten let us play included the ability to change the CSS colors and save themes for the site.

We had a wallpaper area, which allowed us to upload up to three full size pieces to the site for people to download.

We had a game area. The most popular was a tile game where you picked a tile to draw in, and you were given five pixels of the tiles around you so you could blend in the sides with what you were drawing.

Another game, was a guessing game. You were given a time limit and 20 pieces and you had to guess the artist. You were of course awarded points for each correct answer. You bet your points against the one's you lost. You could stand to lose lots of points unless you voted and commented regularly.

Commenting was another point awarded action. Comments were well received, even negative comments.

Points were also given for theme suggestions. A limit of suggestions per day was enacted early on because some people (*cough cough* not me *looks around shifty-eyed*) were very good at brainstorming up interesting ideas for themes. I think I had over 2500 suggestions after 3 years.

You could also get points for making an interesting comment about the site. Your blurb would then go into random rotation at the bottom of the page.

Books on ECAs most popular program

Adobe Photoshop CS3 Classroom in a Book
Adobe Photoshop CS3 Classroom in a Book

This thorough, self-paced guide to Adobe Photoshop CS3--written by the experts at Adobe Systems' is ideal for beginning users who want to learn key Photoshop concepts and techniques, while readers who already have some experience with Photoshop can use this book to learn Photoshop CS3's more advanced features and newest tools. Using clear, step-by-step, project-based lessons, each chapter walks readers through the creation of a specific project, with each chapter building on the reader's growing knowledge of the program, while review questions at the end of each chapter reinforce the skills learned in each lesson. Photoshop CS3, long the industry standard for digital imaging software, offers plenty of new features and enhancements for creative professionals and digital photographers alike. Users can enjoy unrivaled editing with non-destructive Smart Filters, improved curves, and adjustable cloning and healing with Preview Overlay. Increase productivity with Photoshop CS3's streamlined interface and new Photoshop Lightroom " integration. Anyone who wants to create a composite will benefit from the revamped Photomerge® tool, which lets you apply automatic layer alignment and blending to your images, while the new Quick Selection tool lets you select pixels not just by color, but by texture and shape as well. And digital photographers will be pleased to know that they can now process multiple Camera Raw images in a fraction of the time it used to take. Educational instructor notesâcreated to help teachers plan, organize, and time their lessonsâare available for this book (and for other Classroom in a Book titles) at www.peachpit.com/instructorresources.

 
Photoshop CS3 for Windows and Macintosh
Photoshop CS3 for Windows and Macintosh

This Visual QuickStart Guide uses a combination of task-based instruction and strong visuals to teach beginning and intermediate users how to create great-looking images with Photoshop. Best-selling authors Elaine Weinmann and Peter Lourekas take readers step by step through all of today's Photoshop essentials: from importing digital photos through basic color manipulation and image correction to painting, masking, using filters, and more. Hot topics like working with Camera Raw, using the improved Photomerge command (that aligns and blends layers automatically) to stitch together images, making selections using the new Quick Selection tool and Refine Edge feature, and Smart Filters are all covered.Both beginning users, who want a thorough introduction to the topic, and more advanced users, who are looking for a handy reference, will find what they need here. In this edition, using a fresh new design and now illustrated in full color, the authors have streamlined the text by focusing on the most efficient means of accomplishing a task, rather than explaining all possible methods. By the end of the book, users will have a solid foundation for working in Photoshop CS3. Additional intermediate topics can be found in the author's follow-on book: Photoshop CS3: Visual QuickPro Guide.

 
The Adobe Photoshop CS3 Book for Digital Photographers
The Adobe Photoshop CS3 Book for Digital Photographers

Scott Kelby was honored with Professional Photographer magazineâs highly coveted 2008 Hot One Award for The Adobe Photoshop CS3 Book for Digital Photographers. Hereâs what Jeff Kent, the Hot One Editor at Professional Photographer, has to say about the book: âIn a how-to published by Peachpit Press, Scott Kelby, best-selling author on Adobe Photoshop, delves into CS3 to uncover the most important and useful techniques for digital photographers. Our judges liked Kelbyâs direct approach with step-by-step instructions. In this new edition, Kelby shares even more secrets from the top pros.âShutterbug magazine chose The Adobe Photoshop CS3 Book for Digital Photographers as a Top Digital Book of 2007.  Hereâs what Joe Farace of Shutterbug has to say about the book: âScott Kelbyâs name on a Photoshop book is like the Dodge brand on the front of a pickup truck. You know itâs built RAMâor pixelâtough. Combining his famous twisted wit with unwaveringly straight tutorials, Kelby takes you through a detailed tour of Photoshop CS3 by showing how to use the new features. No fluff; just page after page of well-illustrated tutorials showing photographers how to get the most out of the new features, commands, and effects found in the latest version of Adobeâs flagship. It will get you up to speed on CS3âs new features faster than you can all by yourself.âScott Kelby, the #1 best-selling Photoshop author in the world today, once again takes this book to a whole new level as he uncovers the latest, most important, and most exciting new Adobe Photoshop CS3 techniques for digital photographers. This major update to his award-winning, record-breaking book does something for digital photographers thatâs never been done beforeâit cuts through the bull and shows you exactly âhow to do it.â Itâs not a bunch of theory; it doesnât challenge you to come up with your own settings or figure it out on your own. Instead, Scott shows you step-by-step the exact techniques used by todayâs cutting-edge digital photographers, and best of all, he shows you flat-out exactly which settings to use, when to use them, and why. Thatâs why the previous editions of this book are widely used as the official course study guide in photography courses at college and universities around the world, and this new edition for Photoshop CS3 exposes even more of the top prosâ most closely-guarded secrets. Learn How The Pros Do It Each year Scott trains thousands of professional photographers on how to use Photoshop, and almost without exception they have the same questions, the same problems, and the same challengesâand thatâs exactly what he covers in this book. Youâll learn: ⢠The sharpening techniques the pros really use. ⢠The prosâ tricks for fixing the most common digital photo problems fast! ⢠How to get great looking prints (that actually match your screen!) ⢠A whole chapter on the latest, most requested Photoshop special effects! ⢠How to color correct any photo without breaking a sweat. ⢠How to process Raw images, plus how to take advantage of all the new Camera Raw features in CS3! ⢠The portrait retouching secrets only the pros know about! ⢠How to add real automation to your work. ⢠How to show your work like a pro! Plus a host of shortcuts, workarounds, and slick âinsiderâ tricks to send your productivity through the roof! If youâre a digital photographer, and youâre ready to learn the âtricks of the tradeââthe same ones that todayâs leading pros use to correct, edit, sharpen, retouch, and present their workâthen youâre holding the book that will do just that.

 

Would anyone be interested in reviving ECA? Were you a member? Drop me a line at FaceBook (J. Aric Keith) and I'll hint at some of the other guys I've found there over the years. Yep, even Mikkel!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Man do i miss loosing hours of sleep doing work for the theme of the week. I loved ECA!!

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      sirkeystone lm 5 years ago

      @anonymous: I was trying to remember too, but I'm forgetful enogh these days, LOL

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I miss everchangingart. I miss all of you. I don't remember what my screen name was...

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      sirkeystone lm 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Amazing how much of an impact that site had on me. I think of it quite often. Good to hear from you! It's been a while.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      It's sweet to see us talking about ECA as recently as last year. Thinking of y'all with love.

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      sirkeystone lm 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Glad to hear from you! Been way too long. I'd love to hear if he revived it, even if for the photography direction.

      -Rich American Uncle Aric- LOL

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      It would be cool to see what would happen, if ECA was revived.

      One thing is for sure, things would never be the same.

      I am sure Morten will discuss it with me this evening ;)

      Another problem is, that Morten moved on from paintings and digital arts to photography. So a new ECA would probably have new cool features going that direction.

      Best, Spencerpenny aka Mortens wife

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      It was great, still miss it....