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Photoshop CS2: Artistic Effects with Canvases, Filters, and Layers
You may want to create artistic images from your photographs with Photoshop Filters, but you soon discover that your images seem too simplistic or “digital” for your taste. In this tutorial, Linda explains that the reason behind this problem often lies in the background, or in the canvas or paper that you choose to use for your artistic adventures. You’ll receive artistic canvas and paper backgrounds for your use with this article, as well as steps on how to create more realistic pastel and watercolour renderings from your photographic images with these backgrounds.
Study the Masters
If you attended an art school (not a graphic design school), you probably spent most of your first year replicating masters’ works in a museum setting. These lessons were necessary to help you learn how the “pros” created their drawings and paintings. From this point, you could then develop your own style.
While Photoshop filters provide the digital artist with a variety of tools to create a ‘painting’ from a photograph, these filters are either simplistic or they overdo the obvious. Even the addition of “just one more filtered layer” often falls short from your goal. So how do you know what looks “right” as you begin to add filtered layers to achieve an artistic effect?
Linda Goin carries an A.A. in graphic design, a B.F.A. in visual communications with a minor in business and marketing and an M.A. in American History with a minor in the Reformation. While the latter degree doesn't seem to fit with the first two educational experiences, Linda used her 25-year design expertise on archaeological digs and in the study of material culture. Now she uses her education and experiences in social media experiments.
Accolades for her work include fifteen first-place Colorado Press Association awards, numerous fine art and graphic design awards, and interviews about content development with The Wall St. Journal, Chicago Tribune, Psychology Today, and L.A. Times.
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