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Photoshop/Elements Tutorial Series - Digital Art process

UPDATE I will continue to add new tutorial links to THIS, one journal.

As I add photoshop tutorials, they will go here. That way you can just favorite this one journal. From now on, new journals will simply let you know that this one has been updated with a new tutorial.


Although, I am categorizing the series as a “how to”; it is based on a new artwork, the direction of which I have no idea what it will be. So it’s also a live journal of my process in creating THIS particular digital artwork.

Many Digital Artists on Red Bubble need no guidance whatsoever. You know who you are. ;)

This series does not assume anyone’s knowledge or skill level with tools of the trade. If you have just about any version of Photoshop Elements or Photoshop or even Gimp, you should be able to just get started working on an image. Tutorials run from 4-5 minutes, maximum.


Photoshop Digital Art – How to Erase and Blend Objects

      How to erase and blend objects. For Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, or similar photo editing programs. Erasing is the most basic, and possibly the most critical skill of digital artists working with photo-manipulation.
Photoshop Digital Art – How to Erase and Blend Objects Time: 5:00

Added August 20, 2009.


Photoshop Digital Art – Dipixelating Low Resolution Objects

      Sometimes, using low resolution stock or image files for objects in large artworks is unavoidable. Here’s how to fix the ugly pixelation that would otherwise be noticeable in digital art at full size.
Photoshop Digital Art – Dipixelating Low Resolution Objects Time: 4:32

Added August 25, 2009.


Photoshop Digital Art – Add and Blend Cat Hair

      How to add and blend Cat Hair without special brushes. For Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, or similar photo editing programs that include a smudge tool.
Photoshop Digital Art – Add and Blend Cat Hair Time: 4:59

Added August 23, 2009.


Photoshop Digital Art – Showcase Your Art in a Virtual Room

      Help prospective buyers visualize your art in their home or office building by showing it in a virtual setting. This tutorial shows how to use licensed stock photos of interiors, and place your framed art on the wall! Novice level tutorial for Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, GIMP, or similar image editing program.
Photoshop Digital Art – Showcase Your Art in a Virtual Room Time: 4:40

Added October 8, 2009.

Links to a few artworks where I use this technique to showcase the image in the description area:
Alice Still Lives Here
Rain Dance (2, scroll it)
The Deep Sleep
(and some now private works like “River Sprite” and “What is it about Milly”, “Time to Fly”, others)


Photoshop Digital Art – Drop Shadows

      Easily make shadows (or “drop shadows”) for objects in Photoshop Elements. Novice level tutorial for Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, GIMP, or similar image editing program.
Photoshop Digital Art – Drop Shadows Time: 2:41

Added January 3, 2010.

See also my Easy Drop Shadows graphic Tutorial [2009-Jan-01]


REPAIR SERIES

Photoshop Digital Art – Repair Object

      Learn to repair objects in Photoshop. This tutorial shows how to fix portions of photographed objects, where part of the object was originally hidden, or in bad shape. Useful for Graphic or Digital Fine Art compilations! Novice level tutorial for Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, GIMP, or similar image editing programs for artists, by artist, F.A. Moore.
Photoshop Digital Art – Repair Object Time: 2:28

Added January 14, 2010.
tags: Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, repair, fix, f.a. moore, redbubble, digital art


Photoshop Digital Art – Remove Object in Object

      Learn to repair objects in Photoshop. This tutorial shows you how to finesse the Clone Tool to remove unwanted objects-on-objects in your photograph, and the Smudge tool to restore the background object. Often a photo will contain a pesky, unwanted string across a critical area, or perhaps you want to clean up a messy desk. Here is how to remove unwanted objects and restore the background object. Useful for Graphic or Digital Fine Art compilations! Level: Beginner to Novice, for Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, GIMP, or similar image editing programs for artists, by artist, F.A. Moore.
Photoshop Digital Art – Remove Object in Object Time: 2:41

Added January 14, 2010.
tags: Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, GIMP, F.A. Moore, Clone tool, Smudge tool, repair, fix, tutorial, digital art


REDBUBBLE QUICKIE TUTORIAL

RedBubble T-Shirt and Sticker tutorial

      How to make RedBubble T-shirts and Stickers from your artwork.
RedBubble T-Shirt and Sticker Tutorial Time: 2:11

Added May 16, 2010.
tags: RedBubble, T-shirts, Stickers, How to, Tutorial, F.A. Moore, video


History

May 2010: Added quick how to for T-shirt and Sticker making.

January 2010: There are more tutorials in various stages of processing, created with this “Untiled-1” series. The series is now titled, and uploaded to my art portfolio as of December 31, 2009. The series is titled “Alice in Wonderland”. I hope you will view the completed series of art and enjoy it.

August 2009: You will note how I have a BUNCH of objects laying around, seemingly willy nilly, on this rather large psd canvas (9000 × 6000 pixels). It’s untitled, and I only vaguely know where it’s going, at the moment, even three (3) tutorials into the series, so far.

Some facts as of August 25, 2009:

  1. about 15 or so objects are laying around on the canvas
  2. I started out with 17, that are shown in the video. The image below is after more erasing was done and 2 objects were nixed. Guess which ones.
  3. objects are sized to approximately what they might eventually be
  4. I may or may not use any or all of these objects
  5. I will erase carefully around each, regardless if they will be used; unless I determine that I don’t like them.
  6. Once any object is perfectly cleared of its background, it will go into an “objects.psd” file; so I can use it in some other image, any time.
  7. Objects are generally placed close to where I think they may end up.
  8. I have already placed the background
  9. I have already done some work on the main figure and her mirror.
  10. The window has already been transformed (perspective) and placed about where I want it.
  11. Importantly, I have just received, before uploading this tutorial, permission that I needed from one stock provider who doesn’t allow use of her stock off of DA or in commercial-type works, without express permission. That allows me freedom to continue this series, as intended and upload to YouTube. Stock permission is critical to my work. If you watch the tutorial, you’ll note the rolling credits at the end.
  12. This erasing/blending and depixelation tutorials focus on the candelabra, shown at 200% scale during the tutorials.
  13. There may be easier ways to do this. But I don’t take “easy” when precision is required. Plus PSE does not have all the tools of PS. ;)
  14. I’m working in Adobe Photoshop Elements 6.0 for the Mac. It is different from 1.0, which I worked in for over a decade, as I discovered just a week or so ago; in that it imports abr (Adobe brush files), has a photo bin/viewer at its base, and does NOT have the fabulous Airbrush eraser from version 1. It also dropped the fantastic ability for the transform handles to cross an object over itself. Otherwise, the differences are almost purely user interface. This note is added to satsify the curious. :)

Bmail me or ask questions here, if you like.

I’d love for you to rate, comment, and subscribe to my channel (“francorpier”) at YouTube. Thanks. ;)

Frannie


Photoshop Elements Layer Palette, per request [2009-Jan-01]


The layer palette in use, shown to the right of the PS/E screen

This work was the basis for my Alice in Wonderland series.
Don’t Ask Alice
Alice’s Window
Please Ask Alice, and
Alice Still Lives Here
The series is the finished product of the work shown throughout the above tutorials.


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