Digital Painting in Photoshop

Book description

Have you ever considered using Photoshop to create fine art?

Photoshop is usually used for enhancing photos, but this extremely powerful software package is capable of so much more. Every feature, from brushes to background, can be customised and optimised for artistic effect. With a little guidance from a pro, your photoshop results can go from competent retouching of images to visually stunning re-interpretations of them, turning everyday pictures into breathtaking works of art.

In this beautiful and inspiring book, acclaimed artist, author and lecturer Susan Bloom shows you how to do just that. Starting with the fundamentals: creating your own artistic brushes and textured papers virtually, she goes on to demonstrate how to create a variety of classic artistic styles in Photoshop, with chapters on watercolours, pastels, charcoal and oil. Further chapters cover illustration techniques in photoshop, and using third-party software to create painterly effects.

While the results are highly polished and realistic, this is not a book written specifically for artists. The techniques are aimed squarely at the Photoshop user looking to broaden their pallette, with emphasis on altering photographs to create artwork, rather than creating artwork from scratch.

Beautifully written, clearly laid out, and guaranteeing inspiring results, this book is a must-have for every Photoshop user.

Table of contents

  1. Cover
  2. Halftitle
  3. Title
  4. Copyright
  5. Contents
  6. Chapter 1. Introduction to the Concept of Digital Painting
  7. Chapter 2. The Basic Tools for Painting in Photoshop
    1. Brushes
    2. Making Your Own Brush
    3. You Can Make a Brush from Anything
    4. Texture Libraries
    5. Brush Palette
    6. Patterns
    7. Making Your Own Patterns
    8. How to Apply a Pattern Texture
  8. Chapter 3. Charcoal Drawings in Photoshop
    1. Brief History of Charcoal
    2. Charcoal Techniques
    3. Bridal Portrait with Tiny Charcoal Marks
    4. Landscape Rendering with Smudgy Charcoal Look
    5. Conte and Charcoal Rendering
  9. Chapter 4. Pastel Drawing in Photoshop
    1. Brief History of Pastels
    2. Pastel Techniques
    3. Making a Pastel Brush
    4. Printing Considerations
  10. Chapter 5. Painting with Watercolors in Photoshop
    1. Brief History of Watercolor
    2. Watercolor Technique
    3. Watercolor Brushes
    4. Pattern Stamp Watercolor Technique
    5. Art History Brush Watercolor Technique
    6. Simple Two-Layer Watercolor Painting
  11. Chapter 6. Painting with Oil Paints in Photoshop
    1. Brief History of Oil Painting
    2. Impasto Technique
    3. Bevel and Emboss Layer Style Oil Painting
    4. Portrait Painting Using Bevel and Emboss
    5. Printing Considerations
  12. Chapter 7. IllustrationTechiaques in Photoshop
    1. Stylize – Find Edges Illustration Technique
    2. Faux HDR Illustration
    3. Pen-and-Ink with Aquatint Illustration
    4. Dreamy Soft Focus Effect
    5. CutOut Illustration
  13. Chapter 8. Effects Using Third-party Software as Photoshop Plug-ins
    1. Nik Color Efex Pro 3.0
    2. Alien Skin’s Snap Art
    3. Combination of Mediums Using Alien Skin’s Snap Art
    4. Ben Vista’s PhotoArtist 2
    5. In Conclusion
  14. Index

Product information

  • Title: Digital Painting in Photoshop
  • Author(s): Susan Ruddick Bloom
  • Release date: November 2012
  • Publisher(s): Routledge
  • ISBN: 9781136110856