Any experienced artist knows that the composition of the tools they use—the chemistry of the paint, the ingredients of the clay—affects the quality of a finished work of art. When you are learning to become an artist, you spend a great deal of time studying how the tools behave. It is the same with digital art. This chapter reviews the fundamentals of digital art. Just as an oil painter needs to learn how the mixture of pigments and oils works with the canvas, a digital artist needs to learn how color depth, channels, file formats, and other elements factor into the quality of a digital masterpiece.
This chapter includes the following topics: