Chapter 26. Creating Digital Art from Scratch

Up to now, we've mostly talked about how to correct existing images such as photographs. Sometimes, you need to create your own images, such as logos and Web buttons. Using the painting and drawing tools in Elements, it's easy to create art. And by adding some special touches, such as layering and effects, you can develop some pretty impressive images. Let's begin by setting color.

Choosing Colors

The tools in Elements use the foreground color, the background color, or a combination of both. So before you use most tools, you should set these colors. Some tools give you the option of selecting a color for use with just that tool, as you'll see shortly.

The simplest way to select a color for the foreground ...

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