Adding a paint drip

Paste a copied paint drip into your alpha channel, using the visible composite channel to aid with proper positioning. 1 I Copy the selected drip and return to your working file. Create a new channel, ensuring that color indicates masked areas (the default setting). Target your new channel and enable the visibility of your CMYK composite channel in the channels palette. 2 I Now that you have your new channel targeted and your composite channel visible, paste the copied art into your new...

Become part of the Creative Photoshop community

Your exploration into the artistic side of working with Photoshop does not end with this book. Visit the Creative Photoshop website and explore the user forum. Share knowledge with, and ask questions of other readers. Be sure to post your finished images within the user forum for everyone else to see. Submit the works you've created by following the chapters here, or post your own work, showcasing your new creative Photoshop skills. Join the Creative Photoshop community at...

Derek

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Lowbrow

There is evidence of a reckless approach inherent in the majority of urban art. This, along with pop-culture subject matter, is what some argue sets it apart from the world of mainstream art, giving it the derogatory sounding tag of being 'lowbrow'. However, with a lack of mainstream acceptance comes a sense of freedom. Not only is no subject too taboo, but the techniques of execution are less limited than within mainstream art. Paint is thrown around with abandon, new elements are added on top...

Refine edge

CS3 offers another method for expanding selections, amid a plethora of other features in the new Refine Edge option. When you have a selection active, click on the Refine Edge button in the tool Options bar. Drag the Contract Expand slider to the right to enlarge the selection boundary, expanding the selection. Or, instead of dragging the slider, you can enter a numeric value in the field. 14 I Use the Pen tool to draw a closed path component that surrounds the outer perimeter of the diamond...

Dual brushes

Now we'll explore the dual brush function in the brushes palette, creating entirely new brushes from combinations of custom brush tips. 1 I Choose your first custom brush tip from the tool preset picker. Then, in the brushes palette, click on the Dual brush label at the left side of the palette to enable the dual brush function and access the settings. 2 I Choose your second custom brush tip from the tool preset picker. Enable the random brush flip option at the upper right and set the mode to...

Starter file

The image file needed to follow along with this chapter and create the featured illustration is available on the accompanying CD. This file can be found in the folder entitled chapter_05. 1 I Open up the starter.jpg file. This is the image we're going to use as the template for our illustration. Generally, it is easier to see what you're doing when tracing, if the image is less intense. Create a new solid color layer by choosing the solid color option from the create new fill or adjustment...

Tracing Photographs

Creating striking illustrations in Photoshop is easy when you use photography as your starting point. You don't really need any traditional drawing skills, you simply need to understand which tools are right for the task at hand, and how to use them to your advantage. All of the details and divisions of color necessary to create a stunning illustration exist in your photography, you just need to recognize the potential within the image and make use of it. The technique of illustrating over...

Photocopier Meets Photoshop

Photocopier Photoshop

Photoshop, to many, represents perfection. But while we strive to achieve perfection, let us not overlook the beauty of imperfection. If you're an urban dweller, pay attention to what is surrounding you as you wander the streets. You'll notice photocopied flyers and posters plastered all over the place. You'd be hard pressed to find a better example of imperfect, yet beautiful, artwork. This is the art of the underground scene. Local bands and underground artists do what they can with what they...

Acknowledgements

Speaking of babies, a big hug and thank you goes out to our wonderful daughter Charlotte. Her mission thus far seems to be teaching the old man that there is much more to life than work. She is succeeding. Thanks to my mother for always being supportive in my pursuit of art. She always made sure that I received art supplies every year at Christmas. I imagine she plans to continue the tradition with her new granddaughter, hint hint. Thanks to Garrick Webster for writing the foreword to this...

Creating Characters with Shape Layers

Animate Characters With Shape Layers

When it comes to creating flat, sharp, and colorful characters in Photoshop, it is always advantageous to involve the use of vectors. Vectors are mathematical objects that define shapes or curves. Unlike pixels, vectors are resolution independent. This means that they can be scaled to any size, edited, or transformed an infinite amount of times without any deterioration of clarity or loss of detail. In Photoshop, vector art can be integrated into your image files in the form of paths, vector...