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Monday, September 11, 2006

photoshoppin' redeux

There are a lot of different things one can do in Photoshop and Illustrator to either create art, of enhance artwork that you would scan into the computer. I've been learning different tips and tricks through a lot of trial and error, and I've come to find out that sometimes less is more. I like a lot of the tricks and enhancement you can do to an image, digitally, but I think the more you mess with a picture, there are times where more damage than good can be done.

I've been sticking with simple things, like the Levels and Gradient tools, to give some old pics a sense of new life, and add some more weight and effect to them. Sometimes I go in knowing what I want, and others I just start clicking around and see what happens.

Both of these old pics, I knew what I wanted, and used the noise that was already on the paper from the first one to get the "wintry" feel to the background, and with the latter one, I just wanted that overhead light we see him shielding his eyes from.

Digital manhandling of pics can be fun, but I think over-reliance on it can lead it to it being a crutch, instead of a useful tool.

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