Archive for May, 2013

Vase Still Life painting in Photoshop cs4

May 21, 2013

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I’ve expanded my digital painting methods by taking the time to learn Photoshop efficiently along with Corel Painter. I love working in both of the programs; each has  its advantages.

For this painting I set up the still life( props, lighting and photography). The light source was a single desk lamp, used  to create dramatic light and shadows of the vase’s form. The sheet underneath was set up with wrinkles to lead the eye to the vase; to give the still life a good composition and to help guide the viewers eyes around the vase.

I set it up around 300 dpi, for the brushes I used Photoshop’s round hard brush, round soft brush, large flat brush for the background and manipulated the blender brush to soften the shadows. I used the brushes at 1oo% opacity and the brush flow between 20-50%.

Take a look at the start to beginning process.

I started out drawing an outline of the base to the best of my ability; without using any of Photoshop’s tools(ellipse tool, pen tool etc.).  The next steps I painted were the large shapes. From their I found the middle tone, shadow shapes and details along with shadow shapes last. Once I worked out the painting enough I went back to make the last adjustments. I used Photoshop’s tools to make the last few adjustment; starting with the elliptical tool to get the top of the vase’s shape correct, followed by proportions, etc.