Posts Tagged ‘digital painting for beginners’

A Better Way to Use Reference Images

August 22, 2015

If you’ve been following my blog posts, you’ll remember my post about http://www.ctrlpaint.com as the best resource for digital painting in Photoshop. Matt Kohr(owner of control paint) posted of video demonstration of a new simple software for organizing and arranging your photo references. You are able to pan, zoom enlarge, re-arrange your images on a single layer, on a single document that can be very good for time saving and less hassle. The program is called PureRef ,and they only ask for a donation to download the software.

Click the links below:

video demonstration for using PureRef at ctrl paint,

http://www.ctrlpaint.com/videos/a-better-way-to-use-reference-images

link to the actual software below,

http://www.pureref.com/

 

PureRef 2

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.