What a miracle worker Photoshop is! It can transform an ordinary piece of work into something extraordinary and make a mediocre effort look good. It takes some time to get to grips with its functions, and I’m at the basic level, but it’s worth the effort.
I’ve included some of the personal projects I’ve worked on. In some, I have hand-drawn my own images then given them the photoshop treatment, while in others I’ve transformed photos to give them a bit of a make-over. Nothing technical or particularly clever, just one person’s use of a great tool.
David Hockney caught my attention with his huge images of trees and lanes in rural Yorkshire. It was not so much the subject matter as the means of producing them. His canvas was a tablet and his tools were all contained in an app. It was a revelation, not just because it was Hockney, the master of pencil and brush, but because the results were incredible. In fact they were blown up to a huge size and exhibited.
I’ve taken it up myself and found it’s not as easy as he makes it look, unsurprisingly. Nevertheless, it can produce half decent results as it makes you draw and paint in a completely different way, even if you hadn’t intended to. Anyway, there are some examples here. See what you think.
A digital image I made for a birthday card to give to a cruise-loving colleague at work. I created it on Sketchbook Pro.
This is an extreme example of word association to help remember name. It's one of my wife's idiosincracies. Associate a name with a famous person, past or present, and, hey presto, it can't be forgotten! The names to be remembered here are friends of my son, David....that is, Phil, Andrea and Nicholas.
I created this in Photoshop, using layers of course. The car is on the top layer, the group on the bottom, forming the background, and the car occupants on the middle layer. I can't remember exactly how I showed they were in side the car but when I do I'll add it to the post. The text and speech bubble were a simple addition to the final picture. I feel obliged to add that the name should be Papadopolis, not Papapadopolis, and the Nicholai name is spelled phonetically.
When I drew and painted every single flower in my rockery way back in the 80s, (see "sketchbook" page) it was for no other reason than I enjoyed doing it. End of. Stuck into diary pages and put away. Never could I have imagined the sort of application and manipulation of stuffy old sketches which digital imaging allows. This card was created in Photoshop and, with appropriate text, can be tailor-made for a friend or relative.
For any nerd who may be reading this, I started with one of those flower pages and isolated one of the flowers - cut and pasted on Photoshop. I applied the magic wand tool to select the white area around the flower and selected the small areas trapped inside the flower. Delete and fill with black using the Paint Bucket Tool. Then I inversed the selection so that the flower is selected and deleted (flower gone). Again using the Paint Bucket Tool, fill with a colour. Tidy up with Crop Tool. For the final picture, open a large canvas, go to Layer - Duplicate Layer. Move each into place along the line and fill with chosen colour. Bob's your uncle!