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Offline bushidofox

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« on: October 18, 2004, 10:50:10 pm »
Hello everyone, I have a bit of a dilemma.  I am wondering how many of you touch up your art with Photoshop.  I find it very useful, and using the "Artistic" tools, many effects can be generated - such as "Watercolor".  But that is the problem, it doesn't feel like my art anymore after image processing like that.  Am I splitting whiskers here?

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« Reply #1 on: October 18, 2004, 11:42:09 pm »
I personally don't like using the "artistic" filters on my artwork. I like to paint my own colors the way I want them, and to me those plugins tend to "cheapen" artwork. I takes away alot of the artistic control you have over your image.

If you are just looking to be able to digitally paint using watercolor brushes, or the other tools in that filter menu, there are many programs out there that simulate those brushes. I recommend trying to use one of those programs instead. (Art Rage is free and awsome, but there are others out there too)
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« Reply #2 on: October 19, 2004, 12:52:52 am »
I just have Adobe photoshop Im not sure if its the same thing or not but my art sucks if I try and color with the program. I usually use color pencils then blend and retouch with the comp. I use it to add tiny details aswell. stuch I cant draw in very well (like beadworking on a dress or eye details)

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« Reply #3 on: October 19, 2004, 12:56:06 am »
Good points.  Yes, I do use things like blur and despeckle - maybe I'd better not use PS for anything else but light retouching.

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« Reply #4 on: October 19, 2004, 01:42:52 am »
For my art, I use Photoshop for coloring. I don't massively re-touch the original drawings, just clean them up so I can leave the drawn lines and then stick the color between them.

Also, the only filter I really use is "Gaussian Blur". The other filters are goofy when used willy-nilly.

Really, it's up to you how much you use PS and how. It's just another tool, and whether you want to wield it is your personal decision.

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« Reply #5 on: November 26, 2004, 07:40:37 am »
When im using photoshop for editing my art i usualy re-do the whole image (use the line tool to do the edges then colour it all in) then i have a photoshopped version and real version

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« Reply #6 on: November 26, 2004, 05:30:56 pm »
I just started using photoshop. I generally tend avoid most of the filters, but use some in moderation, like the motion blur for rain or grass effects. I would like to know other ways to make rain and grass though. I ususally draw my images first with pencils and ink, then color it in photoshop.
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« Reply #7 on: January 29, 2005, 11:23:17 pm »
I heavily use photoshop on almost all of my finished pieces.  Mainly I drawn a quick sketch on paper (so much easier to get line weights with pen/pencil than on PC) then scan it into my computer at an insanly high resolution, redo all the lines with the pen tool, then color the clean image.  

At work I also use PS alot as well, the only two filters I find myself using constantly are the blur and sharpen tools.  The rest are mainly fluff.
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« Reply #8 on: March 02, 2005, 03:48:43 am »
As a graphic designer as well as a painter and sketch artist, I frequently mix my media. I have no problem using Photoshop to apply effects to my tastes. I am the master of my artwork, and if it takes using a program to add an effect I can't do otherwise, I have no qualms with using it.

Similarly, I frequently draw things that I would like to color on computer. This gives better control over color and texture, and can later be colored in by hand without any difficulty on the original piece, should I choose to do so.

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« Reply #9 on: March 02, 2005, 05:09:46 am »
If it doesn't feel right, don't use it.

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« Reply #10 on: March 10, 2005, 01:11:49 pm »
I often find that I haven an easier time achieving the effects that I want with a program than with real media. Is it just because I can go back and change it on a whim? I don't really think so... I actually feel like it's easier to just get it right in the first place. It has a totally different feel to drawing, and I find it easier for me.
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« Reply #11 on: March 10, 2005, 03:16:20 pm »
I normally draw with just pencils and paper, though I'll add the color in photoshop. As far as the PS filters go, I tend not to use them most of the time, but if they can give you the effect you want then I see nothing wrong with using them. The secret to using them is to make it look like you did not. Which normally involves using multiple filters.

Aside from blur, I would say clouds and add noise are ones I've found myself using fairly often. Although there are a lot of them that don't seem teribly useful.

Its not a filter, but is there any real use for the art history brush?  That's one just seems lame to me. Note: I said ART history brush, not just the history brush. The art history brush makes these wierd squiggles. It seems way too limited on what you could use it for to me, so I don't think it really belongs be on the toolbar.

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« Reply #12 on: March 10, 2005, 11:37:13 pm »
Err... I don't know much about all the new stuff Photoshop can do. The last one I used was 3.0. '<img'> And that did everything that I wanted.
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« Reply #13 on: March 14, 2005, 03:10:09 am »
3.0?

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« Reply #14 on: April 13, 2005, 01:30:42 pm »
With scanned art, I'll use Photoshop 7 to clean up the specks and smudges. That's about it, as far as traditional art goes. With airbrushed art (like my avatar, for example) I'll do both the drawing and coloring in Photoshop.

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« Reply #15 on: April 14, 2005, 06:39:46 pm »
Due to vision problems I am pretty much limited to computer assited artwork.  Photoshop is one of the programs that I use to draw and color freehanded with a digital pad.

The computer is handy to correct errors created by my eyes. A vertical line  or object can be more than 20 degrees out if  I am not careful.  So I usually reverse the image or overlay a grid to keep it streight.

One big thing I use is layers. They allow testing different ideas on a background or character with cutting.. I also use the smuge tool, and the lighten and darken(burn) tool.. The blur tool for some shadows. That's about it for most work.
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Obiviously someone who knows photoshop inside out can make some fantastic pictures.  But is it their art?  
That seems to be in each viewers opinion.

Using it to help with digital drawing isn't really that much different than learning to use other tools in the art world.

As with all new media people use to create with, it will always be judged against the old.

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« Reply #16 on: April 14, 2005, 10:33:49 pm »
I'm so ghetto i use MS Paint if i want to edit.