Learn Photo Editing
With today's large-size printers, no one should have to go through the pain of producing a full-size, tape rendering, with all the masking and paint spraying. A scanned line drawing of your design is all you need to render your car in Photoshop, and make it look like the real thing. Print it large, hang it up on the wall, and blow away the competition Full-size side view rendering in Photoshop Full-size side view rendering in Photoshop Now you are ready to sculpt your design. Study pictures or photographs to see how different colors with or without metallic paint reflect the environment. Have a plan of how you want to portray the body and the changes of surfaces on your design. Photoshop is a wonderful tool to allow you to add shadow and highlights to your design. Click on the dodge tool to highlight and use the burn tool to darken your image. You are working with the existing pixels and don't have to worry about masking etc. You can see how I have highlighted the shoulder of the car...
In a modern design studio the ability to use Photoshop, or indeed any PC or Macintosh based image-editing and rendering package, can lead to faster and more consistent work on a great variety of levels. Tie this with Alias 3D and PowerPoint skills and you become a more employable designer. This tutorial will guide you through a method you can use to design render alloy wheels using Adobe Photoshop, and is intended for those with a reasonable understanding of working in Photoshop. This 2D technique can be used to quickly illustrate and explore a range of design proposals, in conjunction with 3D modelling. Along the way you will hopefully learn new tools and techniques that you can apply to your own Photoshop work. Tools used Adobe Photoshop You should now be able to create a very basic alloy wheel design using Photoshop. The techniques you have learned here are simple yet can be combined to produce some astonishing results. The important thing to remember is that when working on the...
It doesn't matter if the car was sketched on excellent marker paper or on a napkin at 'In-n-Out Burger'. It only needs to be just the thing you like and you want to present. Import the scan into Photoshop, duplicate the layer, clear the background layer, and set the transparency of the copied layer to 35 . This way you can see the sketch, still have a white background, and make the underlay sketch invisible once you're finished.
When you scan in your artwork, you need to make one more decision. When using the most common software, Photoshop, you have to choose the correct mode because this helps format the item being scanned in for optimum reproduction. Photoshop offers several different settings to choose from bitmap, grayscale, RGB, and CMYK, each one appropriate for different purposes. If you're not using Photoshop, then the program you're using will have its own mode setting. However, it will also have bitmap, grayscale, RGB, and CMYK, as these are all universal. The next sections look at the pros and cons of each in more detail, so you can choose the right setting at the right time for your work.
Drawing your cartoon is the first step scanning it into the computer is the second. Step three is using a computer program, such as Photoshop, to transform your cartoon by cropping, editing, enhancing, lightening, darkening, shading, adding color, or just about any other editing graphic you can think of. Because Photoshop is by far the best program for working with digitalized art, I focus the rest of this chapter on using Photoshop. Photoshop is a graphics editing program produced by Adobe that you download to your computer. (For a book full of information, check out the latest version of Photoshop CS4 For Dummies by Peter Bauer, published by Wiley.) This section gives you an overview of the important features of Photoshop and how to turn your black-and-white sketched drawing into a full-color digi-talized masterpiece.
Photoshop is the best photo-image-editing software available no other application really matches it. Vector-based illustrators need to drop in and out of Photoshop at some point and it offers a variety of formats to save files into, all compatible with Other applications.
This book is for all artists who want to increase their creativity and knowledge of Painter. This includes current Painter users who want to explore different ways to paint a variety of subject matter, Photoshop users who are looking for ways to integrate some of Painter's natural media tools into their workflow, students who may need direction for digital painting classes, and anyone familiar with Painter but unsure how to start creating a digital image from scratch.
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By using an airbrush (if you are lucky enough this is easiest to do in Photoshop) you can brush a very quick faint line down through the bodywork. Then on all the upward facing surfaces it falls on, you can spray a light halo of white. Remember to be subtle here since you don't want to lose the definition of your surfaces, you only want to add that final bit of sparkle.
In Chapter 1,1 say that one of the things that Manga Studio doesn't do easily is color work. Note that I don't say it's impossible to do it's just not easy. Actually, coloring your work in Manga Studio can be a fun little exercise to practice. It certainly proves to be a useful trick to know if you really want to add color to your page but don't have access to a program better suited to digital coloring, such as Photoshop. Just expect to have many, many layers if you're planning on using lots of different colors, because each color has to be on its own layer.
AW - The very first thing I do is lay out my sketches in Illustrator because it allows me to distort the elements until everything feels harmonious. The rendering work is done wilh Photoshop brushes, much like a painter would use paintbrushes, although painting digitally demands a different kind of precision due to the nature of the program. I then use photo references to help me understand how light wraps around the body, but beyond that it's up to my imagination, and much of my effort goes into making these figures long and sleek.
Whether it's to send to friends or family, to post on the World Wide Web, or to colorize in Photoshop, sometimes you need to save your work in a file format that isn't Manga Studio-exclusive. Fortunately, you have that option. Using the Export function, you can export your work to one of several common image file formats, including the Photoshop PSD file. Even more, you can choose to export by either physical size (in centimeters) and resolution or by pixel size. Each has its own advantages over the other, depending on the medium you're looking to use the image. The good news is that both methods of exporting files are practically identical to work with. 8. If you're planning on saving the page as a Photoshop (PSD) file, select how you want your page saved in the Photoshop File Export Settings section * Use Layer Set If you have nested Image Layer folders (that is, folders that are stored within other folders), you can maintain that file structure in an exported Photoshop file. You...
In many ways, Manga Studio is similar to other drawing programs available, such as Adobe Photoshop or Corel Painter. Each of these programs is good in its own right, but because Manga Studio is first and foremost a comic creation program, it has a few functions that set it apart from other drawing programs and that help make your life as a digital artist easier. When using a program such as Photoshop or Painter, your ability to draw straight lines or custom curves can be a bit limited. You can always use the Line, Curve, or Pen tools, but because the lines all end up uniform, there's definitely a loss of personality. What you need are virtual rulers that can guide you in creating and adjusting straight edges, curves, and polygons of any size and shape. Then all you need to do is draw on them, much like their real-world counterparts, adding your own personal touches to the line work as you go along. If you've ever tried drawing or inking in Photoshop at anything less than 200 6 zoom,...
Also, Photoshop doesn't allow you to color your files or create layers until your file is changed from a bitmap to a color mode. If the image you create in Photoshop will ultimately be printed, it's best to create it in CMYK. To do so, look at Figure 15-2 for direction. CMYK is best for art that needs to be color separated, like a T-shirt design, for example. RGB is good for files that will be viewed only on the Web.
The next step for me is to take the sketch (usually I do several sketches on paper first, then do all of the scanning and computer manipulation at the same time) and scan it at about 200-300 dpi and import the image into Photoshop. I usually punch up the contrast, saturation, and may adjust hue and brightness. In this case , I went with brightness +10, contrast +10, saturation +40. The image may look better on your monitor, but you have to keep in mind how it looks when it prints. It might take some time to get familiar with your printer and how it changes the image. Keep your original image on file in case you need to manipulate some of the aspects and do some tests. The flood fill paint bucket tool is helpful for making the sketch especially punchy. I grabbed the tire orange color with eyedropper first then flood the entire background area. I also went in with the airbrush tool and pulled out some softer white, red and orange highlights.
If you're familiar with Photoshop or Painter, you'll find that Manga Studio provides all the same selection tools that those other programs offer. That said, you should still read on, as you'll find that there are additional settings and general tweaks you can do to these tools that you can't do in either of those programs. (I've looked, trust me )
I happen to like this program because I get to use real-world tools on a digital plane. Sure, Photoshop and Painter have line and curve tools, but they can't create rulers and guides on the fly and treat them like the real thing Add to that the myriad of pens, pencils, airbrushes, and screen tones (and a large number of each type of tool) that Manga Studio places at your disposal.
Before you can jump in and start coloring your artwork, you first need to take a few steps after you scan in your cartoon. As I mention in the Selecting a Photoshop mode Bitmap, grayscale, RGB, and CMYK section earlier in this chapter, you need convert the bitmap file to grayscale if you haven't already done so. To convert the file, follow these easy steps
One great thing about Photoshop is that it allows you to edit and change your art in ways that would have proved nearly impossible before. The Lasso tool is an example. This tool icon looks like a rope lasso, and it allows you to literally lasso part of the art and move it around (see Figure 15-5).
One of the great things about working with art in the digital age is that you can modify your art using the computer in ways you never could before. The ability to modify your artwork on the computer helps produce clean, crisp art. The Eraser tool in Photoshop is one of these great tools that make your job a lot easier.
If lettering your cartoons is causing your blood pressure to rise, one solution is to type out the text after you scan the cartoon into your computer in Photoshop. (See Chapter 15 for all the tricks available through Photoshop.) The drawback to this method is that your cartoon contains a standard type font, and, more often than not, it doesn't look original. If you do choose to go the type font route, many fonts are available. If you're using Photoshop, the fonts you typically have in your computer's font manager are available for you to use. You may also purchase a font suite package that comes bundled with hundreds of different styles for you to choose from, if you want something a little different.
Formatting your files correctly for e-mailing is just as important as saving them in the right format. If you're working in Photoshop or another art program, your finished file may be quite large, especially if you use lots of layers or filters, even after you flatten the file. The evolution of Photoshop What left MacPaint in the dust was the introduction of a program called Photoshop, created by the graphics software company Adobe. Photoshop is, hands down, the best program for creating and modifying images for the Web, and this includes cartoons. Photoshop is available for both Mac and Windows its plusses include intuitiveness, a huge number of reference guides, and the most complete set of tools. The basic premise of Photoshop started as a thesis on the processing of digital images and evolved into a program named Display. In 1989, Adobe took interest in the program and released the first ever version of Photoshop to professionals in 1990. After initially marketing Photoshop as a...
I've never owned a very large scanner. So trying to scan an 11-x- 17-inch comic m, page was problematic at best. Usually what I ended up doing (before eventually giving it up and going all digital) was to draw each panel on a separate sheet of paper, scan those in, and then piece all the panels together in Photoshop. (Other webcomic artists employ this same technique or at least something very similar.)
Figuring out how to use Photoshop starts with a thorough understanding of all the features it contains. After you open your cartoon in Photoshop, several control panels appear on your desktop, one of which is long and narrow. This toolbar (see Figure 15-3) is full of features that are helpful for cartoonists. To be able to fully utilize Photoshop and all its bells and whistles and to get the most out of the program, you need to familiarize yourself with this toolbar. Here are the main tools and what they do
The constant thickness stroke is still the basic drawing primitive provided by most commercially available vector based drawing packages 34,39 . To create pictures like figures 2, 3, 17 and 19 with these packages usually involves scanning in an original copy (which has already been created on paper) or tracing out its outlines manually or automatically. Indeed, many impressive illustrations that fill the pages of manuals of many market-leading packages are there to demonstrate the package's automatic tracing or photo-retouching capabilities.
Note how. when opening a new Photoshop file for instance, the Color Mode allows for a range of options - choose carefully. Set up your document correctly by working in as high a resolution as possible, and take into account how your work is going to be used. Preparing work that will be printed using the four-colour process means creating a file in CMYK.
There are more and more computer classes out there, with the usual brochures and course descriptions to wade through, including schedules, prices, credits (if you care), and residual computerese (language designed to confuse you) to deal with and experience. Specific courses for complicated graphics programs like Photoshop, Quark, or Illustrator are very helpful places to start.
Adobe Photoshop and Quark are two great programs for using art. Lauren uses one or the other for everything, and they're well worth the time to learn. Photoshop can do anything you can think of to an image, or montage of images, with or without type. Quark is the favored layout program, but you can use PageMaker as well. Adobe Illustrator uses imported art, too, but it has more bells and whistles.
One of the unique things about Photoshop is the ability to work in layers. Each layer in a Photoshop document is a separate image that you can edit apart from any other layer (think of a layer as an image on a sheet of clear material). Together, all the layers form a stack of images. Layers allow you to break up each color step so you can work on it individually. With layers you can separate your cartoon into as many layers as you want. When you need to make small changes to the cartoon, you don't have to disturb any of the other sections. When you scan your black-and-white cartoons into Photoshop, you can color the art in very much the same way as the animators do when working on a movie. You can actually separate your coloring process into as many layers as you want, so that you can get as detailed and specific as you want. You manage layers with the Layers palette feature. The Layers palette displays a thumbnail view of each layer to help identify it. The appearance of a Photoshop...
Computones are sets of screen and pattern tones that were created by the company Graphic-Sha. Initially created for use in programs such as Photoshop and Paint Shop Pro, these sets can also be used by Manga Studio EX users. It's a great place to look if you don't want to use any of the main tone sets, as there are some types of tones you won't find in Manga Studio's base tones.
Illustrators have used photography as a reference tool for many years. For those who create drawings on location, the camera has provided an excellent memory-jogger. Many will aim to record as much information as possible on-site and then return to the studio to complete the work from the photographic reference. The final artwork may show no real evidence of the photo, but behind the scenes it has played a part nevertheless. Perhaps a more obvious use of photography for illustrators has been in the recent upsurge in the popularity of vector applications to 'trace' photographs, rather than relying on pure drawing skills. Quite simply, a photographic image, often reduced to either line or high contrast black and white in Adobe Photoshop, is placed on to a fresh layer in an application such as Adobe Illustrator or Macromedia Freehand.
To say that Manga Studio is feature rich is a bit of an understatement. If you've used Photoshop before, much of how Manga Studio works will seem somewhat familiar, if not exactly the same. But if the realm of digital art is a brand-new concept to you, you might become overwhelmed at first. Rightly so Manga Studio is a very dense and robust program. Heck, while going over the program for the purposes of this book, I discovered that I had previously used only about 30 to 40 percent of its full potential.
After you clean your artwork and size it just the way you want, you need to save the file. Make sure you always have a master original. This master needs to be a file that's unflattened, meaning all the layers are still open and you can go back and easily change elements of the cartoon. Save your master as a .psd file (the abbreviation for a Photoshop file). 1. Select Layers on the Photoshop toolbar.
Understanding Adobe Photoshop Features You Will Use
Adobe Photoshop can be a complex tool only because you can do so much with it, however for in this video series, we're going to keep it as simple as possible. In fact, in this video you'll see an overview of the few tools and Adobe Photoshop features we will use. When you see this video, you'll see how you can do so much with so few features, but you'll learn how to use them in depth in the future videos.