I love photoshop. It’s so easy to work with and there are so many things you can do with it that it becomes a handy “sketching” tool. A way to work out visual problems in the virtual world of 1’s and zero’s without having to commit to a full on painting. I’m told I may have a problem with commitment. This painting, a few years old, but a decent enough painting, for some reason has caught a few peoples eye over the years. Recently a gallery of mine inquired that this painting had potential but could it be done vertically. Really the thing to do is to go back to the spot and just do a new study painting with the canvas turned 90 degrees.. but for the sake of excercise I opened up the painting on the left and started to cut and move and clone and add sky and viola, all without bugs or sweat. I now have a study with which to work from. I’ll still go back and maybe even take this idea, predraw it out on to a large 30×40 canvas and take my new gloucester easel, just as soon as it comes in, and paint the new version on site. i also need to figure out a new large palette system to go with my new easel that is apparently on a slow boat from china, I’m working on it… big canvases need big paint.
favorite tools in photoshop:
Levels (very important for when your pics are flat)
Saturate/unsaturate (boost color or remove almost all color)
dodge and burn tool (to darken or open up specific areas)
clone tool (it’s magic.. i use it to extend areas like edges and nudge things over)
lasso tool (cut any shape out, and move it to a new place or image)