Creative Team Member, Viv Halliwell, shares her techniques for masking imperfection with Digital Artistry.
Masking Imperfection with Digital Artistry
A layout can often come together simply with just a few supplies.
For this layout the following DigitalART supplies were used:
- ArtPlay Palette Heath
- ArtsyTransfers Heath
- TapedTextures No. 2
- MultiMedia Birds No. 2
- Inspire WordART Mix No. 1
- HandStitchez No. 1
1. Edit your Photo
Convert the image to Black and White.
- Open the image in Photoshop.
- Select and open a light colored solid paper that complements the photo.
- Move the photo onto the chosen background paper.
- Apply an Inverted Mask to the photo layer in the Layers Panel.
- Use a brush with the Paintbrush Tool to reveal areas of the image.
- Apply Blending Mode of choice (Color Burn.)
Note. You do not need to have a perfect image for this editing technique.
2. Create a Foundation
Create a custom artsy background for your photo.
- Select a solid paper as background is a good place to begin.
- Using highly textured ArtsyTransfers to build visual interest.
- Modify and adjust the layers as preferred – In this case a Hue and Saturation Adjustment Layer was added to complement the watery look.
- Use ArtsyStains with the Paint Brush Tool complementary colors to add visual interest and create cohesion.
- Apply Blending Modes and reduce Opacity of WordTransfers to imply meaning.
3. Add Embellishment
Add additional element to your layout to increase Visual interest.
- Simplicity is key – Don;t be tempted to add too many embellishments.
- Add one each WordART, element and stitching were used.
- Create a secondary focal point to add balance to the composition. In this case one person in the boat was looking at the sky at the MultiMedia Birds.
- Include Date and Location in a small sized font that doesn’t overshadow the layout.
- Subtle textures in ArtsyTransfers creates movement.
- Minimal embellishment enhances without overpowering the artistry.
- Brushes enhance the composition with subtle effect.
- A landscape photo is a good starting point.
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