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Masking Imperfection with Digital Artistry

By Thursday, July 12, 2018 (MDT) One Comment
Masking Imperfection with Digital Artistry
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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:

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.

SUMMARY

  • 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.

Masking Imperfection with Digital Artistry

Post your layouts using this Masking Imperfection with Digital Artistry Tutorial and Artsy Digital Scrapbooking Design ideas in the Gallery.

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