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Art Beyond the Lens. Working with Digital Textures by Sarah Gardner

By Sarah Gardner

Vintage-looking, dream-like textures can open up an entire new global on your images. notwithstanding, there's a lot, even more to operating with textures than just merging them with a picture through Photoshop. during this wonderful new consultant from texture guru Sarah Gardner, youll research every thing there's to understand approximately how you can maximize the opportunity of those intriguing instruments. as well as countless numbers of gorgeous instance photographs, this ebook can be full of functional recommendation on what makes an excellent texture, and the way and whilst to exploit them. How a picture is firstly captured and processed has an important effect at the influence a texture can have, so youll additionally study what to think about while composing and capturing (rather than just hoping on post-processing) and the way to take advantage of lighting fixtures and heritage concerns successfully for later paintings with textures. Workshop notes and a supplemental web site can assist you place Sarahs suggestions into perform instantly. appealing sufficient to take a seat in your espresso desk but useful adequate to shop close to your desktop, this booklet will exhibit you every thing you must understand to get that coveted vintage-feel on your pictures, even if youre an off-the-cuff relatives snapper or a professional specialist.

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Through my experience of working with textures, I have come to instinctively know which qualities I’m looking for in a background. There are no hard-and-fast rules, no rights or wrongs. But like negative space I do prefer ­clutter-free backgrounds that are on the lighter side of the midtone scale. {tip} Identifying midtones is easy—simply think of the world in degrees of black and white. All the colors that fall into the gray areas are your midtones. The best midtones are those grays that sit right in the middle of the grayscale.

The scale of the texture used will, by illusion, imply an inherent size to my work. To understand this fully, it’s worth considering perspective for a moment.

For me the series encapsulated my memories, like faded dreams and reoccurring echoes from the past. My camera alone could not have achieved this; with all its technical advancements it can only take me so far, the rest is left to my artistic ­discretion. 35 36 Art Beyond the Lens Backgrounds How light and dark ­backgrounds work differently You have now seen just how effective the use of negative space can be for providing a clear destination for textured layers. Extending on this, let’s take a closer look at backgrounds.

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