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Digital Collage and Painting
Using Photoshop and Painter to Create Fine Art

ISBN 9780240811758
Published October 27, 2010 by Routledge
596 Pages

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Book Description

If you already know your way around Photoshop and Painter and want to use these amazing programs to take your skills further, this book is for you! Much more than a simple "how-to" guide, Susan Ruddick Bloom takes you on a full-fledged journey of the imagination and shows you how to create incredible works of fine art. Supplemented by the work of 20+ world renowned artists in addition to Sue's own masterpieces, you'll learn how to create watercolors, black and white pencil sketches, texture collages, stunning realistic and fantastical collages, and so much more, all from your original photographs. If you are eager to dive into the world of digital art but need a refresher on the basics, flip to Sue's essential techniques chapter to brush up on your Photoshop and Painter skills, and you'll be on your way in no time. Whether you're a novice or an established digital artist, you'll find more creative ideas in this book than you could ever imagine. Fully updated for new versions of Painter and Photoshop and including brand new work from contemporary artists, Digital Collage and Painting provides all the inspiration you need to bring your artistic vision to light.

Table of Contents


Dedication ix

Part I Planning and Inspiration

Chapter One Concept

What is a Collage, Montage, or Assemblage?

What is a Digital Painting?

Think it Out First, Assembling the Needed Images

Are You Drowning in Digital Files?

What is the Intended Output Size?

Chapter Two Important Considerations Before you Begin

Unifying Factors




Noise and Grain


Tree House Exercise

Rotating, Distorting, and Transforming


Directionality of Light

Quality of Light

Dramatic vs. Subtle

Projects: Places That Never Were

Australian Boulder

Hawaiian Waterfall

Menace in Venice

Chapter Three Inspiration

Digital Artists and Their Work

Dorothy Simpson Krause

Susi Lawson

Mary L. Taylor

Eric Scala

John Derry

Theresa Airey

Martin Addison

Alexander Kruglov (Shurelo)

Ad Van Bokhoven

Karin Schminke

Tony Sweet

Jason Seiler

Huntington Witherill

Cynthia Brody and Thomas Morris

Mike Thompson

Alex Jansson

Bruno Mallart

Cliff Cramp

Claudia Salguero

Janet Stoppee

Part II Step-by-Step Painting

Chapter Four Painting in Photoshop with Your Photos

How to Use Photoshop Filters and the History Brush to Create a Digital Painting

Using the Art History Brush to Create a Digital Painting

Using the Pattern Stamp to Create a Digital Painting

Using the Art History Brush and Emboss Filter to Create a Textured Digital Painting

Photo Illustration Using the Find Edges Filter

A Glorious Use for the Glowing Edges Filter as an Oil Painting Tool

Edge Effects for FREE!

Scanner Edge Effects

Film/Photo Edge Effects

New Photoshop Mixer Brush

Using John Derry's Third-Party Brushes

Chapter Five Painting in Painter

Simple Cloning Techniques

Impressionist Cloner

Pastel Cloning

Oil Paint Cloning

More Oil Painting

Bristle Oil Cloner

Combining a Variety of Mediums into One Painting

Adding Texture to Your Painting

Old Masters Inspiration

Photo Illustration

Photocopy-Inspired Painting

Auto Painting - Painting in a Hurry

Smart Stroke Painting

Make Virtually Any Brush a Cloner

Illustrative Sketch Technique

Painting Approach with Blenders

Edges and Cloning

Painterly Edge Effects

Chapter Six Assembling a Collage in Photoshop

My Scanner is a Camera

Simple Cloning Techniques

Simple Collages

Collage with Lighting Effect

Suspend True Scale

Themed Collages

Suspend Reality

Pile on the Layers

Combining Diverse Objects with Blending Modes

Shadow Power

Gridded Collages

Collage Possibilities for Wedding Photography

Look to History

Simple Kaleidoscope Collage

Gradient Tool for Smooth Blending

Allow Yourself to be Flexible in the Creative Process

Chapter Seven Assembling a Collage in Painter

Using Painter's Image Hose

Using Painter's Unique Brushes for Texture in a Collage

Using Colored Paper and Lighting Effects

Combining the Power of Painter and Photoshop in a Collage

Chapter Eight The Paradox: The Absolute Truth and the Exquisite Lie-Creating a Panorama in Photoshop

Concept and Preparation

Exposure Controls, Proper Overlap, Tripod or Not?

Relying on Layer Transparency and Layer Masking

Step-By-Step Panorama Instructions Using Collaging Techniques

"Grab Shot" Panoramas

Faux Panoramas

Themed Panorama-Style Linear Collages

Mirror-Images in Panoramic Format

Hurry-Up Panoramas-Using Photoshop's Photomerge

Auto-Align and Auto-Blend

Printing Panoramas

Fractured Panoramas

Precision Oriented Panoramics

Auto Pan


Pano Sweep Technology

Part III Artistic Considerations

Chapter Nine Filters

Using All the Great Filters Available in Photoshop

Favorite Photoshop Filters

Find Edges

Isolate and Blur

Photoshop Photo Filters

Motion Blur

Creating a Black and White Pencil Sketch Effect Using Filters

Similar Effects in Photoshop and Painter

Third-Party Filter Plug-Ins

nik Color Efex Pro Filters

Applying Filters Selectively

Lucis Pro 6

Craig's Actions

Totally Rad Action Mix

Combining Filters and Actions

Topaz Filters: Adjust 3, Simplify, Clean 2

Totally Rad Dirty Pictures

Alien Skin's Snap Art


Exposure 3

Chapter Ten Experimentation

Combining Traditional Media with Digital

Printmaking: Woodcuts, Intaglio and Lithography, and Silk-Screening

Overprinting and Collaging


Lazertran onto Marble, Glass, Tile, Fabric, and Silk

InkAID-Making Your Own Inkjet Paper

Japanese Inkjet Coated Papers

Thinking Creatively: Paint It, Draw Oh It, Tear It, Glue It, and More

Combining Drawing and Photography


Creative Use of Papers for Albums

IPhoto Books

Epson Story Teller Photo Book Creator Kits

Kolo Albums

Blurb Books

Art Leather Books

HP Photo Book

Other Album/Book Possibilities

Chapter Eleven Projects for You

Project 1: Gridded Collage Exercise

Project 2: Masks and Transparency Exercise

Project 3: Panorama Exercise

Project 4: Painting in Photoshop

Project 5: Painting in Painter

Chapter Twelve Essential Photoshop and Painter Techniques to Master

Photoshop Selection Tools

Photoshop: Transforming for Scale

Photoshop: Layer Adjustments

Photoshop: Layer Masks

Photoshop: Art History Brush

Build Your Own Brush

Photoshop: Blending Modes





Photoshop: Using Layer Adjustments, Layer Masks, and Blending Modes Together

Editing Your Images: Retouching-Cover-Girl Skin, Brightening Teeth and Eyes

Painter Basic Papers

Painter Cloning Brushes

Cloning Without a Cloning Brush

Chapter Thirteen Resources

Suppliers: Equipment, Software, Tools, and Artist Materials

Digital Collage and Painting Web Site


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Susan Ruddick Bloom is a Professor of Art and Chair of the Department of Art and Art History at McDaniel College in Maryland. She has a BFA and an MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art and is well known for both her traditional wet darkroom alternative processes and her digital darkroom work. Sue has been teaching digital classes since the beginning of Photoshop and has used a Mac from the very first one on the market (128K, with a screen the size of an index card). Trained in drawing, painting, and printmaking, she was at one time a courtroom artist for television and newspapers. Her painterly skills enhance her photographic ones, and her images frequently combine techniques. Sue's work has been exhibited and collected widely.


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