Catherine McIntyre, like many fine artists, created traditional art for decades before encountering the versatility of digital imaging technology. Free of her Rotring pens and scalpel, she now uses Photoshop to create her montages. Visual Alchemy explores McIntyre’s sources of inspiration as well as her methods, offering an aesthetic guide to composition, color, texture and all of the other means of communication that artists have at their disposal. While these concepts and techniques make use of Photoshop, they will apply to any digital imaging program and indeed to any medium, whether traditional or digital. Featuring McIntyre’s own art as well as that of artists around the globe, Visual Alchemy is an invitation to discover the artistic possibilities of picture making through digital montage.
Table of Contents
Introduction. Themes. Beauty and idea. Influences. Inspiration. Subjects. Collecting source material. Method. Composition. Color. Texture. Tone. Inversions. Distortions. Developing your image. The Finished image. Frequently asked questions. Further looking and reading. Contributing artists.
Catherine McIntyre is a digital artist living and working in rural Scotland. From a traditional illustration background, she now uses Photoshop alongside collage and montage techniques. Thematically, McIntyre works with still life and nude subjects to explore the light and dark of life. She often develops something new from the old and incorporates found objects and drawings with photography to create textured and layered visual meditations. Her work has been published in books and magazines worldwide and is in private and public collections in the UK, US and Europe. Her work may be viewed online: