Join Daniel Lieske for an in-depth discussion in this video Fundamentals of graphics files, part of Drawing and Painting in Photoshop - The Great Training.
- So, we want to conquer the digital canvas and the first thing that we have to do is to open up a new digital file to work in. In Photoshop we go to File, New and there pops up a dialogue box with a lot of settings for us to fill out. We have the Width and the Height of our file, we can choose different units, we have the Resolution, Color Mode, something with bits.
You see that these are no trivial settings and they are certainly not self-explanatory. Before we can make an informed decision in this important dialogue, we might have to look at some basic concepts of digital imaging. What does a digital image look like? Basically, we can say that a digital image consists of a matrix of tiny little squares called pixels. Generally, we can say that the more pixels our image is composed of, the better it looks.
Take these three smileys here as an example. The left one is barely recognizable, he's made of too few pixels and they are not able to hold the detail of the design. The middle one looks much better but still we see individual pixels and the lines are really jagged and not crisp. The third one really looks good, he has sharp outlines, smooth curves and this smiley here is made of enough pixels to hold all the detail and we say it is created in a high enough resolution to represent all the image detail.
Maybe this image was created on a large, more on full HD display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and if it fills the whole screen in this resolution, you could easily print it out on a standard piece of paper and it would still look nice. But the circumstances also could be less fortunate.
Let's say the smiley was created on an older CRT screen or a small netbook screen with a resolution of 1024 x 768. It could fill out the screen and look quite nice there but if we were to print it out on a large poster format, we would see the pixels again. In order to have a good result in the end, we see that it is to think about the right resolution for our digital image.
- Setting up your digital canvas
- Controlling the screen
- Choosing color
- Working with brushes, textures, and the Paint Bucket and Gradient tools
- Making selections
- Working in Quick Mask mode
- Stroking and filling paths
- Manipulating color
- Organizing the canvas with layers
- Digital drawing and painting projects
Skill Level Beginner
1. Setting the Digital Canvas
2. Control of the Digital Screen
3. Tools for Choosing Color
4. Tools for the Application of Color
5. Supporting Tools
6. Manipulating Color
7. Organizing the Digital Canvas
8. Digital Drawing
9. Colored, Digital Drawing
10. Digital Painting
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