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Video Training Review: Fun With Digital Art: Painting In Photoshop With Fay Sirkis From NAPP

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Fun With Digital Art: Painting In Photoshop is a new training video from Fay Sirkis. She has produced a series of videos for those who want to take their digital painting techniques to the next level. Other of the instructor’s DVDs include Fay’s Master Brush Collection, Paint Like A Master, and Weddings Portraits and Faces.

Fun With Digital Art: Painting In Photoshop

Fun With Digital Art: Painting In Photoshop continues your education in the use of Adobe Photoshop CS5 for creating digital art work. This video focuses on the use of the tips, tricks, and secrets behind using the Adobe Photoshop Brush engine (new in CS5) and its powerful painting capabilities. You will learn how to turn your ordinary photographs into professional looking paintings. Whether you are looking to create modern art, classic art, or you’re just looking to create art as a hobby all the way through the use these techniques you can transform your photographs into painted masterpieces.

Fun With Digital Art: Painting In Photoshop is contained on two DVDs that run over 265 minutes (almost 4 3/4 hours) and can only be used on a computer system. The author goes over the material in 26 lessons.

Disk 1
Lesson 1, “Introduction to Digital Painting,” begins with an overview of digital photo painting from within Photoshop CS5. She shows the various types of styles that she will be teaching you how to create as well as an overview of this training.

Lesson 2, “Bristle Tips,” introduces the new Bristle Tips that come with Photoshop CS5. Here she shows you where they are located and how to access them. She also introduces the series of her own custom brushes that are included along with this training series.

Lesson 3, “Mixer Brushes,” looks at the new Mixer Brushes and the Mixer Brush tool that was introduced with CS5 and she shows how you can mix colors to create realistic brush strokes. She shows you how everything is set up for both wet and dry mixing.

Lesson 4, “Tips and Tools,” continues with the Mixer Brush training, now looking at some great tips for installing and working with the presets that are included with the course. She shows you how the presets are named so you can understand just what they do.

Lesson 5, “Watercolors,” begins the painting process by taking a look at how to take a photograph of a flower and turn it into a watercolor painting. By adding a border, working with specific brushes, and the use of special techniques for painting, you can begin to see this photo take shape as a watercolor painting.

Lesson 6, “Masking Fluid,” now discusses the use of masking fluid in traditional watercolor painting and how this technique can be adapted for use within its digital counterpart through the use of a layer mask.

Fun With Digital Art: Painting In Photoshop

Lesson 7, “Custom Palettes,” shows how you can create custom pallets so that you can sort your brushes into groups that are useful for your workflow. You can save any combination that is useful for your needs.

Lesson 8, “Painting Passion,” will now show you how to paint a specific image using the techniques you have learned in the last three lessons. She takes you through the process in creating this watercolor painting.

Lesson 9, “Fun with Filters,” begins with a review of what was done in lesson 8 and now shows what you can do with the Photoshop filters to enhance and change your image. These can make some really dramatic changes changing the overall appearance of your image.

Lesson 10, “Welcome to HDR,” introduces the idea of color into your images. Here she introduces the techniques for using Tone Mapping in your images to adjust the color spectrums. There is a specific set of steps that can be used as a recipe for bringing out the best colors.

Fun With Digital Art: Painting In Photoshop

Lesson 11, “Painting with Oils,” takes the image you Tone Mapped in lesson 10 shows you how to create a work in oils. Unlike a watercolor, now you will paint edge-to-edge. Now you will learn about the European collection of brushes for painting in oil. You will see the tools and techniques for working with oils.

Lesson 12, “Fun with Oils,” continues with the prior chapter on oil painting and now she works with some of the Photoshop Artistic filters to change up the look of the image in a wide variety of ways.

Lesson 13, “Brush Presets vs Tool Presets,” examines the differences between these two types of presets and why it is important to know the differences. Here she explains in detail both the differences as well as how best to use each of them.

Disk 2
Lesson 1, “Introduction to Impressionism,” begins with a discussion of the impressionism movement and how it came to be. She talks about the techniques used for this style and how it can be accomplished through the use of Photoshop CS5 and the new Brush Engine.

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