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Digital Painting

My new digital painting work

My new image created in Adobe Photoshop CC, Wacom Cintiq, and ParticleShop plugin for Photoshop 

My ParticleShop Plugin for Photoshop blog post 

Digital Painting

Importance of Daily Digital Exercise

Importance of Daily Exercise

 

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I found that daily exercise is very important for many reasons. Daily exercise helps with exploring/developing  new techniques, polishing your skills, pushing your artistic vision into another higher level, and teaches you how to be productive and not to be stressed under the “less time” pressure.

Adobe Photoshop Daily exercise: try to have 20 minutes every day to create something new in PS. its not supposed to be too complicated or perfect. Try to composite 2 or 3 images together (and the best practice is to composite random images, not images that you thought will be good with some composition. Just choose images with absolutely different style, schemes and start working on your  Photoshop composition).
Photoshop Painting: try different styles of painting every day. Don’t spend more than 20-30 minutes and you don’t need to finish your painting if you don’t have time. Just practice with brush strokes, colors, try different brushes.

Photography: simply keep your camera next to you all the time. See something > take the shot. Different light, different angles. Try it and you will see a huge improvement just in a few days!

Mobile Apps: what could be easier?!!! You have your mobile devices with you all the time! So Adobe Photoshop Sketch, Adobe Photoshop Mix and Adobe Photoshop Fix. Try them and you will be impressed with your improvement just in a few days!

Traditional Painting: use any paper you have. Don’t try to finish your masterpiece every day. Exercise with different brush, pencil strokes, composition.

Adobe Photoshop Painting vs. Adobe Photoshop Sketch Drawing

Adobe Photoshop painting vs. Adobe Photoshop Sketch Drawing

Created in Adobe Photoshop Sketch using iPad Pro and Apple Pencil

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Many of you who know me know that a huge part of my digital imaging belongs to digital painting using Adobe Photoshop CC and Adobe Photoshop Sketch on iPad. I have different techniques in Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop Sketch, even a digital painting technique for photographers (and no, you don’t need to be a professional painter to be able to use this technique).

Many times I am asked what I prefer most to draw in: Adobe Photoshop CC or Adobe Photoshop Sketch. Now I will answer that question:

Adobe Photoshop

is my digital heart. I am using Photoshop with EVERYTHING (photo retouching after my photography sessions, photo restoration, photo manipulation, graphic/web design, painting, 3D, animation, and much more). For me nothing is impossible in Photoshop.
For digital painting in Photoshop I have three techniques:
Painting for photographers – where the primary tool is the Mixer Brush Tool and you don’t need to have any painting experience.
Painting – where you need to have painting experience or you are willing to learn.
A Combination of Oil Paint filter (yay! we got this filter back!) and the Mixer Brush Tool.
I am using a Wacom tablet for all my digital needs on the desktop and especially with my digital painting  workflow

 

Adobe Photoshop Sketch

The Adobe Photoshop Sketch experience or “traditional” method of painting/sketching  using an iPad is like you are using a “real” canvas of paper to sketch or draw. You don’t need to be in front of your desktop or laptop to start working on your project. You can start and finish your project using your iPad or you can start your project using your iPad and finish your project in your desktop app such as Adobe Photoshop CC or Adobe Illustrator CC.

 

 

 

Now the “vs” part:

Adobe Photoshop CC: I can create any image in Adobe Photoshop starting from an empty document such as photo manipulation or 3D and after that I can start my painting process in Photoshop (we can’t do that in Adobe Photoshop Sketch). Also I can start my painting process using my photo as a based layer or just a clear canvas / from scratch. I can start my painting in Adobe Photoshop and finish in Adobe Photoshop Sketch. I need to have a Wacom tablet or the Astropad app installed on my iPad Pro to be able paint in Adobe Photoshop.

Adobe Photoshop Sketch: I can start my painting project from scratch or use any images as a base layer (to trace it for example). In Adobe Photoshop Sketch we have AMAZING watercolor paintbrushes (we don’t have these brushes/live effects in Adobe Photoshop ). With the combination of Adobe Photoshop Sketch and Apple Pencil you have an absolutely amazing SKETCHING ability (before Apple Pencil and iPad Pro we were able to have this ability ONLY using the “traditional” method of sketching). Using Adobe Photoshop Sketch you can draw/sketch from ANYWHERE using your iPad.

Question: which do I prefer most? BOTH. I am using Adobe Photoshop CC and Adobe Photoshop Sketch every day. I can’t choose which is most important to me (like choosing which limb is most important to me). Both applications are different and both are very important to me. See my Adobe Photoshop work on Behance.net.

 

What you would like to see

I am planning to record new series of tutorials:

  • Adobe Creative Cloud
  • Adobe Photoshop CC
  • Adobe Fuse CC
  • Adobe Lightroom CC
  • Adobe Muse CC
  • Adobe Photoshop Sketch
  • Adobe Illustrator Draw
  • Adobe Comp CC
  • Adobe Capture CC
  • Adobe Lightroom Mobile
  • Adobe Photoshop Mix
  • Adobe Photoshop Fix
  • Adobe Stock

 

Any specific tutorials you would like to see? If so please, let me know using Post Comment option below or send me a tweet @Victoria_Pavlov

My favorite Adobe Mobile apps on my Wrist

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My favorite Adobe Mobile apps on my Wrist

I am a big fan of Behance, Adobe Color CC, and Adobe Creative Cloud. You can imagine how happy I was to see those apps on my Apple Watch. You are probably asking why I am so happy to see those apps on my Apple Watch. Here’s why:

Behance App:

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I am a HUGE fan of Behance. I love to share my work with the Behance community along with finding inspiration from other’s portfolios.
I always  have Behance  open on my iMac or MacBook Pro and if I am anywhere else away from my computer I am checking my Behance app all the time on my iPhone. But for many situations where I was not able to use my phone I also was not able to check my Behance. Now  with Behance on my Watch I can stay in touch with the Behance community (at a glance) all the time from anywhere without the need to take my iPhone out (even if I am walking my dog)

 

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What’s in the Behance Apple Watch app?:

  • Notifications
  • Inbox
  • My Work ( your portfolio or work in progress)
  • Nearby ( you can connect with all creative people around you)

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I am absolutely in love with with this app. I’m using Adobe Color CC all the time. I am using Adobe Color CC when I travel (the colors I capture on the go are available in my CC Libraries when I get back to my desk). I can create  any shape using  Adobe Shape, for example, and I can continue  working on my shape later on using the colors that I captured using Adobe Color CC.
Since the Apple Watch doesn’t have a camera, it does the next best thing. Adobe Color CC on Apple Watch shows the TOP 10 color themes based on your location. You can choose to add 1, 2, or all 10 to your Library. Once you add one color theme it will create a Watch Themes Library and sync it to your Creative Cloud account.
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I am using my Creative Cloud app all the time.  I am using CC folders all the time with my workflows (mobile and desktop) and for me it is very important to be able to access to my CC account any time from anywhere.

With the CC app on my Apple Watch I can access to my:

  • Activity
  • Invites ( now you can stay in touch ALL THE TIME)
  • Comments ( you will never miss any comment)
  • Profile

SO with all those apps my busy life is a little less complicated…and I LOVE it.

Create Black and White image in 3 steps

Photoshop Tutorial

Today I will show you how to create black & white image in 3 steps using Adjustments Layers in Adobe Photoshop CC

Open your image you want to work with
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1: Adjustments > Black and White
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Using the black slider of each to the right/left you will  modify influence of the colors  in the resulting of black & white image.

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2: Highlight t your image layer ( Layer 1 )  > Adjustments > Selective Color
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Change number of the black slider of each color ( move the slider to the left or right)

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3: Adjustments > Color Lookup >2Strip.look from the 3DLUT File ( selected by default )

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5 reasons to use Adobe Stock

Painted with Adobe Photoshop CC and Wacom

I was looking for stock images for a many years and I was not impressed with what I could see on a market  until I was introduced to Adobe Stock.

I am professional photographer, digital artist, and educator. I am working and teaching  Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Muse, Adobe Dreamweaver, Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe Lightroom, and all Adobe mobile applications and I found that Adobe Stock is the BEST source for my design, photography, painting, education workflow. Why?

Reason 1:
I’ve heard many people say: ” I am a professional photographer, designer and I am not using any stock images”. Hmmmm so if you need any professional  image, background, graphic image to build your clients “travel with us” website you will go around the world to take pictures of the places were your client offers services? And keep in mind that as usual our clients don’t know what image(s) they will use and they are depending on us to show them at least a few examples that they can choose from. So if you multiply all the costs of traveling around the world, and the time just to take pictures, your price for client’s website will rise up significantly and I am not talking about the extra time that you need to build the website. My question is: will your client wait at least 7 extra months and pay 99% more than he/ she should pay just to let you use your own images? The answer is NO and NEVER.
So reason #1: use Adobe Stock images to make your workflow more productive along with building great communication between you and your client.

Reason 2:
When you working on your client project and you’re not sure which image you or your client  will use with your design, simply download a “preview” version of the image(s) your want to use, finish your design, project, show it to your client and if your client approves your design simply click on Adobe Stock image > License image and you will visually see  that your Preview image will be replaced with high resolution, ready to use royalty free image. You don’t need to do any EXTRA steps that will increase your workflow time and your client will receive the final copy of the approved project in no time!
So reason 2: Fast and stress free workflow

Reason 3:
Quality
Adobe Stock is a worldwide library (40 million +) of the best photographers, digital artists, designers.  All images are with HIGH quality ready to use right away.

Reason 4:
The price
You have many optiosn to subscribe to Adobe Stock
1: As a Creative Cloud member you are saving 40% of the monthly plan!!!!!!
10 images a month
US $29.99 / mo
Annual plan, paid monthly

  • Add to a Creative Cloud subscription
  • Additional images at US$2.99
  • Rollover up to 120 images

2: 10 Images a month
US $49.99/mo
Monthly plan

  • Additional images at US$4.99
  • Rollover up to 120 images

3: 750 images a month

US $199.99/mo
Annual plan, paid monthly
  • Additional images at US$0.99

4: Single images are just US $9.99 without a subscription

Reason 5:
If you are a photographer, digital artist, 3D artist, graphic designer you can make money selling your work. You can sell your images, even the ones taken with your smart phone!! You can make money from your work just from your home using your computer!