Month: March 2019

Create Black and White Effect in Photoshop

  1. First, find a channel that has the tonal range. We are going to use the black & white version. Now, switch to the Channels palette. You will see three channels option naming “Red”, “Green” and “Blue”.
  2. Click on each Red, Green and Blue channels to select them individually. Now press Control + A to select and Control +C to copy it. At this point, click on the color composite channel and your photo will appear in full color.
  3. In the next step, paste the channel as a new layer. Add a new blank layer and past the copied layer. Go to the filter menu and select Smart Sharpen. Enter 75 percent value and click OK.
  4. Add a new layer above the latest layer and select the gradient tool from the Photoshop palate. You can also click G on your keyboard for quick access. Go up to the Photoshop palate and click on the gradient preview area. Set your gradient colors to black and white. Click OK to exit.
  5. We are going to create an illusion, from the top right corner of the image. Therefore, we will drag the Gradient Towards at the top right corner of the Image. Start dragging
By Gregory March 31, 2019 Off

Artwork Of Joan Miro

Joan Miro was born on the 20th of April 1893 in Palma, Majorca, Spain. He was born to a family of Goldsmiths and cabinet makers. He began to have interest in drawing at the age of 7 when he enrolled at the Carrer del Regomir 13. In 1907 he then enrolled at the La Llotja fine arts academy. His father was greatly dismayed at his decision because he wanted his son to pursue the family’s business. When Joan had his art exhibit in 1918, his works were greatly ridiculed by the public. Even so, he went on doing his work and moved to Paris in 1920. He was greatly inspired by the Cubist and Surrealist from abroad that he wanted to share his works in the art community in France.

During the early periods of his career, his works can be compared to that of Van Gogh and Cezanne. His artworks during this time depict different trends such as the brilliant colors used in Fauvism, usage of shapes found in the Cubism artistic style, influence from Catalan art, and the Roman Frescos from churches. Experts often dubbed this period as the Catalan Fauvust Periond, in reference to his works. He …

By Gregory March 31, 2019 Off

Editable Freeform PowerPoint Maps

The age old adage that a picture is worth a thousand words is more true for maps in a presentation. The data which may take tens of slides to represent or explain can be easily put in just one thematic map. But how to make it without any GIS or geographical analysis tools. You can find a right image by searching the net by Google Image search. Sounds easy, but no. There are so many map images available on the net but can you use them. May be no, why? The image may be copyrighted. So why not use images from ShutterStock or some similar website offering images. Here also you need to purchase license and spend hours searching for the right map or image which matches the theme of your presentation.

So should I hire a graphics artist to make a custom design for me. If the presentation is so important that you can spend hundreds of dollars for a custom map, then it is okay. But if you want to do the job in minimal budget with maximum output then the answer lies in freeform PPT maps editable in powerpoint software itself. Yes, no need purchase an expensive …

By Gregory March 29, 2019 Off

Draw in Easy Steps

Start with Shapes and Lines

Don’t worry about the detail of the person’s clothes or how their eyes will look. First you want a perspective of their shape, how they are posed, and the general outline of their body. To do this, use basic shapes like circles, rectangles, and triangles. A circle or an egg can represent a human face and then their body can be done with a rectangle. Focus on their size, the way the limbs are positioned, and the general shape of your drawing.

When doing the basic outline, make sure you are using faint lines. A hard pencil like an HB or a 2H will be perfect. The lines drawn by these pencils are faint and easy to erase.

Pencil in the Details – Adding Volume

You’ve got the skeleton of your picture done now it’s time to add in volume. Take your HB pencil (nothing lighter) and start going over the outlines to add in the details of your drawings. This is the stage where you add in the eyes, the curve of the lips, and the general outline of their clothes.

Keep it all simple. Don’t focus yet on the shading, lighting, or any …

By Gregory March 29, 2019 Off

Rules to Follow at the Theatre

Arrive Early

It’s best to arrive at least 30 minutes before the time stamped on the ticket. Most venues start seating patrons half an hour before show time and stop seating once the show starts. If someone is late, ushers may require that they wait in the lobby until a break or intermission. Avoid missing the first part of the performance by getting to the venue early.

Silence Cell Phones

Most theatregoers prefer a quiet atmosphere. Ringing cell phones or smart watches sending out notifications can be distracting. Once the lights dim, make sure all technology is either turned off or set to silent mode. At intermission, attendees can check messages and respond to phone calls, but if they’re in their seats, it’s best to stay quiet and pay attention to the show.

Avoid Distracting Behaviour

When the actors are onstage, it’s important to be quiet and respectful of their performance. Avoid whispering or talking to friends, and save any snacks for intermission. While the actors may not be able to see everything that’s happening in the crowd, other audience members sitting can become distracted by constant movement or hushed conversations.

Leave the Camera at Home

Though some performances allow …

By Gregory March 26, 2019 Off

Use the One Stroke Painting Technique

As its name suggests, the one stroke painting technique simply means you achieve everything in just one stroke. This includes shading, highlighting and blending – you get all this from a single stroke instead of having to use multiple strokes. All you have to do is load different colours on to a flat brush. It can be used on a variety of different surfaces.

Both! Even though the one stroke painting technique was developed with beginners in mind, it’s fully accessible to everyone. People who have never painted before find it just as enjoyable as people who’ve been painting for years. One of the reasons why it’s become so popular is because it’s so accessible and easy to learn. It’s attracted lots of new people to painting and it’s intrigued and caught the attention of many professional painters.

The one stroke painting technique was devised by American author and artist Donna Dewburry. She paints flowers and animals in her demonstrations, but the technique can be used to paint practically anything. Why has this painting technique become so popular? Simply because it allows you to very quickly and easily create very beautiful works of art.

For one stroke painting you should …

By Gregory March 26, 2019 Off

Appreciation to Oil Painting

All the characters in the painting were arranged in a half round and the center was the painter’s image. The unified hot and stuffy atmosphere broke the too bright colors that appeared in Courbet’s scenery painting. The uniform colors were based on different color brown tones. The massive walls, the rose, blue and brown tone of the infinite soft terms was a masterpiece. The naked human body model was one of Courbet’s most successful human bodies, although she was based on the photos. All the volumes were expressed by the light and shadow. And the pink clothes thrown on the floor was a wonderful still life painting. Portraits of friends were taken from Courbet’s past works. So, what we saw here was a memory and a real fantasy, which did not show the intention of the realism of Courbet.

Compared this painting with A Burial at Ornans, we can clearly see the benefits that Courbet got out from the reality of bondage and invested himself in this warmth. The characters were portrayed clearly and seemed to be independent, only relying on the strong atmosphere of independence to get the painting of unity. Therefore the comparison of self-contained unity and …

By Gregory March 24, 2019 Off

Original vs Reproduction

Trying to figure out whether a map or a print is an original or a reproduction is something that can be done by any purchaser as long as one knows what the determinants are. A trustworthy seller is also a factor in determining whether a print is an original or not. Verifying the printing process, paper and other factors may help in ascertaining the authenticity of a print or a map. Professionals in this line of business would of course be able to determine an original map or original print from reproduced ones. However there are methods on verifying its authenticity. First of all it would be good to know what an original is. An original print or map is one that is made during an artist’s lifetime. It is an impression made out of blocks usually wood but could be stone or metal as well. These are then cut from the designs that the artist made himself. It is possible to have later reprinting’s and still consider the print as an original so long as they are still made from the original blocks. However blocks which are recut completely may still qualify as an authentic if it was made …

By Gregory March 23, 2019 Off

Draw Photorealistic Hair

Do you have any blending tools? It doesn’t matter if you don’t, you can get them later. But when you want hair to look photorealistic, you can’t draw each hair as an individual line. Your pencil is far too thick and you just won’t be able to get the different shades or the way the light plays on the hairs if you do it that way.

Instead what you need is to draw areas of lightness and darkness. You need a contrast in texture of the drawing, to highlight where hair is and how it’s behaving. And you can achieve this with blending tools.

Now for you as a beginner, you’ll probably like either stumps or a chamois (pronounced shammy) the best. Depends what kind of hair you’re drawing really. If there’s not much hair to draw, or you’re trying to fit small, tiny details in, than you’ll want a stump over a chamois.

The chamois is diffuclt to work in small details because it’s essentially just a piece of leather, whereas the stump would fit a beginner’s wants far better. At any rate, either of one of these will give a far better result than what you’ve already been …

By Gregory March 23, 2019 Off

Hem Vinyl Banners

The way to use glue is first, of course, to get the right glue for vinyl banners. The way we did it when we glued hems for a short time was to lay the banner flat on a table, then we would take an eight foot ruler that was two inches wide and lay it along the edge of the banner. Then we would use the ruler to draw a straight line, two inches in from the edge. Once the line was in place, we would spread the glue just inside the line to the edge of the banner on one side. Then we’d fold one inch over to the pen line, then, using a hard rubber roller, we’d seal the vinyl into itself. Then we’d repeat the process on all four sides.

In my opinion, though, this is the most difficult way to hem a banner of the four main ways to hem a banner. An easier method is banner hemming tape. We used essentially the same method as described above. Layed the banner flat, put the two inch by 96 inch ruler, marked the 2″ line with a pen, but then laid the tape along the line. Once …

By Gregory March 23, 2019 Off