Teri asked in my last post if I created my Wedding Alphabet in Photoshop. While I usually paint my art traditionally to start out, I always use Photoshop at some point, even if it is only to adjust the colors and clean up brush hairs, leftover pencil marks and unintentional spots (you know, where the paint isn’t completely dissolved, I dropped my brush, spilled my coffee, whatever.)
However, I also use Photoshop a great deal to create new art out of already existing art. This works especially well for making coordinating patterns for fabric designs, or reformatting a design into a line of party goods. Or, in the case above, creating a new design altogether.
My husband says I have a “deep portfolio”, and in this case, I started out with this:
This purple background is probably my most handy piece of art. It turns up everywhere! All it needs is a little color adjustment. In Photoshop, it’s the IMAGE– ADJUSTMENTS– HUE/SATURATION menu. Play around with those sliders and you can get almost any color. So above it became a yummy muted brown.
Next I needed some bread. The main image came from my Name Above All Names Alphabet, and all that was necessary was a little cropping and sizing:
You will need to flatten it, select an area of white with the magic wand tool, then SELECT– SIMILAR to select all the white, then SELECT– INVERSE to move only the graphic pen area over to your main image. You’ll notice I used the rotate command above here also.
(OK, maybe just disregard all I’ve said up until now, because I just deleted the actual painting that I took this crop from– from the Maxtor, which is our main storage. Hmmmm… I believe it may still be on my old computer, or in another folder, or at least I can re-scan the actual art, because this one was painted straight-up traditionally! Save your files MULTIPLE TIMES, folks!)
Now that I’ve regained my composure, the last step was adding type using the type tool, and some opacity adjustment. Save it all in layers, for revisions later!
(Just in case you were wondering, I don’t really memorize keyboard shortcuts. Lots of times I have a cat on my lap, which means one-handed clicking is easier. And I switch back and forth between the wacom tablet and the mouse, because each one makes the tools work slightly differently.)
After all that, I didn’t really answer Teri’s question, did I? The answer is, No, the Wedding Alphabet was only minimally processed.