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3 May 2005  Hello David, I talked to you back in January and you were very generous with your help: you put me onto "How to Wow, Photoshop for Photographers" and that section on using pattern and texture layers to simulate watercolours is alone worth the purchase price of the book. Many thanks for your advice. I very much like your new stuff in Artwork 7; especially the loosely painted ones like the Rugby players and the chap at his desk viewed through the door. Did you use photoshop brushes in those instances? Anyway, I visit your site frequently and it it always a joy to see when you have posted new images. Kind regards, James.  

James  - The pictures in Artwork 7 - are all oil painting simulations (some more successful than others!) started in PSCS but then moved to Painter IX where I worked on them using Artist Oils brushes to get the brushstrokes in colour clone mode and then some cloner brushes to bring back a bit of detail - though not much in the two cases you mention.  Then back to PSCS for some final touching up with sharpening and colour building using more layers and blending options.  The rugby picture is making the best of a rotten photo I had taken with a lot of shutter shake and I had to add a ball to my picture because the ball in the photo was compositionally in the wrong place.  David

 
30 April 2005   Thank you for your comments. I have photoshop cs and have just acquired buzzpro but achieving the same effects is difficult. I wish someone would produce video tutorials as are freely available for photoshop.Its a pity that the manufacturer cannot see his way to this.Once again -- many thanks. Bob Gibbs  
 

26 Apr 2005    I think your paintings are great. Did you achieve this with buzz pro 3 and photoshop? Or was any other software necessary ? I am considering buying buzz pro 3 and would be glad to hear from you. Regards .. Bob Gibbs

Bob - thanks very much.  I use quite a few different techniques for the pictures in my galleries.  The main software I use is Photoshop CS (soon CS2) and Painter IX.  The plugins I use, primarily for Photoshop, are buZZ pro 3 (but read on), Lucis Art, and Photodraw (a now discontinued MS product which has been replaced by Digital Imaging Suite, I think).  I also use "Wow" brushes and pattern overlays with Photoshop, particularly for watercolour simulations.  The Wow technique is explained very clearly in pages 212-217 of 'How to Wow, Photoshop for Photography - by Jack Davis and Ben Willmore published by Peachpit Press (I have no business relationship with this book, I just like it).   I don't use all the software programs for all my pictures and don't use the Wow technique all the time either.

If I were you, I would buy Photoshop (there are mixed feelings among users about whether Photoshop or Painter is better for photoart - I'd start with PS) then buy the Wow book, and just buy the buZZ Simplifier filter (much, much cheaper than buZZ 3 and all you need for most work).  I think you will then be very well equipped to get started on photo manipulations and the Wow technique is a good place to begin.  I don't know if you found me from the Retouching Forum of the Digital Photography Review website, but do look in there and in www.retouchpro.com  which are both great for photoart. David

 

3 Apr 2005 David, you may already know the Trimoon watercolour tutorial (on CD). His technique is very persuasive, and I've seen many, many watercolours. However, the CD is more suggestive than revealing; you've got to understand Photoshop quite thoroughly and reverse-engineer a good deal. Google the name; it will be the first entry. Very interesting and encouraging site, D: Several of these are very successful indeed. Robert Bollini Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia

Robert, thanks.  As a frequenter of the DPR Retouching Forum I am familiar with Trimoon's work and have used some of his Art History watercolour brushes.  There are a number of watercolour styles around and his is certainly well developed and recognizable.  I enjoy seeing his work but don't seek to replicate it myself.  Steven Friedman has an interesting and often successful approach to natural media simulations - you can see his work at  www.digitalartmasterworks.com.  I believe he has a tutorial CD out too.  David

 

2 Apr 2005   Hi can you please help me I would like to learn digital painting using photoshop and painter, would you happen to know where i can attend class, I am based in uk  London yurimarua@hotmail.com thank you.

Sorry, I don’t know anywhere that teaches digital painting in the UK.  This training may be available but I'm unaware of it.  For digital painting – as opposed to photo manipulation which is mainly what I do, you should concentrate on Corel’s Painter, and I would give Corel a ring and see if they can help you source some training.   There are lots of Painter tutorials available on the net.  If you are actually interested in photo manipulation I would learn Photoshop first.  Lots of people provide training in Photoshop though I doubt they will specialize in photo manipulation aimed at producing natural media simulations (my interest).  I have learnt (like most other people doing what I do) by practicing and experimenting.  If you want to learn more about all this have a look at the Retouching Forum at DPReview and at the PhotoArt section of RetouchPro.  Come back to me if you have any specific questions.  Good luck.  David

 

2 Apr 2005   Hi can you please help me I would like to learn digital painting using photoshop and painter, would you happen to know where i can attend class, I am based in uk  London yurimarua@hotmail.com thank you.

Sorry, I don’t know anywhere that teaches digital painting in the UK.  This training may be available but I'm unaware of it.  For digital painting – as opposed to photo manipulation which is mainly what I do, you should concentrate on Corel’s Painter, and I would give Corel a ring and see if they can help you source some training.   There are lots of Painter tutorials available on the net.  If you are actually interested in photo manipulation I would learn Photoshop first.  Lots of people provide training in Photoshop though I doubt they will specialize in photo manipulation aimed at producing natural media simulations (my interest).  I have learnt (like most other people doing what I do) by practicing and experimenting.  If you want to learn more about all this have a look at the Retouching Forum at DPReview and at the PhotoArt section of RetouchPro.  Come back to me if you have any specific questions.  Good luck.  David

 
2 Apr 2005  Dear David, You images are food for the soul. May you live long and prosper. Eadfrith
 
3 Mar 2005   David, Beautiful pictures which are a real pleasure to view. I've bookmarked your site to browse thro again....and again!  Thank you for sharing. Tom Storey
 
1 Mar 2005  David, Your work is a real inspiration! Enjoyed looking at your photo art. I like very much your style especially the flowers and Venice galleries. Long time ago I gave up the idea of real painting (no talent in that department). So discovering the option to change photos into pictures is like a dream come true. I already learned so much from you. Just a beginner now, got the Trimoon tutorial and WOW book. So now I am practicing and practicing and hope to soon share some results in the Retouching Forum. Thank you very much for sharing your work (including the before pictures). Just know that we share the same passion and I hope that some day I will get better at this and ‘repay’ by sharing tips or techniques, Regards, Efi
 
28 Feb 2005    I am an enthusiast of all creative outlets and this outlet is the one that most resembles my personality....and when i found your website, i was amazed at how wonderful your artwork is.  I don't know if you were using Painter or Paint Shop Pro, but my lord are those some stunning images. you have even gone as far as seriously creating some wonderful watercolor images.  You need to print these on the appropriate paper (depending on the style of each piece), and sell these, pronto! these are wonderful!  Ryan Keeter.
 
24 Feb 2005   David: Your work is wonderful. Is it possible to use your digital image of the Venice Gondola as a background on our Via Veneto Natural Pizza label? This is a premium product in the health food industry and we are trying to convey the Venice (where pizza was born) image to our consumers. Do you have an interest in this? Thank you. Yosef Abrams
 
28 Jan 2005    Quite the most incredible images of their type that I have ever seen. It was The Falcon Inn at St Mawgan that drew me to your site.  Are you in Cornwall or live elsewhere? Impossible to tell from subjects. If you are then email me on xxx I am a Natural History Photographer for OSF and live in Penryn. Best wishes. Bob F.
 
12 Jan 2005   Hi David, Thank you so much for the all the advice and info re helpful resources: that should keep me busy for a while. I would describe myself as an intermediate user of Photoshop ie proficient with the parts of it I use frequently. Helped also by the fact that one of my sons was lead software engineer on a number of PS plug-ins. Am developing my digital watercolour skills by using the tablet and the PS watercolour brushes (plus a few others) to create sketches with no photographic start point. Essential when using Buzz Pro because it does not seem to convert clouds in the same way as the rest of an image: soft and graduating edges I guess. Anyway I am beginning to ramble. Once again, many thanks for your help. Appreciated. Regards, James
 
12 Jan 2005  David,  Your pictures are PHENOMENAL! I was directed to your site by a post on dpreview in which you were critical of a manipulated photo. I liked that photo and wondered what was on the website. It blew me away! I'm a "developing novice" with Photoshop, and your work is like a role model for what I'd like to be able to do. Especially liked all the Grand Canal shots!   Andy
 
11 Jan 2005  Hi David, I really love what you are doing. Without giving away any secrets how do you get that lovely watercolour flow in your images (eg. last pictures in artworks 2 and 3)? I have just started trying to produce painterly images from my photographs and it is wonderful what can be achieved, but I have a long way to go. I think the prerequisite is to be able to draw (I have no problems there) and then every thing else is a steep learning curve in photoshop and a lot of trial and error. Have also bought Buzz Pro 3 which I am finding is often a great start in paring an image down to a simple form. I also use a Wacom tablet.  Also, I see your very pertinent point to Howard about the look of foliage that has been "Buzz Pro'd." Any particular software you would recommend to deal with that?  Keep the work coming. I have looked at other people's sites who are showing their work, but yours I really admire. Marvellous.  Regards, James.
 

10 Jan 2005 Dave the Boat is by far my favourite. That is where I want to develop my own skills - limited now to a beginner's understanding of layers and actions in PS. My actions would not result in these great swathes of of colour unless I brushed them (eg via an eraser brush over a variant of a close to final artwork. So too I have to add colour to pick up most bright winter scenes. I would add that the original photo is ideally suited to the task. Is buZZ a must? How about PhotoArtMaster? Did you use your tablet here? TY Howard Leigh Ottawa, Canada

Howard - sorry, I should have replied sooner.  The Home Page boats picture (if that is the one you mean) was done with Photoshop and buZZ and involved quite a lot of hand painting.  I have not heard good things about Photoartmaster though I have never tried it myself.  I think you would be better off just buying the buZZ Simplifier filter (which they sell separately I believe) - much cheaper. Yes, get a tablet - I use a Wacom Intuos 2 6x8 - now indispensable to me.  David

 
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