Wednesday, July 21, 2010
The Greatest Photoshop Tool
The greatest Photoshop tool can't be found on any toolbar or menu.
It's seldom talked about in any manual, tutorial, or DVD.
However, when used well, it can completely transform and elevate your photos. And draw favorable attention and applause from those who view your work. Happily, this tool doesn't even require that you have any great Photoshop skills to use it.
That one extraordinary tool is your imagination.
Consider the sample photo above which contains only three simple elements:
1. A colorful photo of a woman (marching in a parade)
2. A photo of my arm holding a paint brush
3. A color-filled rectangle (with a portion erased)
Essentially it's two cutouts and a drawn colored box. Two techniques easy to master with any assortment or combination of tools in Photoshop.
And once I have the cutouts I can re-use them in any number of different scenes. Even create a series of prints.
Sure you say, imagination is great. But I'm just not very creative.
I can never think of what to make.
Fortunately, there is a way to boost your powers of imagination.
It's EASY and it's FUN!
One of the simplest ways is improve your imagination, your thinking, your ideas about what's possible is to surf the net. There are hundreds, thousands of websites you can go to to see what others are doing. To get ideas.
My favorite happens to be Flickr.com because of it's variety. Surf around, join some groups once you hone in on a style that interests you.That's how I got hooked on OOB's (out-of-bounds). Essentially photos within photos that take on a 3-D look.
Next time you're feeling creative, but lacking in ideas to get started, look around. Fire up your imagination by surfing around a while. Or go the museum and get a feel for the composition and colors used by the masters.
Not to create a poor copy of someone else's work, but to stimulate the almighty power of your brain.
Then dice up some old photos that aren't good as a whole and use those pieces to create yor own Photoshop masterpiece.
The mind. It's a terrible thing to waste.
And one of your greatest Photoshop tools.
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