Create Canvas Paintings by Adding Paint Effects With Digital Manipulation

Thinking about turning some of your favorite photos into canvas paintings but want to add something special to them or remove some things from them first? It isn’t quite as hard as you might think, especially with all of the different digital manipulation tools that are out online for you to use. Digital manipulation is just the practice of editing your photographs to remove items, change things, or add in other items that you want from the photo before it is printed. There are so many different things that you can do to your photos before turning them into canvas paintings, and one of the ones that turn out the best is adding in paint effects to turn a photograph into a true painting.Of course, you want to edit and crop your photos before you start so that you have the area that you will turn into a beautiful canvas painting ready to rock. From there, you want to adjust the brightness and clarity of the photograph to what you want it to be. Now, you have the whole photograph at your fingertips to turn into a piece of art work that you will be amazed to call your own.One of the best things about using digital manipulation and adding in paint effects is that you can use as many layers of paint as you want, without waiting it for it to dry! You can also pick any different type of brush that you want, such as a block brush to add in blocky effects around your brush strokes or choosing a round, wide brush to soften the area completely. Choosing the different types of brushes and playing around with them will change your canvas paintings into something different every time.Another great thing about using a digital manipulation program that offers you painting effects for your photos for canvas paintings is that you have any color imaginable at your fingertips. You can easily adjust the colors with the slider bar and create a wealth of beautiful colors – bright, soft, clear – it doesn’t matter, you can create it. And, most digital manipulation programs that offer painting effects will also have in a mode that will allow you to blend colors and lines together, so that you can truly create a “painted” look like you get with oil, water, or acrylic paints.There is no end to what you can do to your photos with a digital manipulation program that offers you painting effects. You can easily turn a boring picture of a flower into a masterpiece or you can take your favorite pictures and turn them into beautiful canvas paintings that will draw attention from everyone that sees them.

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Fine Art Printmaking in Platinum As a Photographic Business

Many talented photographers and artists struggle when the moment comes to switch from a serious hobby to a professional activity capable of actually making a living. Especially in photography there are so many possibilities that one can pursue, such as portraiture, commercial, architectural, stock photography and so on. The one I chose was to pursue a career in fine art photography. This is probably not the way to become rich, but it does offer plenty of gratification. Having people looking at your work and willing to spend money to have it on their walls is an extraordinary accomplishment.The problem is that especially in this digital age, where everyone has an ink-jet printer on their desk, it is difficult to become easily recognizable. It is also important to give collectors and arts lovers a reason to purchase our work. One way to solve this problem is to employ traditional techniques rather than digital. Although this article applies to any alternative process, the best and most noble among these is without any doubt platinum. Platinum and palladium prints show exquisite beauty, the longest permanence of any printing process, and are widely collected. People know that a platinum print is expensive to make and are willing to spend more to get them.Unfortunately, unless you are an already collected artist, it is unlikely that you will be able to sell your platinum/palladium prints at a high or even fair price. Many emerging photographers try to get their work out as much as possible, with low cost sales and frequent exhibitions, in the hope to receive attention. Because of the high costs of platinum printmaking this is something to keep into proper consideration. So one of the most important issue dealing with an expensive process is keeping your costs to a minimum, to produce some profit even when you have to sell at a low price. Mastering the process is not complicated, it is a long curve more than a steep one. To succeed though, you need much practice, and consequently sales to pay for your labor and above all, materials.Frequent low price sales will allow you to practice more and thus be able to obtain a level of consistency that will allow you to make as little mistakes as possible in order to keep your costs low. The low cost will allow low price sales and so on. Do not get stuck in this magic circle though. Higher price sales will eventually follow as you master the technique and become better known.The first most important aspect is, of course, quality. Platinum prints should always be made to gallery standards and flawless. When you present a platinotype keep in mind that viewers expect excellence. You must therefore be professional and consistent in every step of the process, from taking the photograph, to printing it, to spotting, mounting and presenting and even packaging and shipping.Printing for high volumes also means that you must find a consistent way to make your prints, and nowadays this is easy to get, thanks to the digital negatives. We need to save time as well as money, therefore test prints and guesswork should be avoided. The digital negative allows us to do this. Printing for low cost sales means selling an 8×10″ print mounted to museum standards in the $50-$100 price region. Editioning your work, like I do, is one good way to sell at a price higher than that. I normally use a three-price tier system with increasing prices as the edition sells. Of course, the low price scenario applies mostly to generic photography, such as landscapes. If you do something more specific, such as nudes, or portraiture, you should be able to sell at a higher price from the very start.I mentioned the cost of the noble metals. For many printers, a generically called platinum print is often an almost pure palladium print. It is not only because of the much lower cost. Compared with platinum, palladium offers many advantages. It is easier to use, gives better coating, smoother tones, a longer tonal scale, deeper blacks and a fantastic color. Especially if you are starting with the process, I would recommend printing in pure palladium.It is also true that, since most printmakers use NA2 (Sodium Chloroplatinate) for contrast (albeit in very low percentages), technically we can not say that pd prints are pure palladium. In time, your portfolio will probably contain 100% pd prints, 50/50 pt-pd prints and different mixes within these quantities. So how would you describe your work? I have seen prints with the quantities noted in pencil on a border (sometimes including exposure time and contrast), but, since I dislike giving out too much technical information, I present all my prints, including those in pure palladium, with the generic term platinum prints. Many others I know do the same without feeling like cheating. Even if you plan to go for palladium only though, I would recommend, however, to keep a small bottle of platinum, for not always the greater warmth of pure palladium is desired.The second expensive item in the process is obviously the paper. It is possible to use many papers – sometimes even the humble watercolor paper that one can find at the local art shop. In fact, most papers for water colorists will work if you soak them for five minutes in a weak solution of oxalic acid (and then wash it of course). I would, however, definitely NOT recommend saving money on paper. The paper that I use is Crane’s natural, called Crane’s Platinotype in USA (until 2006, now, I believe, is called Crane’s Diploma Parchment) and Crane’s Crest Natural White Wove in Europe (at least in England, from gfsmith.com). This fine paper is relatively easy to find, it is smooth and easy to coat, needs less solution than some other papers (saving us money), and it is not terribly expensive. It is available in natural, my favourite – and white.Of course, the paper is indeed a personal choice. For example many suppliers recommend Crane’s Kid Finish to beginners. To me this paper looks too thin, more difficult to use, does not flat well and I would not recommend it. I, however, heartily suggest being familiar with at least a second paper, should the paper of choice be (or suddenly become) unavailable. I recommend Arches Platine, which costs slightly more than Crane’s, but it is heavier, easier to find, it is also beautiful and easy to work with (no acidification required etc.). The only difference with Crane’s (except maybe 20% more exposure) is that it does not clear in citric acid, so you need to keep a little a stock of Kodak Clearing Agent as well. What about fancy papers, such as the expensive Japanese Gampi for example. Printing on hand made papers can be rewarding both aesthetically and financially (my sales skyrocketed for a while when I presented old work on Gampi) but I would recommend leaving any possible further difficulties when you will be experienced.Once you will master the technique, and be able to keep your costs under control, you will be free to dedicate yourself completely to the actual printmaking, and will be able to offer to your customers, galleries and collectors exceptional and unique prints.

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Go Crazy With Your Bedding Color to Let Your Wild Side Out

Most of the time, we need to act within reason of what most people expect out of us. This might hold you back from dressing the way you really want to, or taking up a hobby that you really wish you could pick up. But there is a way that you can let your wild side get out and do it in private… by the way you decorate your bedroom.I know, it sounds pretty crazy… but it can feel really good to decorate in a very wild way that expresses who you are. I don’t recommend painting because I did that once with some very tropical colors and it was a pain to paint over. However, with bedding, you can have a lot of fun.Bedding is a great way to decorate because it comes in so many colors and so many different prints. The options for kids seems even bigger than adults… but you will definitely be able to find something that complements your personality.First, you can look at print bedding. Most of the time these are going to be cotton sheets, but you are beginning to find some bamboo options. Prints like leaves, swirls, and even animal prints can add some energy to your room. This is especially the case if you get some satin animal prints… just watch the romance in your bedroom go up.Speaking of satin sheets, they come in such a wide variety of colors that can be a blast. If you’re like me then you love color and bright colors at that. Satin sheets come in very vibrate colors like brights oranges, pinks, blues, and greens. It’s pretty much like opening a crayon box and choosing what you want.Personally I really enjoy the bright green and blues because they bring out the tropical side of me and it really relaxes me. You can still use a contemporary comforters to hide the color during the day so the room still comes together. But the point being is whatever type of personality you have, you can find a color to complement it.Silk sheets on the other hand are much better than satin in terms of quality, but they don’t comes in the variety of color. They are fairly basic colors of white, black, blues, and reds… but even these are gorgeous. Silk is a beautiful bedding material.As you can tell, the color of bedding is a great way for you to go designer crazy and not have to worry about what too many people think because your bedroom is usually always private. Make sure to check out all the different options available to you… you’ll be surprised.

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