Thursday, November 24, 2011

"I Love You" Digital Collage - Corel PhotoPaint

I Love You

This Digital Collage started as a freehand drawing done by my Daughter when she was very young. It showcases her artistic abilities from a very young age.

I added the Alphabet in various styles and fonts, along with some Dover Publication Clip art. I applied the Tone Curve and slightly increased the color saturation to boost the color just a bit. You can tell the paper is old with it's stains and it has some water damage to it. All in all it scanned in very clearly.

I saved two copies of the image at its largest size and two at display size.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

"Steampunk David" Digital Collage - Corel PhotoPaint Plus

Steampunk David

"Steampunk David" is the title of this Digital Collage. I opened the photograph of David from Picasa 3 with Paint.NET and played around with the threshold and color. I ended up with a black and white representation of him.

I browsed in my Dover Publications Sampler folder using Picasa 3 and found an example of  a Steampunk image that I opened in PhotoPaint. I increased the resolution to 128 dpi and enlarged the image.

Back in Paint.NET I selected all and copied the modified David image and then pasted it into the Steampunk image.

I found other Steampunk images and did some copy, paste, erase on them and added each one to the David image. I used the property of Multiply on two of the scraps and also Replace Color on the man with the crane and clock.

I merged all the pieces together in PhotoPaint, then used Filter Forge's Photo Effects Vibrance to give some punch to the colors. I added my signature and saved the large file.

I opened that with Corel's PSP Pro X3 and applied the Image Picture frame, using one of my favorites, the ornate frame. I then resized there for display and saved that file.

Listening --- David Bowie --- Changes

Friday, November 18, 2011

"The Calculus Lesson" Digital Collage - Corel PhotoPaint - Picasa 3

The Calculus Lesson

Today I continue with Digital Collaging for this image, "The Calculus Lesson."

Opening PhotoPaint, I scanned in a print of a painting for the colorful background. I then used KPT Collection's Equalizer feature on it for a Gaussian like blur. I then applied PhotoPaint's Effects, Distort, Wet Paint to the background for the dripping paint illusion.

Browsing with Picasa 3 in my Dover Publications Sampler folder I found the Owls with what looked like a master and his students. I applied the property Subtract to add transparency, keeping some of the color.

I added a few flying creatures, the bird, dragonfly, butterfly, and fly for an outdoorsy appearance. Using the property Multiply for transparency on each and resizing them for this collage.

I then added the final touch, the Calculus equation page, using Multiply, for the Lesson theme.  This also came from Dover Publications.

I saved the large file after adding my signature, and resampled for display.

Listening --- Kirk Mathew Gatzka --- The Empire of Fame

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

"Series 66 #7" Digital Collage - Last in Series - Corel PhotoPaint

Series 66 #7

"Series 66 #7," is the last in this series of Digital Collages about collaged Faces. I used Corel PhotoPaint, CorelDRAW, Painter 8, and Picasa 3 to create today's image.

I began with a freehand trace of a face from an old photograph done in Painter 8 before I had gotten Painter 11. I then browsed in Picasa 3 folders for faces to select features from. I found a group of black and white scanned in portraits and selected the eyes, ears and mouth from disparate images. I then placed them accordingly.

I used the magic wand to select parts of the face and image and filled with radial gradients the hair and face and neck. I then selected the background and filled it with a space photograph.

Browsing again in Picasa 3 I found 2 color palettes and copied and pasted them into the image using the property Multiply to add transparency. I opened CorelDRAW and typed in the "66," and "#7," at a large size using the fonts Basketcase and 321Impact. I copied and pasted them into the collage.

I added my signature, saved the large file, and resampled for display.

I have enjoyed creating this series of Digital Collage Faces and learned some new techniques, especially erasing sections of pasted in pieces of the image. I hope you have enjoyed the series as well.

Listening --- Jethro Tull --- Part of the Machine

Friday, November 11, 2011

"Series 66 #6" Digital Collage - Corel PhotoPaint

Series 66 #6

I found time today to create another in the "Series 66 #6," I may create one more of these for a total of "7,". Again I used Corel PhotoPaint, CorelDRAW, Corel Painter 11 and Picasa 3 for the making of this image.

I scanned in the background and opened it in Painter 11 to warp the color swatches and to add a paper texture to it. I saved the large file and opened with PhotoPaint and used Picasa 3 to locate sources to use to create the face. I selected for the eyes and nose a digital painting I did in Painter 8 sometime ago. I opened another digital painting for the mouth, also done in Painter 8. I used the Tone Curve on the cut and pasted pieces to boost the color depth.

I browsed to my Dover Publications folder and found the swirling frame and added that. I also located the woman playing the violin and added her playing right into the ear of the face. I had selected the hair, ears, chin for the face from a photograph taken by me with my Canon Rebel XTi.

I did not scan in as much from other sources as I had on others of this series. I used what sources I already had on my Hard Drive. I finally added my signature and saved the large file then resampled for display and sharing here on the blog.

Yesterday I uploaded the first 5 in the series to my Fine Art America (see the link below) account to allow them to be available for sale. I will also add this one as well.

Listening --- 3 Doors Down --- Duck and Run

Monday, November 7, 2011

"Series 66 #5" Digital Collage - Corel PhotoPaint

Series 66 #5

"Series 66 #5," image was created with the same programs and hardware I used in the previous images in this group. This all Digital Collage was done using Corel Products.

I am keeping this post short as it is later than I usually post and evening time is quickly running away.

If you want to review techniques please refer to the other "Series 66," posts for details.

Listening --- Joe Cocker --- Feeling Alright

Sunday, November 6, 2011

"Series 66 #4" Digital Collage - Corel PhotoPaint

Series 66 #4

"Series 66 #4," is one more Digital Collage of facial features and a few added things. I used Corel PhotoPaint, Corel PSP Pro X3, CorelDRAW, and Corel Painter 11 to create this collage.

I used cut and paste and erase and place for the image. I used various sources scanned in with my Canon MP495. I started with the background of some painted buildings and opened that in Painter 11 where I used Motion Blur and Apply Surface Texture Image Luminance on it. Back in PhotoPaint I added the various scanned pieces to create the face.

I also used a DaVinci drawing of hands and placed them playing a guitar. I had used Little Ink Pot's Thredgeholder on the guitar for it's sketchiness. Each piece was scanned in, I applied the Tone Curve for color depth, and Tune blur to smooth out each one. Then they would stand out from the textural background.

I used CorelDRAW for the numbers "66" and "#4" using purple as a compliment of the orange shades of the background. These I copied and pasted, sizing to fit the larger image.

I resampled the image to display and share along with adding my signature, finishing up in PhotoPaint.

Not listening to any music at the time I created this, created in quiet for a change.

Friday, November 4, 2011

"Series 66 #3" Digital Collage - Corel PhotoPaint

Series 66 #3

"Series 66 #3" is the image for today. I am staying with this motif for a while, don't know how many I will do or if I will keep up the successive permutations. I really like Digital Collage and working with scanned pieces of collage material.

I used another number of sources for this image. I did add some Dover Publications Clip Art for design purposes. I created it in mainly Corel PhotoPaint, scanning with my Canon MP495. But I also used Corel's Painter 11 for texture and warping of the background. And CorelDRAW for the numbers "66" and "3".

I cut, pasted, erased and sized to fit all the pieces for this face collage. I saved the large 11"x7" file and then after adding my signature, resampled for presenting here.

Listening --- JJ Cale and Eric Clapton --- Heads in Gerogia

Thursday, November 3, 2011

"Series 66 #2" Digital Collage - Corel PhotoPaint

Series 66 #2

For "Series 66 #2," I used Corel PhotoPaint, Painter 11 and CorelDRAW to create the image. Staying with the face motif I scanned in using my Canon MP495 and then cut, pasted, erased and resized to fit all the pieces to make this image.

I began by scanning in a large background piece from one source then turned to other sources for the additional pieces. I did use the Tune Blur and Tone Curve on many of the cutouts for smoothing and color depth.

I applied Little Ink Pot's Thredgeholder to the guitar player for a etched line look and feel. I also used the fonts Tossaway, Accords, and Arial Narrow in the piece. Accords is a guitar chord symbol library font which has a number of often used chord symbols.

I did create the "66" number in CorelDRAW with the Tossaway font. I copied and pasted and resized it in PhotoPaint. I added my signature to the large file and resampled for display and sharing here.

Listening --- Kirk Mathew Gatzka --- Collision Warning

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

"Series 66 #1" Digital Collage - Corel PhotoPaint

Series 66 #1

"Series 66 #1," is a Digital Collage done using scanning with my Canon MP495 and a number of different sources. I created this face using the disparate parts from these sources. It is much like regular collage work only you cut and paste on the computer. I used Corel's PhotoPaint and Canon's scanning software.

I have a man's nose and mouth, drawn woman's eyes that I duplicated and flipped, a man's hair and ears and a woman's eyebrows. The jaw line was taken from another source and carefully trimmed and sized for the image.

I added the distinctive type of DaVinci for some texture at the bottom of the image, with a drink and a symbol on top of the writing.I saved the large file and resampled for display after adding my signature.

Listening --- Bob Dylan --- Series of Dreams