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Chapter 25. Enhancing Your Photos with F... > Working with Pastels, Chalk, Charcoa...

Working with Pastels, Chalk, Charcoal, and Pen

The next category of art media that we'll consider are pastels, chalks, and charcoals. (It would be convenient if these tools were at least lumped into the same category. Because they aren't, you will have to go hunting for them.) These are all drawing or sketching materials rather than painting materials, so the look is completely different. The image is created from lines rather than blocks of color. Thus, these media lend themselves to pictures with delicate detail rather than areas of flat color. They are good for portraits, because the level of abstraction they provide disguises small flaws and makes anybody look good.

Rough Pastels

Rough Pastels simulates the look of chalky pastels on a rough surface, such as canvas. With this filter, you'll see more texture in the dark areas than you will in the light. It's on the Filter, Artistic menu. You can adjust the Stroke Length. Pastels are brushed on the surface using the edge of the pastel stick and long, smooth strokes. You can also adjust the contrast as well, and make the strokes more apparent by adjusting the Stroke Detail. Like the Underpainting filter we looked at earlier, the Rough Pastels filter allows you to change the texture of the surface on which the pastels are applied.


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