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Chapter 8. Painting and Drawing

Chapter 8. Painting and Drawing

Back in 1984, a fast-growing company just south of San Francisco introduced a little beige box with a tiny 9-inch monitor that could display and print only black-and-white images and that was incapable of reproducing even remotely convincing photographic images. What it could reproduce was strictly limited to a resolution of 72 pixels per inch. Yet the graphic arts world went nuts over this new computer—Apple’s earliest Macintosh—because bundled in its modest software suite, alongside its stunted word processor, was MacPaint.

Painting and drawing programs have progressed by leaps and bounds since taking those first baby steps, but one feature remains common: they’re still so much fun to use! In this chapter, you’ll learn how to use Photoshop Element’s built-in drawing and painting tools to create original artwork or to enhance your digital photos, whether you’re filling parts of your image with color, creating a blended gradient, adding a decorative stroked border to a logo or design element, or “painting” a photo with Impressionist-style brushstrokes.


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