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Hour 18. Using the Artistic Filters > Working with Pastels, Chalk, Charcoal, an...

Working with Pastels, Chalk, Charcoal, and Pen

The next category of art media that we’ll consider are pastels, chalks, and charcoals. 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

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. The first one we’ll try is Rough Pastels, which 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. Rough Pastels is one of those amazing filters that make anything look good. Figure 18.13 shows it applied to a photo of a dock cleat.


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