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Summary

I hope you enjoyed this hour; I did. Making photos into “art” of various kinds is one of my favorite things, and I like sharing the tricks and techniques I’ve picked up over the years. In this hour we looked first at watercolors and at several ways to simulate different styles. You learned a quick and easy way to mask a horizon, or any part of the picture that needs to remain a straight line. Then, we took up oil painting. You learned about underpainting, and about going back and adding detail after converting the picture to a painting. You learned about using a palette knife effect, and about the Paint Daubs filter. Then, we did some work with Chalks, Charcoals, Pastels, and Conté Crayon. After that, we got a little more into exotic media, with Japanese brush painting and neon tubing. Finally, we worked with the Grain filter, proving that all art can be taken for granite.

Elements includes many filters, as you’ve probably guessed from looking at the Filter menu. And, as I mentioned earlier, you can import other filters you might find on the Web. I can’t cover the details about every filter, but they work more or less as you’ve already seen—some apply their effect as soon as you select them, while others allow you to make adjustments in a dialog box. Either way, use a copy of a favorite photo to play with each of the remaining filters. Some of them are pretty amazing. Imagine the situations in which you might use each filter, and make a mental note of the ones you like. They’ll come in handy some day—believe me.


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