Saturday, March 16, 2013

A Photoshop tutorial

I just read a good Photoshop tutorial on making repeated patterns on Gloria Hansen's blog. Here's the link so you can read it too if you like. I enjoy making digital collages. If I ever find time to do more, I will have a new trick up my sleeve after reading the article.

Here are a few samples of what I mean by digital collage, which is basically layering many images, altering them and creating a new work. I won first place in the new computer art category at the Kentucky State fair last year with "Lonely Serenade", which has images of a statue, a window, a branch and the very atmospheric-looking abalone shell.

Tulip psalm: Geraniums and Butterflies:

Butterfly Rose:
Taking Time:

Fluttering By:

I'm glad times are changing. Digital art is now gaining acceptance. When I first started doing these, people didn't understand. At a show a few years ago, a local florist almost bought "Fluttering By", but didn't when she learned it was digital. I think today she would buy it.

In honor of St. Patrick's Day, here is an image comprised of a photo I took in front of a tiny shop in a small town in Ireland and a text layer of an Irish Blessing.

by Jan Hurst


  1. Really beautiful pieces. Congrats on having your piece take 1st place. I guess anything new takes time for people to begin to understand and accepts it's merits. Thanks for sharing

    1. Thanks, Bren. Computer art has been a category at the fair for only a few years. The first years the entries were pretty low tech, and pretty low on the aesthetic factor as well. Last year the quality took a big jump with more mainstream looking art instead of simply fractals and cris-crossing lines, etc. and sponsorship by a fine artist. I am curious to see the pieces this year!

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  3. I always check out this website for photoshop tutorials - - they have some easy to follow advice laid out clearly and some amazing effects.