The Road Ahead – II

Now, I finished the third painting. Again, I’m only allowed 1 hour. When the hour is over I want to keep going so badly because I know I can improve. And I know this because in the first 25 minutes the whole thing is a full-blown mess, but hard work keeps it going. Big to small, big to small. General sketch and strokes to smaller and smaller details. I still need to get some control on the soft and hard edges. Not just some, a lot, probably. I experimented with brushes. I’m a total photoshop newbie so I download some brushes a few days ago and tried to see how it felt. So I decided to use a specific set on this painting. Lie. This was the set that was loaded when I opened Photoshop and I just felt that it kinda matched the original painting, so simply started it. I still need to make a better palette, I start by creating a color palette but it is never enough and I start sampling from the painting which is a bad thing. I need to create a palette with more “inbetween” colors before starting. The tones are matching closely because I kept the original in the same monitor so now I have no constrasty differences.

 

Craig Mullings - 3rd Painting

Craig Mullings – 3rd Painting

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The Road Ahead – I

So, I decided to start showing all my rookie efforts and track progress over time on different subjects. So I’m doing ConceptArt LevelUp digital painting course and the very first exercise is to pretty much copy 20 paintings. The instructions are very simple:

1 – Pick a painting.
2 – Convert them to black and white.
3 – Paint your own and get as close as possible. The idea is to get the values and tones really close.
4 – You can only spend 1 hour.

I already painted two. The first one was a complete blobby mess, the second one was a improvement. Can’t wait to see the 20th. :)

 

The very first mess.

The very first mess.

 

The second acceptable mess.

The second acceptable mess.

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Wacom Radial Menu Keystrokes not working in Photoshop CC 2014

If you come across this problem when any keystroke set up in the Radial Menu seems to have no effect, the solution is simple.

Create a PSUserConfig.txt file containing this line:

UseSystemStylus 0

Save it in  C:\Users\[User Name]\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CC 2014\Adobe Photoshop CC 2014 Settings\

Boom. It works as expected now. But what this does ?

Photoshop CC 2014 changes stylus use to use Microsoft system API’s, with these API’s you need to have Windows Ink enabled. These API’s give better stroke results and improve the out of the box experience for users using Windows tablet/convertible devices.

This file that we created makes Photoshop go back to the previous API. If you experience weirdness or just want the new behaviour back, you can edit the file and set it to 1 or just remove the file from the settings folder.

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