Tip: Turning Scanned Pencil Sketches into Digital Paintings

Tim Von Rueden takes us through his process of scanning a sketch and getting it prepped for a digital painting. This includes scanning, cropping, then separating the pencil line work from the background.


How To Collage With Vik Muniz

Published on Oct 4, 2012
Brazilian visual artist Vik Muniz shares his process for creating intricate collages based on images that “are already part of our collective visual memory.” Vincent Van Gogh’s “The Starry Night” provides the basis for one of Vik’s best-known large-scale pieces, “Pictures of Magazines.”

Photoshop Workbench 398: Digital Gobos

Published on Sep 18, 2013

If you like the fun name, but have absolutely no idea what a gobo is, it’s a physical template made from glass, metal, or plastic that can be slipped inside (or placed in front of) a light source to produce a bright or dark shape, such as simulated window light or a tree’s shadow. During the 1930s, gobos were used regularly in Hollywood to add dramatic mood lighting to memorable shots in black-and-white films. In today’s Photoshop Workbench, we’ll create a simple, yet elegant, window-shaped gobo.