For this project, I had to create three unique images in Adobe Photoshop at an image size of 800 x 600 pixels (300 pixels/inch) and post them here as JPGs. Each image was created using only one tool. The assignment is not merely a demonstration of the three tools I chose, but an opportunity to experiment and use them in unexpected ways to make art.
For this first image, I used the brush tool. My style of art looks very similar to this, although I thought I should try a new technique for shading. I experimented with the different types of brushes, and for this particular image, I used the regular hard brush and I downloaded a “cross-hatching” brush. I used the hard brush to outline and color the rose. The cross-hatching brush was used for shading to create depth in the two-dimensional image.
For my next image, I decided to create a 70s-style filter for this photograph I took of a Hard Rock Cafe sign in South Carolina. I’ve always loved the orange, tinted look of photographs from the 70s and I decided to add the vertical gradient columns to give the glare that a polaroid camera would capture.
For my final piece, I experimented with the text tool. Typography doesn’t always have to be just black and white, so I decided to bring back that retro style that I love and create a funky neon light. “Shine bright” is exactly what the words seem to do as the inner and outer glow effect creates light against the dark brick wall background. This picture took the most time to create, for there are so many options and settings to experiment with!