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Showing posts from September, 2008

Making Ghost in the Wall (digital steps)

Since we’re coming up on the Halloween season, I’ve been thinking about spooky stuff a little bit. Last week, Diane challenged me to show her how I would use my texture photos in a real piece. OK, Diane, I’m in! This is going to be a several step project, and the first part is digital. In a week or so, I’ll be able to share the finished physical project and all of the steps, but first things first. I decided to use images from the bunch that I shared last week: My files were digital to start out with, so I just worked with them as is in Photoshop . If you have physical film shots that you’d like to use, simply scan the images and open them in your image editing software. Here are my steps, as near as I can reconstruct them, for merging these images into a new composite. 1. Open images, and crop the parts you wish to use. Resize as needed so that all images will be compatible. I usually size everything to 300 pixels per inch when I intend to eventually print the image out. You can se

Texture photos

Venice, Italy Cyndi Lavin, 2008 I use photo images in so much of my work that my camera has become my most essential tool. Even when we went to Italy, I spent a certain amount of time just simply shooting things that would make interesting texture shots. Most of these are less interesting as compositions than they are in terms of how they can be used in the future: backgrounds or elements of a collage, a layer in a digital piece, warped and Photoshopped into something else… Do you spend time shooting elements for later use too? Copyright 2008 Cyndi Lavin. Not to be reprinted, resold, or redistributed for profit. May be printed out for personal use or distributed electronically provided that entire file, including this notice, remains intact.

Text in Stitches

Here is a brilliant online tool that will allow you to chart your text in six different fonts. These are perfect for cross stitch, backstitch, or even beading! Text in Stitches has been made available by StitchPoint . Technorati Tags: mixed media , collage , assemblage , digital art , photography , altered books , art journals