There will be two parts:
Day one: How to photograph and edit photos of your artwork for an accurate representation of the original.
Day two: How to use Photoshop Elements to develop your compositions.
Day one will cover how best to photograph your work, and then we will explore how to make that photo look true to the original. That involves adjusting light and colour, as well as correcting camera distortions and retouching to correct for the complications of paint texture, reflections and glare. The aim is to get a high quality photo that is suitable for a website, social media and entering competitions.
Day two will cover some different tools that can be used when developing composition. Whether this is preliminary to beginning work in paint and other physical media, or experimenting with changes that could be made when an artwork is in progress, it can be very useful to try out different possibilities digitally. We look at the use of layers, masks, basic digital painting, and various other tools. The processes are useful whether experimenting on a photo of a painting in progress, sketches, or reference photos.
In this workshop, we will be using Photoshop Elements, which is a fraction of the cost of full Photoshop CS/CC, but is still a powerful piece of software. No experience of Photoshop Elements is necessary.