Architectural And Design
Photoshop Plan Graphic Illustration Technique - Soft
Light Stylized Edges
By Eric D Howard
There are many techniques for creating unique plan illustration
graphics in Photoshop. I'd like to share one that has come in handy
for producing graphics similar to ones seen in magazines such as
Time or Newsweek, but with a fun graphic flare. (Note: this
technique does not have to be limited to architectural illustration.
Try it out on general graphic design projects, and most importantly,
have fun experimenting!
The first step is to create your graphic as you usually do, complete
with shadows from trees and other elements. I have found that using
very detailed brushes (ones that show tight detail when zoomed in
closely) work well with this technique. Sometimes using abstract
filters from the filters pull-down menu can make smaller details
disappear, but this technique actually highlights details nicely.
If you have created your graphic using multiple layers (which I
highly encourage you to do so as to take advantage of the full
capabilities of Photoshop), you'll need to create a flattened
version for this next step. I recommend making a separate file by
saving your layered.psd file, flatten the image, then save as a
second.psd file so you can experiment freely with this technique.
Make a copy of your layer containing your graphic. On the layer that
you copied (which is above the original layer), click the Filter
pull-down menu, select "Stylize", and select "Find Edges" from this
submenu. Type Ctrl+U to pull up the Hue/Saturation sliders, and
slide the saturation all the way to the left to remove all color.
Finally, select "Soft Light" from the layer styles pull-down menu,
and adust the opacity down a bit, roughly 80-90%.
You can play with the saturation of your original graphic, which
stays beneath the Soft Light Edges layer, and see what unique
adjustments you come up with. This technique takes a good looking
graphic and turns it into a great looking, uniquely stylized one
that looks as though it took twice the time to create as it actually
did. Have fun!
Arts and Design Training
By Michael Bustamante
Schools that provide arts and design training offer studies of
crafts, arts, and design of all kinds. Arts and design training
introduces a broad range of materials and hands-on instruction,
including clay, wood, metal, and fiber.
Vocational arts and design training programs can be greatly
diversified and may include courses in graphic design, jewelry
production, illustration, interior design, fashion, film, animation,
architecture, furniture, sculpture, and more. Arts and design
training can also include painting, photography, sound design, and
visual effects. Students in arts and design training programs will
take courses in drawing, sketching, color, tools, techniques,
creative vision, and art theory.
Art and design schools promote the development of critical skills to
prepare students for professions in animation, studio arts,
performing arts, production, advertising, educational instruction,
video, film, and in graphic design, interior design, and
Arts and design training may also include courses in the design of
various mechanical devices and machines, such as kitchen appliances,
windows, bathroom units, cars, airplanes, toys, and even interactive
games, depending on the focus of the particular school and the
interests of individual students. Artistic creativity and
expression, intellectual understanding, and professional development
are concerns of quality arts and design training in vocational,
technical, and trade schools and community colleges.
If you would like to learn more about Arts and Design Training, or
even Online Arts and Design Schools, you can find more in-depth
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Arts and Design Schools Develop Professional Abilities
By Michael Bustamante
Arts and Design Schools, colleges, and universities have
post-secondary, undergraduate, and graduate programs that broaden
and develop professional abilities and perspectives in their
students. Arts and Design Schools offer certificates and degrees in
the many subjects included in the discipline of art. Students can
study for associate, bachelor, master, and doctorate degrees in
drawing and painting, print making, sculpture, graphic design,
fabric design, architecture, interior design, illustration,
animation, film, furniture, fashion, and others.
Arts and Design students will study basic liberal arts and sciences
in addition to basic design principles through readings,
discussions, lectures, and practice through creative inspiration,
guided activities, and constructive criticism from instructors and
classmates. A modern-day education in Arts and Design focuses
primarily on computer aided drawing (CAD); however students will
also be introduced to physical design media and textiles, such as:
paint, wood, metal, fiber, clay, glass, and plastics.
Arts and Design Schools teach to develop skills in students that
prepare for professions in all areas of studio arts, graphic design,
education, performing arts, advertising, film production,
architecture, digital imaging, fine art media, and others.
Arts and Design Schools can include in their curriculums courses
that prepare for out of the ordinary arts and design, including such
items as cars, appliances, entertainment modules, and interactive
game products. Success in all arts requires intellectual
understanding, creativity, and development as a professional
provided through Arts and Design Schools.
If you are interested in learning more about Arts and Design
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By Marcus Peterson
As the world becomes more competitive, the need for communication
becomes greater. Graphic design is useful in communicating a
message. Graphic design is the applied art which deals with the
arrangement of images and text to communicate a message or
facilitate understanding. In the 21st century graphic design is the
core part of all media vehicles, be they print, digital media,
motion pictures, animation, product design, packaging, billboards or
Graphic design is well integrated with the visual arts, as well as
architecture, interior design, illustration, photography,
human-computer interaction, user interface design, information
design and interaction design. No wonder it has been put in the
category of a porous discipline.
Advertising probably uses the most graphic design. Graphic designers
in advertising earn a lot of money. Also this field is the most
challenging field, as designers need to do not only the artistic
work but also the selling. Here the designer has to think about the
product or service, its customer and their behavior.
Graphic designing is also used in education. It is found that
children learn faster with illustrations with text. Educational
animation is an emerging field which has great advantages over
static graphics, as the moving picture can explain much better than
static picture and also arouses interest. Graphic designing is also
used in web development as well as in the television and film
industries. It is also used in business, for making charts and
With the emergence of 3D technology, new horizons can be viewed in
the field of graphic designing. There is vast potential in this
Architectural And Design
At moments of great enthusiasm
it seems to me that no one in the world has ever made something this
beautiful and important.
I am essentially a painter of the kind of still life composition that
communicates a sense of tranquillity and privacy, moods which I have always
valued above all else.
A sincere artist is not one who makes a faithful attempt to put on to canvas
what is in front of him, but one who tries to create something which is, in
itself, a living thing.
The holy grail is to spend less time making the picture than it takes people
to look at it.
To become truly immortal, a work of art must escape all human limits: logic
and common sense will only interfere. But once these barriers are broken, it
will enter the realms of childhood visions and dreams.
Giorgio de Chirico
Our society is run by insane people for insane objectives. I think we're
being run by maniacs for maniacal ends and I think I'm liable to be put away
as insane for expressing that. That's what's insane about it.
The music that really turns me on is either running toward God or away from
God. Both recognize the pivot, that God is at the center of the jaunt.
There's no retirement for an artist, it's your way of living so there's no
end to it.
You come to nature with all her theories, and she knocks them all flat.
Iím not an abstractionist. Iím not interested in the relationship of color
or form or anything else. Iím interested only in expressing basic human
emotions: tragedy, ecstasy, doom, and so on.
Painting is so poetic, while sculpture is more logical and scientific and
makes you worry about gravity.
Reason is powerless in the expression of Love.
The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection.
Believe it or not, I can actually draw.
Jean Michel Basquiat
Man can't do without God. Just like you're thirsty, you have to drink water.
You just can't go without God.
O great creator of being grant us one more hour to perform our art and
perfect our lives.