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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 architectural design.

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 information and resources on our website.

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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 Schools, please search our site for more information and resources.

Graphic Design

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 information signs.

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 presentations.

With the emergence of 3D technology, new horizons can be viewed in the field of graphic designing. There is vast potential in this profession.


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.
 M.C. Escher

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.
 Giorgio Morandi

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.
 William Dobell

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.
 John Lennon

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.
 Henry Moore

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.
 Mark Rothko

Painting is so poetic, while sculpture is more logical and scientific and makes you worry about gravity.
 Damien Hirst

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.
 Bob Marley

O great creator of being grant us one more hour to perform our art and perfect our lives.
 Jim Morrison

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