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- - Sanny Tendilla

By Jane Davidson

Taking painting as a hobby can inspire you to use your imagination. To guide you, you may want to read some oil painting books, if you are a beginner. The essential thing to remember is that you already have the skill and you just need to polish it a bit more.

There are numerous oil painting books to choose from. Select on that is suited for a beginner like you. The book should show you the step by step procedure on how to start painting. It can be an instructional type of oil painting book or one that simply tells you all information about the art of painting.

At first you will correctly learn what tools you need to start painting and where to buy them. You require a canvass in place so you can draw the subject on it. Then you may need charcoal to sketch your drawing on the canvass. You would need different kinds of brushes to paint. Each size of brush has its own use during painting. You can start with a few brushes that you need and later on get the other different brushes as you get to improve your painting style.

At that time you need to learn about paints and paint oils and how they are used. Start with a few neutral and basic colors like brown, blue, black, yellow and red. You can combine these colors together to form other colors. You would learn to do so once you get started on your painting hobby.

The concept you need to start with can come from your own imagination. Most oil painting books could start you with subjects like a scenery, still life or probably just some combination of colors that come together to form an abstract painting.

Your guiding force to start it on the right path will be your knowledge about painting which you got reading from books. You can track the procedures on the oil painting book that you have and take it from there. By practice you can polish your strokes and you can use the brushes; practice on your canvass so you would get used to it. You can use some old flat board as your canvass to practice. You need to practice as many times as you can so you would be able to see your progress.

As much as talent and interest for painting you have, it is still an advantage if you learn more about it. By these books you would be able to learn about helpful tips in the art of painting such as different brush strokes, type of medium to use, how to dry your color paints, saving tips and many other essential things that would be useful to you.

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Learn Adobe Photoshop Basic Techniques

- - Sanny Tendilla

By David Peters

The basics of Photoshop are relatively easy to pick up, but can seem a bit of a mystery when you first come to the program, thanks to its somewhat unintuitive interface and lack of simple tutorials.

Upon first inspection you will see that Photoshop is basically made up of four areas: the menu bar, at the top, the toolbar just below it, the toolbox on the left and the palettes on the right. The different modes and options you can choose are located in the menu bar and toolbox which always stay the same. The toolbar will change with the context.

An updated status of your image is provided by the palettes. This includes a history of all of the actions and changes you have made along with a thumbnail image of the current results.

As an example of how the interface changes as you use it, select the type tool from the toolbox (looks like a capital T). Note how the toolbar changes completely to permit changes to the font name, size etc.

In the history palette, your use of the type tool will be added to your history, and a new layer will be created for your text and shown in the layers palette.

The toolbox or the menus will most likely be the starting point for projects done with in Photoshop. Everyday tools such as selecting, filling and making shapes will be found in the toolbox. More advanced functions, such as blurring sharpening and most other effects Photoshop can produce are found in the menus, most of which are found under the Filter menu.

Once you have chosen a tool from the toolbox, you can adjust its settings through the toolbar. In this, options from the menu will typically open a dialog box. Should you want to go back and make a change to something you have done to your image, use your palette history for the quickest fix. Experiment with the palettes as they have other uses also such as changing colors, naturally under the colors palette.

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