Dan Fessler’s HD Index Painting Technique let’s you paint pixel art in Photoshop in a non-destructive manner, and lets you use pretty much every tool in a perfectly pixel-gradient fashion!

The article gives you everything you need to try it out for yourself.It’s easy to set up and use, and the results are so fucking cool.

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FKA twigs for The Fader Magazine (set #1)

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More GrizandNorm tips. These are just amazing… simple, effective, to the point and instantly usable.
If you guys don’t know about GrizandNorm, you should definitely check them out.


Tuesday Tips — Painting a shiny object

the steps are:

1.  matte base object

2.  add ceiling reflection 

3.  highlight

yes, it is that simple.  Throughout the years, I learn to edit.  It’s unnecessary to paint or render every single grain of hair and detail.  It’s about communicating the idea across.  A lot of it is about believability.  I find this technique works for me.  And as always, it is a good idea to practice it on a simple basic primitives.  (I know, I know, it’s not the most exciting thing).  But you will be surprise on how fast you can paint when you master your basic shapes. 

Attached are gif I made to show you my steps on a sphere, and one of my shoe illustration I painted using the same technique.

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Visual Development from Brother Bear by Paul Felix

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Antonio Lopez

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Painting snowy rock in PS by smuli

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artist tips





don’t save as jpeg

as a former yearbook editor and designer, let me explain this further

if youre only planning on posting your art online, them please save it as .png ;this is also better for transparencies as well


please, if youre planning of printing your art, NEVER

I’m so tired of seeing this go around like it’s true.
No.. print as PDF, NEVER AS JPEG. PNG is okay since it’s better quality, but it’s better as a PDF since that just happens to be the standard file format print places use.
JPEG compresses shit to the extreme. It’s gross.
Posting online with PNG is true though. I never save anything, evER, as JPEG unless I wanted the pixels to look like my computer vomited on it.

If you are saving a PDF from Photoshop using the default “High Quality Print” preset it uses JPEG compression. So basically, saving as a PDF (using the default profiles) is just saving as a jpeg, it’s just embedded inside of a document.

But that’s not a bad thing because you can get very high quality images using JPEG compression if you’re saving from Photoshop (or any other app that lets you set the quality) by setting the quality to maximum which is what the PDF preset does. The quality will be high enough to have no noticeable artifacts when printing at 300 dpi. You may notice problems if your image needs to be upscaled, but if you’re upscaling a low resolution image for print then jpeg artifacts are the least of your problems.

Basically jpeg’s not that bad! Most of the stigma surrounding it stems from not adjusting the quality settings or developers that don’t implement quality options at all (lookin’ at you mspaint)

Also this is a really specific case but when saving images for the web, if the image has low color depth and doesn’t require anti-aliased transparency I would use GIF instead of PNG because it displays more consistently in older browsers. Only pixel art really meets this criteria though.

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A gracious fuck-ton of big cat references (per request).

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a quick and sloppy tutorial on drawing profiles for the anon who requested it. hope this helps some people! 

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