The Power of Layers: An Introduction

When I was around seven years old, I first started using Photoshop. It was only on version 4 back then and I barely understood the program at all. I played around in much the same way I had done in MS Paint before then – I certainly didn’t know about the existence of layers. Being so very young, I quickly got bored with how limited it all felt to me. Then my older brother told me about something called ‘online tutorials’ – and a whole new world opened up to me. It didn’t take long at all for a tutorial to … Continue reading

Mastering the Photoshop Pen Tool

Adobe Photoshop’s pen tool is incredibly versatile, but difficult to master. It’s perfect for creating smooth shapes- any shape, whatever you can imagine! The pen tool can not only create new shapes; it can make very smooth lines, make very clean selections… the list goes on. The functionality has expanded with new versions of Photoshop, too. The pen tool does all of this with vector paths (for an explanation of vectors, have a look at our vector vs raster tutorial). Paths are, simply said, guidelines which the program can follow to do certain things such as making a selection or … Continue reading

Vector vs Raster images

If you want to make digital art, it’s good to be aware of vectors and rasters (sometimes called bitmaps). But what are they? In short, they determine how your image is built up. See it as one building made of concrete, and another made of bricks. This probably hasn’t really explained yet what they are, so let’s have a closer look at each. Raster/Bitmap A raster image is made up of pixels. Zoomed out it looks like a smooth image, but if you zoom in really closely on a raster image, you’ll see a grid (or, raster) composed of pixels. … Continue reading