Save time and frustration by learning how to avoid some basic mistakes when using graphic software.
I mentioned in a recent Facebook post that I would be sharing some do’s and don’ts related to digital art. Even if you are not an artist and are using graphic software to create cards or retouch photos, you should know some basics. I wish I had known some of this stuff years ago. You think that when you work on a piece, you will remember your sources and what you did to get the look you wanted. You might, for a few days or a week or two. Try going back 5 years later and try to guess what you did or try opening a file you saved in the wrong format. Even though I have learned so much and my art has a greater complexity, every once in a while, I am stumped by something I did in the past. I’ve wasted hours trying to track old photos, figuring out how in the world I got that particular effect or even trying to recreate a file I saved in the wrong format.
I will be using a piece called “Cloud Woman” that I created back in 2014. I was new to digital collage/composites and other than reading a book, I had no training in graphic software or doing this type of art. Cloud Woman is not a horrible piece of art, but it is flawed. I am using it as an example of some things you should not be doing. By learning a few basic steps, you will avoid all the mistakes I’ve made over the years! Check out my next post to see some of the mistake I made and how you can avoid them.
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