I have experimented with Photoshop quite a bit in the last couple of years. Can find out how to adjust colors and contrasts and have used a bit of blending of my pictures.
Just before Christmas, I wanted to work a little more with Photoshop, and improve my knowledge and ability. I have always had a desire to combine my interest in photography and painting. I have thousands of pictures, paintings a little less 🙂 When I've been to celebrations or trips on nature, I've always taken a lot of images of textures for later use. For the production of my textures for Blender buildings, and also to get inspiration to produce my surfaces in Photoshop.
In my search for inspiration around the web, I dropped over the concept of Matte painting. It is digital painting combined with the insertion of photographs, or rather parts of pictures. You use textures and colors from the images and blend them into their composition. And mix it with digital painting. It is a method widely used in the production of concept art for movies and games.
But it's not just jumping over Matte-painting. To get well, you need to acquire necessary skills in digital painting. Basic knowledge about colors, compositions, light, and shadow are the same as for photography and different visual art, e.g., oil or acrylic painting. The big challenge is to use Photoshop and brushes to get the special effects you want. Mainly to learn some of the numerous possibilities, brushes, shortcuts, color mixes in Photoshop, can be a considerable challenge. There are many excellent and many terrible videos on YouTube to help you through the basic stuff and technique.
I've watched some videos I found usable and become tempted to try to paint rocks of different kinds. So this Sunday afternoon I have practiced to draw and paint rocks. Here you can see today's results.
The first drawings of sketches and fill in with basic colors And the final result