How can I give my digital drawings a more traditional feel?
This may sounds like an obvious statement to make, but painting and drawing on a computer can quickly make an image feel digital. However, there are different painting methods to counter this – and programs such as Corel Painter and ArtRage do this inherently – but one of the quickest ways to do it is by using the Noise filter. I find that noise helps to give my paintings a little bit of extra texture and makes my brush strokes look like they’ve been made on a rough surface, rather than a flat digital screen. I’m always careful not to overdo it though, otherwise the trick quickly loses its magic.
A second pitfall I also try to keep in mind is that an untouched Noise layer – since it’s computer generated – will look digital as well. The Spatter filter can help to clutter the chunks of noise together and to randomise it, making it look more traditional.
A last trick I use to ensure my paintings look more traditional is to create digital brushes from actual brush strokes, and to apply a grainy texture pattern to them. All are straightforward techniques, but they can be used to great benefit. Here’s how…
Noise layers and brush textures are simple tricks that can quickly make an image feel less digital and more traditional.