How can I give my dig­i­tal draw­ings a more tra­di­tional feel?

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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.

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