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Beren replies That’s great to hear Izzy! It’s an old de­bate now, but I re­mem­ber the time where artists dis­re­garded any type of pho­to­bash­ing as some­how not as ‘pure’ as com­ing up with an im­age straight from your imag­i­na­tion. The truth is, Donglu, as so many other artists who fea­ture in the mag, are com­mer­cial con­cept artists. Their need to con­vey an en­vi­ron­ment or char­ac­ter quickly means us­ing all tools and tech­niques to hand. And as you’ve no­ticed, there’s im­mense skill in­volved in do­ing this to cre­ate a unique end re­sult. When I found out that Sam Nel­son was go­ing to do a work­shop for your mag­a­zine, I was re­ally look­ing for­ward to learn­ing about his meth­ods. I loved what he wrote – very in­sight­ful! When I went to down­load the re­source files, it sad­dened me to see that the files were all such a small res­o­lu­tion and that the PSD had only two lay­ers.

Ever since your mag­a­zine switched the re­sources files online, you started flat­ten­ing the lay­ers and low­er­ing the res­o­lu­tions of the Pho­to­shop files. Those files are one of the most im­por­tant part of your work­shops be­cause that’s where you get the op­por­tu­nity to see up close the artist’s work and un­der­stand their think­ing be­hind it.

So I ask you, could you please stop flat­ten­ing the PSD files and let them stay at the orig­i­nal high res­o­lu­tion they were when the artist fin­ished it please? Jeremie Lo­cas, via email

Beren replies Hi Jeremie – thanks for your let­ter. Just to make a few things clear – we don’t flat­ten any of the PSD files we re­ceive from the artists. We do re­duce the res­o­lu­tion, how­ever, for a num­ber of rea­sons. Pri­mar­ily, this is to stop re­dis­tri­bu­tion of an artist’s work. If we gave out print-ready art­work, it might be sold online as can­vas prints from dodgy sites (of course, I’m not for a sec­ond say­ing you’d do this! But some un­doubt­edly would).

We also drop the res­o­lu­tion to re­duce file size, so that the down­loads don’t be­come un­wieldy. Even when we had DVDs, the art was al­ways re­duced in file size so it would fit on a disc. That said, I hope you can find some use for all these great files..

Il­lus­tra­tor Izzy is more than happy to adapt Donglu Yu’s pho­to­bash­ing tech­nique into his dig­i­tal work­flow.

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