How can I use my cool photo tex­tures?

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Si­mon Ke­own, Scot­land

An­swer David replies

Us­ing pho­tog­ra­phy and tex­tures can help to cre­ate a good sense of re­al­ism within your paint­ings and speed up your de­sign process. There can be a slight dan­ger though, in that the fi­nal im­age will just look like a col­lage of ran­domly col­lected im­ages, rather than an orig­i­nal de­sign. So, if you’re plan­ning on us­ing pho­tog­ra­phy within your work, bear in mind that it’s not a sub­sti­tute for un­der­stand­ing the fun­da­men­tals of art and de­sign.

I think the best ap­pli­ca­tion for us­ing pho­tog­ra­phy is to strike a bal­ance be­tween tex­tures and in­cor­po­rat­ing dig­i­tal paint­ing too. Here I’ve cre­ated an alien world en­vi­ron­ment. I start off with a quick greyscale com­po­si­tion paint­ing, to work out the over­all de­sign. Once I’m happy with my de­sign, I be­gin to bring photos into the im­age to help quickly de­fine the rough, rock tex­ture of the ground and canyons.

The photos had to be ad­justed to match the colour and mood of my scene. I reg­u­larly use edit­ing tools avail­able in Pho­to­shop, such as Bright­ness, Sat­u­ra­tion, Color Bal­ance and Lev­els to ad­just tex­tures. This en­ables me to have com­plete con­trol over the tex­tures, so I can eas­ily in­te­grate them into my de­sign.

Us­ing pho­tog­ra­phy can rad­i­cally speed up your de­sign process and heighten the sense of re­al­ism in your de­signs. When in­cor­po­rat­ing tex­tures, you should match the per­spec­tive and an­gles within your im­age. So try to make sure you po­si­tion tex­tures wisely.

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