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DPI and PPI

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DPI and PPI are not the same! Before we can talk about scanning or printing quality, when discussing digital art, we need to understand what resolution is. Resolution is measured in DPI (dots per inch) and PPI (pixels per inch). BTW 1 inch equals 2,54cm. Unfortunately most people confuse both terms, even though they are […]

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Image file types

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jpeg vs. gif

A lot of people don’t know what file type to use when saving their digital art. I’ve composed a short list of the 3 most common file types used and when to use them. Keep in mind that the pros and cons are sometimes up to debate. A pro for you can also be a […]

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Easy lineart in Adobe Illustrator

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Finished lineart

Creating lineart in Adobe Illustrator is fairly easy but can be intimidating for someone that is not familiar with the environment. I know I stuck with Photoshop for years because I was intimidated by the pen tool. I didn’t know how to use it properly but that changed after I started using Illustrator more frequently. […]

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Adding pencil texture to digital art

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The texture

Adding a pencil texture to your illustration can make it look more like it was hand drawn. And it’s not really that hard to do either. First thing you need to do is take a colored pencil (the same color you want to add texture to) and color a patch on a piece of paper. […]

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Coloring in Photoshop

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Final result

Let’s take a look at coloring in Photoshop. Create a layer underneath your lineart layer and lock the lineart layer. Now color in your lineart in the new layer. That’s pretty much straightforward. But now what… How do you blend and add shadows? Again there are a couple of ways to approach this. These are […]

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Separating lineart from background – Photoshop

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To color lineart in Photoshop, separating lineart from the background is essential. When I first started I used Adobe Photoshop a lot. Truth be told, I don’t use it that much anymore because most of my clients prefer illustrations to be in vector. Adobe Photoshop has some serious advantages to Adobe Illustrator though. Simply put […]