View Full Version : Want a useful critiquing tool?

05-21-2001, 01:36 AM
Seeing a work in progress in many different ways can help you spot where your problems are. Here is how:
1) Get the reference and painting in progress images into your computer - scanner, digital camera, etc.
2) Get the reference and painting images the same size then place them side by side. I prefer to consistently place the reference on the left and the painting in progress on the right. By having them the same size many errors jump right out at you.
3) Get the images into a gray scale (see smaller images in the middle). I use the scanner image enhancement software that came with my scanner for this but any photo changing software will probably handle this as well. Now value errors will jump out at you.
4) This is the most useful one: Invert the colors. I use the paint program that comes with Windows. Here is where I see my 'color temperature' errors most clearly every time. It also helps me to see compositional problems. (Note that in this example not all of the composition would fit onto the scanner bed so this specific tip is limited here).

Here is a piece that I have in progress right now in which I am using this tool.
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05-21-2001, 01:46 AM
I agree. I use my computer all the time. I sort of do all this before I start tho.
I particularly like posterizing a gray scale into 3 then 5 then 7 steps to check my values. It is really interesting to see what I have to do to bump my highlights and darks.
I bet you get moved somewhere useful, but I agree, computing is a great tool for the shy or dedicated!
Welcome to the site

05-21-2001, 01:59 AM
Ain't technology great? My computer has become so important to my art work that I feel guilty sometimes, like I'm taking the easy way out.

What are these things you call sketches?

05-21-2001, 02:12 AM
Thanks for the welcome DJ. I just registered tonight and I can see this can get quite addicting.

I don't have a tool called 'posterizing'. Can you describe it or post an image so that I can see what you mean?


05-21-2001, 05:33 AM
<FONT COLOR="red">TMoore,
Since Critiques is specifically for posting work for critique and moves very fast, I'm going to move this post over to the Composition and Design Forum for further discussion. Critiques is much too busy a place for an important thread such as this and it will either get lost in the shuffle or push someone else's post off the first page. Thanks!
-- Roan</FONT c>

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