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Digital Art Photography For Dummies® by Matthew Bamberg

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Chapter 19. Ten Photo Digital Art Rules

Art is a lot of things to a lot of people. Create what you will, and what sells will follow ... perhaps with a few tweaks in Photoshop, perhaps with a grainy image of your grandmother's backyard, or perhaps just being at the right place at the right time.

With Photoshop CS2 by your side, using its tools, like the cool new perspective options or Raw file capabilities, your images are perfectly ripe to become priceless images when you easily correct errors (like under- or overexposing pictures) with the click and drag of a slider.

These ten rules are easy to remember and can make your art more appealing as well as saleable.

Create with Classic Lines and Colors

The word appealing means different things to different people, especially in art. However, following your instincts with light, color, shape, and form (as I discuss in Chapter 1) and maybe a rule or two (say the Rule of Thirds) can help you produce a picture — like Figure 19-1 — that's attractive in many décors.

Create with Classic Lines and Colors
Light, color, and contrast produce desirable wall art.

Figure 19-1. Light, color, and contrast produce desirable wall art.

Start with a Good Camera

The newest point-and-shoot cameras — both digital and film — produce some great results, like the photo shown in Figure 19-2. However, the spiffier (and pricier) digital SLRs (dSLRs) and film SLRs ...

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