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Digital Painting, 37 Advanced Tricks and Techniques by Gary Tonge

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Adapt Photos for Use in Illustrations

Manipulating photos digitally for either reference or part of an image can be a lot of fun. Here is a very simple step-by-step process showing how to use a free photograph from the Internet and employ it as the foundation for a quick digital painting.

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1. Start With the Original PhotoHere is the original photo, courtesy of publicdomainpictures.net. There is nothing particularly amazing about the photo, but it does have some nice cloud formations with the sun peeking through them. Imagine you want to use those clouds as a backdrop to an alien landscape.

2. Crop the Image and Adjust the ColorStart by cropping ...

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