Photoshop Portrait Illustration of John Muir
Artist, Illustrator: John Potter - Escape Key Graphics
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PHOTOSHOP, PHOTO RETOUCHING AND PHOTO ILLUSTRATION:
ABOUT PHOTOSHOP ILLUSTRATIONS:
Photoshop from Adobe was originally conceived as a photo retouching tool and it still serves that function well, but over the years many innovative people have found other ways to use Photoshop including illustration. Some folks have gone so far as to create paintings in the style of oil painting from scratch using Photoshop. I haven't endeavored to do that (yet), but I have created original works using other techniques and modified photos so dramatically that the term retouching isn't really adequate anymore. Frequently Photoshop can be comparable to TV and movie special effects but in still image format.
Photoshop is the industry standard for bitmap image editing so I use it on pretty much a daily basis, and frequently in conjunction with other programs like Adobe Illustrator or Sketchup. Admittedly most of that work is a lot more mundane than full scale Photoshop illustration but I use the same techniques and skills for the mundane stuff so it keeps my skills sharp. There are few, if any, illustrations on this site that I haven't used Photoshop to edit even if it was only to resize and compress the jpg file that you see on my site.
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