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(posted on 6 Nov 2015)

Upon completion of our recent show at the CACGV Main Gallery I was asked about the origins of my Digital Art Photo 'First'.

'First'

The piece originated from a photo I took at the First Nations Festival held in downtown Victoria this past summer. I took a lot of photos that I felt had interest but they didn't quite stand alone as straight photos and so I tried something I had never done before and that was Photoshop Actions.

Original Photo

I originally learned about Actions through an on-line course I have been taking for several years now called 'Photoshop Artistry: Fine Art Grunge Composition Course". As part of the course we have a private Facebook page where we share our work and more often than not learn new things from each other, which is how I learned about Actions.

I was directed to the Envato Market and ended up with a company called Graphic River where I purchased several Photoshop Actions. The one I used here was ModernArt Photoshop. These are sort of mini plug ins that run a myriad of actions on your image with a final adjustable image created. They cost in the $3 to $6 range and include a detailed video tutorial. I was sort of looking for something along the lines of many of the phone technology apps such as Percolate and Snapseed, that you see around nowadays. So using the ModernArt action I was able to create 'First'. It wasn't a one shot deal, I had to work within the Action to emphasize certain parts of the image; but how you do that is all explained in the tutorial.

Once I had run the Action I made some further fine tuning in Photoshop and had a completed image that I felt created a more dynamic image than the original.