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Dash of Inspiration – Out of This World

May 7, 2012

A Dash of Inspiration, A Cup of Creativity by Doreen

Out Of This World!

Once again I was inspired this week after viewing an amazing ‘exhibit’ of true Digital Manipulation art, one of our newest recognized art forms. While viewing these amazing creations I was reminded of the tremendous talent it takes to create this type of imagery.  I’m not referring to the type where a pre-made filter has been applied and now it’s called a watercolor, I’m referring to those talented digital artists who blend bits and pieces of many different photographs to create imagery only found in their imagination.

Many years ago, when digital software first came out and before digital cameras were in everyone’s homes, I began a series I call “Endangered Planet” using a program called MicroGrafx (later bought by Corel).  Each of the four in my series were made of many different photographic elements to create the vision in my mind.  Sadly, I never finished this project because digital tools of that time were not sophisticated enough to allow the blending I needed to do in these images.  Now that the tools are available, I may get back to this project . . . some day.

In the meantime, I am always fascinated by the creative minds of the pros in this medium.  True Digital Manipulation takes a tremendous amount of accuracy, a highly advanced knowledge of the ‘tools of the trade” and hundreds of hours of practice to pull off a true work of art; one which is seamless in it’s blending of elements and in it’s viewer believability.  I’m thrilled with how far this form of art has come, offering creative minds who were not talented in traditional methods the tools to create imagery purely from their imagination without ever putting brush to canvas and without limitations; just like the masters of old.

I’ll share these 50 Stunning Examples of Photo Manipulation Art from for inspiration and appreciation of this award-winning medium, and below are some tutorials to get you started on an ‘out of this world’ creation of your own!

See you next week!

3-Part Photo Manipulation Tutorial by FlewDesigns

Part #1

Part #2

Part #3

35 Superb Photo Manipulation Tutorials by Top Design Magazine

4 Comments leave one →
  1. May 7, 2012 11:22 am

    Doreen,Thanks for great Monday morning eye candy! Now I don’t want to go to work, I want to stay home and learn!

  2. May 7, 2012 11:45 am

    Of course I’m going to have to go experiment and play now. I used to love doing mod-podge projects…but with the digital age it could be taken to a whole ‘nother level! I always look forward to the ‘Dash of Inspiration’ articles.

    • May 7, 2012 3:17 pm

      A whole ‘nother level indeed! Thank you for stopping by Tracie and enjoy creating!

  3. May 7, 2012 3:16 pm

    You are welcome Betsy! I wish I could give you a note so you could stay home . . . LOL!

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