Beyond filters – online softwares to edit your artwork

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Picture editing is worth learning for all creative people – at least at a basic level. This skill – apart from being a requirement many jobs – helps you use your artwork in many different ways so they don’t have to lie forgotten at the bottom of your drawers.

Many people think it is easier to edit pictures on smart phones or tablets but personally I still prefer to use the good old computer for my graphics and prints. I am, too, a fan of the Adobe masterpieces: Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign, but sometimes these programs are unavailable for me (when I travel or when I don’t have my laptop about), so I choose an online picture editor.

There are a number of apps out there, which provide picture editing options (here is a nice list). After trying several, however, I realised there were only very few that included the things I had been looking for (there is life after filters, thank you guys). So I ended up using only 2 programs regularly, which I am now going to introduce.

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7 practical ways to use your artwork

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The picture of the poet starving in the interval between writing two pieces that nobody wants to publish has burnt pretty well into our minds. But what about painting without being “published”? Those who like doodling will know that not all stuff on paper is suitable for an exhibition – and not necessarily because it is not good enough, but because it is not a painting to be exhibited. It is a doodle, an illustration, or anything else that you simply cannot put in a frame. Of course you can put anything in a frame if you like (who gives a damn about conventions?) but there are some other ways in which you can show your awesome work to wide world. See a few below!

1. Prints

This is a very simple way of creating duplicates of your masterpiece. You simply scan your work, you cut it to fit your virtual paper, and then send it off to the printers. You can create a postcard as well as an A2-sized poster, you can print it in whatever size you need. Ready to send off your postcard to gran?

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How to create painted pumpkins?

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Carving pumpkins is traditionally an autumn activity. However, year in year out it is easy to get bored with it. Naturally there are hundreds of ways you can decorate your home with pumpkins but this time I am showing you one of my personal favourites: painting pumpkins. Actually the concept is exactly the same as painting Easter eggs. The good thing about painting pumpkins is that you don’t have to rely on the equipment so much. All you need is a marker pen, with which you can draw a scary face as well as native American patterns or flowers. So here is a small tutorial about how to create these beauties.

What you need:

  • pumpkins with fairly homogeneous pattern (I used small ones but if you are patient you can decorate a big one)
  • marker pen

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From now on you can pretend you are painting Easter eggs: all you need to do is invent a pattern and draw it on the pumpkin. It is wise to start decorating from the top, because that way repetitive designs can be evenly distributed much more easily.

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According to my experiences, the smaller the pumpkin the finer pen you’ll need. I managed to charm some really nice patterns on the pumpkin with the white pen, but I had some trouble with the black one, I could have used a finer pen there.

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The finished pieces are really nice on their own, but look even better in a bunch or next to “blank” pumpkins. You can top them off with some red berries and they’ll make a perfect autumn decor in your home.

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Tutorial - how to create painted pumpkins

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