The PHOTO-PAINT X3 Insider: ResourcesColor Management Software
ColorVision offers a wide range of monitor calibration products for users at every level. Whether you take photos around your home or office, or if you are an avid photo enthusiast, or if you are a professional photographer, they have a solution to match your requirements. Here's a couple of the products I recommend.
Colorvision ColorPlus Monitor Corrector with Sensor, Software & Adobe Album Starter Edition Pros correct their monitors at least once a month - now you can too in your home. The single biggest cause of ill-adjusted photographs, whether on screen or in print, is an uncalibrated monitor. Monitors are like snowflakes. Each one comes out of the box different and they change over time as they age. With ColorPlus your colors can look their best and brightest. ColorPlus corrects your CRT, LCD or notebook display for accurate, reliable and consistent color - day-to-day and image-to-image. ColorPlus also gives you a wider range of colors, better flesh tones and more open shadows. Now you can use the same tools the pros do and make your images studio grade.
The Pantone ColorVision Spyder PRO/Printfix Suite with Optical Software Value Bundle combines the SpyderPRO with OptiCAL software (now includes three concurrent licenses) for your display and the PrintFIX color patch reader to profile your output.Graphics Software/Hardware
If you're looking for add-ons to the Corel Graphics Suite, have a look at:
Corel Drawings, which is designed for getting the most out of embroidery. If you work with large files and send them over the Internet, I highly recommend
Winzip! This is my favorite archiving program. Alias
Maya 3D animation software According to my sources, this
product is now responsible for over 50% of all available animation jobs.
If you’re going to learn 3D, Maya is the top of the heap. It also comes
in a personal learning edition, so you don’t have to shell out your hard
earned clams until you’re ready. Alias
SketchBook Pro This is an excellent program, designed with
the Artist in mind. It’s incredibly simple to use and you can learn all
facets of the software in about 3 hours. AutoDesk
3DS Max 3D animation software, a popular application with
animation schools and one which I’ve reviewed and written about over the
Paint 3D, by Right Hemisphere. Poser, by e-Frontier. There are several drawing tablets out on the market but in my experience,
only one is so popular that it has become an industry standard – in my
opinion. That tablet is Wacom. If you're looking for a new
monitor, you'll find some good deals here. NoteTab Pro. A relatively simple application compared to Dreamweaver. It's a great choice if you don't you much imagery and are comfortable with coding
If you're looking for add-ons to the Corel Graphics Suite, have a look at: Corel Drawings, which is designed for getting the most out of embroidery.Web Design Resources
If you work with large files and send them over the Internet, I highly recommend Winzip! This is my favorite archiving program.
Alias Maya 3D animation software According to my sources, this product is now responsible for over 50% of all available animation jobs. If you’re going to learn 3D, Maya is the top of the heap. It also comes in a personal learning edition, so you don’t have to shell out your hard earned clams until you’re ready.
Alias SketchBook Pro This is an excellent program, designed with the Artist in mind. It’s incredibly simple to use and you can learn all facets of the software in about 3 hours.
AutoDesk 3DS Max 3D animation software, a popular application with animation schools and one which I’ve reviewed and written about over the years.
Deep Paint 3D, by Right Hemisphere.
Poser, by e-Frontier.
There are several drawing tablets out on the market but in my experience, only one is so popular that it has become an industry standard – in my opinion. That tablet is Wacom.
If you're looking for a new monitor, you'll find some good deals here.
NoteTab Pro. A relatively simple application compared to Dreamweaver. It's a great choice if you don't you much imagery and are comfortable with coding
Goldenpinecone.com In addition to templates for general web design, several of these templates are specially designed for the affiliate marketing students of James Martell.
Template Monster A good all-around resource for templates and tutorials. One of the biggest template sources on the Web.
Here's a general link for Photography Gear. Depending on your needs one of these will do the job. If you’re shooting artwork that can fit on a tabletop, a copy stand, such as the Bogen System 800, but if you don't need something as heavy-duty, the Bogen - Manfrotto Super Repro Copy Stand with Large Baseboard 30x36 is also a good choice. If you already have your own lights, you might want to consider the Bogen - Manfrotto Repro Copy Stand with Large Baseboard 30x36. If the work is larger than that, as in the form of paintings, you’ll need to use a tripod and free standing lights to photograph your art.
If you decide to use a tripod, make sure it’s of sturdy construction and if necessary, brace the legs with sandbags. Here, I recommend Bogen-Manfrotto. If you wish to purchase a tripod head separately, I recommend the ball head as it's easiest to adjust quickly.
For lighting your artwork, I recommend tungsten lights. When looking at the lights, the higher the wattage, the better, as it will cast more light.
If the intensity of the tungsten lights is too severe for your artwork, polarizing filters often solve the problem. In this case you’ll need two Polarizing Filters that you can place in front of the lights. You'll also need a separate stand or a clamp to hold the filter in place. Here, you need to be careful not to place the filter too close to the light as the heat may melt it.
In addition to polarizing filters for the lights, you need a Circular Polarizing Filter for the lens (B&W is highly recommended). To make sure that the filter is working properly, place a coin on the working surface directly in front of the lens; then slowly turn the ring on the filter. When the coin turns black, the light has been polarized. Mark the position where the coin turns black on the polarizing filters using a silver or gold marker so you’ll remember how to set it properly.
Note: When shooting with a polarizer, you’ll lose around 2 stops.
It should be noted that some photographers don’t like the results created by polarizing filters. In that case I recommend using a Soft Box, which fits over the lights and softens the glare.
If you don’t want to use a Soft Box, or it’s too expensive, another option is to use Scrims, sheets of translucent material that you can place between your lights and the artwork, softening it.
When shooting with film, I recommend using 50mm Lenses for film based SLR cameras. What I recommend here are lenses that you can manually focus for copy work. If you use a digital camera, one that offers macro capability is highly recommended. With a digital camera, make sure you get one with an optical zoom, not digital.
Here are two different types of film for photographing your artwork. The first one is Fujichrome 64T Type 2. This film is available in several format sizes depending on what camera size you're using to copy artwork and is manufactured for use with tungsten lights. Make sure to refrigerate the film prior to using it. If you choose to photograph your art outside, I recommend Kodak E 100 GX, which I recommend for shooting artwork outside on a cloudy day.
Digital Cameras are another option. If you choose to purchase one, I recommend a camera that that offers from 6-9 megapixels. Generally, Canon is one of the most favored cameras. The Rebel and Powershot models are very popular, depending on your application.
Don’t use the camera meter. Gray Cards to determine the correct exposure. These can also be used for a digital camera as well. Make sure the card completely fills the viewfinder when metering and use this setting to obtain the correct exposure. The 18% gray card will be accurate to within two-tenths of a stop (you'll probably need to take the camera off the stand and move forward with it until the gray card fills the field of view). When you photograph art, use a cable release to trip the shutter. If vibration is still a factor, use the mirror lockup (if your camera has one). Another option is to use the camera self timer feature. By the time the shutter releases, the vibration should be gone.
For photographing flat art, I recommend the use of an incident light meter to measure the light falling on the surface to be photographed. It should be even across the entire surface. If not, you'll have to reposition the lights accordingly.
Some forms of dust and lint can be safely removed using an antistatic cloth (that you can purchase from a photography store), a carbon fiber brush (such as the ones sold to clean records), and hand held anti-static whisks. Other options are de-ionized filters that extract dust from the atmosphere. However, unless the original is in impeccable condition, you’re probably going to have to do some retouching after it’s photographed or scanned. If the image quality is critical, you’ll probably want to give the image a once over in PHOTO-PAINT.
For special effects, you can use color gels, as in the Rosco Color Correction Kit. This kit permits the color correction of virtually all mixed-light sources found on location. There are sixteen 10" x 12" filters for light source color correction. Materials include a range of blue and amber balancing filters along with a selection of green and magenta color compensating filters. Another useful addition to this kit is the Rosco Swatch Book. It contains samples of every color in the Roscolux line. It also includes information on the transmission curves for each filter. And finally, you can access all the Rosco filters here.
An example of a less expensive film scanner is the Nikon Super Coolscan 9000. A good choice for a flatbed scanner is the Epson Perfection. With a more expensive scanner ($500.00+ for a flatbed and $1,500.00+ for a film scanner), you should obtain moiré free scans under almost all circumstances.
A good choice for a flatbed scanner is one of the higher end Epson Perfection models, such as the Epson Perfection 4870 Photo Pro Flatbed Scanner. Prints have a shorter dynamic range than film, making them easier to scan.
A professional would need to spend between $500.00-1,500.00 and up to $3,000.00+ for an "11x17” scanner. An example of a higher end "11x17” scanner is the Epson GT-15000 Large-format Flatbed Color Scanner, "11.7 x 17," with USB 2.0 / 1.1 & SCSI-2 Interface.
If you've been having to toss images due to problems with noise, check out Noise Ninja. This product has a great track record of solving this problem.
Pest Patrol works fairly quickly and takes a snapsot of your hard drive. It's good for many spyware issues, but if you have a persistent problem, I recommend Spyware Sweeper for an intensive system scan. I don't recommend using Spyware Sweeper on Startup, as it slows down your s ystem. Pest Patrol is a better option.
An ongoing speed issue problem is defragging your hard drive which needs to be done on a regular basis. Unfortunately, Windows does a poor job of it. Instead, I recommend Diskkeeper Pro. You can download a trial version of it on the Web site.
All inks saturate the paper used with your desktop printer, some more
than others. With light paper grades, the ink tends to bleed through to
the other side more than with a heavier grade of paper. This can cause
problems if you want to print on both sides of the sheet. A good overall
paper choice is a 20-24 pound bond. If you're looking for a photographic
result, that's not the best choice. Instead, look at photo quality papers,
such as those produced by Epson
or HP. Also, the color accuracy and quality of your prints
will depend on several factors, such as the inks used, the heaviness of
application, the paper and the printer itself.
Digital Texturing and Painting By Owen Demers, Christine Urszenyi, and George Maestri. This book takes you outside the studio and walks you through the museum of life. This full color book combines traditional texture creation principles with digital texturing techniques to enhance your scenes and animations. In the first half of the book, you will learn about the history of textures in fine art and in the second half, how to apply these principles to your 2D and 3D digital scenes.
The Complete Guide to Color Correction By Michael Walker and Neil Barstow.There's no more comprehensive and invaluable guide to the use and control of color in digital photography, and print, Web, and multimedia design. This volume brings a fresh perspective to common color problems, explaining exactly how we see color, what the differences are between human and camera perception, and how to work with a color wheel....
The Art of Maya By Alias Software. Alias's Maya is the premier tool for 3D modeling, animation, and rendering, used by top studios to create everything from ads to movies to computer games. This book is an official, heavily illustrated, full-color guide to Maya essentials, straight from the creators of the program.
ArtEffects By Jean Drysdale Green. One of my favoite texture resources. Here you'll find hundreds of fresh ideas to spark your creative juices. The book is divided into five sections that cover the most-used painting mediums: inks, watercolor, acrylics, oils, and pastels. With more than 400 full-color examples, the book is an extraordinary visual reference that shows how materials can be used in combination with each medium.
2D Artwork and 3D Modeling for Game Artists This guide introduces aspiring game artists to the tools and techniques used in the game industry with a step by step how-to tutorials section for real-world game design.
Getting a Job in CG: Real Advice from Reel People By Sean Wagstaff and Dariush Derakhshani. This book is a Maya Press title -- a joint publishing effort between Sybex and Alias. As the maker of Maya software, Alias (formerly Alias Wavefront) is the authority on the 3D and effects industry, and thus has leant its expertise to this title. Getting a Job in CG is the definitive, insider's guide to landing that critical first job in the industry, or getting an upgrade to an even better position.
Mastering Digital Photography and Imaging By Peter K Burian, the co-author of the bestselling how-to guide for film photographers, "The National Geographic Photography Field Guide." This book covers all the essentials for digital photographers, including digital camera and scanner technology, capturing techniques, choosing software, image optimization, color management, and output.
When it comes to creating textures with paint, I prefer using acrylic paint over oil, mostly because of the drying time involved. As for the manufacturers, I recommend Liquitex or Golden. Golden acrylics are the most expensive, but their colors contain a lot of pigment, so a little goes a long way.eLibrary - Open Ebooks Directory - includes most of the ebooks sold on the internet. Free for addition of one's own ebooks.
JPEG, (pronounced jay-peg) is the acronym for the Joint Photographic Experts Group.
GIF, CompuServe GIF (Graphics Interchange Format) image file format
Network Graphics) format was developed and it appeared as if it would
replace the GIF standard.
As a PHOTO-PAINT Artist, or any Artist for that matter, marketing is probably one of the most important aspects of your success. In this section are several articles and resources that pertain to affiliate marketing. To learn more, read on.....
When I began my foray into affiliate marketing, the first application I came across was Site Build It. Site Build It is an effective tool for the would-be web marketer who who wants to build web pages but has a limited knowledge of HTML.
USGS US Geological Survey
JSC Digital Image Collection NASA JSC Digital Image Collection. Great planet textures, etc.