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Hello Everyone and Welcome to The Resource Library!

This resource library will have all of the resources you find in your classes, along with anything else I think you will need to create you digital iPad art, and your mixed media art. I will be linking to this library in future classes, since all the resources will be in this one location.

This page contains all the digital resources I can think of for your iPad art and other digital art.  I have worked with these mediums for years and hope to provide useful resources in this area. I hope you enjoy browsing. You are welcome to suggest a video you would like by contacting me. 


Digital Resources


Favorite Image Resources

Favorite Texture Sites

Favorite Stock Photo Sites

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Technical Videos



How to Create a "Mask From Image"

Here are some instructions on how to create a "mask from image", a technique I frequently use in my iPad art.

 
 

Video on Mask from Image: Superimpose

Video on Mask from Image: Superimpose X

 

How to redeem App Store coupons.  

A fellow artist and student Vicki Robinson discovered this and was kind enough to give me permission to use her research.

App Store coupons are specific to the product they are for. To redeem a coupon open the App Store. Touch the Apps icon at the bottom of the screen (looks like a paper stack); swipe all the way up until you reach the bottom of the screen. Touch Redeem. Enter your Apple ID. The touch "enter your code manually," enter the code and then touch Redeem at the top of the screen


Favorite Digital Blogs & Tutorials


PRINTING

Preparing Your Images For Print

An important part of creating digital art is to be able to print your images to either sell or hang in your home (or both). You can print out your iPad creations large if you know how to manage your file sizes.

iPad & iPhone apps have been notorious for downsizing your images, although there has been an improvement in a lot of these apps lately. Since good resolution and a fairly decent file size are important to printing, I have found a few techniques to be helpful when preparing your images for print.

1.     Always start with a good quality photo. Your smartphone is capable of producing a very nice file size. 

2.     When working always save as a .tiff or .png file if possible in the app you are working in. 

3.     There are a few great apps that you can use to upsize your images, which produce great results. In Photoshop, upsizing is NOT recommended, but these apps use different and better algorithms for upsizing. My personal favorites are:

4.     My preferred method of upsizing is in Procreate. I create a canvas that is the size of my print, either at the start of the project or at the end-sometimes both. Then I will import my image and size to fit. Then I will export in the .tiff, .png., or .psd file.  This will ensure a decent file size when I upload the image to my computer.

5.     I will upload my photo to my computer when I am ready to print. I do still use Photoshop/Lightroom to apply any type of last minute brightening, as the images on the iPad are extremely backlight, much more so than on a typical computer screen.

6.     I also recommend an app called Photo Investigator, which will allow you to view any image on your iPad and give you the file size and other data. This comes in handy when you are preparing to print. Plus it is free!

Printing From Home Computer:

 Make sure that you set your printer to “Photoshop Manages Color”. If you do not have Photoshop, try to find a setting that allows youto manage the colors, not the printer. You do not want the printer to manage colors. 

If Uploading Your Images For Print:

There are many wonderful places where you can get large prints of your images. Your digital artwork can be printed on:

  • Giclee Print

  • Print on Canvas

  • Print on Many Different Archival Papers

  • Pillow, Fabric and Clothing

  • Aluminum and Glass

*Be sure to contact your printing source regarding their file size requirements for your project. Often this information will be on their website. 

Favorite Outside Printing Sources

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Costco Photo Center

YES, I have had images printed on their 20 x 30-inch paper with fantastic results at an amazing price!

  • Love their matte paper.

  • Prints in square format if desired.

  • Fast with great prices.

  • Can order online and have it mailed or pick up.

  • Prints in square format if desired.

  • Must be a member.

  • http://www.costcophotocenter.com

IPrintFromHome

  • Wide range of services.

  • Favorite papers:

    • - Giclee prints on Somerset Art Paper.

    • - Metallic Photo Paper.

  • Prints in square format if desired.

  • http://www.iprintfromhome.com

CG Pro Prints

Canvas4life

  • Good quality and sturdy canvas.

  • Colors are vibrant and true.

  • Fast service.

  • Free shipping to USA-Does not ship internationally.

  • http://www.iprintfromhome.com


Home Printer

I use a Canon Pixma Pro-100 wide format printer. It will print up to 13” x 19”. It has 8 archival dye-based ink cartridges, 2 cyan, 2 magenta, 1 yellow, 2 gray, 1 black. It is very large and takes up a lot of space. Prints are amazing! I love this printer.

 Papers I use to print from home:

I use papers from Red River Paper: www.redriverpaper.com. They have a wide variety of papers and cards for many different printers. They also have color profiles for their papers that can be downloaded so that you can achieve the best printing results. There are lots of tutorials and instructions available on their website.

 My favorites are:

  • Polar Matte: smooth matte finish. 60lb paper-10mil thick.

  • Polar Pearl Metallic: Unbelievably beautiful prints. Has a metallic shimmer to the print. 66lb paper-10.4 mil thick.

  • Ultra Pro Satin: Beautiful luster type prints. 68lb paper-10.4 mil thick.

  • Aurora White: Beautiful fine art paper. 64lb paper-13.4 mil thick. This paper is thicker, so check to make sure it will fit in your printer. This paper will fit in the Canon printer that I have.


***Some of the apps used in a few of the classes no longer work on iOS 11. Here is a list of substitutes for certain apps:

Anticrop: This app has been rebuilt and is now ReCrop. Video above.

Blur RX substitute: Snapseed, LightBrush, iColorama