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The Creator's Apprentice by nmsmith The Creator's Apprentice by nmsmith
This is a transparent watercolor I did a while back, which I've made into a desktop wallpaper. Hope you enjoy. I would have scanned it at higher resolution, but the D'Arches rough watercolor paper texture was becoming too prominent. The frame I created in Photoshop.
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Debi62 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2009   Digital Artist
Fantastic! It has such fine detail for a watercolor! Most watercolors I've seen have the "runny" look and I'm not too much of a fan of that. This one is so detailed though and has no "runny" quality to it at all!! Very nice!!! We also need a tutorial on how to do that kind of texture you used for the frame! It's great!! :D
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nmsmith Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you. If I get a moment, I'll do a tutorial on the frames. Some time ago, I actually created about 32-33 of them. If you'd like to download some of them (they're photoshop files), you'd be welcome to have a look at how I put them together.

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Nathan
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Debi62 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009   Digital Artist
I looked and did learn a few things! For instance, I've seen the "Overlay" mode option but never used it. This is the first time I've seen it used! I'm still not sure as to it's intricacies but at least I saw it in action! There's still so much I've not explored yet! I did play with some things last night and managed to turn out a somewhat decent texture but it's still not like the one you used that I loved so much. Mine had dark places in it that I didn't like but when I tried to fix them I'd end up making things worse. This was I think the first time I'd used the "Emboss" filter on anything. I think I need to try that more often though.

Thanks for sharing your stuff with me! I appreciate it!! It's obvious that you're a teacher (since your website name reflected that) and I'm thinking that you probably teach art or at the very least computer graphics. Am I right?
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nmsmith Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I have a little tutorial on the blending modes in my tutorials section of my gallery. It shows what each of the blending modes do. If you get the Marquee tool (selection tool) then a shortcut for seeing all the blending modes is the "+" key. Each time you press "+" the blending mode changes for that layer to the next one, so you can cycle through them all and see what they do.

Texture is bunches of fun! Emboss does an interesting job. But it's fun to save a file as a photoshop document, and then use it to texture with - the texture filter has a drop-down menu that allows you to choose a file to use as a texture (but it needs to be a .psd file).

I'm what you'd call a "technology evangelist" - a teacher who tries to convince teachers to use the cool tools and technology to help students learn. I spend a lot of time doing these newsletters for teachers and faculty in the state of Utah...

[link]

But, yes, I teach technology. I teach art and graphics. More as workshops than regular classes.
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Debi62 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2009   Digital Artist
Oh that's a cool site! I'll have to go through that one of these days!!! It won't be too soon though because of studying for the darn GRE. arg. :(

I'm not sure if my GIMPshop has all that you were talking about but I'll keep my eyes open for it. The commands are not all the same in GIMPshop although it was hacked to look more like PS. Thanks for the heads up!
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nmsmith Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
You're most welcome! Again, good luck on the GRE!
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Debi62 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2009   Digital Artist
Thanks! :wave:
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Rudranee Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Amazing,beautiful work!
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nmsmith Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you. Not many people have commented on this one. I appreciate you stopping by.
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antique-orchid Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2006   Digital Artist
wow, you can paint as well! it's beautiful :clap:
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nmsmith Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
I can, but not as well as I'd like. My daughter has passed me by - she has such a talent. I need to work in traditional media a little more than I do. The two (traditional and digital) really do compliment each other.
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Blueguynow Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2006   Digital Artist
oooo 8D
very, very nice!
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LaPurr Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2006
Nathan, you never cease to amaze me: fractals. your jewels, Photoshop and watercolors, too. You're very good at what you do! I agree with =digitalwiz that this is very sweet. It's also very well done and thoughtful. Nice work, as usual.
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nmsmith Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
Now you partially understand why I went off on that Photoshop tangent of creating a watercolor out of a photo. :) Watercolor is such a wonderful media to use - but very tempermental. I've wasted many sheets of watercolor paper. Thanks for the kind compliment.
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LaPurr Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2006
You're welcome. Your daughter must be very good if she's passed you by, as you say!
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antique-orchid Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2006   Digital Artist
i couldn't agree more with LaPurr
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LaPurr Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2006
Just a head's-up: you posted this comment as a reply to my comment. It won't show up in the artist's messages that way, it showed up in mine. You may want to repost this as a separate comment so the artist will see it just in case he doesn't come to check this page.

Trying to helpful...:)
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antique-orchid Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2006   Digital Artist
thx a lot! i didn't know that... :)
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LaPurr Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2006
Welcome!..:thumbsup:
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digitalwiz Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2006
Wow this real sweet. :D :D
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nmsmith Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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digitalwiz Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2006
Ya happy 4th:D
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