My tutorial for the image Music To Dance To
I thought as I had such positive feedback from my first tutorial that I would share with you how I created the artwork Music to Dance to, a Victorian-style silhouette image with texture and colour toning.
I like to use an app called Union by Pixite and yes, you’ve guessed, it unites images to create another image.
The very first thing I’ll do is to open Union and select a background image. This is done by tapping the Background button and choosing an image from the photo library.
I like the texture and colour of this image, it’s also a nice size, should I wish to print should I wish to print it. The numbers at the top show the pixel size of the image.
Next, I’ll choose my foreground image. This is done by tapping the Foreground button and choosing an image, as before.
Having chosen my foreground image, in this case a piece of sheet music, I’ll scale it to the size I want by ‘pinching’ it out and positioning it by dragging with one finger.
There is a really neat trick to quickly taking out the white background of an image like this: choose the Multiply Blend Mode from the bottom of the screen. This takes out the white background, leaving the black notes untouched.
The next step is to flatten the image, as I am going to be adding another foreground element to the picture. Note: make sure you are happy with the image this far; flattening the image is not reversible!
Next I’ll add my ballerina silhouette by tapping the Foreground button to open the new image from my library. There’s no need to remove the background here, as it’s a PNG file with a saved transparency.
Once I’m happy with the size and placement of the ballerina, I can save the image to my photo library. This is done by tapping the Export button in the menu and choosing Save to Camera Roll.
Once I have opened my image I’ll choose which sort of light to use. This can be done from the categories screen, or from within the editing section of the app.
I chose Search Cone from the Lens Flares section, as I thought it highlighted the ballerina nicely. Like Union, the effect is positioned and scaled by pinching, twisting and dragging.
The effect can be adjusted with the control panel in LensLight. Once I’m happy with the changes I’ll save it to my camera roll. In LensLight this is done by tapping the Share button in the top right corner.
Mextures uses layers to build up the effects. The first effect I’ll use is Fore from the Radiance section. This gives the image more warmth in the centre.
I’ll tap the Circled Plus button to add another layer. Here I’ll use the Soil preset from the Vintage Gradients section. This adds a subtle vignette to the image.
I’ll go back to the Radiance presets for my final layer. This time I’ll add the Abalone effect. This gives the image a fresh blue/orange gradient which enhances the existing colours of the background.
With my final touches complete, I’ll save the image to my camera roll. In Mextures this is done from the Share button in the top right corner. I can now share it on my social media channels and show it off to my friends and fellow artists.
These apps and techniques can be used on an unlimited amount of your images; your imagination can be released to create whatever you can come up with! Get creative!
I hope This tutorial was easy to follow and helpful.
Have a lovely week