Creating Canvas-Quality Art

If you’ve been keeping up, you know that I’ve been taking a new online course in Fine-Art Photoshop techniques.  I haven’t gotten though 1/3 of it yet, but I’m already starting to get the idea of what is possible, even for a guy like me who’s generally more interested in straight photography than composite work in Photoshop, this is fun!

One thing that hit me yesterday was the fact that this course’s bonus materials alone are worth the price of the entire course.  I’ve been very pleased so far, and judging by the emails I’ve been getting from several of my readers, it’s a universal hit.  I have to admit, I’m liking the course more than I thought I would.  Sure, there are a few things in there that I’ve already picked up on over the years (they’ll teach you some important Photoshop techniques that are basic to everyday use), but I’m also learning about using Photoshop in different new ways.

So, here’s my first attempt at something different.  I have a lot more to learn but I thought I’d put what I’ve learned so far to some use. If you’ll notice, I decided to use an image I posted up just yesterday as the basis for my inspiration.  I also combined some iPhone snapshots and some cool textures provided as bonus materials in the course (note, there are several hundred megabytes of textures available when you sign-up).

Here’s generally how I pieced things together to arrive at the final result:


A.  Original image (Canon 7D).  B.  Some flowers on a trellis (iPhone).  Applied some Photoshop gallery effects based on advice from one of the lessons, as well as some color/saturation effects.  C.  From the same wall as the flowers (iPhone).  D.  Concrete5 (course-supplied texture).  E.  kk_rien (course-supplied texture).  F.  Wall with graffiti and torn paper (iPhone).  G. Peeled paint (iPhone).  Stretched out the image and desaturated it.

I combined these elements together, using techniques from the course, and started to build a metaphorical story around the original image, based on what I know about the model’s aspirations.  I’m pleased with the result and I actually think I’m well on my way to producing some pieces that will be turned into canvas art!



Final result!

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  • ALISHA TODD August 14, 2013 at 1:44 pm


  • Ali August 14, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    I signed up for the course and am enjoying it and their Flickr site. I’m taking the videos slowly right now but I find him to be an excellent teacher and this is exactly what I need to take my work to another level. Thank you!

  • lee cleland August 14, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    Thank you so much Ed, for the link to this course. I’ve only watched the first video in Module 1 but that has paid for the course for me as I was struggling with overlays not working as I expected every time and one piece of advice on that was priceless. Even playing with my own textures to now see what I can do with them after just this first video has pleased me immensely. Now to download all that free stuff! Thanks again, but I now will have to do with even less sleep :)

  • Jeff K August 15, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    Thanks for the suggestion, Ed.

  • Bea Rosenleaf September 2, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    Ed – Thanks for mentioning this course a while back. I saw it before you mentioned it and was waffling whether to sign up for it. You tipped the scale and I signed up. I am LOVING it! Learning about new ways to use layers and textures. I can hardly wait until I get to the typography section. Can you tell I’m excited? Now I just need to sit down and actually apply everything to a piece of art.

    I love your application of all the textures. Great job!

  • Jon L Miller December 26, 2013 at 1:05 am

    Have to admit I’ve been trying for a long time to do this type of work, my results was a hit or miss. So I signed up and the instructions were so clear and well laid out I’ve done 3 pieces so far and I love the results.
    Excellent course!!!!

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