Digital Art: A Genre That Can Hold Its Own

“Digital art” can have several connotations, some of which make people cringe. When I first became familiar with the term, I would envision images of colorful fractals that were computer-generated, with little human or artistic intervention. But the genre has evolved to hold its own when it comes to defining art.

That’s why we’re happy to bring you a free download that explains how you can incorporate digital art into your mixed-media projects. Allow me to introduce to you the newest Cloth Paper Scissors eBook, 4 Free Digital Art Tutorials: Creating Digital Artwork With Transfers, Collage, and More. Patti Brady, Chrysti Hydeck, Marie Otero, and Crystal Neubauer share their expert tips and advice for beginners, and it’s all free for the taking.

Chrysti Hydeck’s tip for taking photos for use in your digital art projects: “Be sure your digital camera or scanner is set to take the highest quality photo/resolution it will allow. This will give you greater flexibility in using it.” In this remarkable example Chrysti took an original photograph, scanned art to create a second layer, and then merged the two images together.

So what’s the first thing you need to know about digital art? Let’s start by defining a few key words. Marie Otero explains:

DPI (dots per inch, or pixels per inch) is a measurement of the output quality of an image, and refers to the resolution of images on a screen or printed page. The more dots, the better the resolution.

Pixels are the picture elements that make up an image, similar to grains in a photograph or dots in a half-tone. Each pixel can represent a number of different shades or colors, depending on how much storage space is allocated for it. Sometimes the preferred term is pixels per inch (ppi), as it more accurately describes the digital image.

JPeG is the abbreviation of Joint Photographic Experts Group file format, which is a compression “recipe” for condensing the size of image files. JPEGs are helpful in allowing access to full-screen image files online because they require less storage and are therefore quicker to download into a web page. This is generally the best format for photographic images being used on the Web.

TIFF stands for Tagged Image File Format, typically used for saving files to be used in print applications because they are uncondensed and lose no quality in the file-saving process, unlike JPEGs.

GIF is Graphic Interchange Format file format, typically used for saving files to be used on Web pages because it employs an efficient compression method and allows the image to be represented with a transparent background. ~M.O.

Now that you know the difference between these different types of files that are used to create digital art. expand your knowledge and get your free download of 4 Free Digital Art Tutorials: Creating Digital Artwork With Transfers, Collage, and More here.

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