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Daily Deviation Guidelines 2.0Hi loves,
Welcome to my new and improved Daily Deviation Guidelines! I decided it was time to give my guidelines a good overhaul because hey let's face it... they were super long. I just imagine you all read my previous guidelines and reacted something like this:
Thus, this time around we are going to keep it simple and to the point! So without further ado let's get down to business! I am a dummy! 
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Ps CC Basics by diphylla

We often do not think about our software in terms of why it does something in a certain way or even how it is capable of assisting us in creating our art. However, the process behind the scenes that allows us to create our digital art, truly is an art-form in itself. In this issue of Digital Hacks, I will be showing you behind the curtain of Adobe Photoshop and introduce you to the basic theory of how it all works. I look forward to introducing you to the basics and continuing to teach you about Photoshop using Digital Hacks as our "online classroom" until you have mastered the software for yourself. Oh, and don't worry I have tons of creative tutorials, tips, and tricks coming up in future articles to make your life as a digital artist easier.

 Photoshop Overview

Adobe Photoshop (Ps) is an image editing application, with an abundance of tools and commands for creating and working on bitmaps (digital images). Photoshop provides its users with tools for color correcting, retouching, painting, composting, and much more. Also, Photoshop comes with well over 100 creative and functional filters that can be applied to an entire image, selected areas, or specific layers determined by you, the user. 

 Understanding Bitmaps

Bitmaps also known as digital images consist of a rectangular grid, or raster, of pixels much like a digital mosaic. Photoshop works its magic through rearranging and recoloring the color values of those individual pixels that collectively make up your image. If you were to zoom in close on an image within Photoshop you will see the pixels that make up your image, as shown below:

Apple Ps Zoom by diphylla
credit: Poison Apple

In the above example, I have used a stock photo of an apple taken at 240 ppi shown at its actual sized compared against the same apple, but I have scaled (zoomed in) to 400%. As you can see, when we zoom in on the apple our image becomes pixelated; showing us the tiny squares that make up our digital image.

Image editing applications like Photoshop differ vastly from their vector counterparts, such as Adobe Illustrator or Inkscape. In vector applications, users work with objects that can be scaled, transformed, moved, stacked, and removed, either as individual objects or as grouped objects. Vector objects are defined by mathematical formulas, which makes vectors resolution independent. This means you can scale a vector as large or small as you want and they will never become pixelated ensuring that they will always print smoothly and crisp (more information on vectors will be in a follow-up article). Unlike vectors, bitmaps are resolution dependent, which means they are created at a fixed number of pixels per inch. Remember how when we zoomed in on our apple it became pixelated? Well, when we take a bitmap and try to enlarge it beyond its set resolution that pixelated effect is what becomes of our image.

Arrow left Tip: Avoid pixelization and the need to go larger later by creating/scanning your image slightly larger than what you intended to make it in the first place. Remember it is easier to reduce size/pixels than it is to create them!

 Pixels and Resolution 

As digital artists, we use the terms pixels and resolution, but how many of us actually know what they mean or why they are important? If you are a self-taught artist like myself, you know that while tutorials reference these terms they often leave out information regarding them because they assume we already know it. Well, I do not like teaching on the basis of an assumption... so in this section I am going to explain both pixels and resolution in a way that is easy to understand for all of us. 

Pixelist - FTU Block Bullet Pixels

Pixel short for "picture element" is the smallest part in a bitmap (digital) image. As we discovered earlier, when we zoom in on an image in Photoshop all of the individual pixels that make up the image will become visible. Anytime we work in Photoshop we are effectively copying, moving, and editing pixels.

Pixelist - FTU Block Bullet Resolution

Resolution is very important when working with bitmap (digital) images because they are resolution dependent. Resolution is measured in pixels per inch or ppi for short. Many people do not realize this, but pixels can vary in size. For instance, if you create an image with a resolution of 100 ppi, each pixel would be 1/100th of an inch square. If you create an image with 300 ppi, each pixel would be 1/300th of an inch square; providing a higher quality less pixelated result.

Arrow left Tip: When working on an image you know will eventually be printed, you need to work on a higher-resolution image. Need help calculating which ppi to use? Check out these: Printing PPI Calculators

 PPI vs DPI: There is a difference?

Contrary to what many people think pixels per inch (ppi) and dots per inch (dpi) are not the same thing. If you're reading this and thinking how can this be true or are simply confused... don't worry I will explain everything. You see, the problem started with people using the terms interchangeably because they assumed they referred to the same thing. Even worse, dpi became the more commonly used term by digital artists when it isn't even the one we are supposed to be concerned with. 

Pixelist - FTU Block Bullet The Confusion

Now as you previously read a pixel is short for picture element and your resolution is measured in pixels per inch (ppi). It makes sense that we would refer to our resolution as ppi, right? So what happened to cause the confusion and led us to using dpi? Well, pixels are often made up of "sub-pixels" - red, green, and blue light elements aka RGB - that our eyes cannot see because additive color processing blends them into a single hue. We only see the pixel level so this really has no impact on us. However, some manufacturers refer to the sub-pixels of a pixel as "dots" because they are similar to the CYMK dots of a printer. This CYMK dots act in a similar way except they utilize a subtractive color process.

Pixelist - FTU Block Bullet Dots Per Inch (DPI)

Printers do not function in a way that allows them to reproduce an image by placing pixels on top of one another. Instead, printers reproduce an image by spitting out (printing) tiny dots that consist of mixing four colors: Cyan, Yellow, Magenta and Key (Black) or CYMK. These colors combine to produce a wide variety of hues using the subtractive color model I mentioned earlier. Due to the nature of printing these "dots" there is space in between the dots, which is what dpi measures. It is important to mention that a higher dpi does not necessarily equate to higher quality because there is no standard dot size or shape in printing. In conclusion, dpi is just a technical aspect for a printer and aside from being good to know is not something used by digital artists.

Thank you for reading! Hope you have found this to be informative as well as helpful.
Want to learn something specific? Submit your suggestions via note to diphylla 

Digitalism v.24

Sat May 16, 2015, 7:18 AM

Digital Hacks #1: Rule of Thirds Grid

Thu May 14, 2015, 12:52 PM
Hi and welcome to Digital Hacks! Digital Hacks is an education based series that aims to make your life as a digital artist easier by providing you with education, tips, and tricks of the trade. In this article, I will be using Adobe Photoshop CC, discussing the Rule of Thirds, and I will show you how to create a Rule of Thirds Grid using Photoshop. Let's get started!

  Overview of Tools

  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Photoshop Grid Feature
  • Keyboard (PC or Mac)
  • Difficulty Level: Easy  

  Rule of Thirds 

Before, I show you how to turn your Grid Feature into a Rule of Thirds Grid let's discuss what the Rule of Thirds actually is and why it is beneficial to digital artists.

Ruleofthirds-1 by diphylla

The term Rule of Thirds, is more commonly known to photographers and it pertains to photographic composition. The Rule of Thirds is one of the very first things photographers learn about as it teaches them how to achieve well-balanced and intriguing shots. However, the Rule of Thirds was not created by photographers! In fact, the painters from the Renaissance era developed the Rule of Thirds upon realizing the human eye does not rest on the central point of a painting, but instead desires to roam the painting to take the entire scene in. Essentially, the Renaissance painters developed the Rule of Thirds to assist them in creating a specific style of composition, which allowed the backgrounds within their paintings to tell an intriguing story.

You may be wondering how is the Rule of Thirds beneficial to you as a digital artist? Well as digital artists we use digital software to create well-balanced and compelling art works. The Rule of Thirds assists digital artists in achieving this by acting as a guide; showing us where certain elements can be placed within our digital image to achieve a well-balanced composition. Thus, creating a Rule of Thirds Grid within Photoshop provides us with this beneficial guide that we can access at anytime by simply pressing a few keystrokes. Pretty convenient, huh? 

So, how on Earth does it work? Simple, aside from its theory being proven time and again by both photographers and artists alike, when you place your main subject in the center of your art your artwork becomes static. Why? Well, because the eye has discovered the main attraction and there is no real reason to explore beyond the central point. However, if you were to place the main subject off to the side (as shown above with the boat) it forces the eye to follow it to find it. This also forces the viewer to linger on your artwork longer and thus making your art more intriguing. Point: You want to allow for eye movement when setting up a compelling composition to captivate your viewers.

Now that you understand the basic benefits of using the Rule of Thirds I will show you how to create a Rule of Thirds Grid using the Grid Feature within Photoshop. However, I highly recommend taking time to research the Rule of Thirds for a better in-depth understanding of how it works as well as ways you can successfully break the rule without taking away from the composition's balance. Trust me, your art will thank you for your time and research into this!

 Create a Rule of Thirds Grid

We are now going to create a Rule of Thirds Grid within Photoshop. If you'd like to follow along please go ahead and Open PhotoshopI am a dummy! 

For the purpose of this tutorial I will be using the same file as I did above. However, you may use a New File of any size or you may Open an existing file you have; the choice is entirely up to you! Once you have the file open proceed to the following steps:

   Pixelist - FTU Block Bullet  1. In Photoshop, press Ctrl-K (Mac: Command – K) to open your PreferencesClick on Guides, Grid & Slices.
             If you do not like keyboard shortcuts: Click Edit > Click Preferences > Click on Guides, Grid & Slices.

I have included a visual example of where you will be navigating to, see below:

Ruleofthirds-2 by diphylla

   Pixelist - FTU Block Bullet  2. You will now change the settings under the Grid Section as follows:
  • Gridline Every: 100 Percent 
  • Subdivisions: 3
  • Click > OK (located in the upper right hand corner of the Grid Section box). 

I have included a visual example of how the settings should look once you have input them into the Grid Section, see below:

Ruleofthirds-3 by diphylla
Arrow left note: my grid section colors may differ from yours as I have customized mine for the purpose of this article Arrow right 

   Pixelist - FTU Block Bullet  3. Once you have hit OK a Grid will appear that will divide your image into thirds (Rules of Thirds) both horizontally and vertically. Don't see the Grid? You can easily toggle the Grid Feature On/Off by pressing Ctrl – ’(apostrophe) (Mac: Command – ’). Once the Grid Feature is toggled on a Rule of Thirds Grid will be placed over the image. 

blue heart bullet Please note, using the Grid feature will not harm your image or file in any way. If you do not like the Grid or are simply tired of seeing it, simply toggle it off using the same command you used to toggle it on: Ctrl – ’(apostrophe) (Mac: Command – ’).

Congratulations, you have now successfully created a Rule of Thirds Grid!
OMG! I can't contain my excitement! 

Thank you for reading! Hope you have found this to be informative as well as helpful.
Want to learn something specific? Submit your suggestions via note to diphylla 


Diphylla By Thiefoworld by diphylla:

Professional Digital Artist
28. Female. Engaged. Texas

I'm one of your resident Community Volunteers (CV). As a CV, I assist with Digital Art (Animation, Drawings & Paintings, Mixed Media, Vector, Vexel, Sci Fi, and Space Art), Chats, and Forums. Also, I am one of DeviantArt's Official Alpha Testers over at devBUG.

You can almost always find me on dAmn in DeviantArt's Official chatroom #devart or assisting user's in the Official Help chatroom known as #help.

However, should you have questions or concerns pertaining to Daily Deviations please contact me via note. For all other inquiries, you may contact me via note or through my email:

Would you like to see in-depth tutorials on Photoshop that would teach you the software? 

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3 deviants said Sure, doesn't hurt to learn more!
2 deviants said I don't use Photoshop.
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