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Arts and rambling.
dustinmuse asked: So I've always worked with traditional mediums, but recently I've started venturing out into the world of digital art. I've been a long time fan of yours ever since I stumbled upon Ever After and my question is this; How do you go about choosing the size for your work? With traditional medium, I tend to just grab whatever paper or canvas I have lying around. With a program like Photoshop, however, I have unlimited options. Where do I begin?
Regarding traditional medium, I’m very much the same. I’ve been asked what type of paper and pencils I use as well, but the answer is always: just about anything lying around at the time. Though I do have favorites.
My default arrangement is as follows. A .5mm mechanical pencil, preferably with eraser. I like pencils that aren’t ‘broken up’ very much in the middle or with excessive ‘grips’. Just as plain as can be for me. 2B lead. And for the paper, my usual choice is regular copy paper from Staples, at letter size. (8 1/2 x 11)
And that actually shaped how I work in Photoshop as well. When I scan something into PS, or size up a smaller drawing I’ve done by hand, I recreate those dimensions. Typically 8x11, at 300dpi, although it might be wise to choose 600dpi if your PC has the fortitude, and you plan on blowing up the image further in print. I don’t often make prints of my work so this normally isn’t a concern for me. Just don’t go below 300dpi. That’s standard.
So long as you stick with 300dpi and above, you can’t go TOO wrong in PS, far as I can tell. If the resulting image is too large, you can always size it down. Sizing up however doesn’t work out very well.
So, for example, draw something on paper. Whatever size you please. After scanning it, place it on a 8x11 canvas at 300dpi. How much space does it take up? If it’s smaller, just crop the overall size of the page down to a comfortable shape around it. (That depends heavily on how you’d like the composition to look, which is another matter entirely.) Also, keep in mind that if you want to eventually print this out, it might come out smaller than you’d like on paper. Scanning in at a higher dpi can help with this. Again, this is typically only an issue if you have plans to print.
If it scans in quite large, you can safely size it down to fit the canvas. Of course that all hinges on whether or not you want to print it out later. Do you want the end result to print out nicely on a 8x11 piece of paper? 9x12? You can plan accordingly.
But yeah! It’s not very complicated. Only as much as you need it to be, anyway, for prints and such. Hope that helps, and thanks for asking! : ]