Your Questions About Digital Painting Blog

Susan asks…

Does this picture look like an actual oil painting or a photograph digitally altered to look like one?

Thanks a lot…it’s one of the submissions of an art contest, I’m entering. I’m not sure if I should use analog painting or digital.

Timo answers:

Awww that looks so nice 🙂 It looks like a digitally altered photo to me but some folks paint in traditional media just like that. One of the things as digital artist we fight is to make our paintings look more like traditional media, this is especially true if one uses filters or clone paints from a photo without then putting their own hand to it. Of particular note is lost and found edges, a filter does not allow lost edges at all. Developing visual literacy so one can begin the use of lost and found edges is one of the best places to continue study for an artist using digital medium. My two cents worth anyway!

Sandy asks…

Is Photoshop or Paint Shop Pro better for photography and graphic/web design?

I am a photographer and a beginning graphic designer, and am trying to decide between purchasing Photoshop or Paint Shop Pro. I do blog/web design and would also like to try my hand at creating digital scrapbooking kits, vectors, and other graphics too. In addition to that I’d like to be able to edit my photos. Which would you recommend? Thanks 🙂

PS: Cost doesn’t make a difference as I am a student and they would cost within 100$ of each other with the student discount.

Timo answers:

The program are so similar in there ability that which is “better” is a matter of personal choice. I have worked with both and prefer Photoshop myself.

Phototshop probably has crummy support from Corporate but more info on forums, boards and online in general. You will be able to find more tutorials and more add-ons because it is the older program and so has a larger installed user base. Paint Shop was a free shareware for many years until Corel purchased it at version 10. They then “updated” it to make it more like Photoshop.

A third alternative is the free program GIMP. Originally designed as a Photoshop clone for the Linux world, it has recently been ported over to the PC. It can do everything that either photoshop or paint shop pro can do, only it is free. Even if you decide to eventually go with one of the others, I would give GIMP a try. At the worst, you will hate it and then you just uninstall it.

If you are serious about web design, you might want to consider illustrator. Made by Adobe (makers of photoshop) it includes all the graphic features of Photoshop but also includes a lot of extras specifically for doing web page design. It allows you to create both the graphic and the web page in a single application.

Jenny asks…

What site or blog service do I use to post my photos on for future reference?

I have many digital JPEG photos stored on my drive and if they get deleted those MEMORIES are gone forever… I want to set up a site or blog which gives easy access to viewing photos on the web at anytime, anywhere I want to. I just don’t know what to use. I have a tumblr account and a few tumblogs but the way it’s set up is not good for posting tons of photos. I edit in MS Paint and Picasa and Photoshop and GIMP and all that. I have heard bout Flickr and and all. And Picasa has options through blogger. But I’m still not sure whats best for my needs. What would be the easiest, best-looking presented blog/site that my family can access and see our photos?

Timo answers:

Flickr works well… I knew my p.c needed to be wiped and Windows reloaded and I couldn’t save anything to disc so I just uploaded everything I wanted to save to that…which is great as there is no limit to the amount of pic’s you can post…also you can post videos to your flickr photostream too!

Photobucket is pretty good too but then your pictures are in the public domain and can be downloaded by anyone, whereas with flickr you can set it so no one can take your pictures, then if you want or need them yourself you can just reset your account and take what you want off there.

Hope this helps!

Richard asks…

What’s it called when two colors are blended together?

What’s it called when two colors are blended together, but still have their original colors. Kinda like tie dye but not so much…What’s the art/painting term used for this? Primarily dark colors. I want to paint something black and purple but need to know the term… Here’s an example of what I’m trying to get at…

see at the bottom (right) its a blend of dark blue, blue and white…


the top of the water is a blend of different shades of blue..

thanks guys/gals

Timo answers:


Your Questions About Corel Painter Tutorials

Helen asks…

Where can I get good Corel Painter X tutorials?

Hi guys , I need some good tutorials about painting in corel painter like a pro .. just like the folks in cgsociety and conceptart !!! .. plz ?? I already looked in Corel website, they’re good, but I want more tutorials on Corel Painter X. Can you offer me links and such?

Timo answers:

Hi! There are lots of links to Corel Painter tutorials if you just do a Google search for them. Of course we have a ton of free things here are the magazine blog. Subscribe to the mag for sure, then check out our forum at Digital Painting Forum, look at the Digital Art Academy as well. If that doesn’t satisfy the need for good tuts here are some others that will get you started:,_Help,_and_Tutorials/

Also there are a number of tutorials on

Your Questions About Adobe Photoshop Trial

George asks…

Who knows where can I download free trial adobe photoshop cs4?

i went to because i want to download the trial.I click the button download but it brought me to fill up notification form.I fill up the form because i think maybe after that,the download will start,but it’s not.I really want the trial adobe photoshop cs4.

Timo answers:

I’m not sure if CS4 is still available on the Adobe website, I believe they replaced it with CS5. But to give it a shot double-check the browser that you are using – I remember having problems downloading it with whatever browser I was using at first, I think Internet Explorer worked in the end. Temporarily turn of pop-ups (that may be why the trial isn’t downloading for you). I downloaded the trial a couple weeks ago when I was on the road with my product keys but no disc from the following location:

Your Questions About How To Sell Digital Paintings

John asks…

How can I sell my digital paintings online?

I like to create digital paintings using photoshop. I am wondering if I can sell these like traditional paintings and if anyone has any advice to spare. Thanks. :0)

Timo answers:

There are a host of sites that one can sell your artistic creations from. Redbubble, Etsy, Fine Art America, Deviant Art and Ebay are just a few of the sites that an artist can look at. The challenge with selling online is getting noticed or “found”. The common perception that ones artistic endeavors will speak for themselves is not at all accurate.

To have a decent chance at all one must have their own site as well as the have a presence on some of the free sites. So buy a domain name, start a blog or put up a site (a WordPress Blog is highly recommended), spend some time learning about basic SEO then write about your art. It is a bunch of work with many new skills you will have to discover but the rewards are well worth the effort.

At Digital Art Academy we have some blogging classes and Digital Painting Forum there are many discussions in the archives about this. Additionally some of the other blogs we talk about like Barney Davey’s Art Print Issues,  Alyson Stanfields Art Biz Blog and others will have some great information about selling work online.

Be clear about what your work is. There should be no doubt in your buyers mind what they are purchasing whether it is a giclee print or a mixed media original spell out what your client is getting from you.

Your Questions About Print Embellishment

Nancy asks…

Is there a website where I can print of pics that are just outlines (similar to coloring book) 4 scrapbooking?

I just want little pics of things like a teapot, beach umbrella, etc. that I can print off and colour in myself with pencil crayons, to add to my scrapbooking pictures…kind of like a thrifty form of embellishments.

Timo answers:

There are tons of scrap booking websites – most of them offer templates to download
This is what you are looking for – a template.
Check out like I said type scrap booking in your browser – check out the different sites – look under templates.
Lots and lots of basic figures – for you to download and decorate any way you like – I would print on to card stock so you have some weight to work with.

Sharon asks…

Where can I get a nice website where I can print photo book in Malaysia?

I came across a website which offer hard cover 8 x 8 book at around RM 50 which consider economic and this website have everything I want but unfortunately they do not provide shipping to Malaysia. I want something with nice background, many choices of embellishment, borders and layout and also the quality is good. Most importantly they provide shipping to Malaysia.

Timo answers:

Maybe here .

Steven asks…

Where can i find background papers/accessories to download for greeting cards, instead of having to buy cd rom

Background papers, Fonts, Making your own card toppers, basically creating your own cards. How to make your own embellishments, creating designs onto paper to print off eg, Gingham templates/backgrounds. Greeting card software to download.

Timo answers:

Some card making magazines come with free backing papers and with attached free cds that have lots on them such as fonts, backing papers and royalty free images

A site I’ve used in the past …


Hope that helps.