Useful Digital Skills for Artists

Imaging Skills

Print& Scan

Web Skills

Cynthia Beth Rubin

Simplifying Images in Photoshop

Simple Flat Images work well on the Web as GIFs because they load quickly.

1. Open an Image in Adobe Photoshop

  • Immediately Give it a New Name
  • Go to FILE, down to SAVE AS
  • Save it as a .psd (leave the suffix in the title: bark.psd)

Give your image a nice easy SHORT name, without fancy symbols and NO slashes (/)

2. Try Filters that Simplify (such as Cutout under Artistic)

Caution: Filters can produce trite results quickly - use them wisely!

Examples of Artistic Filters



artistic filter with web color palette



artistic filter with adaptive color palette



3. Experiment with Transforming your Image in other way

  • Posterize your Image:
    • Under EDIT go down to Posterize
    • Put in a small number of levels (4)
    • Hit "OK"
    • Edit the Colors

  • Threshold your Image:
    • Under EDIT go down to Threshold
    • The Levels Dialogue Boz will appear
    • Move the arrows around until you have a Black and White Line Drawing that makes sense for your image.