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Color Editing for Web Page Design

Posted by Martha DiMeo on May 15th, 2017 | No Comments

Color is contextual. Color exists, not as an isolated element, but rather, as part of a larger context. To that end, it’s important to be mindful of this design principle when retouching and color correcting photographs for web page design. A recent project for the website MelodyTheArtist.com provides a perfect example to illustrate the idea […]

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Portrait Retouching for Book Covers

Posted by Martha DiMeo on August 3rd, 2016 | No Comments

Portrait retouching is both a skill and an art form. The skill is the “how-to” of knowing  the techniques to remove blemishes, minimize wrinkles, improve skin textures and contour facial features, fine-tune lighting, and remove distracting backgrounds. The art form aspect demonstrates a trained eye, delicate hand, and the intuition to know what to accentuate […]

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Soft-Proofing: Benefits for the Graphic Designer

Posted by Martha DiMeo on May 27th, 2016 | No Comments

There is a very useful, but often overlooked, feature in Photoshop relating to color reproduction. When used properly with the required process control procedures in place, it is extremely helpful to preview how the color in an image will render as it moves through the digital workflow. The feature I’m referring to is soft-proofing. Let’s discuss what […]

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Flawless Reproductions~The Junction of Art & Technology

Posted by Martha DiMeo on March 27th, 2016 | No Comments

When reproducing artwork, whether 2D (paintings, drawings, illustrations) or 3D (ceramics, sculpture) the objective is always the same—to faithfully reproduce the artist’s intent. This image, a photograph of the sculpture Inverted Collector, by artist Miriam Ellen Ewers, was needed for a gallery exhibition in Amsterdam. In lieu of displaying the actual sculpture, the photograph of […]

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What’s the Big Deal? It’s Only an 1/8 of an Inch!

Posted by Martha DiMeo on December 11th, 2014 | 1 Comment

If you have ever sent a print job to the printer only to have it rejected because the bleeds were insufficient, you probably understand what the title of this post is all about. If you are new to print production or design and have no idea what the title is referring to, read on. I […]

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