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Photoshop Doodles
updated: Dec 19, 2013, 11:54 AM

By Andrew Langley

Do you doodle? On napkins? On the edges of reports, textbooks or restaurant menus? Or do you take up entire legal pad sheets and build intricate Simm-like Cities with vignettes of people doing… well, what people do or you'd like them to do? What do you gain from it? Is it relaxing or just a convenient excuse to zone out and take a quick break from reality?

I take photos (screenshots) off Edhat and process them in Photoshop Elements or take them further into various and sundry plug-ins to add textures and effects I wouldn't dream up on my own very quickly. Sometimes I come up with interesting presets to use on future images of mine but for the most part the files just get deleted when I'm done. Hours can go by as I delve deeper and deeper into the creative juices that often only leads to a sense of well being and satisfaction but nothing tangible to show for it. Is that level of non productivity something to feel guilty about? A waste of time? I think not. It can't be any worse than reading a book and certainly better than getting sucked into YouTube-land or other Internet related content streaming.

Here's an example. No offense to the original poster of the b&w photo posted today as I actually liked it as a powerful foundation for an old timey and vintagey feel I suddenly envisioned. It just called me out to want to play ….

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Original (pet cemetary) to processed to painterly effect.

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