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Art Makers: How Did They Do That?

If, as Edison said, genius is one percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration, feed your one percent with this series that profiles Art Makers from around the world. See how they sweat the details, applying their own techniques to create images, illustrations, and animations using common and not-so-common features in Adobe Creative Cloud apps.

LOIS VAN BAARLE
UTRECHT, NETHERLANDS

You might think Dutch artist Lois van Baarle has brushes where the rest of us have fingers. But really, she has Adobe Photoshop CC and a pressure-sensitive stylus. See how she uses brushes in Photoshop to sketch, color, blend, and refine her digital paintings.

Making Red

DANIELE DE NIGRIS
BOLOGNA, ITALY

Italian artist Daniele De Nigris blends geometry and artistry to build impossibly complex designs from simple tile patterns. With a meticulous and methodical approach in Adobe Illustrator CC, he adds, subtracts, and repeats shapes, colors, and gradients until he arrives at his mosaic masterpieces.

Making 3/4 Decorative

MOLLY SCANNELL
ARLINGTON, MASSACHUSETTS

American artist Molly Scannell works as a freelance designer and illustrator, but she plays with collage. See how she transforms images in Adobe Photoshop CC by slicing and repositioning elements, and then experimenting with layer styles for artistic effects.

Making Taken

ŞAKIR YILDIRIM
ISTANBUL, TURKEY

Turkish-based artist Şakir Yildirim blurs the lines between photography and design as he explores surreal takes on everyday life in his “Crawler” series. See how a moment captured in time refuses to stand still, thanks to the Liquify filter in Adobe Photoshop CC and Şakir’s imagination.

Making Crawler

EMILIE MUSZCZAK
TORONTO, CANADA

Toronto-based illustrator and animator Emilie Muszczak thrives on bright colors, quirky patterns, and tea. See how she uses brushes in Adobe Photoshop CC to color a sketch, and then switches between Adobe Animate CC and Photoshop to create an animated self-portrait.

Making Animated Emilie

AMR ELSHAMY
CAIRO, EGYPT

In the right hands, even lesser-used features in Adobe Photoshop CC can be used to do great things. See how Egyptian artist Amr Elshamy used the Polar Coordinates distortion filter to spin a mountain range into a series of illustrations, including the art featured on the Photoshop CC 2017 splash screen.

Making Round Things