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Art Makers: How Did They Do That?

When a work of art catches your eye, what holds your attention? Beauty, detail, a unique point of view—there’s something that makes you wonder how it was created. Our Art Makers series explores the craft behind extraordinary work. See how artists from around the world have developed their own techniques with Adobe Creative Cloud apps to create images and illustrations that deserve your attention.

MICHAEL SCHAUER
MUNICH, GERMANY

Each time photographer Michael Schauer peers through the viewfinder of his camera, he escapes the frenetic pace of everyday life and enters an alternate, peaceful world. See how he uses Adobe Lightroom Classic CC to help you feel the quiet impact of Iceland’s rugged terrain.

Making “Stokksnes During Sunset”

TRACIE CHING
WASHINGTON, DC

Digital artist and illustrator Tracie Ching creates complex portraits out of thousands of hand-drawn lines and shapes. See how she manipulates intricate, repeating patterns and applies color in Adobe Illustrator CC to create a moody movie poster.

Making “The Fifth Dimension”

FELIX HERNÁNDEZ
CANCUN, MEXICO

Photographer and digital artist Felix Hernández may work small, but he thinks big. See how he creates a set in his studio, and then combines physical effects, photography, and Adobe Photoshop CC to make a miniature scene seem larger than life.

Making “The Love Car”

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In case you missed them, here are more Art Makers giving you a glimpse into their techniques for creating images, illustrations, and animations using 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