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monochromatic color scheme acrylic painting
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In a monochromatic color scheme, only one hue is used


The hue is lightened by adding white ti it (tints), darkened by adding black to it (shades), and dulled by adding grey to it (tones).Additionally, pure black and white may be incorporated into a monochromatic color scheme.

Start with finding an image you would like to paint. You will have to adjust it in Photoshop to break it into values and resize it.

Step 1: find an image

1. Find an image. It cannot be a logo or somebody else's artwork. It should be a photograph.

2. Save it to your desktop or your flash drive.

There are 2 things we are going to do in Photoshop:
1. Break all values into 4 levels
2. Resize the image and crop it to be exactly 10x8 inches

3. Open Adobe Photoshop. Open the image (File > Open)

Step 2: remove colors

4. Next step is to remove all colors (desaturate the image). Go to the menu bar and choose: Image > Adjustments > Desaturate.


5. If the image is not contrasted (not enough whites or blacks) - you need to fix it

Image > Adjustments > Levels

Then drag the black and white sliders to the start and end of the histogram as shown:

Step 3: breaking values into 4 levels

6. Image > Adjustments > Posterize

Choose 4 levels. Then click OK


7. Now we are going to apply a filter to smooth the edges. Filter > Filter Gallery

Choose Artistic group. Cutout filter. Set number of levels to 4. Click OK

Step 4: cropping and resizing

8. Make sure you image is horizontally oriented. If it's not - you need to rotate it (Image > Image Rotation > 90)

Resize the image.

Choose the selection Marquee tool

In the Option bar: set style to Fixed Ratio, W=10 H=8

9.Click and drag a rectangle to select the part of the image to crop.

9. Crop the image: Image > Crop

10. Set the image size to 10x8. Go to Image > Image Size

Make sure you use inches for units:

Save and print

Choose the printer
Scale: 100%

Check the paper orientation. Then print.

Step 5: transfer image

Draw a 1" grid on the image printout:

Draw a 10x8 grid on the drawing board

Transfer the outlines onto the board.

Step 6: painting

For this painting, you will mix a "custom color" hue. Combine any two or more hues you want to create your own "custom-color". Make enough paint to be able to complete your painting... you don't want to try to make the same exact color again if you run out.

Premix different values of your color by adding white or black to it. Match you custom color values with greys in the image.

The darkest shapes in your reference image will be painted the darkest value or black. The lightest shapes will be painted the lightest level or white.

More examples:




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