Water Painting tech

November 22, 2014 in Concept


Hydrographics or HydroGraphics, also known as immersion printing, water transfer printing, water transfer imaging, or cubic printing, is a method of applying printed designs to three-dimensional surfaces. The hydrographic process can be used on metal, plastic, glass, hard woods, and various other materials. Also commonly known as “hydro dipping” due to the fact that the parts are dipped in water.

The Water Transfer Printing process is extensively used to decorate items that range from entire all-terrain vehicles and car dashboards, to small items like bike helmets or other automotive trim. Films can be applied to all types of substrates including plastic, fiberglass, wood, ceramics, and metal. For the most part, if the item can be dipped in water and can be painted using traditional techniques then the hydrographic printing process can be used.[1] [2]

In the process, the substrate piece to be printed is pre-treated and a base coat material is applied. A polyvinyl alcohol film is gravure-printed with the graphic image to be transferred, and is then floated on the surface of a vat of water.[3]

An activator chemical is sprayed on the film to dissolve it into a liquid and activate a bonding agent. The piece is then lowered into the vat through the floating ink layer. The ink layer along with the polyvinyl alcohol backing then wraps around and adheres to the item. The adhesion is a result of the chemical components of the activator softening the base coat layer and allowing the ink to form a bond with it. One of the most common causes of a failure to achieve adhesion between the two layers is a poorly applied activator. This can be either too much activator being applied or too little.[4]

Bonsai Trimming Tips

October 3, 2014 in Concept


The type of tree you grow should be reliant on the environment where you’ll be keeping it. Your region’s climate and your home environment should both be taken into account when you’re deciding which species of tree to grow. To be on the safe side, select a species that is indigenous to your part of the world.  Everyone seems to know a bonsai when they see it, but it isn’t always that simple. The term bonsai translates as “tree in a pot” in Japanese. In the West, the word is used to describe virtually all miniature container trees, whether they are trained bonsai or merely small rooted cuttings that have not been manipulated, pruned and trained to be bonsai. The term should be reserved for trees or shrubs that are grown in shallow containers, following the venerable principles of bonsai pruning and training developed over thousands of years in China and Japan. The result is a miniature replica of a full-grown tree that celebrates the effects of time, wind, and weather found in nature.

Give your portraits a modern look with Photoshop

April 5, 2012 in Art, Concept, Drawings, Illustration


From www.gavinhoey.co.uk “Pictures that paid” CD. Create your very own “Venture” style modern portraits in Photoshop

A Photoshop Reference: Portrait Retouching

April 3, 2012 in Art, Concept, Drawings, Illustration


A video tutorial that takes a look at enhancing portraits using tools such as Liquify, adding catch lights, and skin tone adjustments by the numbers. For more free tutorials, visit www.radiantvista.com!

Photoshop Tutorial – Portrait Effect

March 31, 2012 in Art, Concept, Drawings, Illustration


Learn how to add a professional level contrast effect to a portrait shot to make it look more defined and sharper. For more information visit www.3photoshop.com

Photoshop – Portrait Retouch Part 2

March 28, 2012 in Art, Concept, Drawings, Illustration


In part 2 of this tutorial AJ demonstrates skin smoothing techniques in Photoshop after making tonal changes in Lightroom. Share this video, Tweet to your friends: bit.ly Join My Facebook Community: ajwood.com Follow @aj_wood on Twitter: ajwood.com Hangout on Google+ ajwood.com Nation Association of Photoshop Professionals NAPP Wants YOU! ajwood.com Use Promo Code “ajwood” for $10 Discount & Free DVD Get the iPhone app: ajwood.com Adobe Training by media-cats.com

Photoshop Tutorial: Portrait Glow Effect

March 26, 2012 in Art, Concept, Drawings, Illustration


Difficulty: 2 Short to the point tutorial on an effect created with blur and curves. Enjoy. find the image at katanaz-stock.deviantart.com my profile fullaperture.deviantart.com

Photoshop Tutorial : Quick High-End Fashion Portrait Retouching

March 23, 2012 in Art, Concept, Drawings, Illustration


Here’s a quick tutorial for getting great punchy fashion-style results when retouching. I did it a while back but only posted it on Vimeo so I’m posting it here also. For more design and design inspiration visit www.MONOmoda.com

Making Studio Portrait Backgrounds in Photoshop

March 15, 2012 in Art, Concept, Drawings, Illustration


Making Studio Portrait Backgrounds in Photoshop by Britec www.britec.org.uk

Typographic Portrait with Photoshop – Thousand Words Tutorial (text mask portrait)

March 13, 2012 in Art, Concept, Drawings, Illustration


Example in fast motion: www.youtube.com