Speed Up Your Digital Art Workflow with BittboxDecember 13, 2011 at 11:00 am | Posted in Conventional Art | Leave a comment
Hello, fellow artists! It’s the Imikimi Team here, and we’re so glad that you’ve stopped by. As always, we know it can take a bit of work blossoming into the artist you want to become, and that’s why we continually churn out these features for you. So let’s get straight to it, shall we? On the plate today is an extremely helpful resource, containing all sorts of things which will help bring your digital art up a step. The name of this fantastic resource is Bittbox.
Bittbox has the goal of giving away massive amounts of free images, textures, brushes (which can be used in both Photoshop and GIMP), vectors, fonts, and more. While you can certainly forgo these resources, choosing to do everything by hand (or in this case, by mouse), these can be tremendous time-savers. The way we see it, if you can save time, why wouldn’t you? We may be being a little vague in describing what Bittbox has to offer, namely because we figure it’s best to show you a little more about the site and let your own eyes discover the treasures to be had.
First, let’s take a virtual stroll on over to Bittbox.com. It sports a fairly simple interface, maintaining a traditional blog-style layout, with the most recent posts on the top of the page. You can scroll through all of the posts on the front page and then click through Bittbox’s dizzying amount of pages, or you can simply click the “Freebies” link at the top of any page. This will take you right to all of the posts which have free goodies to offer.
We’d like to go over a few of the most common types of freebies you’ll encounter on Bittbox. “Vectors” are essentially shapes, varying from simple to extremely complex. These vectors only work in “vector programs,” such as (most popularly) Adobe Illustrator and Inkscape. “Brushes” are used just as you would the real life thing, by drawing in long or short strokes. Each brush is basically a single, small image repeated in one pixel increments, together creating the appearance of a brush stroke. Different brushes can give the appearance of true-to-life brushes, adding more of a painterly feel to your work.
Now let’s take a moment to talk about “textures.” Yes, textures. This may be a new term to you in terms of digital art, and a little odd at first. Stick with us, though, as we do our best to explain. Textures are photographs of real life surfaces which have a discernable texture, such as stone, concrete, stucco, wood, scratched glass, steel, rust, chipping paint, burlap, canvas, cardboard, dirt, and the list goes on. Utilizing these images properly can not only save you heaps of time, but add a more realistic look to whatever you are working on. By using GIMP and Photoshop’s “blend modes” (which essentially are different methods by which the computer one image and blends its colors with all those below), these images can be superimposed upon others to create varying unique effects, such as blending a wood texture with a photo of someone to make it appear that they have wooden skin. Pretty neat (if a little strange)!
As always, we here at Imikimi want to thank you so much for stopping by today! We’ve got more and more features in store which we’ll continue to roll out, so please come back again soon!
The Imikimi Team
“A great artist is always before his time or behind it.” — George Edward Moore