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Carabid Beetle - Agra Championi Bates
Collection of the Smithsonian Institution - 1996
Medium: Adobe Photoshop, version 4.0.
Size of the original is approximately 8.5x11 inches at 300ppi.

One of a continuing series of scientific illustrations, created in Photoshop to support the research of Dr. Terry L. Erwin of the Department of Entomology, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution.

Note: This illustration was rendered in Adobe Photoshop, however the preliminary drawing as usual was first created as a pencil line drawing for accuracy and size, then scanned, brought into Adobe Illustrator to create a sharp digital outline of the structures in order to be used as vector paths in Photoshop (subsequent enhancements to Photoshop has made that an unnecessary step in more recent versions). That file was then opened in Photoshop and the paths used as templates for the final rendering. Most of the rendering was done with the brush and/or the airbrush tool. By this time I did have a pressure sensitive tablet to aid in the rendering. Each portion of the drawing was rendered on a separate layer, edited and modified until satisfactory, then all layers were merged for the final. The addition of Layers starting with version 3.0 made the process much simpler, as you could easily edit a layer without affecting the rest of the drawing. Still no "History Palette" and still only one "Undo", which slowed the process somewhat, but it was still faster that previous versions. This drawing took approximately 40 hours.
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