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|Carabid Beetle - Batesiana eugeneae Erwin|
Collection of the Smithsonian Institution - 1992
Medium: Adobe Photoshop, version 2.0
Size of the original is approximately 8.5x11 inches at 300ppi.
This is my first scientific illustration for publication that was rendered completely in Adobe Photoshop. However, the preliminary drawing 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 (Enhancements to Photoshop has made that an unnecessary step in more recent versions). The Adobe Illustrator file was then opened in Photoshop and saved as paths to be used as templates for the final rendering. Most of the rendering was done with the brush and eraser tools, as the airbrush tool at this point was too unpredictable and I was inexperienced with this new technology. This version of Photoshop did not have layers, no history palette, and only one undo. Consequently the rendering took a considerable amount of time, making sure everything was just as I wanted it before saving the file. So I would do a tiny bit, and then save and repeat the process over and over until it was finally done. Approximately 60 hours.
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