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Artistry Backdrops for Photographs

Virtual backdrops designed by Laurence Gartel and Karen Sperling with step-by-step instructions for combining figures with the backdrops in Adobe Photoshop or in Corel Painter

200609bc_artbackdrop01 Press Release—Corel Painter expert Karen Sperling, founder of Artistry magazine online, has introduced Artistry Backdrops for Photographs CDs. Designed by Sperling and renowned artist Laurence Gartel, the Artistry Backdrops for Photographs provide photographers with something new and different to offer to their clients. Just open an Artistry backdrop in Adobe Photoshop, Corel Painter or any other image editing software, drop in the figure.

Included on the Artistry Backdrops for Photographs CDs are step-by-step instructions for combining photos with the backdrops in either Adobe Photoshop or Corel Painter. You don't have to own Painter to use the backdrops on the Artistry CDs. The tutorials include step-by-step instructions and illustrations for selecting the figure to be combined with the backdrop; changing the backdrop colors to suit the photos or a color scheme; masking hair using brushes; and adding drop shadows.

Caption: Photos by Mary Wynn Ball. Backdrops by Laurence Gartel and Karen Sperling.

The four volumes of Artistry Backdrops for Photographs CDs contain 24 digital backdrops each. The backdrops are 8x10-inch, 300ppi TIFF files that are easily resized to fit any portrait as large as 30x40 inches or more.

200609bc_artbackdrop02 The Artistry Backdrops for Photographs, Volumes 1 and 2, are abstract designs that are perfect for seniors or for adding pizazz to any portrait. They are designed by Laurence Gartel, a pioneer of digital imaging for more than a quarter of a century.

The Artistry Backdrops for Photographs, Volumes 3 and 4, are textures and landscapes, perfect for a more traditional painterly approach to portraiture. They are designed by original Painter expert, artist, photographer and author Karen Sperling, who wrote the original manuals for the first several versions of Painter and several published Painter books.

The Artistry Backdrops for Photographs are available through the Artistry Web site. For more information and ordering visit