Artmatic® is a great program for generating images based on complex noise patterns, but it has little in the way of composition tools. Photoshop® has excellent composition tools, but the complexity of its filters are limited, and their use is time consuming. This example shows how images created in Artmatic can be blended and filtered in Photoshop to produce interesting, well composed pictures.

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The four images shown below were created in Artmatic in "the usual way" (which is easy to do but hard to explain), and loaded into levels in Photoshop. The text next to each image identifies the Photoshop treatments that were applied. Opacity and fill were 100% for all four images.

To produce the final version the layers were flattened and adjustments were made via the "saturation" and "levels" tools.


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Each of the images on this page was saved as a jpg file with compression set at 30. This means that they are of fairly low quality but that they will load relatively quickly.

Level 4: "top"

Layer mode is set to "difference."

Levels were adjust to increase brightness and contrast.

This single Artmatic image illustrates the complexity that the program enables.

Level 3

Layer mode is set to "screen." (In Photoshop the background, which shows as white in the browser, was transparent.)

Image was cropped and rotated.

Gaussian blur was used on the edges where the yellow image meets the black background.

Distort-->Spherize filter was applied to the yellow disc.

Level 2

Layer mode is set to "difference."

Small rectangle was scaled large to produce the semi-jagged effect. Gaussian blur was applied.

Level 1: "background"

Layer mode is set to "normal."

Gaussian blur was used on the entire image.

Artmatic is capable of generating a nearly infinite variety of textured noise patterns. These make wonderful Photoshop masks, blends and backgrounds.