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This lesson will teach the budding painter how to add dimension to an acrylic painting of the ocean by using the wet-on-wet technique. By layering and blending colors of wet paint, artists can create a realistic painting of ocean waves crashing, complete with variations in tone and color. This lesson teaches how to mix paint to achieve a richer picture, as well as how to add reflection to water and give sea foam the illusion of volume by using highlights and shadows.

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Looking to grow your artistic side? Try watercolor painting! This lesson will outline all the supplies you need to get started on your journey. Watercolor is a form of visual art that traditionally uses water-soluble paints on thick paper. You’ll learn the basic brushes and colors you need for a starter-kit, as well as how to choose a palette and pad of paper. Once you’ve got the essential tools and supplies you need, you’ll be ready to create original and beautiful pieces of art.

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Make your own spray paint art with this easy and simple lesson. You’ll start by forming basic planet shapes and then add layers of color. Follow along as you learn how to shade and highlight in a few easy steps, as well as use a painting technique that will add dimension to this out-of-this-world DIY solar system art.

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Take on a true watercolor challenge! This lesson by Larry Hamilton, the first in a series, shows you how to start painting a Californian mission scene. Even if you have a different scene in mind, Larry’s narration provides countless pro tips and tricks that apply to any subject. Follow along at home or take notes on techniques to use in your next painting.

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DSLR stands for “digital single lens reflex,” but DSLR cameras are much more than just an acronym. Unlike the SLRs of old (film cameras), DSLRs can hold thousands of images, all of which can be previewed instantly using an LCD display. Find out why professional photographers almost always choose DSLRs when shooting any type of photography in this tutorial by EasyDSLR.

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Want to improve upon your realist painting techniques? This lesson by Anna Mason Art demonstrates how to use color and highlights to paint an incredibly realistic strawberry with watercolors. Once you have drawn a faithful depiction of your photo reference, be patient, work slowly, follow the highlights with your brush, and your work will look good enough to eat!

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The Sistine Chapel is one of the most famous pieces of art and architecture in the world, and in the center of Michelangelo’s enormous fresco is “The Creation of Adam,” a visual representation of the story of God creating Adam from the dust of the earth. Michelangelo’s portrayal of both Adam and God reflects the Neo-Platonic values of the time, but perhaps the most interesting interpretation of this painting is that of God’s vehicle being a brain, and the life he is giving Adam, consciousness.

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Raphael’s painting, “The School of Athens” depicts two of the founding fathers of western philosophy, Plato and Aristotle, surrounded by other famed intellectuals from various years and countries, all in a very Roman space. It’s a visually pleasing painting, but what does it mean? What was Raphael’s purpose for creating it? In this art history lesson, learn the meaning behind “The School of Athens,” as well as the physics behind the hallmark of Roman architecture: the arch.

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Whether you are an experienced decoration artist or a first-timer, this lesson provides a few easy-to-understand pointers on painting clouds for large-scale ceiling murals. Don’t make the common mistake of painting cartoonish clouds with obvious patterns and symmetry. For a realistic mural of the sky, use nuanced techniques for creating shadows, breaking up patterns, and providing structure to each shape. Note: this lesson does not cover how to apply the blue base coat.

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Pablo Picasso is well known for his unrealistic portraits and figures, but what exactly do his stylistic choices mean? In this art history lesson on “Les Demoiselles d’Avignon,” learn about the culture of 1907, and what a painting of five naked women in a brothel has to do with Einstein. True art is often a commentary on the world in which it is produced—learn why Picasso, despite being an accomplished painter in the traditional sense, chose to paint in his own abstract and angular style.

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Want to wow the world with the quality HD video you could be shooting with that iPhone in your pocket? This lesson will teach you the basics of shooting video on your iPhone 4, 4s, or 5. Once you are familiar with the camera app, learn how to hold and focus the camera, and how to view an accurate display of your video. Ready to shoot? Finish this lesson by learning ways to stabilize your camera to make your online video or tutorial appear smooth and fluid.

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Ever wonder how painters capture the ethereal beauty of flowers in nature? Painting with watercolors is as much about practiced technique as it is about natural talent. This lesson demonstrates how to paint a floral scene, but the skills and techniques you'll learn can be applied to any subject. Learn how to add texture, create transparency and use the bleeding tendency of watercolor paints to your advantage.

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Brush off your magic wand and polish your Adobe Photoshop skills! In this lesson Jerry Gonzalez teaches you to create a fun effect in Photoshop that looks like sparkling streaks of magic. Learn how to create layers, change your brushstroke master diameter, alter your gradient overlay, use the freeform pen tool, and change the Scatter, Count, and Pen Pressure settings. Add some glowing text and save your image - and you've made graphic design magic!

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Do you like to make tiny works of art? This DIY lesson from Heather Boyd shows you how to make a mini easel out of recycled clothespins, wire, popsicle sticks, and glue. Your finished product can hold miniature paintings, photos, or even business cards. And it’s perfect as a gift for teachers and artists!

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You've chosen your paper, but now how do you start applying your scrapbook elements? Kiwi Lane Design teaches you the the cut, trace, replace method to design and adhere your layout! Get tips for cutting out tricky curved designs, learn how inking can hide a multitude of sins, hear the best methods for adhering your elements, and see how your accessories can tie together your scrapbook's color scheme.

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How can some guy in your garage become a slow motion epic fruit ninja? With the power of cinematography postproduction! In this lesson from his Filmmaking Tutorials series, Tom Antos shows you how he used a blue screen and some pre-sliced fruit to create a slow-motion video of a ninja slicing fruit with a sword (no real ninja skills required). This video reveals the secrets of creating realistic slow motion shots with a standard video camera by adjusting frame rates or blending footage.

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Have you ever dreamt of being an artist? Now is your chance! In this lesson, Shoo Rayner teaches you how to paint with water brushes and watercolor pencils. Water brushes make painting easy and accessible for drawing on-the-go. No need for a water cup to clean your paint brush - simply pack up a small stash of colors, some paper, and a water brush, and give watercolor painting a try.

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Watercolor is one of the simplest forms of painting, requiring few resources. In the last of four lessons in this series, Lorraine Watry shares new techniques for beginning watercolor artists such as glazing, lifting, feathering, and negative painting. Keep practicing what you learn, and your work could end up on Etsy -- or at the very least, your walls! See the attachment of the Techniques page and supply list by clicking the attachments button at the top right.

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Don't just sit back and watch the clouds go by. Learn how to control their movements (and those of any other object) in Adobe Muse CC using parallax scrolling. In this web design lesson, Joseph Angelo Todaro shows you how to link an object's motion to a user's scrolling activity with the scroll motion palette.

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