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While we are inundated with art day-in and day-out, there are a few special pieces that have transcended time and culture and have slated their place in art history. Below is a gallery of few most famous paintings of all time – recognisable pieces from the ages that will never be forgotten.

1. The Mona Lisa
List of Most Famous Paintings would be incomplete without the mention of the Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci. This infamous portrait of Lisa del Giocondo was completed some time between 1503-1519 and currently on display at the Musee du Louvre in Paris.

2. Starry Night
Vincent van Gogh has painted countless well-known pieces; however, his painting Starry Night is widely considered to be his magnum opus. Painted in 1889, the piece was done from memory and whimsically depicts the view from his room at the sanitarium he resided in at the time.

3. The Scream
Using oil and pastel on cardboard, Edvard Munch painted his most famous piece, The Scream, circa 1893. Featuring a ghoulish figure that looks like the host from Tales from the Crypt, the backdrop of this expressionist painting is said to be Oslo, Norway.

4. Guernica
Inspired by the bombing of Guernica, Spain, during the Spanish Civil War, Pablo Picasso completed this most famous piece, Guernica, in 1937. This piece was originally commissioned by the Spanish government and intended to depict the suffering of war and ultimately stand as symbol for peace.

5. The Persistence of Memory
Painted in 1931 by yet another Spanish artist, Salvador Dali’s The Persistance of Memory is one of the most recognizable and individual pieces in art history. Depicting a dismal shoreline draped with melting clocks, it is thought that Albert Einstein’s Theory of Relativity inspired this bizarre piece.

6. Three Musicians
At first glance it might look like a collage but Pablo Picasso’s famous painting, Three Musicians is actually an oil painting. Completed in 1921, he painted two very similar paintings that are mutually referred to as Three Musicians and can be found in the New York MoMA and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

7. A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte
Using the unique technique of pointillism, creating a complete image that is made up of only distinct individual dots, the French painter Georges Seurat brings us his most famous piece A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte. 

8. Girl with a Pearl Earring
Considered by some to be the “Mona Lisa of the North,” this enchanting painting by the Dutch artist, Johannes Vermeer, features exactly what the title infers – a Girl with a Peal Earring. Completed circa 1665, this piece can now be found in the Mauritshuis Gallery in the Hague.

9. Whistler’s Mother
Whistler’s Mother is the truncated name for James McNeill Whistler’s very famous portrait originally known as Arrangement in Grey and Black: The Artist’s Mother. Painted in 1871, it’s one of the few American pieces on this list – although it is owned by a Parisian museum and therefore rarely seen in the states.

10. Portrait de L’artiste Sans Barbe
Although the title isn’t very creative, Vincent van Gogh’s Self-Portrait without Beard is certainly one of the most notable paintings of all time. While Van Gogh has painted many portraits before, this is the most notable because it’s one of the few that depicts him without a beard. Additionally, having sold for $71.5 million in 1998, it is one of the most expensive paintings ever sold.

11. The Night Watch
In its native Dutch tongue, De Nachtwacht is most popularly referred to in modern culture as The Night Watch. Using oil on canvas, Rembrandt (van Rijn) was commissioned by a militia captain and his 17 militia guards in 1642 to paint their company, in an effort to show off for the French Queen that would be visiting.

12. The Kiss
Easily touted as Gustav Klimt’s most famous painting, The Kiss is a realistic yet geometric depiction of a kissing couple, completed in 1908 in Vienna, Austria. What makes this piece different than the other oil paintings on the list is that it also incorporates gold leaf on canvas (in addition to oils).

13. Water Lilies
French painter Claude Monet painted a series of 250 pieces known as Water Lilies between 1840 and 1926 – it’s exactly what it sounds like, 250 paintings depicting a water lily pond from his backyard. While this might not be one individual painting, considering the collection is spread amongst the most renowned galleries of the world, the series is a deserving instalment on this list.

We hope you enjoyed our presentation of few Most Famous Paintings of All Time.

 

Wow!

Who would have thought that the dreadful “home work” as the case may be, is very important as reading itself? Most of the times we skip doing home works or assignments just to get to school or college to copy from your peers. Although, we don’t see it as a big deal but doing assignments is very wait, let me emphasise on it very! very! important. I’m going to be giving you the benefits of doing home works.

  1. Academic Boost: First off, doing home works, gives you an edge over those who did not even attempt such assignments. Not only does it give you an edge over others, it also widens your knowledge and understanding about that particular subject, or topic as the case may be.
  2. Improving Your Memory: Each time you do home works, of course after being taught during classes, it also helps to increase the ability or chance of likely retaining that fact for a longer period. It makes whatever the assignment is to stick to your head longer than when it is undone or copied.
  3. You Might Just Get Lucky: Sometimes, there are even rewards for doing home works it may not even be physical reward, but this reward may turn out to be the best reward ever. I’m trying to bring out the fact that some assignments or home works may likely be examination,test or questions for pop quiz. So why not take the opportunity and do your assignments? or at least attempt them.
  4. Avenue For Revision: Like I said earlier, doing assignments or home works is a form of revision , why? it is because most times, we skip these assignments when preparing for examinations. Ignoring the fact that these questions may come out during such examinations or interviews. So take your time to study them.
  5. Feeling of Fulfillment: Okay, most of you may not consider this as a big deal but not the less, this counts. Doing assignments/home works, gives you a feeling of fulfillment or achievement because you did it and did not copy from someone else.
In conclusion, most of us see assignments as a burden but you must note that its really helpful. Try it one day, you’ll be happy you did.

When navigating through Photoshop to make your editing to your photo, you can save time by using these hand keyboard shortcuts to your advantage. You can use the shortcuts that are located on your keyboard regardless if it’s a laptop or PC. This helpful Photoshop keyboard shortcut tutorial will provide tips on how to use the keyboard to access shortcuts in Photoshop.

The following are Important keyboard shortcuts which every one should know.

Window (PC): Ctrl

Window (PC): Alt

Window (PC): Backspace

Window (PC): Right-Click

5 More new tools which are necessary to be learned in Photoshop.

In the Series 1 “Beginner guide to Photoshop CS6” we mentioned few necessary tools and some of the functions residing within it. While we brushed up on several essential tools in Series-1, there are still many more which need to be covered. In Series-2 we’re going to cover new 5 selection tools. Those are as followed –

  • Lasso Tool
  • Polygonal Lasso Tool
  • Magnetic Lasso Tool
  • Quick Selection Tool
  • Magic Wand Tool

The majority of successful creation will require the use of above Photoshop CS6 tools as well. Let’s take a look at each of these tools and how we may best use them to our advantage.

Read About the Beginner’s guide to Photoshop CS6 – Series-1

Lasso Tool

Lasso Tool is much like the MARQUEE TOOL we covered in part one, the lasso tool isn’t only one particular tool, but a group of tools. Let’s have a look at the standard lasso tool. The Lasso tool can be found on the toolbar directly underneath the Marquee Tool (the one rectangle marching ants)

Its worth noting the tool keyboard shortcut is “L” Key. Learn Photoshop Keyboard Shortcut Series-1 if you want to.

To make it more simple lasso tool has the exact same result as the marquee tool. It allow you to select the portion of your work space you are working at and making the area in question with marching ants. the only difference between marquee tool and lasso tool is how actually the result in the end. Lasso tool is a freehand selection tool, it allow you to draw a line where ever you want and make you more selective instead of click and dragging mouse to set a shape starting and end point.

For example – appropriate time to use lasso tool would be if you have a very specific portion of your workspace and need to cut. You’d simply draw a line with a lasso tool to select it, and then use the edit menu to cut,copy and paste.

Polygonal Lasso Tool

Upon holding and right click on the lasso tool icon, a drop down menu is going to appear where you may select the polygonal lasso tool.

Much like the previous lasso tool, the polygonal lasso tool keyboard shortcut is “L” key. But you have to hold drop down menu and then click L key to select it.

Every lasso tool work much the same just they allow us the ability to make free form shapes. What differentiate this one, the shape you draw will consist of a bunch of small, straight line in the form of a polygonal. if you need to select a portion of your work space consisting a bunch of straight lines, this is the tool you need. for example.

The example used in the lasso tool above would hold true here, assuming the shape you need to cut consist of straight lines.

Magnetic Lasso Tool

Now that you understand the Lasso and Polygonal Lasso Tools, this one will be easy to grasp, so we’ll keep it quick. It is accessed from the same drop menu as the previous two tools.

Same the Key “L” is the keyboard short cut for this tool. Again you need to hold and wait for drop down menu to appear and then press L key.

At  first, The magnetic lasso tool acts exactly like the standard lasso too, the difference being that, after drawing an outline around specific object, the magnetic lasso tool will snap its marching ants around the object.

Quick Selection Tool

The quick selection tool can be found on the toolbar directly beside lasso tool. The icon looks like a magic wand and upon holding down the icon, you’ll get a drop down menu, which allows you to choose between quick selection tool and the magic wand tool.

Keyboard Shortcut for Quick Selection tool is “W” key.

By clicking and dragging your mouse while the tool is selected, you’re able to select a portion of your work space and alter that area colours. For example, if you have a picture of the sun on your screen and you wish to blow it up a bit, dragging the quick selection tool around its outer edge can distort the colours around it. The QUICK SELECTION TOOL also has a magnetic effect, meaning it recognised borders around objects, making your selection seamless.

Magic Wand Tool

Magic wand tool is found in the same drop down menu as the quick selection tool.

Sharing the same keyboard shortcut “W” but hold down shift before pressing the W key, the magic wand tool is essentially the same thing, but a little dumbed down for when the quick selection tool is more complicated than it needs to be for the task at hand.

Unlike the quick selection tool and the magic wand tool lets you click on a portion of your image, highlighting that area along with any adjacent pixels on the same colour. The magic wand tool is and easier way to go about selecting objects consisting of one colour.

In Series-1 we learned how to use the move tool and marquee tools. In Series-2 we learned about Lasso tool, quick selection tool, magnetic lasso tool, polygonal lasso tool and magic wand tool. All these tools fall under the category of SELECTION TOOL TO REMOVE BACKGROUND IMAGES in any way. In Series-3 we’ll learn about other handful of tools, further increase your ability to edit images in better and advance way.

Selection Tools A Necessary Step for Any Photoshop Project

The world’s most renowned photo editing software, ADOBE PHOTOSHOP has been around for quite a long time and has gone through various updated version since its initial release. Latest version, CS6 is available with a lot of new and improved tools, streamlining the Photoshop experience. Majority of tools revolve majorly around ground-up design, giving a larger array of option to start with. Tools also come jam-packed with a Variety of convenient tools.

In Series 1 of Photoshop basics tutorial, we’ll cover all the necessary toolbar and few basic tools, which are primarily necessary for day today life and are revolved around the selecting of items. These tools include:

  • Tool Bar
  • The move tool
  • The rectangular marquee tool
  • The elliptical marquee tool
  • The single row marquee tool
  • The single column marquee tool