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Cool car. The LC500.  Note the tag-line reflection in the hood. Sign shown in full image below.

Below are most of the images used to create the finished art (shown in center).


All design work as well as illustration by Dan Johnson Art.  Illustration was multimedia, mostly airbrushed.


Concept design, photography, retouch, color design, headline, donut consumption by Dan Johnson Art. Company logo provided by company. 

Design work from scratch by Dan Johnson Art. Lighting edits in background and foreground including sky, tree-line, pavement, and car were rendered in Photoshop. Also car lights turned on.

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All design work on this piece copyright Dan Johnson Art.  This is a portfolio piece only, non-contracted.  Author name sole property of author.


Simple product illustration rendered completely in Photoshop. No photography used, logo placed and rendered from 2d "flat art" source.


Car was photographed locally and placed in the stock background.  Reflection added in Photoshop.  Note car placement, scaling, and composition overall. Also note the car's perspective matches it's placement in the image!  A common error many retouchers make is composing an image within an image with perspectives which don't match.  Dan is skilled at spotting this, which can be important depending on the image, and corrects it routinely.

The car color was tinted just a bit to reflect time of day in overall color composition.  Unedited car color can be seen in the front left fender.

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Cool car pic. One of my favorites.  Lots of color editing on this one. Car was photographed locally, siloed, and dropped into a stock background purchased online.

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Girl at lake.
Just a retouch sample. Please note the following edits:
Routine facial works including; skin blemishes, lightening around the eyes, smoothing upper eyelids, brought back some youth to face, detailed tooth gap only slightly, smoothed neck and lips, glare reduction overall.
Other items include: r
eplaced water pipe to support natural. Evened shoreline by lowering shoreline on the left to be consistent with shoreline on the right. Also, lightened horizon and added gradation to foreground/sky for more depth. Slight saturation increase of direct sun highlight on hair. Subtle edits, but improvements worthwhile.
Thanks for taking a look.  This image has fairly good rez, so if downloaded and viewed in an image program, more detail can be seen.


Another cool car pic, image and design created by Dan Johnson Art.  A 56'er in Central Park (I think, I'm not sure).  The background was purchased online, the car was photographed locally.  Car perspective left as is intentionally, even though it is incorrect.  Note leaf reflection detail added to front bumper. A good example of paying attention to detail!!!


CARPIX.COOL is no longer published.

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The original gray background (upper left) was dropped out in the first round of retouch.  The client's preference was a white background. The fire shows better with a black or dark grey background, so I took it a step further as shown below. There are better solutions than a black background for showing jewelry, used here only to illustrate a simple solution.

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Client wanted to create a display tribute to family member's military tour of duty. To tell the story. Hard copy provided was the maps and photos. Design created included: composition/layout with an informal feel, shadows, softening of map edges for "blend" into backdrop. Bringing all photos to an appropriate restoration level for presentation, while retaining variation in degree of restoration so as to enhance visual interest, and the "shoebox saved photos" feel.
Finished print size was approximately 20x30".
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Design. Some photo retouch such as evening out skin tones while avoiding "supermodel perfection approach" Also; simplifying overall color palette and removal of distracting details in background.
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Analog art of old. Banana flavor added in Photoshop.
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