2020 Photoshop Trends from The Creatives Who Use It Best
Article by Michael Dehoyos
According to the Adobe website, more than 90% of the world’s creatives use Photoshop. Not a surprising statistic given how the versatility of the leading digital editing tool on the market appeals to photographers, designers, and graphic artists alike. And that’s only skimming the surface of who’s using Photoshop. Every year new trends appear from the vast swathes of creations by the millions of people using it. Photoshop’s creative community never disappoints when it comes to inspiring, innovative, art and design. In 2020, we expect to see a lot more of these design trends from Photoshop users.
The neon light effect in Photoshop is not a new one but does seem to be coming into its own. More and more creatives are come up with original ideas for applying the brilliant light effect to graphics and photographs.
Among the masters of neon, New York based, digital artist, Ashish George Jacob’s used Photoshop CS6 to add neon to his teleporting cowboy creation. Whilst thousands of miles away in Jaipur, Photoshop Artist Sakshan is adding subtle neon highlights of photographic portraits with striking results.
Looking for inspiration for how to apply the neon Photoshop trend? Look no further than the granddaddy of neon inspiration that is the Las Vegas Neon Museum. A multi-acre desert site dedicated to exhibiting the Las Vegas signs of yesteryear. A must for any neon fan.
Upgraded Collage Art
Just over a decade or so if you were creating a collage, you would have reached for your glue stick, scissors, and a pile of old magazines. Collage has since grown up. Using much the same concept of remixing and layering existing images and patterns, digital collage is bringing some exciting creations to the fore.
Take a closer look at the fashion industry and you will realize they have been onto this for years. Chanel’s fall-winter 2016/17 campaign and Gucci’s Memoire d’une Odeur campaign are examples of how two-dimensional collage can be applied very differently.
In 2020, expect to see the digital collage raise up a notch as creatives like Erik Winkowski combine it with video for mind-bending results. “Digital collage is on the cusp of a new wave. Picasso is considered as the inventor of collage in his work and I think he would approve of the using Photoshop to create next level artwork”, thinks Martin Bedford graphic designer at 1Day2write and Writemyx.
Imagination is a powerful tool and nowhere is this more evident that the growing digital surrealism movement. In many ways, thanks to Photoshop, surrealism finally has no limits. Dali and Breton were confined by their own artistic skills and the narrow range of uses allowed by the mediums of their day yet still managed to express dreamlike imagery unlike anything before them. Imagine for a moment if Dali was adept with Photoshop! “The most interesting thing about a tool like Adobe Photoshop isn’t what it can do but what people do with it. With imagination and powerful creative tools there is no limit”, says Rita Ellis tech writer at Brit student and Nextcoursework.
Expect to see surrealism and digital manipulation feature more heavily in mainstream ad campaigns with breakthrough artists like Katerina Jem and Daniel Serva taking centre stage.
3D Digital Manipulation
5G, virtual reality, and augmented reality are standing in the wings waiting to step into the spotlight and show us what they can do. It could be argued that in anticipation of their arrival, Photoshop creatives are manipulating 3D tools to imagine what a world with these advanced technologies might look like.
3D typography is a firm favorite for advertising campaigns of late, but 3D art can be so much more with Adobe. The king of 3D digital art Chris Labrooy builds his automotive inspired art from scratch. Not that you would believe it if you looked at the sleek, untarnished, paintwork of his intertwined Pontiacs. Labrooy is leading a 3D art revolution amongst the Photoshop community.
As you can see, more are more creatives are producing slick multi-dimensional video and graphics. Using Photoshop’s tools to develop characters, worlds and concepts like nothing we have ever seen before.
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