Concept Design in Photoshop

Everyone is familiar with Adobe Photoshop image editing capabilities, and also Photoshop’s painting features. I have actually been using it for something different: architectural concept creation. Instead of trying to develop elevations in cadd, where precision can get in the way of creativity, the freeform painting in Photoshop allows a much faster and simpler creative flow.

One great feature is the fixed aspect marquee tool. After setting up the proportions you want, you can scale the marquee box to the relationship that works with adjacent structure. Another advantage is working with solid color. Filled geometric shapes are easier to work with than line based graphics. The transform tool can be used to vary the solid shapes and relationships, visually adjusting the design. After adding some details, a full color graphic is ready to present to the client.


2 Comments so far

  1. Dana A February 27th, 2011 11:04 am

    Hello, i was just wondering if this whole elevation was done using photoshop? or just the colors? and how did you manage to make the colors look so real?

  2. Ed February 27th, 2011 12:01 pm

    Everything was done in Photoshop. I started by roughing in the overall shape with some boxes and then gradually refining the design and adding detail. The trick to interesting wall textures is to mix several colors as you paint and then add a texture layer over the top. I recently created a post about color palettes, and I used this same project as an illustration, you can see it here. I also had another post you might find interesting, it discusses blending colors within your brush settings. You can read it here. I hope this helps, if you have any other questions, feel free to ask!