No Painting - Photoshop Contest [18 entries]

Coral Reef Picture

Winning entry, with a score of:
Contest goal:

Filters, Adjustments, Masks, Patterns, Fills, Liquify, and Transform. The powerful tools in Photoshop allow you to create without the ability to draw - IF you know how to use them.

The goal: To create an image using any and every manipulation tool available to you EXCEPT the Paintbrush tool. NO drawing, except for making selections, which you can then stroke or fill... Are you up to the challenge? Step by step is mandatory in this contest.

Status: finished. Check out the winners below!
Suggested by: MossyB

DigitalDreamer: Good challenge it's fun to paint like this ( 5 years and 1464 days ago )
DigitalDreamer: erm draw like this I mean lol
( 5 years and 1464 days ago )
arca: Are you able to use photo's? ( 5 years and 1464 days ago )
minnie: I was going to ask the same... can we use photos or must it be all original? ( 5 years and 1464 days ago )
DigitalDreamer: Came back to ask if we could use a photo for reference hehe ( 5 years and 1464 days ago )
scratzilla1: YEA< a contest for ME,, I am one who can not draw,, , ME TOO. would like to know what you can use for your base medium.

( 5 years and 1463 days ago )
scratzilla1: just an AFTER thought... how about dodge and burn tool???? This is a brush painting type application. ( 5 years and 1463 days ago )
Hayato: Ha! This challenge might be intended for me... I'm eager to enter this with fang & claw. Since Brush is forbidden. So, let's see that I'm also able to do this. No cintiq, No intuos, No problem. ( 5 years and 1463 days ago )
Contest Moderator: As I read the goal, your entries should only be using using the tools of your graphics program, with the exception of the paintbrush tool. So everything made from scratch, no photos, no images from tubes etc. ( 5 years and 1462 days ago )
Drivenslush: Dodge and Burn USE the Paintbrush tool, so are those out as well? (and any other tool that uses the brush?) ( 5 years and 1462 days ago )
Contest Moderator: Dodge and burn are allowed, as they are more often used for highlights and shadows than digital painting. ( 5 years and 1461 days ago )
Drivenslush: YIPPEEE.. thanks mod ( 5 years and 1461 days ago )
Glockman: mod, What if one uses painter, there are a bunch of filters that are photo-realistic of all sorts of things, birds, plants ,fixtures ext ext. are they allowed ?? ( 5 years and 1460 days ago )
Contest Moderator: No Glockman, they are like the tubes that some programs use, and will not be allowed. If anyone submits something that looks very realistic, they will need to provide a detailed sbs, and I will ask for more detail to be provided if I am not satisfied. ( 5 years and 1460 days ago )
dollmommy: Does the work have to be done in photoshop or can Illustrator be used instead? ( 5 years and 1460 days ago )
Contest Moderator: @ dollmommy, any graphics program is ok ( 5 years and 1458 days ago )
MossyB: Other members seem to have been able to create images without using the Paintbrush Tool, so evidently following the contest rules wasn't THAT hard to do. It doesn't matter in what mode the Paintbrush Tool is used, painting OR masking, this contest does not allow for it.

ANY tutorial or SBS can hopefully help other members "learn something useful," but to state it so aggressively does not encourage anyone to want to watch it, even for just entertainment value...
~M ( 5 years and 1456 days ago )
CMYK46: "NO drawing, except for making selections, which you can then stroke or fill."
How hard is that to understand? ( 5 years and 1456 days ago )
Contest Moderator: Any entry submitted after 2000hrs GMT Friday 12th August will be removed ( 5 years and 1455 days ago )

Howdie stranger!
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Coral Reef - created by George55

Coral Reef
Favs: 16SBS: 13Hi-resRank: 1/18Score: 73.1% (44)12628 views

Selections, fills, filters, Transform tool, Dodge / Burn, Liquify - warp. Some of the suggested elements for this contest. No brush or painting used at all. Just an old PS program that I still have.

Anemonae desaturated and lowered brightness.

Fish, one of them, burned more lines to make it different from the other. (5 years and 1458 days ago)

Summer day - created by CMYK46

Summer day
Favs: 10SBS: 23Hi-resRank: 2/18Score: 68.3% (34)9420 views

(5 years and 1459 days ago)

Big Stars - created by CorneliaMladenova

Big Stars
Favs: 9SBS: 8Hi-resRank: 3/18Score: 66.8% (27)17393 views

Only Photoshop used (5 years and 1457 days ago)

Across the universe - created by CMYK46

Across the universe
Favs: 2SBS: 22Hi-resRank: 4/18Score: 66.2% (22)7905 views

Thanks to Greg Martin for the star field tutorial.
Except for the tut, everything is made from scratch. (5 years and 1457 days ago)

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Bucket of Pearls - created by lchappell

Bucket of Pearls
Favs: 4SBS: 9Hi-resRank: 5/18Score: 65.9% (16)8978 views

Picture was created by filling shapes created with tools other than the "paint brushes."Things like the selection tool rectangular and circular, shapes created with pen tool. Colors and gradient fills developed the depth along with dodge and burn tools for shading and lighting. Assorted filters for textures and layer styles along with blend and opacity corrections were used. (5 years and 1458 days ago)