Multi-media Graphic Artist Finds New Uses for an Old Favorite
When he was six-years old, Karl Woody of Leavenworth, KS got a 35mm AGFA camera. That was when he first discovered his love of graphic arts. He was so enamored with the magic of photography that he bought a Sears darkroom kit with his paper route money. Soon he started doing his own black and white processing.
"I've always known this was something I wanted to do," said Woody, now a multi-media graphic artist with kids of his own. After receiving his electronics degree, he got a job at a television station maintaining the electronics equipment. "I was around production technology all the time," said Woody, who quickly moved up the ranks. He went into television production and soon was in charge of an entire TV station based in Kansas.
"Television production has changed so much," Woody said. "It went from a lot of people performing many steps in a process to just one guy with one computer. I found myself doing a lot of TV graphics and I used Paint Shop Pro from the very beginning ? for over eight years now. It's always been an important part of my tool kit."
Currently producing videos for corporate and other clients, Woody has found new uses for Paint Shop Pro throughout his career. "It's a great production tool and also a great finishing tool. If I show a video to a client and they aren't happy with a visual, I always know there's about twenty more things I can do to it in Paint Shop Pro."
"Woody has recently discovered a unique way to use Virtual Painter (VP) in documentaries and video. "There's times when you'll have an image up for a long time because that's what's going on with the audio. The audience is forced to look at this image for some time, and Virtual Painter has given me some great options to keep the images interesting."
"Lately, I have been using Virtual Painter to change an image that I know will be up for a while. Then, in the video, I will transition from the VP'd image to the original?sometimes a dissolve, sometimes a moving blur transition. It creates a unique effect, draws the audience to the production and so far, I've seen nothing like it."
"The topographic effect works well in this process too. It's a great option when having to cover a fixed time with the narrative. It also creates a subtle reference to a time period, as, for example, the audience may see a VP'd image that evokes painters of that period."
Woody uses Virtual Painter to inspire him when faced with some of his more structured projects. "Paint Shop Pro and Virtual Painter definitely help your creativity. I look at it as a creative tool. I have a lot of corporate clients with fairly dry subject matter and the programs help me give the videos a little bit of flair."
This creativity runs deep for Karl. Not only is he a talented graphic artist and award-winning television producer/director/editor, he's also a musician. He enjoys creating CD covers for his CDs, though, he says with a laugh, "they're far from marketable. But that's okay, music is my outlet and my art. Besides, I always have some theme music for my projects."
His daughter seems to have inherited her dad's creative passion. She has started using Paint Shop Pro and Virtual Painter for Web design. "She's always using Animation Shop," Woody said. "That's one thing I appreciate about Paint Shop Pro ? really everyone can use it. Someone who just got his or her first digital camera, who may not even know all the ways their camera works, can do much more with Paint Shop. Then, for people who want more sophistication, there's also that power. It's relatively inexpensive and it's just a really great tool."
"I use a variety of tools in my work but Paint Shop Pro has been a great helper and inspiration for many years." And the AGFA camera and Sears?s darkroom kit? Karl Woody laughs, "I don?t really remember, come to think of it."
"I use a variety of tools in my work but Paint Shop Pro has been a great helper and inspiration for many years." And the AGFA camera and Sears's darkroom kit? Karl Woody laughs, "I don't really remember, come to think of it."