Working with Photoshop

My last post was titled, “Play,” which I’ve obviously taken to heart because I haven’t posted since January. Yikes. Where does the time go? Winter in southern Florida is always a bit crazy. Every friend you’ve ever had suddenly wants to come visit, so doing much work becomes secondary to trips to see the dolphins, the turtles, the beaches, the restaurants, the fun everywhere.

In my spare moments I’ve experimented a bit with taking photographs I’ve made and digitally manipulating them in Photoshop. Here’s a good example…an image that  I submitted to our local art show that started out as a picture of a door in New Orleans. It’s really fun to throw these files in Photoshop and see what you can do to change them. (Stay tuned to see what I submitted this year in the next blog.)

Below is the original image. The first thing I had to do was use the straighten tool in Photoshop. It’s amazing how well this tool works if you take a photo that is catawampus.

After getting it straightened, I cropped it and went to the Filter tab to start playing. Way fun!

I like to have the finals printed on canvas, but you can use traditional photo paper. However, if you want to take the process a step further and add paint, I think it works best if you print the original image on canvas.

Here’s one I just finished. With this small image, I just wanted to enhance the foliage and add some flowers to give it more color and interest. So I started by brushing on several layers of acrylic gloss medium. This will give you a good surface to work on and make it possible to wipe off anything you don’t like as you start painting. (See my web blog from 6-27-15 for another look at this technique.)

The original is above, and the finished picture is below. If you look closely, you’ll see that I added quite a bit of color to the foliage all around the path. Plus the image has a lot more saturation due to the layers of gloss.

This is an easy fun way to start to create beyond the images you make with your camera, so find an image you made and give it a try.

Good shooting!


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