Thursday, September 3, 2009

Fun With Photoshop

Exploring Gray Scale Effect

The pictures are a series of really bad photos that I took of the butterfly bush. I had one of those days when the light, the wind, and the camera were not in harmony with each other.

Of a dozen photos, there were only four pictures that came out all right, and the rest of them are just a blurry mess! When I have a problem to solve, or unpleasant thoughts, and hurt feelings, I found my best medicine to dwell on, and that is to play around in Photoshop using my bad pictures.

I can transform these discarded photos into something new, and I can create something totally different from its origin. Thus, giving me a new perspective!

I start out by cropping this picture to center the circle of flowers, and apply the gray scale effect to it. This is a relaxing thing to do when my head is full!

Exploring Sepia Effect

This is an accident that becomes quite lovely! I click on the sepia effect and immediately like it. After I apply contrast enhancement, it becomes even better.

Exploring Texture-Using Vertical Lines

I want to have some texture, but nothing really turns out the way it should be so I tried using vertical lines. I applied this effect at least four times to make it looks like the flowers are behind a curtain.

Exploring Antique Effect

After I applied the contrast enhancement two times to give the flowers a better color, I select antique 5 effect, and then add texture with diagonal lines. I think this is pretty, don't you?

Exploring Newsprint Effect

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If you see the original picture of this one, you would have screamed and ran away. It was so blurry that I can't find any excuses for it. I use contrast enhancement, four times, and then apply newsprint effect to it. The result is quite nice!

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  1. Interesting to see the same flowers changed in very different ways. Amazing how vertical lines puts the flowers behind a curtain. My favorite is the antique one which I find emotionally stirring.

  2. i like the antique effect and newsprint effect! they came out very unique and pretty! :)

  3. oh, very interesting Icy, wonderful work, so many wonderful things to do, so little time :(

    so i just content myself with writing something for my blog and visiting blogs whenever i have the time

  4. i loved the antique effect most this perspective is really good i generally use kinda of programs to make pictures better

  5. I like these Icy. I really love the texture with the lines. I had one of those days the other day. I went to the Botanical Gardens, as I always do, took over 4 dozen photos and only about 12 are half way decent. They blurred, the light was off etc... It may be camera though too, I don't know but was very disappointed.

  6. I thought you did an excellent job with these pics. It's amazing what you can do with photoshop.

  7. I love what you did with the picture. They look fantastic. I also find playing in photoshop to be a great stress reliever. I start playing and it shuts everything else out.

  8. Oh wow, Icy, I've been doing the photoshop lightroom, but have not explored those special effects -I better check it out! Those are really good effects! My favorite is the antique effect!

  9. I liked the vertical texture. It looked as if you took the picture during a down pour.

    I am glad you have found something to help you relax. You deserve a break.

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  11. Very, very cool.
    Thank you so much for the step by step.
    Photo shop is very effective if a person is willing to experiment.

    I love how your flower photo turned out :)

  12. I love playing around with photoshop and learning new techniques, so thanks for the tips! Your work looks great, and I can't wait to try out some new things!


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