Week Two of the One Four Challenge is here. So it is time to see what I can come up with.
During Week One, Learning to See Light suggested a tighter crop to rid the photo of the distracting stem on the right side of the photo. They also mentioned maybe a watercolour or painted look. Hey there! Thanks for the idea! So here goes…
As a reminder, here is the original photo so you can see the stem on the right-hand side of the photo that is kind of distracting.
I took the photo and cropped the stem out. Then I went into the filter gallery in Photoshop CS5. I selected the Paint Daubs option and Sparkle brush under that filter. (See below.)
I like the swirl and gave the leaves, except now the stem right next to the flower was distracting. That was a little too close to crop. So I tried to liquify the stem some with the…well, the liquify tool, lol. (Which is under the filter tab in Photoshop.) The result I got is below.
It is almost like I made it even more noticeable, but I didn’t give up. I then tried to use the smudge tool in the tool palette and then followed that up with the blur tool. I just took those two tools and went back and forth over the stem in a random pattern. It still needed a touch more, so I used the clone tool to make some of the sparkly look go over the stem. That seemed to work.
Then I decided to play with the selective colors of the flower. Selective color is an option under the Image tab and then under the Adjustments option. The first color I enhanced was the reds. (See the numbers below for amounts.)
That all seemed to work for me and I was done and here is the final result.
What do you think? Any ideas you would like to see?
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