Time for November’s One Photo Focus, a challenge hosted by Stacy Visual Venturing. In this challenge, several bloggers will take one photo and edit it in their own way.
This month’s photo is this great shot by Helen Chen.At first look, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with this. I wanted something different than black and white or sepia though, which were my first thoughts. So I tried to venture into a path of making this photo look like a sketch.
My first filter was the charcoal preset, which is in the Filter Gallery in Photoshop CS5. I applied that with the following perimeters:
- Thickness 2
- Detail 5
- Light/Dark Balance 41.
I decreased the opacity of this layer to 70 percent so some of the original layer could show throw still.
After that, I tried a color dodge on a new layer. You do this in the layer section and it is a drop down option above the layers of your picture. I think did a Control or Command I, depending on whether you are a Mac or PC user. Then I applied a Gaussian Blur of 26. For even more dramatic color, I bumped the saturation up to 69 and changed the hue to +9.Then I merged the charcoal layer with the color dodge layer above. Once they were together as one photo, I applied the HDR Toning feature under Adjustments. I used the settings that you see below.
What do you think? Does it look like a drawing? What would you have tried?
If you are not familiar with the challenge, click on the badge below to see Stacy’s One Photo Focus. In that post, she shows all the before and afters of all the contributing bloggers. It is a fun challenge to see, even if you don’t make an edit yourself.