Happy New Year everyone!
Let’s start this year off right and go straight into some editing practice.
Stacy Fisher’s One Photo Focus picture this month is a great picture by Laura Macky Photography. The goal is to take Laura’s picture and edit it.
As usual, I had no specific idea on what I wanted to do. So, I just set out playing, one step at a time.
First, I opened up an extra layer of the photo in the filter gallery of Photoshop CS5.
The gallery has small icons showing the different options you can apply to your photo. On the right side, are controls to the filter you choose.
Just a few months ago, I learned that you can use more than one filter at a time. This can be done by selecting and tweaking one filter and then, by adding another (and another…) To add a filter layer, all you have to do is click on square icon that is to the left of the trash can icon (bottom right). You can keep adding them, tweaking or deleting them, with those two icons. Below, you can see three different filters have been used: Sumi-e, Poster Edges and Ink Outlines.
I tried several filters and combination of options, but these three are the ones I decided to go with. Below is a shot of what the Sumi-e filter looks like on Laura’s boat picture.
This shot is how the Poster Edge filter affected the photo.
The ink outlines filter changed the shot this way.
When all three filters are together, the picture changes yet again.
The combined filters made the picture a little dark and unimpressive, but I continued to play and see what I could to. First, I decreased the opacity of the filter layer to 60 percent. This allowed the original photo to shine through some.
It was still a bit dark though, so I then played with the curves. And this was my final result.
I think I may prefer the Ink Outline and the Poster Edge filters when they were alone. (See screen shots.) However, this was a good test to see what combined filters would look like on a photo. Of course, every photo is different. What may look good on this picture, may be completely different than what looks good on another. So, I am sure there are endless options.
To check out what other bloggers did to Laura Mackey’s boat photo, go to Stacy Fisher’s blog, Visual Venturing, by clicking on the badge below. There, she will post her edit on the picture as well as others. It is really interesting to see all the different edits on one photo in one place. It shows how many ways you can edit a photo.