Actually I took a photo of two roses in a vase, looked at the photo and discovered that the photo was a failure. Somehow I didn’t have the courage to delete it from my hard drive. Then later I read a blogpost about photo manipulation in photoshop.
I wanted to try that but needed something to manipulate. I returned to the photo, selected one rose, copied it and inserted it into a new image file. It didn’t look too bad, so I returned to the photo, selected the second rose and repeated the steps.
And here is the result! Something new had developed out of the photo failure. And I was glad that I hadn’t removed this photo from my hard disk…
Tnis is the first time I used one of my photos for a bookmarks template. The image above has been sized down for the web, but I think you might get an impression of the final product.
- The first step is to create the bookmarks file. This one has 1400 pixel width and 1000 pixels height, with a resolution of 200 ppi. This resolution will produce a nice print. Either fill in a colour or leave it as it is.
- Then you draw a line in the middle. Make it thick enough to function as a cutting line. Doing this will produce a second layer.
- Open the photo you want to use and chose a selection which might look good on the bookmark file. Copy and paste. If necessary, scale the selection. You will have got a third layer by then. Repeat until you have got the same part of a photo below and above the line.
- Now go back to the first layer. Take the colourpicker tool in Photoshop and pick a colour of the photo. I first had a lighter green but then decided to go for the darker green. Take the colour bucket tool and fill the layer with the selected colour.
- Voila! You’ve got two nice bookmarks on one file. You can now print it out on a photo paper. Cut along the line with a paper cutter, not a pair of scissors!
I wanted to find out what you can do with those wonderful photoshop filters. Here is one of the results.
Yesterday I unpacked my set of watercolor pencils and played around. You can use them like normal color pencils, and then you go over the color with a wet brush. I did not have anything in mind when I began to draw. After half an hour or so it looked like some monsters wanted to arrive on the paper. When I took photos of them they looked really nice and very un-monster-ous.
So I decided to do some photoshopping with them. There are some amazing photoshop filters, and one of them does kind of liquidify your pic. I did that and now the monsters look a bit more like monsters. I put a final touch of more red color on the pic – and there it is.
I am not sure about the result – but the process of producing that piece of (art?) was fun. I totally forgot the time!
This picture is has been created accidentally. I’ve got a black ceramic cat in my flats, and I decided to try out the makro function of my camera. The results were – ahem – more than bad. You could see nothing than a black form standing before a somewhat whiteish background. Half an hour of working on it with Photoshop didn’t do anything good. So I decided to call it a day and to throw all the pics into the wastebin. But then I stopped. Maybe a last try with those beautiful layer masks and layer styles? The next ten minutes you could be see clicking wildly around – and this is the result! (Don’t ask me how I did it – I don’t remember!)
And this is, what I learned: Even when you think you have tried everything – there might be a last possibility, a last way. Try it!