Mirror Images

Open image you want to mirror

Crop as desired – I try to use easy numbers like 4×6 for the math!

Image > Canvas Size > put in the height or width that you are doubling depending on whether a vertical or horizontal shot – for instance, if you have a horizontal 4×6, then put 6 in the width and click on the left or right pointer in the center row of the position tool.  I use white for the extension color but it does not really matter as you will fill that in.

Screen

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Photoshop will add extra space below the image in this case.

 

Click in the white space to select.

Ctrl/Cmd Shift I to inverse and select the bridge photo.

Ctrl/Cmd J to put a copy of the bridge on another layer.

Drag the new image to the white area.

Edit > Transform > Flip Vertically.

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You can also flip both layers vertically again to get a different look.

On the layer with the white, use Magic Wand W to select the white and delete those pixels with Ctrl/Cmd X.

If you have trouble with the background layer, double click the lock to make it editable.

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Beautiful Abstracts

 

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Final abstract

You can use this technique on a lot of different photographs with beautiful results. I’ve posted before, but worth repeating. Start your new year off right with fun and creativity!

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Original

1. Choose an image that has symmetry for best results and a defined center.

2. Crop the image to a square format, ie. 6”x6”

3. Make a copy of the Background Layer by selecting it and clicking Ctrl/Cmd J.

4. On duplicate layer – Filter > Distort > Polar Coordinates > Polar to Rectangular

5. On duplicate Layer > Edit > Transform > Rotate 180 degrees

6. On duplicate Layer >Filter > Distort > Polar Coordinates > Rectangular to Polar

7. On Layers palette, click the dropdown and select Flatten Layers.

 

 

Gold Lettering

Icy Branches Gold

I love using gold lettering around the holidays.  If you are familiar with Photoshop layers, give this a try.  Otherwise it might be more difficult, but you can do it!!

I used the font Blacksword for this card, but use whatever you want. The effect will be more pronounced on thicker font styles.

Type your words using the Text tool. Photoshop will make its own layer for the text.

Double click on the T in the text layer and choose a warm orange color. You can change this later.

Now click on the Text layer outside the “T” box to get Layer Styles.  Click on Bevel and Emboss. Be sure to click on that option to get all the adjustments.

Depth – 225

Size 8

Gloss Contour – use 2nd option on the 2nd row – Ring Contour

And there you go!

Gold lettering

 

 

Prisma App

IMG_5711IMG_5589-EditA friend of mine told me about the Prisma App for iPhones anIMG_5692IMG_5686IMG_5700A friend of mine told me about the Prisma App for iPhone and Android phones. Nifty little app that has lots of fun effects. You must take the photo with the app and process it right then as you cannot reimport it later. However, I could save the original photo on my iPhone and use in other programs later.  This included some fun with the photos shown here in Photoshop CC.

Reworking a Photo

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The original image (below) was very busy and the light was backward of what I wanted. In simple steps, this is what I did.

  1. Cropped image.
  2. I used the Content Aware Fill tool in Photoshop to remove the pipe on upper right. There were other little spots to fix with this tool and the Clone tool.
  3. Added a 50% gray layer and low opacity dark brush (8%) to darken the foreground.
  4. Used the 50% gray layer with low opacity white brush (8%) to lighten the water. You could also achieve Steps #3 and 4 with the Radial Filter in Lightroom.. thanks to Tony Sweet for sharing that tool in his recent ebook. I do most of my work in Photoshop but this is a super option and easy to use.
  5. Finally took the image into Topaz Impression and used Impressionistic by Erin Applebee Photography.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis is actually a tiny waterfall in a beautiful woodsy area.

With so many special lenses and techniques along with unlimited software possibilities available, I can have fun all day with just one image.  Here is what I did to create the ones below.

I bought a couple of bunches of flowers at Trader Joe’s for $3.99 a bunch.  I placed the vase on white foamcore and used a neutral wall as the background. I did use studio lights for faster shooting and greater depth of field, but you don’t have to. Each caption states the software effect I used.

 

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Amazing Watercolour – SmartPhotoEditor

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Original

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SmartPhotoEditor – White Border

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Topaz Impression – Oil by Jim LaSala

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Belle Fleur Textures – Puss in Boots

Flower Composites

Lily SPE polaroid

SmartPhotoEditor “Vintage Polaroid”

 

Lily SPE dreamy beach

SmartPhotoEditor “Dreamy Beach”

 

Lily Composite

Original Composite

I have been creating flower composites. I take one flower selected in Photoshop (made easier if you photograph it against white which I did not on these two!)… and then layering many copies of it. Take each copy and resize, rotate, etc… until you like the composition.

You can totally cover the canvas with the image as in the Iris below, or leave space and add a background. I added lilypads blurred behind the waterlilies but ended up changing the color of them so unrecognizable now as lilypads.

With SmartPhotoEditor I can then take it way further. Just printed this one of a purple iris on canvas from MasterColor Labs in Greensboro, NC.  SmartPhotoEditor can work as a standalone program or as a plugin for Photoshop.

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SmartPhotoEditor is a contributor based program with over 7,000 effects, constantly being expanded by new designers. It is currently $29.99 and you can get a 10% discount by using code LL1914.  I do not receive any compensation except for the feedback that you are having a blast!