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

_MG_0097-White Border

SmartPhotoEditor – White Border

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Topaz Impression – Oil by Jim LaSala

_MG_0097-Belle Puss in Boots

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!

Software – SmartPhotoEffects

_4010070rainIMG_3629_3310399_4030357 edit_moody 074OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIMG_3621I have been using SmartPhotoEditor for about a month now. This software can be used as a standalone for $29.99 or a Photoshop plugin for a higher fee. The program is built on special effects from normal processing features to vignettes and textures to really far out stuff. It also has watercolor, oils and other painterly options. It has about 7,000 effects and contributors add to this all the time.

The interface offers category breakdowns that help find what you are looking for and the ability to save any effect as a favorite so you don’t have to look for it each time. You can also create your own effects in the Effects Editor for others to use.

As a digital photo artist I am really excited with this software and encourage you to use the 30 day free trial. (cannot save images until you buy the program)

For greeting cards the vignettes are amazing.. leaving nice white edges that help with printers that leave 1/4″ edge.

Go have some fun!!!

(except for the iris image all were from a recent trip to Charleston, SC)

SmartPhotoEditor

_4010070rainIMG_3629_3310399_4030357 edit_moody 074OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIMG_3621I have been using SmartPhotoEditor for about a month now. This software can be used as a standalone for $29.99 or a Photoshop plugin for a higher fee. The program is built on special effects from normal processing features to vignettes and textures to really far out stuff. It also has watercolor, oils and other painterly options. It has about 7,000 effects and contributors add to this all the time.

The interface offers category breakdowns that help find what you are looking for and the ability to save any effect as a favorite so you don’t have to look for it each time. You can also create your own effects in the Effects Editor for others to use.

As a digital photo artist I am really excited with this software and encourage you to use the 30 day free trial. (cannot save images until you buy the program)

For greeting cards the vignettes are amazing.. leaving nice white edges that help with printers that leave 1/4″ edge.

Go have some fun!!!

(except for the iris image all were from a recent trip to Charleston, SC)

Gradients

I took the center photo with my IPhone on Burst Mode using 10 images stacked together of a sago palm looking into the center.

The image on the left is the original photo converted to black and white followed by an added layer set to COLOR blend mode and a gradient applied. COLOR blend mode lays the color on top of your image but not as a solid, so you can see the details through the color.

The image on the right is the original image with an added layer and gradient set to MULTIPLY which darkens the colors.

Focus Stacking in PS

focus-stackI didn’t realize how good Photoshop had gotten with focus stacking. I use Photoshop CC but you may be able to do this with other versions.

  1. Take a series of photos of the same subject focusing on different points each time. By using f/8 or wider you will get even sharper focus than f/22 in one shot. Plus, you can really tweak the areas.
  2. In Photoshop, File > Scripts > Load files in layers – you will need to select the images at this point  (this will open all your pix in one file, each on its own layer
  3. Select all layers and Edit > Auto Align layers
  4. Keep them all selected and Edit > Auto Blend layers
  5. Voila!

Three initial images:

Some uses:

1.macro for greater depth of field

2. You may have a subject that calls for great depth of field like a big bush, but something behind it is really distracting and you want it blurred.  So, if you use a setting like f/16 you will often get the back ground blurred too.  By using focus stacking you can use f/6.3 for example and get each part of the bush in focus but the background will stay nicely blurred.

3.In low light you may not want to have a really slow shutter speed. Using this method you can use a wider opening with faster shutter speed and take multiple images to blend later.

NOTE: Photoshop does a good job at aligning your layers in case you are off tripod.