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Thursday, May 29, 2008
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Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
First I worked with the photo a little to make it more clear and full of contrast. I usually duplicate the photo, I don't want to work in the original. You can use Image/Adjustments/Levels at first. (you can find levels also in Elements, not sure about the correct english titles in the menu though as I've got Elements in a swedish version) Place the black arrow (beneath the histogram) at the left edge of the black curves, if its not there already, and the white arrow at the right edge of it. The gray arrow in the middle you can slightly pull to the right. Or just use autolevels.
You can also use Shadow/Highlights in the Image-menu, I increased the amount of highlight to 16% and the tonal width to 80%, you have to experiment. Brightness/Contrast is also useful. When you think you have a contrast-rich photo you go to Filter/Stylize/Find Edges. It gives an inverted brush and with this photo it works well, but photos of people can look funny:)
Use the eraser tool, with a large, round, soft basic brush to erase some of the edges.
Another way to do this is by going to Filter/Sketch/Stamp, I used Light/Dark Balance 4 and Smoothness 1, this depends on the photo, again experiment. This brush will not be inverted and it will be a bit more clear but also looses some detail. Here below you can see both brushes, first the inverted brush and then the stamp-brush. The paper I used comes from my Sidonie Solid Paper pack. Simply create a new layer above the backgroundpaper and stamp the brush on it, you can then change blending mode and opacity to get the result you want.
Monday, May 26, 2008
Friday, May 16, 2008
Monday, May 5, 2008
I have to tell you about a cool, free plug-in for Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Paint Shop Pro and others, Virtual Photographer by Optik Verve Labs. Perhaps you already heard about it but if you haven't you should have a look. It's so useful, so many cool styles, both color and black & white for your photos. My favourite at the moment is a black & white style that's called "character". I've used it on a lot of photos of my nephews, and on the Adobe stockphoto below.
...and the papers here
Have you also bough too much digi-stuff lately? NSD was heaven, so much I just had to have, lol. My best buy was a kit by Jofia at Digichick, Sea oh Sea, loaded with great elements, took some time to download though, think it was over 200 MB! Hope you all have had a wonderful weekend and found a lot of goodies, have a nice evening:)