The Sunset Photo

Just want to quickly share a little photoshop magic, I took this photo of my daughter on the beach during our summer vacation this year, and I while I love it, I was a little disappointed that there didn’t seem to be as much orange in the photo as my other sunset photos… and the heart was not as defined as I would’ve liked. So! I edited out any people with the stamp tool in Photoshop. I used the “Liquify” tool to make the heart shape more clear. Then I copied a small spot of golden glow sunset from another photo I’d taken that evening, and using the blend tool blended it into the heart part of the this photo. Done! I like the after photo much better, even though both are quite sweet!

sunset photo

Fabric Paint. A whole new world!

I’ve really love the unique look of painted fabric, however I’ve been too timid to try for a long time. After reading Alabama Channing’s books, and seeing the way she paints fabric, I began researching it again the other day, really meaning to do it this time. I spent a dreadfully long boring hour looking at stencils at JoAnn’s and eBay that clearly had not been updated since the 1990’s, they all looked so blah and drab, I just could not stand it, so I moved on and kept searching styles of fabric painting. When I came across a blog article at Craft Critique, I realized that I’m not bound by typical store bought stencils, and suddenly remembered that the wonderful point of Chain’s chapter on stenciling was that she made her own! And that is something that I can easily do with Photoshop, so I got to work! I tried out of the stencils on a simple black skirt, and it turned out okay, I think you used the wrong brush, but more practice and I think I’ll get it, I’m just getting started!!

Here is a free pattern download: Stenciled Skirts Patterns

Photo to Pencil Drawing with Photoshop

I saw a really cute scrapbook page, with just the outline of a child’s face blended with a scrapbook paper. It was too cute, I just had to try it! I’ve never had much luck with the technique of turning a photo into a drawing, so looked on you tube for a few different ways, the best one I found was here: Turn a Photograph Into A Drawing | Photoshop CS5 Tutorial
Using Photoshop CS:
Duplicate Background
Ctrl & Shift + U
Duplicate Layer
Press: Ctrl + I (to invert it)
Change blend mode to: Color Dodge
(will look all white)
Go to Layer, Smart Objects
Click on Convert to Smart Object
Go to Filter, Blur, Motion Blur
Set to: Angle 34 and Distance 387
Duplicate the middle Layer, put layer on top
Go to Filter, Stylize, Glowing Edges
Set to: Edge Width 1,
Edge Bright 16, Smoothness 15
Press: Ctrl + I (to invert it)
Change blend mode to: Multiply
Go to Layer, New Adjustment Layer,
Level, and set:
Black input to 12, Midpoint to .8

When I was finished turning the photo into a pencil drawing I flattened it and dragged it my scrapbook page. I changed the blending mode of it until I found the perfect one to match my papers (which are also blended), and added the rest of the elements of the page. I don’t think it looks much like my usual scrapbooking, but then it’s really fun to do something so different, and I LOVE how it turned out!

Fun with Photoshop Blending

Yesterday I was touching up a group of photos, when one stood out from the others and I just had to do something special with it. It was taken in Arizona, so I googled “Arizona Sunset” till I found one that I liked, then blended it with the photo to create this masterpiece!

This is the plain original picture…

And here is how it’s done, you can do this in Photoshop PS3 or Elements…
Save the photo as copy (always do this first with any project)
“Duplicate layer” of the photo, on duplicate:
“Gaussian Blur” to “10.0”
Blending Mode: “Screen”
Blending Mode: “Soft Light”
Change Master Opacity to “75%”
Choose the “Burn Tool” brush size around 400, at 11% exposure:
brush over any landscape like trees/grass to bring out detail
Drag a textured ‘paper’, or anther photo, over the photo
(in this case I used the sunset over the sky)
Blending Mode: “Darken”
Change Master Opacity to “75%”
Get a light colored sample of the paper with “Eyedropper Tool”, then:
Use the “Brush Tool”, with 13% opacity, on the ‘texture’ layer:
brush over the people to keep the color, but lose the texture
If it’s not blended well, go over trouble spots with the “Eraser Tool” at 13% opacity
Choose the “Burn Tool” again, brush size around 200, at 70% exposure:
brush around the corners of the photo to darken them