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Wow - two blog posts in one day - someone check me for a fever! Actually, this is for Photo Art Friday. I dawdled so long last week that I wasn't in time to link my work.
The suggestion for this week was a photo that included negative space. Using the zoom feature on my camera, I had caught this fellow just as he was into "lift-off." This is my original photo, and the one at the beginning of the post is my final image. If you're interested in how I got there, read on:
Bonnie, and Kim from the Beyond Layers class, recommend doing more than hitting the Desaturation button when you're converting from color to black & white in Photoshop. I started by converting to Grayscale mode, and then working to enhance the image.
My next step was to use the filter, Stylize, Find Edges, which I set at multiply blend mode, 30%. It added a bit of an outline to the gull, but it wasn't showing that much of a difference, so I moved on....
For this step, I used Bonnie's (free) texture called Nitty Gritty. I blended it with Soft Light at 100% opacity. You can mostly see the effect of the texture in the sand.
This time I used Gradient Map (special effects, 2nd from the left), at Normal, 10% opacity. Finally, I was seeing something interesting! (This is the gradient map I was using when I did my "haunted house" in a previous post.
My last step was to use Brightness/Contrast, at +10 each, to give the image of final wee "pop." This is the same picture that appears at the top of the post. And, as I said to myself, enough already!