Tuesday, November 13, 2012


A cyber friend, Linda Kittmer, like me, participates in Texture Tuesday and Photo Art Friday.  This week she combined both challenges into one image (see here) and I decided to follow her example and do the same.  The challenge for Photo Art Friday was to digitally enhance a still life.  The theme this week for Texture Tuesday was to add texture to an image related to "dream."  Here's the image I began with:

This still life is in one section of this bookcase:
Working with my still life image, I first added one of Bonnie's textures (Photo Art Friday) called Ancient Treasures.  I used soft light at 85%.  Then I used a Photoshop filter called Cutout, at 45%, to make it look more like an illustration than a photograph.  A bit of Brightness/Contrast enhancement and I had this:
The image was darker than I wanted, so I next went to Kim's textures (Texture Tuesday) and selected an appropriate one for this theme called "Dream."  I applied the texture at soft light, 100%, and got my final image, which I'll show again here:
You can see some of the words that were part of the Dream texture.  And as far as the theme goes, this little hand-carved bird is dreaming of spreading his wings and flying away!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Beach Art

A recent walk at the beach yielded lots of photos, as usual.  I edited them all in Photoshop, but some I took to a more "arty" level.  Above is a before picture.
The after-bird.  ;O)  This one included adding a texture layer.


Before - a view along the shore.
After - Painterly effect, plus I changed the proportions by switching the numbers for width and height.

Before shows a fisherman in the surf.  It was a rough water day - a couple days after Hurricane Sandy passed offshore - and I was glad this fellow was wearing yellow, in case he got knocked down!
After is from a slightly different angle.  I had zoomed in on both pictures, so they were already a little rough-looking.  On this one, I used some artistic filters, including dry brush, to get a painterly effect.
Before - some beach houses.
After - renovated to accomodate tall, cartoon people.  I used an artistic filter called cutout, and also went overboard with the hue/saturation.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Photo Art Friday - Lines

The theme for this week's Photo Art Friday is "Lines."  Here are some photos taken at Atlantic Beach, North Carolina.  I decided to make them all black and white images.