Wednesday, 23 February 2011

See what I've been up to ....

I've managed at last, thanks to my friends Maggi and Linda, to use a 'mask' in Photoshop to give some pictures a 'rough' edge.  I'm delighted with the reslts and this is the first one.
 An 'after' above and a 'before' below!
The photo is of Hollocombe Water, which I pass on my daily walks, and was taken last Spring.
It was a beautiful day and the reflections were really wonderful.
 Same with the iris ...... using a different edging.  I rather like how in this one I've incorporated a very soft original backgrouns.
 The iris was in my garden last week, but has since disappeared!
This was a layer with its own rough edge.   Certainly makes a real difference to the overall colour of the picture.
 The cockerels live at a farm just down the lane from me - they sell farm eggs too!
Now we get to a page from my sketchbook.  A watercolour of some leaves on a white background that I scanned.
I used my own 'layer' I scanned of a textural experiment I painted, then added a text layer. and 'rubbed out' some of the layers over the leaves to make them pop.
Same leaves, but used different layers, this time the background is a watercolour page from the sketchbook, and played a lot with the opacity button etc. and managed to make the leaves really stand out.
Finally, same leaves stretched a bit by the look of it, and a third layer (wallpaper that I painted and scanned).
Till next time .....

9 comments:

Heather said...

These are wonderful Val. I love the first picture and the two layered leaf ones with text. You put me to shame - I still have to shout for help just using my laptop sometimes.

Alis said...

Val, I love the edges. Really professional looking. I especially love the leaf pictures.

Oh and that walk looks delightful. You may have to drag me round there in the summer ;o)

maggi said...

Fantastic Val. I really like the ones where you have used your own textures, it makes the images so much more personal.

Doreen G said...

Whah--the chooks sell their farm eggs!!!
Seriously though Val I love the effects that you are achieving.

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Impressive results Val! I can see I have something else I 'need' to learn - someday.

Mandi said...

Cor Val, you're getting really good at this...love the sketchbook pages. :)

Linda said...

Great work Val! You're definitely gathering the Photoshop skills..... love your sketchbook too :-)

Margaret Hall said...

Love, love the sketchbook page, Val...And, as others have remarked, your photos are cool done that way...Love your blog and have missed you~!

Stampmouse said...

wow this is so clever and creative I love it.