I just got the Lensbaby Composer Pro Lens. Wow! What an interesting way to take pictures. I am taking the Lensbaby Magic class taught by Kathleen Clemons at PPSOP (The Picture Perfect School of Photography). Our first assignment is to take some shots using the Double Glass lens with the sharp focus in the center of the image. We are to use the f/4 aperture. I thought I would share with you what I did.
I took numerous photos yesterday. I used this one to play around with to make something artsy. I am using Photoshop CS5 for my creation. This is what I did.
Layer 1. I opened my image as this layer. This is the image SOOC (Straight Out Of Camera). Nothing has been done to it. The Lensbaby gave me sharp focus in the center of the image and then increasing out of focus as you go out from the center. You can change the aperture by using different aperture disks for the lens. I used the f/4 aperture disk. My Canon EOS 40D was set to Aperture Priority. I used ISO 200. Shutter Speed was 1/1250 sec.
Layer 2. I duplicated Layer 1 for this layer. That way I always have the original in the file if I goof somewhere along the way. So Layer 2 looks just the same as Layer 1.
Layer 3. I wanted to turn the image into a black and white image and then bring back some of the color to the sharp focus area in the center. I clicked on the Add Adjustment Layer button at the bottom of the Layers Panel and opened the Channel Mixer Panel. All I did was select Monochrome by checking the check box for Monochrome.
And this gave me this black and white image.
Now I want to put some of the color back into the central sharp focus area of the image. I added a layer mask to this layer. Then I selected a soft round brush and painted with black on the image where I wanted the color to show (make sure the mask is selected). This is what Layer 3 looks like now.
Layer 4. For this layer, I brought in Kim Klassen's kk_grunged texture. This is what the texture looks like at Normal Mode and 100% Opacity.
Then I set the Blend Mode to Soft Light and kept Opacity 100%.
But, I did not like the striped dark lines on the middle left edge. So I went back to the Normal Mode. Made a selection around the area I wanted to change with the Lasso Tool.
The I used the Content Aware Fill on the selection. It did a great job of removing the black stripes that I did not want on the texture.
Now I changed the Blending Mode to Soft Light and still kept Opacity 100%.
Layer 5. I duplicated Layer 4 and changed the Blending Mode to Multiply and reduced the Opacity to 30%.
And, this is my final image. I like the way the texture in the out of focus edges adds the dark grungy border and a warm color to that black and white area.
This is my first step into using the Lensbaby. It should be an interesting journey learning how to use it with positive artistic imagery.
Hope you enjoyed this episode into what I am doing at this point along my path.
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The EarlK Design blog consists mainly of entries that show how to do things using Adobe Photoshop that I hope you will find helpful and give your creative mind more tools to work with.
I use Adobe Photoshop CS6, and sometimes Adobe Illustrator CS5, Lightroom 5, and Corel Painter X. However, I believe that much of what I show can be done using Photoshop Elements.