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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.



Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Beyond Layers with Kim Klassen . . . Day 102

In Day 102, Kim Klassen gave us an image of tulips in a vase that she had photographed against a black background. And she said, "Go forth and play....... anything goes lovely friends....." So that is what I did. I have gone forth and played. I really like to play in Photoshop. 

Here is the image that Kim gave us to play with.



Step 1.  I opened the flower image in Photoshop in a new document. I thought I might want to do something to the Background layer at some point. So I double clicked on the Background name in the layer and changed it to a regular unlocked layer with the name Layer 0.



Step 2.  As I was working on this document, for background music, through iTunes, I was playing some of my music by the group ABBA. The song S.O.S. was playing. Since I was just playing in Photoshop, I thought that maybe the Visualizer in iTunes might give me an interesting background for the tulips. I turned on the Visualizer in iTunes and saw that I did get some interesting imagery. So I decided to record a part of the Visualizer imagery as a movie and then use an image from the movie to use for a background for the tulips. I used the QuickTime Player to record the iTunes Visualizer as it was playing S.O.S. I selected a potion of an image in the movie, saved it as a jpg file, and brought that into my Photoshop tulip document as the next layer. Here it is at Normal mode and 100% Opacity.



Step 3.  I changed the Mode to Screen and reduced the Opacity to 30%.


Step 4.  I wanted to add a color from the tulips to the Visualizer image. I sampled a color from the tulips and made it my Foreground Color. Then I clicked on the Create New Fill layer button at the bottom of the layers panel and selected Solid Color. Since I have the color I wanted in the Foreground Color box, the Solid Color layer opened with that color. Here it is at Normal mode and 100% Opacity.



Step 5.  Then I clipped this layer to the Visualizer image layer below it. And, changed the Mode to Color and left the Opacity 100%.



Step 6.  Next I duplicated the tulip layer, Layer 0, and brought that layer to the top of the layer stack. I changed the Mode to Color Dodge and Opacity at 100%. I like the sort of surreal look that the flowers now have.



Step 7.  But, I did not like the lines going through the upper tulips. So, I again duplicated the tulip layer, Layer 0, and brought it up to the top of the layer stack. I turned off the visibility of the layers below this layer, and used the Quick Selection Tool to  select the black areas around the tulips. I hit delete / backspace to delete the black areas.


Then I turned on the visibility of the layers below. The flowers alone are at Normal Mode and 100% Opacity.



Step 8.  Then I changed the Layer Mode to Luminosity with Opacity 100%. Again the flowers have a surreal look about them.



And, this is how the image now looks.



Step 9.  I like this image very much. But, I thought that it might also look very nice with one of Kim's textures on it. The Visualizer image, to me, has a rather space look to it. Like maybe it could be part of a galaxy image. So I thought that maybe Kim's texture KK_reentry would do well, especially with a name like that. So, I brought it in as my top layer. Here it is at Normal mode and 100% Opacity.



Step 10. I changed the Mode to Color and Opacity 50%, for this result. I like this, also. It subdues the tulips a little, but still with a little surreal look.


This is how it now looks.




As an aside, here is how I used QuickTime Player and iTunes, on my iMac. I opened the application QuickTime Player. In its menu, I went to File and New Screen  Recording.


This opens the Screen Recording dialog. Click on the Red dot.


This opens up the dialog that lets you record the whole screen or drag out an area for recording. I dragged out an area. And then clicked on Start Recording.



QuickTime is now recording what is in the area that I created. 


I now opened the iTunes application. (Remember Quicktime is recording this.)

In the iTunes menu go to View / Visualizer and I selected iTunes Classic Visualizer. I personally like it better than the new one (but your choice).



Then I selected the music I wanted to be playing in iTunes. And then, I turned on the Visualizer by going to the menu and selected View / Show Visualizer. 


And the visualizer begins to play along with the music.

Remember, QuickTime is still recording all that is going on in the area I selected to record. 

When you have had the Visualizer in iTunes play enough for you. Quit iTunes. And turn of the recording in QuickTime by clicking on the stop record button.

You now have a QuickTime movie of all that you did. Play the movie until you get to a part of the Visualizer that you like, stop the movie, and take a screen shot of the part of the image that you want.

This isn't what I used for my tulips, it just shows you an example.




Sounds like a lot of work, but it does work. And even if you don't want to play around with the Visualizer, you now know how to use QuickTime Player to record.


Hope you enjoy all this playing around.


Live life fully.


Earl

22 comments:

Anne Camille said...

Using the visualizer is a great idea. Can't wait to try it out.

(Here from the Beyond Beyond class. Just now getting to look through the blogroll)

Anne Camille @ fourdeeroak.wordpress.com

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