Tuesday, May 7th theme is POP....
What does this mean?
Your photo must POP and contain at least one layer of any of my textures....
I will leave the pop details up to you....whatever comes to mind..... :)
You can go to Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen and see all the wonderful pages that have been posted there. If you haven't already done so, join up in her Texture List to receive wonderful free textures.
Learning new things to do in Photoshop is fun for me. I recently was experimenting with a new, at least to me, way to make a pencil sketch-ish rendition of a photo. After playing around with the ideas, I decided to do something with this for this week's challenge. I selected a photo that I took at the Lauritzen Gardens, Omaha, Nebraska, during the Fall 2010 Chrysanthemum Show. Here is my starting image.
And, this is my ending image for the flower.
This could have been my POP image. However, I haven't yet used any of Kim's textures. I used some of mine, but not Kim's. I decided to have the flower as part of a page layout. That is what I did and here it is. I hope it POPs for you; it does for me.
That is my final image for the challenge. I used two of Kim's textures, kk_carol and kk_confidence.
If you would like to see how I got from the first image to the second image and then to the third image, follow along from here. There may be a few things of interest to you to see how I did some of the things I did.
The first thing I did was open the flower image in Photoshop. I am using Photoshop CS6. However, I personally do not like the black interface. It is hard for me to read the gray on dark gray. So I went into Preferences and changed my interface to the dark gray on light gray. This way it looks more like the CS5 interface. It suits me better. I opened the flower image.
Now I want to convert this into a pencil-ish sketch of the flower. The way I want to do it is to posterize the image so that there are only a few posterization color variations in the image and then use the Find Edges filter to show me just the edges. And that would be my pencil-ish sketch. However, I want my edges to be in black not color, so I need to convert the image to B&W. One way to do this is to use a Channel Mixer adjustment layer. Select Channel Mixer from the Adjustment Layer button at the bottom of the Layers Panel to open the dialog.
Just click Monochrome. This will give you a B&W image while keeping all the color information. I went through the Presets. I liked the black & White with Yellow Filter version best so I used it. You can use just the default if you want. And this gave me this B&W image.
And, there are now only the 4 levels, black, dark gray, light gray and white.
Now I want to use the Find Edges filter on this B&W image. The filter needs to work on a layer that has pixels on it. At present the only layer with pixels is the bottom layer of the color photo. The other two layers are adjustment layers, not layers with pixels. What I need to do is make a composite layer, a layer with all the visible layers below it all on one layer. I used the 4 key keyboard shortcut, Command / Control - Option / Alt - Shift - E. This created the composite layer (I renamed the layer in the layers panel). The image looks the same, since this composite layer looks like what was visible below it. You could turn off the visibility in all the layers below and you would still have the same image since all is on this one layer now. Now I have a layer with pixels so I can use the filter.
Then I went to Filter / Stylize / Find Edges and selected that. And the filter worked on my composite layer and gave me the edges in black. And this is my pencil sketch-ish.
All I want are the black lines. I do not want to have the white background areas. I duplicated the layer so if I make a goof I still have it. I used Command / Control - J to duplicate the layer. I turned off the visibility of the original layer. It looks the same, so I won't show the image again. With the duplicate layer the active layer, I used the Magic Wand Tool to select the white areas of the images. I used the default values of the Magic Wand, except I had Contiguous OFF. [ if you want to know more about using the Magic Wand, see my blog entry HERE. ] I clicked on a white area in the image to select all the white area. Then I hit delete / backspace to delete all the white area and have only the black lines. Then I deselected the selection, Command / Control - D. This left only black lines and the rest transparent. I turned off the visibility of all the layers below it. And I now have just a layer with my black lines.
Then I duplicated the background layer of the flower and moved the duplicate layer to the top of the layer stack. I changed the layer blend to Hue and kept Opacity 100%.
But I wanted the black lines to be a little more emphasized, so I duplicated the black line layer and moved it to the top of the layer stack. I had the layer mode at Normal and Opacity 100%.
The next thing I did was to use the Pattern Stamp Tool to paint a texture over the areas outside the main flower. In order to use the Pattern Stamp Tool with the pattern that I want, I need to make the pattern first. I opened up the texture that I wanted to use, which is one of my watercolors.
Then I went to Edit / Define Pattern and made this whole thing a pattern. I did the same thing with another of my watercolors that I thought I would use, also.
Now I have both of these watercolor textures as patterns. I next selected the Pattern Stamp Tool from the tool bar.
In the Pattern Stamp Tool Options Bar. I left the Mode Normal, Opacity 100%, Flow 100%, and clicked on the little down arrow to open up the pattern selections. I clicked on the pattern that I had made of my first watercolor to select it as my pattern to use.
I created a new blank layer at the top of the layer stack and on that layer painted with the Pattern Stamp Tool over the areas outside the main flower. I set the Layer Blend Mode to Linear Burn with Opacity 100%. This gave a nice darker coloring to the areas outside the flower.
Then I put another new blank layer at the top of the stack and used the Pattern Stamp Tool with the second watercolor that I made into a pattern. I painted over the whole image with this and set the layer blend mode to Color Burn with Opacity 100%. And this darkened up the image and gave the flower a bright burst.
And that is how I went from the first image to the second image.
This technique of using the Pattern Stamp Tool to paint in a texture only where you want it may be helpful to you sometimes when you are texturing an image and only want the texture over certain parts of the image.
Now, I want this image to be on a page layout. I used the freebie template that I posted a few posts below. If you want the template, you can download it by clicking HERE.
I modified the original template to suit what I intended to do.
I knew that I wanted a dark background, so above the white background layer I put a Color Fill layer of a dark gray. To this I clipped a layer of Kim's kk_carol and changed the blend mode to Multiply with 100% Opacity. Then on top of this I clipped a layer of Kim's kk_confidence at blend mode Overlay and 100% Opacity. Then I added a red color fill layer and change the blend mode to Color at 80% Opacity. This gave me this nice dark reddish-brown wood tone textured image for my layout background.
Then I did a similar type thing by adding in a medium gray layer over the next square area. I clipped the two same Kim textures at the same blend modes and then clipped in a dark gold color at Mode saturation and 50% Opacity, for this.
Then I did the same type of thing for the two vertical strips. I used the same two Kim textures with the same settings to get this.
Then I brought in my flower image. I changed the mat under the photo to be the same dark gold I had used earlier. I added in a duplicate of the flower and set its blend mode to Soft Light at 100% Opacity. This added in a little brightness to the flower.
Then I added in the title. I used the font Charcoal CY. I added a Bevel and Emboss to the type and set Fill to 0% (not Opacity). This gave me just the bevel and emboss showing.
Then I duplicated the text layer, I kept the Fill at 0%, added in a dark brown stroke, and then offset the stroke a couple of pixels right and down.
And now I have my final layout.
This has been a long blog. I hope that you found some interesting things along the way that may help you with you scrapbooking. It really is amazing what you can do with layers and textures.
That's all for now.
Live life fully.