I am feeling in the need for the ocean. So I looked through some of my photos and found this one with the single seagull flying just over the surface near the water line. It has the soothing feeling that I get from the ocean. Here is the original photo. My son-in-law took the photo a couple of years ago.
And, this is what I did with it.
Let me briefly show you what I did. See which layers have their visibility on to see where I am in the Layers Panel.
I first brought in photo into a 12 x 12-inch, 300 ppi, RGB new document. Using the free transform, I slightly enlarged the image to fill the page size.
I noticed that the horizon was not horizontal, it was tilted at an angle. In order to straighten the horizon and not have to do any cropping of the rotated image, I used a neat little trick of using the Content-aware Fill that is available. And, my horizon is now horizontal. I did this on a duplicate image layer.
Here is a short video showing you how to rotate the image and then get rid of the empty areas around the image without having to crop the image.
EKD-20130617-ContentAwareFillRotate from Earl Kreins on Vimeo.
Next I did several things using adjustment layers. First I added a Channel Mixer adjustment and set it to Monochrome to give me a B&W image. Then I used the Posterize adjustment and posterized it at four levels. Then I used a Gradient Map adjustment and colored it with the four shades of blue.
Next, I added Kim's texture kk-violet. I set the Blend Mode to Luminosity at 20% Opacity. This lightened up the image a little.
But now my lone little seagull sort of disappears. I needed to highlight the seagull. I duplicated the straightened image and the Channel Mixer adjustmernt layer and brought them to the top of the layer stack. I turned off the visibility of the photo; filled the layer mask with black to hide the layer; in the Channel Mixer dialog, I set the Output Channel to red; then painted on the mask with white to color in the area around the bird. This is what I ened up with.
I hope you liked what I did here.
And, I hope that you liked the Content-aware Fill technique of straightening the horizon.
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