For Collage Obsession this week, Kaylene gave us the following challenge:
This week the challenge is "Renaissance Woman", it can be a woman from the Renaissance Period or maybe a modern Renaissance woman.
I wondered what to do for this challenge. After thinking about Renaissance Woman for a while, the most famous one I could think of at this time was Mona. So she was my starting point.
Her proportions didn't fit into a 12 x 12-inch layout. So I made her 12-inches tall and fit her onto a 12 x 12 background. Then, using the Rectangular Marquee Tool, I made a selection of a thin piece of the right image edge to the edge of the background.
Next I went to Edit > Fill to open the Fill dialog. I selected Content-Aware and made sure Preserve Transparency was not checked. And, clicked OK.
This filled in the edge for me. I wasn't too concerned about the exact image that was filled in. all I really wanted was to have mostly the same type of coloring that was there. But, you can see it gave a rather nice fill.
Then I did the same thing to the left side of the image. And now I have Mona filling out my 12 x 12-inch layout quite nicely.
Actually, at this point I copied Mona to a new 12 x 12-inch document that had a white background. By the way, I am working on a 300 ppi document.
From now on, pay attention to which layers have the visibility on to see where I am in the Layers Panel. Also, I have used groups, but I have opened the groups so you can see the layers. If you can't use groups, just use all the layers without grouping them.
Then I Googled Renaissance Woman for the Renaissance time period. I used several images. I selected the ones I used because they all had dark backgrounds. And this would make it easier to blend into Mona's background. I generally used a layer blend mode of Lighten. Then with layer masks I removed the edges that were still showing a little. So far I have this.
All the woman except for the two in upper corners are from the Renaissance. The two in the upper corners are current day Renaissance Woman.
Next I added in the text.
Next I wanted to add in a vignette to darken the edges a little so as to lead the eye into the image. I made a new layer at the top of the stack. With the Rectangular Marquee Tool, with the Feather set at 250 px, I started near the upper left corner and grew a square (holding Shift down) toward the bottom right corner. This gives the the feathered selection on the inside of the rectangle.
But I want the outside of the rectangle. So I used Shift - Command / Control - I to select the inverse. Now the outside of the rectangle is selected.
I next opened a Curves Adjustment Layer and moved the curve downward to darken the selected area. This gave me a nice subtle vignette.
I deselected the selection and closed the Curves panel and I now have this.
And that is my entry for Collage Obsession for this week. Here it is.
Be sure to go to Collage Obsession to see the other entries for this week.
For Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen we have another Free & Easy theme.
I thought that I would continue working on this image for Texture Tuesday. I brought in Kim's kk_1402 texture. Here it is at Normal Mode and 100% Opacity.
I added a layer mask to the texture layer. I then held doen the Option / Alt key and clicked on the Mask, not the image thumbnail. This opened the mask so I could work on it.
I used one of Nancie Rowe Janitz's overlays. Using a levels and a curves adjustment layers, I made the overlay more contrasty. Then I pasted it into the mask.
Next I clicked on the texture thumbnail. And the texture was being applied through the mask. And I set the layer blend mode to Color Burn at 100% Opacity.
And this brightened up the image a little giving it a little more snap. And here it is.
I was happy with this result.
Be sure to go to Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen to see all the lovely entries.
That's all for now.
Live life fully.