Thursday, February 9, 2012

Photo Art Friday, Feb. 10th - 12th

Welcome friends - to this open (no challenge or theme) version of Photo Art Friday!  Here are a couple of images I have worked on this week.  The word 'images' is a bit of a stretch, for these are simply textures of mine with text applied.   The text is from posters recently created.  On these pieces it was my intention for the words to be bunched up and difficult to decipher.











For next week:   You are invited to link up whatever you wish to showcase, OR if you are up for a learning or practice challenge, I'd like to suggest the following:

Use a photograph to which you have applied at least one of my textures AND use a LAYER MASK to remove some of the texture where it does not enhance the image.

For those of you who use Layer Masks all the time this will not be difficult.  For those of you who do not use layer masks yet, this will be incentive to learn how and to give it a try.  Be patient with yourself, it does take a while to understand and execute - BUT at some point it will just CLICK! and you will wonder why you ever thought it was challenging.

Have you ever applied a texture to your photograph and while you get a fairly nice effect it just seems to leave the photograph looking a bit dark, heavy or 'muddy'?  Sometimes adjusting the opacity is just not enough to remove the muddiness, and sometimes there are portions of a photograph that you do not want the texture to 'mask'.  Layer masks are perfect for removing some of the texture from specific places on your work in progress. 

For example, few of you/us share images with people as the subject, but if you did (and you've used a texture) you would usually want to remove the texture from the person's face.  Sometimes you may want the texture to frame your subject, say a flower, but you want to remove the texture from, and display the purity of, the flower's petals.  Layer Masks are a great PS tool to accomplish this.

Photoshop CS includes a layer mask.  Some of you may, however be working with versions of PSE that do not furnish a layer mask.  If that is the case you can get a layer mask in the form of an action (for free!) from Rita at The Coffeeshop Blog.  Rita also supplies the method for installing the action in PSE and some tips on using layer masks. 

Here is the link to get the layer mask action from The Coffeeshop Blog:

 




 
Here are another couple of links to tutorials on the topic of how to use layer masks:


http://photoshoptips.net/2006/07/25/layer-masks/


If you want more info, just google "layer mask tutorials".


To recap re next Photo Art Friday's challenge:   If you want you can take the challenge to link up an image on which you have added at least one of my textures and then used a layer mask to adjust the texture's appearance over your photo.  If you just want to link up your latest piece of photo art and not take up the challenge, that is fine too.

I am publishing this post a bit early.  Even tho' the last paragraph says the gallery doors are open, the Inlinkz tool only becomes available at 7:00 p.m. EST today (Thursday).







19 comments:

  1. Since I love your blog so much I 'nominated' you for a Liebster blog award with is a pay-it-forward way to recognize great blogs with under 200 followers. You can read what I wrote here: http://creative-explorer.blogspot.com/2012/02/little-recognition.html

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  2. A wonderful work of art there Bonnie, with wise words too :) have a great weekend!

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  3. Both of these are wonderful Bonnie!
    I especially like the black and white one.
    Thank you for hosting, and have a beautiful weekend!

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  4. ... a layer mask... I will try and look into that. You are one creative lady! :)

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  5. Thank you! I have never done this before and probably never would have thought of the possibilities. I am also hooked up to the coffeshop blog!
    Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  6. Oh these are very interesting Bonnie, kindof remind me of tissue paper!

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  7. Great art!

    http://blogg.birgittasplace.com

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  8. Beautiful textures, excellent grays. Greetings.

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  9. a texture IS an image! Right? So not wrong to call them that. Lots of your textures don´t need a photo on them. They are great work of art on their own.
    In this case I like the bronze one best. In the grey one the text overpowers the texture.

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  10. I am struggling with this at the moment and this is very welcome indeed.

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  11. I love the gorgeous texture in your creations this week - lovely!

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  12. Great information, Bonnie! And WOW! What great submissions so far this week!

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  13. There are always great submissions here on Photo Art Friday.
    Love to see what people have been working on.

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  14. hi bonnie! sorry i haven't been here in a while. you know, i don't use a ton of textures so sometimes i'm not sure if it's ok to link up my iphone art! have a great weekend. :)

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  15. These are quite intertesting. I would not have thought to just add text to your texture but I like how they turned out. I prefer the Black version.

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  16. Hi Bonnie,

    I don't use Photoshop, so I don't know what a layer mask is, but I'll do some research for the editing program I use, Paint Shop Pro... Thanks for the idea! =)

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  17. Bonnie: I want to thank you for all the encouragement and wonderful words you leave in my blog. Also, I'm truly happy to have found this amazing blog meme.

    Have a glorious weekend.

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  18. Bonnie - your images are always absolutely lovely. I'm late this week and will make comments tomorrow sometime. But, always love just "doing" because your challenge makes me! Smiles. I haven't downloaded EFEX Pro yet that I have had for several months - maybe I can do something with it for next week... hugs from Alaska. Always with a heartfelt "Thank you." Karen

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  19. Bonnie - I'm way late this time (and I missed it last week), but it was fun to edit my photo. It's always a challenge for me, but one that I take on with joy! Next week's challenge sounds very interesting, I will try that out.

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All comments are eagerly read and greatly appreciated.

While I do appreciate the honor, I do not accept awards or participate in assigned memes. Thanks for understanding. :)