Thursday, February 2, 2012

Photo Art Friday, Feb. 3rd - Feb. 5th

SURPRISE!   That's the suggested theme for this week's Photo Art Friday - in whatever way you choose to interpret "surprise!".

I didn't encounter many editing surprises this week, so decided to 'craft' an image which illustrated something about surprise.  I had women with shocked looks on their faces, staring down at bugs around their feet, a picture of half of my face with my one eye wide in surprise.  But nothing really 'rang dem bells' for me.

Discouraged and in some sort of editing stupor or fugue, I chose a collage from my archives and manipulated it with a filter in Photoshop and suddenly saw this on my Photoshop screen:

Kind of liked this graphic looking effect and wanted to explore it a bit more, but literally could not remember which filter I had used to produce it!  Had to go back and re-test and re-try until I discovered the right Photoshop Filter.

Chose another collage - one of the collages in my shoppes - wanting one that had a black background as I like the black bits in the first editing surprise.  Finally settled on the collage made to feature my new Artsy Apparitions Texture Set.

First tried ZigZag but that was not the one.  Next I tried Filter>Distort>WaveWave's the one!

When you click on "Wave" a box comes up that has sliders so that you can adjust the size and intensity of the effect.  There is a little image in the box that allows you to see the changing effects as you move the sliders.  This will be a matter of taste, so adjust the sliders to what pleases you and click on OK to commit your selections on the sliders.  You also have the option to click on "Randomize" and the filter will automatically bring up different (slider) options.

Here is the effect WAVE produced on the collage.  Kind of looks like radio-waves ...

Repeated the process with another collage (sitting on the image) with 12 images surrounded by black.   Of course, you can choose whatever color you want for your grid lines.  The grid lines between the photos in your collage are key for achieving something like the above effect.

Recipe Review

Create a collage with some of your existing photographs.
Choose a grid spacing line, width and color to separate the images.
Open the finished collage in your editing program.
Duplicate your image of the collage.
Filter>Distort>Wave (adjust sliders to your liking). 
Click OK when you see the effect you want.

Here are a few other examples using the above recipe.  The collage used in each example is placed on the Wave-edited image.

More textures in a collage with white grid spacing, manipulated with Photoshop filter Wave.

Love this one!  Looks a bit like the material in the dresses on women painted by Klimt.   The collage is of funky photos an old point-and-shoot would produce as I was shooting flower macros, when the battery was low.  Click on the image for a larger view. 

As you can see, the more you experiment with the Wave Filter the more interesting and complex the results become.  Do click on the image to enjoy the little designs within the bigger design. 

Here are a few more done today.  Use all the sliders available in the Wave selection window as there are so many different variations possible!

So much effect from such minimal effort!  Hope you will give it a try.

For next week's Photo Art Friday let's keep it totally open to whatever you would like to feature.  If you want to share something related to Valentine's Day - feel free.  Otherwise, the sky is the limit.


  1. Brilliant experimentation! I liked your results. I want to try it, but can't remember how to get those separating grid lines. Any suggestions?
    Thanks for all your work on this site.

  2. Thanks ceevee. How you insert the grid lines between your photos in a collage depends on the program in which you make your collages. I work in Picasa where under "Settings" there is a slider entitled "Grid Spacing" which will insert and determine the width of your lines. To change the colors of the lines I click on a color box (which also has a color picker) and usually select either black or white. (With the color picker you can click on a color in one of your photos and have that appear as the grid line color.) Every program in which you make a collage must display an option to insert grid lines. Just take a deep breath, slow down and read all the options under settings and I'm sure you will find an easy way to do it. Good Luck!

  3. I figured out the grid, Bonnie. OMGosh this is so much fun. I could spend all day fussing with the wave filter. But I haven't yet figured out how to make the peaks different sizes. Back to practice.

  4. This is really fantastic Bonnie!
    I picture the first one enlarged and hanging on the wall in a study or den.
    Beautifully done!

  5. I love the patterns you created, almost like bargello needlepoint. I look forward to creating!!!

  6. Thanks for your explanation Bonnie. I tried it on Picassa and what fun. I could spend a whole day tweaking the colors and wave filter. My favorite of yours is the green one. It is almost sparkling.

  7. Love the graphic look of these new creations Bonnie. Great experimenting.

  8. Startling, I haven't played with waves for a long time, must revisit. Cheers

  9. ceevee is right: it IS sparkling.Great fun.

  10. Wow - how cool is that?! I know what I'm going to do this evening - play with the Wave filter!

  11. I guess my surprise is that I actually, finally was successful at a very basic texture layer. :) Yours truly have a very modern art look to them!

  12. Yes, these are awesome Bonnie, so interesting to see how you got there too, have a great weekend :)

  13. Bonnie - way too cool. You always give us something new to "play" with - can't wait. Thanks. Karen

  14. Bonnie - how fabulous. Love the manipulations you have offered us today. You always give us something new to try. Thanks bunches. Karen

  15. That looks great, I'll have to try it for next time.

  16. Well, I didn't get quite the effect I wanted, but I did learn some new tools!

  17. Very cool! I like this effect a lot and could see where it would get addictive. I found the same feature on Gimp and will have to play around with it a little. I love the green version here and the purple one above it.

  18. Good work!

  19. Wonderful effect. I'm going to give this a try.

  20. Thanks for another idea for me to try!
    Love all the results you created.

  21. What beautiful effects! I absolutely love the collage you created of all the different ones together.

  22. Very cool Bonnie, love the one with all the greens!

  23. Beautiful compositions, I like all the variations, excellent abstractions. Greetings.

  24. What a fabulous technique! Obviously I haven't played nearly enough in PSE cuz this looks really fun. I was thinking how much I really liked the black waves....until I saw the white ones! They're all cool and I can't wait to try them myself. I'm sorry I missed this week but will be back tomorrow!


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