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>Wave. Wave'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.
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.