Thursday, May 24, 2012

Photo Art Friday, May 25th - 27th



Welcome to this week's edition of Photo Art Friday! 
(Click on the tab under my header if you are new to this showcase of photo art.)


This week you can post any piece of photo art you please

or

a piece of abstract photo art created with a design from nature.


I chose the second option.  Do click on the images to enjoy a larger view!














Recipe

Open photograph in PSE
Duplicate photo
Filter>Stylize>Find Edges*
(I left the blend mode at normal and 100% opacity)
Apply **pdpa Lavender Row texture
Blend in Linear Light at 85%
Levels Adjustment to increase white values
Layer>Merge Visible
Layer>Duplicate
Filter>Artistic>Poster Edges (adjust sliders to your preferences)
Reduce opacity of Poster Edges to 75%
Add navy blue border
Add signature/watermark

* "Find Edges" is an interesting filter in both PS and PSE.  Try it out if you want to create a hand-sketched look on your photograph.  After you apply the Find Edges filter, try different blend modes and adjustments in opacity to discover all the different looks that can be achieved. 

If you leave the Find Edges application at Normal with 100% opacity, your subject matter will be outlined and desaturated of color (or you can desaturate it completely) - something like a charcoal sketch or an image in a child's coloring book.  You can then experiment a bit, by adding a texture to the now desaturated image.  Keep trying different ways to use this filter until you find the 'recipe' that please you.






Recipe

Open photograph in PSE
Duplicate photo
Filter>Stylize>Find Edges
Blend in Overlay, reducing opacity to 80%
Apply **pdpa La Vie En Rose texture
Blend in Difference at 75% opacity
Levels Adjustment to increase white values
Layer>Merge Visible
Layer>Duplicate
Filter>Artistic>Poster Edges
Reduce opacity of Poster Edges to 30%
Add border
Add signature/watermark




**Check out the textures featured in this post's photo art by clicking here.


For next week's edition of Photo Art Friday you can:

showcase any piece of photo art you choose

or

showcase a piece of photo art that features bokeh*


*Photoble.com says:  "bokeh comes from the Japanese word ‘boke’, which means fuzzy. In photography, bokeh defines the quality of the blurred lights presented in a photo. We’re not referring to a badly taken photo that’s all out of focus, but rather the aesthetically pleasing background blur. Usually, this type of blur highlights the focused subject even more.  Producing nice bokeh involves creating a shallow depth of field."

Bokeh occurs naturally in photographs with a shallow depth of field and that are full of natural light.
Here is an example of naturally occurring bokeh:



While bokeh can result from the settings you choose on your camera and the right light conditions, you can also create the appearance of bokeh in a photograph using brushes or overlays.  Here is an example of an overlay with bokeh ... and ... you can download it, right now, for free!


To download your high resolution file of pdpa Golden Bokeh overlay, click here.




19 comments:

  1. Love you images this week Bonnie. Very nice processing and those textures are fabulous. As always, thanks for hosting!

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  2. Yes, lovely colour and texture, I especially love that first one :)

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  3. Bonnie, your images are stunning this week...wow! I've never heard of this "find edges" tool and I can't wait to try it. I'll be on vacation next week and am sad I'll miss the bokeh prompt...but I'll be back the following week! Thanks for all you do, and the new texture is lovely!

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  4. Your paintings are "delicious!"
    Have a happy weekend!!!

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  5. Bonnie thanks so much for this great bokeh texture. Have already been testing it. also thanks for the information on the tapping process. very interesting, and have never heard of this before. Have been investigating it. Thank yo so much for all your helpful thoughts!!!! Hugs from Texas ( Marian) jeanne

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  6. Lovely :) thanks for hosting new follower ...

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  7. Great pieces, and thank you for all the information about Find Edges. I'm going to have to try that! I also can't wait to try the bokeh challenge!

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  8. Yes, delicious light, beautiful photo, I like that example of bokeh naturally. Saludos.

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  9. All your ART is containing the huge WOW effect - I am in awe each time I see your art for the new week - I am not sure if I suppose to use one of your backgrounds too?? - (I prefere to use the graphic that is entirely my own) Thanks for have this challenge working for all of us.

    My contribution is to find here:
    http://www.starone.dk/b6/?page_id=280 ;)

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  10. Mariane - Thank you for the feedback and the question. I want everyone to be free to create and present any of their photo art. You do not have to use textures, backgrounds or overlays that I offer for download that week.

    Unless you want to take on the weekly challenge, the sky is the limit as long as it qualifies as photo ART. And even though there is a weekly prompt or challenge, there is always the other option to post any piece of photo art that pleases you.

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  11. Bonnie your pieces are wonderful. Love the colors in both and how they look so much like oil paintings. So pretty.

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  12. Wonderful photo artwork, Bonnie! I am always impressed by what you create! And thanks for the recipe - I must try it with your lovely Lavender Row texture!
    Have a nice weekend:)

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  13. Bonnie, Thanks for visiting my blog and for your kind comments! I think I found you through Linda Kittmer. I love your fabulous work, and I'm so impressed by what other people are posting too. I feel like I've found a home here. :o)

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  14. Love the piece with the grasses. It has a wonderful asian feel to it. You certainly know how to work real magic with photoshop and your beautiful textures.

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  15. I love the beautiful Bokeh texture. Will download it, thank you very much. :)

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  16. Your recipes are fantastic - especially since they are fat free. Thank you for your generosity. I am learning so much from you!

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  17. Oh, what a shame, I was on the wrong post :((((

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