Thursday, June 7, 2012
Photo Art Friday, June 8th - 10th
Welcome to the "black and white" edition of Photo Art Friday!
While you always have the option to post any piece of photo art you like, this week we have been challenged to hang black and white pieces of art in our virtual gallery. The inlinkz button will appear at the bottom of this post, tonight (Thursday) at 7:00 p.m. EDT.
Next week let's have an optional theme of featuring images that have a lot of "negative space". Negative space is the space left around the subject of your photograph or art image. If you would like to learn a bit more about the use and value of negative space in your artistic creations you can google it, and here is one good place to begin: http://www.lightstalking.com/negative-space
I'll go first with my black and white submissions for this week. These are pieces of photo art from my archives. Unfortunately, I do not have all the precise recipes to share, but I have included a video on how to achieve one interesting effect you will find in these images.
How to create a satin-like effect using the Gradient Map:
This effect works best if you have not made previous major edits to your photograph.
To achieve the satin, silvery effect, first click on the round, black and white adjustments circle.
From the selection box that appears choose Gradient Map.
Click on the little black arrow beside the colored rectangle that appears.
Click on the two little right-facing black arrows to view all the preset categories.
From the drop-down box that appears, select Special Effects.
When the Special Effects presets are displayed click on the box second from the left, which is named Soft Stripes.
Leave your blending mode on Normal. Adjust the opacity down between 30% to 50%.
Eh voila! You now have a satiny effect on your image. I'm sure you will find many ways to use this Gradient Map effect. I hope I get to see some of them!
Addendum: In the video, when describing the Gradient Map selections available I neglected to mention the last two, Pixel Dust Gradient (how could I omit that one!!) and Untitled Gradients. These contain more great gradient map selections to try on your photographs.
There are also several selections among the Gradient Map Adjustments that give you different black and white effects on your photo.