Welcome to the March 8th, 9th edition of Photo Art Friday!
If you have been creating art from your photographs and would like to showcase it in our little virtual gallery ... come on in! You can read the guidelines for participation here. Any piece of photo ART is welcome or you can share a piece that conforms to our weekly theme or challenge.
This week's optional challenge is to create a piece of photo art using Pixel Dust Photo Art (pdpa) textureS and one of your own images.
Hope you experimented with this challenge and discovered that using textures (especially pdpa textures! - OKAY, I admit it - I'm a tad biased!) is a great way to create abstract art pieces you can actually hang in your home or give as gifts to ones you love.
Here are my offerings for this week:
Click on image to enjoy a larger view.
I broke one of my own rules while making this piece. I did not save as I edited. I had a beautiful blue abstract image before I added the last texture and processed it in Difference. But I got excited when I saw the image processed in Difference and continued on - totally forgetting that I had just lost a great image by not saving as I processed.
I tried to take my final PSD (which has most of the layers) and undo and undo to get back to the lost image, but it did not work - probably because I had flattened the image before processing it in Rad Lab. And so ... I had to learn the lesson again, the hard way ... SAVE AS YOU GO!
I am going to go back now and see if I can create something close to what I lost .....
Twenty minutes later: here's what I was able to do. Actually, it is not exactly the same as what I remembered (quelle surprise!), but I really like it. Lesson: Even if you can't reproduce it, you may create something you love - so it's worth a try!
Another piece of abstract photo art using pdpa textures and one of my images.
These are the three elements I used to make the above abstract.
By clicking on the image to enlarge it and by starting at the bottom layer and moving up you can see the steps I took (and I even typed them into the space provided - wonders will never cease!!). The steps were:
* Opened pdpa PAF Gift texture to serve as the base for this abstract.
* Superimposed a piece of photo art that was originally a macro of a delphinium blossom, and processed that piece on PAF Gift in Multiply Blend Mode, Opacity 65%.
* Duplicated that layer and blended it in Difference at 85% (I rarely go below 85% opacity when using Difference - you usually lose all the 'difference' by going lower!).
* Because Difference Blend Mode produced a dark effect, I added a Levels Adjustment and adjusted the grey and white tabs to bring in light.
* With the addition of light a bit of the color was lost, so increased the saturation with a Saturation Adjustment.
* Ran the image through RadLab using stylets "Lights On"; "Oh Snap"; "Iron Mouse"; "Prettyizer". Reduced the opacity of the RadLab treatment to 87%, once back in Photoshop.
Still found this abstract needed something more, so added my pdpa texture "Marble Sky". Blending it in Darker Color at 70% Opacity. Then added another Saturation bump up, and more light with a Levels Adjustment. Added my copyright banner and was done.
For the March 15th, 16th edition of Photo Art Friday, the optional theme is:
Give your imagination free reign. Consider stretching the interpretation of the word "portrait" beyond its traditional definition.
Of course, you may decide that traditional portrayal is the way you want to go. Just remember that themes do not have to strictly dictate everything about the style, subject matter, presentation or possibilities.
You always have the option to step out of the box ... or not ... as YOU wish. And ... there are always degrees of 'stepping'. Maybe you want to start with a baby step ... or perhaps you are itching to take a giant leap.
Either way, I can't wait to see your 'portraits' - next week for the March 15th - 16th edition!