Time to begin thinking about what piece of photo art you would like to showcase for our February link-up - Photo Art Friday. The first Friday in February is the 7th.
You can always showcase ANY piece of photo ART you choose. If you like to have a theme or challenge, the one for February is GEOMETRIC/GRAPHIC/ANGULAR. Here are some examples if you are stymied by this theme:
beams. A texture and a treatment with
a few RadLab stylets completes this piece.
At right a boutique in an up-scale shopping center featuring an amazing selection of fine perfumes and colognes. A levels adjustment, sharpening, and Poster Edges were the only manipulations on this photo.
Below the simple graphic effects of a fence enhanced with a color saturation and Poster Edges.
GRADIENT FILL TUTORIAL
Adding Gradient Fill color to a photograph that has a stark black or a stark white background can also help it be a more 'welcoming' companion to a texture. So here is an example of using two Gradient Fills before the application of a texture:
- BEFORE opening the Gradient Fill option you MUST select your foreground color which will be the color of the gradient fill.
- With the color picker select a pale color from within the photograph. I usually then choose an even paler color in that tone. Of course, you can always choose white. For this image I selected a pale yellow.
- Click on the small circle that opens the Adjustment Panel.
- From the Adjustment Panel options select "Gradient ..." (always the second on the list in my versions of PSE and PS).
- I leave all the gradient fill options as they are when the dialogue box opens, except for Angle.
- With your mouse guide the lever in the Angle circle so that your Gradient is positioned on your photo the way you want it.
- Click OK.
The Gradient Fill layer always comes with its own Layer Mask. Set your foreground color to black and choose a soft, round brush. I like to lower the opacity of the brush to about 40%, before starting to remove any gradient color on the flower. If it does not remove enough, I can go over the area again. You will want to adjust the size of your brush to fit the areas you are working on. If you make a mistake and remove some of the gradient fill color where you do not want to remove it, simply change your foreground color to white and brush over the spot.
pdpa Yellow Shards from my new Moonglow Medley Texture Set.
I want to use the Poster Edge Filter on this piece, but must first right click on the top layer and select Merge Layers. That gives me only one background layer. I duplicate that layer in order to be able to apply the Filter, Poster Edges. (Don't ask me why, but I can't seem to get the Filters to work over several other layers and so must Merge and Duplicate layers first.)
pdpa Yellow Shards texture. I cropped off a chunk of the image on the left, so that the focal point is not sitting smack dab in the middle. As I look at it now, it could perhaps do with a Levels Adjustment to bring in a bit more light - but there it is for now!
I hope these instructions are helpful. Hope I have not left out too many steps that I do all the time and therefore don't think to mention. Feel free to ask questions and please let me know how it goes if you use it.
I am preparing another tutorial with lots of tips for using textures to create photo art. Stay tuned!
Looking forward to connecting with you all at our next Photo Art Friday, February 7th! Be well!!!