Costumes for your Pictures
Photoshop is one of the miracles of technology and the folks at Adobe are constantly upgrading and refining this fascinating application. I was once told how deep and complex it is and how true that comment resounds every time I attempt to edit my digital images. There are lots of ways to have fun, but, for me on a rainy day, playing around in my CS5 environment is pure delight.
The photo effects you see here reflect only a drop in the prerverbial bucket of what you can achieve with practice and a little abandon. Tutorials abound but I do recommend enrolling in a class or two for the uninitiated. Personally, I have taken many and have also relied on books and the web for specific information.
I can highly recommend anything by Scott Kelby and a membership to NAPP for in depth learning. Don’t be alarmed by the title National Association for Photoshop”Professionals” as I certainly am not a pro and the membership provides lots of perks for us wannabes. Perhaps you would like to start out with Photoshop Elements, much less expensive but loaded with great editing tools.
Below I show a white rose with too many layers to ever remember but I liked the interesting overlapping and swirling movement of the petals. The original was saved, of course, but it was a good candidate for experimentation. The following two pics show the use of what is called the “Orton Effect” and a link will be provided for that tutorial. In “Beach Grass ” I also added a vignetting filter to dramatize the grasses within the ocean background. I particularly love the impressionist look of garden photography. Check out Tony Sweet’s work who is a master of capturing that look with his camera. The park scene becomes muted with a blur filter but the flowers in the foreground seem to jump out at you. As an aside the lovely umbrella-shaped tree in the background is a Camperdown Elm not widely seen in gardens.