Sunday, October 11, 2009

Sunday Stills: Photoshop

Photoshop is my favorite software and I use it daily as a professional graphic artist. Mostly I use it for image collage, such as the rooster who appears to be holding a flower in his beak in my blog header.

It's easy to get carried away using filters. I find the greatest challenge, however, is finding a subtle combination of them that actually makes an OK photo even better, pushing it toward the artistic without destroying the original.

Here is a finished portrait of Presley, a Silver Laced Polish rooster, and the changes from the original so you can see the progression. Not only did I use several filters, I used them on multiple copies of the original and gave them different types and percentages of blending modes.

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A little added color for artistic enhancement
Enhanced eye shine through adding a luminosity layer
 Here I've accented the edges giving more emphasis to the feathers
The original image--nice enough but not very exciting

For more examples of Photoshop, visit Sunday Stills.


Nola @ the Alamo said...

You did a great job! Which version of Photoshop do you use? I have thought of investing in the professional version simply because I use it so often, but don't know if it would be worth the investment. Primarily I am archiving old family photos that are 70 or so years old and want the best possible photo I can archive.

Kateri said...

Nice portrait of quite an impressive rooster!

Kilauea Poetry said...

Wow..I didn't see this or your blog. These are terrific..I love chickens! I also enjoyed your first post with your colorful find..What a neat trip!
That poem you commented on..funny, I realized I left the link on Sunday Stills by accident instead of the prompt? Never heard a thing? Thank you so much..I appreciate that. Have a great day-

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