One Four Challenge: March Week 3

One Four Challenge: March Week 3

One Four Challenge: March Week 3

There’s a magical, timeless quality to the moors that I wanted to try to convey with this week’s edit for the March One Four Challenge, hosted by Robyn Gosby at Captivate Me. I could have replaced the original sky with another from my files but I decided to see just what I could do by using adjustment layers and the original image only. I’ve attempted to create an ambiguous scene; sunrise or sunset, the start or the finish, now or then?

Photoshop CC
Use HDR Background
Add Black and white Adjustment Layer modified Red Filter
Use Multiply Blending
Select Foreground using Polygonal Lasso
Layer Via Copy
Create Copy of Background Layer
Use Cloning Tool and Brush to extend sky over foreground
Duplicate Layer
Radial Zoom Blur 55%
Duplicate Layer
Radial Zoom Blur 80%
Luminosity Blending 75%
Apply Adjustment Layers for Hue and Levels to Foreground
Merge Visible

Greater Than Gatsby in Photoshop CC
Clean Slate Foundation
Golden Sunset Burst with Multiply Blending
Create Sunset effect using four radial gradient layers with appropriate colours, reducing in scale
Vignette Federal 55%
ND Gradient
Soft Light Blending
Merge Visible
Painterly Rich 25%
Flatten Image
Add Canvas Border

One Four Challenge: March Week 2

One Four Challenge: March Week 2

One Four Challenge: March Week 2

For the second week of March’s One Four Challenge, hosted by Robin Gosby at Captivate Me, I wanted to show the moors and tor in a darker mood. Dartmoor has been the setting for countless novels and poems. The best known of these is undoubtedly The Hound of The Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. In the dark of night, with the mist rolling in across the moors, I can’t help but think of the savage dog-like beast stood upon the tor, howling into the winds. A little bonus for you is this extra edit with an even moodier look and the hound himself on the rocks!

The Hound Of The Baskervilles

Here are the steps I took to get my Week 2 edit and a gallery of all the edits so far:

Photoshop CC and GTG
Savoy Mark II Colour Base
Knuffle Bunny 15%
Polar Express 50%
Cooling Greens Brush
Fog Brush (Across Tor) 50%
Moody Brush (Across Tor)
Rich Contrast 25%
Silky Rich Bokeh
Create Depth Brush
Dark Paradise 50%
RETRO FILMS
Record Store 15%
Annie Hall 25%
Flatten Image
Painterly Punchy 100%
Flatten Image
Black and White Adjustment Layer with Infrared Style
Painterly Subtle 100%
That Witch is Wicked 15%
Classic Contrast
Clean Bokeh
Create Depth Brush

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One Four Challenge: January Week 4

One Four Challenge - January Week 4

One Four Challenge: January Week 4

It’s the final week for January’s One Four Challenge from Robyn Gosby at Captivate Me. I’ve loved working with this Dahlia image this month and I’ve really enjoyed all your great feedback. I thought I would carry on working with the flower in a classic design theme inspired a bit by last week’s image and all the comments I received. My thoughts behind these designs were vintage fabric prints. This week I’ve kept the colour but made the overall look softer and subtle.

Photoshop CC
Select flower using polygonal lasso tool
Refine Edge
Fill Background Black
Select Black Pixels
Refine Edge
Layer via copy
Apply Radial Zoom Blur to both layers
Copy Background Layer and add Radial Swirl
Overlay Blending 20%
Merge and Flatten
Add an Invert Adjustment Layer
Difference Blending
Flatten Image

Greater Than Gatsby
Sentimental Colour Base
Sky Harbour 20%
Bright Pink Burst top left 90%
Soft Lavender Burst bottom right 75%
Eloise 30%
Paddington 20%
Moody Brush applied to flower centre
Bright Contrast 30%
Brooklyn Theatre Fire 60%
Merge and Flatten
Painterly Soft
Flatten Image

Open Paisley Texture Image
Apply Hue/Saturation Adjustment
Apply Brightness/Contrast Adjustment
Flatten Image
Add Texture Overlay to Flower
Create several copies of the flower
Transform size and opacity and place flowers diagonally across image
Merge with Multiply, Soft Light and Normal Blending
GTG Tuscan Vingnette 60%

Analogue Efex 2
Basic Adjustments: +detail -contrast +brightness
Light Leaks: Soft
Cool Film Type

Here’s my gallery of all the images for January and a poll if you would like to choose a favourite:

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One Four Challenge: January Week 3

One Four Challenge - January Week 3

One Four Challenge: January Week 3

It’s the third week of this month’s One Four Challenge, from Robin Gosby at Captivate Me, and I’ve used another combination of processing software to produce something completely different! I don’t expect anyone to try counting them, but there are twenty-four versions of my original dahlia in this composition.

Here’s the list of the processes I took and a gallery of the images.

Photoshop CC
Polygonal Lasso Tool
Select main flower head
Refine edge – feather, smooth and reduce size

Delete Background layer
Apply BW Filters: Yellow, Neutral Density, Maximum Black, Infrared, Blue, Red Filter

Create an invert of all BW versions

Add Black Fill Layer To Background

Copy and paste all versions of the BW Flower
Resize, rotate, and arrange
Duplicate selected layers to completely fill the image
Blend with a combination of Luminance, Overlay, Hard Light and Difference
Use Soft Eraser at Low Opacity to gently soften petal edges and details
Merge Visible
Flatten Image

Greater Than Gatsby
Lighthouse at 15%
Stillwater at 25%
Clean Drama at 25%
Soft Cool Burst 20% bottom right

Lightroom
Import with GTG Muted Edit Preset
Drop Clarity -10
Vignette +10

Nik Software
Colour Efex Pro 2
Tonal Contrast
Detail Extractor
Pro Contrast
Glamour Glow
Graduated ND

Export to Lightroom
Noise Reduction
Split Toning mauve highlights

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One Four Challenge: January Week 1

One Four Challenge - January Week 1

One Four Challenge: January Week 1

I decided to play with a photograph of one of my favourite flowers this month. It’s a dahlia that I pictured at RHS Wisley Gardens last September at their annual flower show. This week’s edit is soft and dreamy, maybe something that my 9yr old goddaughter would enjoy as a screen saver or wall poster. I will also show you the original image and a basic Lightroom edit, that will be the base image from which to work with over the course of the month. For January’s One Four Challenge, from Robyn Gosby at Captivate Me, I have decided to use a combination of processing software programs to create a totally new look each week.

Here are the processes that went into creating my first edit:

Nik Software
Analogue Efex Pro 2
Double exposure
Bokeh with blur
Basic Adjustments – reduce contrast, brighten, increase detail, decrease saturation
White Vignette
White Frame

Photoshop CC
Duplicate Background Layer
Clone Tool to remove unwanted detail
Blur Tool around edges
Screen Blending 100%
Duplicate of Background
Soft Light Blending 70%
Merge Visible

Greater Than Gatsby Photoshop Actions
Carving Tree Collection
Tickled Pink 30%
Bright Pink Burst – top right
Soft Pink Burst – bottom left
Innocence Collection
Create Depth Brush
Amelia Bedelia 70%

Adobe Lightroom
Reduce Noise
Adjust Hue, Saturation and Lightness

Here’s the gallery for your perusal 🙂

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Monochrome Madness: Tips On Processing

Clint in B&W

Monochrome Madness: Tips On Processing

Monochrome Madness has reached its 22nd week and is still full of surprises and diversity! Thank you to Leanne Cole and Laura Macky for bringing us all together.

I wanted to talk about the processing that went into creating my image for this weeks challenge. I spotted this beautiful horse, a show jumper called Clint, at the Elm Lane Stables where young Mylie was competing in her first show.

He was braying for my attention and I couldn’t resist! Such beautiful lines and markings, he reminded me so much of some of the horses that I used to love painting and sketching.

His pasture was elevated from my position which enabled me to get a great base image of his profile against the sky from which I could work on to get the look I wanted.

 

Pre-edit

I imported my original image into Lightroom to get all my levels, hues, saturation and contrast right. I also cleaned up the foreground, removing the strands of grass and thistle with the cloning tool.

First edit in Lightroom

I really like this edit, it’s soft and natural. However, I really wanted to get the look of a pencil or charcoal drawing. I tried a monochrome edit in the Nik Software plugin but I wasn’t happy with the results this time. I just couldn’t quite get the detail right!

Nik Software edit

At this stage I imported my first Lightroom edit into Photoshop CC to make use of some of my customisable Action Pre-sets and brush tools. I was able to isolate my subject using the wand and selection tools to get a crisp white background. I managed to achieve a really punchy, vibrant edit, reminiscent of a pastel drawing, which I accentuated using the smudge and blur tools.

Final Colour Edit

I then used the Greater Than Gatsby Timeless Black and White Action, with a few custom tweaks for my Monochrome Madness image. Really happy with it and I hope you like it too! Here’s a gallery to show the evolution from start to finish.