Monday, November 12, 2012

Day Dreaming at My Desk


Mouse over photo to see the 'before' image.
Now that I've got my new desk in my studio, I sometimes find myself day dreaming as I look out the window.  Since this weeks photo themes from Kim at Texture Tuesday and Bonnie at Photo Art Friday compliment one another so well to all this day dreaming, I challenged myself to take a very ordinary iPhone shot of my desk today and edit it in Photoshop to try to create an dreamy, artful still life.

I started with a levels adjustment and then played with the brightness and contrast to get back my Tim Horton's mug which is very dark in the original image.  I added Kim's kk_kristen texture, first at multiply 100% and then again using a soft light blend mode at 27%.

I put on a warming photo filter, flattened the image and then added a watercolour filter to that.  Next I added a couple of painterly textures (a Jerry Jone's painterly texture, and one of Bonnie's painterly textures, both with a soft light blend mode at 100% opacity).  The final edit was to add Kim's kk_dream texture. It just seemed perfect for the 'Dreamy' theme with it's soft subtle 'dreamy' text.

These photos are being linked to Our World TuesdayTexture TuesdaySweet Shot TuesdayPhoto Show Off This or That ThursdaysPhoto Art Friday, and Fabulous Friday.

54 comments:

  1. Great work ! And yes a hot cup of liquid makes wonders. Please have a good Tuesday.

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    1. Thanks Robert. I've got my coffee in hand. :o)

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  2. Absolutely beautiful. I, too, enjoy using Kim's textures. I just love the way this picture turned out. genie

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    1. Thanks Genie. It was an interesting process to start with such a mundane shot.

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  3. I love how this turned out!!! Quite a difference.

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    1. Thanks Danielle. I never thought I could turn something so simple and mundane into an interesting image.

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  4. A good place to fashion a day dream.

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  5. You have inspired me to experiment a little more with my photos. Enjoy your day dreaming - where would we be without our dreams!

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    1. I'm so glad I was able to provide you with some inspiration to experiment. Have fun playing!

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  6. Fabulous job! A real piece of art! Thanks for the explanations too.

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  7. Nice texture work. What a great feel to your "dream' photo. And everything goes better with Timmy's!

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  8. WOW...what a difference you made on this image. The mouse over is such a great technique...One that I haven't accomplished yet:( I am your newest follower today.
    Laurie

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    1. Thanks Laurie, both for the comment and for becoming my newest follower! As for the mouse over technique, I got the code from Kim Klassen's site (tried to find it so I could give you the link, but wasn't successful). Another option is to Google 'mouse over' or 'roll over' photo technique and I'm sure you'll find lots of help. The real trick is to upload your before and after images to Flickr or the like because you'll need to put your image URL into the code. Have fun with it.

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  9. Love that! It's amazing seeing the original and the one you played with. Thanks for the inspiration.

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    1. Thanks Lynda. It really is remarkable what we can do with filters and textures. So much fun!

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  10. amazing work with the textures! love how it totally transformed an ordinary iphone shot into something really special.

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    1. Thanks Kelly. You've got to love Photoshop!

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    1. Thanks. It was a fun challenge (self imposed) to try to create something from nothing.

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  12. This is a stunner, Linda!! Really creative, exceptional, and even more wondrous, EXPLAINED.

    BEtween you and Jean I am starting to "see" possibilities I might never have considered BEfore!!

    Really love how you imagined and created this. I'd love to know how the mouse over effect works but it just might blow up my brain!!! LOL! I am learninglearninglearning and sometimes wonder if my brain can handle all that!!
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    xoxo

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    1. Thanks Currie! I trust your brain can handle anything! You seem like a pretty incredible woman.

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  13. I love playing with the editing on my images... I really like the effect you have created

    Mollyxxx

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    1. Thanks Molly. I wanted to challenge myself to create something from a very ordinary 'throw away' image and I'm very please with the results.

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  14. Well this is the definition of two bird with one stone, or should I say photo! lol Such a fabulous edit, I love it!!

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    1. Thanks Kim. Always trying to work smarter not harder (even in play LOL)

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  15. The warmth is amazing! Sounds like you enjoyed editing this, too! Your studio looks like a great place for dreaming!

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    1. Thank you Sharon. The studio is certainly good for day dreaming, but I am getting more done in it too. :o)

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  16. Wow,- this piece is so cool! I love what you have done here with the original photo! Great work.... and I really like your studio, too:)
    Monica:)

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    1. Thanks Monica. It was fun to do and I'm loving the studio too!

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  17. Excellent work, Linda. Where did you get your desk?

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    1. Thanks Pat. The desk/shelf units are from Ikea. (Expedit)

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  18. A lovely spot to get inspiration. Valerie

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  19. what a great edit. very dreamy, indeed. it is good to day dream now and then. it relaxes!

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    1. Thanks. You're so right about the need to take a break and just dream once in a while...

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  20. What a success! Your editing has produced such a lovely feeling in an image, Linda. I tend to dream a lot at my desk too!

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    1. Thanks Bonnie. It's funny that I really didn't expect much of this image and yet I love how it turned out and the feedback has been incredible. You just never know...

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  21. You have done great work and the photograph is really looking, you have done great effect on it, very nice post. Thanks for sharing.

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  22. What a really cool image!! You are so creative Linda!

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    1. Thanks so much Beverly. Have a FUNtastic weekend!

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  23. This is so creative Linda, I love it.

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    1. Thank you Miriam. I really turned out better than I ever expected.

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  24. Goal accomplished. This turned out fantastic.

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