Monday, January 14, 2013

You Can Do Anything...

There's nothing we can't accomplish with the right support!

Kim's challenge in Beyond Layers today is to use her sample photo of tulips on a black background and process it any way we want.  We'll then link up and compare what we've all done.

Kim's original image
I did some cropping to bring the tulips closer, did a minor levels adjustment and added a very subtle texture (Kim's 1301) with a soft light blend mode at 30% opacity.  I positioned the text (the quote is my own) to follow the shape created by the flowers by putting each line of text on it's own layer and then used a soft green from the leaves as the text colour.  By giving the text a bevel, it lets the 'light' shine on the text to echo the light hitting the flowers.  Finally, I added a gaussian blur to the image, and used a layer mask to remove the blur from the single tulip to keep it in sharp focus while having the 'family and friends' blurred in the background.

Update (30 minutes later)... I've just played with the image a little more, added another layer of of the 1301 texture, this time at a normal blend mode, 100% opacity, and then using a soft round brush on the layer mask, I removed most of the texture to just leave a soft frame around the image.  I think I like this one better than the first.

10 comments:

  1. Linda, love your quote. Prefer the image without the dusty frame....braver somehow. Oh, and the whole effect is greeting card worthy!

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    1. I like your idea of the greeting card and I do make all of my own cards so thanks Lauren. But since it's a Kim Klassen sample image, I'll probably use the quote on an image of my own before making it into a card.

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  2. Lovely! I like the last one best too. :o)

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    1. Thanks Jean. That's one vote for the framing and one without. It's interesting to read the differing preferences of my readers.

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  3. So lovely - great take on the challenge!

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    1. Thank you Kim. It's fun to see what everyone else has done with it too.

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  4. I love what you have done with Kim's image and also your words.

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  5. A lovely edit, really like the second image with the 'instagram' feel to it, it's beautiful. Love the quote too.

    Thank you for commenting on my blog post.

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