Thursday, September 29, 2011
Using the Displace filter- one of the tools in the Distort filter drop down menu-- to create the look of an image painted onto a textured surface, like a wall. I found the technique in a Photoshop Elements Techniques magazine that I subscribe to, so I don't feel that I can freely share it, but the site for the magazine offers a lot of free tutorials and this may well be one. photoshopelementsuser.com
The brick window is a freebie from Elizabeth Golden, the sign is from Dover and the apples were googled.
Sunday, September 25, 2011
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Over at Kris Dickinson's blog, Nostalgic Collage
http://nostalgiccollage.blogspot.com/ there is a new Gothic Arch Challenge. I always loved looking at the Gothic arch challenges of old, although, while still in blogger infancy, I never could figure out how to join it.
anyway, I would like very much to play in this one so here's my attempt.
I made the arch from a custom shape--would you believe an acorn? The image is from Suzee Que; the bird and music from the Graphics Fairy; the poppies from Google images; the background from pieces by Cottage Arts, Textures for Layers and Peggy Gatto. And the rest is blending, filters and PS brushes.
Behind the Turquoise Gate
I often revisit the photos I took on my trips to New Mexico, and they never fail to delight me and evoke wonderful memories and deep feelings.
My photo and Kokopelli brush. The crow is also a brush and the overlay from Shadowhouse.
Sunday, September 18, 2011
What an interesting theme! When I googled Pierrot for images there were so many--and all so different! Sad, happy, cute children in clown costumes, internationally famous actors, elegant dancers, tragic faces, and not just a few creepy ones.
I chose these , from Wikimedia Commons, both used with permission of the photographers and altered with Fotosketcher, my new favorite free toy.
The grungy diamond pattern is from Bittbox and the rest was done with brushes, filters and blending.
Thanks for visiting.
Saturday, September 17, 2011
I learned about a free digital painting site from one of my Yahoo groups. It's called Psykopaint and it's great fun! Here's the URL if you want to try it out. I can't seem to create the link.
Here's the original photo I started with.
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Sunday, September 11, 2011
Photos from Google images, unknown cello player, and Jacqueline Du Pre, both greatly alterd with the Impressionist plug in for photoshop. The music in the overlay is a handwritten score by Puccini, and the text and frame are from Frames for Use Flickr Group.
This is a photo used with the permission of the photographer, Nir Landau and altered with filters, blending modes and gradient layers.
Just back from a week on Cape Cod. No computer, but there were sunny days, rainy days, beautiful sunsets, amazing fog, sandy beaches to walk, crashing waves on the ocean side, quaint villages and Provincetown. A lovely relaxing trip--rest, reading good books, eating good food, lots of photography...
...but, nice to be home again.
Here's my pink postcard. Thanks to Gaby Braun, the Graphics Fairy, Jerry Jones at Shadowhouse, and all the folks who create and share their fabulous Photoshop brushes.