Taking this Powder Paint to another level is something that I wanted to try… I love Topaz Impression 2 and I wondered what the effect would look like after adding a paint effect to the image. Continue reading →
I found this wonderful photograph of a female warrior on Pixabay by ractapopulous and thought how wonderful it would be set in a forest setting. I know I wanted to create a moody feel to the image so I played around with various backgrounds and I used a tree and a clip art of a rock and grass. I added the dove just for a softer feel to this moody image I was creating.
Once I had finished with my image… I then imported the image and used various presets on virtual copies of the image..
Well as I have not been able to get out and about to take photographs… which I totally miss by the way.. I have turned my hand to digital art. Continuing with the Powder Paint theme that I have been working with over the last couple of days… I created this image by using a photo I found on Wiki by William Adolphe Bouguereau called Daisy…
To add extra elements to the image… I used a clipart image of a book and added fairy dust to the image…
I like the pastel shades of the first image… but I also like the coffee tones when I added a Lightroom Preset to the image.
Yesterday I spoke about powder paint effect and how I am liking what it does to your photographs… anyway yesterday I decided to play around even further.. and I created the above Angel Boy by adding a starry background.. and changing the colour of the background layer to compliment the colours of the boy.
Just before Christmas my son took a wonderful photograph of our little grand-daughter sitting in front of their Christmas tree.. I just loved the photograph.. and I have created a black and white version which is now on wall.
Anyway I played around in Photoshop … changed the background layer colour, removed elements from the original photograph and added a sparkly overlay to the image.
She is such a little cutie… and I think that particular pose of hers is absolutely beautiful.. once I had finished in Photoshop, I did a few minor edits in Lightroom.
Well here we are in 2017 and wishing you all a Happy New Year… I can’t believe that this month is the 5th anniversary of our photography journey. Five whole years… where has that time gone.. and I am still as enthralled with photography as I was when we started 5 years ago.
As many of you know recently I haven’t been able to get out and about much due to this friggin hip so I have resorted to Digital Art to fill my time… and here is a piece I created in Photoshop of a Ballerina which has been processed using different Lightroom Presets.
A few months ago I came across a site called The Graphics Fairy where you could download free images to use in your digital artwork.. whilst browsing I found this wonderful angel on a crescent moon… and just loved the colours used in the image, so I based my entire composition on those colours.
Here are the steps I used to create the above image.
- Opened a 3000 x 2000 px white background in Photoshop.
- Using the gradient tool I selected the foreground colour as the duckegg blue and the background colour as the cream in the moon and added a gradient to my white background… from bottom to top.
- Added Galaxy Transparent background to that image.
- Then added a text layer, lowered the opacity of the text layer to 18%
- I then added the stars background
- Next I duplicated the Stars Background
- I then added the Moon angel as I wanted her wings to be in front of the stars.
- Returning to my stars duplicated layer I added clipping masks for Levels, Vibrance and Hue-Saturation until I got the gold stars to a similar colour of the angel wings.
- Next I merged all visible layers and added a dodge and burn layer to throw some highlights onto her skin and to brighten her eyes and the highlights of the stars
- I deepened the shadows on some of the darker areas
- Finally I added a vignette before saving and importing into Lightroom
- Once the image was back in Lightroom I added a darker vignette, brightened her eyes more and did some more dodging and burning… I also added a grain to the image
Happy New Year everyone xx
Where I am not able to get out and about much with this dreaded hip… (can’t wait for the op now, boredom and frustration are setting in)… photography has had to take a bit of a back burner… And as silly as it sounds… going through old photos of places of where we have been… makes me feel even more down that I can’t get out and about.
So to combat this, I have taken to doing Digital Art in Photoshop, I am still much a novice… but believe me… it is teaching me a whole lot more about Photoshop… clipping masks, layer masks, adjustment layers, filters.
What I am loving is once I have created my artwork.. I can then go one step further in Lightroom as well as other software programmes I use, like Topaz Adjust, Texture Effects and Nik Software.
Here are a few of the other processing techniques I have used on this image.