One Four Challenge – Dec Wk 4

The last week for December and usually when people pull out all the stops 🙂  I confess, this week I’m no exception because I have TWO images for this last week but also an explanation!

Image #1 for Week 4 – click to embiggen

This was my first entry for the Wk 4 Dec challenge, in a previous week I had used the Bleach Bypass filter in Nik Color Efex and liked it a lot, so went back to my Wk 1 base image and added it in. Felt like there was something extra needed and played with the Color Efex filters until this blurred effect happened, I liked how it almost gives it a Tilt Shift feel when you look at the smaller image 🙂 THEN!! Lying in bed reading emails on my iPad this morning, I was sent a pre Xmas deal for a Photoshop Artistry Post Processing Grunge style photography course and the samples looked pretty cool.  It promised hours of video training on cool ways to use Photoshop and was expensive but a good deal.  Yes, dear readers, I purchased it.

#2 Entry for Wk 4 – click to embiggen and see all the detail

So far today I have done the first part of Module 1, downloaded loads of textures (inc in the deal) fluffed around trying out new techniques and spent the last 2 hours making the above image! Steps taken: – imported my base image and duplicated the background layer – found a grunge texture I liked, added as a layer with Hard Light blend mode about 90% (I think) – found the watermark in my downloaded files, resized down and then added as a layer with Overlay Blend mode around 80% and positioned in the corner – spent ages trying to find the right text to use – added as a layer with Multipy blend mode around 80% OMG I learned SO MUCH from this course, have pages of notes and have amazing new and useful skills in PS, the course was a gamble but turned out to be worth every cent, and I have barely done 10% of it.  Looking forward to doing the rest over my holidays 🙂

Two completely different images and styles, love to hear your feedback and comments

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All of December images from the very beginning for you to view and compare


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34 Responses to One Four Challenge – Dec Wk 4

  1. katieprior says:

    Nice set of images for your December challenge. My favourite would be the second one for this week, with the writing on. It has some lovely colours and I quite like the effect you have used, it looks like a book cover. Have fun with the rest of the course! 🙂

    • lensaddiction says:

      Thanks Katie, I dithered over whether or not the writing was too much but I quite liked it so it stayed, glad you liked it and thanks for commenting, its appreciated.

  2. Robyn G says:

    Oh you are having fun!! It really shows 😃 The first one does have a slight tilt shift feel about it. The design feel to the second is very appealing with its text overlay and grungy textures.
    I bet you will enjoy doing the rest of your course. Are you finished yet? 😜 happy holidays Stacey!

    • lensaddiction says:

      The course is 72 hrs of video, and I have done about 2 of it so far, so PLENTY to keep me occupied over Xmas holidays. Will be interesting to see how my journey to new techniques goes.

  3. Bastet says:

    I like this effect .. somehow it reminds me of an old post card from the belle epoche .. perhaps found hidden in the back of an old roll-top desk. Lots of stories could be told because of this one. nicely done!

  4. Joanne says:

    I like the second of this week’s a lot. It has a unique distinct “vibe” to it. My favorites are this one and week 2, both of which are warmer. I like Bastet’s comment… you could imagine 4-second being an old photo pulled out of a desk – Great photos suggest, but don’t tell, stories, leaving mystery and questions. Good job!

    • lensaddiction says:

      Thanks Joanne, I really like the bit about suggest stories, leaving mystery and questions. I will have to keep that in mind!

  5. loisajay says:

    What a beautiful photo to start. I loved it right away. Then the painterly effect won me over. Ooh, but now the blurred effect. Hard for me to pick a favorite–I love them all! And what a cool Christmas present for you–Photoshop video. Merry Christmas to you!

    • lensaddiction says:

      Merry Christmas to you too 🙂 It was a bit of a splurge but the video series has been SO education, I am only 2 hrs into it and learned HEAPS! I didn’t do a poll this week because I don’t think this is a competition, so long as someone likes one of my images then thats OK with me 🙂

  6. All very beautiful! My favorite is the photo that looks like spring, pink flowers and no writing.

    • lensaddiction says:

      I love blossoms and spring, its a special time of year 🙂 Glad you liked it and thanks for dropping by to say Hi.

  7. coolquilting says:

    Love the soft look of this week’s photo…and the tilt shift effect in image 1. And the online class looks interesting…hmmm

    • lensaddiction says:

      The classes are AMAZING, honestly I have learned so much in just the first few classes which total up about 2 hrs of video. And there are 70 more hours to go!

      If the deal is still available (I got it for $89 US) I would really really recommend it, I feel like I can actually use PS for basic stuff rather than just flail around. I know about the necessary tools and how to use them.

      Sorry Im raving but it was the best investment for setting up my PS education 🙂

  8. svtakeiteasy says:

    Love this version, like a late afternoon bathe in the sunshine.

  9. Woolly Muses says:

    As some others have noted, selection 2 this week is my favourite.

  10. leecleland says:

    Love what you have done with Photoshop Artistry this week it looks fantastic Stacy. I’ve had the course for a while and have found it a fantastic way to learn more about PS but also so much more about the artistic side of using my images. I still haven’t finished the course, there is so much in it. Have fun with it and look forward to seeing what else you do in the following months.

    • lensaddiction says:

      Thanks Lee, glad to know someone else is partaking of the benefits of this course. Im going to make a big effort to watch all the videos while I am on holiday, taking PAGES of notes 🙂

      its making me think about digital art in a completely different way!

  11. pike says:

    Your photo is beautiful, my favourite is week 2! 🙂

  12. out of all of them week one is my favorite out of the set. It is a strong image that stands on its own with needing lots of filters.

    • lensaddiction says:

      Thanks Ben, kind of you to say. This was an image I took years ago when I first got my camera and never even bothered to process it originally. But with a more educated skillset I decided to give this one a go. Its been recieved better than I thought it would be 🙂

  13. Anita says:

    I like #2 from this week amongst all the versions!

  14. Love the grungy one and all the work that went into it!

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