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