Recently I enrolled in a PS Fine Art Grunge course online and it has been a revelation, uncovering all sorts of concepts and techniques within Photoshop that I had no idea existed or that you could even do half of this stuff.
It has been a real education for me and I am powering through the videos, taking pages of noted. However the BEST way to learn is to actually do the stuff, but up til now with the Horrible Holiday Headcold, I haven’t really felt creative or had enough energy.
Today after beating iTunes into quivering submission (long story) I decided it was time to be creative and trolled through my archives for inspiration. The last video class I watched was Grunging Landscapes and I visited the old village of St Bathans last year and decided this shot had potential.
What I did:
– base editing in LR to process to usual image standard – global WB, highlights, contrast, clarity, saturation and a grad ND to tone down the sky brightness
– in PS I removed the powerlines using the patch tool
– added a scratched up texture layer, blended with overlay mode
– duplicated layer and toned down the texturing on the building a bit
– added in a coloured texture layer to age the image and blend it all harmoniously
What do you think? I wanted the image to feel as old and well used as the building, perhaps it was found tucked in a corner or underneath a piece of furniture inside?
Here is the original LR image for comparison
I am very much a beginner at this but thoughts, feedback, tips and pointers all welcome!
The processing style may not be your personal preference but I am definately interested to hear what you think. As I have learned from the One Four challenge, an outside POV can be extremely valuable 🙂