Friday, February 19, 2010

you've got mail!!!

i've been so busy the past few weeks
besides encaustic class every wednesday
and my online class with susan tuttle
OWOH has kept me answering e-mails,
blog surfing
(i've "met" some really creative people)
and making cards and art
( gifts for the winners and my new followers)
it was nice to receive this wonderful art and gift certificate
in the mail
from my friend ludgera
( thanks lu, i will be off today to aboveground!)
ludgera, who's in california
taking a bookmaking class
needed some help editing and manipulating
her photos for class
above, one of the finished projects i did
which lu stitched to the burlap
and sent as a thank-you card
i loved the challenge
working with someone elses photos
it gives me a new perspective on
something i might not have considered
she sent me the photo above and below
and asked to add them together

so i altered them a bit in ps
playing with the brightness/contrast
opacity and using the b/w feature
( i tried lots of filters as well but lost a lot
of the detail in both photos)

i then decided to take it a little bit further
i added a warm carmel color
and used the "overlay" blending mode
then the text from an old postcard
using the "screen" blending mode
and finally a texture i found at
shadow house creations
and set the blending mode to "darken"

and then the finished project!
which of course i didn't stop there
for fun i inverted it,
tried on a few filters
duplicated it and added a lighting feature
and played with the blending modes again
you can go on forever!!!


Michelle said...

Well done!

Teresa aka Tess said...

I love how you manipulate photos. You've practically mastered PS. These cherubs are awesome. I liked the original too. but the way you added the postcard layer really added such charm...

Heavens2Betsy said...

I think this is amazing. So clever and, such a lovely gentle result.

Lost Aussie said...

Fab job Nancy, this came out beautifully.

Lisa said...

this is so beautiful Nancy..I realy want to take Susan's online class..seems like the best one for photoshop techniques.

Debby said...

This is beautiful.

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Joanne Huffman said...

Very nicely done - and generous of you to share your techniques.

layers said...

thanks for all the tips and links-- I just may take that class myself-- the results look so good here.

Anonymous said...

Hey there, love, love this. The postcard background is a wonderful addition. I need to play more with photoshop layers. Thanks a bunch for sharing. Blessings Eden

Marilyn said...

Love this!!

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