Blah pictures don’t have to stay blah
As I’ve been cleaning and rearranging the home these past 24 days, I have found things that I never knew I had….
….such as postcards, Christmas cards, birthday cards, thank-you cards, all unused…. all from a past where I used to send out cards like it was the last day of Earth.
Now we have e-Cards, email…. everything except cards that actually arrive in a mailbox.
That, however, didn’t prevent me from taking some pictures that otherwise had flaws in them, modify them, and create some cards, mostly to put my Photoshop CC skills to the test.
One card that I particularly like started with this photograph:
The wall art is pretty cool but the picture itself needs some work. It’s underexposed, has contrast and clarity issues, is tilting backwards, and simply is a blah picture.
First, I solved the tilting problem using Perspective Crop and then lightened the shadows so the fish were better seen. That also lightened the darker areas, which I think is good, because the shadows were overshadowing (so to speak) the fish.
Then I realized that whomever installed the artwork should have centered it within the wall boards. Notice that the right side has a small slice of board? The fishies should swim over to the left a couple of inches or so….
I tried working with that image but the board slice was really bugging me.
The texture of the boards was bugging me, too. I mean, do fish swim on lumber?
There are several ways to resolve these issues but I thought the easiest thing to do would be to remove the boards.
Using the Magic Wand and a lot of work at high magnifications, I selected the boards I wanted to remove and then inverted my selection. I did that because I didn’t really want to remove the boards. What I wanted to do was to remove the fish from the boards. In other words, I needed to select what I wanted to keep rather than what I wanted to remove.
I highlighted the boards, though, because they were easy to highlight, all of them being the same basic light gray. Inverting the selection then gave me just the fish, fishing line, and shadows. I then saved those to continue to work on them.
It took me a while to get the shadows just the way I wanted them. The final product looks like this:
One fish has escaped from the fishing line. Do you see it?
I can leave those fish on a white background or change the background to another color, such as blue for water. Or I can apply filters to them; this is one of my favorites:
Now that I can cut out pieces of pictures, oh the possibilities are endless as to what I can accomplish. I might never have a real picture in my blog again………..lol
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Posted on August 24, 2013, in Adobe, Corel, Digital photo editing, Fauna, How I Did It, Manmade, Mother & Father Nature, Photos, Public art and tagged adobe photoshop, corel paintshop pro. Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.