Saturday, October 14, 2006

PSE 4 - Making Your Photos Pop - Lesson 5

Shown below are several examples of different Sharpening Techniques. Some of the effects may be too subtle to see well on the Web, but on my monitor and on the prints there was an improvement in all of the photos. The only factor may be that I picked the wrong technique for the photo in question. However I did learn the techniques and more practice will result in improvements.

Emboss Sharpening


Sharpened Image

High Pass Filter Sharpening


Sharpened Image

Contrast Mask Sharpening

Sharpened Image

Edge Mask Sharpening


Sharpened Image

Friday, October 13, 2006

PSE 4 - Collages - Lesson 4

Lesson 4 was again a both a challenge and learning experience. I have posted the requested pictures along with an exercise to show some of what I learned. I tried my own version of the Displacement Map by puttin some lions onto clouds. The result was interesting though not very sucessful. The clouds did not have enough texture to show the technique effectively. However that's how you learn by trying things. With some more practice I can see the cool stuff you can do with the displacement map.

Shadow Portrait

Impressionist Brush


After using the Brush

Exercise 7

Lions in the Sky Displacement Map

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

PSE-4 Collages Lesson 3

Lesson 3 was both fun and challenging. The homework requested was a Collage using many layers and using as many techniques as possible that we have learned.

The result was a final Collage with 20 layers with many pictures as sources, all of which were enhanced and corrected before being modified to suit the collage. I used texture, blending layers, opacity and some things I don't remember. The Scroll Border was a project in itself. It was designed using a special shape as a brush and then duplicating and aligning around 40 layers. I am sure there is a better way to make a border, but I haven't learned that way yet.

I have also posted an exercise that made a darkened portrait. It was not a requested homework posting, but I really liked the result, which is of my son, Brian some 20 years ago. He is enjoying himself at a Walt Disney World Character Breakfast.

Comments and suggestions are always welcome.

Darkened Portrait

New Orleans Collage

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

PSE-4 Making Your Photos Pop - Lesson 4

Three different effects in this lesson.



Vignette Result



Portrait Result

Selection and Gradient Fill


Resultant Picture

Sunday, October 01, 2006

PSE-4 Making Your Photos Pop - Lesson 3

This lesson introduced me to many new tools and was quite challenging. I have to practice more with the cloning and healing tools. My first try was the Lion pair and while I was able to improve the picture, it is somewhat noticable that I cloned etc.

The Birders and Lions was just a fun way to clone from one pi
cture to another. A fun look at Birding

Jackson Square in New Orleans turned out the best. It is impossible to get a picture of it without people around. Also very gray skies the day I took the picture. Note: the sky replacement was from a series of cloud pictures that I took one day when the clouds and sky were just perfect from the parking lot of my company. I tried to bring out something in the sky before I used my stock clouds, but to no avail. Hue changes we too obvious and looked fake. Nothing like real blue sky and clouds.

Lion Pair

Used: Burn Tool, Healing Brush, Cloning, Sharpen Tool, Smudge Tool and Sponge.



Cloning From Different Picture


Jackson Square, NOLA
Used Crop, Resize, Straighten, Reduce Color Noise, Adjust Shadows, Stock Clouds, Clone Tool, Healing Brushes