Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Playing with Photoshop

Here are five renditions of one photo from The Mill of Kintail. The first is the original, unretouched version.

Experimenting 1

The next one has my usual adjustments that better reflect what I'd like the photo to look like. I tend to saturate the colours a lot in these drab winter photos.

Experimenting 2

This is the same as above but highly sharpened. Look how much sharper the tree branches are: perhaps too much, but it was an experiment with highpass sharpening.

Experimenting 3

Sometimes, a young fella just wants to play around and see what pops up on the screen after applying a filters at random (next two photos).

Experimenting 4

Experimenting 5

9 comments:

Ginnie said...

Hi AC...I can't help but remember when I used to develop film with my husband in a dark room with lots of acid baths and timing was of the essence or you'd lose the whole negative. Wow, times surely have changed and I'm glad you're having fun with it.

Anonymous said...

An interesting picture in it's own right, I like the last rendition the best. It's got a very artsy feel to it.

Gina said...

Can you believe that I have Adobe Photoshop on my computer, but I have yet to use it? I know that it is anything but intuitive, though, so it's kind of scaring me off.

Anonymous said...

Oh yea, AC - I love that saturation feature. Very pretty pix of the mill. I'm fairly sure all of my posts have been 'saturated' :0)

Anonymous said...

I just bought Adobe Elements 5.0 and have to confess it is a bit intimidating. Maybe one of your future posts can be about photoshop basics? ;-)

Kila said...

Great photo! How fun to play around with it like that. Thanks for sharing.

Coll said...

I love to play with my photo editing software. I am using PhotoShop Elements and if I remember correctly, I heard about this lite version of PhotoShop through you. Thank you for this.. I so love this program and have recommended it to many of my photobug friends.
My favourite photo here is #2. I agree with increasing the saturation in many of our winter pictures.. otherwise they are just varying shades of brown. Unless you live in Manitoba where white rules.

Anvilcloud said...

Ginnie: I did a little developing of b&w way back when, but I had anything but proper conditions, so I gave it up.

Gina: You probably have Photoshop Elements rather than the pro version, but it does an awful lot of good stuff from what I hear.

Laurie: Good luck with Elements. I think you'll find it very useful. Do some searches for tutorials and/or browse a big bookstore for a book that you cna relate to. Although they aren't sequential, Janee has some tutorials.

Leann said...

I liked the second one the best.very pretty.