I hate to admit how many hours I took to do this project (with the help of some instructions, of course). Spent some hair-pulling moments, but I think it almost looks real. (The wood surface is one of my husband's work benches, and the graphic is a scanned art nouveau butterfuly stencil.)
Thanks for the new thread, Jubilada. Before I clicked on your image, I thought it was a microscopic look at an eyeball. You really gave those winter trees some life there! Great color capture.
In response to TAR's suggestion on the previous thread, I use PSP primarily but also dabble with an older version of PhotoShop. I'm not sure what I have that others would be interested in, but through the years I have collected maybe a couple of hundred background tiles that are compatible with PSP that I could share. Those are always helpful and I have lots of colors and styles. They can be used for making frames, borders or backdrops. Here's something I did some time back with one of them (wood).
Nice work. Love the wood things. Have lots of background wood and lots of frames. Jubi just had to try your butterfly. HOW DID YOU DO IT.
Anyway here is one that is raised on top of the wood. LOL Like yours much better.
Miss Mary, I think I'd be interested ... I do some power point stuff now and then, and I bet they'd easily translate to PhotoShop as well ...
TAR, I'd tell you how I did that in PhotoShop but it probably wouldn't mean much. I tried to approximate it in PSP, with only nominally successful results ... as you can see. I used layers, made the butterfly layer "darken" at 90 opacity, and added some 3-D effects (chisel, cutout and inner bevel) and finished off by doing an unsharp mask on the whole thing, and then as an afterthought added a light source. If you're interested in the "precise" adjustments and numbers, I'd be happy to tell you ... but you might do just as well fiddling around on your own ...
Whew, you all are working way over my head these days, super stuff. Not sure what it is you are discussing sharing on CD, but sure I wouldn't have anything of much interest as I am not too advanced in techniques and have all I can do to figure out what I have on hand lol!
Those wood works are really good. Must say that Steve and I actually do woodworking and I thought it was something you had chiseled at first look!
Jubi looks great. Like the rain drops are seen from the bottom of the glass.
I spent three hours working on the Japanese Lantern. Redone the background and added to the canvas., cut out the lantern and added lights behind it to make it look like the light was shinning from the lantern. The light inside the lantern is a flower petal. Darkened and blended the bottom to hide the bricks.
Nice duckies, Miss Mary, very painterly ...
TAR, I see you're having fun with your new software ...
From me, very quick little experiment with my new software, Plasteroid and Texturization3D ... it sure is fun futzing around, eh?
Worked hard at this one. Background was photo at Botanic gardens of a bamboo patch.
Wagon is a cutout of a photo I took at the Farmers market.
Added a frame and dog.
Andy you are doing it for money. That is where it is. Nice work.
So...I bought a photo editing program at Sam's Club last night and today I've been playing with it. Photo Explosion Deluxe. I'm having difficulty importing all my pics to it. My computer keeps shutting Down the program. I can import from my memory card without a problem.
The thing says I have 11000+ images! I think I have only half that. I deleted Picasa thinking it was trying to pull the pics from there but that didn't work. I, also, have an HP printer that has photos in a program there. What should I do?
Here are the steps I took. I uninstalled the PED, unistalled Picasa then reinstalled PED. Still says 11000+. It got to 6000+ then stopped again and closed.
kwanjin I cannot help but someone might pop in. Try installing the software and not let it search for the photos. Add the photos yourself, like my pictures.
Been cutting out an airplane from a photo I took in New Mexico. Took 6 hours to do it. Had to put back in all the cables and wire wheels. LOL Not again.
Added it to a background and effects. 1918 Jenny
Kwanjin, I've never worked with that software so I'm not going to be much help, I'm afraid. Someone gave me a photo editing program a couple of years ago and I ended up having to install it every time I wanted to use it and then I'd have to uninstall it to use other things. I never did find out what was wrong with it. I know how frustrating it is and hope your problem has a workable solution. Hey, I love that kitty!
Love the free-standing look! Boy, that is such a pretty bloomer, too.
Right off, I'd say I like the upgrade. This program just came out a couple of days ago, so I'm sure there are some kinks yet to be ironed out. I used the Brush Strokes effect on that Mockingbird and it came out relatively well --- something that never worked well with the older version I have. They have a Vibrancy option now, too, that gives you a little more wiggle room with color. Another new thingy is the Depth of Field effect, which lets you select a portion of the photo (freehand drawn or preset shape) to keep in focus. I tried it out in this photo, but have much to learn about how to use if for optimum effect.
Early_Bloomer, that is indeed spectacular! May I ask what software you used?
TAR, your OOBs just keep getting better. The storm actually left here early this morning, glad to say. The clouds lingered until late this afternoon and then rolled away. My brother lives in OKC and they got quite a bit of stuff. I'm happy you weren't hit hard.
I purchased Topaz Adjust almost a year ago and then added the entire Topaz Bundle (7 plug-ins) earlier this month. If you were going to buy just one, Adjust would be my choice--you can do amazing things with it alone. Since you can download a fully functional version of the whole Bundle and try it free for 30 days it gives plenty of time to use them and decide what you like or need. Compared to some plug-ins they are relatively inexpensive. For example, Scott Kelby's Photoshop Insider website ran a deal in conjunction with Topaz in Dec. for only $119.00 for the entire bundle. I'm sure other similar offers will come along. Sorry to sound like a salesman but I'm having a ball with these plug-ins.
Of course, I'm intrigued by this Topaz stuff. But, I already have plug-ins I don't completely know how to use! I will check it out ... and doubtless add another element to all those elements which I don't fully explore ... oh, my!
Nevertheless ... will Phil see his shadow? And, I exit this evening with a quote from the Sunday Funnies "Rose is Rose" ... "Spring Flashes are the result of prolonged confinement due to merciless wintry conditions ..."
Love those groundhogs! Oh, and thanks for the frame, TAR!
Nice work all. Great 3D Andy. Mary, your utility pole frames are way cool. TAR, I see you're having a very good and creative time with that new software. In fact, I broke down and got 30-day trials of the Topaz Adjust and Vivacity. Will probably buy them. Lots of fun to play with ... haven't been able to do anything constructive all afternoon ... oh, well ...
The process I've been fiddling with is first Topaz Adjust, then Topaz Vivacity, then an edge from Redfield Plasteriod, except for this first one...
Well, no photo editing here. My PSP X2 just won't open up. I tried many times and it just locks up before completely booting up so I uninstalled and reinstalled and the same thing, just won't open?
Haighr, have you considered calling Corel tech support? Another thing I was thinking of is retracing your steps to the last time you used it and it was working ok. Maybe something happened inbetween? I think that your tubes and frames SHOULD all still be in the program files location where Corel PSP is stored. Best of luck in getting up and running again very soon!
Haighr, I hate this is happening to you -- computers can be so frustrating when they want to. I wish I was better at figuring them out when they get cantankerous.
Early, TAR and Jubi -- your Topaz pieces were just too much temptation for me. I got the 30 day trial today. Do tell me, each of you, what combination of techniques you're having the best results with. Here's a Maple from a few months ago from me.
Haighr, I looked on the website and couldn't find much either. I did go to their tech support Q & A page and put in "startup" as a search term. It took me to this page, among others (hope the link works).
Well, Miss Mary, glad you've joined in on the fun! Your examples are exemplary. TAR, your Rogersville Depot is quite something as well!
I'm still exploring this new software, and find that the possibilities are, well, intriguing ... fortunately Topaz has provided some nice users' manuals along with everything else, and I intend to look at them seriously ... tomorrow! In the meantime, I've been merely flailing about ... ah, experimentation!
How about my kitty Consuelo, looking at me ... (this is somewhat subtle, but trust me, there's been quite a bit of manipulation with the Topaz Adjust and Vivacity ...)
Miss Mary, both of those manipulations were done with Topaz. I only use the Redfield, at this point, for my framing manipulations. So with the Topaz, first it is Adjust and then the Topaz Vivacity. Please do peruse their user manuals!
Mary I did not blend the photos together as such. I used Topaz Remask to do cutouts of the things I wanted. Pasted them in layers and used the pick (free style) and warp tool to arrange them. Used some downloaded brushes to do the smoke, weeds and cracks. Layered the sky, background, depot,train and picture frames. Used Redfield Fractelious and Topaz Adjust for effects. Had photo tubes for the dog and eagle. Text tool for the sign.
Miss Mary, to answer your question, the Vivacity is a separate bundle of 7 different filters, 2 of which (Clean and DeJPEG) are in the larger "bundle." Gradually I'm downloading trial versions of each element. Today I got the ReMask filter, which is really interesting! Too many things to play with!
TAR, I think each of those pictures have their own merits, so can't really pick one. Both impressive!
Here's a Calla Lily, using Remask, Adjust, and the Clean and Sharpen filters in Vivacity. The frame is done with Plasteriod.
MissMary...I live up here in the Lake Effect snow belt and we got 60" of snow here the first week of this year. I shoveled 30 " from the driveway on Jan.3 alone. In the 4 weeks since then we have received only another 4-6". I'm more than happy to keep sending it down to you!
Thanks anyway, Early_Bloomer. I'll pass on that. Here in Memphis, we don't see very much snow normally. I'm glad we don't have freezing rain this time around and I hope it stays that way. You folks around the lakes up there don't need to feel bad about keeping this stuff all to yourself.
Mary that finished product is outstanding.
I used Topaz ReMask for the cutouts. Makes everything much easier.
When painting with the blue brush make sure that you overlap some of the item you want to save. About half and half
Then the detail brush will fade it in I really like it now that I have learned how.. Very short strokes along the line. Go max on the zoom al;nd move the box around.
These two little figurines on my mirrored shelf were just begging to be photographed. The light flooding in through the door, reflecting off the mirror tiles made for a really bad grainy, low-light situation on the subjects. It fixed up pretty nicely with Topaz and a little Photoshop.
Sweet little figurines, Miss Mary, and you did a very nice job. Isn't software wonderful? Nice little valentine!
Speaking of figurines, this is one that belonged to my mother, and perhaps even to her mother before her ... cutouts and Topaz modification, among other manipulations, and a lovely crochet background thanks to Miss Mary ...
Nice Orchid fix, Jubi. I guess Andy and I were kind of on the same wavelength with the B & W thing today. Actually, this is pretty much the color it was -- just brightened it up a bit and added a Topaz touch.