Wednesday, April 27, 2011

digital manipulation, flowers, using Photoshop and Corel Paint Shop Pro

Not a great photo but I decided to play with it in Photoshop and Corel Paint Shop Pro

The original photo - a sunny day so high contrast against the background, taken with a close up filter (10x magnification)

The oriental poppies are starting to open, I can't see the dramatic centres clearly yet but they'll soon open.

The first image is the untouched photograph

This one is a combination of the original and the black and white version below, only a subtle difference but moodier? a little more dreamlike?.

Black and white version

I simply pasted the black and white version on top of the coloured version and used multiply in the layer options - then tweaked the colour a little using the hue and saturation, levels and contrast.

And on the final one I duplicated the layer in the black and white image and used edge effects, dodge and burn a bit, and upped the contrast.

Each programme has tools that I like - but oh Corel can be slooooow! and it isn't a matter of my computer speed/memory because Photoshop doesn't. Does anyone else have that problem?

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