Monday, June 9, 2014

Summer of Color and Abstract Photo "Sunset"

Summer of Color Challenge: We are given a color scheme and asked to create something with that scheme. This week the color scheme is aqua blue, yellow and hot pink.


NF Photography prompt: Abstract Photo
 
This is my creation for Summer of Color using this week's
color scheme and also for NF photography to create an abstract

from a photo. Below, find the abstracted image I
originally created and the photo that inspired both.
Although I didn't intend to do it, the aqua reminds me of
water in a Japanese woodcut print.

"SUNSET"
Original photo taken in April 2009
at Moraine State Park in PA.
I never liked this photo much but knew
I could do something with it.







Photoshop Tutorial: using embossing or bas relief filters 

If you've ever tried "embossing" or "bas relief" filters in Photoshop, you ended up with an ugly gray layer and may have wondered for what you could ever use those filters.

Try this:
After you have finalized your photo, enhanced the way you want, duplicate the layer. Make sure all layers are merged so that the filter will be applied to the entire image, unless you want to apply it to only one layer. I like to keep all the layers on my file saved in Photoshop, so I don't like to merge them.
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I usually save my image as a Photoshop file so all layers are saved, then again as a jpg to merge all the layers. Then I open the jpg file, duplicate the layer and apply one of these filters to it, then add "embossed" or "bas relief" to the file name so I retain copies of my enhanced image before & after these filters are applied.

On the duplicate layer, change the mode (above the layers) from "normal" to "overlay."
Use either the Emboss filter (under Sketch) or the Bas relief (Filter Gallery under Stylize). Move the sliders up or down as desired.

If you choose Bas relief, set colors to black foreground and white background, unless you want to change the color of your image somewhat. On Bas relief, you will not be able to tell exactly how the image will look until after you hit OK. But you can always "undo" (or delete the Bas Relief layer) and try again.

If you choose to Emboss, make sure you have "Preview" checked so you can view what is happening to your image when you move the sliders ---you will be able to see what the finished photo will look like. When satisfied, hit OK.

(Note that with Emboss, the layer turns gray, but usually has bits of color in it.  When the layer is set at overlay, the image on the layer below it will show through after hitting OK.  Sometimes those bits of color look great, but sometimes they don't.  If you don't like them, make sure you are on the Emboss overlay layer, go to Color Saturation and move the Saturation slider all the way to the left.)

If you think the filter effect you achieved is too much on either Emboss or Bas Relief, change the opacity of the overlay layer until you find just the right amount for your image or go back and try again with different settings.

After you've completed your Embossed or Bas Relief layer, if you still want to make changes to your image with levels, color saturations, etc. You need to make them on the layer below the overlay layer.

34 comments:

Kristin said...

xo

itsamistry said...

Oh WOW that is awesome I love the way the aqua 'pops' out at you :)

sheila 77 said...

This is a superb picture and I like the way you have used Photo-editing to find the colours. Thanks for the details too.

sue :) said...

Wow, what stunning sunset great project. : )

okienurse said...

awesome abstract...beautiful use of the color scheme this week.

Karla B said...

Lovely!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Very impressive use of Photoshop. I have an old, old copy, and will try to follow along with a much less beautiful photo to see if I can achieve anything half as beautiful as you created. This is simply amazing.

BJ said...

Gorgeous. BJ

joy said...

WOW! You have worked magic with this photo! I love it.

TwinkleToes2day said...

That is super clever! I would never guess the blue was trees, it does look like water :)

Melinda said...

GORGEOUS!! This is simply sooooooo beautiful!

Penny Stewart said...

Beautiful abstract and use of the colors.

Boo said...

Your SOC week 1 is beautiful. I really want to learn photo shop

peggy gatto said...

Juist gorgeous!!!

Sharon Fritchman said...

WOW! Simply beautiful. I love how you used the SOC colors to make this amazing creation!

Mariane said...

Awesome!!!

Fishcake_random said...

Very pretty effect x x

sugar Creek said...

Wow it looks to me like a wave, very cool!

gma said...

Oh yours is one of my favorites! Love how you used the colors.
MMMM delicious!

Halle said...

That is amazing! I love playing in PS but I've never had any luck with embossing...thanks for the tricks.

lorik said...

My favourite is the first! Love the fluro colour :)

Andrea Priebe said...

This is magical and your description of the process opened up new avenues for me to explore. I love the intensity and the colors.

Andrea @ From The Sol

Lmkazmierczak said...

Fantastic results♪
http://lauriekazmierczak.com/embossed/

Judy said...

My favourite version of the three is the middle one - something about the texture of the sky, and too much aqua for my taste in the third...
It is fascinating to see how people manipulate their images!!

Prairie Jill said...

Gorgeous! And a great way to combine NF Abstract and Summer of Colour!

Tracy said...

Ooh, I love this! Love the texture.

NatureFootstep said...

love it. It came out very nicely.
It is fun, isn´t it? How you know you can do something of an, in your opinion, bad image. :) I often keep "potentials" :)

Krisha said...

Fantastic!!

kat said...

Fantastic! What great effects, perfect to launch the first of Summer of Colour!

Rita said...

Amazing! I love it.

Caz said...

Oh wow this is lovely!! That pink is awesome!!

Debi Minter said...

WOW! Just plain lovely! I LOVE the texture and hot colors. Wonderful!
HuGGs!
Debi

cindy McMath said...

Wow that's gorgeous!

Virginia said...

wow that;s fantastic