Since we have been left on the other side of the Holidays in the middle of winter, I find myself thinking about warmer weather and looking anxiously for the first signs of spring.
Even in my neck of the woods, spring is at least a month to 6 weeks away. (sigh)
So I find myself trolling through pictures taken during warmer months. I have been revisiting some pictures I took last summer at Port Aransas and doing some creative re-editing on some. This is one that I recently re-did and I wanted to share the process with you.
I enjoy texture work on pictures. Both the process and effect are very pleasing to me. My recent new love is the "painterly" look you can get with texture.
Here is the original picture-
Not bad, kinda grey. There is a little bit of color in the sky right on the horizon and I wanted to enhance that and get a little more drama in it so I put in PSE and ran DPM's LAB Color Boost Action. (a free action you can download here and while you're over there, check out all the great information for LR, PSE and PS)
Here is the picture after the action ran-
Better already! See the color in the sky! The water has more definition too. I like this but wanted something more so I went to my texture file and pulled out 2 textures from The Coffeeshop Blog. I used caramel from her Baking With Mom texture set (sorry, she doesn't want her downloads linked, go to her blog, you'll be glad you did)
Here's the picture with caramel texture.
Getting better! I added it on color burn at 50% opacity. It added a lot of gold to the picture, I added a layer mask and with a soft brush at 20% opacity, I brushed a little of the texture away where I thought it was too strong.
Back to my texture file, I used The Coffeeshop Blog's Painting Texture 3, 2 times, first multiply-80%, second soft light-33%.
Here's the finished picture (the first time)-
Done. Saved it and considered printing it in a large size to frame and hang.
Then I started thinking about it. Sometimes I am my own worst enemy! I decided there was too much water so I went back into PSE and cropped it.
Done. I like the cropped version much better, don't you?
Have you done a creative re-edit on one (or more!) of your pictures? Share it (them!) in the flickr gallery! Be sure to tell us how you did it!
In the sky
an infinitude of hope,
a canvas of glory
all possibilities mine.