Well, this is a challenge I'm up for and it's right down my alley. I was thinking about how I got all into this mad world of Photoshop and textures and filters. It was only a couple of years ago that I knew nothing concerning Photoshop. I remember looking at pics on the web and wondering how they got pictures to look so...soft...for lack of a better word. I actually asked my husband "how do they make everything look like it has that onion paper on top of it?" Yes, onion paper. That's how I described it to my husband. To which he said...." I don't know". He's a graphic designer but he does very little in Photoshop. He is pretty much an In Design guy (something I hope to learn).
After spending quite a few days googleing things like "onion paper on top of photos" and "how to make pictures look like they have onion paper over them", I stumbled upon a woman by the name of Kim Klassen. And, my world was turned upside down. THIS was the site I needed. I dove in and signed up for her Beyond Layers class (that I've mentioned at LEAST a billion times on my blog)and the rest is history. I took to layering like a pig to mud, like a hair to a biscuit...ewww, you get my drift. And I just realized something. This was PRE-Pinterest. Yes PRE. I'm pretty sure Pinterest split time.... BP and AP. How difficult life was in the BP era. I don't know how we made it through.
So, when Donna listed this challenge I thought 'which ones will I choose?' ughhh...decisions, decisions.
These first couple are from the Beyond Layers class:
Looking for textures can become addicting. One site that I've found that I love is Lenabem-Anna J on flickr. Her homemade textures are absolutely gorgeous.
Here's one of my photos with one of her textures applied (before and after) actually I think it's a couple of her textures:
And after..with lots of texture
Oh.My.Word...the difference a little texture can make. It's amazing. I so liked Lenabem's textures that I thought why not give making my own a try. One thing that I've found out about myself is that I really do enjoy creating art. When I started making my own textures it just went to a whole new level. I'm now painting (with paint...not Photoshop paint). And, it's just like photoshop. All art is really just layering...layers upon layers upon layers. Once you get that figured out it really comes pretty easy.
Here's a final before and after:
I took this photo at the zoo in Washington DC. It was a so-so photo. I worked for weeks...not hours, but weeks, on trying to turn this into something with paint and textures. Here's one of the versions I came up with:
There you have it. I cannot tell you how much Photoshop and photography have changed my world. It is my outlet that I desperately need from the tiny, windowless cubicle that I am chained to for forty hours a week. Without it, I think I would go mad.