The Invitation: Final Photoshop Montage

Throughout the online Adv. Digital Imaging course, one of our assignments was to work on a project, applying that week’s learning, until by week 5 we each had an interesting poster. We had to include a poem or phrase and 3 photos of our own (preferrably).

I chose Charlotte’s poem, a photo of myself (this will be changed once I get a good photo of the 3 of us out to dinner sometime!), a photo I took of Charlotte and Lainey sharing a cup of tea (out of a teacup from a set a good friend gave us), and a sunset from our trip to Marco Island.

To bring cohesion to the piece as well as to keep it simple so the words wouldn’t get lost, I changed the opacity of a couple photos and made them more of a sepia (honey) color.  I also applied a background texture that was all scratched up, which shows through the sunset layer with it’s lower opacity, giving the piece a mildly grungy or old look.

There is more I want to do to this… but it is a great start. I enjoyed working on it.

As of this week, the class is over, dropping me down to 3 classes through mid-December. This was a purposeful choice as it will give me more time to enjoy the holidays! I am so looking forward to them!

You don’t know Willie Shoemaker?!!!

Photoshop project… pick a famous person and use their name with an appropriate photo. Turn the letters into a shape and do all these annoying little things to make a beautiful picture.

A few tears later because of one little step I kept getting wrong…

BTW- Willie Shoemaker is only the greatest jockey that ever lived! He is shown here on Ferdinand.

My Nemisis… Photoshop

The Advanced Photoshop class is once again, quite painful. However, this week we had an interesting activity in which we took an old photo and cleaned it up using masks, levels, brushes, etc.

I took an old photo of my Grandma’s kitchen from the 1950s. Once I had restored it, I felt a wave of nostalgia at the old items that came back to life, the colors, and even with the pixelation, the images of relatives from 50 years past. I love looking at the details of old photos… the rug crumpled up under my uncle’s chair, the ice crusher I had forgotten was mounted to the wall (right edge of the photo), the smoke on the wall above the stove, the broom hanging by the stove, the pans cooking food, the chairs. All of these things were a part of my family’s culture at a time in the past. It was all important.

The original scanned photo had problems with white speckles that don’t show up here, a scratch on Grandpa’s face, and color issues which I fixed:

The cleaned up file: