RetouchPRO

Go Back   RetouchPRO > Studio > Doodles
Register Blogs FAQ Site Nav Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read


Doodles Miscellaneous fun projects to help enhance your digital skills

Farron McAdams

Reply
 
Thread Tools
  #1  
Old 12-30-2001, 08:05 PM
farron farron is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: Nashville. TN
Posts: 15
Okay Doug,

I played with "green" today. Was thinking about the symbolism of green this morning. Didn't have the foggiest idea what I was going to do as an image.

Let's see, green is fertility, spring, plants, nature, prosperity, money, it is jealously or inexperience...and so on and so on. No image really came to mind. A garden? A dollar bill? A jealous woman?

THEN, I received an email from my mother talking about how cold it was today on Prince Edward Island (a Canadian maritime province). She is not normally there in the winter. They pack up, fill the pipes with anti-freeze and leave. But not this year.

My only visits to the island have been in the summer. The place is extremely green and lush for a short time. It is also, in many sections, like stepping back 100 years or more in time. Rolling farmland, brightly painted gingerbread farmhouses and churches, with a view of the sea only a breath away. It is the home of "Anne of Green Gables."

My green idea was born. Memories of PEI...I headed over to open PSP7.

First, I riffled through some of my photos and found and scanned one of a cove with small houses on the far shore. Removed some dark shadows (of a person?) that marred the foreground with the clone tool. I adjusted the colors and brightness up above what would be normal using the photo correction tools color balance, contrast enhancement and saturation enhancement. I adjusted the gamma to be a bit brighter as well. Then I ran the clarify filter.

In order to make the picture take on the look of a painting (here she goes AGAIN...LOL), I used the jpeg artifact removal tool at high setting. (Note: I have not found this tool to be terribly useful for its named purpose, but it makes a nice "paint" filter. ) I then applied an overall small scratch removal which, when not used in a tight selection, tends to act like short brush strokes.

Layer was duplicated twice. The first was given a blend mode of multiply. The second had a small amount of noise added and then a very light blur. It was set in a blend mode of saturation. Opacity levels of both were set around 35%.

I then grabbed the face of an old fashioned girl from the archives. (page 2, title is around_1915, I believe) I loosely selected a portion of her face and added it as a new layer. Positioned it to the left and sized and cropped to fit. Softened the edges of my selection with the eraser at low opacity and the soften brush. Duplicated layer three times. First set at luminance 55% (this was moved UNDER the second landscape layer), next overlay 61% and last multiply 34%. Her eyes were selected, promoted to their own layer and tinted green with the variations filter. Varying low opacity levels were used. Was planning on tinting her lips as well, but the flowers did that for me. :-)

I then found a photo with a small yellow farmhouse on the island. Scanned it. Selected out part of the house, desaturated it, removed some power wires with the clone tool and added as a new layer. Positioned in upper right. Removed a bit more of the lower portion to get it to blend in, & softened edges with the soften brush at low opacity and hardiness. Added noise and softened slightly. Moved layer under the landscape and set in luminosity blend mode 45% opacity. Duplicated twice. Moved layers above landscape and set one at multiply 34% and one at overlay 61%.

Merged all layers. Duplicated. Added noise then a very light blur. Lowered opacity. Merged layers again. Clarified, adjusted histogram and gamma. Applied unsharp mask. Added a small green border with slight texture.

Saved as jpg at 40% compression.

That's how I ended up with the painting/collage of a girl remembering green summers on Prince Edward Island in Canada.

_^..^_

Farron
Attached Images
File Type: jpg green_farron.jpg (72.4 KB, 154 views)
Reply With Quote top
  #2  
Old 12-30-2001, 08:27 PM
DJ Dubovsky's Avatar
DJ Dubovsky DJ Dubovsky is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: Upper Penninsula of Michigan
Posts: 1,659
Congratulations Farron for being the first to take up this challenge and it looks like you set the stage for a tough act to follow. Excellent creation. I love the ghostly images. Her eyes are so mesmerizing, I can't stop staring at it.
DJ
Reply With Quote top
  #3  
Old 12-30-2001, 09:21 PM
Ed_L's Avatar
Ed_L Ed_L is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: northwest Indiana, about 45 minutes from Chicago, IL
Posts: 2,824
Very nice Farron. I think you got your message across very well. The feeling I have when I look at it is exactly as you described. By the way, the young lady was actually from northern Vermont, but her parents were from Canada.

Ed
Reply With Quote top
  #4  
Old 12-30-2001, 09:37 PM
farron farron is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: Nashville. TN
Posts: 15
Is she one of your relatives, Ed?

I thought she was lovely! Hope she doesn't mind green eyes. ;^)

_^..^_
Farron
Reply With Quote top
  #5  
Old 12-30-2001, 09:55 PM
Ed_L's Avatar
Ed_L Ed_L is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: northwest Indiana, about 45 minutes from Chicago, IL
Posts: 2,824
Yes, she was one of my aunts. She died at around 17 years of age, and about 20 or more years before I was born.

Ed
Reply With Quote top
  #6  
Old 12-30-2001, 11:23 PM
Doug Nelson's Avatar
Doug Nelson Doug Nelson is offline
Janitor
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Posts: 7,068
Blog Entries: 21
I couldn't ask for a better entry to launch the "Green" Challenge.

Very satisfyingly Green (capital "G"). I see at least three references to green in it.

And such a description!
Reply With Quote top
  #7  
Old 12-31-2001, 07:24 AM
Hankster65's Avatar
Hankster65 Hankster65 is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: Dayton, OH
Posts: 53
Farron,

A really nice composition. I love the way the green in the eyes immediately draws the attention of the viewer even though her image is semi transparent. I stared at the image for some time before I even noticed the superimposed house.

The image is especially poignant after reading Ed's note that she had died at such an early age.

Great job and an interesting description.
Reply With Quote top
  #8  
Old 12-31-2001, 11:49 AM
thomasgeorge's Avatar
thomasgeorge thomasgeorge is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Posts: 1,045
Very cool and great description. Tom
Reply With Quote top
  #9  
Old 01-02-2002, 10:24 AM
Sharon's Avatar
Sharon Sharon is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: Everett, WA
Posts: 0
Farron, your green manipulation is really well done.

The superimposed lady and house give it a dreamy look. I like your use of the jpeg artifact removal and scratch removal tools to simulate the painted look.

Sharon
Reply With Quote top
  #10  
Old 10-28-2003, 02:58 PM
LidoBlu's Avatar
LidoBlu LidoBlu is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: France
Posts: 48
Beautiful....everyone else has said it all. If I was seeing this photo without description I would think wistful, nostalgic, hope.

Blu
Reply With Quote top
Reply

  RetouchPRO > Studio > Doodles


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Online Class Doug Nelson Website Feedback 0 08-08-2001 01:03 PM


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 07:15 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.
Copyright © 2016 Doug Nelson. All Rights Reserved