Creative interpretations - Japanese Garden
The Japanese Gardens have 5 distinct gardens in over 5 acres.
This foot bridge drew my attention.
The first image is without any correction - rather dull in color.
The second image has a curves adjustment layer to correct the color (using a temporary threshold correction to find the light and dark areas)
I also tried a selection and layer mask of the bridge planks - trying to get more detail in that area - but that had little effect.
Enjoy playing with this image - I have 2 intrepretations I'll post shortly.
After doing the color correction as shown in the 2nd image above, I applied Filter>Brush Strokes>Accented Edges (using small values), save the image.
I then opened it in Microsoft Picture It ver 6 (It creates effect "similar" to MS Impressionist - but with many fewer options)
Since the scene was oriental I thought a woodblock effect would be appropriate and a watercolor one as well.
For the woodblock effect:
Photo & Color Effects>Illusions>Arts&Crafts>Stamp
Adjusted Transparency to 70's; Light/Dark values to under 10 and Smoothness to under 5
For the watercolor effect I took the woodblock results into another Picture It filter - Watercolor -Wash
I adjusted the settings for Transparency (60); Brush Size (smallest 25); Coverage (80%); Pressure (120) and changed the Brush to Cardboard.
I believe that the woodblock attempt could be viewed as a woodblock or a penand colored ink effect - and I thought the watercolor effect came out fairly satisfying too.
In both tries the detail of the wood planks of the bridge were blown out. I'd appreciate any suggestions to help the definition of that area.
I'd also appreciate any comments about the quality of the results from MS Picture It software.
What's a Toadies? Toadies are fun filters.
This link is thanks to Danny. He found it for us. http://www.retouchpro.com/forums/73108-post.html
Also see the Halftone challenge in the photo art thread. There is a nice discussion about Toadies.
Thanks for the photo and well done everyone with such varied results. I know many of you definitely don't want to see snow again but this was purely accidental....honest!!!
Dupe Bottom Layer
L2 – Flaming Pear/Pixel Trash/Black and White/Normal
Layer Mode – Dodge
Merge both layers.
For thicker snow….dupe bottom layer
L2 – Impressionist Plugin/Charcoal Default
Reduce Opacity to suit.
Merged both layers.
I tried it on other images...doesn't work with any sky in the photo at all so plenty greenery just like this works well.
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