I see such beautiful creative pieces here in this linky. I'm so oft awed and wonder how people do what they do, create what they create. I know that I create photographs-but being new to visual arts my bottom lip sort of falls open and scrapes the table with things I've never seen or imagined before. Like...wow.
A couple weeks back I started a new course at the community college in advanced digital imaging (i.e. Photoshop). 200's level please and thank you; with a pre-requisite of the 100's level class that I inched thru last spring. I have a bachelor's degree in music and umpty-dump credits kicking around enough to equal a master's degree....
.......yet here I sit with these 20 yrs olds whizzing by me on Photoshop while inside my head I'm saying "background color, foreground color, background color, foreground color....where do I set that?" I mean I know, it's just that the instructor has already gone on to grab the gradient, go to brushes, check the jitter....and I'm at "background color, foreground color....Oh shit! How stupid can I be?"
Last week we used an image to make a layer mask with outer glow and magic wand and similar and 100% contrast and what? I got a bit lost somewhere between putting Orca over the map of Sea World and making it attractive with glowing turquoise edges. However, tonight I kept up. I watched more, took less notes, tried to remain calm and not freak out and-hey, this class made more sense! I think it was because I've done some of this stuff with my images before-sort of-enough to make some things familiar.
So here's the goods:
I learned how to create this scene from scratch. I think I'd prefer to go down to the beach and get my very own photograph of it, but if I break my ankle or something....well, I'm all set. Note that snappy frame too!
Then I learned how to take an image like this:
And turn it into something that looks like a painting like this:
I'm not sure why I'd want to do that either BUT....if I did, now I know how. It's all about the 2nd step which you MUST do 2nd because you can't go back and add it in later. I put a star next to that in the old notes I tell ya.
Meanwhile....Mr. Smartypants across the aisle has the PS class materials open, is simultanesouly searching through Google images for other stuff to play with on his 2nd screen, and is wearing headphones listening to music. He did get busted for asking a dumb-ass question tho' due to the headphones blocking that bit about the "essential 2nd step thing".
Thanks for looking. Y'all probably already know how to do these things, but fair warning; I'm going to catch up sooner or later.
Have a great week... and thanks to our fab hostess Lisa. Isn't she wonderful?