So I took a picture on my camera of the church from Reading American Photographs. Using Photoshop, I cropped it and distorted it to make it fit the crop, then following the steps in The Non-Designer’s Photoshop Book, on page 66. I used 30% opacity on the background picture and then colored it. I think the color looks good and makes the photo slightly more interesting. I know it is not as complex as the fruit we did in class, but I think it turned out OK.
As you can see in the before there is some distortion due to how I took the photo out of the book. The button to change the distortion is under Edit—Transform–Distort, and then I pulled out the edges of the picture.
The after is colored sky and green grass. In some sections of the photo I used a darker and lighter shade of green for the grass and blue for the sky.
In class we discussed the cooper photograph, and how now-a-days not many are photographed with their trade. As an archaeologist I am often photographed in the field by my co-workers for our public outreach or by tourists, who I think are surprised that people actually do dig artifacts out of the ground and it is nothing like the Indiana Jones movies… but what does that say about my socio-economic standings?
With the original copper, I cropped it and then used curves to change the white and black values. I tried to make his face more distinct since he has a very strong face.
Then to restore it further, I used the spot healing brush and the clone stamp to clean up the background. I zoomed in close and used a small size spot healing brush to remove the splotches on his apron.
Instead of using fruit for a matted engraving I thought of the impacts of political cartoons that was also discussed in some of our readings. And who doesn’t love George Washington?
As you can see, similar to the fruit, there are tape marks around the edges and the entire image is a bit off white. So I used the same steps we did in class: turned the image into a layer, created a new white layer and then put the image on top and adjusted with the blending options. I did not need to use the magic wand for any of the edges of this image, nor did I use curves to fix the image.
And I colored it too for a bit more practice. With the white background it blends into the wordpress background.
We discussed in class that the purpose of vignetting a photo is to draw attention to the center and the subject of the image. I thought that a portrait would work well with focusing attention. This soldier looked very serious and was at good proportion.
I took this image and cropped it and then fixed some of the spots on it with the spot healing brush. Using the technique we practiced in class, I used the elliptical selecting tool–select inverse–modify–feather at 80 pixels. Then filled with black (alt-delete). I noticed that if you keep hitting alt-delete then the corners get darker. If by mistake (like I did), you hit control-delete it fills the area with white. It is an interesting shading that happens if you alternate between the two buttons.
The black and white corners look a bit off, but with more adjusting of feather pixels size and area it might look better. For all of the soldier adjustments, I didnt not use curves to fix the image.
All images except the church are from loc.gov