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One Four: Tibouchina 4 (Texture)

Week 4 in the One Four Challenge: Texture

Week 4 in the One Four Challenge: Texture

So here we are in the final week of September’s One Four Challenge. I’ve followed the suggestions of other bloggers and gone for a texture this time. Here’s what I did to get this look:

  • original image on bottom layer (color)
  • original image on 2nd layer (b/w)
  • add layer mask to b/w 2nd and with eraser at 10% opacity, brush away some of the right flower to let colour through; with eraser at 30% opacity, brush away the edges of the left flower to let colour through
  • open the texture image (“Grunge Cracks – cracked10”, from brusheezy.com/textures) and convert to b/w; add as layer on top of b/w flowers
  • on texture layer, blend mode is Pin Light, opacity is 80%
  • duplicate texture layer
  • apply Gaussian blur of 30pixels to first texture layer
  • add layer mask to top texture layer, and with large soft brush erase most of the texture from the flowers
  • add layer mask to bottom texture layer, and small soft brush erase most of the stronger cracks

Here are all the versions for comparison, plus the original.

 

Tibouchina original photo

Be sure to check out the tag “One Four Challenge” to see what other bloggers are doing this month.

A note about Tibouchinas: “Tibouchina /ˌtɪbuːˈkaɪnə/ is a genus of about 350 species of neotropical plants in the family Melastomataceae. They are trees, shrubs or subshrubs growing 0.5–25 m tall, and are known as glory bushes or glory trees. They are native to rainforests of Mexico, the Caribbean, and South America, especially Brazil. The name comes from an adaptation of a term for a member of this genus in an indigenous language of the Guianas.” (from Wikipedia)

And finally — I am on holiday this week with no Internet access, so will be unable to approve or respond to comments. But I’ll catch up when I return!

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One Four: Tibouchina 3 (Mask)

Week 3 in the One Four Challenge.

Week 3 in the One Four Challenge: Mask.

For week 3 in the September One-Four Challenge, I’ve gone for something out of the ordinary. The description of Mask is fitting, I think, for not only does the result remind me of the sort of face mask one might wear at Carnival in Venice, but I made use of layer masks in Photoshop to get the look.

There are three layers in this image — the flower photo, a photo of a girl’s face that I took in Vanuatu, and the flower photo again. I selected the top flower photo and created a layer mask, which I then applied to the face layer to restrict how much of the face was revealed. On the face, I darkened darks and increased contrast to add drama to the eyes. Both flower layers have saturated colours, whereas the girl’s face is in black and white. The bottom flower photo and the face have a blend mode of normal at 100% opacity. The top flower photo uses overlay blend mode, also at 100% opacity. Finally, on the face layer I used the eraser at 50% opacity to trace over the stamens (i.e., removing parts of the face layer) so they showed through from below, giving the girl rather startling “eyelashes”.

Here are the versions from weeks 1 and 2:

Be sure to check out the tag “One Four Challenge” to see what other bloggers are doing this month.

A note about Tibouchinas: “Tibouchina /ˌtɪbuːˈkaɪnə/ is a genus of about 350 species of neotropical plants in the family Melastomataceae. They are trees, shrubs or subshrubs growing 0.5–25 m tall, and are known as glory bushes or glory trees. They are native to rainforests of Mexico, the Caribbean, and South America, especially Brazil. The name comes from an adaptation of a term for a member of this genus in an indigenous language of the Guianas.” (from Wikipedia)

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One Four: Tibouchina 2 (Grunge)

Grungy Tibouchina flowers.

Grungy Tibouchina flowers.

From Dreamy last week to Grunge this week for the September One Four Challenge! I opened the raw file containing the adjustments I had made last week, and moved some sliders. The biggest changes were to clarity (way up), noise reduction (way down) and sharpening (way up). Bye bye soft and dreamy! I darkened the blacks, then shot the highlights and the luminance for the purples and magentas up to 100. The result is this stark, dirty look.

Here is week 1’s version:

Tibouchina week 1

Be sure to check out the tag “One Four Challenge” to see what other bloggers are doing this month.

A note about Tibouchinas: “Tibouchina /ˌtɪbuːˈkaɪnə/ is a genus of about 350 species of neotropical plants in the family Melastomataceae. They are trees, shrubs or subshrubs growing 0.5–25 m tall, and are known as glory bushes or glory trees. They are native to rainforests of Mexico, the Caribbean, and South America, especially Brazil. The name comes from an adaptation of a term for a member of this genus in an indigenous language of the Guianas. (from Wikipedia)

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One Four: Tibouchina 1 (Dreamy)

Dreamy Tibouchina flowers.

Dreamy Tibouchina flowers.

My first treatment of my chosen photo for September’s One Four Challenge was inspired by Robyn’s own photo of sweet peas (click here to see her photo). I loved the ethereal look of her flowers and she was kind enough to give me some tips.

I started out trying to match that look, but sort of wandered off into this soft, dreamy look instead! I made the following adjustments in Adobe Camera Raw: increased exposure, highlights, shadows and whites; decreased clarity; reduced luminance noise; increased luminance levels for the purples and magentas.

The flowers are from a dwarf Tibouchina “Cool Baby”: when they begin to open they are white with purple touches (left), and become a mauve colour when fully open (right).

A note about Tibouchinas: “Tibouchina /ˌtɪbuːˈkaɪnə/ is a genus of about 350 species of neotropical plants in the family Melastomataceae. They are trees, shrubs or subshrubs growing 0.5–25 m tall, and are known as glory bushes or glory trees. They are native to rainforests of Mexico, the Caribbean, and South America, especially Brazil. The name comes from an adaptation of a term for a member of this genus in an indigenous language of the Guianas. (from Wikipedia)

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One Four: Roses 4

Roses 4 - adjust hue, saturation and luminance colours.

Roses 4 – adjust hue, saturation and luminance colours.

And here is my final, week 4 edit of my roses photo for July’s One Four Challenge. In this edit, the monochrome plus pink look was achieved by adjusting the hue, saturation and luminance colours of the original. Speaking of which … this is the image on which I made the edits:

The original photo of roses in Central Park, New York City.

The original photo of roses in Central Park, New York City.

As a refresh, here are all four edits to compare — and to help you vote for your fave!

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Thanks must be once more given to Robyn for hosting and organising this challenge. It’s a great way to learn new skills and get new ideas. For me, this around it was all about colour!

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One Four: Roses 2

Roses 2: colour replace, shadows & highlights, whites plus poster edges.

Roses 2: colour replace, shadows & highlights, whites plus poster edges.

For my Week 2 edits of my rose photo for the One Four Challenge, I started with the image from Week 1. In my quest to get closer to the look of the original photo, this time I played around with replacing colour so that the flowers are pink and the leaves green. Then I adjusted the shadows, highlights and whites, losing the x-ray look of Week 1 and bringing indistinct shapes into the background. To finish off, a touch of poster edges to give a non-photo look.

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