Black and White with a Touch of Color

Hello dear readers…

Today, something new.   We are to take an image, and apply a Black & White “Action”, or a Black to White gradient map layer,
and then bring back some of the original image’s color.

Since I have to review the lesson on downloading tips for “Actions”, several more times…..(it sounded rather confusing at first!) I decided to

use a Black  to White gradient map layer instead.   At least I do know how to do that!

In PSE 11,  I created a new adjustment layer, and made that my Black to White gradient map.  Then, I used the paint brush tool (in black) to gently go over

the brass key in the photo, bringing back the color, until the key had the appearance I wanted.

Next came the quote about Courage.  I made a brush stamp for the quote, so I can reuse it instead of typing text each time.
I went on to make brush stamps for a few other quotes I have, also.  That was certainly fun to do!

My father-in-law.

My father-in-law.

About the image:  My father-in-law served with the US Army in WWll.  This is his own Serviceman’s Manual.
Nikon D300, lens: Nikkor 105mm macro, ISO 1000, f/3.2, 1/160.  Post process: PSE 11.

Thanks for stopping by!  I appreciate your comments and likes!

Judy

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Day 12~ Brush-Lovin’

Today’s lesson was about using the brush tool as a stamp.  What fun!

I stamped the quote on my barn photo with the brush technique Kim taught us.

A white barn in the fall.

A white barn in the fall.

 Info: Nikon D300, Nikkor 18-135mm, ISO250, f/8, 1/250.
Post processing: PSE 9, Kim Klassen textures: Printed & Sienna,
and brush stamp with quote.

 Thanks for viewing, dear readers!

 Come back again!

 Judy

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Texture Tuesday

Guidelines for Kim Klassen’s Texture Tuesday this week:

*Use an image of our own with one of Kim’s Downton series textures.

Allium

Allium

Info: Nikon D300, Sigma 70mm macro lens
ISO400, 1/125, f/9
Texture: KK Downton Mary @51% opacity

If you want to try textures, Kim Klassen makes her own and gives some
away for free.  Sign up to receive them! She’s also gearing up for some new classes
for PhotoShop Elements 11, CS6, Lightroom 4, and more.  Check out her site:
Kim Klassen’s Cafe to find out more information!

Thanks for taking the time to view the new skills I’m learning!
I appreciate your “likes” and comments.  They really encourage me!

Judy

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Texture Tuesday…..(I know…it’s Wednesday again!)

Today we are using a photo that POPS with color, and adding at least one of Kim Klassen’s textures.
I love Dahlias, and especially this particular one.   I photographed this charming posy in the gardens of the Grand Hotel
on Mackinac Island, Michigan.

I used Kim’s Havana texture at a 37% opacity.  I also used a paint brush to add some contrast around the edges of
the image and on a few light colored petals.


Pink-Yellow Dahlia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pink-Yellow Dahlia/Nikon D300

Thank you for stopping by! I appreciate it!
Judy

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[Photographically Speaking] Day 4 “Vision and Blur”

Our assignment for Day 4 is: “Vision and Blur”.

I can get a fair amount of blur in my photos naturally, as I’m not always in focus! 😉

Today our assignment was to have a photo with a wide open aperture, and a nice blur in the background.  My regular lens doesn’t do that as well as my macro, of course.
The photo I took today was with my regular lens.   I softened the light from the window in the background with a light diffusing curtain.

The locket belonged to my grandmother who was born in the late 1800’s.   I thought the quote was perfect for a locket.

In PhotoShop Elements I added an overall texture to the photo at 51% opacity.   I also used a brush to add a bit of extra color around the edges and cut the shine of the chippy paint on the table top.

 Info: Nikon D300, lens: Nikon 18-135, ISO:500, 1/60, f/5.6

My grandmother's locket.ca. 1915

My grandmother’s locket.
ca. 1915

 

 

 

Thanks for stopping by!  I appreciate all the visitors!!

Judy

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Texture Tuesday….except it’s Wednesday!

“Texture Tuesday” is a time that Kim Klassen’s followers can use the new, free texture she gave us, try it in a photo and link it back to her site.

I’m not sure I can handle all the technology it takes to do the linking….but I’m willing to try!  

After all, I DID get her “Cafe Button” to show up
on my page!  

My photo, using Kim’s “minus43” texture at a 38% opacity….

 

 

Door lock on a New York City Cathedral.

Door lock on a New York City Cathedral.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Camera: Nikon D300, 1/10 sec, ISO 500, f/3.7
The photo was fairly dark, so I changed it to B&W, 
lightened it a bit, then added the “minus43” texture in Overlay @38% opacity.

 

Join Kim’s blog and get free textures too!

Thanks for browsing…..

Judy

 

 

Assignment Day 3: Your Story~Part 2

***Write a Six Word Memoir**  is our assignment for this week from Kim Klassen‘s Beyond Layer’s class.

Six Word Memoirs have become popular through SMITH magazine (www.smithmag.net).  

The online magazine is full of amazing, creative six-word writing endeavors.  Do check it out!

info: Nikon D300, lens: 18-135 mm, 1/50 sec, ISO 200, f/3.5

info: Nikon D300, lens: 18-135 mm, 1/50 sec, ISO 200, f/3.5

The texture in the above photo is created by Kim Klassen, called “minus43”; I used  Soft Light at a 51% opacity level.

 

Here are some of my six-word memoirs or stories….

Joyfully running through life chasing dreams.

Capturing life’s moments through the lens.

Smiles catch sunbeams and spread joy~

Caring for people regardless of circumstances.

Boots, pumps, ballet~I love shooz!

Try some of your own….once you start, it’s hard to stop! 😉


Thanks for visiting!

Thanks to Kim Klassen for her awesome teaching!

Thanks to SMITH magazine for the Six Word Memoir idea.

Judy