My photo club is having a forum meeting on Monday where we get to critique other people’s photos. We will rate the photo in four different categories and then at the end we will give the owner the critique sheets for their picture.
I went back through some of my shots and picked one of two herons for the forum. Then I decided to work on it a little in Photoshop and try out a technique I wanted to experiment with.
Here is the original shot before I took it into Photoshop.
Before I took the image into Photoshop I reviewed a couple of tutorials on You Tube about how to make a line drawing from a photo. Then I followed the basic instructions to create the line drawing from my photo. I created a duplicate layer of the original shot with a mask over everything but the Heron in the front and placed it on top of the line drawing. Then I duplicated the masked layer and changed the layer to Soft Light. I duplicated the first masked layer again and inverted the mask so that the background would be colored. I then reduced the layer opacity down to about 20% so that just some of the color would show through. I also went back into the other 2 masked layers and made the second heron in the background visible using a brush set at about 15% opacity. I didn’t want the background one to be as strong as the one in the foreground.
Here is the result. What do you think about it?
It will be interesting to see what kind of ratings I get at the forum.
Until next time —