May 27, 2010

Photoshop Experts, Plz Gather Rnd

Oh, hello! Are you familiar with Photoshop? Because after looking for literally HOURS on Etsy and on various poster/art sites for a something that looked like I wanted it to, I took one of my own photos and modified it with Adobe Photoshop Elements.

Click to see it larger and more textured.

But the thing is, I don't know what anything does. So I kept changing things and changing things until I was happy, and then when I tried to do the same thing to a higher-resolution copy of the same image, I couldn't remember what I'd done, nor could I recreate it even after more than an hour of tinkering.

So if you know what you're doing, perhaps you could tell me what I'M doing.

12 comments:

Michelle said...

When you find out what YOU are doing will you teach the rest of us? Photoshop is an enigma.

Lola said...

I have no idea - but that is a totally cool picture. I'd like a copy of it for my wall please!

jaime said...

In Photoshop proper, I think it's Filter -> Texture -> Texturizer. Not sure what the equivalent path is in Elements, but that info should help.

Stimey said...

I do this exact same thing with Photoshop. I never know what I'm doing, so I just futz around until I like what I see.

Sundry said...

Some full-version Photoshop tools that create similar results: Filter>Artistic>Underpainting, or Rough Pastels. Even closer results would be running
Filter>Artistic>Watercolor, tinkering to get the effect you want, then adding texture with Filter>Texturizer with the Texture set to Sandstone.

(Not totally sure how these features are presented in Elements.)

Jenn said...

One thing to consider with the filters and textures- on your lower resolution image, the texture is going to appear more pronounced. Once you attempt to do similar things on the full-resolution version, you may find you can't get as dramatic an effect without some serious filter adjustment (though if you zoom in on the high-res version you will see a texture.) To give you a visual- dimples on a golf ball are visible. The same-sized dimples on a beach ball, as viewed from a distance that makes the beachball appear golf-ball sized would not be visible. Does that make any sense at all? I stink at this describing photoshop stuff. :)

Swistle said...

Oh! Jenn! Yes, that makes total sense! And it explains why I would remember using the sandstone texture and yet be unable to get the same thing on the bigger picture no matter how much I slid the little bars!

Rah said...

Love the picture! = sum total of my knowledge about photos.

Shawna said...

I know this is supposed to be a no-no, but have you considered just adjusting the size and resolution of your low-res picture? This isn't usually recommended because of blurring, etc., but if you've already got a texture and bunch of effects going it might not make much of a difference.

Lucy said...

Love this picture. Reminds me of the places we visited when I went to Stanford last summer. Is that where they live?

sara said...

Passed an award on to you this morning. Come by and check it out!

chrisyub said...

I don't know what I'm doing and I don't know what you did, but I love that photograph. Love. It.