Occasionally the Loveland Photographic Society asks members with certain skills to put on a program. For February, the challenge was to take an image submitted by another member, and alter it with your artistic interpretation in Photoshop. You of course have no idea what image you will get.
For this event I had 14 images to choose from. One was a highly detailed and beautiful daytime shot of the Disney Castle at their amusement park. As soon as I saw the image I knew what I wanted to do. I had no idea it would take me nearly 8 hours of work to get to the finished product, but it’s worth it if you learn in the process.
Thanks to Dennis Burchett for the great shot.
I’ll go through the process without all the detail. If I get questions on any particular detail, I’ll add a post with an explanation.
First, I opened the original image and selected the portion I wanted for the logo. I removed the sky by selecting it with the magic wand, then selected the inverse and drug the image onto my canvas, which is black and has a frame.
I erased the foreground and the area to make the arch look like it was open all the way through. Note that I’m looking at the Disney Picture Logo for reference to make my own representation, not an exact duplicate. I photographed my TV screen to get the logo.
Next I went to my sky photos. I shoot skies all the time, so had about 4000 to choose from. I darkened the sky in adjustments to make it look like twilight, and also burned the corners to make them appear darker.
Adding water was next. I selected the color from the logo and filled the area as shown. I added noise, then uses several filters, ocean ripples, wave, and glass, but still wasn’t totally satisfied with the results, I also used the gradient tool to make it darker in front, and lighter in back. I then went into my library of pictures and found a lake, and with about 30% opacity, I used the rubber stamp to swipe across the surface, which added some nice reflective highlight.
Next (stars and more)