Rules
Terms of Use

Page 15 of 17 < 1 2 ... 13 14 15 16 17 >
Topic Options
#591212 - Wed Feb 02 2011 05:06 PM Re: Image Art
spanishliz Online   FT-cool
Champion Poster

Registered: Thu Dec 13 2001
Posts: 22202
Loc: Ontario Canada
I wish everyone would tell us how they do these neat things. That used to be one of the 'rules' for this part of the forum, didn't it?

Top
#591304 - Wed Feb 02 2011 09:45 PM Re: Image Art
ren33 Offline
Moderator

Registered: Thu Sep 30 1999
Posts: 12421
Loc: Kowloon Tong  Hong Kong      
Yes, Liz, it did. In the days of the great TW. Please do tell us, as some of these are so very clever.
_________________________
Wandering aimlessly through FT since 1999.

Top
#593438 - Tue Feb 08 2011 09:52 PM Re: Image Art
mehaul Offline
Forum Champion

Registered: Wed Feb 03 2010
Posts: 6516
Loc: Florida USA
Here is a collaborative effort. I had posted an image of my bicycle generator configured as a pinwheel mount on the Pix-a-day thread. Guruoftrivia took it and exaggerated the contrast and rotated colors coming up with an image he thought reminded him of a futuristic soldier holding a weapon of some sort. I then painted some more onto it to enhance the man image and make it more of a hat tipping idea drew a flying saucer shooting a ray beam and with motion lines for effect.
Anyway, I present a mixing of skills (mehaul/guru/mehaul):
_________________________
If you aren't seeing Heaven while you dream, you're doing something wrong.
Dreams allow escape from the passage of Time.

The ultimate activity is the Dream.

Top
#593498 - Wed Feb 09 2011 05:10 AM Re: Image Art
trev1 Offline
Enthusiast

Registered: Fri Nov 06 2009
Posts: 313
Loc: Surrey UK
Brilliant Image Mehaul and Guru.

I love what you've both done with this, very, very creative :-)

Top
#593516 - Wed Feb 09 2011 05:50 AM Re: Image Art
tellywellies Offline
Forum Champion

Registered: Sat Apr 13 2002
Posts: 5437
Loc: South of England
Originally Posted By: spanishliz
I wish everyone would tell us how they do these neat things. That used to be one of the 'rules' for this part of the forum, didn't it?

You're right Liz I should say what programs are used at least. It's a way for people to know what the programs are capable of doing.

All of mine are done either in Xara Xtreme, CorelDraw or Corel PhotoPaint. The broken forum is done in Xara Xtreme and the crumpled one in PhotoPaint. These programs have the tools to do such things.

The pictures aren't difficult to produce if you have the programs and have been using them for a while. An explanation of the steps may not mean too much without the reader also having the programs. I don't think many people do. I can only say it is just some trickery the programs are capable of and me having a little practice with using them.

I think the cut up forum and the sphere are great. I have no idea how they were done. smile
_________________________
Error: Keyboard not attached. Press any key to continue..

Top
#593538 - Wed Feb 09 2011 07:16 AM Re: Image Art
mehaul Offline
Forum Champion

Registered: Wed Feb 03 2010
Posts: 6516
Loc: Florida USA
Why Trev, Thank you kindly.
_________________________
If you aren't seeing Heaven while you dream, you're doing something wrong.
Dreams allow escape from the passage of Time.

The ultimate activity is the Dream.

Top
#593567 - Wed Feb 09 2011 08:32 AM Re: Image Art
spanishliz Online   FT-cool
Champion Poster

Registered: Thu Dec 13 2001
Posts: 22202
Loc: Ontario Canada
TW, thanks for the explanation. That's all I need, is to know what programs make these fun images possible, with just a bit of a "how I did it" smile

Mehaul, great image, but just a little bit scary!

Top
#593902 - Thu Feb 10 2011 06:28 AM Re: Image Art
flopsymopsy Online   content

Administrator

Registered: Sat May 17 2008
Posts: 4512
Loc: Northampton England UK
I use Photoshop. It has a feature called 'actions' which are a bit like mini-programs that you can build yourself or download. I often put frames on my photos for example and created an action that resizes the image, puts a single pixel line round the image in a dark colour, then puts a bigger light colour edge round the whole thing. If I'm doing that on a set of, say, 12 images going through those processes can be time-consuming. Basically I add the effects I want on one image and record the steps as I go along then all I have to do on the other 11 images is click on a button and Photoshop will do everything for me. You can also use actions to adjust images, add lighting effects, vignettes, tints, etc.

The action I used to cut up that image is based on one I downloaded. I have changed it a bit to put some movement in the final image so that it looks as though a breeze had ruffled the pieces. I think that looks more natural than a simple grid.

I hope this makes sense! smile
_________________________
The Hubble Telescope has just picked up a sound from a fraction of a second before the Big Bang. The sound was "Uh oh".

Top
#593941 - Thu Feb 10 2011 08:42 AM Re: Image Art
spanishliz Online   FT-cool
Champion Poster

Registered: Thu Dec 13 2001
Posts: 22202
Loc: Ontario Canada
That makes lots of sense, and inspires me to investigate what I might be able to do with Photoshop! smile Thanks!

Top
#595507 - Mon Feb 14 2011 08:37 PM Re: Image Art
Jakeroo Offline
Multiloquent

Registered: Sat Aug 30 2008
Posts: 2064
Loc: Alberta Canada
I have Adobe Photoshop, but rarely use it, because I don't enjoy all the "layering" aspects and it's really not that easy for a beginner to learn. Plus it takes up too much RAM on my (very old) computer. It's a VERY powerful program in the hands of a willing and able participant though!

I also use Jasc Paint Shop Pro, Roxio Photo Suite and have three or four video editing programs. But for simple resizing, or lightening a photo that is too dark, I almost always use ACDSee. It's quick, easy to use and isn't a mem hog.

Personally, I believe that "fixing" a photo by "pumping up" a certain hue/saturation, or anything else the camera didn't do on its own is more "image art" than "photography". I admit that I grew up with a Pentax SLR, with REAL FILM and multiple lenses and filters, so perhaps I'm showing my age and need to "move on with the times" lol.

I have downloaded a few freebies over time that do specialised things (like text shadows and 3d capabilities as they were necessary for the dozen or so websites I've built for folks), and this program is one of them ... it's called (gasp) "Shape Collage". There's a "free" version and a "pro" version. The pro version you have to pay for, so naturally it does things the free version doesn't do, but the freebie is still kind of fun anyway. Here's my offering for February 14th : )

_________________________
Everybody gets so much information all day long that they lose their common sense
- Gertrude Stein


Top
#595951 - Tue Feb 15 2011 08:49 PM Re: Image Art
Gees63 Offline
Enthusiast

Registered: Mon Jan 03 2011
Posts: 274
Loc: Tyneside UK
First attempt starting from a drawing



Picture started life as a blue circle with a red 12 sided spiders web in the centre,increased the line thickness to 10 pixels then distorted the image and altered the colours
_________________________
Family History where you confuse the dead and irritate the living

Top
#595960 - Tue Feb 15 2011 09:22 PM Re: Image Art
spanishliz Online   FT-cool
Champion Poster

Registered: Thu Dec 13 2001
Posts: 22202
Loc: Ontario Canada
I really like that Gees63, it has a calming feeling.

Top
#595971 - Tue Feb 15 2011 10:22 PM Re: Image Art
Jakeroo Offline
Multiloquent

Registered: Sat Aug 30 2008
Posts: 2064
Loc: Alberta Canada
That's booooootiful Gees. Very Celtic feel to it.
_________________________
Everybody gets so much information all day long that they lose their common sense
- Gertrude Stein


Top
#596042 - Wed Feb 16 2011 02:16 AM Re: Image Art
tellywellies Offline
Forum Champion

Registered: Sat Apr 13 2002
Posts: 5437
Loc: South of England
Some good creations being turned out here! smile I downloaded and tried 'Shape Collage' Jakeroo. Interesting to play with. smile
_________________________
Error: Keyboard not attached. Press any key to continue..

Top
#596213 - Wed Feb 16 2011 03:18 PM Re: Image Art
Gees63 Offline
Enthusiast

Registered: Mon Jan 03 2011
Posts: 274
Loc: Tyneside UK
Thanks for the kind words. The imaging programme used is IrfanView free to download for personal use with some free Photoshop filters and effect downloads from the web. A Scot to the end using freeware



The same starting point as number1 thumbnail top left of image
_________________________
Family History where you confuse the dead and irritate the living

Top
#596733 - Thu Feb 17 2011 09:08 PM Re: Image Art
Jakeroo Offline
Multiloquent

Registered: Sat Aug 30 2008
Posts: 2064
Loc: Alberta Canada
Gees: It's amazing how just about ANY image can be "warped" into something COMPLETELY different (apologies to Monty Python lol) isn't it?

Here's a couple of links where you can "play with art" online, without having to download ANYTHING (or potential viruses/annoying cookies):

FotoFlexer

Pizap (ignore everything else on the page, just click on the big green "start box" to play with images)

You also have the ability on those to upload your OWN photos as well as to save your finished products to your own computer, without signing up for ANYthing. They're kind of fun and there are several other possibilities out there on the www : )
_________________________
Everybody gets so much information all day long that they lose their common sense
- Gertrude Stein


Top
#597361 - Sat Feb 19 2011 06:08 PM Re: Image Art
Gees63 Offline
Enthusiast

Registered: Mon Jan 03 2011
Posts: 274
Loc: Tyneside UK
Jakeroo: thanks for the links.At first look FotoFlex seems to have the same photoedit as Photobucket I am finding I use different programmes for different effects.

I am wondering if I am spending too much time working with images on the computer


Or maybe its just old age


Edited by Gees63 (Sat Feb 19 2011 06:09 PM)
_________________________
Family History where you confuse the dead and irritate the living

Top
#597564 - Sun Feb 20 2011 12:37 PM Re: Image Art
GuruOfTrivia Offline
Enthusiast

Registered: Mon Jul 05 2010
Posts: 219
Loc: New York USA
You might also want to check out Iaza. It's got some useful features.
_________________________
Just call me Guru.

Top
#602045 - Fri Mar 04 2011 09:15 PM Re: Image Art
Gees63 Offline
Enthusiast

Registered: Mon Jan 03 2011
Posts: 274
Loc: Tyneside UK
Thanks Guru some interesting effects
I had a picture of Mollie that was a little out of focus as she moved too close to the camera. Using Serif PhotoPlus X4 cropped the image and used a pencil sketch effect and have ended up with an appealing picture



The lack of sharpness does not matter and no longer distracts from the cute puppy expression
_________________________
Family History where you confuse the dead and irritate the living

Top
#602046 - Fri Mar 04 2011 09:22 PM Re: Image Art
spanishliz Online   FT-cool
Champion Poster

Registered: Thu Dec 13 2001
Posts: 22202
Loc: Ontario Canada
That is gorgeous! Sweet puppy smile

Top
#602644 - Sun Mar 06 2011 05:25 PM Re: Image Art
GuruOfTrivia Offline
Enthusiast

Registered: Mon Jul 05 2010
Posts: 219
Loc: New York USA
I took the thired image from this page (created by The_lioness33) and turned it into this:



Steps of creation (with fotoflexer):
1. Uploaded the original image twice.
2. Flipped one, lined the two up.
3. Using the cutter tool, I separated the iris from the rest of the right half of the image.
4. Changed the hue of the right iris.
5. Made all but the iris of the right eye grey scale.

I also cropped out the frame lioness included. Hope you don't mind me using your image!
_________________________
Just call me Guru.

Top
#609171 - Sun Mar 27 2011 11:03 AM Re: Image Art
flopsymopsy Online   content

Administrator

Registered: Sat May 17 2008
Posts: 4512
Loc: Northampton England UK
Tellywellies posted a photo of last week's supermoon in the Photo a Day thread - to save you looking it up, the image is here:

http://tinyurl.com/6g6t3xx

I really liked that, and I wondered what would happen if I merged it in some way with another image. Hmm... A while ago I took some pictures of the West Pier (what's left of it) at Brighton & Hove. Here's one of the photos I took SOTC (straight out of the camera):

http://tinyurl.com/6yxnwq4

So I put the two together and what I got was this:




What I did:

1. I got Tellywellies' permission to use his image.
2. Using Photoshop, I opened my image of the pier and converted it from being a "background" to an ordinary layer.
3. I pasted the moon on top of it, as layer 2.
4. I selected the moon layer and chose the drop down blend option "Difference" - this compares the colours in both images and removes some based on brightness, and black/white content.
5. I then added a gradient map at 10% opacity just to add a warm tint (layer 3).
6. I merged all three layers, and set the selection tool to circle - then holding down the Shift key I selected the "moonblend" as a perfect circle and made a copy of the selection (CTRL+C) which I then pasted (CTRL+V) on to the image as layer 4.
7. With the circle still selected, I added a 3 pixel "stroke" around the edge, partly because the edge of the moon wasn't sharp (because in real life the light of the moon is diffused) and partly because it acts as a frame to hold the image together. The stroke used a colour selected from the blended image. Then I deselected the circle. (If you deselect circles too soon it can be a nightmare to do another one with exactly the same dimensions - been there, regretted that.)
8. Then using the "eye" in the layers menu, I deselected the merged image (i.e. the original three layers that I had merged into one, not the moon on its own) so that it didn't show and added a new transparent layer underneath the blended moon. I then picked a darker colour from the blended moon and used the paintbucket tool to fill the transparent layer.
9. I cropped the image so that it was square and saved it as a JPG file.

Et voila!
_________________________
The Hubble Telescope has just picked up a sound from a fraction of a second before the Big Bang. The sound was "Uh oh".

Top
#609422 - Sun Mar 27 2011 11:47 PM Re: Image Art
tellywellies Offline
Forum Champion

Registered: Sat Apr 13 2002
Posts: 5437
Loc: South of England
Very good flopsymopsy. It shows that there really are seas on the Moon. smile
_________________________
Error: Keyboard not attached. Press any key to continue..

Top
#610504 - Wed Mar 30 2011 06:25 PM Re: Image Art
Gees63 Offline
Enthusiast

Registered: Mon Jan 03 2011
Posts: 274
Loc: Tyneside UK
Recycled Flowers



Simple change a picture of the heads of 2 daffodils in PhotoPlus X4 using Kaleidoscope in the Effects menu. Adjust number of images and angle to get desired effect then flood fill background with chosen colour
_________________________
Family History where you confuse the dead and irritate the living

Top
#610908 - Thu Mar 31 2011 05:28 PM Re: Image Art
Gees63 Offline
Enthusiast

Registered: Mon Jan 03 2011
Posts: 274
Loc: Tyneside UK
My posting "More Spring Flowers" from March Photo-a-Day kaleidoscoped and then edited in the Photobucket editing suite. Mainly just rotating the colours.

_________________________
Family History where you confuse the dead and irritate the living

Top
Page 15 of 17 < 1 2 ... 13 14 15 16 17 >

Moderator:  flopsymopsy