Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Just playing around with new Photoshop filters. Changed 200 year old print into painting... lots of fun.
Monday, January 13, 2014
Friday, December 6, 2013
Browsing thru Amazon's Kindle Regencys I came across this book http://www.amazon.com/Greetings-Season-Stories-Barbara-Metzger-ebook/dp/B00GA2AS54/ref=pd_sim_kstore_71, which I naturally purchased. I thought I'd add another picture for the cover. Can't review the book, as I haven't read it yet, but it looks promising. I'm rather flattered that they used my image, but [tossing head]. I wish I'd got a little credit, maybe a link to my (long neglected because my daughter HOGS the scanner all the time! Also I'm writing.) Blog.
I always wanted the gorgeous fashion plates from Ackermann's, Costume Parisien, Ladies Magazine (and others) to be used as book covers, and its gratifying to see it finally being done, though sadly, not very well. At least, not as well as my efforts.
Saturday, June 1, 2013
Saturday, July 21, 2012
Saturday, June 2, 2012
I'm having difficulty scanning from the center of the book, as you can see by the blurring on the left side of the fashion plate. I finally broke down and ordere a "hand scanner", which will arrive some time next week.
Friday, June 1, 2012
Thursday, May 31, 2012
I'm having a little trouble scanning these. Even with my "new, improved" scanner. Some of the fashion plates are actually crammed into the binding of the book. I don't think even cutting them out (sacrilege!) would work.
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Monday, May 28, 2012
Sunday, May 27, 2012
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
|Layer 3 above Lace Background.|
Making a Lace design/insert
I'll start with just a "shape" from the Photoshop Elements shape files.
Open your finished "lace" Photoshop. It should have 2 layers: the dark-colored background and the white "lace".
1) Create a new layer (3) above layer 2.
2) Make sure your pallet has "white" as the top color.
3) Use the SHAPE tool to create a suitable insert. I chose a fleur-de-lis.
4) Go to LAYERS and apply: Simplify Layer. SAVE the object in SELECT filter.
5) SELECT the object (fleur-de-lis)
Go to EDIT filter and assign 50% Opacity.
Assign FILL pallet with PATTERN.
For the Pattern: Chose the ARTIST's SURFACES pallet, and apply: GAUZE preset (64x64 pixels, greyscale to the fleur-de-lis). Now the fleur-de-lis looks a bit like Linen.
|Fleur-de-lis with "gauze" filter added.|
7) Go to EDIT filter and select STROKE. Chose a width proportional to your design. On this one I chose 6 pixels on the OUTSIDE the object.
Opacity: 100% (of the preset 50% GRAY). APPLY.
The outline should be slightly grey.
8) Save the outline selection, Select the Outline.
|Fleur-de-lis with OUTLINE (greyish) added outside.|
Set Add Noise to monochromatic, set Distribution: Uniform, Noise Amount: 25%.
APPLY to outline of object.
10) Go to FILTER: Motion Blur.
Set Motion Blur to 0 Angle, 5 Pixels long. APPLY
|Fleur-de-lis with "Noise" added, and then 5 pix Motion Blur|
11) Before next step make your Pallets have the 25% grey on top, 50% grey background.
12) Go to FILTER: Sketch: BAS RELIEF
Chose: Detail: 15; Smoothness: 2
|Bas Relief & Sharpen applied|
14) In ENHANCE filter go to: Adjust Lighting: LEVELS. In the (default) RGB channel, adjust the Far right lightness setting to 215.
Adjust the Middle Lightness Setting to 0.90
Leave other settings at default.
|LEVELS adjustment added|
(Obviously the size & pressure are adjusted with the size & type of the picture you are making).
Now the Design Image is starting to look a little 3-Dimensional.
|Liquify Filter (20%) added.|
I'll do something more challenging & fun tomorrow.
Monday, March 26, 2012
Monday, February 27, 2012
Some of these dresses were made of such sheer fabric (often muslin) the ladies claimed the entire dress would fit in a teacup.
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Friday, February 17, 2012
|A couple from 1814. Gentleman looks like Cary Grant!|
|Costumes Parisien, 1814|
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
|Costume Parisien Empire Fashion Plate|
|French Empire Fashion Plate|