If you’ve been keeping up, you know that I’ve been taking a new online course in Fine-Art Photoshop techniques. I haven’t gotten though 1/3 of it yet, but I’m already starting to get the idea of what is possible, even for a guy like me who’s generally more interested in straight photography than composite work in Photoshop, this is fun!
One thing that hit me yesterday was the fact that this course’s bonus materials alone are worth the price of the entire course. I’ve been very pleased so far, and judging by the emails I’ve been getting from several of my readers, it’s a universal hit. I have to admit, I’m liking the course more than I thought I would. Sure, there are a few things in there that I’ve already picked up on over the years (they’ll teach you some important Photoshop techniques that are basic to everyday use), but I’m also learning about using Photoshop in different new ways.
So, here’s my first attempt at something different. I have a lot more to learn but I thought I’d put what I’ve learned so far to some use. If you’ll notice, I decided to use an image I posted up just yesterday as the basis for my inspiration. I also combined some iPhone snapshots and some cool textures provided as bonus materials in the course (note, there are several hundred megabytes of textures available when you sign-up).
Here’s generally how I pieced things together to arrive at the final result:
A. Original image (Canon 7D). B. Some flowers on a trellis (iPhone). Applied some Photoshop gallery effects based on advice from one of the lessons, as well as some color/saturation effects. C. From the same wall as the flowers (iPhone). D. Concrete5 (course-supplied texture). E. kk_rien (course-supplied texture). F. Wall with graffiti and torn paper (iPhone). G. Peeled paint (iPhone). Stretched out the image and desaturated it.
I combined these elements together, using techniques from the course, and started to build a metaphorical story around the original image, based on what I know about the model’s aspirations. I’m pleased with the result and I actually think I’m well on my way to producing some pieces that will be turned into canvas art!