Adventures with paint.net


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Fractured door

As I have reported in recent blog posts I have slowly been returning to my roots in photography having rediscovered analogue photography. This week’s interest has been on trying to make my photos pop out and has lead to some interesting online adventures.

While reminding myself of how to turn ordinary flat photos into eye-catching HDR photos I came across reference to paint.net. I was messing about with the programme this morning trying to turn the image below into a really standout image but what I actually created was the image above.

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A nice door

The fractured image at the top of the page is actually the main image with the number 46 from the original door. I improved the colour using “autocolour” and then tried to improve on that with “hue and saturation.” I was still not getting the results I was looking for so I explored the effects. I hit the “fracture” command and the result above is what I got. It is not the intended result but rather nice nonetheless.

I think I should go back to my old Photoshop version 6 to continue with this experiment.

Photoshop Sketch Action


A new addition to my Photoshop armoury, is the Uniqum Sketch Painting Multi Action. This action creates a sketch and painting effect over which ever parts of your photo you highlight and makes some interesting pictures. The cost is $6 and is available from  www.graphicriver.net  as a download zip file.

Inside the zip file are the actions and the brushes. It is necessary to install both in the preset files in Photoshop before you begin.

Once loaded up you need to select a picture to work on. The action works best at over 3000 px and 300 dph. Once selected, create a locked background. Then, add a layer which you call “profaction.” With this layer active, select a large soft brush and brush over the areas of the photo you want to show up as a sketch. You can do this with any colour brush.

That done, you need to make sure the correct brushes are loaded. To do, right click on the canvas or press B to bring up brushes. At the top right of the brushes panel, click on the arrow and then select “replace brushes” with the Uniqum brushes you put into the preset file. Close and activate the background layer. Now you start the action for your version of Photoshop and let it go.

Once, I got started I found the action worked well. My advice is to take the time to do something else like make a cup of coffee or sort out your laundry as watching the action is pretty boring.

Here’s what I have made on practice runs:

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Dancing House, Prague

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Old workshops, Cieszyn, Poland

With my new actions, and renewed interest in Lomography, my interest in photography has been rekindled.I am going to try it out on some more photographs.

Lynn

 

Photoshop Vintage Action


Much as I love messing around in Photoshop, there are moments when I want to create an effect but do not want to spend the time doing each step. That’s when I use Photoshop Actions.

The action I have used below comes from Graphic River via Envato Market. I paid $6 for the action called Perfectum – Vintage Watercolor Photoshop Action. I used the action on Photoshop CS4 Extended.

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The action comes as a zip file containing the brushes and the action. It is necessary to have everything installed in the Preset folder before beginning. Then to restart the PC to get everything working. A workable image of around 3000 px and dph of 300 is required. Once the image is selected then it is necessary to create a blank layer, select a brush and whiten out the part of the image to be water-coloured. Then, start the action. A few minutes later the water-colour emerges. It is possible then to go into the layers and adjust colours etc.

The images accompanying the action on the website are very inspiring and show what can be done with this action. Once set up, it is easy to use and produces stunning images. For $6, it is well worth the money.