I have been itching like crazy to create a new image this week, and told myself if I was a good girl, and got all my boring work done, that I was going to allow myself to play this Friday Night. Wow, Just realized how much of a looser I am – staying in on a Friday night to edit =) #FineArtPhotogProblems. I am practicing my editing workflow and trying to keep the entire process to under three hours – although this one went over, I did stick to my outline.
1) Composite – Starting with a blank canvas, I assembled all the images to create the image outline. I lost count of how many flower layers I have here, but I did take several shots to make sure I had decent lighting and shadows on the one flower. Its subtle, but I can certainly tell the difference.
2) Color – Step one in coloring the image is de-saturating all the real “organic” color. This helps the image look more painterly because I can then go in with a curves layer, and add in the colors I want in the shadows, mid-tones and highlights.
3) Lighting – Using Curves and the Lighting Effect Filter, I played with the highlights and shadows to create a slight directional light coming in from the right.
4) Vignette – Several vignette’s were created here, using a feathered curves layer, and the lens correction sliders. I ended up lowering the opacity at the end because it went a bit dark after I added the textures.
5) Texture – As always, my next to last step. Adding the texture is what took the most time because I have soooooooo many textures!!!! Just going through them, and playing with the different blending modes… ughhh, I get lost!
6) Sharpen – SLICE IT LIKE A NINJA!!! Yes, I do scream that when I use the Totally Rad Action! I might even do the karate chop, but you will never know.. NEVER.