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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Photoshop Techniques

Happy Wednesday!! I hope you are having a great week!! My thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by the horrible storms that hit on Sunday. Our tornado sirens went off, which meant spending the day in the basement, and the power blinked off for a bit but came right back on. We had strong winds and hail but were thankfully spared from damage.

This isn't really a crafty post today...well, it sorta is...photography can be art:) As if I needed any more distractions keeping me from my craft room, I have decided to relearn how to use Photoshop. I used to use the full version all the time, but the last few years, I've strictly used Photoshop Elements. It's great, but there are so many more things you can do with the full version. So I wanted to show you some of the techniques I've been practicing with :)

Just to warn you, this is a pretty picture-heavy post. And before I get to the Photoshop techniques, I wanted to share some with you my attempts at bokeh.

I've been wanting to try to photograph bokeh ever since I saw Missy's post at Quick Chick Designs. Any excuse to put up the Christmas tree early and I take it :) So the above is my first attempt at bokeh. Then on to shaped bokeh:

Isn't this fun??!! I used the smallest Spellbinders Classic Heart die to create the effect. Thank you Missy for the awesome tutorial and the inspiration!!

When you look closely at the lights, you can see the embossing from the die. Fun!!

Okay, now on to Photoshop CS6 Techniques. The first one I want to share is turning a photo into an IMPRESSIONIST PAINTING.









Next is the COLOR SPLASH technique:









And this one is by far my favorite!! Turning a photo into a 3D IMAGE.









Thank you for letting me share these with you today!! I know I need to get back to the craft room but I'm having so much fun relearning these techniques and snapping pictures :) Have a great day!!


Mulberry Mindy said...

Hi Lisa, So glad you survived the terrible storms. I wondered if they were near you. This has been a crazy winter so far, with who knows what to come. I really enjoyed reading about Photoshop, I wish I knew more, to help with my picture taking and the artistic side of the program. Thanks for sharing your knowledge. Have a wonderful Wednesday!


I'm a Little Teapot said...

Really neat images. Honestly, I never use Photoshop (as you can probably tell by my not so great photos) but I think I may play around with it this weekend. Thanks, Lisa!

Have a good evening!

Gwen said...

So awesome!! I love the girl on the beach on top of the picture, amazing!!

DIANA L. said...

Looks like a lot of fun Lisa I just had lunch last week at the LUXOR hotel in Las Vegas. The 3D effects look so fun. Hugs my friend.
Have a great day

Pat N. said...

Cool stuff! I've always liked working with computer programs like that but I never learned Photoshop. TFS your knowledge.

Shelly said...

Hi there, I'm so happy you are okay and all is well. I feel so bad for all the destruction near you:(

I have to say your sharing makes me want to take a class:) these photos are awesome!! That color pop and 3d are my favorite!
Happy Wednesday and so glad you are safe:)

Rhonda Emery said...

wow these are all so cool, is there anything you cant do. ha Glad your safe take care my friend. hugs

Karon said...

OK, wow! These are fabulous photos! I too love the 3D versions. Glad to know that you are safe. Hugs, Karon.

Karen said...

My sweetest friend, I'm so glad you're safe and sound... weather's fury is something else. :( So many prayers and hugs for all who need them.

As for your post, it is spectacular. :o) Your photographs are phenomenal, Lisa! I love bokeh and your playtime with it is astounding. The other techniques just leave me speechless, honestly. Your color splashes are some of my favorites. I knew you'd pick up on everything easily and I have been proven right by this post! You are a natural at all creative endeavors, my talented friend. What I'd give to take such stunning interior Christmas tree shots. Inspiring work, as always. :o) I hope you have a night as beautiful as these images! :o)

Hugs and blessings!

MiamiKel said...

I'm so glad you are okay!! The news has been so frightening.

Your photoshopping is amazing!!! Each one just comes to,life!! <3

Tanya~Studio 5380 said...

First of all, I am happy to know that you and your family are safe and sound -what terrible storms! Now..onto these fabulous photos! WOW! I love the color splash images and those 3D photos - amazing! I had no clue you could do such things! I would love to take some photography classes one day, in my spare time (ha)! These are truly awesome my friend!

Sherrie K. said...

I thought of your when I heard of the bad weather...wow, wicked storms! So glad you are okay!
I am saddened and heartbroken to hear of the families who lost their loved ones and homes. I couldn't imagine what they are going through. I can only pray they have the strength to get through the devastation~my thoughts are with those families.

I love your experiment with the photo shots. Wow, the difference is amazing! I would love to check into that someday-too much on my plate right now but definitely want to look into that someday!
Thanks for sharing Lisa!!
Have a great evening!
Sherrie K

yyam said...

Oh yes...so many fun things to do in Photoshop! Love your fun experiments!

Unknown said...

Love your pictures and effects. Makes me want to play with PhotoShop myself. :)

Cindy Beland said...

GREAT job with Photoshop Lisa, all your photos are FANTASTIC my friend!!!! Have a SUPER day :)

Donna K said...

So glad you were spared any damages from that storm, Lisa! Thanks so much for sharing all of these amazing photos with us. I have become very "lazy" in my photography over the years, it's so easy to just grab the phone and snap a pic. I really need to put more time into capturing special moments and making them into greater photo memories! Have a great day today!!

jessica said...

WOW!! Such fun pics and love all the playing with them that you did!!
So glad to hear that you and the family is safe after all those storms.
Thanks for sharing your photoshop tips and have a GREAT day!

Davi said...

Wow very cool Lisa, I didnt know you could do so much with programs :) Glad you are all safe from any storm damage. Have a great weekend!

Rhonda Miller said...

Wow, these are terrific.

tellana said...

Amazing - I will rush over to my storage and get some Christmas lights out right away. Thanks for the info on these wonderful possibilities.

MaryH said...

Golly, I'm glad I popped over to say thanks for your visit & comment today. I hear you about Photoshop..I had sort of self taught myself in the older versions, but the one I have now, I've never really had time to sit & learn, except when I needed something on 'the fly'. Your post was so interesting, and I'm looking forward to hearing what you are learning (and the how-to) if you have time. I just read about Bokeh earlier in the week, had never heard the term. Looking forward to seeing a lot more here, and learning a lot too! Your photos were marvelous & loved how you restructured each one into a fascinating new picture. TFS & Hugs

JB said...

Hi Lisa ,

had my usual scroll around on your blog . Love your creations ,
adore the little turkeys . They are fabulous !!!

Hugs Jenny xx

Beebeebabs said...

I'm so glad that you and your family are ok - great photos tfs!!!

Mayras Designs said...

Wow , I love the bokeh , I have been interested in it also since I saw the same tutorial !!! I love every picture and the different effects !!! You did a wonderful job !!


Maureen Morton said...

So glad you are safe - I immediately thought of you when I saw the storm news. Scary! This is such a great and informative post, Lisa. I have Photoshop haven't really played with it. Your examples are out of this world! Thanks, as always.

Migdalia said...

I am happy to know that you are okay.Love the pictures that you shared and the photoshop mini tutorial. I am going to have to give it a try. TFS
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Kim said...

Very cool! Loved seeing all the pictures and the cool techniques! Love it!

Missy said...

Oh hey, thanks for the shout out!!! ;) Your bokeh looks fabulous, I'm totally making my husband put up our tree this weekend--earlier than he would prefer by a few days--so I can do the same thing!!! ;) Your photoshop photos are terrific, too!! Are you taking a class somewhere on CS6, or are you self taught??

Life and Knits said...

Yes, yes,photography is art! Great work on the pics! They look fabulous!!


~ Jo ~ said...

Lisa these are some awesome photos my friend!!! You did great work on these, thanks for sharing them ... beautiful!

Kathy Salido said...

First off, so glad to hear you are safe. Don't know if I could live somewhere where you have the threat of tornados multiple times a year!! We have earthquakes in CA which are not fun, but they are few and far between!!

Your pictures are as amazing as your craft projects are!! I think I like the Color Splash technique the best, but the #D is pretty amazing!! Have a safe and happy weekend :)

Cely said...

wow these are awesome!!!!

Dr Sonia S V said...

WOW Lisa such amazing technique. The 3 d trick looks amazing..I thought only professionals could do that!!

Pam said...

These are great Lisa! Thank you for sharing!

Georgiana said...

Makes me want to play with Photoshop!

Debbie said...

Wow! Your pics are wonderful and I love all the effects you used!! (The saguaro pics are my favorite! We were in AZ in Sept!)

gracescraps@gmail.com said...

Thanks for sharing these photoshop techniques!! There is so much we can do with photoshop and I know I've barely tapped into the potential there. On a recent photo I scrapped I changed someone's head! lol ~ Blessings, Tracey

Garden of Grace

Tracey said...

Hey Lisa.........wow! I would love to learn this too! I love the effects, what great photos. I don't have photo shop but I would love to get it. It takes time to learn , so I can imagine it does pull you away from your craft space:)

Jayne said...

Firstly i'm glad you are ok my friend. I love all your photos and techniques. I don't have photo shop but not sure I could do it justice! Love the bokeh.
Hope you have a great weekend.
Jayne x

Denise said...

Your special effects on your pictures look amazing! Seriously, so cool!!!! Glad the storm passed by you without serious damage :))))

Gerda said...

WOW Lisa these pic. are awesome!
Have a wonderful day.

Diane said...

Wow, I don't have photo shop, but this makes me want/need it!!! Fantastic effects my friend....how fun!! PS:...we want to see more...lol!!

Kate said...

Awesome Pictures.

Gita said...

What fun..love the bokeh thing. I bought Corel Paint Shop Pro but still haven't played with ALL the features. I usually like to play around and see what else can make it better. Thanks for sharing. Sorry haven't been around much lately (or late). Happy belated Thanksgiving! Oh, and I didn't realize you were in the path of that nasty storm. Glad you came out safe from it all...

Nana said...

Very cool effects and editing.
Have a creative day.
Hugs Nana
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