For now, here are some examples.
Photoshop Filters, visualized
THIS photo (which is actually harshly overlit and pretty boring) turned into a pretty image with some easy clicks. Here's the original:
|Original photo: BORING.|
1. Glowing Edges Filter:
|(Select "Filter," "Stylize," then "Glowing Edges")|
Enlarge to see how each petal has a handtouched quality now.
|(Select "Filter," "Brush Stroke," then "Ink Outlines")|
You can alter the color by changing the foreground and background. I used red & white:
|(Select "Filter," "Sketch," then "Photocopy")|
I can almost see this as hotel bathroom wallpaper or curtains (which can sound either delightful or repulsive depending on your taste).
|(Select "Filter," "Sketch," then "Stamp")|
So, this question has come up before and I've been thinking about it.
Is it wrong to Photoshop your photos?
I have mixed feelings about digitally manipulating my pictures. I have enormous respect for photographers who don't -- they're so good they don't need to. Or maybe they're also more moral or steadfast to honor the authenticity of their photos. However, I alter mine.
Purists find this loathsome. But I'm not out for any contest. I do it for fun. If I found equal enjoyment picking up lint balls or cooking, whatever, right? I'm not touting grand claims. Mine is the quiet contentment of the immersed.
Most of the time I only alter levels (which adjusts contrast) but Photoshop rocks -- the watercolor filter is my favorite.
Photographer vs. Designer
I don't call myself a photographer (notice this is an art journal?) but I do call myself a designer. I guess that's what designers DO: we fuss with things until they look nice. (Yes, "nice" is subjective.) Interior designers don't create sofas and pillows and rugs but rather arrange them until aesthetically-pleasing.
I design myself too -- each morning I step out of the shower and commence a very primate-like grooming ritual involving hairdryers and curlers and makeup and a large boar-bristle brush.
Buildings in vibrant downtowns which are cleaned regularly don't attain the muddy (yet authentic) flat grime of ghettos. Manicured lawns, assembled by ambitious suburban neighbors, look very different then natural meadows. Yes, much of society is designed.
So, I continue to appreciate both art and design, and thank you for stopping by for a peak.
ps. I have fake plants. ;)