Reflections on the snow

I didn’t have as much time to play with this shot as I would have liked, and angles were a bit of an issue with the composition.  There was a police vehicle with lights on just across the street, which provided the color to the image.

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Nebula

As I have been distracted by being quite literally chained to my desk, I decided to return to outer space for a tutorial as I didn’t have an image in mind to start out with.  It’s a variation on a theme I’ve already explored, only this time using a photograph of clouds rather than generating clouds using Photoshop filters.

My results?

Planet-Nebula

I wanted a green nebula, but as you can see it doesn’t work quite as well as the blue.  The advantage of this, however, is that I can there are plenty of stock photos of clouds or similar patterns that can be used to give the nebula a specific desired effect.  Or, in a pinch, I can always go out and take my own cloud photos.  Those taken during a lightning storm could yield interesting results.

Album Cover – Splatter

A friend fancies himself a musician, and asked me to consider making an album cover for him.  With that in mind, I decided to try this tutorial.

Since I don’t actually have a decent picture yet of his band performing, I used this stock from BeckyStock on DA.

My results?

Splatter-Portrait-1

In retrospect, I should have gone with picture that showed more animation and brighter colors.  It’s a good image, just not right for this particular project.

Vintage Photo

After a break from Photoshop, it’s time to play again.  In the story I’m working on, a couple of old photographs play an important role in the plot, and my cover design will eventually involve said photographs.  Thus, I decided to use this tutorial.

My stock came from the wonderful Malleni-Stock on DA.  My results?

Vintage-Castle

Nice effect, good patina.  I think if I redo the project, I may add some coffee stain like marks or other ‘damage’.

Watercolor

I have a composition in mind, but I want the finished results to have a watercolor feel to them.  Thus, I decided to try this tutorial.

My stock image came from Deviant Art, courtesy of GraySho.   Go check out his gallery, he has a lot of nice work.

My results?  11.10---Watercolor

Nicely surreal, but I think I should have used the clone tool or some adjustments to fix the bits of lens flare.  The purple bits kind of stand out on the rock.   Still, a much, much better result than simply using Photoshop’s ‘watercolor’ filter.