Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Sepia Scenes #11



I desaturated the color photo, then I duplicated the layer using Adobe Photo Shop 7. I then used the History Brush to color in the snowball flowers and the vase. I adjusted the Opacity to a low below-50% level.

Since I only "desaturated" the photo and didn't discard the color information, it's still there, so I was able to "paint" it back in with the History Brush.

Please don't be intimidated by the process. There are several online photo editing programs that would allow you to do the same thing if you wanted to.

As you can tell I love to experiment!



Robin said...

Very nicely done Mary, really delicate.

Best wishes for a happy, healthy, peaceful new year.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

I'm going to see if I can copy this technique. I like it very much, Mary. Good work!

Thank you for hosting Ruby Tuesday and Sepia Scenes. I find myself thinking about possible subjects for both memes every time I take my camera on tour, which is just about every time I leave my home. ;-)

All the best in 2009!

Mojo said...

I've never used the history brush in all the years I've used PS. I never knew what it did. I guess I just learned the things I needed to learn to do the job in front of me without considering that there might be things that would make said job easier!

I would probably have done this with a path to mask off the part I wanted to leave in full-color or by creating a new layer for the sepia version and erasing the full color part to expose the original underneath.

Your way sounds easier. I'll have to try it!

This week is less of a tutorial and more publishing the results of an experiment I conducted... 'scuse me, Tonka and I conducted... Christmas Eve afternoon. (He'll get all insulted and moody if I don't credit him with his part in the mission and we're shooting again tonight so I need his "A" game.) We shot several scenes in both monochrome and color, then converted the color versions to compare the output side by side. With some interesting (if predictable) results.

Sepia Scenes #11: Sepia Tutorial Part 2 - Shooting in Monochrome

Kahshe Cottager said...

This turned really well Mary! Keep on experimenting, you are getting some great results!

Happy New Year!

Anonymous said...

Very nice & I like the vase left color! Old time look!

Carletta said...

Hi Mary,
I love what you did. Robin used the word delicate - I would too. It's very nice.
Now that the rush of the holidays are over I'm looking forward to experimenting with this.
I'm off to check out Mojo's and see what I've missed.
Happy New Year - may it be full of blessings.

Leora said...

I like the idea of using the history brush. You got nice bits of subtle color.

Greyscale Territory said...

The colour tones are magical! Very beautiful photo!

Anonymous said...

Lovely how you've edited the picture making it interesting with sepia.

It's 1st Jan 2009!!!
Wishing Vincent and you a great year ahead filled with love,joy and peace.
The past year has been really great for me knowing a friend like you :)

splummer said...

Hi Mary,
Beautiful flowers and vase!!! I like you left the color of the vase there. Haven't tried that one yet. I'll have to give that one a try! Have a wonderful New Year!!


MyMaracas said...

Oh man, I love this! I've been focusing on subjects rather than the process, but I'd love to experiment with it more, if I can only find the time. This one would be great in a frame.

onangelwings said...

Mary, This is beautiful and reminds me of my Grandma. She always has these at her summer home.

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