Friday, April 26, 2013

CLF Artist Box #8

Thank you, Tracey, for such a wonderful image to play in the Artist Box with, this week....

I had a blast!

I had never worked on a cityscape before,
and I have to admit, I felt a bit intimidated at first,
not really knowing how to bring out the best of all the elements
but then this idea popped into my head...


I thought...
What if I layered several different blending modes on top of one another?
I had never tried that before.

So, I played around with all the different blending modes in PSE
and ended up using the following threesome: 
Screen, Multipy and Linear Light
Then, I adjusted the percentages until I was satisfied with the look.

Next, I added a texture called " Green Apple" (creator unknown) 
to bring out the green in the water and masked everything else out.

My next layer was a solid blue (normal blending mode at 17%) that I added to the sky
plus another image I had in my own archives, of clouds.

I added another layer to lighten up some areas I wasn't happy with
by using a white brush in the soft light blending mode.

I, then, topped the composition off with a black and white text banner
at 54% hard light...

and

V O I L A !

 

Come play along!
Just click the image below....


10 comments:

  1. My first thought was to add a sky too! I like the green of the water and it seems the architecture has more definition now. Very nice!

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  2. Noticeable difference. The river looks like St. Paddy's Day dying of the river. Did you shoot the original? I like the look of the Trump Tower but don't care for the name.

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  3. Oh wow - you really made Chicago come alive! The green almost looks like the dye they put in it for St Patrick's (oops - I see Bill mentioned the same thing). I love Chicago and your photo brings out its vibrance!

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  4. Outstanding, Jill! My eyes keep returning to the green river -it!s lovely! The buildings seem talker in your picture, you're really made a big change!

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  5. Jill, I love what you did with this photograph....It's stunning.....I started to go in this same direction but something caught my eye about the glass building and I worked from there out....You did a great job sweet girl....

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  6. Yes, see the difference very noticeable..and I love it.. very crisp image!Now I am off to go play with this fun photo image..
    Hugs

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  7. I am sending you all my vacation pics to make look that good.

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