Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Easy background removal



Saturday, 10 March 2018

Month #Two Warming Up Exercise - Halo ......

Lighting Effects

I followed the tutorial Halo (link underneath) using the resources supplied, firstly adding the clouds and ground layer, distorting, blending and fitting them to the image size. I added a city background and a large moon with brushes from my own resources. 

Next was the halo soldier layer and this was the longest part of the tutorial, cutting them out, good practice I suppose, but ....... a bit annoying. When I'm learning from a tutorial, I would prefer to have the resources already prepared.

Anyway, after that I added the last cloud layer giving it a lovely orange glow and added more lighting, an overlay of one of my fractals then added two light sources to enhance and amplify the obvious existing light source.

Here is my result. 


Easy Shadows

How to add shadows.

  • Duplicate layer, flip.
  • Flip by using transform/distort to flip.
  • Duplicate layer and lower exposure until black
  • Layer mask to hide unnecessary parts
  • Gaussian blur to blue the shadow

Friday, 9 March 2018


These are fractals which I have created in Apophysis, particularly for use in lighting and backgrounds. I will be changing them regularly as I copy them to my Mac external drive backup, as I created them in Windows.
They are size 1024 x 920 @ 300dpi. png.
A dark background can be added to them then used in Photoshop with screen blend.

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Shift Art Challenge - March

Theme - Light

The challenge for March involves creating light in our pieces. Most of the resource images provided this month have very plain or diffuse lighting and it is up to me to make the lighting exciting, dramatic, other-worldly or whatever I decide.

I had to use a minimum of three images of the many supplied, a new light source and one of the supplied textures.  One of the images must be the main subject of the work.

The hummingbird is one image and I also duplicated it for use in a partial background, a doorway and interior was another image and of course the sunflower image. I incorporated two textures from CJM Fine Art Textures and Elements of which I already had an extensive library of. These are the cracked texture to the left and the fine lighting on the right behind the hummingbird. The lighting is in the upper left hand side.
The background is a mixture of three textures with blending modes applied.

Three different images, one texture background and a lot of fiddling

Monday, 5 March 2018

Month 1 - Rolling up my sleeves #1

Blend together one ground and one sky

Well I actually blended two skies and two background images. These were all from a trip I did last year (March 2017) in my Princess Bouncealot to Scotts Peak Dam, Tasmania. Incredible scenery and cloud formations.

The jagged mountain range in the far background is the Western Arthurs, looking down southwards, the scene in the foreground is taken from Red Knoll across Scotts Peak Dam, looking northwards.  These are all my own photographic images.

I had a long play blending images and colours, then because I could, and because I hadn't had a decent play around in my filter cupboards, I added some Topaz filters, mainly concentrating on a painterly effect.  Something different anyway.

Painted Sky

These are some of the original images

Wednesday, 28 February 2018


Until I remember how to extract properly.

Another way - use magnetic lasso tool, to refine click on quick mask down the bottom of tool and use the brushes to refine the edges
Click the quick mask icon again when finished and you have a nice clean selection.

Sunday, 25 February 2018

Month 1 .. The Last Resort tutorial

In this Photoshop tutorial, Bunty Pundir shows how to create a dark, mysterious and eerie scene of a girl alone in a canoe.  He uses some essential techniques to build a dark and misty scene using a variety of stock images.  You will also learn how to use displacement maps to create reflections in the water.

The last resort

  • Creating a mist - new layer named Mist, on a sky/cloud image which has been desaturated, soft brush colour #a1a1a1, I put my opacity to 50% and painted the lower half of the image. Added a layer mask and added filter/render/clouds, foreground colour black.
  • Screen blend erases black in a layer, for example a moon can be added, using screen blend only the light parts of the image show through, then use a layer mask to erase any edges etc.
  • Much adjusting using colour balance, brightness and curves to add more saturation and tones.
  • Interesting use of displacement filter to add ripples to the copies of boat, lamp and fae, first we made a psd copy of a displacement map - new copy, fill with black, convert to smart object, add noise, add bas relief filter and a motion blur then save. 
  • I tried not to make this too dark so as to retain the details of the fae, lamp and boat, and the birds.


Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Month 1 .. The Storm tutorial

My version of The Storm

"In this PS tutorial Bunty Pundir creates a dark and dramatic piece. Learn how to manipulate images of water and sky to transform them into an amazing ocean scene."

Oh I learned a heap more in this tutorial, especially about matching and changing colours, also about blending multiple images into a background.  In this image there are three ocean images plus some brushes for surf and bubbles that I used. The sky is made up with two images, all blended together, then coloured to match and highlight darkness and light.

The ship is extracted but it is a bit rough as I wanted to complete this image while struggling with my new Mac and a differently behaved mouse which was a bit frustrating.

Colour balance was used near the end but the most fascinating for me was the colour lookup layer, used colour balance to shade the image in green tones then the colour lookup to change the colour of everything to match, thus the sombre dark blue/grey in this image.

What a lot of fun. I don't know how I am going to remember all this lol.


Month 1 .. Time tutorial

time - my result - a bit rough around the edges, but .....

Today I completed rather a long tutorial as per link underneath, but I will just jot down new things I have learned from this so I have notes to refer to.  The author concentrated mostly on lighting effects, some of which I found very interesting and a lot that I did not know.

"In this tutorial Bunty Pundir will show you how to create a surreal photo manipulation featuring a girl reading a book and a giant clock. This tutorial showcases some classic photo manipulation techniques such as painting shadows, adding lighting effects and unifying elements into a final image."

  • So the first layer was the road photo, added to this was the photo warming filter.
  • A light source was added to the middle using curves, increasing lightness on the highlights.
  • Using opacity, colour balance to accentuate the light source.
  • The clock was added, duplicated. To keep the original reflection and shadows a mask was painted over the duplicated clock layer.
  • Clone stamp was used to remove the name from the clock face.
  • Lots of masking and adjustment layers were used for highlights and colourings.
  • Use a brush on a mask to delete any colours on the clock face etc.
  • Add a layer and brush for extra shadows.
  • Use a layer mask on adjustment layers to accentuate as needed.
  • There were a few steps I decided not to use,
  • Curves adjustment using the bluc channel accentuates yellow on any layer.
  • For another light source, he set the foreground color to #61390e and used a soft round brush to make a big stamp right in the middle of the background, blend mode to linear dodge then a brightness adjustment with minor brightness and minus contrast
  • Various colour balance, masking, brightness, warming layers for final effects.