ABOUT ME

I live in a camper van with a couple of West Highland Terriers for company.
My passion is photography but it is a work in progress.
I am always willing to share what knowledge I have and can be contacted through the comments on this post or e-mail ADRIAN
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Sunday, 12 May 2013

A DAY OF REST. (12/05/13)

Just a quick post today. It’s showery and cool with snow forecast for later.

I was awake early this morning and just browsing in Photoshop to see what I could annoy folk with. I have looked at some superb colour popped images and admired the dexterity and patience of their creators. Little tinkers could have told me. In PS Elements one doesn’t have many options and the easiest for me was to duplicate the background twice, convert the top layer to B&W add a layer mask and paint the mask with black to expose the colour beneath.

This morning in CS6 under SELECTION>COLOUR SELECTION I found a wonderful bit of kit. It’s very accurate and quick. I am supposed to be cleaning the van but got fed up and gave it a whirl.

_V0G6357_8_9_tonemapped Where I’m stopping at Glencoe Mountain Resort. One has to pop the colours on separate layers and then blend them together once popped. The magic tool will only isolate one colour at a time. I used SCREEN blend mode but try any you fancy. Then just process with a bit of dodge and burn. Check in LEVELS for clipping give it a blast of saturation and the jobs done in a few minutes. Ten minutes in this case because I lost a layer first time round.

Tomorrow I’m away down the glen to Onich on Loch Linnhe. I am if the snow lets me out. It’s raining at the moment but snow is forecast for tonight , tomorrow and Tuesday. It shouldn’t be too bad at this time of year but who knows.

The van reeks of wet dog and quite possibly wet Adrian. It is a midden I will now get down to brushing, wiping and mopping.

Have a good week.

 

24 comments:

  1. Um, I will have to trial CS6, if it is good as you say, I might buy it, how much is it?

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    1. Bob, I wish I'd got full Photoshop years ago. I love playing with it.
      I got CS6 Extended at around £900.00p. I got Extended because it supports 3D. Adobe are moving towards cloud based editing. This you get charged for monthly. Go on Adobe's website there are dozens of programmes which will all talk to each other. The RAW converter is very powerful and I believe Lightroom has the same one. It will probably do all you need to do just in the RAW editor.
      IT's all free for thirty days. I set up an account with them so If I wanted to borrow a programme like Illustrator Then I can have it for a month. All Adobe software is just a click away but not much is free.

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    2. Yes, but I'm not a wizard like you.

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    3. Bob, I'm far from a wizard. Compared with real Photoshopers I'm rubbish. I just love playing with it and really want to master rolling 3D video and lettering. I can spend ages on a wet day just messing about.
      Try Lightroom as a trial and see if you can do all your editing in the RAW converter. I'll do a before and after of a recovered image on tomorrows post.

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  2. I hope the snow isn't too bad Adrian.
    Good luck with the cleaning.

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    1. Keith, I hope it is bad enough to be nice and white but not bad enough to shut the road.
      I've done a bit of cleaning and am now reading a book.

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  3. It seems that you're enjoying getting to grips with your new Photoshop Adrian? It's a bit like a kids lucky dip, every time you put your hand in you pull out a different surprise!

    Enjoy the snow I hope it's not too disruptive!...[;o)

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    1. Trevor, I'm thrilled to bits with it.
      The problem comes when I want the same surprise again. I have to remember where I dipped my hand.
      I expect the snow will be fine. If not then I'm used to delays.

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  4. ja ik ben daar nog helemaal niet mee bezig maar je ziet er mooie resultaten van.(sterkte met de schoonmaak).

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    1. Thanks Nic. Ik zal de kracht nodig

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  5. The smell of wet dog !!!! nobody would get in my car after my old German Sheperd had been in there, God he used to smell. I look foward to your before and after image .


    peter

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    1. I wonder sometimes how folk breath in the truck. It's fine in summer but in winter the air does get a bit thick.
      I'll do it this afternoon Peter. CS6 and the new Lightroom share a very good RAW converter. It seems the equal of Capture One which I trialled for a couple of months. Neither are cheap but PS offers a lot more bang per buck.

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  6. I like this idea Adrian, will try it too.

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    1. Maria, use the fuzziness slider and the colour selector. Not the prime colour swatch. There are several masks and once I've got the bulk of the object to be popped...I think Americans call it splashing....that's a completely different job over here....then click in the mask to grab any odd bits, invert selection Then>CTRL+U and reduce saturation to zero. Select the mask and paint it with white to clean up any stray colour. Job done.
      E-mail if you get in a muddle.

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  7. You have some very terrible weather. I can't believe it. I know your latitude is quite far north and the elevation is up and this brings some pretty nasty weather. Get your big coat out!

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    1. Red, I've yet to pack it away. We have an expression in the North of England...'Don't cast a clout till May is out.' A clout is thick underwear.

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  8. Don't car how you did it. I really like the red car in that shot. Good luck with the weather. We've had our first cold morning, followed by 21C this afternoon. Hope that becomes the pattern for winter.

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    1. Pauline, Good luck with your winter. It's not far for you to go if you fancy a bit of skiing.

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  9. Forget the cleaning Adrian, I fully recommend more playing with camera/cs6/dogs/snow, in any order you fancy, the wagon will only get dirty again with more slushy late spring snow:)

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    1. Douglas how right you are. I've not caught anything life threatening yet but were you to visit then you might. At least I caught the two mice that Moll brought in last year. Daft as a brush I am little buggers have chewed the wiring, shit in my cupboards and I spend serious money on a humane trap and let them go. One didn't look very well so we kept it in a box for a couple of days with a bowl of muesli and the same of water. It perked up fine. I didn't mind them being in the truck till they started eating the infrastructure.

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  10. A bit of the old popping can make an everyday, dreary scene more interesting.

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    1. This is the best I've found John. Okay it's £900.00p but I have control and it's fast. Not App fast but I love layers and the ability they give one to go back and have another go.
      It is good even an image with no foreground features and a pretty dismal cafe can be lifted.

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  11. Cleaning & books ... An insight into your other life away from the screen & walks. Must be frustrating though when you want to go out or somewhere & you are restricted by the weather.

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  12. Jay, I have to walk anyway as the dogs need at least two walks a day. I don't really mind bad weather as such. It's bad light I find a pain.

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