Demystifying PhotoShop

This year I’ve vowed to get better at photography. No more crooked or bowed photos of quilts. My spare room now is accessorized with a tripod and lights.

I’m a few weeks into an online class in PhotoShop Elements. I know there’s cheaper/free photo editing software available, but the issue for me is always learning how to use it. My class has already been useful as I clean up and straighten quilts in old photos.

One fun task was abstracting a photo. This is sometimes known as posterizing an image. I know some software will do this automatically, but we’re learning the layers way, which gives more flexibility. I’ve been experimenting with photos from my last year’s Around Here posts.

These abstractions get even cooler when you invert them.

I’m beginning to know enough to become really dangerous.

 

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11 responses to “Demystifying PhotoShop

  1. Wow, this looks like something I may want to do! Where did you find the class?

  2. Very cool experiment outcomes. I have been using Ps for years and still only know a tiny bit of what can be achieved with it, but it is fun! Good on you for taking a class.

  3. I can see you sending hours playing with all of this! It’ll be fun to see what makes it into your quilts at some future date!

  4. Pam

    You are going to have so much fun!

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