Thursday, February 4, 2010

Playing with Photoshop

I started this other blog.  It's for Project 365.  With the idea that you take a photo a day.  More often than not.  I get to the end of the day without a photo.  And not much of an idea for what might be interesting to post.  And then I thought I might use it as a spot to play with the actions that I downloaded for photoshop.  Yes.  I have photoshop.  But I have absolutely no idea as to how to use it.  There is not a button to push that says "Make this brighter."  Or "get rid of the blur."  Or even "make it pretty."  How I wish there were buttons like these.

One of the buttons that I really wish I had was "make the ______ part in this black and white picture colorized." I think that with as much as photoshop costs, it should just know where the flower or fountain or bird is in the picture.  And if I want the black and white picture to have a pop of color.  It should just know how to do it.

Photoshop through osmosis.  That is what I really want.  Sigh.  Unfortunately.  It does not exist.  But.  I did find a fabulous tutorial.  And look at what I created today.



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25 comments:

Shannon said...

Oooo... I really like the one with the cardinal.

Swirl Girl said...

Amazing pictures, Kat!

Mom Taxi Julie said...

I think my favorite is the one with the berries? very cool.

Gina said...

I am partial to your silly, cute, Japanese girly with the parasol.

Firefly mom said...

I love them!! I don't have photoshop, so I can't do anything nearly as cool as that. But if they don't have those handy-dandy buttons that you want, I probably wouldn't be able to work it anyway. ;)

CaraBee said...

I only have Photoshop Elements, but I find I can do most of the things that I want with it.

The one with a cardinal looks like a Christmas card!

Awesome photos!

Jen said...

Oh, those are really good!

Heather said...

Yep, the cardinal one is my favorite, too.

Oh, how I long to learn Photoshop...

Great job, Kat!

Samvach said...

Kat,
Those pictures are amazing. Now I want PhotoShop and I want YOU to come over and show me how to use it. The cardinal picture would look awesome enlarged and framed!

Samantha

Susie said...

REALLY cool effects!!!

Elena said...

Oh I hear you! I want easy buttons too. How about, "cut a circle shape out of the picture"? I mean honestly, how hard is that? Practically impossible in a photo program I tell you, impossible.

LOVE the cardinal! And I love the pollen on the flower too. The japanese umbrella turned out beautiful too. Way to go!!!

Gramma 2 Many said...

Love the cardinal. Reminds me of our four years in Marietta. Also like the little "Japanese" girl.
Been wishing I had and knew how to use photo shop.

Blogging Mama Andrea said...

I love two and six. Beautiful. I'm like you though, I juts wanna click and have it do the way I want. No fuss no muss :)

Kelly said...

very cool!! My doctored pics don't turn out this nice!

Natasha said...

Oooh I love the first one - the one with the flowers. :) How beautiful!

American in Norway said...

Beautiful! Isn't it fun? - whaaa I WANT PHOTOSHOP... gonna start looking for a good deal on ebay.

John Deere Mom said...

Super impressed with your skillz!!!

Brandy said...

Beautiful! I especially like the one with the cardinal but they are all very impressive. If only I weren't too cheap to buy Photoshop.

Teri said...

There you go! I swear, I have learned everything I know about Photoshop through free online tutorials. No kidding. Trying moving body parts and stuff. You'd be amazed at how quickly you learn.

Oh, and I highly recommend getting a pen and tablet. LOVE mine.

Together We Save said...

Wow - the Cardinal is my favorite but my girls would say your girls hair.... this is awesome.

Anna M said...

beautiful pics

I am just starting to fool around with photoshop (which is about time, seeing as my husband works for Adobe).

Bummer is that my camera is a simple point and shoot, so not so much fun.

Love your photos!

Melissa said...

I used to have photoshop.....whatever happened to that CD???? I need to find it. I used to take Lauren's baby pics and color her dress and leave her black and white. I don't have a program like that anymore.....dangit, where is that CD????
I, too, love the cardinal....but, of course, all of them are beautiful!

Michelle said...

Oh that cardinal rocks! I love the black and white pictures with pops of color. Someday when I have a good camera and time to learn how to really use it, I hope I remember that you're the one who posted about the tutorial with the link :)

Robyn{Lee} said...

Good job! : ) I love color accented photos! I too have Photoshop but am scared of it.

tonyastaab.com said...

I really need to learn how to use Photoshop properly. Those photos look awesome. Love all that color popping out.