I've been playing around a bit with Photoshop and looking at online tutorials and the like - I enjoy the freedom and relative endless possibilities that are available at your fingertips.
Recently I've been playing around with some of my (for want of a better word) "crap" photos and seeing if I can breathe new life into them - just generally make them more interesting to what they were before. Thus, after a few posts and some positive feedback, I've decided to make this tutorial on - at least how I create these images. I hope you enjoy it!
1. Pick your desired (undesirable image) and load it into Photoshop (I'm using CS5, though I'm fairly certain you can do this in earlier versions too). Make the necessary adjustments you normally make processing your image in regards to colour and straightening etc.
2. For my particular image the structure out in the water would blur undesirably, so to get around this I selected one half of the image.
3. Then EDIT --> Copy --> Paste which will automatically create a new layer with the half selected portion of the image.
4. Then adjust the layer as necessary (cropping if required), so it aligns with the main layer. Then flatten the image as we need the next step to apply to the image as a whole
5. Next to add the blur filter on top. So, Filter --> Blur --> Motion blur then choose what direction - for this image I've chosen the 0 degrees (horizontal) in this case and change the pixel distance to your required taste/effect.
You can now use any noise reduction, saturation etc adjustments if required - and then YOU'RE DONE!
IMGP3864 by outstar79, on
This one was done with the blur filter at 90 degrees (vertical)
Path Through the Forest by outstar79, on
Dividing Lines (Colour) by outstar79, on
Gun Metal by outstar79, on