Playing with Photoshop

When I posted my new ATC images I mentioned that I’d taken some photos of the materials that are laying out for visitors to create cards with.  Sometimes things like that catch my eye and I can’t resist capturing a few images to play with later.  Often all that happens is the capture, I’ve got folders full of images to play with “someday”.  But this time it was fresh in my mind so when I uploaded from my camera I got right to work on them.  Here is one of the photos that I took of a pile of alphabet stickers:I layered images like this along with some images of tiny scrapbooking items to make several collage type images.  The ones that just used the alphabet images I called “alphabet soup” just for fun. 🙂  After I’d created a few of those I went back in and cropped out smaller compositions, this time using a square format.  After they were cropped I altered them using different filters, blending techniques or by changing the colors.  Here are a few of those “close ups”:

alphabet soup, closeup #3 (c) 2009, Lynne Medsker
"alphabet soup, closeup #3" (c) 2009, Lynne Medsker


alphabet & scraps, close up #3 (c) 2009, Lynne Medsker
"alphabet & scraps, close up #3" (c) 2009, Lynne Medsker

I even took it a step further and did a few more close ups of the images I’d already cropped.  Here is one that I really liked, it has a mosaic filter applied to it for a different effect:

alphabet soup, close close up #2 (C) 2009 Lynne Medsker
"alphabet soup, close close up #2" (C) 2009 Lynne Medsker

After I’d done about a dozen or so of these type images I decided to select some of them and put them together in a digital “quilt”…I even added some marks to look like stitching on the seams.  The original one had all the pieces in different varieties of colors .  It was pretty cool but also pretty busy, to the point it was a bit distracting.  So I decided to colorize the entire image to make it feel like a consistent piece.  This is what I ended up with:

alphabet quilt (c) 2009, Lynne Medsker
"alphabet quilt" (c) 2009, Lynne Medsker

I’m anxious to make a big print of it when I get home and see how it looks on paper vs. a computer screen.  It was fun to do some digital playing…the longer I am here to more fun I am having!  I’m keeping my fingers crossed I can keep this creative streak going once I get home.


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