Nov 042010

longhorn JC-correct 724

Wow!  This new Topaz bundle is fun!  Let’s see if I remember everything I did.

First… this is two photos.  I processed each of these in Aperture before opening them in Photoshop Elements 6.  I used the Topaz remask tool to cut out the longhorn skeleton heads.  The original photo was taken back in January and the heads were resting on the usual gravel that appears in half my photos.  I then ran the skeleton heads through Topaz adust to bring out the details and then placed these on a layer in the backround image.  I decided the background was too dominate, so I made a copy and then reduced it to 75% opacity.

I then decided that it needed a frame to tie it all together, so I followed (well sort of followed) Doris’ instructions on how to make a frame.

Then I imported it all back to Aperture and added the signature before exporting out in .jpg format.  I discovered that my plug-in software for the signature wouldn’t let me place it high enough in the photo to appear on the photo… that is why it is on the frame.  Let me know if that bugs you.

I suspect I may have done a few other things to the photos but it has taken me several evenings to do this.  I shall start keeping better notes.

  10 Responses to “THEME: Brown (Wild West)”

  1. Looks great. I have to try my Topaz remask, had it for a while and never used it. I love the results it gave you.

  2. Wonderful iconic southwest image! Looks like you and Topaz are getting along just swell.

  3. I love this! The details and the clarity are great. Your processing is right on. I really need to create some time and try Topaz. Thanks for explaining the steps you did. Great job!

  4. I fixed the signature… it is now in the right place. Wasn’t so hard to do.

  5. Wowzer, this turned out incredible! I love everything about it…the details are great and that background is, well, WOW!

    • Thanks! When I talked myself into spending the money on the Topaz, it was because I was thinking of trying this idea out. So, I appreciate your enthusiasm. Now I just need to figure out how to get my signature in the right place!

  6. This is a fascinating image with surrealistic dream-like imagery. Thank you for the explanation as to how it was done. Clearly a work that required great thought to make it match the image in the mind.

  7. Nice work….it pays off with a great result.

  8. Very cool! And very reminiscent of Georgia O’Keefe. Thanks for explaining all the processing steps.

    (I’d prefer the signature to be on the photo…)

  9. Ye-Har halloween to my eye.

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