Mandarin Orange Monday 71

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Good morning from another hot and sunny Hastings.  We have been sweltering with temperatures reaching 28 Degrees here, somewhat different to the northern hemisphere to say the least.

I hope everyone is keeping warm and safe in the north.

Anyway, yet another Monday has rolled around and it is time to go orange.  I love this challenge as it gives me a chance to go mad on Photoshop and FX Photostudio Pro.  Today, though I have just played with Photoshop’s filters.  I also learnt about the gradient tool on the right where I can determine the angle of the gradient as well.

First up is a photo which I have used for it’s simplicity.

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I wanted some of the wood grain to come out so with the help of a couple of filters – sorry I can’t t=remember which ones I go to this stage.

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I darkened the wood somewhat.

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Played around with the colours.

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Before adding the gradient map and had it on an angle.

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For my second photo I wanted to again have something that stood out from the background.

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I posterised it.

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Then played around with filters to get to this.

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Then I added the gradient map, determining myself the angle of the gradient.

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I thought it was a bit pale so then I went to the colour enhancing tool and increased the saturation and darkened the shadows and lightened the highlights for more contrast.

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And here is the final result.  A lot different to the original.

Anyway check out the lovely work done by LorikArt this week.

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