Good morning from a lovely sunny Hastings.
I love going out for walks just to see how beautiful the world is through my camera lens. I love to see the bright colours of the flowers and to smell them and really appreciate the beauty around us. It is a wonderful way to relieve stress. I put my favourite songs on and just go for it. A couple of hours later I arrive home uplifted by some of the beautiful sights I have seen and hopefully have on my memory card. I am getting well known along the routes I go as I stop and take photos of colourful gardens. I have had the owners come out and talk to me which is a little bit embarrassing but generally people are really nice about it. It is the men who get quite uptight that I am standing on the footpath zooming in on some flowers, but the women have been really nice.
I have an idea in my mind usually when I am taking the photos as to how I would like to show up the beauty. Not always successful but the success rate is improving. This is a lovely garden just full of snapdragons. All the embellishments were taken there as well. Firstly I had the background image of the garden itself.
I had some trouble with the opacity of the background when it came time to add the text. In the end I just deleted the layer and started again. I right clicked on the small lock icon on the right in the layers panel and then I found the opacity button.
Because I didn’t want to lose the embellishment arrangement and text I saved it and added it to the image.
I find it is less stressful to save as I go to avoid the problem of starting all over again. Learnt that the hard way.
I have also learnt about adding a three dimensional look to the embellishments by adding shadows. It is amazing the difference it makes when the shadows are added. My daughter said it wasn’t necessary but then watched as I added some shadows and then she said it does matter. I still get amazed at the transformations from flat images to a more three dimensional look. I have been studying the Dummies Guide to Photoshop Elements 10 just to learn my way around the different functions and brushes. Here are the individual embellishments.
Here is what I mean about the shadows. Here is the ivy I did the other day.
Now you can see the difference it makes with the shadowing. It is rather dramatic to see the transformation. That is what I love about photography and editing. It is very addictive.
Cheers and have a nice day,