Photo Collage – Experimenting with Adobe Photoshop

Since I have been living a left-handed life for the past 5 weeks, I have  continued to play and learn more about doing digital collage.  It is a very interesting medium since there are unlimited things that you can do with Photoshop and its many tools and filters.  This past week I have been trying different things using my own handmade art that I scanned, the various filters, the masking tool, and practicing selecting objects from photos.  One of the projects I have been working on is a picture of my girlfriend and I that we took while on the ferry coming back from Vancouver Island in the summer of 2010.  We had such a wonderful time on our road  trip up and down the island so I thought it would be nice to take the photo and create something that I could frame and hang on the wall to remind me of our adventure.

I changed the colour of the photo to sepia because

Road Trip Summer of 2010

I wanted a bit of an old fashion look to the layout.  Some of the background layers are scanned corrugated cardboard, water-coloured canvas and I selected the raffia ribbon from another painting and added it as a border.  I also used some custom brushes that are black writing over top of the corrugated cardboard layer.  

I want to increase my skills with Photoshop so I ordered a book bySusan Tuttle ‘Digital Expressions’ Creating Digital Art with Adobe Photoshop Elements – it has arrived, so I plan to do the different projects to increase my knowledge of the various tool, brushes and filters.  Apparently the methods she uses can be created in both Photoshop  Elements and Photoshop CS3.   I figure this is a great way to keep my mind active learning new things and the creative juices flowing.

So til next time enjoy creating an artful life. 

Michelle

Entering the World of Digital Collage

Since I have been restricted from my regular creative routine for the past 3 weeks I have been in  search of something I could do that would be creative and not require my right hand.   I came across Somerset’s Digital Studio magazine that profiles a number of digital artists who generously give instructions on how they use their own artwork and photography transform it into digital collage using layers, masks, etc.  Since I do have an older version of Photoshop CS3 I decided I would give this a try to see what I could create.  I haven’t taken Photoshop since 2000 and I had forgotten how to use a lot of  the tools, but with some trial and error and following some of the instructions from Digital Studios I have been experimenting and have created some pleasing digital collages. 

Before Picture

The one I have had the most fun with is a picture of my sister when she was a young girl, she just recently turned 80!  I played around with some of my scanned paintings and collages as backgrounds, photos, using masks, filters etc.and I love what the finished piece looks like.  Now I just have to figure out what I want to print it on and how I will frame or mount it.  If you have any suggestions I would be very grateful to hear from you. 

Here is the finished digital collage. 

Timeless memories of a young ballerina

I’ll post some more of my digital collage creations later….still doing some tweaking. 

 I have to say that I am really enjoying this process and it is helping me get through this rehab period from my surgery you could say it is saving my sanity….lol.
 
Until next time happy creating,
Michelle