Saturday, November 9, 2013

"Painting" Leaves


     In the Northeast, we are pretty much at the end of the fall foliage season.  Before the leaves are all gone, I like to find a couple of examples of perfect looking leaves - whether it is the shape or the color that attracts me.  Here are some ideas for using "free" supplies, thank you Mother Nature.


STEP 1. Original JPEG
     Take a close up jpeg of the leaf.

     Save your original under several titles ie Leaves1; Leaves2.

      Using basic photo editing program (I like Picasa, easy to use) play around with color effects.  There are several choices and you can just click undo or cancel if you don't like how it turned out.  Picasa lets you preview the image so you can see how it turned out before saving.  Some of my changes using the original jpeg:
STEP 2.  Invert Colors
STEP 3. Invert colors/hologram effect
 Picasa has a great feature - "collage".  Lets you arrange any amount of photos and automatically creates a cool collage effect which you then save as a new jpeg.
STEP 4. Create collage jpeg - I like to call this the Andy Warhol look
STEP 5. Choose focal b/w option

You can also play around with cropping and color.  Using the same original jpeg and saving under a few different names, I used different saturation settings and different cropping for each one and created as a collage.  I think this is an easy way to make customized artwork using one simple photo.

     Using just one jpeg, you have limitless options to create fun artwork.  Your finished photos can be adhered to blank cards, glued to a blank many ideas from one photo.

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