Experimenting with PhotoShop

As I mentioned in my last post, I have been doing some trial and error with PhotoShop, as I am I just basically beginning to figure out what to do with it.  For years, I used Ulead Photoimpact to process the digital pictures I’ve taken, mainly to adjust brightness and contrast.  It came with a scanner I bought years ago, and just kept it, without updating it.  But when I updated my computer to use Windows 7, I needed to upgrade the photography software I was using, luckily, my friend, and computer guy, had an extra version of PhotoShop CS4 and loaded it onto my system.

So far, I’ve figured out how to adjust not just brightness and contrast, but also Tone, Color, sizes, and the many filters that PhotoShop has to offer, along with merging two or more shots.

In my last post, I posted the pictures I took of the big cats in Las Vegas at Sigfried and Roy’s Secret Garden, here’s what I have done with them by exploring Photohop.

You can click on the picture to get a larger view, then click on the back button to come back to the main page:

used Colored Pencil and Mosaic Tiles filters for this one:

this one is Glowing Edges:

I really like how this one came out…

Colored Pencil:

Colored Pencil with Mosaic Tiles:

Some other pictures I applied filters to:

these were in our fish tank at home:

I have also figured out how to use the color filters and changed (adjusted) a picture (not one of mine) of my niece in a London Phonebooth that she posed in on her class trip over winter break last month (she preferred the pink neon notebook one):

I decided to try and produce some Andy Warhol type quartets, after I applied the filters on PhotoShop, I enlisted PrintShop and the PrintScreen feature on my keyboard to put the four separate pics together, then went back to PhotoShop to adjust the Resolution and Size.

Top Left: the original

Top Right: Black and White

Bottom Left: Glowing Edges

Bottom Right: Colored Pencil

So, How You Doin???

ps: Not sure when/what my next post will be about.  But I have decided that to mark what would have been my brother’s 38th birthday in April, I’m going to post the 6 page letter I sent to the CEO of Honeywell International (David worked there for the last 3 years of his life) telling him everything that happened and asked why we never heard from or received any kind of letter (sympathy/condolences) or communication from the company.  I never received a response…


One comment on “Experimenting with PhotoShop

  1. Lucel-Melody Wings says:

    Hi Joel,

    I LOVE all the pictures. What fantastic options! Looking forward to seeing what other experiments you try. I think my most favorite one is of the flower.

    Lifting you up “extra much” as April approaches.

    Thanks for sharing!

    PS Finally took down my Christmas Tree and all my decorations yesterday (including my Manorah). Put it all up the weekend before Thanksgiving (including changing out dishes, glasses and coffee mugs)……just LOVE the transformation and my tree’s lights….and I also enjoy putting things all back later. Am in the mood for cleaner lines, so have put out fewer nic-nacs…means I have even MORE boxes under my bed, Lol. HOORAY for bedskirts that can hide it all.

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