Feathers is the theme offered by Sonel’s Photo-Editing Challenge. This week I am working on a series of images inspired by Photogravure. I’ve written about how to create this effect here, using a winter scene and a journal page, and here using a photo of a tree.
This time around I used a shot I captured outside my office after a recent snow. Here is the original photo:
If you are thinking that you have seen this photo before on this blog, you are right. I wrote about another edited version of it here. This time around, here is my final photo:
If you have read my other posts you know the basics of how I approached the editing of this photo. So, like the others it has a blur filter layer, a gradient map layer, and a texture layer. What I added to this particular one was a final levels layer. On that layer I brightened the photo and then added a mask to the layer. Then I inverted the mask, so that the lighten version was not showing. Then I took a brush, that was soft and had a jitter to it, and I brushed across the mask. The effect this had was to add bits of light in a organic manner. So, this ended up being a four layer file in Photoshop.
What do you think of the final version? Feel free to leave a comment below. A version of this photo is available for sale on Picfair.