A Little Night Magic
When I list my editing steps, it may seem as if I follow a straight line to the final result. But in reality, the journey from “before” to “after” more closely resembles a meandering path with multiple forks in the road and plenty of re-traced steps. The “undo” function is my friend. I try this and try that, throwing mud at the wall to see what sticks.
Sometimes an image is completely abandoned. Sometimes I end up far afield from the original source and the final result is a complete surprise.
This is what makes post-processing exciting – the not knowing; the experimentation and exploration into what the image CAN become.
The infinite possibilities. The ability to create something that doesn’t exist except here, in the mix and swirl of pixels. Taking the raw material of reality and adding a spin of digital magic.
Creating mood. Heightening emotion. Telling a story. Throwing in a dash of this and that.
Until it’s done.
Texture Tuesday Processing
Here are the layers that resulted in this night time fantasy.
- Add the Simplicity texture and desaturate. Blend mode = Color Burn, opacity = 63%
- Process my Pencil Sketch action to bring out the lines
- Add a Levels adjustment, increasing the highlights significantly. Paint a light ray area on the layer mask so that the highlighted area is confined
- Copy the Levels adjustment layer. Invert the mask. Darken the image outside the “light ray” area so that it resembles night time
- Run the Displace Filter on both lighting masks so that the “light” contours to the siding and window, thereby integrating it into the image
- Add a cooling Photo filter to give the image a nighttime blue tone
Below is the original image and the Photoshop layers palette.