Fire and Ice

She gazes at her aquamarine world. A world that is cool and peaceful and serene in all its encompassing blueness. It is all she has ever known. It is safe and familiar.

And yet, she yearns for scorching heat; heat with the power to burn. Excitement and danger and risk. Fire and ice and the melting.

She desires vermilion, pulsing crimson, fuchsia. Succulent orange and the palest peach. Jeweled garnet and ruby. The yellow of lemons and blinding sunshine.

She wants all 16 million colors. She wants a double rainbow and the pot of gold.

She wants it all. Fire and ice.


Texture Tuesday ProcessingLayers-Palette

  • Run CoffeeShop Blog Cross-Processing Action, selecting the Contrast and Option 3 layers. Opacity = 50%
  • Add the woman image as a new layer, transform and position. Mask the image outside the window glass area. Blend mode = Overlay; opacity = 75%
  • Run my midtone contrast action to enhance texture. Copy the mask from the woman layer, invert and add to this layer to eliminate additional contrast to window/woman.
  • Add the Friday texture. Desaturate. Blend mode = Overlay. Copy the mask from the Midtone Contrast layer so that the texture is eliminated over the window/woman.

Below are the images used in the creation of this composite. The woman image is from the CD collection, Stage Beauties: Edwardian Theater and Silent Film Actresses.










Linking with Texture Tuesday, hosted by Kim Klassen 


Posted on October 2, 2012, in Photoshop and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.

  1. This is just so beautiful – text and photo. Very creative in all aspects.

  2. Powerful and moving, love the direction you took in this post.

  3. Beautiful and most unusual work! It’s so good to see screen shots and explanation as to how a finished article appears – thank you so much for taking the time to do this, it’s very much appreciated!

  4. I love this one! Words and image.
    Thanks for sharing how you did it.

  5. Magical! This so speaks to the yearning in all of us – doesn’t it?? So very clever and creative. Love how you’ve put together this story – both in word and image!

  6. I love what you created with these images, and the little story with it just adds to the mystery of Her.

  7. So beautiful and evocative – love your words too.

  8. quite an unusual approach with an effect that is quite thoughty and thought-provoking. I so appreciate the steps you took as I really can NOT wrap my head round how to mask and pull out and then drop in things. but seeing what you started with and how you got to the end result, I NOW know it’s possible!!

    I love how you wrote this. VERY MUCH. It too is unusual and that’s perhaps what makes it extraordinary. I am inspired by this and by you!! thank you for that!!

    • Currie – you are very welcome for the instructions. It is so wonderful to hear that others find them useful. And masking is certainly one of those concepts that can be difficult to “get”. The best thing to do is to simply play and try things out. Perhaps if you think of the mask as simply a way to paint out what parts of the layer you don’t want to see that will help. I hope you will stop by again.

  9. Love that last line!! And all the delicious colors.

  10. Your text seems to perfectly capture the desire in this young woman’s eyes, and it seems you employed the framing technique you mentioned a few posts ago to focus on the essentials of her image.

I greatly appreciate your comments!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: