The Bridges of Allegheny County

Pittsburgh is known as the City of Bridges – there are over 400 bridges within the city limits and over 2,000 in surrounding Allegheny county.

This detailed shot of Pittsburgh’s 16th Street Bridge was taken during an evening riverboat cruise in the summer of 2011. It has languished in the archives until now – when I needed an image to satisfy today’s  “yellow” theme. (Don’t you love a city that has the spirit to paint its bridges yellow?)


Texture Tuesday Processing (Photoshop CC)
The pale gray sky of the original image is a boring backdrop – the addition of textures allows the structure of the interwoven girders to take center stage.

  • Process Orton Effect action (Orton Effect tutorial can be found here)
  • Add Stay texture, blend mode = Multiply
  • Add Stamped Right 2 texture, blend mode = Multiply
  • Add Simple texture, blend mode = Multiply
  • Process the Pencil Sketch technique action, set opacity of the folder to 75%
  • Add a Levels adjustment to increase the overall contrast, especially in the highlights

Below is the original image and the Photoshop layers palette:

May-13-Layers-Palette May-13-Before

Linking with Texture Tuesday, hosted by Kim Klassen


Posted on May 13, 2014, in Photoshop and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. The processing you did on this made the bridge shine – love it!

  2. Yellow is my husbands favorite color. ❤

  3. I love the abstract nature of the image, emphasizing the lines.

  4. I love your processing. It turns an interesting image into a very dramatic one.

  5. I just love what you do with your images! Love the bridge!

  6. What a great image! Your processing brings out the lines and textures so well. This reminds of a bridge in Sacramento, that was painted “gold”, but really is a muted yellow. Bridges do make great subjects,don’t they!

  7. It is interesting that they would choose to paint a bridge yellow, I really like what you’ve done with this image -the bridge really pops.

  8. Love it! The original is excellent, and the processed one even better. Yes, yellow bridges–yay!

  9. I hope to see more of this series!

  10. Love it…your post-processing gives a sense of both age and timelessness. Nice!

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