Friday was the first day of school in our town and the neighbors on our street met for the traditional "Breakfast at the Bus" to see the elementary school children off to school.
It was a cool morning and there is something about that bit of crispness in the air that accents the start of something new. I don't have any school aged children at home to put on the bus, however, I still get that "new" feeling each year when the school year begins. It's time to start an adventure, try something I've never done before and learn new skills.
For many of us in the US, the reappearance of the iconic yellow school bus is a symbol of a new start every autumn. I edited this photo to remove the color to show the importance of the yellow bus.
The full color photo doesn't look all that different - and I do love the happy coincidence of the red backpack on the left and the red stop sign on the bus. Which version do you prefer?
I really enjoy trying different photo editing techniques and manipulating my photos to create new digital images. For the image at the top of this post I started with this very ordinary shot of a flower on our Rose of Sharon shrub in the front yard.
After cropping and adjusting the contrast and color I had this photo. I then used the photo to create a new digital image.
|four images rotated and grouped|
I grouped four flowers together to create a new image (flipping and rotating the flower to make a symmetrical pattern).
|50 percent opacity|
I reduced the opacity to 50% and then copied and pasted the image.
|50 percent opacity and rotated 90 degrees|
I rotated the second image 90 degrees and layered the two images together.
|two images layered together|
The two images are rather ghostly so I added a black square behind them to create more intensity.
|Black square added behind images|
The black background helped but I still needed to adjust the saturation and brightness to get the result I wanted.
|saturation and brightness adjusted|
Here is the final floral image - ready to add a word or a quote for inspiration...
|word added with a glow behind the letters|
I added just the word "Inspire" sampling the color from one of the greens in the image. I also added a bit of a yellow glow behind the word.
Do you like to experiment with your photos and try different effects? I find it fascinating to try different ways of manipulating digital images. Sometimes I like the results better than others but the great thing with digital designing is the "undo" button - you can always try a different method until you get a result that please you.
I hope you have a great weekend! Please leave a comment to let me know if you'd like to learn more about "playing" with your photos to create new images...
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