for those of you who asked how i made the photo on my previous post, here you go. above are the 2 photos i used in their sooc (straight out of camera) mode. the top one is red leaves in a bird bath at the arboretum. i pulled it into photoshop and used the curves tool to intensify the color and darken the black water. i pulled the red color balance up to get the leaves to pop more and added a bit of contrast. then i added a new layer to my file and placed a cropped version of the stump photo; it was also taken at the arboretum on saturday. i decreased the opacity on the stump layer so that it faded into the background and the leaves layer had dominance. all of the text is added in separate layers so i could control the color and the opacity of each layer.
i used to find photoshop quite intimidating but i've slowly befriended it. i set challenges for myself and then just experiment and play around to learn how to accomplish my goal. as i like to say about mixed media collage, anyone can do this. it just takes a bit of patience and the willingness to make mistakes and learn from them.
it was a stressfully long day at work and i think i've earned a nice hot bubble bath.
what do you do to relax after a bad day?