Thursday, December 16, 2010

Photo Textures and Effects

After reading Donna's blog the other day, I decided to see what Corel Paintshop Pro had to offer in its Texture menu.   While I did an online class in Corel Paintshop, I haven't played around much with the software since the class.  Donna, Made in Heaven, inspired me to see what can be done and I had a few spare hours. 

This is the original photo.  I cut Luc out of the original photo, pasted into a new image with a transparent background, cleaned up the edges and saved.

The cut-out image.

I closed the original photo without saving the edit, i.e., removing Luc.  I reopened the photo and started playing around with various textures and artistic effects.  After I was satisfied with the background, I copied and pasted the cut-out Luc image on top of Luc in the original photo.

If I remember correctly, this is a canvas effect.    Don't know if you have the same problem but when clicking on this and on that which sometimes work and other times does not,  you forget exactly what you did to arrive at a particular point.  There is no mistaking the neon effect above or the blinds effect below.  Again, I copied and pasted the cut-out Luc original image over the textured Luc image.

This is the blinds effect.  The finished files are huge even with the jpeg export compression.  It was a fun afternoon.  :D

Until next time, God bless.


DJan said...

This sure looks like fun! I used Photoshop a little when I was working, and if it weren't so expensive I'd probably get it, but for playing around only. This looks like it was a good alternative! I'll check into it.

Lynn said...

I'd love to have Photoshop, but the expense is such that I could not justify buying it to play around at home. If I were still in business, I'd buy it.

Corel Paintshop Pro offers quite a bit for much less. In fact, I can look at directions for performing a certain effect in Photoshop and almost duplicate in Paintshop.

The Japanese Redneck said...

I need photoshop sometimes, but since I don't really on a computer (only have work ones). I won't buy any software.

EG Wow said...

Your playing turned out very well!

SquirrelQueen said...

Those are some fun effects Lynn, I really like that texture shot.

I have downloaded demos of Photoshop Elements and Corel Painshop and tried them and they were fun but I still haven't bought either. I have a Corel Paint program that I won on another blog but I haven't had time to use it yet. One of these days.