Saturday, 5 October 2013

Adobe Magic

As time goes by, I seem to be becoming more and more of a textile vagrant, taking things from here and there, jumping from one thing to another and experimenting with all sorts of techniques.

This time, in an idle moment and using a photo of a favourite river taken in Scotland, I decided to explore further some of the features of my (very old) version of Adobe Photoshop. I used the liquify function (it seemed appropriate to the subject matter) and played with the colour intensity and hues.

These were the result and I think they could transfer well to textiles ... sometime!


... colour inverted and intensified ...


... and then changed and inverted again ...


What fun this is ... sometime, I must treat myself to the latest version of this lovely programme, though I think I may need a computer update before I do. Has anyone got experience of competitor programmes? I guess they might be even better ...


9 comments:

  1. I use Corel Painter - I had the first version, and now have invested in version 11. I don't use it for liquefying or distorting, however, just for drawing and cloning and other such functions in order to join together disparate elements such as the drawings or scans with my photos.
    There are several trial versions, I believe. It depends what you want the program to do. However, I think I'm in a minority. I believe that most folks prefer to use Photoshop. I have never used that, so don't know what it does, or what it is like to use.

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  2. I use Adobe Photoshop Elements, the "consumer" version of the Photoshop that is now part of Adobe's Creative Suite. PSE (Elements) is still standalone and will likely remain so. I'm using version 7 and I'll use it as long as I can before needing to upgrade. I like it a lot, it does just what I want, has all the filters that Photoshop has.
    I love what you've done with the photos above.

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    1. Very many thanks to you both for your comments - very helpful. I will probably opt for updating my Adobe Photoshop Elements to a sensible level. I currently run version 3 which I know to be really out of date but perhaps I'll manage a trial of Corel Painter before I do. It certainly sounds like it's worth a good look.

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  3. Very effective results. I use Photoshop CS6 which I get through their Creative Cloud. Brilliant program but I use it a lot for photography rather than textile work.

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    1. Thank you very much, Maggi ... I will investigate!

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  4. I use an older version of Photoshop, the CS3. I understand that Adobe now offers a monthly subscription option for using their software, it costs less than 30 US dollars a month. Haven't tried it yet. But you could also try GIMP, a free image-editing software that is very similar to Photoshop (or so they tell me...) You can find it here:

    http://www.gimp.org/

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    1. Many thanks, Ersi.
      I can see from the replies that I probably need to visit my friendly local computer store and consult - maybe even try if the chance is on offer. The choice seems to have grown since I acquired Elements 3 several years ago.
      I've played a little with Gimp but didn't find it so flexible or extensive - but being free is an advantage.

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  5. I love the idea of being a textile vagrant - moving around from place to place: I can really relate to that. I love these though and can see them as backgrounds to stitch etc.

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    1. Thank you - you are most encouraging!
      I often feel that moving around as much as I do is counter-productive. It gives me so much to think about at the beginning of work that I can't see where to start. I've been at this stage for a while, though perhaps I'm beginning to see a way forward.

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