This week for our digital history class, we assigned ourselves the lovely project of toying around with Photoshop and seeing where it took us.
A handy program for digital historians to know, Photoshop can be used when creating online exhibits, posters – anything, really. So I was quite excited for the challenge.
I started off with a photo I took this summer of a bridge in Ottawa that is leading into Quebec:
I have a novice interest in photography and have looked at different people’s experiments with Photoshop. I was hoping to take my picture and just make it look, well, cool. I didn’t want it to look realistic, or edited out mistakes, I wanted to change it.
So I made it look like this:
This wasn’t exactly as cool as my mental “vision” looked, but it certainly is different than it was before!
I did all of this through a mixture of playing around and layering other photos I’ve taken on top of each other. While maybe not the prettiest masterpiece, I learned a lot about the program from my fiddling.
This picture is a mix of these:
Then I took the original picture and put it on top of it all, distorting it so it created another layer in the photo.
Can you see each photo?
Probably. That’s because, despite my hardest attempts and watching a plethora of “how to” photoshop videos online, I couldn’t quite figure out finicky details that allowed me to remove certain lines and faults.
I managed to emphasize the red in the photo from the lights, which I wanted since the brake lights were so prominent from the cars on the bridge. I also blurred some lines so they blended a little better. Throw that in with some general fiddling with contrasts, feathering, and shading levels and you’ve got the image I made.
I was hoping to create an image of lights coming at the viewer and didn’t quite succeed, but hopefully I’ll learn more in class about the program and will be able to improve my “masterpiece”.