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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

"Match color" in Photoshop

Here is an experiment that I did with the new Match Color function in Photoshop CS3. The basic technique is really easy, deceptively easy…the real work begins after the buttons are pushed, and I’m still tweaking my pictures!




1. Open the image that you want to work on and an image that you’ll use as a color source in Photoshop. Make sure that the image you’re going to doctor up is on top and selected.

2. Click on Image –> Adjustments –> Match Color. Chose the second picture as your source (the drop down box is near the bottom). You’ll be able to see immediately how the palette selection will alter your working image.

3. Play with the luminance, color intensity, and fade sliders until you are satisfied.


4. Now the real work begins! If you really want your image to resemble the artist whose source material you’ve chosen, it’s now time to start working on the style. I began with using the Paint Daubs filter. These pieces aren’t anywhere near finished since they were just for practice. I’d have to do a lot more work to bring some of the detail around her face (her eyes especially) back. I’ve almost lost the star on her cheek completely. But this is sufficient to show you the general principle of the thing!

I didn’t like the results from the first source picture that I chose, so I tried the same process with another one. I thought the warmer tones from this trial suited the Mary Cassatt style much better, but I suppose it’s really personal preference:




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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Making a monochromatic art quilt

Below is a little (10 x 8 inch) art quilt that I made from various fabric and paper scraps. I started with all off-white fabrics, and before I started “piecing”, if you can even call it that, I stained them all with tea to even up the tones more than they already were! Working with a monochromatic color scheme forces you to explore other ways of bringing contrast to a piece besides color. I also used some of my favorite things on the quilt - an image transfer, beads, and antique buttons.


Materials & Tools:

cutting mat
rotary cutter
scissors
pins
fabric glue
needles
fabrics and papers
buttons
beads
gold thread
transfered images (if desired)


1. Instructions for making an image transfer onto fabric can be found in this post: Image Transfers on Fabric.


2. Stain or dye your fabrics in a strong tea solution.

3. Cut a piece of batting to approximately 9 x 7 inches. Lay a piece of tea-stained muslin, slightly larger and with frayed edges, over top of the batting.


4. Begin to arrange lots of layers of fabrics and papers on the background. Cut, tear, fold, whatever you want to add depth. I used layers or organza and netting to add even more depth. Use a bit of fabric glue to keep pieces from shifting once you are satisfied with the arrangement.

5. Pin all pieces together well. Stitch all pieces down around the edges with metallic gold thread (I stitch this part by hand), removing all the pins as you go. Add buttons and beads as desired.

6. Cut or tear another piece of muslin for a backing, making it approximately 1/2 inch larger than the batting. Turn the edges under and blanket stitch it to the batting. Take a few more stitches here and there through all the layers to make sure the backing doesn’t shift. An alternative method is to make a pillow style quilt in the very beginning, with two layers of muslin and the batting, and quilt through all layers during the entire process. It just depends upon whether you want to see the quilting on the back or not.

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