I don't know about you, but I often take pictures that are less than perfect! One of my biggest problems is that I fail to see what's in the background. Here's a shot I took at a wedding, with someone's backside right behind (ha ha) the flowers that I was aiming for. And there's a stack of dirty cups back there too. In fact, two stacks! Great...
If I can make this picture into something interesting, it will be a miracle. That's what makes it a really good shot to use for experimenting! I decided to start with a printmaking technique that I've been wanting to experiment with. First you need to get a good strong outline of the main objects without color being involved, and then you need to add the color back into the shot in a way that mimics tinted prints. Here's what I did:
1. Duplicate your image twice. Name the top one "edges", the middle one "color", and leave the original alone.
2. There are a couple of ways to get a black and white outline, including Poster Edges, but I used Filter > Stylize > Find Edges on the top layer.
3. Add an adjustment layer to "edges" and drag the Threshold slider until you like the look of the outline.
4. Add some Gaussian blur to "edges" to further refine the outline.
5. Drag the "color" layer to the top of the stack. Choose Multiply for the blending mode and play with the opacity until the color looks like handpainted tints.
6. Optional - Use the move tool to create a slight offset between the "edges" and the "color" layers. Re-crop the image.
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