Saturday, February 23, 2013


I like taking pictures of things in windows* because of the layers you can see all in one glance. Here's one I took at Universal Studios Orlando where the streets are set up like an old Hollywood backlot of New York City. Of course I did my favorite Poster Edges filter and boosted the color in Photoshop to make it more interesting.
When you shoot the images, look at your scene carefully before you snap to make sure the actual elements and the reflections line up in a pleasing way.

* see others here and more Photoshop filters here.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

As Nina Garcia would say...

...There's a taste level problem here.

My workplace's building has touristy shops on the first floor. One store offers clothing that suffers from a "lack of editing," to quote Project Runway again. 

All items, from jeans to gowns to jewelry, have about a half dozen-too-many design elements, chosen for maximum look-at-me-ness. Each dress features stew of sequins, strapless, backless, sheer netting, cut-outs, cut-down-to-there, cut-up-to-there, asymmetrical hems, ruffles, plastic jewel encrusting, foil imprints, animal prints, rosettes, grommets, laces, chains, name it.

Take the dress at right for example. Remove the:
1. leopard lining
2. high-low asymmetrical hem
3. encrusting on the side wrap
4. whatever might be happening in back (You can't see the reverse so god only knows what's going on there.)
...and it could be wearable, if the plastic "jewels" don't look too bad once you get close.  

A different section of the window display, while still trashy, makes for a fun Photoshop project.

See below...
The original photo.
The second dress on the left has foil, sequins, an under mini skirt with a high-low asymmetrical over-skirt of lacy ruffles and a strapless sweetheart neckline. Niiiice. The black number on the far right on the right body on the right occasion might not be bad.

I made a duplicate layer of the original photo and used the Paint Daubs filter on it.
I don't know what the settings were...I just messed around until I liked how it looked.

I duplicated the original layer again and used the Poster Edges filter on it.

I added a layer mask to the top layer (Poster Edges) and used a wide brush at low flow to paint out the
Poster Edges where I wanted the soft Paint Daubs layer to show through.
It's still trashy, but now it's trashy and dreamlike.
 And sorry, still no new beads to show. Since November a new romance has filled most of my former clay time and it has its own kind of creative energy. But never fear, I'll get back to the worktable eventually.


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