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Thursday, January 1, 2015

Gloria J Zucaro's "January First 2015"

Happy New Year to Everyone,
Today my post is some photographs I have taken lately and how I altered them in Photoshop Elements.

Here is a photo of the bench in my back yard and my pesky squirrels.  
It is called "Squirrel's Christmas Party"
Here it is after using Photoshop Elements Filters called Artistic Cutout
It looks abstract, which is kind of neat.
Then below I used Enhance-Adjust Color Curves.  I increased the highlights and shadows, it looks much more dramatic and rich.  So much fun.  You can click on the images to enlarge to see the full effect.

The next photograph captured some crystals I had hanging in the window. 
First the original photo and beneath it, the photo enhanced with a filter called Misc. Effects, Fluorescent Chalk.  People really liked it and I had a purchase offer, but they thought I had painted it!  I told them it was only in my computer...boo hoo!  Oh well, I had fun with these.


   


I am linking to Paint Party Friday, Twitter, Facebook and 

Have a wonderful week,

Gloria

29 comments:

  1. Beautiful! Happy New Year, Valerie

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    1. Thank you, Valerie. Happy new Year to you as well...a fresh start, I love it!

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  2. I think the possibilities you have for editing photos is amazing and I love to play!
    Your final photo is very beautiful and you could make prints of it and sell them! It has a bit of a Monet/impressionist character!

    Happy New Year!
    Ilona

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    1. Hi IIona, Thank you. That is a great idea. I will check out the possibilities of doing that.

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  3. What fun! Maybe you should actually paint this bench...I bet it would be as nice if not better than your computer pieces.

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    1. I just might try it, Thanks, have a good week Erika.

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  4. These are beautiful, Gloria. I have a version of Photoshop Elements and love to use it. I don't have those features, though. I especially like your last one of the bench by itself.

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  5. Thank you, Faye. I enjoyed playing/experimenting with it.

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  6. Such great photo edits!
    I am very familiar with those "pesky squirrels" (and chipmunks!) too! lol
    xo
    Kristin

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    1. Hi Kristin. Yes, i was having a real problem with a very small chipmonk who was so light he didn't trip the closing bird feeders. I had to add chili power to my bird feeder opening and dump some down in. That got rid of all my chipmonks as they hate the "hot" of the powder. But it doesn't affect the birds. But after a while the powder clogged up in the feeders and I had to kept scraping them up with a knife. So I don't know what the long term answer is. My fried suggested Vaseline on the poles and hooks the feeders hang from!

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  7. Love the way the bench turned out. Squirrels have such interesting behavior. I love watching them. The crows in my neighborhood keep them in line. Happy New Year.

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    1. OH! I love crows and would love to paint some in my pictures. That must really be a sight...squirrels and crows!

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  8. wonderful digital play Gloria! It can be so fun, and addicting. I don't think I'll ever know all that my PSE 10 is capable of... Happy New Year and happy PPF!

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    1. I know, it really is amazing. i usually find out by trail and error and sometimes can never get back there!

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  9. Isn't it fun and amazing to change your photos and paintings with Photoshop.
    I suppose you could have made a print and sold that.
    I like the last alteration but I actually like the original photo of the bench better, it's got such beautiful light and shade.

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    1. Thank you so much, Sheila. This year may be a really experimental year for me!

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  10. Fabulous digital alterations Gloria!! Love the bench it's wonderful! Once you get hooked on this you won't go back...and wait until you try it with your own artwork....hook line and sinker you will be in!

    Hugs Giggles

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    1. You are my inspiration! I still can't figure out how you get all the beautiful color changes that you achieve. I have to check back in my email. I think you use a different program, don't you?

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  11. OOh. What fun!! I love, love , love the last one of the bench. It's gorgeous. The last time I looked in to photo shop it was a bit too pricey for me. Maybe one day.

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    1. I have had Photoshop or elements for years and just keep updating to new versions. I am fortunate because my son is "into" computers and does all my computer machinery and updates for me. Isn't that bench cool. It is so "fairy tale" looking with such pure colors! I will be trying it on lots of my photos I think, just for fun!

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  12. Thanks for sharing your experience! I should try this, always putting it off.

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    1. I know what you mean. I am a great procrastinator myself. I will try some new things this year.

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  13. Ohhh... what fun! I really like these!

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    1. Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a comment.

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    1. Thank you, Tammie. The same good wishes to you.

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  15. Beautiful! Wish you a splendid 2015!

    http://beneathmyheartart.blogspot.ae/2014/12/budding-wings.html

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    1. Thanks so much Rita. I always enjoy a "new" start!

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  16. Squirrels are my daughter's fave. I always have to get as many as I can in my pics, which isn't anything like this mass. Love it. The last pic is like a painting and so unique. Blessings, Janet PPF (May you continue to experiment in 2015. . .good job.)

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