Student Photos Take 2


Well, I decided it was time to post a few more examples of work my students have done using a few of the techniques we cover in class. They all are examples that made use of the Clone Stamp Tool, Layers, and/or Selections. All of these students have attended classes at the Torrance Griffith Adult Center.

The first two are from Bill Clarkson.

Klein-Bottle-Before Bill Clarkson

The Original

Klein-Bottle Bill Clarkson - After

Using layers, selections and a linear gradient makes for a more pleasing photo that is now ready for eBay.

Bill also submitted the following two pictures of his dog, Gus.

Gus-2-Before Bill Clarkson

The original is shown above.

Gus-2 Bill Clarkson

Again, Bill has used selection and a color fill to eliminate the distracting background.

The Clone Stamp is one of the most useful tools in Photoshop Elements. Although new versions have added additional semi-automatic selection tools like the Magic Selection Brush, the basic Clone Stamp tool is still quite useful as shown in Mary White’s work below.

P1010091 Mary White- Bafore 

Mary’s Original

Here Mary used the Clone Stamp Tool to remove the unsightly drain pipe.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Here are two more examples from Laurel Woodley. In the first she uses a combination of selection tools, including the Selection Brush to make a good selection around the bird’s feathers before placing it on a less distracting background.

P5120335 Laurel 3-before

P5120335_edited-1 Laurel 3-after

Even with the tools provided by Photoshop Elements, it takes patience and some practice to select more difficult subjects.

In this final example, Laurel changes pace a bit by turning a photographic image into a colored pencil sketch. This transformation was done using a combination of layer blending modes.

P1290143 (2) Laurel 2-before 

The Original Photo

P1290143_edited-1 Laurel-2 -after

The Resulting Pencil Sketch

Well, that’s all for this installment. Don’t forget, if you are a current or former student of one of my classes, you are more than welcome to email me before and after examples of your pictures. I will periodically post them here. It’s a good way to let others see what you have done and what you have learned.

Until next time,

Don 

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