Carole Kropscot, FPSA  

Indications of Fall by Carole Kropscot, FPSA

October 2019 - Indications of Fall

October 2019 - Carole Kropscot, FPSA


About the Image(s)

I wanted to submit something a little different looking. First, I scanned 2 leaves on my regular flatbed scanner. That's my original image.

Then I set about to try a zillion different techniques, even Liquify (which turned out horrible!), until I found this coloring. The following is approximately how I did this look: In Photoshop, I copied the original background layer and converted it to a smart object. Used the neon glow filter with an autumn orange color (even though it isn't that color in the finished version). Then I scrolled through the various Blending Modes until I saw this result with the Pin light.

Finished by rubber stamping (cloning) out a few background spots and one leaf spot (can you spot it?) Then I rotated and flipped the image all sorts of ways until I liked the impact based on the leaves' position. Since the leaves were the exact same distance from the top, I used Photoshop's fabulous cropping feature with the Content Aware turned on, and miraculously the extra background to give me a more comfortable looking amount of margin around the subjects instantly appeared. Whew!

5 comments posted

Ally Green   Ally Green
I can feel autumn in the air with this image! To me this really evokes everything that is associated with the Fall. The colours of the leaf and the glow around the edges of the leaves brings a warmth to the image and a sense of nostalgia to me! I like the way you have been creative with Photoshop as compared to the original this has much more depth in my opinion. The only leaf spot to me might be on the left hand leaf but everything blends in nicely if it is?! Love the detail also in this mage it really stands out.   Posted: 10/07/2019 13:50:21

Gavin Tow   Gavin Tow
I feel like the leaves could almost be picked up from the image. I like the background used as it really makes the leaves stand out. I keep referring to the original image to see how much impact the changes were. I thought it was a very creative (get it? our groups ! ) way of presenting a photograph. I think I should do that some myself.   Posted: 10/12/2019 08:24:57
Carole Kropscot   Carole Kropscot
I don't usually alter the look of my images. I tend to try to make them look better instead. But after a while that becomes "just another pretty picture" that I've mastered. So I'm going back to creating alternative-looking images which is what I used to do and got tired of doing. Back and forth!   Posted: 10/12/2019 12:58:17

Carole Kropscot   Carole Kropscot
Our DD group is unique in that we can use any techniques as long as we approximate the assigned subject. So I encourage you to do more than find an image that fulfills the topic. Make composites. Use creative filters. Change the coloring. Change the reality! It's fun!   Posted: 10/12/2019 13:00:50
Carole Kropscot   Carole Kropscot
Plus you learn all the capabilities of your software, be it on your computer or your tablet or your phone! Only fiddling with your software without guidance gets you only so far. Google your software and learn things you'd never think of just by looking at your software windows.   Posted: 10/12/2019 13:03:19


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