Fred Giese  



May 2020 - Fred Giese


About the Image(s)

Concept: A checker game being played by ghostly looking hands. Using 3 images, the main (a checkerboard made to look as if it were floating), hand 1 (made to look as if it is holding a floating checker) and hand 2 (made to look as if waiting for its turn).

1. Made selection of checkerboard.
2. Invert selection, fill exterior with black.
3. Make selection of one red checker
4. Using move tool, move red checker above board (as if it were floating)
5. Make selection of one black checker square.
6. Copy and use move tool to move to where removed red checker was and paste.
7. Use transform tool to fill in square completely.
8. Used Topaz Sharpen AI on image at 92% for both sharpening and noise reduction.
9. Using image of Hand 1, make selection, inverse and move to main image using move tool.
10.Using transform tool position Hand 1 so thumb and forefinger look as if they are holding the floating checker.
11.Change opacity of Hand 1 to 37%.
12.Use brightness adjustment layer to brighten image.
13.Using image of Hand 2, make selection, inverse and move to main image using move tool, positioning it at lower left.
14.Reduce opacity slightly, enough to see outline of checkerboard and reduce opacity some more around left-hand knuckle to see checker.
15.Using the brush tool, paint with black around both Hand 1 and Hand 2 with an opacity of 10%.

This round’s discussion is now closed!
3 comments posted

Jerry Funk   Jerry Funk
Very well done!
My challenge to you is to next show a triple jump in action! I bet you can do it. Ordinarily, I never ask anyone to do anything I can't or wouldn't do. This is an exception.
I thought of suggesting that a table might add to the story, but my second thought is that your concept is best. The floating board goes with the ghostly players.   Posted: 05/02/2020 16:39:39

Shirley Ward   Shirley Ward
Interesting and creative. but, I would like to see a very narrow white border around it as everything merges into the black background.   Posted: 05/03/2020 15:31:38

Nellie Bretherick   Nellie Bretherick
Very creative and cleverly done.   Posted: 05/24/2020 16:05:46