Beverly Caine  

PURPLE ORCHIDS by Beverly Caine

August 2020 - PURPLE ORCHIDS

August 2020 - Beverly Caine


About the Image(s)

I shot this at the Boca Raton Orchid show last year.
I first opened the original image and sized it. Followed that by opening one of the many textures I have and sized it to match the flower image.
I followed by working on the flower image, paying attention only to the flower for results as I knew that the rest would be covered by the texture.
Once I was satisfied with the look of the petals, I turned my attention to the texture. I then selected the entire texture and copied and pasted it onto the flower. I then deselected and turned back to the lower (flower) layer and selected only the flower and stems.
That done, I went back to the texture layer and reduced the opacity. Once I was able to see the flower and stems through the reduced opacity layer, I erased everything on the texture layer within the bounds of the selected flower below.
When that was done to my satisfaction, I flattened the image and followed by selecting each flower individually and applied a 1 or 2 px. stroke to add additional attention to the flower

9 comments posted

Margaret Sprott   Margaret Sprott
Your final image is MUCH better than the original but I don't begin to understand how you did it. Of course it would not be allowed in a Nature competition but in PID should do very well. We have a club member who is totally against textures so we are beginning to discuss them.   Posted: 08/07/2020 10:23:28
Beverly Caine   Beverly Caine
I had hoped my explanation was clear. Any time you want to try it, touch base with me and I'll be happy to walk you through.   Posted: 08/07/2020 11:19:38

Jamie Federick   Jamie Federick
Love the background you chose. That did away with those shadows well.   Posted: 08/08/2020 09:20:13

Stuart Caine   Stuart Caine
(Group 42)
Nice job, but I feel your flower doesn't have that pop to it. I put your image through Topaz DeNoise AI, then put it through Shapen AI using the Stabilize setting, then on to Topaz Studio 2 and put it through AI. This is it what I finished up with.
  Posted: 08/08/2020 13:17:15
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Beverly Caine   Beverly Caine
Thank you   Posted: 08/08/2020 16:15:56

Lloyd Delaney   Lloyd Delaney
I love the color palette and the composition. I suggest softening the border between the flower and the background so it is a little more like the stem.   Posted: 08/09/2020 12:31:16

LuAnn Thatcher   LuAnn Thatcher
(Groups 3 & 62)

Is the edited version the same flower as the original? They look different; the spots are different, and the yellow lip is red in the edited image. Just curious.

Pretty flower and the colors in the palette are complementary.

To me, the sky background seems busy and competes for attention with the pretty pattern on the petals. Have you tried a more blurred textured background without a cloud formation? If you notice, the figure-ground relationship between the white in the background on the right and the pink flower is pulling the viewer's eye away from the subject. In addition, the beige tones (lower right) seem to lean to the orange tones pulling the palette in a different direction than needed.

Hope this is helpful.

Best regards,
LuAnn   Posted: 08/09/2020 15:29:18

Beverly Caine   Beverly Caine
You are so right, they are different. Apparently they were next to each other in the file and I grabbed the wrong one. My eyes must be joining all the other effects of self-quarantine. Actually this was the only texture I tried because I liked the different shading when I first looked at it. Is this flower showing up as pink on your screen? It is definitely shades of purple which brought me to the colors on the upper left of the texture with a touch of brightness on the lower right.
Thanks so much for visiting and for your valuable input.   Posted: 08/09/2020 15:54:54
LuAnn Thatcher   LuAnn Thatcher
(Groups 3 & 62)
The flower color is a pinky purple on my screen. Pink is just a favorite color to me.

Have a great day, Bev,

LuAnn   Posted: 08/10/2020 06:50:42


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