David Blass  


Soft Calla by David Blass

September 2021 - Soft Calla

September 2021 - David Blass

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About the Image(s)

This image was a home studio shot, a focus stack of 6 images. In Photoshop I did some repair work on the flower, then made a background based on the colors of the flower. I added a drop shadow and some shading for the final image.


14 comments posted




Ian Ledgard   Ian Ledgard
Very subtle manipulation. I especially like you tratment of the background which echos the colour of the calla perfectly.   Posted: 09/06/2021 15:06:05



Mike Cowdrey   Mike Cowdrey
This is a very good pastel image, which I think would make a great print. I particularly like the dropped shadow, and I need to learn this technique. Perhaps a subtle frame might add to the image?   Posted: 09/07/2021 01:10:35
David Blass   David Blass
Thanks to both! I think a subtle frame would be a plus; I tend to not think in terms of a frame.
To make a drop shadow, click on the fx icon--it's in the same location as the icons for adding a layer mask or an adjustment layer.
From the dropdown menu, choose Drop Shadow. There are many settings on the resulting page which allow control over the size, opacity, and angle of the shadow, among other things. I usually experiment with one control at a time , taking it from 0 to 100 to see what I get. I leave the blend mode on Multiply, the default setting.   Posted: 09/07/2021 14:12:58
Mike Cowdrey   Mike Cowdrey
Thanks for the explanation of drop shadow David. Unfortunately, drop shadow is not an option in PS Elements FX drop downs. It is perfect for nearly everything but I will have to use other ways of doing it!   Posted: 09/08/2021 04:36:51
David Blass   David Blass
Mike, this is an alternate method that works in PS; PSE may have the same capability: Make a duplicate layer with your subject in it, then select the subject. Select Inverse and delete, leaving just your subject in a layer. Reselect the subject and add a black fill layer, giving you a black silhouette of your subject. Select the silhouette and its mask, plus the layer with just the subject (deselect the background layer); click on Merge Visible in the Layers menu. This will leave you with a layer with a black silhouette that can be manipulated to give a drop shadow.   Posted: 09/08/2021 08:10:43
Mike Cowdrey   Mike Cowdrey
Thanks David   Posted: 09/08/2021 10:02:54



Mark Southard   Mark Southard
What a beautiful creation ! and I can see this being printed very large !   Posted: 09/07/2021 18:48:33



Angela Bonner   Angela Bonner
(Group 81)
Beautiful!!
How did you make the BG please?   Posted: 09/08/2021 16:15:15
David Blass   David Blass
Thanks Angela! The basis of the background is a gradient fill layer behind the calla image. I selected a pink and green from the flower and made a linear gradient with pink at the bottom. It took several tries (color choices) to get an effect I liked. Then I added the drop shadow. Last, using a brightness adjustment layer for reduced brightness and a very large brush at 3-5% flow I gave a slight vignette.   Posted: 09/08/2021 16:39:41



Angela Bonner   Angela Bonner
(Group 81)
Many thanks for that. I will give it a go!!   Posted: 09/08/2021 16:47:58



Angela Bonner   Angela Bonner
(Group 81)
Many thanks for that. I will give it a go!!   Posted: 09/09/2021 08:08:08



Jim Hagan   Jim Hagan
You original is a very good photo but your converted image is an outstanding work of art. Just superb. Many thanks for sharing your techniques.   Posted: 09/23/2021 08:43:03
David Blass   David Blass
Thanks Jim!   Posted: 09/23/2021 09:14:39



Andrew Hersom   Andrew Hersom
Really nice effect and thanks for your explanation on how you did it. Nothing to add.   Posted: 09/24/2021 15:02:53



 

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