Gwen Neff  

Hands Making Music by Gwen Neff

June 2021 - Hands Making Music

June 2021 - Gwen Neff


June 2021 - Gwen Neff

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June 2021 - Gwen Neff

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About the Image(s)

I reviewed some of my photos to come up with an idea for this month's image and noticed I took several photos of musicians' hands playing their instruments. I decided to create a composite of the hands.
I started by choosing three photos, two guitar player hands and one piano player hands. I opened the piano player image first. Next, I opened both guitar player hands, resized and positioned them. I added a layer mask on the piano player hands image and using the brush on the layer mask brought out the hands of each of the guitar players. I merged the 3 layers and wend into smart photo editor to edit the color to a sepia tone. I also added a texture with a slight vignette to bring the attention to the hands and give the final image a retro/aged kind of feeling. After moving the image back into Photoshop from SmartPhoto Editor I slightly adjusted it with levels, did a slight crop, and added my signature.

7 comments posted

Alan Kaplan   Alan Kaplan
The work you did to blend the images into a unified whole was successful as far as blending goes. However, I don't really see beyond the blending of 3 images. I think if you moved the top guitar hands/person to the right to form a strong diagonal the image would come alive more.   Posted: 06/02/2021 17:13:22

Gwen Neff   Gwen Neff
Thank you for your comments Alan. This image was a review and exercise in blending for me and I do believe it was successful. I personally like the guitars on each side and in back of the piano hands which creates a triangle. I also believe I was successful in giving it an old photo feeling which was my goal.   Posted: 06/02/2021 20:28:21

Steve Estill   Steve Estill
I like the composition. And I love guitars. I think the blending works well and the overall 'aged' effect is good.
Thanks for an interesting, well worked image.
As an aside - I started with Photoshop in 2002, to create CD covers for my albums (none for sale, but ones that I enjoyed making). I've never looked back from Photoshop since, although my guitar playing only happens occasionally these days.
  Posted: 06/07/2021 16:03:47
Gwen Neff   Gwen Neff
It's never too late to get that album out there Steve! No matter - it sounds like you had fun making the covers and have taken off in Photoshop.   Posted: 06/08/2021 14:10:09

Candy Childrey   Candy Childrey
Good work with the image, Gwen. The overall masking works well. The aged, sepia look works well. There are a few spots that need cleaning up. The top guitarist's upper arm (left side) appears distorted with some bright areas. The lower guitarist has a circle from his shirt above the top of the guitar that should be removed.   Posted: 06/07/2021 18:59:46
Gwen Neff   Gwen Neff
Hi Candy,
Thank you for the feedback on my image and suggestions on a couple of areas to rework. When I get some space in my schedule I will give your suggestions a shot.   Posted: 06/08/2021 14:12:26

Jan Handman   Jan Handman
An interesting music-themed composite Gwen. I like the sharpness and pristine look of the original piano shot better than the distressed sepia look, but that's just personal preference. Your blending exercise turned out pretty well, although the guitar on the bottom seems to need the end of the neck with the tuning keys back. I realize it was cut off in your original shot, but you could find a piece of one online and patch it in. I think it would look good to be overlapping more of the arm of the piano player and would help meld the shots together. I agree with Candy about the bright areas in the upper guitar player shot. The blank black space in the lower right corner might be a good place to put the bottom guitar player if you did a horizontal flip of that image. Just random thoughts as I study your piece, but I think you accomplished what you set out to do so -- nice job!   Posted: 06/08/2021 17:33:17


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