Click on any image for a bigger view.This is my daughter Kristen. (awfully cute, isn't she?) Here is her image straight out of the camera. I liked the color version just fine but that harsh black shadow from the flash drives me bananas. So I had to look at other options.
First I cropped the image. Used Nicole Vans black and white action. Then I used my paint brush and brushed black into all of the area that still showed in the background.
This is what I now have. A very nice image but Kristen was not impressed.
So I had to take it a step further. I samples her face color with the eye dropper tool, made a new layer and started digging in my grunge brushes. I would stamp 4 or 5 on a layer, make a new blank layer and keep going.
Using her face color kept everything in the same tones. When I was happy with my grunge, I merged just the grunge layers together. Then using a soft edge brush I erased anything that overlapped onto her face, hair and neck.
Last I added just a hint of sepia to it, really reducing the opacity until it barley showed.
So now my 22 year old has a new edgy myspace picture.
(and all is right with her world)
well... at least for today.
So remember, you have all of the control. Take that camera image and kreate a piece of ART.
Have a happy and kreative day!
Here are a few sites that offer grunge brushes. I have directions for starting a separate brush folder on this blog. Scroll down and look for the post labeled. Brushes, Brushes... Everyone loves brushes!
Grunge brushes at Brusheezy
Great Corner Grunge
I would love to see what you come up with. Please feel free to post a link to your image in the comment area.