I’m trying to be creative with Nik Software’s Silver Efex Pro, trying out it’s limits and using it in different ways (my trial ends in a few days, so I will be done with this frenzy of black and white activity soon, don’t worry). Today I was looking over photos for a new business card design (I change the looks of my business cards with every new set) and decided to be a bit more creative than usual. My artwork has been moving from straight photography (snapshot style) into different areas lately, and I wanted to represent that. First thing I did was pick 2 photos that represent what I’m focusing on lately- portraits and nature/landscapes. I love the photo of this kid, and I was looking for something to fill the space to the right of her image. A photo of several plumeria flowers on a tree seemed to work well. The child’s portrait was completely edited, but the flowers had not had anything done to them. I put both images through Silver Efex Pro and looked at all the options, picking one of the sepia-looking settings down near the bottom… I think it was called “tin type”. I was then able to mask the photos together in Photoshop. I thought that it needed a bit of smoothing and blending, so I added a few textures (it’s also becoming part of my artwork more and more, so I wanted to add it to this image). I removed the textures from the baby’s face but left them on the flowers. The textures both had a warm tone to them, which warmed up the flowers more, so I had to finish with some hue masking to increase the saturation on the child’s face. It was an interesting procedure, finished by matching a color from the photo and adding my logo. Hopefully this will give people an idea of what I can do for them photographically…
I like most of what came out. When I converted the portrait in Silver Efex Pro, it did lose a bit of the skin texture- her skin, at least, is more low res now. I’m not sure what I think of that, but I think it was part of Nik’s attempt to recreate old tin style photographic plates- you would necessarily lose some texture in that kind of processing. I assume this, anyways, having never studied old style photography before. Maybe someone can confirm that for me?
If you happen to be around Durango, CO, look for my card with this design 🙂 Online, you can look at my work at www.kelleybard.com.
***FREE DRAWING: tonight, at the Fall Art Walk, I started collecting business cards for a drawing- a free 11×14 print of my artwork. One of any of my photographs which are currently for sale at http://www.kelleybard.com. I think it is only fair to allow all of my fans and supporters a chance to win this, so I’m opening it up to all of you! Just send me an email saying “free drawing” at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or a comment directly from my website or this blog. Or a comment at www.flickr.com/photos/kelleybardphotography. Make sure I get your email addy and have a way to reach you for a mailing address if you win. Don’t post your address or number on a public site, though, please. And, to be clear, the print will go to someone from the US. I can’t afford to send a print overseas or out of the country 😦 If you want to send me your info and live outside the US, I will make sure you get something for your efforts, though. I really appreciate the support! Good luck and I look forward to hearing from many of you. I’ll pick a winner for the print at the end of September. To be fair, I am thinking that everyone who enters will be getting something- at least a decent discount on my work. So send me your info, please!!***