Sunday, January 31, 2016

From Photo to Photo Art


Back in 2009, I wrote a post about Photo art. I explained that my interest in Photo Art grew out of my trying to create images for use on note cards that looked more like paintings than photographs. And now some seven years later, my interest in Photo Art is still going strong. What started out as means to creating note cards I printed myself has grown into creating images that can be placed on numerous products and sold on several POD sites. (POD stands for Print on Demand)

As there may be some who don't readily understand the term 'Photo Art', I again offer the definition I wrote back in 2009 -- This was originally written by Danny Raphael on the RetouchPro forums. He wrote, [Photo Art is] "Art that is created using computer software in which a photo image is used as a basis or reference."

To achieve my photo Art, I use a number of software: Photoshop, Dynamic Auto Painter, Corel Painter Essentials, Topaz Simplify & Impressions and ON1 Perfect Effects. Sometimes just one, other times several are used to achieve the final output. My goal is to turn a photo into something that looks as if it could have been painted instead of photographed.

My most recent creation started out as a simple photograph of tulips growing in a neighbour's garden. Entitled "Aglow", this image is available for sale on my RedBubble site.


white tulips

Aglow


Taking that image into Photoshop, I remove the background and crop the image so I am left with just the white tulips and about half the green stems and leaves. Continuing to play with the image, I add smart blur to simplify the structures, and glowing edges which in turn are inversed and desaturated to create pencil lines.

The image is then saved out from Photoshop and opened in Dynamic Auto Painter (DAP). In DAP, using the Azo AOP (template), a watercolour version is created. Add a watercolour paper texture and saved. This saved digital painting is then brought back into Photoshop to have a light creme coloured background added.

Some additional tweaks in Photoshop to vibrance and contrast and the image is now complete. This digital watercolour, entitled "Spring's beauties", can be found on my Society 6 site.


Tulip watercolour

Spring's beauties

Clicking on any of the above images will bring you to their respective shop where one could, if they so desired, purchase the images on numerous products such as a Greeting Cards, Fine Art prints, Canvas or Framed Prints and Posters, cellphone cases, throw pillows and tote bags and more.

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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Top Five Featured images on Red Bubble in 2015

It has been an eternity since I last posted a blog entry. April 19, 2015 to be precise. So I guess I am way over due.

2015 was another good year for me on Red Bubble. I had a total of 130 images receive a combined total of 284 features. So I thought I'd take the time today to post my five most featured images on RedBubble in 2015.

My most featured image in 2015 on Red Bubble with nine features was this image of Black-capped Chickadee photographed at the Lynde Shore Conservation Area, Whitby, Ontario.

Black-capped Chickadee IV by PhotosByHealy
Black-capped Chickadee IV


My second most featured image with eight features was one of a Tiger Longwing butterfly (Heliconius hecale) photographed at the Montreal Botanical Gardens in Montreal, Quebec.

Tiger Longwing
by PhotosByHealy
Tiger Longwing


Coming in at third place with seven features is this image of a Golden Birdwing butterfly (Troides rhadamantus) photographed at the Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory in Cambridge, Ontario.

Golden Birdwing
by PhotosByHealy
Golden Birdwing


In fourth place, also with seven features, is this Digital painting created from original photo of a sunrise at Old Orchard Beach, Maine, USA.

Pier at Sunrise
by PhotosByHealy
Pier at Sunrise


Rounding out the Top Five features in 2015 on Red Bubble, also with seven features, is this digital painting created from an original photo of St. John’s Anglican Church located in Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia.

The Village Church
by PhotosByHealy
The Village Church


Clicking on any of the above images will bring you to my RedBubble pages where one could, if they so desired, purchase the images on numerous products such as a Greeting Cards, Fine Art prints, Canvas or Framed Prints and Posters, cellphone cases, throw pillows and tote bags and more.

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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Four new Stars

Four new Stars

The following are the latest of my uploads to PicFair to be rewarded with Stars.

Florida Sunset
Florida Sunset

Digby Harbour
Digby Harbour

Cap d'Espoir lighthouse
Cap d'Espoir lighthouse

Bush Island
Bush Island


Clicking on any of the above images will bring you to my PicFair pages where one could, if they so desired, license the above images or others that I offer for license. Please feel free to leave comments here on the blog.

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Friday, April 10, 2015

Licensing update 10 April 2015

Latest images available for Licensing

I continue to upload new images to PicFair and continue to be rewarded with Stars.

As explained in an earlier blog post, there appears to be some sort of moderation because you may receive an email stating that some of "your pics have been starred, because we really, really like them. Well done!" You don't need to remove those images that were not starred, but they do affect the number of images that you can upload. (It appears that you can upload more images if most or all your images receive the star as opposed to the number of images you can upload if none of your images are starred.)


The following are the four most recent of my images to have received that wonderful Star.

Chinese Lanterns
Chinese Lanterns

Chisolm's Mills
Chisolm's Mills

Conway United Church
Conway United Church

Hay bales
Hay bales


Clicking on any of the above images will bring you to my PicFair pages where one could, if they so desired, license the above images or others that I offer for license. Please feel free to leave comments here on the blog.
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