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Photoshopping Derek Trucks

I finally foud a tutorial for how to use Photoshop Elements to take a photo, convert it to black & white, and colorize some portions of the photo. So I went to my photo library and pulled out a picture of Susan and Derek playing guitar from the New Year's show and made their guitars stand out. I actually didn't even take the rest of the picture all the way to black & white -- I thought leaving a little color in there looked pretty neat.

Anyway, here's the finished product (click it to see a bigger version):

Susan and Derek
Susan and Derek

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sidelobe
Mar. 17th, 2006 04:04 am (UTC)
That's pretty cool. I need to learn more about Photoshop, particularly the layering features.
stevenredux
Mar. 17th, 2006 05:15 am (UTC)
Nifty. I told someone about your podcast recently.
drmellow
Mar. 17th, 2006 12:18 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I keep meaning to do one more podcast. With the legal issues I encountered when BMI told me that they wanted me to enter a licensing agreement, I've essentially quit that podcast. I figure that I can do one more podcast, where I use only original DTB material -- no covers, and officially shut the podcast down.

Maybe I'll find something else to podcast about in the future. *shrug*
christtrekker
Mar. 17th, 2006 01:53 pm (UTC)
Thanks a bunch for pointing this out. My wife will love the tutorial.
drmellow
Mar. 17th, 2006 08:51 pm (UTC)
My pleasure. I listen to the Digital Photography Tips From The Top Floor podcast, and a few weeks ago, the topic was using layer masks to do this. I'm very much a PhotoShop newbie and there must be enough difference between the PhotoShop and PhotoShop Elements versions that I couldn't figure out how to use his tutorial with Elements. Maybe I was just missing the obvious. *shrug* Yesterday, I got the bug to try again, so I started poking around the web and eventually found that tutorial. I went ahead and bookmarked the about.com PhotoShop Elements page where I found that tutorial linked from -- I'll probably look at some of the other stuff in there as I continue to play with PhotoShop Elements.
drmellow
Mar. 17th, 2006 08:58 pm (UTC)
...and the reason I couldn't figure out how to use the TFTTF tutorial is that layer masks aren't in Photoshop Elements.
christtrekker
Mar. 17th, 2006 09:50 pm (UTC)
Oh nuts, you're kidding! :P Maybe I'll have to look more closely at GIMP again. I'm sure my wife will love that...

I'd think you could kludge the effect with normal layers, putting a gray one "on top" with a "hole" through to the color layer behind it. If Apple built a simple way to do this into iPhoto, there would be lots of happy people. That "splash of color" effect is very very popular.
drmellow
Mar. 17th, 2006 11:35 pm (UTC)
Yeah, everything I did was with PhotoShop Elements, once I found the PSE way to do the same thing that PS does....
christtrekker
Mar. 18th, 2006 11:55 am (UTC)
CS2 not Elements
Actually it's PS CS2 that we have, not PS E. I don't know how that compares...
drmellow
Mar. 18th, 2006 01:44 pm (UTC)
Re: CS2 not Elements
Oy, too many freaking product lines. It can probably do the same stuff, just different ways.
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