Saturday, September 18, 2010

Phun Tutorial....or NOT

Several people requested a tutorial on Phun Phriday flower swirl.
I am just learning Photoshop and I played with below flower for about and hour and came up with the twirl.

  1. Open your favorite flower photo in photoshop

  2. Duplicate layer and cut flower out (I used lasso, you can cut with pen or mask brush)

  3. When you see marching ants Ctrl C to copy and Ctrl V to paste, you will see a layer with just the flower. name your layers by clicking and typing

4. click the flower layer to highlight, see above example.
5. double click on the picture of the flower with white around it in highlighted layer, box opens, click on bevel and emboss, contour, and outer glow. if you click a second time on the emboss level it opens another place to play. I used Inner bevel and played with the slides to make it like i wanted it. you just have to play with this like i did,
6. click on background layer and  go to Filters/Distort/Twirl (PLAY)
7 on that same layer go to Filter/blur/Gaussian blur (PLAY)
8. I made the first one by dragging the flower around to get it the size i wanted using Move tool. I saved a copy with one flower and decided I wanted two.
9 To get two flowers, click on the cut out flower layer and add another layer, now play with both flowers.

I really don't think i could do the exact flower again, I don't know how to save what i did to use again. if anyone can give me easy instructions on how too make a set that keeps what i did to use again on another photos i would appreciate the info.
mostly i just played with it until I liked it. the glow in the photo was from the sunshine, if you use a flower with out sun it will be different. with photoshop JUST PLAY is my motto


Remington said...

That is really cool! Beth has tried to do photoshop but not very good luck with it. You did really good!

Ginny said...

I don't understand a word you said, you might as well be speaking French, but those two pictures sure are purty!!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

I love what you are doing ---and I'm sure that George will learn more about Photo Shop ---but I am still learning Elements!!!!! AND--I just don't have the time to mess with it now... Too many comments to make!!!! ha

Hope you have an incredible Sunday.

MedaM said...

This post is great and interesting. I am not good with photoshop and would really love to try this. hopefully I'll find the time to try.

Stacey Dawn said...

Very cool - thanks for sharing.
One day I will get brave and play, too!

George said...

Thanks for the tutorial. I'll hold on to it so I can make more sense out of it after I become more proficient with Photoshop.

Karen said...

Thanks for the tutorial. It is so nice to learn from each other!

SquirrelQueen said...

I still haven't bought Photo shop or even Elements but it was interesting to read the steps.

It is also great to see the original photo of the flower, it is beautiful.

LC said...

Your "just play" motto is perfect for learning and using PhotoShop! Loved the original post and the how to. You go girl!