Sometimes Surreal or Painterly ... Always UnexpectedCombining techniques usually produces images that are very far from the original. Sometimes they end up being surreal, sometimes painterly, and almost always you end up with something completely unexpected.
You don�t need great powers of precognition. You don�t need to pre-visualize the end result after you�ve moved 10 creative steps away from the original. It�s just a matter of trial and error. If you like an effect, save it and then go on to add more effects. When do you stop? Whenever you like.
This photo consists of three images: My wife modeling a costume as if she were in Venice, Italy during Carnival, a famous building in Venice for the background, and a Mardi Gras mask that was digitally pasted over my wife�s face. I used Photoshop to cut and paste these components together. Then, I applied the Buzz.X filter and that turned the image into an abstraction of the original composite. It looks like a painting.
Finally, I exaggerated the colors with hue and saturation and then increased the contrast using levels.
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