Creating a Fine Art Fantasy in Photoshop

by Jim Zuckerman

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Recently I had given a seminar in Pittsburgh and was about a half mile from the airport to catch my plane home when I spotted this beautiful composition. I stopped on the highway to photograph it, and then when I got home I used some of the enhancement capabilities in Photoshop to make it more of a fine art fantasy. Here's how I did it:

  • First, I softened the image by using Filter > blur > Gaussian blur.

  • Then I pasted the blurred image over the original and lowered the opacity of the floating layer in the layers palette. What you see is a combination of the sharply defined original plus the blurred copy.

  • Next, I used Image > adjustments > hue/saturation to boost the color.

  • Finally, in Image > adjustments > color balance, I shifted the color bias toward blue.
I thought the combination of the reds and yellows with increased blue would be very unique.

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