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Rolled Gold   Featured in Digital Darkroom #044
  Rolled Gold
Rolled Gold
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Stacee R. Webster
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    Love the look of your photo... how did you do this?

11/4/2006 1:51:40 PM

 
Brian Lobdell
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Hi Stacee!
Thanks for your interest in this image. I'm not sure I can remember every step, but basically here is the process I used (hopefully you use Photoshop... I use PS elements 2.0):
The original macro was a red rose. I played around with smart blur and hue, and then applied a plug-in filter that gives unusual color applications and a soft "glow". This filter is called "bad dream" and is a free plug-in you can download from this link:
http.//www.xero-graphics.co.uk/set3/baddream.htm

This gave me a pink+purple looking rose, which I changed to the gold using the hue adjustment. The final effect came from using the "backlight" adjustment - found under "enhance/adjust lighting". (I might have added a touch of posterize filtering, but I'm not sure.)

I hope this gives you some ideas... I use the bad dream filter a lot, but it doesn't work on everything, and you need to play with it to find the right effects. (You can use the "random" button over and over to let the filter show you different combinations.)

I try to document my steps, but sometimes I get way down the road without stopping to record it all. Thanks again, and good luck!

11/4/2006 11:27:04 PM

 
Susana Heide
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Many CONGRATS Brian on being featured in BP's DD newsletter! The results of your work in PS are fantastic!

11/16/2006 7:49:06 AM

 
Brian Lobdell
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Thanks, Susana! I hadn't even seen that yet - what a nice Thursday surprise! I appreciate the heads-up!!

11/16/2006 8:35:48 AM

 
Jim Kinnunen
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Congratulations on this fine image and your excellent PS work which is a featured work in DD once again, Brian!!!:)

11/16/2006 6:34:35 PM

 
Brian Lobdell
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Thanks, Jim - talk about a total surprise! Nice to know someone out there is looking at our images!
Hope you have a good Friday....
regards, Brian

11/16/2006 10:22:31 PM

 
Mary N C. Taitt
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Congratulations on being featured in DD! This is a lovely image with great effects! mary :-)

11/20/2006 6:55:29 AM

 
Brian Lobdell
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Thank you so much Mary! I appreciate you taking time to comment!

11/20/2006 11:38:52 PM

 
Sharon  Day
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Gorgeous image, Brian!!! Congratulations for being featured in the DD newsletter! Very nice!

11/21/2006 6:05:56 PM

 
Brian Lobdell
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Thanks Sharon! These little victories surely keep us going!

11/22/2006 10:13:12 PM

 
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