A Good Wine

Brian Lobdell level-classic 11/6/2006 10:56:12 PM

So glad I viewed this in the larger image, Sherry, it was a nice surprise to see the beautiful result of your filter work here! A good still life made into a really superb art-image! Kudos! #552660

Sherry K. Adkins level-classic 11/6/2006 11:27:03 PM

Thank you, Brian. I appreciate your nice comments. #3555022

Ron Jones level-classic 11/7/2006 3:51:17 AM

Beautiful composition! Sherry, what combinations of filters did you use? #3555609

Jessica Jenney level-classic 11/7/2006 4:35:44 AM

Beautiful still life and effects, Sherry! #3555874

Sherry K. Adkins level-classic 11/7/2006 9:10:09 AM

Thank you, Ron and Jesica. This image already had a textured background. First thing I did was 'paint' the picture with the smudge tool. I believe it was one of the watercolor brushes. Then I applied a small amount of watercolor (Filter>artistic>watercolor). After that, I applied some poster edges (filter>artistic>poster edges). I then duplicated the layer and added paint daubs to the new layer (filter>artistic>paint daubs) and made it a bit blurry. I chaged the layer mode to overlay. I flattened the image and used the eraser tool with jacked edges to make the border. #3557167

Ron Jones level-classic 11/7/2006 4:36:31 PM

You make it sound so simple. I can imagine how many undos and trash layers it must have taken to get to this final fantastic image. Folks who use Painter need to take a lesson from you. You've shown that you can do pretty much anything with Photoshop.
Ron #3558626

Sherry K. Adkins level-classic 11/7/2006 5:06:54 PM

Thanks Ron. Yes, I had MANY undos and duplicate layers going and trying different things on them. But this time I tried to jot down the steps. So many times I do something and then can't duplicate the look because I didn't write it down. I have never used the smudge tool to 'paint'. I bought 'Photoshop creative' (issue 14, on sell now). They talked about using the smudge tool to paint, so I tried it.I didn't realize this tool could be so creative. This magagzine has lots of how-to's and even came with a CD with more brushes, fonts, patterns and textures. It's like Christmas. I'm a font addict! #3558682

Karen Slagle level-classic 11/9/2006 5:27:02 AM

This could be in a gallery and I would be fooled into thinking it is a painting. Excellent work on this, Sherry. Haven't tried using the smudge tool to paint as yet, but just wait till winter sets in. #3565348

Sherry K. Adkins level-classic 11/9/2006 7:46:02 PM

Thanks Karen. Gotta love these magazines who show you new techniques to try. I would never have thought to paint with the smudge tool. It is very fun and easy.It's my new tool of choice to paint with. #3568231

Christopher Budny level-classic 11/16/2006 4:15:36 AM

Wow, what a terrific transformation! Excellent work! #3593111

Sharon L. Weeks level-classic 11/16/2006 7:18:23 AM

Fantastic results, Sherry. Am so glad to hear that you took it step-by-step and didn't have it planned in advance!
Can't wait to try your steps on some of my photos.
Sharon #3593967

Lori Carlson level-classic 11/16/2006 8:32:21 AM

This is great work Sherry! Congrats on being featured in Digital Darkroom! And thanks for sharing your wonderful technique to help inspire the rest of us! :0) #3594169

Donna La Mattino Pagakis level-classic 11/16/2006 11:17:39 AM

Very impressive and creative. Thanks for sharing your technique. Congratulations on your Digital Darkroom feature!! #3594749

Sherry K. Adkins level-classic 11/16/2006 12:49:30 PM

Christopher, Sharon, Lori, and Donna, thank you for your nice compliments. I'm just glad I wrote down the steps I did. My advice is to try and do this when playing around like I did. Otherwise I forget. #3595081

Mary N C. Taitt level-classic 11/20/2006 6:51:49 AM

Congratulations Sherry on your feature in digital darkroom. I love this! It's excellent. Really super! Mary :-D #3607711

Sherry K. Adkins level-classic 11/20/2006 10:15:25 AM

Thank you so much, Mary. #3608584

Judith MacArthur level-classic 11/22/2006 9:03:43 PM

What an awesome image, Sherry. (I had to stop and comment on it as I browsed your BP gallery.) I enjoyed reading through the comments here and am interested in the steps you used to get this effect. I'll be trying the smudge tool, too! :-) #3617712

Sherry K. Adkins level-classic 11/22/2006 10:14:03 PM

Thank you, Judith. Yea, the smudge tool is fun. When I first saw the smudge tool, I thought 'why would anyone want to smudge or smear something?' But after seeing the article in the magazine, I tried it and really like it. Let me know how you like it after you try it. #3617885

Sherry K. Adkins level-classic 11/30/2006 4:08:00 PM

Hi everyone. I need to make a correction in my directions on this image. I stated originally that I used one of the watercolor brushes with the smudge tool. That is incorrect. Actually it was 'small pastel on charcoal paper'with the smudge tool. Sorry for the mistake....... #3652017

Sam Britt level-classic 11/30/2006 4:45:55 PM

Great composition & effects on this beautiful still life. I don't use the smudge tool very often, maybe I should do some experimenting!
Sam #3652107

Sherry K. Adkins level-classic 11/30/2006 5:19:21 PM

Thank you, Samantha. I had never used the smudge tool before I tried it on this image. I like it alot. #3652206

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Taken with 4x5 camera. Scanned into PhotoShop. Many filters later, here is the result.

Uploaded on 11/6/2006 8:47:07 PM

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