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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Adding retro lines to a photo


Adding lines to a photo can give a dynamic moment to the picture. Lines are identified with movement, although in a static picture. In my example I want to show the wind blowing from the background over the square.
It is TownTown in Vienna. The skyscraper in the background is the Wiener Stadtwerke Tower. The photo was taken in November 2012 in the morning.

What I need

1) Photo
2) Lines

3) Colours

I combined the Lines and Colours with method "multiply" to get coloured lines.
Then I moved the coloured lines, Rotated, Perspectived and Distorted it to put it into the right position. I also wanted a wave in the lines. The endpoint near the middle is made lighter, because the background is light from the rising morning sun.

I repeated this procedure for the second lines.

The layers I created (named in German language):
  • Hintergrund: the photo, processed with Curves and Contrast.
  • Ebene2, Ebene1: only saved for more lines. These layers are invisible.
  • Gruppe3: Group with the lines on the right side and a Gradient map to make the starting of the lines lighter
  • Gruppe2: Group with the lines on the left side and a Gradient map to make the starting of the lines lighter
  • Selektive Farkorrektur: Selective Colourcorrection for the final picture
  • Kurven: Curves for the final picture
  • Ebene5: only the sky cut out of the Hintergrund layer.
  • Farbton/Sättigung: Hue/Saturation to make the blue colour of the sky deeper blue

The result picture
 

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Today's Top Links 20121218

#AfterEffects:
How to Use the New iExpression: Evolution (it's a tool for AE)
#AfterEffects:
How to Remove Banding Artifacts in After Effects
#AfterEffects:
Christmas greeting card ideas

#Guitar:
10 Albums That Changed Rock Guitar
#Guitar:
10 Tips That Will Change The Way You Practice Guitar

#MusicProduction:
Creating a Pop Song Part 1: Instrumentation

#Photography:
Concepts of Photography Composition
#Photography:
Does A Point & Shoot Camera Still Make Sense For You? (i take it everywhere to make quick shots)

#Photoshop:
The Landscape and Sci-fi Paintings of Bobby Myers
#Photoshop:
How to create a colorful typography poster in Photoshop
#Photoshop:
A Collection of Wonderful Sunburst Brushes for #Free
#Photoshop:
Photo retouching
#Photoshop:
Create a Dark, Conceptual Photo Manipulation With Stock Photography
#Photoshop:
40 Useful Free PSD #Files For Your Next Design
#Photoshop:
Show Off Your Image Manipulation Skills in the Photoshop ‘Faking It’ Contest (see what others do)
#Photoshop:
10 Must-Have Photoshop Plugins That Are #Free
#Photoshop:
How to Create Your Own Fractal-Style Design Using Photoshop
#Photoshop:
#Tutorial, Create a Motion Text with Sparkles
#Photoshop:
3 #Free PSD Website Templates
#Photoshop:
How to create Medieval Age text in Photoshop CS6
#Photoshop:
#Free Photoshop BRUSHES ***....
#Photoshop:
25 PSD Badges for #Free
#Photoshop:
Retouch A Girl with Lighting Focus (#tutorial)
#Photoshop:
Reducing 5 O'Clock Shadow And Beard Stubble With Photoshop (does it mean no more shaving?)
#Photoshop:
How to create shadow using Photoshop CS6
#Photoshop:
Swap the Sky Using Photoshop CS6
#Photoshop:
How to Create a Realistic 3D “Stone” Text Effect
#Photoshop:
#Free Textures
#Photoshop:
2000 #Free Photoshop Patterns

#SocialMedia:
5 Creative Ways to Promote Your Brand With LinkedIn Marketing
#SocialMedia:
Surprise? Study reveals that people don't like social media marketing

WoW (#WordsOfWisdom the world is waiting for ;-)
The more we understand the more mysterious this world looks like.

Sometimes I lock away a good idea for not to waste it at a routine project.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Today's Top Links 20121217

#AfterEffects:
Clip Exporter 1.2 for Final Cut Pro X is now free and open source - fcp.co
#AfterEffects:
Superb After Effects project that can inspire you...
#Music production:
Home Recording Academy: Glossary of Home Studio Terms N-Z (hope you already have A-M)
#Music production:
Why Cheap Condenser Microphones Are Your Best Bet to Get Started (because of the price!)
#Music production:
LoopShaper, the sound design tool (the best of all: it's #free)
#Photography:
Boudoir Photography: One-light Setup for Capturing Low Key Body Details
#Photography:
Photographer Tragically Struck by Train
#Photography:
Spot Metering Technique with HDR Photography – PictureCorrect
#Photography:
Capturing the Quintessential Travel Portrait
#Photoshop:
Create a Flying Sailboat Illustration With Photoshop
#Photoshop:
80s Christmas Artwork in Photoshop (tutorial)
#Photoshop:
Video tutorial: Frequency separation sharpening in Photoshop | Tutorial
#Photoshop:
500+ Free Professional Photoshop Actions (if you have enough time to go through 500…)
#Photoshop:
How to Draw a Classic Electric Guitar in Photoshop (I prefer playing before drawing a guitar)
#Photoshop:
6 traditional darkroom techniques you can recreate with photoshop toning
#Photoshop:
20 Cool Web Designs Featuring Retro Photo Effects (retro is good)
#Photoshop:
Learn To Draw Walking Santa Using Photoshop (don't let him walk away without leaving a gift)
#Photoshop:
More Beyond HDR in Photoshop CS5
#Photoshop:
Should Photoshopped Pictures Be Labeled?
#Photoshop:
How To Create An Original & Unique #Facebook Cover Photo Without Using Photoshop
#Photoshop:
Animated Titles with Photoshop and Premier
#Photoshop:
Create a colourful 3D text explosion - #Tutorial
#Photoshop:
#tip: Save a Path with your JPEG
#Photoshop:
15 Useful Sets of Design Element PSD for #Free Download
#Photoshop:
Mix Cool Retro Curves Into Your Photographs (mmmh, I like ladies curves)
#Photoshop:
25 Fantastic #Free Photoshop Brushes - Creative Beacon
#Photoshop:
Awesome digital art (get inspired for your album cover)
#Photoshop:
13 Easy & Free Ways To Watermark Photos
#Photoshop:
How to Put Lightning inside the Bottle
#Photoshop:
1000 Grunge Photoshop Brushes (40 Sets) (OMG, too much grunge!)
#SocialMedia:
The 8 best social media campaigns of 2012
Writing:
7 British English Writing Resources
Writing:
5 Cases of Extraneous Hyphenation with Numbers

WoW (Words of wisdom the world is waiting for ;-)

Today is a great day, because there is no reason for a bad day!

Mixing a song "I Love You". After the 20th mix I don't feel no love anymore, so I move to tv watching Dracula movie.

Music production is so easy nowadays. Every pc can be a recording studio. It does not necessarily mean artistic qualities. But it can be.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Today's Top Links 20121216

#AfterEffects:
Illustrator to After Effects Relation-tips
#AfterEffects:
Christmas greeting card ideas - After Effects Teacher
#AfterEffects:
Using & Customising the Dictionary Preset 3 : Adobe After Effects Tutorial
#AfterEffects:
Using & Customising the Dictionary Preset 2 : Adobe After Effects Tutorial
#AfterEffects:
How to Remove Banding Artifacts in After Effects

#Guitar:
Day To Jam To Guitar Legend’s 12 String Guitar Playing
#Guitar:
How to String Mute for Beginner Guitarist - Yahoo! Voices -

#Music production:
Quick Tip: Refining the Details in Your Audio Production
#Music production:
2013 Oscar Predictions: First Look at Sound Mixing and Sound Editing
#Music production:
Creating the Sounds of a Brutal Beat-Down in ‘Killing Them Softly’ -

#Photography:
HDR Photo Software
#Photography:
Celebrity Portrait Photography
#Photography:
Exposing to the Right
#Photography:
5 Impressionist Photo Techniques

#Photoshop:
Swap Faces With Photoshop (good trick to put your face on a dream body)
#Photoshop:
How to Create a Stars and Planets Time Lapse in Photoshop
#Photoshop:
Create a Cool Candy Lollipop Text Effect in Photoshop
#Photoshop:
Swap Faces With Photoshop
#Photoshop:
Photoshop Layers tricks and shortcuts
#Photoshop:
How to create a colorful typography poster in Photoshop
#Photoshop:
Which is better - Photoshop or #Illustrator? | #Adobe
#Photoshop:
Photoshop and #Illustrator #Christmas Tutorials
#Photoshop:
Exporting From Photoshop
#Photoshop:
50 #Free High Quality PSDs
#Photoshop:
Gallery: Photoshop Art From Nathan Spotts
#Photoshop:
101 Photoshop tricks you have to know (too many to learn on 1 day)
#Photoshop:
2013 calendar templates online – Photoshop Elements User
#Photoshop:
10 Secrets to Designing a Magazine (interesting insights)
#Photoshop:
10 Great Photoshop Texture Tutorials
#Photoshop:
Learn How to Make an Animated Christmas Card in Photoshop
#Photoshop:
Create a Cinematic Aerial Scene in Photoshop
#Photoshop:
How to Create Transparent Masks in Photoshop
#Photoshop:
10 #Tutorials: How to Make Cinemagraph
#Photoshop:
Awesome Milk Typography Effect in Photoshop

#SocialMedia:
15 Steps for Creating a Successful Social Media Giveaway Contest

#Writing:
Alternative Meanings for Names of Sense Organs

WoW (Words of wisdom the world is waiting for ;-)
Sometimes sideeffects are more interesting than the medication.

Last night I slept like a old fat beer stinking woodcutter. I heard that it sounded like sawing the furniture. So, this performance was a total work of art.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Today's Top Links 20121215

#AfterEffects:
AFTER EFFECTS CS4 - AE_Project_0030 - motionVFX Store (webpage does not support IE, only other browsers)
#AfterEffects:
Organic Liquid Filling Logo Reveal (#tutorial)
#AfterEffects:
How to Remove Banding Artifacts in After Effects
#AfterEffects:
What is the most effective way of slowing down footage? - Audio-Video Production Beta - Stack Exchange

#Arts: Richard Branson on the Art of Brainstorming

#Guitar: Beg, Borrow & Steal: the Art of Learning Tons of Songs for Gigs (puh, what great wisdom)
#Guitar:
The Beginner / Slightly-Better-Than-A-Beginner Transition. Lesson 9
#Guitar:
Using Guitar Effects and Pedals
#Guitar:
The Comprehensive Guide to Acoustic Guitars
#Guitar:
Michael Schenker picks 10 essential guitar albums
#Guitar:
Summing Triads - Audio Guitar Lessons

#Music production:
HG Fortune sets free Scapes Wizard

#Photography:
Photographing & Constructing Sports Photo Action Sequences –
#Photography:
Lucky Photographer Captures Rainbown During Timelapse Photography Sequence
#Photography:
Top 10 Photos of the Year 2012

#Photoshop:
Too Lazy to Put Up Christmas Lights This Year? Photoshop Can Help
#Photoshop:
Train Simple - Adobe Online Training
#Photoshop:
30+ Girls Photoshop Silhouette Brushes
#Photoshop:
How to Make Patterns in Photoshop Tutorial
#Photoshop:
Photobooth Template for Photoshop - Eric Renno
#Photoshop:
Use Photoshop for a Seamless Action Sequence
#Photoshop:
Create Unique Glossy Text in Photoshop
#Photoshop:
“The Controller” – Create this Floating Superhero Scene with Sci-Fi Lighting Effects in Photoshop
#Photoshop:
Editing JPG images in Camera Raw from Photoshop Elements «
#Photoshop:
#Tip: Change Your Perspective with the crop tool

#SocialMedia:
Twitter's Photo Filters Are Here
#SocialMedia:
How to display Instagram photos directly on Twitter
#SocialMedia:
5 Proven Social Media Call-to-Action Tips [Research]

#Writing:
7 Types of Misspellings (and hundred types of misunderstandings)

WoW (Words of wisdom the world is waiting for ;-)
In former times people made crazy things for money, today they do it for facebook likes.

New day, new game, but same old crap

Love can have an expiration date, but that's not mandatory

Friday, December 14, 2012

Variation of tilt effect: special focus

The tilt effect is a effect you get when photographing into a miniature world like toy train. I made up a photo of a station, shot in a December morning. You see people standing, some station objects like clock, display and trash can and a train coming.

My first approach was to blur all objects outside a range in the middle. People and ground in the middle are sharp. I also left the train sharp although it is not in this range, because I think that is the main object in a station when a train is approaching.


The variation
Then I tried another approach. I asked myself: What are the most interesting objects for the story? Where would I look first when I enter the station?

My answer: I would look at the train, the clock and the display saying where the train is going to.

So I took these three objects (clock, displa, train) and blurred the rest of the picture. Then I darkened the rest to make the three objects stand out more.

In real this focus is impossible. I think, this variation of tilt effect an interesting concept.