Monday, 20 December 2010

Giveaway Extended

Due to the post being so displaced I'm extending the give away until Friday and will post the birdy cards after Christmas. So if you missed it - you are not too late. Will blog on Friday and cover comments then too - there were some good ones, I thought. Thanks to everyone who commented. If you go to Workshop on the Web's Facebook site (If you are a subscriber) you will have a very good chance of winning a birdy there.

We had quite a fall of snow on Friday night which meant a lovely, snowy walk on Saturday. I was going to take you all for a walk from my new home so I took lots of photos and I guess you all know what's coming next. Yes, snowy displacement maps.

I know I do them every winter but it's such fun as the high contrast in the snowy images gives such good results. Not going through the method again - you'll find some tutorials if you look for the labels.
First, as usual, I filled the screen with a pale gradient and then used this image of snowy trees as a map.
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The results were beautiful but pale so I used the Artistic Effects and Coloured Edges to add definition.
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Ain't it pretty?
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I then used the same image to displace a pic of an Italian door.
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Loved the way the blue looks like a pool, especially as the original snowy shot was of a stream.
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Now hankering for some bright colours to counteract the pastels, I laid down some broad stripes of colour. Then the Warp brush was used to swirl them all up together. I've used an old version of Paint Shop Pro for these effects but any paint program should have these tools and filters.
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The same snowy tree image produced this. A bit busy but very colourful.
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I had intended to use this photo to end my walking blog - the best bit of a weekend walk is the coffee and papers at the end.
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However, look what a great result it gave me when it was used as a Diplacement Map on the brighty coloured warped image.
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Click to make it bigger and you'll see a design just asking to be turned into a mixed media study - right down to the corrugated cardboard on the left. I shall certainly be using this design. I'm sure the leopardskin slippers made all the difference!
See you on Friday.

8 comments:

Heather said...

Love those displacement images Maggie - amazing effects.

Robin Mac said...

those displacement maps are quite amazing - another thing to add to my to do list after Christmas - learn to use my paint shop pro programme!!! You have snow and we have rain, lots and lots and lots of it - moderation in everything would be good. Merry Christmas from Robin

vintagerockchick said...

Those displacement maps are great - I really must try that technique! But first I must catch up with my blog reading - it's true what they say about retirement!
Loved the birdies in the previous post too!

Mavis Wright said...

Love the silly bird brooches, please enter me in the giveaway. I did try the displacement maps some time ago and I had a couple of good results. But I think I've forgotten how to do them, so I will have to look up your instructions again. Have a Merry White Christmas.

deLysia said...

Greetings from the Cape, Please would you enter my name for your silly bird give away.
I am dressed in the thinnest of Indian Cotton in an attempt to keep cool. Where as you in the North, look thro' your windows and see snow welcoming the Christmas Season Opposites yes but we connect through our creativity, don't you just love this high tec age
Merry Christmas to you and yours from de'Lysia

gilby said...

love the displacement images the colourful ones are stunning.

Christine said...

Love the birds - how nice to see some that aren't lurking by the back door, shivering! Local college programme for next term arrived yesterday - including Intro to Photoshop, so, inspired by your displacement maps, I've decided to join.
BTW, re Ikea - has anybody already mentioned sussing out the short-cuts? Very discreetly signposted but once you know where they are, it cuts your journey by miles!
Merry Christmas!

Teodo said...

Thanks for these images.
Merry Christmas.
ciao ciao Linda