Wednesday, 19 November 2008

Layers in Paintshop Pro

I've had a little play in Paint Shop Pro with some of my London photos. I love this view of the Gherkin with a tree. bear in mind that I use an ols version of the program so newer ones may look slightly different but the method should be the same.

I went to the Layers menu and clicked Duplicate. Then I added a new layer and put this gradient on it.
Then I clicked on the middle layer, went to the Adjust (or Colour) menu and changed the colour to negative. After clicking on the Merge Modes and changing the top two to difference, my Layers palette now looked like this.
And the resulting image like this. Love the colours.
One more effect - this time a Distortion filter called Wave.
I like the contrast between the tree and the geometric areas and the way the lines have gone all loose - like threads.
And yesterdays stitching? Not sure how much Susan Lenz wants us to give away before the Cyber Fyber exhibition, but this is how I am incorporating all your comments about blogging.
The little coloured tiles symbolise the pics on the comments. I hope to finish the first piece today and have a new idea for the second piece of work.


Heather said...

I love the two altered Gherkin images - the colours are gorgeous, and thankyou for the sneaky peep at your Cyber Fyber piece. It is so inovative and interesting. It would be lovely to see it 'in the flesh'.

Clare Wassermann said...

Yes a nice new take on pickled gherkins!

Gina said...

Well done Julie! I love the look of your Cyber Fibre piece Maggie.

Julie said...

Eeeeeeeek!!!! How excited am I? Heather just left me a comment and told me I'd won!!!! I had no idea as I hadn't got round to looking in today. Thank you so much Maggie. VBG I will email you with my address. Sorry to everybody else. I am a bit poorly at the minute so this is a great tonic :o)

I'll go back and read the rest of your post now lol

Genie said...

Congratulations to Julie, well deserved lucky lady.
Love the altered images as well

Julie said...

The colours in the gherkin are marvellous. I will have to see if any of this is possible in Photoshop Elements. I echo Heather's comments about your Cyberfyber piece and I do like the hand shape in the centre of the photo.

Diana said...

Well done Julie! I like your blog too!
Maggie, the Gherkin pics are amazing. And can you remind us about Cyber Fyber sometime please? I remember you mentioning it some time back, but it's completely gone from my mind! Thanks.

Robin Mac said...

I love the altered Gherkin images maggie. I have just got Paint Shop so I am going to take great note. For a complete (dumb)novice, will you please tell me what you do when you have your final image. Do you print that onto something, or do you just use it as a sketch to follow? The Cyber Fyber image looks pretty exciting too. Cheers, Robin

Unknown said...

Your cyber fyber image looks great allready Maggie! I am very curious about the whole piece.

Judy said...


That's changed the Gerkin into something far more fascinating.

Wabbit said...

I am trying to duplicate this effect in Photo-Paint X4 and the commands are not the same. I'll have to try some of the other programs.

Congrats to Julie. This is just the thing to make you feel better since you haven't been well. Good for you!

artisbliss said...

Wonderful displacement images. I can't wait to see the full cyberfyber piece.

Congrats to Julie, also one of my favorite bloggers.

Anonymous said...

Hi Maggie!
Belated congrats on your 200th post!
Have been away in Texas (yes Houston!!) so am wondering if I missed anything re the Catalogue Project. My Argos is still quietly disintegrating out in the garden.
I have still to lay my hands on a copy of your newest book - is there a connection with the catalogues and the Yahoo group there?
Your blog is my favourite - thanks for sharing.