To Illustrate a Point

I’ve come to realize that I have been subscribing to Photoshop User magazine since 2009.  I was going through my collection and realized that I still have some of them in the plastic sleeves, never looked at.  Why have something if you are not going to use it.  In the April/May 2009 issue I found a tutorial titled, “Illustration Effect on Photos”.  I decided to play with it.  Perhaps I should go through all the magazines and do at least one tutorial in each.  The only way you get good at something is to practice.  I spend too much time doing my “JOB” and not enough doing the things I really enjoy.

Illustration Effect in Photoshop
Matthew Grey Gubler

 

 

Photoshop Illustrated Effect
Ian Somerhalder

 

World War Eye Eye

I enjoy having fun with old images.  The original is just a pair of German soldiers.  The restoration is a pair of Matthew Grey Gublers.  He’s one of the actors in Criminal Minds.

german-soldiers-gublers-2

german-soldiers

I Spoil My Cat

Although I thought of getting a cat for some time, when I got Triton it was kind of a spur of the moment thing.  While making space for the new girl I just threw down a sheet of cardboard where her feeding area was.  After a time this grew to be a bit gross.  I decided she needed a special spot just for her.

Triton's Feeding Station

The top is the original concept that I worked up in Photoshop.  Things evolved as it went.  The cat in the bottom right was left out.  I found print duct tape at Joann’s.  The letters did not come out exactly as I wanted.  The whole thing is covered in clear contact paper.  It is not as sticky as I would have liked.  However, overall I am happy with the end result.  Triton?  I really don’t think she gives a lick.

Coffee and Paint and Photoshop

I find painting relaxing and want to get back into it.   I have a 20×20 canvas dying to get messed up. I played around with some things I found on the internet and came up with this idea.  I like working out things with Photoshop.  I’ve been around long enough to know that the finished work will not look anything like this.

red black and white coffee

Window to the Soul

I like the effect of this.  The toning reminds me of a photo taken in the 1920’s.  I can assure you… this is not what my eyes actually looks like.  This is what I wish my eyes looked like.  Click on the image to make it larger.

Window to the soul

 

Part of what I did here I learned from Fay Sirkis at Photoshop World a few years ago.

The Magic Spoon

Bruce has a special mix of unicorn milk he uses for his lattes.  It requires a special spoon to be mixed properly.

Bruce mixes a very special latte

 

If you go to the Beaverton Farmer’s Market on Saturdays, you may recognize this spoon.  Visit the Pony Espresso to get a great cup of joe from a great guy.

I created the steam with this tutorial.  I had hair brushes that I messed with to get the unicorn milk.

Nick’s on Hawthorne

Nick’s is on Hawthorne Street in Portland, Oregon.  I love a good sign.  Portland is filled with wonderful signage, and this one is a favorite.  I just love the font on “Coney Island”.

Nick's on Hawthorne St