Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Photo Software

We are adjusting to being home nicely and Shadow is behaving so well, it’s rather scary.  Did he suddenly mature while we were gone – or is he still too tired to explode with energy????  Only time will tell!

I am looking for some advice from you all out there.  My intention is to spend the rest of the year processing all the photographs that we took in New Zealand.  While I have some basic photo editing software, I think it’s time to upgrade because there are some things I’d like to do that are beyond the capabilities of my software.  What I don’t know which software is right for me. 

I have looked at Photoshop, but I'm not readily finding a feature that I want.  It may be in Photoshop, but I'm not sure which version.  In any case - what I want to make sure I can do is convert a digital image into a cartoon for the tapestry weaving.  In one sense, I want to simplify lines and even the number of colors for a representative image.

For example, simplify the lines of this and possibly the number of colors or values.

image  In another sense, I would like to take a photo and really break it down into regions of color for a more abstract weaving.  I've tried blurring a photo for this abstract, but then I still need to pull out lines that differentiate the color transitions. 

For example, take this one, simplify the number of colors and values and return organics shapes of color.


Any advice???

Thanks in advance for your help!


Tommye McClure Scanlin said...

Hi Jennifer,
I've used Photoshop Elements for years now and find it to be all that I need... plus, it's quite affordable! The many filters are the things I work with as I develop cartoons, for one thing. Also, quick cropping, etc. makes it very good to use, in my opinion.

Lynn Majidimehr said...

The posterize filter will turn a picture into flat areas of color, and you can change the number of colors.

Life Looms Large said...

I have no advice, but I'm glad you're taking the plunge with more photo-processing software! Can't wait to see what you do with it!

Glad to hear that Shadow is adjusting well!! I think that's the sign of a good kennel. Bailey fits right back into our lives with his current kennel, but the kennel we used to use kind of made him weird for a few days when we'd get back.

Welcome home (again!)


Jennifer said...

Thanks Tommye!

Lynn - the posterize filter is in Photoshop Elements? Thanks!

Jennifer said...

Thanks Sue - I think it must be a good kennel also - we particularly like how excited they get when he comes through the door - the feeling is mutual. Even despite how wonderful they are I wasn't sure if 5 weeks would not make Shadow act a little weird when he got home.

Laura K. Aiken said...

Hey Jennifer
So glad you two are home safely (and Shadow)next time let me keep Shadow. I have yet to be able to sit down and enjoy your journal from New Zealand. Just hear and there. Phooey! I want to gather it all in. From what I see the photos are spectactular.
OK...Photoshop Elements like Lynn said--plus I can help. Please call on me..what about black and white image and then drwa out your lines and number the values. Does it make sense? I am not real sure I understand you all the way yet. Hope to see you soon. Laura.

Jennifer said...

Thank Laura! It sounds like everyone was able to hit the New Zealand journal hit or miss - so I think every entry was enjoyed it just wasn't alwasy the same person! As far as PS, I think I'm going to need to play to understand fully what I want also. I just know that what I've tried so far isn ot doing the job. I will look to you for help! Thanks for that! Jennifer


I don't have advice, but your pictures are gorgeous!

K Spoering said...

PhotoShop will do all those things you want. It just takes a bit of a learning curve to find the things you'll use. There are online tutorials and some great artist-friendly books out there for both Photoshop and the Elements version. I tried PS Elements, but was frustrated to not find some of the features I wanted. That was many years ago, and it's updates may have solved some of those problems, though. You might go to your local bookstore and look through the tutorial-type books to see which one has the features you're looking for.

Jennifer said...

Kathy - the tutorial books are a great idea! There is the ability to download a trial version also.

Sue said...

Way off topic here, but I wanted to say thanks for your comment about the Christmas photo post I did last month!!!

My favorite photo from that set, the stained glass angel, would never have happened if it hadn't been for your challenge to blog about our decorations. That ornament was a gift from my grandmother, so I'm so glad I have a good photo of it.

I was going to email you a reply to that comment, but couldn't find an email address for you, so I'm randomly sticking the comment here!


laurenfinley said...

Hey Jennifer, if you read the response to your comment on my blog, you will see that I do use photoshop too. I have CS2. My favorite filter is the cutout filter. It will simplify up to (I think) 8 levels of value/color. Then you can manipulate it to get the right image.
Glad you had a great and safe trip.