It’s Friday morning on the east coast of the US, so grab a cuppa coffee and check out the latest offerings on Stacy Fischer’s post-processing extravaganza, or as the cognoscenti describe it: AfterBefore Friday Forum. This weekly event is open to anyone wishing to share their creative techniques whether the image comes from a smartphone or NASA’s Hubble Satellite. Comments, suggestions, critiques are all welcome and encouraged from anyone who drops by. You can see the other submissions at Stacy Fischer’s ABFriday Control Center.
Original Image Before Post-processing
The annual kite festival on the grounds of the Washington Monument will be held tomorrow, March 28 (weather permitting). To get myself in the mood, I pulled an image from a previous running several years ago. The original RAW image is shown above. Although there are no actual kites in this picture, I was attracted by the color and motion of these flags flapping in the wind.
As usual, the first step in the workflow was opening the image in Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) and making some basic adjustments (see screenshot image above). First, the white and black points were set (always my first step), followed by toning down the Highlights a bit and opening up the Shadows. The Clarity and Vibrance were set at my usual choice of +30. The result is shown below, obviously not terribly different from the original.
Image after ACR Adjustments
Next was a journey through the wondrous world of Photoshop’s Filter Gallery (see image below). Given the infinite variety of possible effects, a reasonable strategy is trial and error. After a few attempts, it seemed like the “Paint Daubs” choice (red arrow) had some possibilities. I picked a brush type (blue arrow) and made some adjustments in the Brush Size and Sharpness (yellow arrow).
Partial section of Filter Gallery Window
The results looked OK, so I clicked that button to activate the filter. But I still wasn’t entirely thrilled, maybe one more step for a little pizazz. Using the sequence: Image>Adjustments>Posterize, the dialog box shown below appeared (superimposed here over the image being adjusted). This slider is pretty sensitive and a slight move can bring significant changes. It seems to work best with an image that has lots of different colors. I made only a tiny move, a 4 on a scale of 0-255 (red arrow).
Posterize Dialog Box.
Final Image after Posterize
So that’s it. Let me know what you think. Meanwhile, if you are in the Washington, DC area and t is before 10:00 EDT on March 28th and the weather is really nice and there is a good breeze, head down to the Washington Monument and check out the kites. Otherwise, check out all the other submissions to the ABFriday Forum by clicking here.