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| Image Manipulations
or "Tweaks" -
There are perhaps almost an infinite
selection of manipulation tools and result permutations.
Some of these may be achieved by use of "plug-ins"
- small software "add-ons" that your image
software can access and use, to extend the versatility
of your efforts.
I am showing a few examples,
almost at random, as there are so many choices. Some
are in fact methods that may be regarded as "gimmicky"
but this is all a matter of choice, taste and requirement.
Possibly the most important in this category is the
masking tool and the ability with that to "pluck"
elements of the image and place them elsewhere, on the
same, or another image. This links in with the concept
of "layers" whereby you may place more than
one image element within the same image frame, and treat
each as a separate entity - moving and adjusting, until
you are ready to accept a satisfactory combination,
and then save to the format of your choice.
more - I am showing at the top here, our main basic
image, with which most of the examples that follow will
We will either modify this directly or take a part of
it and place that onto another image. By having this
present, you may come back for a look and compare results
with this original as a reference.
first stage in making some changes, is to produce a
mask over part of the original image. In this case I
have used a mask "painting" tool, such that
all the pixels in the area of the figure and dress etc
have been "painted over" with a mask brush.
The area of inclusion shows up as a dotted line, and
this can now be copied to the clipboard for pasting
into the same, or another image.
copied element from the picture above has now been pasted
into the original ... with reduced opacity / transparency.
There is a transparency setting of 50% and we can partly
"see through" this pasted portion.
Also, the mask on the image above, has a degree of feathering
- so as to soften the edges and make its later use as
an added item less obvious.
have now taken a simple sunset picture, and placed a
pasted image "lifted" from the masked original.
It employs 50% transparency to give some "see through"
effect and has had a hand "grafted" on by
a copy & paste proceedure, and flip, followed by
cloning to better match tones. Just a quick illustration
to show a point.
I have the sea sunset in use - let me show another example
of layering and image additions and placement.
From a shot of a model P51 Mustang, we have taken a
mask copy and "dropped" it into the sunset,
with further copies and size reductions...."faking"
the appearance of planes flying over the sea. Just a
further quick demo.
I am moving on to what may be regarded much more as
the "gimmick" end of manipulative options.
I have applied a simple "noise" filter to
the original - to produce an effect perhaps fairly close
to the artist Pissaro's "pointalism" style
of painting. Frequency is 63% and intensity +15% brighter.
- we have an even more "gimmicky" manipulation.
This time exploiting a filter that produces a "prism"
It can be varied in many ways but in this instance,
red, green and blue value offsets have been applied,
so as to produce a fringing "prism" effect.
Hardly my favorite! But it does show another option
out of the many available.
one of the many "plug-in" options available,
I have chosen here to use a technique which simulates
looking at the original image through hammered glass.
Both the frequency and size of distortion element may
be chosen, as can aspects of highlight and shadow. There
can be many variations possible on this theme.
is a"water drop" effect - another device from
a plug-in and perhaps easily over used - it does have
it's place however, particularly when applied to text,
when it can add a useful amount of highlighting effect.
Size of drop, frequency of drop and various degrees
of highlight and shadow intensity, mean permutations
are near infinite.
is the application of an ''impressionist'' artistic
filter. Yet again more of a gimmick for the most part.
Probably this image content is far from suitable for
the treatment, but again, we are purely showing the
effect as an example to illustrate the option. Certain
image categories can lend themselves to this quite well
- particularly landscapes.
it is probably fair to say that this is indeed a truly
"gimmicky" manipulation. Using a plug-in,
this is a filter effect to produce corner "bubbles".
It can usefully "frame" an image central area
but is probably only applicable to a very small number
of image categories. It does show you what happens though!
Another to use very sparingly!
finally! - the last manipulation I am showing is a filter
that produces the impression of a tile mosaic.
Once more, hardly the ideal method to apply to our famous
original image! The frequency and size of mosaic components
is variable and so various versions may be achieved.
- plenty of different "tweaks" here, though
still barely scratching the surface with regard to
the total number of effects possible - and perhaps
some you may well consider useless and irrelevant.
The only purpose of showing them though is just to
demonstrate what is possible, whether suitable or
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