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Make Your Own Paperweight

Make Your Own Paperweight
著作権: Michael Jones (mike) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 59 W: 16 N: 68] (280)
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メディア: カラー
撮影した年: 2004-12
カテゴリー: Abstract
カメラ: HP Photosmart 850
Photo Version: Original Version
アップロードした日: 2004-12-14 3:27
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Here's a fun little technique that Photoshop users can try, (Cloverstar's going to love this one) the end result reminds me of glass paperweights, and makes great art for printing and framing.

It will work on any square image, so if your initial image is rectangular use the rectangular marquee tool with the style set to Fixed Aspect Ratio and the width and height boxes set to 1 in both. Draw out your square, as large as you like with the left mouse button, then choose Edit/Crop, this gives a perfectly cropped square image.

Now go to Layer/New Layer, this new layer needs to be filled, black is probably the best option here, but it can be any colour, so, for black, choose Edit/Fill, and in the contents box change to black and click okay.

This layer needs to be underneath the image layer, which at the moment is set and locked as the background layer, so, open the layers pallette and double click on the background layer to rename it and change its locked status (just hit okay when the dialogue box appears).

Now for the fun bit, select the top layer and apply the Distort/Polar Co-ordinates filter, choose the Polar to Rectangular option.

Now flip your image using Edit/Transform/Flip Vertical.

Reapply the Polar Co-ordinates filter, this time choosing the Rectangular to Polar option. The results are already very pleasing, but you can now add any further effects you want to.

Try using the Elliptical marquee tool to make a circle to mask of the 'paperweight' from the background, then invert the selection and Edit/Cut to remove the unmasked portion, your black background will now appear, this will make the paperweight really stand out.

Add any layer styles to your creation you wish to, inner shadow and inner glow, both set to black are good choices (like the Seasons image) to give a more three dimensional look to your creation.

When happy, flatten and save under a new name.

Janice, carmem_busko, laine, Fisher, Carma, Pamela, technogran, shutterbug has marked this note useful
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To Jancie: Tulipsmike 1 12-14 04:39

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Another great creation Mike. It looks terrific. Your notes are very thorough - only wish I had Photoshop. The colours (are they tulips?) are fantastic. Congratulations...

Very clever use of complementary colours ... and what a fantastic technique and note.
Thank you for sharing both.

Can I order one of these paperweights Mike... ;)?
Nice work with a good, classy glassy feel about it!
Reminds me of marbling times...

Yes, you are right Mike .. I do LOVE this one.
I've put it in my Techniques to try file. Thanks. Your post processing skills are great, and this really does look like a paperweight. I like the choice of using Tulips as the colours really work well for the technique you used. Big thanks for explaining all the steps in your note. I'm sure many of us on TL will appreciate trying this out one day. I like the way the petals are on the outside, then leading the eye to the middle to see the patterning of the green leaves. Cool idea.

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  • laine Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 355 W: 37 N: 107] (885)
  • [2004-12-14 9:03]

transparent, fresh, bright, energetic, hot 3D flower ball - just what we need now (in the north)

thanx for sharing, especially the note

Hey Mike, very creative. Excelent work and post p.
A 1000 points.


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  • Carma Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 461 W: 121 N: 299] (4996)
  • [2004-12-14 9:42]

Hi Mike. This is interesting image made with interesting technique. Looks nice. Thank you for describeing the process.

Great work, Mike !
I like it.

It's look like some spectacular plate. I already try this effect to obtain other tricks. But with flowers the result is very impressive!

VERY creative Mike - it is so beautiful, it gives an almost kaleidoscope effect. Thank you for the instructions, I would really like to try this sometime. Now all we need is your instructions on how to create it in coloured glass or ceramic!! Great post processing.

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  • aran Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 123 W: 21 N: 19] (396)
  • [2005-04-27 11:37]

Great idea!!I'll put it in my favourites and when I have time I'll try it.I'm still very green with photoshop. Great colours and composition.

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