Man, I love playing around with Photoshop. I am well behind the times as my full Photoshop is PS7 (and I swear if DH tells me ONE MORE TIME Adobe is stupidly expensive and I should use The GIMP I will scream) so I don’t have all the newer bells and whistles. I did buy PS Elements, which, if I am honest, lets me do just about all I want to do for a much lower price tag.
Still one of my most favourite things to do is to use a technique I learned over at JessicaSprague.com. She calls it Allowing Patterned Paper to Show Through a Photo and it is a great way to get a cool looking photo effect with very little work. Check it out. One of the things I like is to capture the progression of the image. I used all four of these “steps” on a layout, which I still love. I made it after spending a fair few nights with DD watching Any Dream Will Do (she was a bit Joseph-obsessed for a while) and the line “I look handsome, I look smart, I am a walking work of art” kept running thru my head so that was the only logical choice for a title. I think the right photo would look great poster size as art on the wall, and not just hidden away inside a scrapbook.
And while you are at it, be sure to sign up for her free
Holidays in Hand class. I’ve done her classes in the past and I always, always learn something that I then incorporate into my photo editing routinely. She is a great teacher, and really communicates the steps clearly. The videos make it like you are there, looking over her shoulder while she works. I have the luxury of a dual monitor set up so I usually watch on one screen while I am testing out the techniques on the other – you could do the same thing watching on a laptop and working on your desktop, but watching in a window and working in the background also works. However you do it, just do it. You won’t be sorry .