Monday, December 9, 2019

Painting the Holidays 2019

Sorry that I have not been posting on the blog much. This time of year is busy at the print shop with all the holiday programs, cards and so on. Plus, on top of that, I have been under the weather. Winter and cold weather is not my favorite time of the year.

So, something different again! Since I have not been out taking any holiday photos, I decided to do something outside my comfort zone. This time I took a photo from the free stock website Pixabay and use Corel Painter to convert the photo into a painting. I started in Affinity Photo with a new document and then went under View > Studio > Stock. There you can access free stock sites like Pixabay, Unsplash and Pexels. Think of it as Adobe Stock without the need for an Adobe account or having to pay for the images as these sites are free stock sites. Once I found a photo and dropped it into Affinity Photo, I then simply saved the photo and then opened it into Corel Painter. In Painter, I played around with multiply brushes and even though Painter has an Auto-paint feature, this time I did it all myself. As for the text, after exporting a jpg file out of Painter, I placed it into Affinity Photo and added the text there.

So there you go! And Happy Holidays to everyone!

#corelpainter #affinityphoto #Pixabay #happyholidays
Final painting from Corel Painter

Original photo from Pixabay

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Remembering Paul Walker

Being a big fan of the Fast & Furious films, November 30 is always a sad for FF fans like myself. On November 30, 2013, actor Paul Walker died in a fiery car crash. He was the original Fast & Furious character in the films and major character in the films (not including FF3). When read about him, he comes as a guy who was kind and cared about others. He doesn't come off as a big famous snobby actor but someone who is down to earth. So as a remembrance of Paul Walker, I create a image to post to social media using only Affinity Photo.

After finding a photo of Paul behind the steering wheel from a scene from one of the films, I placed it into a 1080 x 1080 pixels document. Next, I added a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer and desaturated the image to take out the color to give me a black and white image to work with. I added a Black and White adjustment layer to adjust only his eyes to bring out some of the contrast. Next came a black rectangle at the bottom of the image and applied a gradient to fade the black rectangle. This is where I placed the text using the font Antique Olive Std Nord Italic which I was able to find on the internet (luckily for free). I needed to add some contrast to the image so I added a Brightness/Contrast adjustment layer and a Shadows/Highlights adjustment layer to darken the shadows. Then I used the Inpainting Brush Tool to remove some parts of the image where his cheeks meet the steering wheel. A Lens Filter adjustment was used to add a little bit of color to his face to finally finish off the image.

So, there is the finish work!

#photoediting #affinityphoto #paulwalker #fastandfurious



Thursday, November 21, 2019

Before and After: Schnormeier Center

The Schnormeier Center at the Ariel-Foundation Park is one example of the park's use of remnants of the old buildings that once housed factories but today are used for indoor events. Also, you can see the old smoke stack in background which has been converted to a viewing tower. Editing was done in ON1 Photo Raw.

#beforeandafter #arielfoundationpark
After editing.

Before editing.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Before and After: WACO Biplane

Another before and after shot from 2019 WACO Event featuring one of the biplanes. The editing was all done in ON1 Photo Raw 2019.

#beforeandafter #photoediting #waco #biplane
After editing.

Before editing.

Monday, November 11, 2019

Sketch Corvette

Once again, using the combination of Affinity Photo and Corel Painter to creative something different and creative with one of my photos. This time I created two different art works in Corel Painter and then used Affinity Photo to merge the two art works and then paint in the sign from the original photo.

#sketch #art #corelpainter #affinityphoto #photoart


Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Photo Art: Country Graveyard

Taking a photo I shot a few years of an little graveyard in the country and using Corel Painter to create the art which I did by hand (no auto-painting). Then I used Affinity Photo to merge the art with the original photo to come up with the final art.

#photoart #corelpainter #affinityphoto

Monday, November 4, 2019

Before and After: Coxey Building Ruins at Ariel-Foundation Park

When visiting Ariel-Foundation Park in Mount Vernon, Ohio, there can be found are the ruins of the old industries that stood on the site. One of those is the Coxey Building Ruins which is open to the outdoors and is a perfect place for taking pictures like senior portraits. The ruins are also great for some good old vintage photo editing as I show with this shot edited in ON1 Photo Raw.

#beforeandafter #arielfoundationpark
After editing.

Before editing.