Daily Image - Feb 2011 Archive - sonofjohan

I had the privilege of listening to Tim Grey speak last night in his final presentation as a west coaster prior to his departure today to begin taking up residence in N.Y. For those of you who are not familiar with Tim's work I recommend you visit his web page and look into some of the things he offers, among them a daily Ask Tim Grey message discussing digital photography that is free service just like this mailing and also his Digital Darkroom Quarterly to which I subscribe. Not expensive, and totally worth the charge. Tim gave a very good review of some of what's new in CS5 and it was fun to see him in action. Those who have seen his presentations will know what I mean and for those of you on the east coast who likely haven't, do take the opportunity to do so if the opportunity presents itself. While Tim showed some nice tools in the relatively new CS5, I thought I'd share an older one that you have been able to do for several years in any version of CS but one which I haven't seen in any book to date. While I was still working at the camera store, we would occasionally get a customer or two, - actually more than that as it is becoming a fad - who would ask us to intentionally cross process film ( we wouldn't), which is to say, process print film in slide chemicals or much more commonly, slide film in print chemicals. The result of such a process is some rather hallucinogenic colors, much as those I imagine some in my age group experienced in the 60s. On a computer using software such as Photoshop, or any other similar program, all one has to do is to grab the gradient tool, select a foreground and background color of choice, select the linear option, and then change the blending mode to overlay. Then draw some gradients across the image. Your options are unlimited, and not only is it a lot of fun, you don't have to get real accurate in the drawing process although you might opt to in order to achieve a specific effect. The solutions are limitless and today's submission is one example. For those of you who ordered the Christmas DVD, that was what I did to create the red/green pattern on the final slides. ISO 200; 1/125 sec @ f /11.