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Week 17: Tourist

May 2, 2012

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Breaking the mold here and posting a scrapbooking layout instead of a photo.  The owner of the online store where I sell my digital scrapbooking products has become a good friend. She lives in upstate New York, but we talk on Skype almost every day.  This past week, Sandy and her husband came West on vacation and Charlie and I met them at Yosemite National Park for the day. We’ve been to Yosemite lots of times, so it was great to observe our friends as they took it all in for the first time.

In Photoshop, I used various brushes to paint a “mask” to which I clipped the larger picture of Yosemite falls.  The mask lets me decide how much of a photo I want to display and also allows me to soften the transition from the photo to the “background” which is a scrapbook paper I created using my photo of the sky, with some texture applied.  I did a similar smaller mask for Sandy’s picture – masking out the other tourists that were captured in my photo. The Yosemite sign is a picture I took at the entrance to the Park and then cropped very closely.  I took  the definition of “tourist” from an online dictionary and the lowered the opacity of the text so that it faded a bit into the background.

If you have a few minutes and a good internet connection, you might want to take a look at this amazing video called “Yosemite Range of Light” by Shawn Reeder – Charlie found it on the Huffington Post site the other day.  I promise it is a worthwhile diversion.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. May 2, 2012 5:01 pm

    Top composition for your theme.

  2. May 2, 2012 11:52 pm

    what you’ve said here is completely Greek to me, lol, however the end result is very impressive..even though it is all new to me I enjoyed reading the processing …and seeing the end result.

  3. May 3, 2012 12:21 pm

    Nice composition…very well done

  4. Tammy permalink
    May 6, 2012 3:14 pm

    Love this layout! What a beautiful waterfall!

  5. May 10, 2012 6:52 pm

    This is very nicely done.

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