Friday, November 23, 2007

head's up

In a post I wrote earlier this week, Cruel Shoes inquired about the image I used for my masthead. She wrote:
I think it looks great so far. Tell me/us more about the photo you chose, because I really am drawn to it. Well done. :)
First, thank you for the lovely compliment. The image is a hybrid of a photograph we took at Maumee Bay State Park this past summer. I'm not sure whether it was myself or JQ that shot it but the image originally looked like this:

Since I planned on working in a long rectangular format, I brought the image into Photoshop and adjusted the composition until I saw something I was happy with.

Because I was working with a blue/brown color scheme I adjusted various levels and adjustment layers until I came up with this:

Which was okay—but then it was too blue. So I took the sky back to it's original format.

Better. Now it needed some brown. In goes the text and another layer and viola! We are almost done.

To bad that sky looks so bland. I need the clouds that are in the cropped portion of the original photograph. There you go.

Round off the corners and we are done. The original image also happens to be my laptop's current desktop image. Here's a look at my desktop:


Yes, it really looks like that.

7 comments:

Shades said...

Wow! I never would have guessed! I had no idea what it was, just that I liked it! Alot of thought went into that! Brilliant!

❉ pixie ❉ said...

Thanks. I had a lot of fun putting it together.

blakbyrd said...

I love the aqua/brown color scheme. We have that in our kitchen. We hated the blue counters and thought it was hideous with the white cabinets but after we painted the walls brown it looked kind of neat... retro, almost. With copper accents. Now we are seeing those colors combined everywhere!

Anyway, nice pic ;)

Tim said...

holy toolbar icons!

Vegas Princess said...

Thanks for breaking it down, I loved seeing each part come together. It really looks great.

Cruel Shoes said...

Thanks for writing about this! I am amazed at all the work that went into it. You make me want to learn Photoshop. (I have it, I have books on it, yet I've been too lazy as of yet to actually learn to use it.)

Aqua and brown is one of my favorite color schemes of the moment, too. Perfect.

❉ pixie ❉ said...

blackbyrd—Brown and blue is so fabulous together. I bet your kitchen is adorable.

tim—Believe it or not, I use most of them at least once a week.

vp—Thanks!

cruel shoes—You are so very welcome. I love me some Photoshop.