Photo for the Week – 53 – Abstract


Thank you all for your submissions to last week’s challenge – Reflection… what great entries we had. Thank you.  This week’s challenge is Abstract.

Purple Flowers from Carmel
Purple flowers given a twirl effect in Photoshop

So for this week’s challenge Abstract, as long as your image depicts anything abstract the choice is yours…. it can be of any form, a photograph of abstract art, a pattern

I used my twirl effect to create my abstract image.  To achieve the effect I used an image of purple flowers.  If you have an image and Photoshop and want to have a go at twirling, I have included the instructions below:

How to Create a Twirl

1.) Open your image in Photoshop

2.) With your background layer selected > select Filter > Pixelate > Mezzotint. Set your mode to “Medium Lines.” OK.

3.) Next select to Filter > Blur > Radial Blur.  Change settings to Amount 100, Blur Method zoom, Quality best.OK.

4.) Repeat step 3 as many times as you like.  I ran mine about 3 times.

5.) Create a duplicate layer [CTRL/CMD J].

6.) With the background layer highlighted, Select > Filter > Distort > Twirl. On this layer, you want to use a positive number ie +200.

7.) Highlight Layer 1, select > Filter > Distort > Twirl. For this layer, we need a negative number ie: -150. OK

8.) We now need to blend these two layers together, select Layer 1, and change your blending mode, try darken and lighten, Exclusion and Difference, it really depends on your image and what effect you like. Try all the blend modes, some will work, some won’t.

9.) Now flatten or stamp your image (Ctrl, Shift, Alt, E) and transform it (flip horizontal or vertical) and use another blend mode, or even the same one, to create a really great piece of unique art.

Instructions courtesy of Julie Powell Photography

I look forward to seeing your entries.


 Last Challenge Entries

Photo for the Week – 52 – Reflection – Ladyleemanila
A moment of eternity – Une photo, un poème
Cruising on the Clyde – Jez Braithwaite
Photo For The Week – 42 – Reflection – Lisa Bradshaw Blog
Reflection – bushboys world
Reflections | Lins Doodles
Photo for the week – 52 – Reflection – Aletta Nowathome
RyanPhotography-WeeklyPC-52-Reflection – WoollyMuses
Looking Straight Ahead
Reflection – Photo For The Week – 52 – TIONGHAN

 


How to join the challenge

If you wish to participate in the weekly challenge, please feel free… my weekly post will be published at 8am on Monday Mornings UK Time. The challenge will be called Photo for the Week# (representing the number) – Subject Name, and here are the instructions for entering:

  1. Publish a post on your blog by the first Monday of every week… The weekly challenge will be posted on the first Monday of the Week at 8 am.
  2. Use the tags PFTW or Photo for the Week – that way I can find the tags easily in WordPress Reader, which means I won’t miss a submission.
  3. Create a pingback to the relevant week.
  4. If you can’t create pingback/trackback, don’t worry, post a comment below and I will comment on your blog.
  5. Follow Ryan Photography so you don’t miss out on the weekly challenges.

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