Friday, October 22, 2010

Fotoshop Friday and A Blind Contour

Want to see how a pretty good picture like this:

Can become a really nice picture like this?

Here are the steps:

Step 1: Open the picture you would like to enhance.
Step 2: Go to Image>Mode>Lab Color.
Step 3: Go to Image>Apply Image...Don't panic - it might look really funky in the beginning. You have two controls in this dialog box. One is Channel and one is Blending.
Step 4: Try the lab channel, the a channel and the b channel. With each one adjust the blending modes. You will most likely like the Overlay and Soft Light blending modes.
Step 5: Go to Image>Mode>RGB Color.
Step 6: Choose File>Save As...and give it a name.

Here are a couple of other choices just for fun:
This is the same photo using lab channel and Hard Mix Blending mode

This is the same photo using the b channel and Linear Light Blending mode

Do try this and let me know what you think.

Meanwhile it is also Blind Contour Friday. I think I am actually getting better at this. This is a bald eagle head and upper body. It isn't much, but I think you can tell what it is supposed to be. I did the whole thing including the eye without looking.

An update:

I've traded the Copic markers and have sold the Spellbinder Wizard. I still have the Zutter Bind-It-All and accessories for sale/trade. 

Hope you enjoyed this post.



  1. I enjoyed it very much, and your eagle is splendid! hugs, nancy

  2. I have Photoshop Elements but have yet to install it on my computer...I'm so intimidated with tech stuff. To further complicate things, I'm switching to an iPhone and Mac computer after the first of the year. I'm giving my PC to my grandson along with this software. I'm sure he'll make good use of it.

    The contour drawing is great. I haven't tried this in ages, maybe I'll get on the ball and give it a go.

  3. Wow, that eagle looks great! Almost hard to believe it's a blind contour drawing, really!
    I don't have photoshop (I use gimp for my comic and other small picture manipulation thingies), but your experiments look impressive. I really like the last version, even though (or maybe because) it looks a bit surreal.
    Thank you so much for your lovely comment on my blog. I'm SO looking forward to having more time again to draw, post and comment on other people's wonderful blogs... <3

  4. Hi Vicki, Wonderful demonstration. I'm glad to see that you're doing blind contour drawings. Would you like to post on my page? Or send me the URL? By the way, I'm posting my "how to" that you asked about on Monday. Thank you!

  5. Nice rendering on the photo! :) I like that eagle too ^^

  6. Ooohhh....I love fooling with photoshop, it's fun. Nice job you did, too, on an already beautiful photo. Cheers!