Friday, June 25, 2010
A study in sepia
What to do? Sitting outside right now activates the itchy eyes and stuffiness of my seasonal allergies, so I watched some television, blog-hopped and, of course, messed around in Photoshop. I am currently taking the Digital Magic course taught by Marie Otero and have learned so much in just two weeks. And there are still four weeks to go!
Two weeks ago, I could have showed you several methods to add a sepia look to your photographs. Thanks to Marie, I now know two more. And they're both wonderful! Above, the same photo with these two different sepia treatments.
At the top, what we learned in Week One. A gradient map is applied to a photograph and using blending modes, a sepia effect is achieved. Textures are then added, which contribute to the sepia tones of the image. Finally, a little color burn around the edges. I really like this look.
Next, on to Week Two and a totally different approach. Same original image (you can see this Chicago photo in colour, HERE, on my Flickr site). This time the sepia effect is added in the Camera Raw interface, using the split toning feature. This gives you so much control in changing a black and white image to your own preferred sepia tones. I really like this look too.
Which one do you prefer? I keep changing my mind.