Assignment 2*** Painting with Light: Post Processing Cross-app

02nd December 2019

For extra post processing within this assignment I have chose to add effects consisting of colour and textures through photography apps that I have on my iPad. I use these apps often and have specific adjustments that I have created for my needs within my creative photography.

The word Cross-app is a term I use when my processing is quite complexed. My images begin their life in Photoshop and then are transferred to Photoshop Express on my iPad and then in and out of other various software apps until my desired outcome is achieved.

The following images started life in Photoshop and are images from Assignment two, Painting with Light. They were then adjusted according to the outcomes I wanted each image to have. I have approached each image different to show the effects one can create when they know how to manipulate and adjust images within Photoshop and software packages.

Image 1: Tinting in Photoshop Express

Image 1 is a straight forward sepia tint that has been added to give the effect of an old photograph to highlight the feathers and the background so it is like a Victorian image. Once the hue had been adjusted I transferred the image back into photoshop CC to adjust further the contrast and light so that the image balanced in a way that my eye liked. I also burned more of the background in so that the curve we see of the light that runs in an arc from the middle left of the image to the bottom middle becomes more defined. This entices our eye to move across the picture plane from portrait to objects and back again.

Image 2: Basic dual tone adjustment in Photoshop Express

I love working with dual tone images. I have a background in graphic design and often design postcards and posters in limited colours with text to illustrate specific mottos or sayings connected with my exhibition subjects. When used with photographs they give the viewer a simple image. In image 2 above, I like how the blue of the background which was once black, becomes the colour of the portraits shadow, they become one.

Image 3: Black and white image with a coloured crystal ball

For the above image I used Color Splash which is a very simple editing package. Here I started with a black and white image and then converted the crystal ball into its coloured form.

With image 4 below I wanted to emphasise the grain and create the feeling of an old photograph. To do this I used Photoshop express to tint the photograph which I adjusted with the colour slider and again I altered the contrast according to the darkness that I wanted to capture. I then cropped the image so that the position of the subject moved down the picture plane and across to the left more so that the picture plane has a darker left and bottom border which is juxtaposed with a lighter top and right border. The subject, both the portraits which are positive images with detail then balance with the silhouette of the shrine on the right of them. The window is an added focal point which adds texture to the image and both light from the street lamp and the dark horizontal lines of the blinds.

Image 4: Basic cropping and tinting in Photoshop Express
Image 5: Converting of image 4 above to black and white in Photoshop CC

Due to the fact that image 4 was concerned with creating the feel of an old image I decided to convert it to black and white which is another format for old photography. I believe that this image looks like a film still from a 1930’s film, very atmospheric.

Image 6: Photofox – Combined adjustments: canvas background, aged texture and conversion too sepia. Contrast adjusted and light according to specific outcome needed.

For image 6 (above) and image 7 (below), I wanted to continue with the old photograph genre. I used Photofox to add the paper texture and to covert the colour to sepia. Again I adjusted the colours to gain a washed out colour akin to when photographs fade and added some texture to the overall picture plane. When these adjustments had been made, I transferred the image back to photoshop CC and slightly adjusted the contrast so that I obtained some darker areas. Once saved I converted to black and white so that I had the second image below as well.

Image 7: Converting of image 5 above to back and white in Photoshop CC.
Image 8: Photofox – Combined adjustments: canvas background and colour washes

Image 8 above is the most complicated cross-app image in this post. In Photofox the image was lightened, a textured background added and then a wash of different colours. I then manipulated the colours that I had and altered the middle left to bottom right section of the picture plane so that the colours converted to green and blue hues. I therefore cut the image in half, one area, the left and bottom area, has cool blues and greens and the top half is the warm colours of orange and yellow.

I love working in the Cross-app style. These photographs are quite basic, I usually have many more layers and often text is included within my images. To me these are still photographs as this is how they started their life in Photoshop CC but I always call them Creative photographs because they have been created for a specific art effect.

I do get quite despondent sometimes with peoples responses to these types of images. One of the most frequent comments that I get which I then have to defend is – ‘Anyone can do this, it’s just a click of the button!’ In some circumstances when a simple editing is being undertaken this is correct, for example when adding and adjusting tints but when three or more apps are used and Photoshop as well, I am often crossing the image back and forth, because as you add layers colours become lost or murky, details loose their sharpness and then you have to adjust more to correct the image. A lot of adjustment goes on and also pre-planning. I do not just load an image and click away. I often sketch and colour an idea out on paper first and then decide how I am going to get to that image. So clicking here and there is definitely not how the creative cross-app images are produced.

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