Add A Creative Touch To Your Pictures
Artistic expressions are only a few clicks away
1 As a main illustration for this column, I'll use a photograph I took of a leopard while I was on a safari in Botswana. This image is a straight shot: a RAW file with some minor Levels adjustments.
2 Many of the Renaissance painters used darker color inks around the edges of the painting to draw interest and attention to the "centerpiece" of the work of art. We can create a similar effect in Photoshop CS3 and in Photoshop Elements 6.In Photoshop CS3, go to Filter > Lens Correction and move the Vignette sliders all the way to the left. That's what I did on my leopard photograph. In Photoshop Elements 6, go to Filter > Correct Camera Distortion and move the Vignette sliders all the way to the left to create the same effect. For a less intense effect, move the sliders only partially to the left.
3 A tight crop also draws more attention to the subject. So does creating an image that shows a full-color subject against a black-and-white background. I used those two techniques to create this image. After cropping, here's the technique.