Tuesday, April 26, 2011
The Penny has dropped!
Last year I worked on an online computer program, but unfortunately, didn't spend enough time with it, and declared myself a failure. With the help and encouragement of a fellow blogger and friend, Shirley I managed to find my feet a little with the GIMP program, as well as a more in depth look at my ADOBE PSE program. I was reasonably happy with actual photo alteration, but just didn't seem to grasp brushes, tools, gradients, etc. The first image above was some mishmash I 'created' in GIMP, saved and then reworked using a trial download from this site: http://www.whizical.com/ I did purchase the kaleidoscope program, but this one is slightly different, ie it 'melts' sections of your image. It's great fun, not everything it does is to my liking, but I think it's worth the small charge to 'own' it. The second image is as it came from GIMP, and I'm sorry but I didn't catalogue my choices.
Continuing on the purple theme, I'll share this image, which is one of the first I did after the penny had dropped!! I have used only very basic gradients, brushes and filters with this.
I then moved it to another program and added some depth to it, which I think improves it a tad.
And for those who like kaleidoscopes, I thought this one worthy of inclusion - quite dramatic when looked at in a different way!!
I suppose I'd better include something that isn't purple. After all, I can't say it's my favourite colour, but sometimes I seem to go it more often than others!! This one is a little more sedate, and still uses just basic brushes, etc.
I took the image to the liquidizing program, where you have the option to use a little 'comb'. It made a lovely piece of marbling, another technique I've tried, albeit in a small way.
Thank you for looking. I hope these computer generated images stir creative juices in some. I am still learning, and indeed feel I have a long way to go, but this is really interesting, so I wanted to share a few of my efforts. I am fascinated by technology, and feel excited at the prospect of what more is in store for us, be it good, bad or otherwise.........