This is the final week for this month’s One Four Challenge, hosted by Robyn Gosby at Captivate Me. The challenge is about processing our image in four different ways over four weeks. My goal this week is to produce an old fashioned postcard. I want to re-introduce some colour, but give a muted and nostalgic feel to this historic Banyule Flats wetland. I also want to capture the feeling I had as I was taking this shot, by adding a few words onto the photograph.
Week 4 Process
My decision to produce a postcard means I am challenging myself with the use of Photoshop. I am new to the software and learning! To help me along, I have referred to Robyn’s March Week 4 edit, when she introduced this technique. So thank you Robyn! Here are the steps I took using my week 1 edit as the starting point:
- Added a plain white layer at 35% opacity to create a frame.
- Added a copy of the background layer and scaled the image down, using the transform tool then placed this layer on top of the opaque frame. This way the image is framed by the opaque version edges.
- Added an adjustment layer to work on the hue/saturation and played with the sliders till I was happy. Remember I still want a nostalgic look.
- Added a second adjustment layer to work on the curves.
- Added a third adjustment layer and adjusted the Channel Mixer, in particular the magenta in keeping with the kind of feel I wanted to create.
- Added a layer with a rectangle in a similar shade to the background, set it at 5% opacity and placed it at the bottom of the image, centred, then added the text on top.
Here is the result:
And now, the progression over the four weeks:
I had fun with this edit! Let me know what you think.