Monday, January 19, 2009

Digital Art

Impressed by the awesome images over at my dear Sister Marahm's blog, I emailed her and asked her to give me some help so that I could start making my own awesome images from my photographs.

My first attempt. Drum roll ....................................................

This image is created from a photograph of a monarch butterfly who was visiting my garden (flowers at the bottom).

Sis Marahm: is there a way to get the butterfly (upper half, to the right with orchard color on his wing) to stand out more?

Jazaka Allahu Khayr sis! I am really excited to improve with this art form! I was like a kid on Christmas morning (ermm ... Eid morning) going through the 400+ filters!

I will be emailing you often, Insha Allah :)


Anonymous said...

Wow! What a great image! My secrets are out of the bag, and now I've got some stiff competition.

I know the feeling of being so excited to go through the filters, experimenting with images. It does make one feel like a kid again.

As for enhancing the butterfly, yes, there are several things you can do.

First, under "Enhance", I'd adjust lighting for shadows, brightness, and levels. Then, I'd adjust the color for hue and saturation.

After that, or before, I'd use the dodge and burn features, adjusting the size and shape of the brush.

If any of that is unclear, let me know. I look forward to seeing mcuh more of your art!

Safiyyah said...

Salaams Dear Marahm:

The secret's not out; I didn't tell them the programs we use (wink)!

Jazaka Allahu Khayr sis! I'll let you know how I make out with the edit, Insha Allah.