In this image I have incorporated three scenic pictures that when placed together, I would like to reflect a feeling of freedom. Since the blog topic I chose this semester is outdoor living, I found some pictures that I took while traveling. The water and trees give a sense of openness and peace. The pathway I placed through the water is supposed to give a sense of interest. I would like the path to blur more so that you cannot determine where the end of the path is. This should reflect a sense of curiousity and unknowing. Obviously blending the edges of the path with the background needs to happen. I tried using the techniques that we learned in the lesson about separating picture from background, but I struggled with the coloring. I tried using the eraser tool to erase some unwanted graphics and then using the blur and dodge tools, but I will need to practice this for the final collage copy.
Some of the techniques that I used were labeling the layers and remembering to use the backspace to delete unnecessary layers. I used the copy layer option to allow for trial and error with different ideas. I played around with the gradient map, but I found that it washed out the picture more than I would like. At this point I am liking the filter setting that I experimented with. This made the lines more natural looking which goes along with the theme that I am working with.
I realized that it can take a very long time to create a final project and to begin to understand all the features of Photoshop. Designing a quality image is difficult!
Since the collage is in a rough draft state, I really struggled with the effects and placement of the images. My goal is to work on blending more precisely and possibly adding more liveliness to the image.