Monday, 1 March 2010

playing around with pictures

I'd been looking at the cover design for The Bald Blackbird, and not been happy with it but couldn't quite work out what to do. It just looked wrong, and lacking in something.

So I did this picture of hawthorn blossom
And then I removed the background from it, and copied and rotated and resized it a bit...

...and cleared some space behind the foreground things....

...and then stacked all the images up in layers, and ended up with the final version that I put at the top here. Fairly happy now. Paintshop Pro is really very useful.

On the other hand, it would be nice to create pictures that were finished entirely on paper, too. I was looking at some of David Inshaw's pictures the other day and thinking how nice they are. Bet he doesn't use PSP!


  1. Impressive use of photoshop. Wish I could use it to clean up some of my photos...


  2. You make it look so easy....

  3. It works beautifully for you. And thanks for the Inshaw link: great landscapes that remind me somehow of Iowa's own Grant Wood.

  4. Cool! That works wonderfully well.