This part of the lesson focused on an easy way to set up a layout in PhotoShop Elements using the Photo Prints > Contact Sheet option. So quick and easy! It puts each picture on it's own layer. I will definitely be using this technique again the future. Please note : The images in the above layout did not get any of the Matte Effect treatments--yet.
After the layout was created, I added a few textures and the text to tie it all together. The subjects are a series of steam engines in Fairbanks, Alaska. I love rust!
So here are the Matte Finish experiments with another contacts sheet layout in PSE. So easy! The underlying background is Kim Klassen's Naturally Texture.
I took one of the rust and steam pics from above. The original picture needed some deaturating to tone down that green grass. I also wanted to bring out the rusty colors. When I was working on the initial desaturation, the image took on a mind of it's own resulting in My Matte. Although I didn't think I had a matte finish by the end, I liked what I saw, so I saved it. Then I took a new copy of the desaturated image and tried Kim's Matte Effect recipe in PSE. Same for Light Room. I added some textures to all 3 as the sky needed some texture. In the end, I am amazed at how similar all three of them are.
Processing Step-by-Step for "My Matte":Layer 1) Steam Shovel Background Layer
Layer 2) Background Copy
Layer 3) Levels Adjustment - Screen Blend 28%
Layer 4) Gadient Map > BW > Normal 72%
Layer 5) Color Fill (Rusty Orange) - Soft Light 70%
Layer 6) Levels Adjustment > Pull in blacks
Layer 7) Texture - 2 Lil Owls Artist Collection 1(2) - Soft Light 69%
Layer 8) Add Text - Viner Hand ITC - Layer Style Rain - Layer Style Sun-faded - Normal 90%
Layer 9) Kim Klassen's Naturally Texture - Multiply 74%
Processing Step-by-Step for Matte Effect
1) Background Copy (Desaturated)
2) Levels Adjustment : Pull darks and lights in a bit
Enhance > Adjust Color > Color Variation : Decrease highlights and shadows in blues and greens
3) Text : Viner Hand ITC
4) Kim Klassen's Naturally Texture at Multiply 68%
5) Copy Layer 4 - Soft Light 21%
6) Kim Klassen's Pumpkin Grunge - Soft Light 26%
1) Background Image (desaturated)
2) In LightRoom : Tone Curve : Upped the Shadows / Downed the Lights
Split Toning : 30/12 45/8
3) Pulled into PSE to add texture and text
Whew! That took way longer than I thought it would. I learned a lot, though. It's a lot easier to rumble around in PhotoShop Elements these days. And Light Room is getting easier, too. Time to do something else, though--like mow lawn. Cheers!