REDISCOVERING MYSELF THROUGH PHOTOGRAPHY

Thursday, November 17, 2011

"Go-To" Photo Art

Bonnie of Photo Art Friday has asked us to share photo art created with a "go-to" technique.  I'm not sure I would call the Orton technique a "go-to" one, but it's one I do like to play with.  Obviously, it doesn't work with every image (Orton's result is a darker image).    I do love what happened to this wonderful orange poppy in my mother's summer garden.

I'm ashamed to say that I don't remember where I learned the Orton technique, but I'm relatively certain that I followed a link on Lisa Gordon's blog or her Creative Exchange blog  (now I can't find it in the archives).  So, with thanks to the photographer who provided this:   ORTON    Duplicate image
                                         Screen blending mode 100%
                                         Duplicate layer
                                         Filter - Blur - Gaussian (25 or lower)
                                         Multiply Blending Mode
                                         Merge/Flatten layers
If image is too dark, I often do a second layer duplication of the Screen mode

(In my attempts to find the source of this "recipe," I Googled "Orton Effect."  I found out who "invented" the effect, and I found this video from the PS Elements magazine.  I must say that the video is more complicated than the recipe!)


http://www.photoshopelementsuser.com/video/getting-the-orton-effect/



SOOC image of poppy


Image edited with Orton technique

23 comments:

Karen Dorcas, Artist said...

Orton sure worked for this image, that's for sure. Beautiful. Of course, you had a lovely SOOC composition to begin with. Thanks so much for sharing, kareninkenai (visiting from PAF)

Carole Meisenhelter said...

I've not heard of this one before Evelyn; has a dreamy quality about it

Ruth said...

wow, that's beautiful Evelyn!

Bonnie said...

The Orton Effect is so dreamy and romantic - a lovely choice for this photo Evelyn. Just gorgeous. Thank you for sharing it with Photo Art Friday. I always look forward to seeing your work!

Kathy said...

This is just beautiful. One look and it brought me right back to poppy fields in Italy. And isn't that a sign of true art..the ability to transport. Lovely.

Kathy

TexWisGirl said...

very cool.

missing moments said...

Love the Orton effect ... great greeting card!

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

It does give an ethereal quality to the poppy. I think my "go-to technique" would be PW's "Lovely & Ethereal" action. I love that you can adjust each layer to taste. I use that one a lot!

hannah said...

Such a good way to deal with the fierce red. I like the way you have kept the bud fairly sharp still, in contrast to the petals in mid-focus.

Tricia @ Bluff Area Daily said...

I really like Orton, too... such a rich color, here. =)

Marissa @Life On Our Side Of The Mountain said...

Lovely! So soft and dreamy looking!

Ida said...

Beautiful and Dreamy. - I agree with Karen that your SOOC shot was wonderful to begin with and with the addition of the Orton effect it just added a wonderful softness to the photo.

lisa said...

Evelyn,
This is gorgeous! It is a beautiful color, and I love the Orton Effect on it.
Sending you wishes for a wonderful weekend!

lisa.

Pat said...

This is lovely, Evelyn!

Tricia said...

It feels very dreamy. I'll have to try that out :)

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

Gorgeous -- both photos, Evelyn.

I use Picnik for my Orton effect. One button does it all. :)

deborah said...

Beautiful image and rendering Evelyn. Looks like it's on to "learning a new technique" for me!

Patrice said...

Great job! I love the final product!

suzanne carter said...

This is beautiful Evelyn, I cant wait to try this effect, thanks s much for sharing the recipe.
Blessings
Suzanne

LeAnne said...

A beautiful effect. I love these particular editing techniques and had no idea it had a name. Lovely work.

Rosie said...

What a cool effect, especially with those vibrant colours, Evelyn! I really have to think what my go-to is... at the moment I must admit I don't do much editing (which I definitely miss!!!). Have a wonderful Sunday!

Ms. Becky said...

oh that's very nice. you can get that all in one swoop with Picnik. Orton is one of the "effects". I love what you did with the poppy. and your header image is fabulous. happy Sunday to you Evelyn.

Henrietta said...

Such a wonderful softness and dreamy effect.